Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing.
While we’ve littered our kitchen drawers and countertops with an assortment of gear, including a swanky, registry-worthy pepper mill, a chopping block’s worth of knives, and a utilitarian garlic press, we’re lifting the lid open on a key kitchen accessory. Here, we’re exploring the best can openers available on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best manual can opener with built-in magnet
“I bought this after owning many different cheaper kinds that were difficult to turn and rusted beyond use in a short amount of time. My husband’s hands have had arthritis and joint pain start to settle in and it was high time I started looking for a replacement. At what I consider a steep price for a manual opener, I took a chance … and I’m glad I did! It is bulky enough so you can really get a grip on it, for one, which is nice for my hubby who has bigger hands that can’t grip smaller handles on the usual ones. And it has a lock button, so once it clamps down on the can, it locks down and isn’t going anywhere. And then you just simply, and most importantly, EASILY turn the handle and it glides through the lid like butter. So nice to finally find an opener that does what it’s supposed to — with ease!”
Best safety manual can opener
“This style of cutting is really much better than the standard or traditional sort. The cut lid has NO sharp edges, nor does the can. I first bought one of these by mistake nearly 20 years ago, and I’ve never gone back. Why would I? This is only the second one I’ve purchased in that 20 years. I’d still have the first one but I broke it. I won’t tell you how I did that. It’s embarrassingly stupid.”
Best classic (but updated) manual can opener
“Here’s the deal. I’ve demolished my wife’s electric opener and sent three manual can openers to the junk pile. So, after breaking the turning handle on the last opener, I hit the internet and searched for ‘the mother of all can openers.’ I actually looked forward to trying it out, and it was a thing of beauty. Cut through the top of the can like slicing warm butter. It’s pretty hard to get excited about a thing like a can opener, but (hey, I’m 65 and excitement is hard to find) this did it. Need a can opener? This is (without any doubt) the best damn can opener ever. That includes electric, as it’s almost effortless. Again, ten stars and I hope the company will consider making cars!”
Best manual can opener with crank
“Sometimes I buy those LARGE cans of food from Sam’s Club. I have either broken or just worn out a half-dozen or more manual and electronic can openers trying to open these cans. NO MORE! This opener is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I thought I would be forced to buy one of those heavy-duty restaurant openers that have to be bolted to something flat. It’s not as cheap as most manual can openers, but it is MUCH cheaper than the industrial ones. And it makes short work of pound-size cans.”
Best one-handed manual can opener
“I have nerve damage in my right hand and traditional can openers have always been difficult for me. I bought this model not expecting much, but for the price I figured it was worth a shot. The first time I used it, I was amazed at how fast, clean, and efficient it was. No jagged edges or sharp burrs either. You get a nice, clean cut. I’m actually surprised that this isn’t used by more people.”
Best electric can opener
“I’m very happy with this can opener. It actually makes opening cans fun — weird, I know. It effortlessly spins the can and LOCKS it in place, so you don’t have to worry about it falling off and going everywhere when the lid comes off. I don’t know how it does it, but it literally pops off the top as if it were from the factory. I’m very happy with this, and I know you will be, too. This is 100 percent worth it.”
Best handheld electric can opener
Best extra-tall electric can opener
“My folks’ electric can opener was over 20 years old. It was louder than a jet engine and so cantankerous that only my mom could get it to work. We were there over the holidays. After realizing that the darn thing was never going to die on its own, I ordered this Hamilton Beach 76375 for them. Then I convinced my mom that she could put the old one in the basement as a spare, and plug the new one in. After that, this new can opener spoke for itself. It works like a charm, and to quote my mom, it is ‘so quiet I have to look and see if it is moving at all.’”
Best mounted electric can opener
“Counter space is quite limited in my kitchen. I don’t use a can opener all that often, but I hate to store one and have to take it out frequently or have it always on the counter. This fits nicely under my cabinet, and I like the pop-open cover. The mechanism actually feels smoother than my regular countertop-style can opener that I already owned.”
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