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Kuhn Rikon Gripper Jar Opener

Est. $18
Reviewed
October 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Kuhn Rikon Gripper Jar Opener

Pros
  • Removes tight lids
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Bulky shape and size
  • Cannot grip all lid sizes
  • Still requires some force
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Bottom line

The Kuhn Rikon Gripper Jar Opener will not fit tiny or very large jar lids, but adjusts to grip most common sizes. Users say it's easy to figure out and use, and we found relatively few durability concerns despite its plastic construction. Many arthritis sufferers like the Kuhn Rikon Gripper, although a few contend it still requires too much strength.

Ease of use

Great for most jars. Hundreds of happy owners, plus an expert source, agree the Kuhn Rikon Gripper Jar Opener does a great job of gripping onto most jars but cannot handle very large or tiny jar lids; it adjusts between 1 and 3.5 inches.

The Kuhn Rikon Gripper is simple to operate: Just place it on the lid, lock it in place and twist to remove the lid. Quite a few arthritis sufferers say they're happy with the jar opener, while a notable number comment that it still requires some force, which is a common complaint for many jar openers.

Ownership

Bulky, plastic construction worries some. We found a few scattered comments that the Kuhn Rikon Gripper Jar Opener's plastic construction feels flimsy -- but only one owner actually says it broke (after about six months). For those who are wary of a plastic opener, the Kuhn Rikon Deluxe Gripper (Est. $22) is essentially the same device with a metal handle. For most owners, however, the biggest concern seems to be how much space the Gripper takes up in their kitchen drawers; it measures 9.5 by 5 by 2.25 inches. The Kuhn Rikon Gripper Jar Opener is backed by a two-year warranty.

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Our Sources

1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine

Unidentified testers evaluate six jar openers, testing their performance on everything from tiny vanilla bottles to a quart of pasta sauce. Full details are available to subscribers.

Review: Jar Openers, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, May 1, 2009

2. Amazon.com

At Amazon.com, more than 180 users give the Kuhn Rikon Gripper Jar Opener an almost perfect 4.8-star rating. In a separate listing for the Deluxe version, which contains more stainless-steel components, an owner complains that the handle on the plastic version broke.

Review: Kuhn Rikon The Gripper Jar Opener, White, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2013

3. Cooking.com

More than 60 users rate the Kuhn Rikon Gripper Jar Opener at Cooking.com, giving it an overall score of 4.5 stars (out of 5). Just a handful of contributors complain that the jar opener's teeth slip on plastic lids or that it can't open the most stubborn of jars.

Review: 9.5-in. Gripper Jar Opener by Kuhn Rikon, Contributors to Cooking.com, As of October 2013

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