Even though none of us really give it much thought, where would any of us be without the kitchen can opener. These devices have to be the one thing that all of us takes for granted but is an important tool for any kitchen. Without these devices, we’d all have to use a knife to open our canned goods—which is not only inefficient but also quite dangerous to do as well.
I began to think about these kitchen implements when my current can opener decided to fail, and I had a tough time opening cans. So I decided to buy a new one, which I feel wasn’t as easy as it should’ve been. That’s why I’ve decided to rank the ten best can openers available, so no one has to be without this handy, dandy tool for any length of time.
My Picks for The 10 Best Can Openers
#10 Trudeau Stress-Less Safety Opener
Thanks to this can opener’s specialized gear design and special crank arm, it’s approximately 50% easier opening a can then it is using any other manual opener. This makes it easier for people who may have arthritis or other grip problems to use it. Another thing to like about this tool is that it doesn’t leave sharp edges when it opens can and even features a touchless lid-remover, so the user can easily remove the lid from the can for disposal. All of which makes this opener suitable for all ages.
#9 Chef’n Ez-Squeeze One-Handed Opener
This revolutionary can opener is unlike many of the other ones currently available. That’s because it can easily be operated with just one hand. This model uses a squeeze mechanism that can open a can with just a few squeezes, and that allows the user to easily use it even when they’re other hand is occupied. Additional features found on this tool include being dishwasher safe, a stainless steel cutting blade that works efficiently, and an ergonomic design that makes this tool extremely easy to use in the kitchen.
#8 EZ-DUZ-IT Deluxe Opener with Grips
Let’s dispense with the pleasantries right away. The main thing to like about this product is that it’s extremely inexpensive and that you get two of them for the price of one. However, having said that, it should also be noted that this opener does an extremely good job of opening cans. It has a carbon steel cutting blade that holds up to frequent use and has rubberized handles that make it easy to use. And since it’s gear-driven, it opens can quite smoothly. This might be a cheap can opener, but it’s one that’s also worth a good look, at least in my opinion.
#7 Boston Warehouse Animal House Collection Opener
Okay, I’ll admit it. I bought this can opener because I like the whimsical design it has. The one I obtained was in the shape of a toucan, which fit in perfectly with my kitchen’s bird motif. This opener is part of the company’s Animal House Collection, so if your toucan can opener gets lonely, you can always pair it with an angelfish colander, a bird vegetable peeler, or a shark bottle opener. Don’t buy this opener just because it’s cute, however. Buy it because it’s cute AND does a great job opening cans. I found this model fun, easy to use, and extremely convenient.
#6 Made In USA Black Can Opener
As you may have guessed from this opener’s name, it’s a product that’s made in the USA. In fact, it’s an opener that’s been made in the United States for over 65-years because it is based on a 1954 design. Sure, it’s design was slightly modified in 2018 to reflect more modern preferences, but it’s still the same high-quality opener it has always been. And it’s a tool that does an amazing job of opening cans, and it does it without requiring a whole lot of effort.
#5 Cuisinart Deluxe Electric Opener
This electric can opener has quite a few exciting features on it, despite it being a budget model. For example, it has a power cut blade that really does a good job opening cans, a removable activation lever that makes cleaning the unit easy and single touch operation. It can handle all standard can sizes and has a high-quality motor in it that seems quite durable. Overall, it’s a great product that works well in the kitchen and can handle all of your can opening needs.
#4 Kuhn Rikon Auto-Safety Master Opener
This tool might not look like your traditional can opener, but it does do a wonderful job of opening cans and can do it without leaving a lid with a jagged edge. I also like the fact that its design is very ergonomic and feels good in the hand, even though it does make the opener look kind of funny. I’m also a fan of the classic Church Key bottle opener built right into the handle of the opener, which makes it very convenient to use.
#3 OXO Steel Can Opener
If you’ve made the mistake of thinking this tool is just another can opener, then I’ll forgive you. Although this tool might look like every other opener on the market, it’s actually very efficient. I’m not sure if it’s because of its gear system or because its blade is super sharp, but I do know that it powers through a can lid quickly and easily. I also like the fact that this model has a magnetic lid latch that keeps the lid from escaping and this opener cuts under the seam, so there are no jagged edges to contend with.
#2 Qwesen Manual Ergonomic Opener
The beauty of this can opener is that it’s specifically made for people with arthritis or other grip problems. This not only makes it easier for me to use but also makes it easier for seniors to use, too. Its ergonomic design feels good in the hand and has a large turning knob that’s easy to turn. This model also has a blade that effortless opens can, and it’s capable of opening a pretty wide variety of different cans. And since the blade never touches the food inside the can, this opener can be cleaned easily and quickly.
#1 Hamilton Beach Smooth Touch Electric Opener
This can opener combines the convenience of an electric opener with the innovation offered by side-opening manual can openers. That’s because although this model is electrically powered, it’s side-cutting system opens up cans without leaving a lid with a jagged edge. This model also has an attractive design that looks really good in my kitchen, and it’s equipped with a storage slot for holding kitchen scissors. And since it has an easy-touch lever, this model is as easy to use as you would think it would be.