Best Electric Can Openers (Jun.) 2017 – Buyer’s Guide & Reviews

By Walter J. Farrell | LIVING

After more than 19 hours of research, and looking though at least 15 of the popular electric can openers. We concluded the Hamilton beach 76380z classic chrome is one of the best choice for homemaker. Beside a SureCut patented technology which delivers effortless cans opening ability, the electric opener is both easily removable for washing and durable. We especially loved the sleek design that fits well on the kitchen table. [Read more]

10 Best Electric Can Openers 2017

Electric Can OpenerImportant FeatureFunctionalityPower Source 
West Bend 77203 Electric Can Opener, MetallicOpens tall cansMulti-function (knife sharpener; bottle opener)Electricity (power cord)
Hamilton Beach 76380Z Classic Chrome Heavyweight Can Opener, BlackPatented SureCut™Dual-function (knife sharpener)Electricity (power cord)
BLACK+DECKER CO100B SpaceMaker Under The Cabinet Multi-Purpose Can Opener, BlackPierce technologyMulti-function (bag cutter, bottle opener, knife sharpener)Electricity (power cord)
Proctor-Silex 75217F Power Can Opener BlackOpens 7-inch-high cansMulti-function (knife sharpener)Electricity (power cord)
Oster FPSTCN1300 Electric Can Opener, Stainless SteelPatented Power-PierceMulti-function (knife sharpener; scissor compartment)Electricity (power cord)
BangRui Smooth Soft Edge Electric Can Opener with One-Button Manual Start / StopSoft-edge can resultsSingle functionBattery (4 AA)
Hamilton Beach Walk-n-Cut Rechargeable Can OpenerCompactSingle functionRechargeable
Bartelli Soft Edge Automatic Electric Can Opener - Red Battery PoweredSmooth edge for resealSingle functionBattery (4 AA)
Cuisinart CCO-50BKN Deluxe Electric Can Opener, BlackPower Cut blade Multi-function (knife sharpener)Electricity (power cord)
Handy Can Opener Automatic One Touch Electric Can Opener - 2 Pack, Assorted ColorAutomatic shut-off even if it is battery poweredSingle functionBattery (2 AA)

"What Should I Consider Before Buying an Electric Can Opener?"

Electric can openers afford convenience and speed in kitchen activities for various types of users including households, healthcare, retirement communities, and restaurants.

Below are the 6 important factors you should consider before buying an electric can opener to get what you really need.

#1 Usage

Users for these kinds of product vary greatly. Some people intend to use it for light and household cooking, while others need it to prepare food for hundreds of people in a single setting. It is important to consider why you need an electric can opener because if you need to use it several times and for a lot of cans, then you will need to find an opener that is durable. There are products in the market that are specifically created for heavy duty activities that can open several cans in a matter of minutes. Some electric can openers are also good just for household use, which you might need to open about 1 to 2 cans. You might not need industrial grade openers for homes.

#2 Functionality

Can openers may be used for opening canned goods, but openers now have improved in terms of functionality. Consumers and manufacturers are fond of multipurpose products that have a base function coupled with other features. Electric can openers can also serve as a knife sharpener, bag cutter and as a bottle opener.

You may consider the additional functions when choosing an electric can opener. If your shopping list includes knife sharpener or bottle opener, you can tick three items off with just a single purchase. But, if you just need one appliance, there are products that provide just that. The importance of knowing the functions you need in a product is to maximize its capacities as well as refrain from redundant purchases. Sometimes, the price for multifunctional products may be expensive more than single-function items. You have to decide if it’s a smart purchase or not.

#3 Can Size Capacity

Our research and testing have shown that some of the electric can openers are very lightweight. There are also those that are not wide or narrow for bigger or smaller cans. Users sometimes end up frustrated because they can’t use it for the purpose they bought it for.

You have to consider what size of cans you usually use. This is to help you decide the type of electric can opener you will have to look for. Based on the tests and user experiences, disregarding this feature will require users to use manual can openers for cans that are not the exact size of the opener.

But, most can openers now are capable of handling cans of different sizes. We still recommend that you check out this feature beforehand.

#4 Type

The electric can opener is a type in itself, but there are more categories within this kind as well. Some of the listed can openers are powered through batteries and others are powered through a direct electrical connection. The difference between the two is the portability. Battery-powered can openers give users more room to move because it is cordless and, unlike openers that operate with a cord, can be placed in multiple areas. So, there is greater portable capacity with battery-powered electric can openers.

Another feature you may want to consider is the size and movability. The product review below will show that there are electric can openers that should be mounted and others that are so small they can be shoved inside your kitchen drawer. The size and movability are important so you can maximize your kitchen space. There are openers that are perfect for smaller kitchen areas. But if you have a bigger place, then you can choose the multifunctional can openers that can be mounted on the counter.

#5 Material

If you’re keen about the material used to manufacture the openers, you have several choices from the available electric can openers in the market. Some are made from aluminum, stainless steel, plastic or a combination of these materials.

Some consumers prefer aluminum or steel over plastic products, so you may want to choose those that has these products. The important thing to remember when browsing for this product is that some openers are not wholly made from the material you prefer. This is not something to worry about because brands created them to specifically complement one another. But, you can still choose a material that you want at the cost of other features.

Another significant feature you may want to look into is the exclusive or special patent built into the product. For instance, some electric can openers have cutters that are copyrighted so that it is not available to other products. This gives you an extra or unique experience with the can opener you bought. However, this does not mean that other products do not serve its purpose well.

#6 Maintenance

For people that are always on the go, cleaning up after yourself takes the backseat. This still applies to electric can openers. You may think that this appliance is difficult to clean because of their electric features. But, there are those that have removable parts for fast and easy washing.

How Did We Access the Products?

When looking for electric can openers, we had difficulty in choosing among which of these are best for household, care facilities, for restaurants. This is because of the thousands of products sold or offered to us. Over 13 hours have been consumed to look for products that will provide the best function, add convenience to your cooking and food preparation, and that are useful for different kinds of users.

The primary criteria for choosing the product is that it is electrically powered and that it comes from different brands that offer unique and relevant qualities like (patents, powerful cutting capacities, and functionality).

We’ve looked into some of these products to see if they work based on their claims. Included in the review are the issues testers and the users have found when testing and using the product.

1. West Bend 77203 Electric Can Opener, Metallic

 This electric can opener is multifunctional, as it includes a knife sharpener and a bottle opener. 

This 3-in-1 product has a 70-watt electrical load that is a combination of aluminum, plastic, and chrome.

It also features an automatic shut-off that will allow you to do other things while opening the can and not waste time waiting for it to complete the task.

A very important feature of West Bend 77203 is that it is as tall as two mugs combined, specifically measuring 5-1/6 by 5 by 9-8/9 inches.

This is very convenient to fit taller cans and save you from transferring to a manual or another opener when opening tall cans.

This is also easy to clean because you can simply take off the cutting accessory that is also a dishwasher friendly material. However, we found that this blade fast wears out fast when constantly used. 

What We Liked

  •  Multi-functional
  • Easy maintenance
  • Sleek design
  • Automatic shut-off

What We Didn't Like

  • May require constant repositioning
  • Blade may wear out through time

2. Hamilton Beach 76380Z Classic Chrome Heavyweight Can Opener, Black

The  Hamilton Beach 76380Z Classic Chrome Heavyweight electric can opener is has a patented SureCut™ technology which opens cans once you start it running.

It spares you the time you would have spent in positioning the can so the opener can easily cut it. 

Like the West Bend 77203, it also offers a knife sharpener at its back, an automatic shut-off and a tall design for taller cans sizes.

Another good feature of the product is its heavy weight, which is suited for heavier cans.

If your cans are quite heavy, this is an ideal choice to avoid it from toppling over.

Although the product is  countertop fitted, it is small enough to allow you to maximize space for mobility or fit in another appliance. This is a recommendable product if you are not fond of washing because it' cutting unit is removable from the body.

Its a solid can opener but you may want to be more cautious with its gears since it may break if used with too much force. 

What We Liked

  • Has the SureCut™ technology
  • Dual-function
  • Washable and removable cutting accessory

What We Didn't Like

  • Gears may break
  • Countertop space occupant 

3. BLACK+DECKER CO100B SpaceMaker Under The Cabinet Multi-Purpose Can Opener, Black

 The Black+DeckerCO100B SpaceMaker has a ‘power pierce cutter’ that is considerably at par with Hamilton’s Beach SureCut™ that can open a can lid by piercing through it. 

It will require you to only position the can and it will do the rest because it automatically shuts off after opening the can.

The Black+DeckerCO100B SpaceMaker has the capacity to do four different tasks.

It cuts bags, open bottles, and sharpens your knives. Since it is a ‘SpaceMaker’ it does not require a place on the countertop, but you can attach it to cabinets, giving fast and easy access to all its features.

Its also safe to use because the sharp parts of the opener are  enclosed in a swing-open-door. Hence, it is suitable for households, nursing homes, and other care centers.

A minor incovenience you may experience with this can opener is that it does not immediately ‘bite’ the can. So, you need to try sticking the lid several times.

What We Liked

  • Multi-functioning opener
  • A powerful pierce mechanism
  • Safety swing-open-door

What We Didn't Like

  • Complex installation process
  • Does not easily bite into the can

4. Proctor-Silex 75217F Power Can Opener Black

The Proctor-Silex 75217F Power can opener can accommodate up to a 7-inch high cans, which is tailored for heavy kitchen use especially, in households.

Testing results demonstrate that the Proctor-Silex 75217F Power is geared towards making kitchen activities convenient, as it offers an additional knife sharpener feature and easy maintenance lever.

This works well for busier kitchens.

Its a less costly than other electric cans. Despite its low cost, quality and safety are still given importance.

This can opener passed the North American Electrical Standards.

Like most can openers, this one does not immediately pierce through the can so you still have to properly place it on the opener or assist it for it to bite and begin opening.

What We Liked

  • Accommodate tall cans
  • Less costly
  • Passed standards

What We Didn't Like

  • Do not easily penetrate or pierce cans
  • Important features are available to other openers

5. Oster FPSTCN1300 Electric Can Opener, Stainless Steel

The Oster FPSTCN1300 electric can opener marries quality with style.

This can opener has the ability to open tall cans.

It also has patented Power-Pierce feature which brand pierces and opens smoothly, therefore making the cooking process extra fast.

If you’re multi-tasking in the kitchen, you can leave the can attached to the opener through its magnetic lifters.

It will hold the can for you and automatically shut off when the can is opened so you can attend to other tasks. An advantage of this appliance is a knife sharpener, a compartment for scissors and an opener. All cutting and opening tools are stored in one appliance, saving you time instead of making you rummage in your cabinets.

But, one problem we found with the appliance is that if it’s your first time, you have to make several attempts to get the magnet to hold the can. If not, then the cutter will just skim across the lid.

What We Liked

  • Multi-functional features
  • Magnetic power
  • Patent pierce technology

What We Didn't Like

  • may be difficult in making the magnetic power work

6. BangRui Smooth Soft Edge Electric Can Opener with One-Button Manual Start / Stop

This electric can opener that is specifically built for users who have muscle or joint problems that affect gripping capacity.

The BangRui Smooth Edge Electric can opener allows a hands-free operation with just a press of a button.

This is a great help for the elderly and users with muscle problems.

A defining feature of the BangRui Smooth Edge electric can opener is its soft edge result. It leaves cans opened safely with less jagged edges. 

It is also powered by four AA batteries that are housed in a compact lightweight body. It adds portability simply because it can be carried wherever without the need to plug it in. So, you can also bring this to your next outdoor activity or camping adventure. Unlike its counterparts, this can opener can fit into your kitchen drawer and you don’t have to stick it in your cabinets or have it taking up space on countertops.

In contrast to countertop under-the-cabinet installed electric can openers, BangRui Smooth Edge Electric can opener doesn’t have an automatic turn off feature. You need to press the button to stop it from running around the can. 

What We Liked

  • Clean can edge result
  • Compact and portable
  • No need for electricity

What We Didn't Like

  • No automatic shut-off mechanism

7. Hamilton Beach Walk-n-Cut Rechargeable Can Opener

The Hamilton Beach Walk-n-Cut is a portable and lightweight can opener which can fit in any pack bag.

It's a suitable device for vacationers who are on the beach or on a picnic.  

It is cordless, similar to BangRui Smooth Edge electric can opener, but it does not use external batteries.

The product is rechargable so it comes with a wire which allows you to recharge the appliance. 

lThis can opener is capable of opening large or small sized cans. With its automatic shut off, it just runs through the can and opens the lids easily. 

What We Liked

  • Compact
  • Automatic shut-off
  • Rechargeable

What We Didn't Like

  • Repairs are quite difficult

8. Bartelli Soft Edge Automatic Electric Can Opener - Red Battery Powered

Bartelli Soft Edge Automatic electric can opener is very similar to the BangRui Smooth Edge in terms of its body design and features.

As its name suggests, it gives a smooth edged opened can, which can easily be sealed back.

If you don’t consume its entire contents, then you can just place the lid back on.

With a click of a button, the opener will pierce and run through the can. This is a great help for users with hand muscle pains or other problems. Bartelli Soft Edge Automatic electric can opener leaves your cans opened without the sharp edges that may puncture your hands.

It requires four AA batteries that you can remove and change once it drains, and requires no electricity. Due to the cordless feature, it can be used anywhere during picnics, barbecues, and other activities outdoor.

This product is, however, not easy to clean because its cutter is not removable. The magnet is also ineffective in lifting the lid that you have to manually pry open. All in all, its features and benefits are not very unique, as these features are available with other products.

What We Liked

  • Compact
  • Simple to use
  • No electricity needed

What We Didn't Like

  • Difficult to clean up

9. Cuisinart CCO-50BKN Deluxe Electric Can Opener, Black

 The Cuisinart CCO-50BKN Deluxe electric can opener has a Power Cut blade used to open cans precisely with just a simple press and release lever.

It has a magnetic lid controller that can open cans of standard sizes.

The good thing about this product is that it has a wider base, which helps you in opening large and heavy cans.

You don’t have to hold the can in place so it would not tip over.

The Cuisinart CCO-50BKN Deluxe electric can opener provides standard feature like removable levers, easy maintenance, and automatic shut-off.

However, it is not multi-functional (i.e function as knife sharpener) like other countertop products.

Since it only accommodates standard can sizes, you may not be able to use it for smaller or bigger cans. This product is only ideal if you don’t use products stored in extremely large or small cans. 

What We Liked

  • Wide and sturdy base
  • Automatic shut-off
  • Multi-functional

What We Didn't Like

  • Accommodates only small sized cans

10. Handy Can Opener Automatic One Touch Electric Can Opener - 2 Pack, Assorted Color

This is another battery operated electric can opener, which only requires two AA batteries.

The product is simple enough with only a single button to make it work.

The Handy Can Opener Automatic One Touch electric can opener is apt choice for those who want a simpler and smaller appliance.

Like other battery-powered and cordless electric can openers, this can conveniently fit into your kitchen or can be brought along with you when you travel and have to open canned food.

The compact electric can opener is tailored for those living in smaller spaces like of apartments, which have smaller counters and cabinets.

But, unlike its competitors, it only needs two AA batteries and is smaller. So, holding and using it is quite easy and affortable. It's also worth mentioning that this can opener has an automatic shut-down mechanism.

What We Liked

  • Smooth edge can result
  • Minimal battery needed
  • Automatic shut off

What We Didn't Like

  • Needs you to properly place the cans for it to work

Our Recommendations

Editor’s Choice: Hamilton Beach 76380Z Classic Chrome Heavyweight electric can opener

 Hamilton Beach 76380Z is stood out from the 10 can openers we reviewed. Hamilton Beach 76380 has an great quality and is efficient. It opens various can sizes and its heavyweight feature provides safety for users due to its firmness when using it. Another feature we especially loved is the fact that is automatically shuts off.

Runners-up: West Bend 77203Walk-n-Cut rechargeable can opener

Although West Bend 77203 also offers closely the same features, the weight matters because it will not topple the cans even when it’s heavy and big. Black+Decker’s CO100B SpaceMaker may also be ideal for homes and restaurants, but it is complex to use and will require special installation.

Our runner up as most favourite is another Hamilton Beach product, the Walk-n-Cut rechargeable can opener. For travellers and vacationers who have special food needs or who bring along pets and children, this rechargeable product is convenient and easy to use. It is compact and can fit into a bag without taking up a large amount of space.

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Walter J. Farrell is an accountant who is very passionate about sharing his knowledge on high tech gadgets. He started AuthorityAdviser to help people know more about the products that are currently a hit in the market.

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