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Can Openers : Ratings of Sources

Michael Sullivan and Nick Guy, Dec. 22, 2015
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After opening 85 cans with 22 can openers, testers here recommend an Oxo manual can opener (for the second straight year) as the best for most people. They also recommend a safety-edge manual opener and the best electric can opener. Testers (one of whom is a lefty with chronic hand pain) open everything from tiny tomato paste cans to big 28-ounce cans of tomatoes. They include long-term testing notes, and they also ask several experts about their favorite openers.

Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, July/August 2015
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The editors of Cook's Illustrated test seven jar openers on everything from a tiny vanilla bottle to a quart of pasta sauce. The full details and results are available to subscribers.

Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, April 1, 2015
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The editors of Cook's Illustrated test seven manual can openers -- both side- and top-cutting models -- by opening hundreds of various-sized cans. They judge how easily the openers attach, operate, detach and dispose of the lid, as well as their safety. The winner has been discontinued, but the two runners-up are still available.

Daniel DiClerico, Jan. 19, 2012
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A panel of testers for ConsumerReports.org tests an undisclosed number of manual can openers. There's no single standout model, but pros and cons are given -- without their proprietary ratings matrix -- for five models that seem to have generally operated well. This article is free to read, even by those that don't have a subscription.

WSJ Test Kitchen, Dec. 14, 2012
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The Wall Street Journal's Test Kitchen tests almost a dozen electric can openers and names one clear favorite. Testers also try out an unspecified number of manual can openers, picking four favorites ranging from $2 to $50. They briefly explain the pros and cons of each pick.

Lisa Futterman, Aug. 31, 2011
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An unidentified group of testers evaluate six manual can openers for features like ease of puncture and comfort of grip. Each model receives a brief review. Testers like four of the can openers, but not the other two.

Kristina Matisic and Anna Wallner, May 3, 2009
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Shopping bloggers Kristina Matisic and Anna Wallner ask a Meals On Wheels facility to test four manual can openers (although this is an older test, all four are still current, easy-to-find models). Two traditional top-cutting can openers -- a budget pick and a midpriced one -- are the favorites. Matisic and Wallner also share tips for choosing the best can opener.

Maryellen Driscoll, March 2006
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After testing 11 smooth-edge can openers, Maryellen Driscoll finds one clear favorite and three runners-up. She writes a few sentences describing the pros and cons of these four; she names the losers, but she doesn't describe them. Driscoll finds she prefers smooth-edge can openers with their knobs on the side (like a regular can opener), and built-in pincers to remove the lid aren't necessary. Although this is an older test, three of the top four picks are still current.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2016
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Hundreds of can and jar openers are reviewed by owners on Amazon.com. Standout electric and handheld manual can openers typically receive a 4.5-star rating after at least 1,000 user reviews, (at least 500 reviews for jar openers).

"MaximRecoil", Oct. 11, 2016
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This Chowhound.com contributor compares a 1990s original Swing-A-Way can opener with the new EZ-DUZ-IT can opener, made by the original Swing-A-Way company (the new Swing-A-Ways are made in China, and not by the same design as the old ones). The EZ-DUZ-IT works exactly like the old Swing-A-Way, even flawlessly opening a can in midair (i.e., without supporting the can on a table).

Contributors to Walmart.com, As of December 2016
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Walmart.com sells several popular brands of can openers, although not as many as Amazon.com. One electric can opener earns a 4.6-star rating with more than 800 customer reviews posted.

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