Most owners are thrilled with how easy the Oxo Good Grips Smooth Edge Can Opener is to use -- once you get the hang of it, anyway. They say it's perfect for those with arthritis, and with the smooth-edge design parents feel it's safe enough for small children. Users have occasional durability concerns, but they're alleviated somewhat by Oxo's excellent, responsive customer service.
Comes with a learning curve. Once you get used to positioning the Oxo Good Grips Smooth Edge Can Opener, it works wonderfully. Thanks to the smooth edges it leaves, parents feel the Oxo Good Grips is safe enough for small children to operate. Arthritis sufferers recommend it for its easy operation. "So effortless ... I wasn't sure if it was doing anything but then the entire lid from the can came off," writes one surprised user at Target.com. Owners say it works on everything but deeply recessed lids, and feedback about performance on large cans is mixed. Built-in pliers help you get the cut lid off.
Works while it lasts. A few users criticize the Oxo Good Grips Smooth Edge Can Opener's bulkiness -- but its biggest flaw is uneven durability. We found a noteworthy number of complaints that the tool slowly declines in performance over the course of a few months to a year. Plenty of others beg to differ: "I have had this for several years now and it's holding up great," writes one customer at Viewpoints.com. The good news is we found multiple comments praising Oxo Good Grips customer service, which provided prompt replacements -- including exchanges for other models -- when contacted.
At Amazon.com, nearly 500 users give the Oxo Good Grips Smooth Edge Can Opener a solid, 4-star rating. They love the smooth edges the tool produces and say they even let their small children use it.
Review: Oxo Good Grips Smooth Edge Can Opener, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2013
About 50 users review the Oxo Good Grips can opener on Cooking.com, assigning it an overall score of 4.5 stars. Most of the reviews are exceedingly short -- just a sentence or two -- but get right to the point.
Review: Smooth Edge Can Opener by Oxo, Contributors to Cooking.com, As of October 2013
About 35 reviewers give the Oxo Good Grips Smooth Edge Can Opener a 3.7-star average score at Bed Bath & Beyond's website. Opinions are split between loving it or thinking it doesn't work at all.
Review: Oxo Good Grips Smooth Edge Can Opener, Contributors to BedBathAndBeyond.com, As of October 2013
Nearly a dozen Target.com users give the Oxo Good Grips Smooth Edge Can Opener an overall rating of 4.5 stars. They almost universally agree the can opener is very easy to use and love the smooth edges it leaves.
Review: Oxo SoftWorks Smooth Edge Can Opener, Contributors to Target.com, As of October 2013
At Viewpoints.com, more than 20 users review the Oxo Good Grips Smooth Edge Can Opener, giving it an overall rating of 91 out of 100. They generally praise the Oxo Good Grips Smooth Edge Can Opener, with several favorable comparisons to a similar Pampered Chef model.
Review: Oxo Good Grips Smooth Edge Can Opener Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of October 2013
6. Chicago Tribune
The author and an unidentified team of testers evaluate six manual can openers, concluding the Oxo Good Grips Smooth Edge Can Opener is "at the top of the pile." Each can opener gets a brief, mostly positive review, although criticism is sometimes offered.
Review: Opening Acts, Lisa Futterman, Aug. 31, 2011