Today we are blessed to use electric products that make our life easier and safer. Do we know how electricity works? Probably not. Does it simplify our lifestyle and saves time? Definitely yes! Therefore, feel free to use as many electric items as possible such as electric can openers, electric razors or even electric toothbrushes.
When it comes to choosing the right can opener for you, you should make sure you choose a brand you can trust. There are numerous brands out there and we’ve featured five of the best, however we couldn’t fit them all. For example, West Bend
is a brand that manufactures a range of kitchen products, including multiple high-quality can openers.
There are two main types of electric can openers. The first type is the countertop can opener, which is relatively large, usually around 9 or 10-inches tall, and it holds the can with a magnet while it automatically opens it. One example of a can opener like this is the Aicok Electric Can Opener with Bottle Opener
. The other type, is a handheld, smaller device. This kind is convenient for those without a lot of countertop space, who want a small device that’ll fit in a draw. The BangRui One Touch Hands Free Can Opener
is a great example of one like this.
Before we look at the five electric can openers that made our list of models worth checking out, let's take a look at some things that are important to consider when choosing a counter top can opener.
In order to make it on our list of the top electric can openers, products need to be of good quality – and offer value for your money. While our list does include some great can openers for those that are budget conscious – you won’t find any that are “cheap” in terms of construction or poor features. So put down that manual can opener and let the whir of a modern can opener fill your kitchen.
When we think of electric can openers, versatility probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. After all, you buy it to do one job – open your cans efficiently and safely. But when choosing a model, consider whether or not it can open a wide variety of can sizes beyond the standard ones – or will you have to break out the ol’ manual opener for the really large can of tomatoes when you are making sauce? Some models come with extra features like bottle openers and knife sharpeners too, so it is vital to keep an eye on this aspect!
Construction and Design
Of all the appliances that may grace your counter top, electric can openers are usually the smallest but that doesn’t mean that you still don’t want it to look good. Considering the fact that it may be one of your most frequently used kitchen tools next to your set of chef’s knives, wouldn’t it be cool if it not only worked great, but fit in with your décor (instead of being something you want to shove into a corner)? In addition to aesthetic appeal, durability is another important factor to consider when it comes to design. You want something that can withstand daily use without breaking down.
Performance and Ease of Use
Ok, there is absolutely nothing worse than the crud that builds up on the blade of a can opener that isn’t cleaned regularly. Not only does it look disgusting, but dirty blades can be breeding grounds for germs that will literally go into each can that you open. When choosing an electric can opener, you want one that is easy to keep clean and maintain – one that comes apart efficiently with no unreachable crevices. And preferably one that has a removable blade that is dishwasher safe!
Believe it or not, the electric can openers you can find on the market today are quite sophisticated and they come with various features and options. We have analyzed dozens of electric can openers and narrowed down the list to 5 great contenders from trustworthy brands! Here are our finalists:
Hamilton Beach is a world-renowned brand that’s loved my millions. Over the decades they’ve expanded to include multiple respected brands including Eclectrics, Proctor Silex and TrueAir. Selling over 35 million appliances a year, Hamilton Beach are experts when it comes to kitchen appliances, cookware, toasters, mixers, blenders, kitchen knives and grills, to name a few.
The Hamilton Beach Smooth-Touch can opener is a helpful little tool that cuts along the side of the can to prevent sharp edges. Many cans today come with pull tabs that are supposed to make for easy opening without a can opener. But let’s face it, we all know that these don’t open easily – taking a bit of muscle and sometimes the little tab actually breaks off. And for people with physical limitations, these lids can be of no help at all. The Hamilton Beach Smooth Touch Can Opener is versatile enough to open most standard can sizes, including those with the “pop up” lids.
The sleek black and chrome look of the Hamilton Beach Smooth Touch Can Opener will fit perfectly with any modern kitchen design. Users have to hold down the ergonomically designed lever until the can turns all the way around. The final result is a lid that is removed with a smooth edge and that doesn’t come in contact with the food inside the can.
While this opener does a great job opening cans safely, and giving you removed lids with no sharp edges – it doesn’t do as well when it comes to making routine clean up as efficient. The blade assembly is not removable and can only be wiped down with a damp rag. On the positive side though, because the blades open the cans from the side, they don’t come in direct contact with food as frequently as traditional cutting blades – meaning they stay cleaner and don’t have that “crud build up.” Aging, dull blades can be replaced, but it’s not a job for people who aren’t mechanically inclined.
BLACK+DECKER was founded over 100 years ago, in 1910. They began as a DIY products company, manufacturing power tools like cordless drills, screwdrivers, saws and sanders. Since then, they’ve expanded to produce products in various categories like garden tools, car care, home & cleaning, accessories & batteries and painting & decorating.
The BLACK+DECKER SpaceMaker Can Opener features an innovative, space-saving design that can be fixed under your cabinet, saving precious countertop space. It’s only 5 x 7.5-inches, so it won’t take up much under-cabinet space either. This is a versatile kitchen product that not only opens cans, but can be used as a bottle opener, bag cutter and knife sharpener too. Fitted with a Power Pierce Cutter, you can quickly and easily open any can. With automatic shut-off and no power button, this product couldn’t be easier to use. And it looks great too; with a swing open door and all the parts concealed behind it, this has a sleek, modern design.
Sokos is a distributor of a wide range of high-quality and highly rated products. Their range includes kid’s toys, sports products, electronics and kitchen products, such as water bottles, milk frothers and can openers. They’ve got some manual and some electric can openers, both in a range of colors to choose from.
Their Automatic Electric Can Opener is a small, compact device, measuring just 7 x 2.7 x 2.3-inches. It’s designed to fit easily into the palm of your hand and it weighs just 9.6-ounces, so it’s highly portable. This can opener simply and effortlessly opens cans with one touch, making it ideal for anyone with arthritis, the elderly, or anyone who wants to multitask and not have to stand manually opening cans.
Within seconds, this device opens the can and, using the magnet, lifts the lid off in one easy movement, without the need for twisting or using your fingers to lift the lid. It also leaves smooth edges, so you don’t need to worry anymore about the possibility of cutting yourself when opening cans. All you need is 2 x AA batteries and you’ll have yourself an opener that’s twice as fast as using a manual counterpart. As if that wasn’t enough, Sokos is throwing in a free bottle wrench that gives you unmatched grip on bottles and jars without having to use much strength.
Proctor Silex is a brand under the famous and renowned Hamilton Beach umbrella, so you can rest assured that they’re a trustworthy brand. Proctor Silex manufactures many home and kitchen products including blenders, hot pots, knives, juicers, crepe makers, sandwich makers and skillets. All their products are made using high-quality materials and are built with functionality, durability and innovation in mind.
The Proctor Silex Extra Tall Can Opener was manufactured to make the boring part of cooking, easy and hassle free. Usually, countertop can openers fit your standard-sized can, however, Proctor Silex has taken this one step further and made it large enough to open cans up to 7.5-inches. That’s with the device placed on the counter; if you prop it up on something you could fit even larger cans than that. With quiet, one-touch operation, this opener is ideal for anyone with arthritis or the elderly who perhaps don’t want to struggle with a manual opener.
For convenience, the magnet in the opener holds onto the lid once it’s cut away from the can, stopping it from dropping down and splashing food everywhere. Also, the cutting level is easily removed for cleaning. Even though this is quite a large can opener, it will save you space. How, you ask? Well, it doubles up as a knife sharpener, so although it’s bigger than some, you won’t need a separate knife sharpener on the counter too. If you’re not sure about the color white, you can also get this opener in black if that suits your kitchen better!
Cuisinart made it big back in 1973 when the famous Julia Child and James Beard both promoted the Cuisinart food processor on their cooking shows. Since then Cuisinart has expanded their range and it now includes electrics, cookware, bakeware, tools & gadgets, cutlery and other products.
The Deluxe Electric Can Opener by Cuisinart is one of the best can openers on the market today! It makes cleaning a piece of cake - the precision Power Cut® blade and the strong magnetic lid holder are attached to the removable lever and they are easily detachable when you want to clean them.
The motor is powerful enough to open several cans in a row without slowing down or overheating, however like many electric can openers, you do have to be careful about the paper from labels jamming in the blade, which does slow things down a bit.
The blade assembly and handle of the Cuisinart Deluxe Electric Can Opener are one piece – which makes for efficient routine cleaning. The base unit is not waterproof, but it can be wiped down with a damp cloth or sprayed with kitchen cleaner or disinfectant. This device is a basic can opener that is good for most home users, however because of the way the can attachment and cutting blade work, it may not be the best model for the elderly or people with physical challenges. Still, this product passed all our tests and we are happy to include it in this list!
With the Cuisinart Deluxe Electric Can Opener style, convenience, and power come together. Available in either black (CCO-50BKN) or white (CCO-50N), both with chrome accents and elegant contours, it will fit in nicely with other modern countertop appliances.
Now you know that it is simply not worth it to risk your nails and even your fingers to open a can manually! Use one of the electric can openers we presented to you in this review and you can get your food ready in no time.