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Manual can opener- which to buy? Such a disparity in pricing.

kimeats Jan 17, 2011 10:33 AM

So over the past 4 years or so we've owned 2 cheap-o manual can openers and one mid-range opener. All have died and failed.

Mostly we use these for opening large tins of tomatoes in the off-season, or some beans etc. We definitely aren't using it daily.

I was in the grocery (Wegmans) and found the OXO can opener is $19.99... is this worth it? It seems to be the same as the $6.99 can openers.

On amazon, some can openers are up to $50.

I beg you, tell me which can opener you use. I need a good one that won't crap out quickly.

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    mikie RE: kimeats Jan 17, 2011 10:54 AM

    Wegmans, sounds like western New York. We have gone through so many can openers is't crazzy. Finely found a Swing a Way made in the USA and it works great and was under $10 if I remember correctly. The one we have has plastic coated handles, so is a step up from the basic model. There is another favoriate mentioned here often but the brand eludes me at the moment. It cuts the lid off differently from a conventional can opener.

    It's one of these: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_...

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      c oliver RE: mikie Jan 17, 2011 01:45 PM

      Have never had to replace my Swing a Way. Just a great tool.

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        SanityRemoved RE: mikie Jan 17, 2011 06:13 PM

        Yes if you can locate a USA Swing-A-Way buy it, it will give you years of use. The Chinese made Swing-A-Way are not the same quality.

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          I used to know how to cook... RE: SanityRemoved Jan 17, 2011 06:52 PM

          Absolutely correct. The old ones are great! Mine dates to the mid-60's.

          Check at garage sales and thrift shops.


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        ferret RE: kimeats Jan 17, 2011 11:00 AM

        I've had two of these for years:


        This one cuts the edge of the can as opposed to the top.

        1. Chemicalkinetics RE: kimeats Jan 17, 2011 02:15 PM

          I have the OXO smooth edge can opener. It works fine.


          The OXO SteeL can opener has a very solid reputation:


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            pharmnerd RE: Chemicalkinetics Jan 17, 2011 05:08 PM

            I've had an older version of the OXO one in the second link above for about 10 yrs. Works perfect, easy-to-use, well-built, etc. Worth $20 IMO.

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              Chemicalkinetics RE: pharmnerd Jan 17, 2011 05:11 PM

              Thanks. :)

          2. EdBakesBread RE: kimeats Jan 17, 2011 02:55 PM

            My mom had a Swing-Away that was attached to the pantry wall. That thing was 25 years old and STILL sliced through a can lid-- and she was an extremely active cook so that thing probably had the equivalent of 45 years' use-- no joke. I've had one for 10+ years and it's still like new... I'm a believer!

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              Leepa RE: kimeats Jan 17, 2011 02:59 PM

              Mine is a Kuhn-Rikon that I have to have bought at least a dozen years ago. It's the bomb and expect that I'll never have to replace it.


              1. tanuki soup RE: kimeats Jan 17, 2011 03:07 PM

                I love the Monopol Jet 2000 from Germany. Hard to find, but a truly excellent design.

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                  terlin RE: kimeats Jan 19, 2011 10:50 PM

                  This Oxo is great:

                  1. Azizeh RE: kimeats Jan 19, 2011 11:20 PM

                    I never had good luck with can openers until I bought this one at Sur La Table. Even if a cans edge is slightly dented, it cuts right through it and has a magnet to pick the lid up out of the can. Love it.


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                      debrobillard RE: kimeats Jan 20, 2011 02:46 AM

                      You cannot beat a Swing A Way can opener. Yes, they are in the $20 range but well worth it...will last for years.

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