The Zyliss Lock & Lift earns points for being easy to use, even for people with arthritis or other hand problems that make turning a hand crank difficult. The locking mechanism attaches the unit firmly to the can lid, so it's not necessary to continue applying pressure as the can opener works its way around the lid of the can. This traditional top-cutter also features a magnet that grabs the lid, with an easy release button so the lid can be disposed of without ever touching it. The Lock & Lift comes in white or green. If comfort isn't all that important to you, the Swing-A-Way Portable traditional top cutter (Est. $9) performs well and is the lowest-priced can opener we found in reviews.
We found the best professional review of the Zyliss Lock & Lift in a review on AnnaAndKristina.com. They put four manual can openers to the test by asking a Meals on Wheels facility to use each one for several days and provide feedback. Owner reviews for the Lock & Lift at Amazon.com and Chowhound.com are valuable because we found several comments related to the ease of use of this product from people who are suffering from arthritis.
Shopping bloggers Kristina Matisic and Anna Wallner put four manual can openers to the test by asking a Meals on Wheels facility to use each for several days and select a favorite. The Zyliss Lock & Lift wins out for its comfort, but the Swing-A-Way Portable is noted as a budget pick.
Review: Can Openers, Kristina Matisic and Anna Wallner, Not Dated
More than 20 owners provide reviews for the Zyliss Lock & Lift can opener, which maintains an average rating of 4.5 stars out of five. Reviewers like the locking feature of this can opener, and they say the magnet that allows easy, hands-free lid disposal is quite handy.
Review: Zyliss Lock & Lift Can Opener, Contributors to Amazon.com
Chowhound.com is a message board and website for food enthusiasts. One user poses a question asking for recommendations for manual can openers that don't require a lot of strength to operate. About two dozen comments have been posted in response. Responses are varied, but there are several recommendations for the Zyliss can opener.
Review: Manual Can Opener, Best One?, Contributors to Chowhound.com