Although the Swing-A-Way Comfort Grip Jar Opener might not be quite up to the standard of its legendary predecessors, which lasted for decades (according to reviewers), most users agree it still opens jars of almost any size quickly and easily. Just position the Swing-A-Way Comfort Grip on the lid, squeeze the handles together and turn; the jar opener's length provides the extra leverage you need.
Almost nirvana. While the Swing-A-Way Comfort Grip Jar Opener comes with a slight learning curve, it's worth it, according to both owner and expert reviews. The editors of Cook's Illustrated write: "Its clamp grip is strong and sturdy, and lids of any size pop off with little effort." Only a few users struggle, saying the jar opener just slides around the lid. Users with arthritis offer split opinions: About half say the Swing-A-Way jar opener is a real blessing, while others find squeezing the handles together requires too much grip strength. It adjusts to fit a wide range of lid sizes from 0.5 to 4.5 inches in diameter.
Compact and convenient. The Swing-A-Way Comfort Grip Jar Opener doesn't take up much space in your kitchen drawer, and older versions could be counted on to last for decades. "I have been using this item in my kitchen for 26 years. The same one," writes a happy owner at AceHardware.com. However, we found a noteworthy number of reviews claiming newer versions -- now made in China, instead of the United States -- aren't as sturdy. Swing-A-Way no longer offers an official warranty, but representatives say they'll replace defective or damaged units within reason.
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
The editors of Cook's Illustrated test six jar openers, including the Swing-A-Way Comfort Grip, on everything from a tiny vanilla bottle to a quart of pasta sauce. Full details of the test are available to subscribers.
Review: Jar Openers, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, May 1, 2009
Just over 150 Amazon.com users review the Swing-A-Way Comfort Grip Jar Opener, giving it an average score of 4.4 stars out of 5. While most feel the jar opener works well, we found a noteworthy number of durability complaints.
Review: Amco Swing-A-Way 711BK Comfort Grip Jar Opener, Black, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2013
3. Ace Hardware.com
More than a dozen AceHardware.com users give the Swing-A-Way Comfort Grip Jar Opener a near-perfect rating of 4.8 stars. They almost universally praise it for its efficiency and ease of use.
Review: Swing-A-Way Jar Opener (711BK), Contributors to AceHardware.com, As of October 2013