Best Can Opener
Best Electric Can Opener:
The first electric can opener was invented in 1931, and although big and bulky, it did the job with the thicker cans in use then. Modern cans are thinner, which means that the can openers needed to open them must still be durable, but they don't have to be as heavy or as clunky to use. Virtually every type of electric has toothed gears that grip and hold the can in place while the cutting wheel slices open the can.
Keep in mind that there are 2 types of electric openers. The familiar top cutting can opener and the newer side cutting can opener. Top cutters usually leave a sharp edge when the can is cut through, while side cutters leave a smoother edge. That may be important if you have kids or have difficulty using your hands. Choose whichever type of can opener works best for you.
We've chosen the following best electric can openers because they feature stainless steel blades to resist corrosion because you certainly don't want bits of rust falling into a can you have just opened. These picks are also all designed so they're easy to keep clean and free of disgusting buildup, and they're all tall enough so even industrial sized cans will fit beneath the opener. All top cutters will also feature a magnet to hold the lid once it has been cut so it doesn't fall back into the can. Unless stated in the description, each of these electrics will have a minimum 1 year limited manufacturers warranty.
The Hamilton Beach 76375 CleanCut Extra-Tall Can Opener will open virtually any size can you put in front of it. The cutting head is removable for ease of cleaning, either manually or in your dishwasher. It comes with a manual knife sharpener and a bottle opener. Read Full Review
The Hamilton Beach 76606Z Smooth Touch Can Opener cuts along the side of the can so there is never a sharp edge to worry about and it even open pop-top cans. This unique design is easy and safe to use, and would be especially useful if you have limited grip strength or are worried about the kids.
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The BLACK+DECKER Space Maker Traditional Multi-Purpose Can Opener hides inside of or beneath cabinets, so that you'll never lose any valuable counter space. It comes with a bag cutter, a bottle opener and a knife sharpener for added convenience. This is a modern version of the original Space Maker that was designed in the 1950's, and it comes with a 2 year warranty.
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The Bartelli Soft Edge Automatic Electric Can Opener is the only electric that runs on batteries. It is a side cutting model, and it will give you a soft edge with a re-sealable cover, working best on round cans, as you might have a bit of trouble with square or triangular corners.
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The West Bend 77203 Electric Can Opener is the fastest and most expensive can opener on this list. It is a versatile unit that features both a bottle opener with a knife sharpener, and the cutting head is removable for either dishwasher or manual cleaning. It also has built-in cord storage to keep the cord out of the way when it is not in use.
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Best Manual Can Opener:
Manual can openers are the most basic tools to open up a tin can. Virtually any metal tipped tool will work, from a screwdriver to a hacksaw to a dull thick knife, but those would only be acceptable when absolutely nothing else was available or you were in a survival situation. All manual can openers have to incorporate some type of blade to pierce the metal of the can. Once that is done, it has to be capable of following the edge until the top, or the lid has been removed. This is the action that makes a can opener successful.
Every can opener we've chosen for this this list will be manufactured solid and sturdy enough to open the tops of multiple cans over the course of weeks, months and years. That might sound strange, but lesser can openers may only work one or two times before they dull or break, making them useless. These picks will also be easy to use so that you can snap or place them onto a can and open it up forthwith, with no guesswork and no hassle. Plus, each of them will be ergonomically designed for maximum leverage to open up a can as quickly and easy as possible.
The Made in USA Can Opener is the best can opener ever designed. Originally put into production in 1954, some of those can openers are still in use today, which is a testament to their toughness and their effectiveness. It's a rotary split-handle design that cuts the can from the top while the teeth grip and turn as you twist the handle. Watch out for imposter's as they are of inferior quality so always look for the Made in USA label. Read Full Review
The Bartelli Soft Edge Manual Safety Can Opener - 2 in 1 Bottle Opener design is a side-style opener that allows you to use the top as a temporary cover once it has been removed. There are no sharp edges with this model, so it is safer for kids and adults with hand or grip problems.
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The OXO SteeL Can Opener is the easiest lid cutting can opener to use on this list. The padded handles and padded turning knob will keep your fingers and hands from getting sore. It comes with a satisfaction guarantee or your money back. Read Full Review
The Kitchen Fanatic Manual Can Opener would be considered the best bang for the buck unit here. The padded knob makes it easy to turn and the super sharp cutting blade will slice easily through any can lid. It comes with a lifetime warranty and included in the package is a long handled bottle opener. Read Full Review
The P-38 Can Opener and P-51 Can Opener is a military grade design. The P-38 model is designed for smaller cans while the P-51 model works better on larger cans. It is guaranteed for life and although outwardly crude and simplistic, there's no better can opener made. Read Full Review
Best Mounted Can Opener:
For the easiest and fastest manual way to open up a can, mounted can openers are the way to go. These options are perfect for working with large, commercial food service cans, or if you’re opening dozens of cans at once. These can openers will literally grip the rim of any can and hold it in place while you turn the handle.
There are two basic types of mounted can openers: wall mounts and table mounts. Wall mounts can be mounted on virtually any vertical flat surface which includes cabinet doors, cabinet sides, inside of pantry doors, and walls. Conversely, table mounts can be mounted on countertops, shelves, tables, or virtually any other horizontal surface.
Vertical mounts generally require a bit more elbow grease to open cans because they’re more compact in design. Table mounts are larger, the crank handle is extended which multiplies your own arm strength and that makes turning them the easiest to use (although they take up more space). They require very little effort to open cans and a table mount would be a better alternative to a wall mount, especially for people with hand/grip difficulties.
To ensure your mounted can opener will last a lifetime, lube the gearing and the axle every year. Any common spray lube will work, or a 3-in-1 type of oil will be equally effective. By doing this, you’ll avoid metal-to-metal contact which will eventually cause the alignment between cutting blade and gears to become sloppy. That will compromise the grip on the rim wheel which will eventually lose grip and no longer hold the can in place, and also affect the cutting blade’s ability to actually open the can.
We’ve chosen the following best mounted can openers because every one of these selections will be built ruggedly to stand up to years of consistent use; after all, a mounted can opener should be considered a permanent device instead of temporary. Each of these picks will be constructed entirely of metal (no plastic cranks or gearing here) and the mounts will be firm enough so that even the toughest jobs won't cause them to bend or break.
The Edlund U-12 S #1 Manual Can Opener can't be beat for opening any sized can with an absolute minimum amount of effort. This is an expensive unit, but if your hand, arm or grip strength is compromised in any way, this can opener will be one of the best purchases you can make. The 16-inch adjustable bar will allow you to open virtually any sized can, and the crank mechanism will last a lifetime. Read Full Review
The Amco Houseworks Swing-A-Way Wall Can Opener is a true workhorse of a can opener for the household. It can be mounted to any flat vertical surface and hidden inside of cabinets or pantries. This is a hinge mounted unit which swing away from the cabinet or wall side, and once used you can swing it back into place so this unit will never be in the way. Read Full Review
The Thunder 14" Table Mount Can Opener opens taller cans with ease. The oversized crank handle channels all of your strength into the opening gears and cutting wheel, making for an easy and nearly effortless can opening experience. If you have the horizontal mounting space, and you don't want to hassle with opening cans, this one will do you good. Read Full Review
The Edlund 700SS Heavy-Duty Manual Crown Punch Can Opener is a specifically designed can opener that uses a pull-down lever to punch the top of a can out. Designed primarily to open commercial #10 cans (like coffee and others of that size) you can get blade diameters to match such can sizes as soup, beans, and vegetable cans as well. Read Full Review
The Excellante Table Mounted Can Opener, Heavy Duty, 14", is a bit more maintenance intensive than the others, but the price is right. The cast iron construction is sturdy, but it may be prone to corrosion if exposed to moisture. It will smoothly and effectively open up cans, up to 10 inches, and would be just as good in the kitchen or a commercial setting. Read Full Review