I have been through too many can openers in the last few years. Most of them won’t grip a can properly, they skip, or you have to squeeze them so tight, you are certain it’s actually an arm workout. After my latest round of making freezer meals and opening more cans than I normally do, I took to my facebook page to find some recommendations for the best can opener. My readers didn’t disappoint.
Of course, this isn’t a scientific study. But, when you poll over 4000 readers, many of whom use can openers daily, they are pretty passionate about their reply. Based on these results, in order of count, I’ve compiled the best can opener list. I will need to order another one before I make our chili or taco soup!
The Best Can Opener List (an unscientific one)
1. Pampered Chef
The Pampered Chef Can Opener was by far the most popular. Some readers said they have had theirs for over 20 years! It’s one of the can openers that makes a smooth opening and no sharp edges. And you don’t have to touch the lid. You can also use it to open cans with pull tabs on them.
2. OXO Good Grips
The OXO Good Grips was the second most favorite can opener. Many users said they had also had theirs for years and it still works as well as the day they got it. Some of them have a bottle opener on the top and others don’t. It has on oversized knob and grippy handles so it’s supposed to be easier for you to open a can as well as more comfortable.
3. Swing Away
The Swing Away can opener looks like the can opener I had growing up. I’m certain I owned one at one point, too and probably got rid of it when I was gifted an electric can opener. That thing is long gone. I’m tempted to go back to my parent’s house and “borrow” theirs all the way back to Georgia!
It really is a basic, gets the job done kind of can opener. It also has a bottle opener on the bottom, too. This is the can opener that some people have recently shared videos of opening from the top of a can. I can’t get it to work, but it has the potential to create smooth edges on your cans, too.
The Tupperware Can Opener was also quite popular. I’ve never been to a party before, but I should have known they make one. This one says it doesn’t touch food and also leaves clean edges. I had no idea there were so many can openers that made for clean edges. I thought it was kind of standard to expect to cut a finger when you were putting mass amounts of cans into the trash can.
5. Smooth Edges Can Opener
Several people mentioned “generic” can openers that create no sharp edges, like the Goodcook can opener (a 4-in-1 that includes bottle, twist bottle and pull-tap cans)
and the Zulay can opener. They found it easy to operate and open the cans as well as making the cans not have jagged and sharp edges. Part of me thinks this is a generic version of the PC one listed above, but I mentioned I like a good deal, so I might have to try this one out next.
6. Kuhn Rikon
I’ve never heard of this brand before. The Kuhn Rikon can opener is a swiss can opener. I know that Swiss knives are amazing (they are also known for their watches, right, or is that aging me?). This one will also make smooth edges, doesn’t require you to touch the lid and doesn’t touch the food. It’s also said to be dishwasher safe.
Don’t buy Kitchen Aid’s Can Opener
Based on my own experience, I’m putting the Kitchen Aid can opener at the very bottom. Several people agreed it was the worst, so we are going to leave it there.
Have I missed your pick for the best can opener? Leave a suggestion and if I get enough votes for another, I’ll have to add it.