Can Openers: Ratings of Sources
After opening 85 cans with 22 can openers, testers here recommend an Oxo manual can opener (for the second straight year) as the best for most people. They also recommend a safety-edge manual opener and the best electric can opener. Testers (one of whom is a lefty with chronic hand pain) open everything from tiny tomato paste cans to big 28-ounce cans of tomatoes. They include long-term testing notes, and they also ask several experts about their favorite openers.
The editors of Cook's Illustrated test seven jar openers on everything from a tiny vanilla bottle to a quart of pasta sauce. The full details and results are available to subscribers.
The editors of Cook's Illustrated test seven manual can openers -- both side- and top-cutting models -- by opening hundreds of various-sized cans. They judge how easily the openers attach, operate, detach and dispose of the lid, as well as their safety. The winner has been discontinued, but the two runners-up are still available.
A panel of testers for ConsumerReports.org tests an undisclosed number of manual can openers. There's no single standout model, but pros and cons are given -- without their proprietary ratings matrix -- for five models that seem to have generally operated well. This article is free to read, even by those that don't have a subscription.
The Wall Street Journal's Test Kitchen tests almost a dozen electric can openers and names one clear favorite. Testers also try out an unspecified number of manual can openers, picking four favorites ranging from $2 to $50. They briefly explain the pros and cons of each pick.
An unidentified group of testers evaluate six manual can openers for features like ease of puncture and comfort of grip. Each model receives a brief review. Testers like four of the can openers, but not the other two.
Shopping bloggers Kristina Matisic and Anna Wallner ask a Meals On Wheels facility to test four manual can openers (although this is an older test, all four are still current, easy-to-find models). Two traditional top-cutting can openers -- a budget pick and a midpriced one -- are the favorites. Matisic and Wallner also share tips for choosing the best can opener.
After testing 11 smooth-edge can openers, Maryellen Driscoll finds one clear favorite and three runners-up. She writes a few sentences describing the pros and cons of these four; she names the losers, but she doesn't describe them. Driscoll finds she prefers smooth-edge can openers with their knobs on the side (like a regular can opener), and built-in pincers to remove the lid aren't necessary. Although this is an older test, three of the top four picks are still current.
Hundreds of can and jar openers are reviewed by owners on Amazon.com. Standout electric and handheld manual can openers typically receive a 4.5-star rating after at least 1,000 user reviews, (at least 500 reviews for jar openers).
This Chowhound.com contributor compares a 1990s original Swing-A-Way can opener with the new EZ-DUZ-IT can opener, made by the original Swing-A-Way company (the new Swing-A-Ways are made in China, and not by the same design as the old ones). The EZ-DUZ-IT works exactly like the old Swing-A-Way, even flawlessly opening a can in midair (i.e., without supporting the can on a table).
Walmart.com sells several popular brands of can openers, although not as many as Amazon.com. One electric can opener earns a 4.6-star rating with more than 800 customer reviews posted.