Opening up cans doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think. It can actually be quite simple if you have a good quality can opener.
The key is making sure that you’re looking at all of the features of your can opener and then making sure that you choose something that is going to work for your needs.
Missy Enders, Author, HESCA
#1 Hamilton Beach 76607
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The Hamilton Beach 76607 Can Opener definitely has a sleek and ultra-unique look to it. Styled in stainless steel and black colors, this opener is able to open up any type of can of any size. That means even pop top lids are going to be no match for this opener. You’ll also have a super easy to use system that makes it great even for those who don’t have as much dexterity.
Included in the package for this can opener is a pair of kitchen shears that will help you get everything you need opened (provided it can’t be opened with this can opener). And the shears even have their own little slot in the back of the unit so you never have to worry about losing them around the house or the kitchen.
The unit itself is very easy to use because all you need to do is press the can to the blade and push down on the lever. It starts cutting right away and it cuts in a way that you don’t have to worry about sharp edges either. Instead of cutting out the lid of the can like a traditional opener, this can opener actually cuts the top lid right off so it’s easy to remove without making a mess and there’s no sharp edges.
- The small frame of this can opener also makes it very easy to store or leave out on your counter without having to worry about losing too much space. You also don’t have to worry about the look and style as this can opener definitely has a unique appearance and will give you a great aesthetic for your kitchen. Just set it out on the counter and you’ll be ready to use it anytime and you don’t have to sacrifice the look and feel of your room.
#2 West Bend Electric
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The West Bend Electric Can Opener is definitely a unique tool because it combines a number of different features all at the same time. Rather than just being an electric can opener, it’s also a bottle opener and a knife sharpener all in one. That way you get a lot of different features without having to buy several different products, always a benefit.
This unit is quite small, but still has plenty of power with 70-watts. Made with plastic, chrome and aluminum, it’s designed to take up as little space as possible while still providing you with everything you need. It’s even tall enough to take your larger cans with no problem and will allow you to quickly and carefully get the lid out of any of your cans. It does cut into the lid to get it out and open the can, but does so without leaving sharp edges behind that could be dangerous.
With this can opener you also get built-in storage for the cord so you don’t have to worry about where you’re going to put it or how you’re going to store the unit away without breaking or bending the cord. Not only that but you get an automatic shutoff and you’ll have no problem with cleaning because even the cutting mechanism can go right into the dishwasher so you don’t have any additional dishes to wash.
- Available in a black or metallic finish, this can opener is going to give you a lot of bonus all at once. Because it has a magnet on the front you don’t even need to hold the can while it’s being opened. You just set the magnet on the center of the can and let the electric motor do all the work for you. There’s no levers to hold down or anything. You just wait until the lid comes off and you’re ready to get back to making your favorite dishes.
#3 Proctor-Silex 75217F
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This more basic and simple can opener is still no less impressive just because it doesn’t have a lot of advanced capabilities. Rather, it’s designed to get exactly what you’re looking for without a lot of other things you don’t need. It is extra-tall so that you won’t have any problem with larger cans and comes in two different colors, white and black.
The two colors allow you to pick something that fits well with your home and your overall style without any problems. When you’re ready to clean the unit you can do so easily by simply removing the cutting blade and putting it in the dishwasher. The rest of the unit can be wiped down with a damp cloth and you’ll be ready to move on with your next meal.
The cord is stored directly inside the unit so you don’t have to worry about what you’re going to do with it or how you’re going to clean up your countertops with it sitting right there. You’ll be able to put it away easily. You’re also going to have some bonus features with this as well since it allows you to sharpen your knives with a separate blade sharpener in the back.
- This can opener has an automatic shutoff as well so you don’t have to worry about safety if you forget about the cans you were opening while you’re doing something else. You’ll be able to get back to your tasks without having to worry and you’ll be able to keep from having a mess in the long run as well because of this.
Electric Can Opener Buyer’s Guide
The first thing to look at is how your can opener is going to cut into the cans. Many can openers, especially the handheld ones, will actually cut the inside of the lid, within the lip on the outside. This makes it easier to cut but also tends to leave behind sharper edges. More modern can openers cut into the outside of the can and actually cut a small ‘lid’ off the top. This helps reduce the risk of injury and gives you a much neater cut at the same time.
Longevity and Durability
This is going to be important for any tool that you want to buy, but we’re going to talk about it with regard to can openers as well. The reason is that you’re going to want a can opener that will last a decent amount of time. If you’re going to be using it daily or nearly every day you need it still to last at least a few years before you need to replace it. If you’re not the type of person who uses a can opener that frequently you’re still going to want something that will last a decent amount of time just sitting on the counter, so make sure you’re still shopping carefully.
While the way your can opener cuts is going to be one of the safety features you want to watch for, the way that it works is going to be another. Some can openers actually have a magnet that allows them to hold onto the lid while they are cutting. They may also have an automatic shut-off that makes them safer to operate when you might get distracted. These features allow you to get a good quality result without having to worry about your (or anyone else in the household’s) safety.
Style of Operation
Finally, make sure that you really want an electric can opener. Not everyone does because they do take up a bit more space and they aren’t a whole lot simpler to operate. For some people, having a manual can opener is more than enough, especially if you’re one of those people who doesn’t really open a lot of cans. If you’re usually not using canned products for your cooking then it may make more sense just to have a manual opener sitting in the drawer for the next time you might need it rather than an electric version sitting on the counter taking up space.
You want to make sure you’re looking at all the options when it comes to electric can openers. When you do you’re going to have a whole lot of choices and you’re going to be able to really understand the benefits and drawbacks of each one. Mostly it’s going to be about your own personal preference, but you definitely can get some additional benefits from some over others. Just make sure an electric can opener is what you really need and then make sure you’re getting a good quality one that will work the way that you need it to.
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