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What's the best can opener?

walker Feb 21, 2014 10:59 AM

For years, I've used Swing-a-Way; I'm sure they've lasted 10 years but the last two don't seem to work after about 10 cans .. just feel they are not made as well as before. (Especially hard to open 28 oz cans of tomatoes.)

I'm willing to spend more $ for a superior product. Please advise.

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    mikie RE: walker Feb 21, 2014 11:57 AM

    Well, all I can say is that we tried a number of more expensive can openers over a period of time and we went back to Swing-a-Way. The Swing-a-Way 407 made in St. Louis, it darn hard to beat. Most of the others we tried struggeled to actually open a can. It's not as if I've tried every can opener out there, but of the ones I've tried, the 407 is the best.

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      zackly RE: walker Feb 21, 2014 12:05 PM

      I use a inexpensive Proctor Silex electric can opener for cans up to 28 oz.and it works fine. For #5 and #10 cans I use an old fashioned manual one. If I needed to open a lot of #10 cans I'd get an Edlund and attach it to my butcher block table like they do in restaurants.

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        Raffles RE: walker Feb 21, 2014 12:16 PM

        I've been using my P-38 since 1970. Not the fastest, but still working fine. I keep in on my keyring. I got it for free at work.

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          INDIANRIVERFL RE: Raffles Feb 21, 2014 06:35 PM

          For those whose fingers are not as supple and strong as they once were, I heartily recommend the P-39. 2.5 times the size of a P-38, you either had to be a cook or chummy with one to get it.

          It is good to be the Commander.

        2. monavano RE: walker Feb 21, 2014 12:21 PM


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            BobB RE: monavano Feb 21, 2014 01:43 PM

            Ditto. Oxo has THE best reasonably priced kitchen gadgets. I must have a dozen of their products by now.

          2. KarenDW RE: walker Feb 21, 2014 12:32 PM

            Pampered Chef for me :) We have an ambidextrous household, and the PC model works for either hand. My original model is 10+ years old, and still going strong.

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              John Francis RE: walker Feb 21, 2014 12:51 PM

              I've used the Zyliss safety can opener for several years and it hasn't failed yet. Opens cans from the side instead of cutting through the top.


              1. mcsheridan RE: walker Feb 21, 2014 01:17 PM

                Another Oxo user here...

                My last can opener was a Krups electric that took the lid off without leaving a jagged edge. When it died, I got the manual equivalent from Oxo.


                I absolutely swear by it, and it's very easy on the hands. Pincer grip to remove the lid is extremely useful.

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                  walker RE: mcsheridan Feb 22, 2014 01:05 AM

                  Is there any reason you did not buy another Krups electric?

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                    mcsheridan RE: walker Feb 22, 2014 12:03 PM

                    I had the Krups Open Master electric can opener for a number of years and it worked extremely well; however, it just died - it stopped opening cans. When I looked to replace it with another Krups Open Master, the product had been discontinued. In my research, I found that the same type of opener - one that would open cans from the side leaving no sharp edges - was available from Oxo as a manual opener for probably a third of my original purchase on the defunct Krups, it was a no-brainer.

                2. pinehurst RE: walker Feb 21, 2014 01:50 PM

                  My parents installed a Swing-a-Way wall mounted can opener (same style as you can buy today in Ace hardware or wherever) in 1967. I still use it today, and it still works fabulously.

                  I bought a portable Swing a Way opener for $5.00 last year to take on vacation. For me, they do the job beautifully.

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                    DebinIndiana RE: pinehurst Feb 21, 2014 05:49 PM

                    also available from Amazon.

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                    GH1618 RE: walker Feb 21, 2014 06:57 PM

                    Swing-a-Way was sold and is now an inferior product. This is the original and is what I now use:


                    I still have my similar Swing-a-Way, which I bought in 1967, but even these wear out in 40 years.

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                      walker RE: GH1618 Feb 22, 2014 01:04 AM

                      I knew it; really inferior product now .. such a shame.

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                        GH1618 RE: walker Feb 22, 2014 07:16 AM

                        But the original is still being made under a different name, so it doesn't matter.

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                          DebinIndiana RE: GH1618 Feb 22, 2014 02:17 PM

                          I didn't see the wall mounted one, though. What a shame! That's the one that's been hanging on my wall for 30 years.

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                            JudiAU RE: GH1618 Feb 26, 2014 08:33 PM

                            What name? The Chinese-made one is junk.

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                              GH1618 RE: JudiAU Feb 26, 2014 10:01 PM

                              I posted a link to it: EZ-DUZ-IT. It comes from the old Swing-Away factory in St. Louis.

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                                walker RE: GH1618 Feb 27, 2014 01:38 AM

                                I noticed that Williams Sonoma carries it, only $8.95:


                                I decided to order an Oxo Magnetic locking can opener; gets good reviews, some complain it's too large. It hasn't arrived yet but I have high hopes:


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                                  DuffyH RE: walker Feb 27, 2014 03:04 PM

                                  I've got a different Oxo magnetic locking opener. I hate to admit it, but at first I trouble getting it to work right every time. I've used an Oxo for years so couldn't imagine what the problem was. It was a matter of a very slight angle adjustment and using a lighter hold once the handles were locked onto the can. Now it's a breeze, and I love it.

                                  Not fishing the lid out of the can is very nice, as is not needing to keep squeezing the handles. I'm sure you'll love it.

                                  Here's mine: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003...

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                        kseiverd RE: walker Feb 22, 2014 11:42 AM

                        Ex is a Viet Nam vet. YEARS ago (before he was an ex), went on a boys shopping trop to a sporting goods store. He came home an put this THING in my hand... said was in big wooden barrel, 5/$10... a P38. I had NO idea what it was?? Once it was explained to me, hasn't left my key chain... like another poster mentioned.

                        If no power... or even best hand-held opener fails... you will ALWAYS be able to open a can with a P38. Not something I'd like to open BIG cans with, but they would be opened.

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                          walker RE: walker Feb 22, 2014 11:57 AM

                          Is anyone familiar with these:



                          Looks like Wm-Sonoma carries the Kuhn Rikon in red and they also carry the original Swing-a-Way now called ez duz it for $8.95: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/ez-duz-it-can-opener/?pkey=e|can%2Bopener|54|best|0|1|24||10&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules

                          This one gets good reviews:


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                            Raffles RE: walker Feb 22, 2014 02:22 PM

                            How easy are all of the above to clean? Dirty openers are a invitation to ........Scotts Tissue stocks going up....

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                              mcsheridan RE: Raffles Feb 22, 2014 03:06 PM

                              The Oxo I recommended is very easy to clean by hand, and can be put in the dishwasher should you have one.

                            2. DuffyH RE: walker Feb 25, 2014 12:06 AM

                              Another vote for Oxo. Easy to clean and DW safe. My preference is the fat, softer handles.

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                                ChillyDog RE: walker Feb 27, 2014 06:15 PM

                                I use a handheld Swing-A-Way from 1975. Every once in a while, I lube it up and it's good to go. It's not surprising that the new ones aren't of the same quality. Sad, but true.

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                                  GH1618 RE: ChillyDog Feb 27, 2014 06:49 PM

                                  The new EZ-DUZ-IT is the same quality (I have one of each) because it comes from the old Swing-Away factory.

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                                    ChillyDog RE: GH1618 Feb 27, 2014 09:22 PM

                                    Yes, but I suspect the one I have will outlast me.

                                2. ElsieB RE: walker Feb 28, 2014 06:50 AM

                                  Best we have used. Very easy

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                                    walker RE: ElsieB Feb 28, 2014 03:00 PM

                                    The Ez Duz It one is from the original factory, very well reviewed and much cheaper, both from Amazon and Wm-Sonoma.

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                                    ben2h RE: walker Mar 3, 2014 01:35 PM

                                    OXO Smooth edge manual can opener works great, leaves no sharp edges and is easy to use

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