Before the can opener was invented in 1810, people had to use hammers and chisels to open tin cans. Talk about a lot of work to get to preserved food! Centuries have passed and the can opener has come a long way, making it easier than ever to cook and eat canned food.
Even so, you don’t want to grab the first can opener you see. You've got to ask yourself if you want an electric can opener, one that has a magnet, or if you're looking for a can opener that cuts smooth lines. And that's just to start!
We’ve pulled together a number of our favorites, each with different features and capabilities so you can understand the full scope of can opening options at your disposal.
The best can openers are easy to use and safe to handle and that’s exactly what you’ll find in the Kitchen Mama Electric Can Opener. It runs on batteries and can open a can in just a few easy steps. Place the can opener on top of a can, press the button to start, and it cuts open the can automatically. Once you press the button to stop, you pull the Kitchen Mama off and the lid comes with it, revealing a smooth cut around the rim.
This can opener was designed by a family to help an aging matriarch in the kitchen who had issues handling certain items with her arthritic hands. The Kitchen Mama is perfect for people who have issues with gripping, as well as children who want to help their loved ones in the kitchen.
Whether you’re a lover of a classic handheld can opener or you just don’t want to have batteries always on hand, you might want to consider the Zyliss Lock N’ Lift Manuel Handheld Can Opener. The name – Lock N’ Lift – comes from a locking mechanism on the can opener. Once placed on a can, it takes squeezing the handle for the tool to puncture the can and lock it into place. Turn the handle and watch it cut through the can easy peasy.
When you’re done, lift the can opener. The built-in magnet pulls the lid off. You can dispose of the lid without touching it with a release lever on the bottom of the can opener for a mess-free process.
Cutting your finger on a jagged can or can opener blade is a good way to ruin your day. This is where the Yokuso Can Opener comes in. It looks different from other can openers in that it’s slimmer which makes it a nice addition to a compact kitchen or in your backpack on a camping trip. Though you can't easily see or touch the blade, it makes a smooth cut, protecting your hands from any accidents.
You’ll like the Hamilton Beach Smooth Touch Electric Automatic Can Opener for many reasons. Once you connect the can, press the lever and watch the electric can opener cut along the side of the can, rather than into the top. This allows for a smooth cut and prevents the blade from coming in contact with the food. Take note, you don't have to hold the can as it's cutting. The machine will do that for you.
In addition to a cord that extends or contracts into the machine, there are a pair of scissors in a built-in holder at the back of the can opener.
With a wall-mounted can opener, there is no need to rummage through drawers in search of this tool. The Swing-A-Way Wall Mount Can Opener is always on-hand. Plus it has a long crank-like handle that doesn't strain your wrist. The built-in magnet will hold the lid once you're done so you can quickly throw it in the trash. If you have a kitchen with white or gray elements, you're in luck, because the can opener comes in those two colors.
Sometimes it's the simplest things that work really well. That’s exactly what you’ll find in the KORIN Japanese Can Opener. This can opener doesn't have knobs like other can openers. The rectangular-like construction has a built-in bottle opener and a sharp blade. Once you puncture the can lid with the blade, just rock the can back and forth and watch as the blade cuts around the rim. Reviewers rave about how easy it is to clean and does a quality cutting job, even if it took them some time to figure out how to use it.
What's the best can opener?
The Kitchen Mama Electric Can Opener (opens in new tab) was designed to make opening cans easy for everyone -- kids, seniors, or anyone who has difficulty gripping handheld can openers. This fact, and how it makes a clean cut, put it in first place. Coming in at second is the Yokuso Can Opener (opens in new tab) because it provides a smooth cut with no jagged edges and takes up little space.