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Top 11 Can Opener Reviews

By: Tara Tuckwiller on November 20, 2017

Can Openers: Ratings of Sources

Michael Sullivan and Nick Guy, Updated June 26, 2017

After three years of can opener research (opening 121 cans with 23 can openers), testers recommend an inexpensive EZ-DUZ-IT manual can opener as the best for most people. They also recommend the best electric can opener. They no longer recommend smooth-edge "safety" manual can openers, because they wear out too quickly. Testers 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.

Editors of Cook's Illustrated, July 2015

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.

Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, Updated January 2017

The editors of Cook's Illustrated also 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.

WSJ Test Kitchen, Dec. 14, 2012

In this older test, 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.

Lisa Futterman, Aug. 31, 2011

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.

Kristina Matisic and Anna Wallner, May 3, 2009

Shopping bloggers Kristina Matisic and Anna Wallner ask a Meals On Wheels facility to test four manual can openers. 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. Although this is an older test, all four of the can openers tested are still current, easy-to-find models.

Maryellen Driscoll, March 2006

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, all of the top picks are still current.

Contributors to Amazon, As of November 2017

Hundreds of can and jar openers are reviewed by owners on Amazon. Standouts typically receive a 4.5-star rating after at least 1,000 user reviews.

"MaximRecoil", Oct. 11, 2016

This Chowhound 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).

Daniel DiClerico, Jan. 19, 2012

A panel of testers for Consumer Reports 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. It's an old article, though, and two of the five can openers discussed have been discontinued.

Contributors to Walmart, As of November 2017

Walmart sells several popular brands of can openers, although not as many as Amazon. One electric can opener earns a 4.6-star rating with more than 900 customer reviews posted.

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