Updated: June 8, 2015
Can Opener Reviews:Can openers are not rocket science, but many of them are hard to use and don't always cut off the top of cans perfectly leaving you exposed to sharp edges and the possibility of cutting yourself. Many of us grew up using both manual, hand held can openers and electric can openers. I used to ask my mom if I could be the one to open up cans because it was fun. The old electric can openers used to have a magnet that would simply attach to the top of the metal cans and once you lined up the can into the cutting area you held down on the top lever to cut around the can. It was simple and easy to use and I don't recall every getting cut or hurt, even as a kid. Even in todays modern age of technology and new gadgets, many people still use manual can openers because electric can openers haven't evolved very far.
Buying Guide - Some of the best can openers are the under the counter, or under the cabinet, can openers. Many consumer review sites we visited said they take up too much space and aren't necessary unless you open a lot of cans each day. We have to agree with that statement and usually point buyers in the direction of electric can openers that simply plug into the wall or manual can openers that have become easier to use over the last few years. More often than not, you are only going to use your can opener for a minute a day so why have something that is built into your kitchen. The top brands for can openers are West Bend, Black & Decker, OXO, Sharper Image, Hamilton Beach, Krups, Rosle, KitchenAid, Cuisinart, Sunbeam, Kuhn Rikon. Some of the newer battery powered can openers like the Black & Decker Gizmo and the One Touch Can Opener are marketed towards those with arthritis or carpal tunnel as a "hands free" electric can opener. The reviews we read online for both of those can openers were mixed at best with too many on the bad side of things. Owners said the Gizmo can opener didn't work on all can types and was hard getting positioned correctly while some users of the One Touch can opener say it doesn't work as shown on the TV infomercial. We tried to find the best can openers per consumer reviews online and in magazines. The top rated can openers are listed below with prices, descriptions and pros/cons. Most are available online at stores like Target or Amazon. See the most popular can openers online here.