The 10 Best Can Openers – Electric and Manual

A great can opener is one of the most loved kitchen utensils you will keep over the years. It needs to be effective, compact, well built and easy to use.

In this carefully curated list, our kitchen & dining expert has found the best and most popular can openers for sale right now, and has written a guide for choosing the best one for your kitchen.

#1: KitchenAid Classic Multifunction Can Opener

Our first choice in this collection is the classic Multifunction Can Opener from KitchenAid. It has an integrated bottle opener and ergonomic handles for comfort, and comes in 3 sizes and more than 10 colors. In most reviews, buyers recommend the KitchenAid opener for being a stylish, old school turn-handle opener that will serve you well over the years.

#2: Gorilla Grip Manual Can Opener

Gorilla Grip Original Premium Manual Can Opener

Another highly recommended choice in turn-handle openers is the Gorilla Grip. It has ergonomic handles with soft silicone to open cans with as little effort as possible – even with arthritic hands. It comes in 5 different colors to suit your taste, and is recommended by buyers for being heavy duty, high quality and for opening cans “like butter” .

#3: Zyliss Lock N’ Lift Can Opener

Zyliss - 20362 ZYLISS Lock N' Lift 7" Manual Handheld Can Opener

The Zyliss Lock N’ Lift is a manual can opener with a locking mechanism that locks the cutting wheel in place to reduce the strain on hands and to provide a consistent cut. It has a magnet to help you lift the lid off the hands for hands-free disposal – thus “Lock & Lift“. This feature is really loved by users, but the handle turns the opposite of what you would expect, so make sure that’s not a problem.

#4: OXO Good Grips Smooth Edge Can Opener

OXO Good Grips Smooth Edge Can Opener

A similar-style ergonomic modern opener is the OXO that claims to be able to open cans without making sharp edges. It does so by slicing off a thin piece of metal – make sure that does not end up in your food! It is not the smallest of openers, so make sure thats not a problem for you. It has a good amount of positive reviews that recommend the ease of use.

#5: PAKITNER- Safe Cut Can Opener

PAKITNER- Safe Cut Can Opener

The Pakitner Opener is a portable and lightweight manual opener with a supposed Safe Edge cut, something that seems to be confirmed in most reviews. Once it grips and starts, it turns easily, and the big knob is liked by many buyers.

#6: Hamilton Beach Smooth Touch Electric Automatic Can Opener

Hamilton Beach (76606ZA) Smooth Touch Electric Automatic Can Opener

Moving into electric openers, the Hamilton Beach Smooth Touch is a very popular and bestselling choice. This table-top opener cuts along the sides, which will allow you to re-seal opened food cans. In most reviews, is loved for being a good replacement for a manual opener.

#7: Cuisinart Electric Can Opener

Cuisinart CCO-50BKN Deluxe Electric Can Opener

Another similar-style electric can opener is the CuisinArt, but this model does not cut under the rim. In reviews, the top mechanism is a little complicated, but once you get the hang of it, this should not be an issue.

#8: Kitchen Mama Electric Can Opener

Kitchen Mama Electric Can Opener

The Kitchen Mama is a hands-free, compact electric can opener. Push the button to turn it on, and it cuts cans 360 degrees along the lid. Push the button again to stop it. A great help for people with hand challenges, and is liked in reviews for being a brilliant and really useful gadget. It is also quite compact and fits into the kitchen drawer.

#9: One-Touch Electric Can Opener

Electric Can Opener

A similar style compact electric can opener is the One-Touch. Like the previous opener, you push once to start, once to stop. Here at we would suggest to name that “two-touch” instead, but never mind. In reviews, this type of can opener is really loved for being convenient, compact and efficient. For many buyers this “ticks all the boxes“.

#10: A classic

Chef Craft Butterfly Can Opener

You never go wrong with an old-school butterfly opener. It also can be purchased as a type with tapper, bottle opener, corkscrew and other options. A handy backup or replacement!

Guide: Things to consider when buying a can opener

Quality and durability: An important aspect of a can openers is something that will service you over the years without a glitch. Check reviews to learn about endurance and build quality, which also has to do with the blade sharpness and material.

Size & weight: A portable and compact can opener that easily goes into the kitchen drawer is something you will quickly learn to love.

Re-seal: Some openers claim to produce re-sealable lids. Check reviews for how well that works.

Blade sharpness and quality: A part of the product quality has to do with the cutting blade. Check reviews for the sharpness of the can opener, and how well that sharpness holds over the years, which has to do with the quality of the steel. Some blades are made from strong 420 J2 stainless steel.

#1tip: Buy a quality can opener that will serve you well over the years. Consider the size for easy storage.

Multi-function: You could easily appreciate a can opener that can perform other tasks as well. The manual can openers sometimes provide a bottle opener and other utensils in one combo.

Safe cut: Can openers can sometimes open the lid in a safe manner without leaving sharp or jagged edges on the can. Check reviews to learn if these marketed features are really what they claim to be.

Manual or electric: Electric openers will provide a lot of convenience, but can also run out of battery. If you don’t open cans that often, a manuel type opener might be the best choice. On the other hands, if you open cans daily, maybe even as part of your business, an electric opener is definitely the best choice. Electric can openers have more moving parts and tend to break more often. A manual opener will not fail you as often.

CAUTION: Beware of sharp edges once a can has been opened.

Convenience: Electric or not, a can opener has to be convenient. Check reviews to learn about the working of the can opener.

Ergonomic handles: Some can openers have soft-grib handles for added comfort and ease of use.

Magnet: A can opener can be equipped with magnet for locking on the can, and for easily lifting off the lid once it has been cut off, for easy hands-free disposal.

Style & design: Some can openers are quite stylish, and come in different colors.

Warranty: Some products like KitchenAid offer a limited warranty in case anything breaks.

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