A manual can opener in its simplest form, the Swing-A-Way Portable performs well despite its budget price. The rubberized grips are designed to be comfortable to hold, although owner opinions are mixed on how comfortable this model is to use. This traditional top-cutter also has a bottle opener, although it does not have a magnet to hold the lid in place once removed. The Swing-A-Way Portable is easy to store in a kitchen drawer and is portable for use around the kitchen. Reviews are mixed on how easy this can opener is to clean; most say it's difficult to keep clean, but one owner reports putting it in the dishwasher. If you are looking for a manual can opener that is more comfortable to hold, reviewers say the Zyliss Lock & Lift (*Est. $15) exceeds most other manual can openers in terms of comfort.
We found the best professional review of the Swing-A-Way Portable on AnnaAndKristina.com, where two journalists test four manual can openers at a Meals on Wheels facility. Owner feedback is found on Amazon.com, where more than 50 reviewers weigh in on the Swing-A-Way Portable, and on Chowhound.com, a cooking-related forum.
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Shopping bloggers Kristina Matisic and Anna Wallners rate four manual can openers by putting them through the ultimate test: they had a Meals on Wheels facility test each model for several days. The Zyliss Lock & Lift wins out for comfort, but the authors say the Swing-A-Way Portable does the job well for its budget price.
Review: Can Openers, Kristina Matisic and Anna Wallner, Not Dated
More than 50 consumers review the Swing-A-Way Portable can opener on Amazon.com; it maintains an average rating of 4.5 stars out of five. Owners say it's easy to use, easy to clean and isn't hard on the hands.
Review: Amco Swing-A-Way 407WH Portable Can Opener, White, Contributors to Amazon.com
In response to a request for recommendations for an arthritis-friendly manual can opener, several owners posting to this forum say they like the simple Swing-A-Way Portable traditional top cutter.
Review: Manual Can Opener, Best One?, Contributors to Chowhound.com