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Does the One Touch Can Opener Work?

Querencia Oct 1, 2006 03:20 PM

Does anybody here have actual experience using the new One Touch can opener that, supposedly, you just lay on top of the can and let 'er rip? Does it open a can entirely and cleanly? I have grown very jaded with fancy can openers and rely on my manual Zyliss but would consider an automatic that WORKS. Thanks.

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  1. The Ranger RE: Querencia Oct 1, 2006 03:33 PM

    My MIL loves her one touch but I'm not impressed enough to purchase one. I'll stick to using my manual OXO Grip and a refrigerator magnet.

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      rworange RE: The Ranger Oct 1, 2006 03:46 PM

      Why are you not impressed? Is it hit and miss?

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        The Ranger RE: rworange Oct 1, 2006 04:15 PM

        I'm not impressed at the price _or_ the performance. A can opener should not exceed the price of a coffee grinder; it's a disposable commodity. The cost of shipping should not be approaching 50% of an item's list price, either. Performance was also something that caught me by surprise. Her one touch doesn't always stay mounted and funky cans (rounded-square, over-sized circular) can create difficulties.

        Again, it's not something that I see a need for in my kitchen since the OXO Grip and a refrigerator magnet are best for me.

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        Cinnamon RE: The Ranger Oct 1, 2006 05:49 PM

        Second the Oxo. So easy to use it makes the thought of an electric superfluous for me - and I usually detest manual can openers.

      3. jfood RE: Querencia Oct 1, 2006 03:37 PM

        I own the Black and Decker cordless that is shaped like a little hammer. This works great but is not one of those "no sharp edges" opener. I click it on push the button and watch it glide around the top. Love it, and on the web you can find for $16 plus $8 delivery from some store in NJ. Three days and its at the house.

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          Mother of four RE: jfood Aug 5, 2007 05:01 PM

          I have a Black and Decker that is werid. It runs on a battery and recharges. When I try to use it it makes a wonderful noise until it goes to open the can, and then it is deader then a door nail. I think it was called something that started with a G. Gizmo, maybe. Anyhow, they are not making it anymore, and I can sure understand why!! I even paid almost as much as the can opener was worth to put a new battery in it. Dumb, Dumb me, that didn't make one bit of difference!!! I'm going with the manual, and it works just fine!

        2. Das Ubergeek RE: Querencia Oct 1, 2006 03:52 PM

          More importantly, is it easily cleanable?

          The first thing the Public Health look at in a kitchen inspection is the can openers...

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            Querencia RE: Querencia Oct 1, 2006 11:30 PM

            Thanks for replies. The One Touch is on sale this week locally, Target I think, so no shipping. I am starting to be troubled with arthritis in one hand so thought maybe the One Touch would be a solution to that---IF it works as advertised.

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              The Ranger RE: Querencia Oct 2, 2006 12:39 AM

              That's the reason my MIL swears by hers; arthritis in her hands. On sale and no shipping make the price point more tolerable.

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                free sample addict aka Tracy L RE: Querencia Oct 2, 2006 12:47 AM

                I was also interested in buying one since I developed tennis elbow. Linens and Things has it on sale for around $20.

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                embee RE: Querencia Oct 2, 2006 02:16 AM

                I had something quite a few years ago that looked almost exactly like this item. It didn't work worth a damn and ended up in the trash. If this is, indeed, the same thing, save your money. (If anyone tries it and it does work well, please report.)

                Westinghouse made an electric opener in the 1960s, called the Sesame, that slit the sides of cans. It worked brilliantly. When it died twenty something years later, there was nothing similar on the market. I have since tried two newer versions of this style opener: one on a normal stand and one that clamps to the top of the can and runs around it (much like the one touch but bigger and a plug-in). Neither was very good. Why this design could be made to work 40 years ago, but not now, befuddles me.

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                  Tobias RE: Querencia Oct 4, 2006 03:47 AM

                  If you have a physical disability, by all means get an electric can opener. Otherwise, why buy an item that won't do the job better or faster than a manual one? It's a waste of money, material, etc.

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                    daw7awap RE: Querencia Jan 5, 2007 06:13 PM

                    The only thing One Touch Can Openers can do is to lower the balance in your checking account. Following the company ad, you can have a stronger DeLuxe model, plus shipping charges and then your $19.95 can opener has become a $33.00 tool which you will trash shortly after receiving it.
                    Reminds me of the guy who has sold the pocket fisherman, buttom magic tool and now a very cheaply made counter oven which roasts quickly.
                    P T Barnum said there is a succor born every moment. I love the Grip made by OXO.

                    1. RShea78 RE: Querencia Jan 6, 2007 06:33 AM

                      I would say you are at the mercy of the can rather than that type of can opener. In other words the OTCO may not effortlessly open every can that is unusually sealed. (cans containing glues or special linings)

                      I have my gear model Swing-A-Way and when it flakes out I grab for the GI P-38 (Military folding can opener).


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                        jim2100 RE: Querencia Jan 7, 2007 01:33 PM

                        From the way I see the commercial. It looks like the top of the can is RAZOR SHARP. A normal opener takes the top off, the only sharp edge is thrown in the garbage, but with this, the sharp edge is on top of the can. Which WILL cause many cuts.

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                          RShea78 RE: jim2100 Jan 7, 2007 08:52 PM

                          Hi jim2100, I think there is some product confusion as to how can openers work and how they differ.

                          *Top inner cut, is the standard way

                          *Center chime cut, cuts a shade below the lid chime seal. This is refered to as a safety cut opener.

                          *Below the chime cut, is the most nastiest of the can openers out there. It cuts the entire lid off like a pipe cutter. I mentioned of one model below that is like this.


                        2. Quine RE: Querencia Jan 7, 2007 02:00 PM

                          For folks *so* willing to jump on the -real cooks use real manual can openers- bandwagon, consider that for some REAL folks who are food lovers, yes, dare I say it, even CHers, being able to get a can open makes the difference between eating real food they cooked and having to rely on frozen packaged crap.

                          My Mother got one of these handless canopeners, because she needed, then got a shoulder replacement. She ordered her's not from the TV Ad but rather from ShaperImage. And it does work great for her. She has had no problems. And it means that she can still cook stuff for herself, still have fresh brewed coffee, etc.

                          But she had been embarassed to let folks see it. We have been in food business most of my life, and well she was afraid it would look like she lost her foodie edge. Looking at the comments here, I can see folks perpetuating that view.

                          For those considering the handless canopener, yes, the SI one works great, is easy to clean and will make your life easier if opening cans is difficult.

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                            RShea78 RE: Quine Jan 7, 2007 08:33 PM

                            Please first see;


                            Quine, If you are referring to their Handsfree Can Opener (also refered to; No-Hands TM) I would not want my any family member or friend within 1 mile of that model.


                            It isn't considered a "Safety can opener" or is it advertised as such. Sharp edges will get exposed with that model.

                            It cuts below the lid chime into the upper portion of the label area. So it is in the can area where the label gets adhered to and is the most unsanitary, portion of the can. Any below the chime crud, (rust, glues, insect material) or the label paper, is in the direct path for product contamination. How do we get that area reasonably clean?

                            In addition, I notice right away a problem with the portrayal of that product. Looks awful shady to picture the can opener up side down in order to see the products name. And what's up with the elusive name anyway?


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                              Quine RE: RShea78 Jan 8, 2007 02:27 AM

                              Perhaps you could read the product info.

                              But I am sure you know best, right side up or side ways, maybe even upside down.

                              I only spoke from my experience of the product, from use, not a peek at the catalog page.


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                            Eupalinos RE: Querencia Feb 15, 2007 05:46 AM

                            I bought that OneTouch opener, and I returned it after just 3 uses. It was pathetic to watch this thing crawl across the top of a dog-food can, barely making it with the new set of AA batteries. Each can required a new set of (2) AA's! Don't even trie recharchable batteries - it won't even make the first can all the way! I bought it at a local store, but if you buy it by mail-order, they only refund you the price of the piece of junk and they keep the (already overcharged) "Shipping & Handling"! This is how they make the money! Buyer be aware!

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                              Songbird53 RE: Querencia May 23, 2007 01:03 PM

                              This thing eats up batteries. ANd it usually stops in the middle of opening a can. Mine is sitting here with a lid stuck in the works- just a mess. I want to return it!! Smart of you to ask in advance!

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                                Duke Ball RE: Querencia Aug 4, 2007 10:15 PM

                                My 2 month old OneTouch Can opener just stopped halfway. The motor died. New batteries did not help. Had to cut open the bottom to get the fish out. Love the smell and taste of fish, but this was messy.
                                Just another low quality $30.00 gadget made in China. (they just annnounced a deal to make Chrysler cars in China.) LoL

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                                  anniemax RE: Querencia Aug 9, 2007 12:59 PM

                                  I like mine a lot, though you do need to keep your ears alert for signs of batteries dieing so you don't end up having to use a Philips screw driver to get it go the rest of the way around & release. I use rechargeable batteries in mine and I have several sets of AA's for various gadgets, so its no big deal, there is always a fully charged set waiting. It also works great for my 81 year old mother, who is staying with me- she like that there is no fiddling with the can putting it on/off an electric can opener, which can messy- especially with anything in a syrupy liquid- she tends to use it in the sink to keep cleanups to a minimum if she's worried about spilling something. The One Touch is easy to clean- I give it a good wipe every time I use it and when I take the cover off to replace the batteries, the blade is fully exposed so its a perfect time for detailed cleaning...though I've never found anything gross growing on it like I often did with all my other can openers. I've had mine for 7 months now and other then the first time when I let the batteries go completely dead, I haven't had a problem with it. I love being able to set it going and walk away to do other prep work- I use to have an under cabinet mounted electric opener which I never fully trusted to hold the full weight of a can after it let go of a can of evaporated milk one time.

                                  I probably wouldn't have bought it at full price though- I got it at BB&B in their marked down stuff for $4.90 because it had 'missing parts'-lol...the packaging, instructions & batteries...packaging would have went in the trash anyways, I probably wouldn't have bothered to read the instruction and most batteries that come with stuff like that are useless. Even better, I picked up some other ridiculously marked down stuff, like red & green Christmas Salt & Pepper grinder balls for $1.90 a set (got several for Christmas gifts next year), and I used a $5 off $15 coupon.

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                                    sherpa RE: Querencia Oct 18, 2007 09:41 AM

                                    i am unable to use 'normal' openers, so seeing this i had great hope for 'independence'! now on my 5th can, it has seized for some reason. maybe the batteries? that being aside at this point....please....how do i get it to release it's bulldog hold of my can? (it reminds me of a bee returning to the hive and telling of it's travels!) hoping....

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                                      gdavej RE: Querencia Oct 24, 2007 10:16 AM

                                      Oh it works okay until the power runs out, then it stops half way round the can with no way of disconnecting the 2. I had to wrench the can open in order to get at the contents, and the can opener is still clamped tight to the lid. It's a good idea, but very poorly designed... it needs an easy to get at battery compartment (this can't be accessed once the opener starts to do it's thing on a can), and some way (when the batteries die) of disconnecting the can opener from the can. Until then, it's a heap of junk!

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                                        anniemax RE: gdavej Oct 24, 2007 05:03 PM

                                        If you look at the bottom side, there is a spot to insert a Philips head screw driver when you have a complete battery failure...been there, done that, with really mad cats because I was spilling all the tuna juice down the drain. If it has any power at all, you can help it along if it seems to be getting slow or stuck. I agree, its not worth the $20 price tag, but since I got mine on clearance for under $5, I think its great...along with a couple sets of rechargeable batteries, of course.

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                                        brownsm RE: Querencia Dec 27, 2007 10:29 PM

                                        I like my One-Touch Can Opener. Just put it on top of the can, press the button and it starts to move all around the can all by itself and the can is opened in no time! I like it better than my electric opener. I gave it to my mother and she had fun watching it work!

                                        I bought mine at CVS--no shipping charges--but the inconvenience of getting out of the house some times is worth the cost of shipping. Though I agree, the shipping fees charged by some sites are too high.

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                                          briann RE: Querencia Jan 6, 2009 03:05 PM

                                          my dad is in a wheelchair from a stroke and he only has the use of 1 hand. last year at christmas i bought him a one touch can opener. it works great but it also has a huge design flaw. if the batteries die while opening a can you can not get them out until the can has been removed. there is a srew that you can turn to manually release the can but because this product is made in china like every other thing these days and the screw is made out of a cheap plastic and will only work once and this function is no longer operational. why can't manufactures use metal any more? this christmas i bought him the one touch jar opener and it works great also and you can remove the batteries from the end of the device. why didn't the einstiens that designed this product originally think about doing this with the can opener. i emailed one touch and received a reply from a person named spencer. i was informed that they will do nothing for my dad as far as replacement. i'm sure you know how much i am going to deal with one touch from now on.

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                                            tomishirttail RE: Querencia May 7, 2012 04:04 PM

                                            This can opener is the biggest piece of crap on the market. I battled it for a few months until I finally tossed it in the trash.
                                            Concept is good, product is worthless!!!!

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                                              jumpingjohnny RE: Querencia Oct 2, 2012 11:05 PM

                                              As I have one paralyzed hand and can’t use many manual can openers any more without putting a lot of strain on my index finger while turning it the way I did when first losing the use of my left hand, I now have a One touch my sister bought for my Mother a long time ago when she developed arthritis on top of a dozen other things that seemed to happen to her at the same time. She used it fairly well. In the last three or more years the only problem I’ve had with it is that on one occasion a bit of food or sauce, tomato I think got wedged under the safety switch that prevents the can opener from operating unless it is on top of a can and pops the pops the lid up slightly when the can is cut all the way open by spring tension on the switch, turning the can opener off after cutting open the lid under normal circumstances. The only other problem I’ve had is on some cans where the paper label is too close to the top rim since it cuts from the side and pieces of the cut off label can also get pushed under the off switch, also turning it off before finishing the cut. This happens a lot on tuna cans where the label is only glued to the side of the can in the small area where the seams overlap. Just take a few minutes to remove the label before opening the can: problem solved. If you have an older model like I do pay attention to how fast it opens cans; if it is slowing down at all, change the batteries before opening another can with it. I haven’t paid attention to how often it goes through batteries a s I only open a few cans a week but at that light usage I haven’t changed batteries for a year. On the newer models I’ve seen on the web, the battery compartment door is on the side instead of the bottom so the issue of batteries going dead before cutting the lid off would seem to have been addressed. All in all this is well thought out and developed tool that has a cherished place in my tool box and I would recommend it to anyone who has a problem using one hand when most tools in this world are designed for two . Oh one more thing, I'd forgotten about that screw on the bottom for manually operating it to get the lid off. The screw looks like a Philips head on first glance and my sister may have used one the one tome it got stuck from dead batteries and she found one that fit well enough to turn it without messing it up [I have a pretty good variety of screwdrivers] but as I look at it now can see that is a cross shaped slot, which is fine if you have the special too made to fit it properly. I don't and imagine you would have to go to the manufacturer to get one the right size that fits it properly. Your best bet there is to find a flat blade screwdriver that fits across the slots snuggly [as it happens I have a pretty good variety of flat blade screwdrivers too]: that's what I did, it still works too. If you don't have one that fits around the house and can't make it across town to the nearest hardware store you might get by with a nail file, but be gentle with it. Since people first started making tools there has never been one made that didn't have a weak link in it somewhere and you can either learn how to work with it, fix it, or point the flaw out to people who will complain to the manufacturer about the flaw and quit buying their stuff until they fix it. An interesting point I sane acro a few years ago is that the Philips screwdriver was designed with the thought in mind that the screwdriver will slip on the head if tightened too much so an even amount of torque is applied to all the screws used for a particular aplication. Seems silly now, nut that was before the clutch and ratcheting devices were in common.
                                              Yes for the most part this is a well made tool and if and when it should ever wear out I would buy another one. JRM

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