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Feb 21, 2014 10:59 AM

What's the best can opener?

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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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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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        1. re: Raffles

          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.

          1. re: monavano

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

          2. 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.