Kitchen Aid Can Opener

Kitchen Aid Can Opener

stephen of Decatur, AL on Nov. 12, 2014Satisfaction RatingKitchen Aid Artisan Counter top mixer and can opener – I purchased this combination at Sears in Decatur Alabama. After seven months the can opener attachment stopped working. I called Sears and they referred me to KitchenAid as they had not more of the can openers and did not carry them any longer as I was advised. I called KitchenAid and was told they discontinued the can opener attachment and due to the fact that I did not have a receipt they could do nothing about the defective can opener. I went back to Sears and they could find no record of my purchase as I paid cash for it. Called KitchenAid again and offered to ship the can opener back to them and they advised me that they could do nothing to help me. So much for customer service and goodwill. I threw the can opener away and wrote it up to a life lesson. No more KitchenAid appliances for me.Helpful?YesNo
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Kitchen Aid Can Opener

As far as can openers go, the OXO doesn’t differ much from the rest of the field. Measuring 7 inches long, 4¼ inches wide, and 3 inches tall, it has a mostly traditional style. It’s a touch wider than the average opener due to the magnet, but about the same height. The body is made of black plastic and augmented by soft-touch rubber where you hold it, namely on the handles and the knob. Immediately above where your thumb rests is a gray button; this is the release for the locking mechanism that secures the opener onto the can, a feature we saw on only one other opener. Overall this model has a pretty compact profile, so it will fit comfortably in your kitchen tool drawer.
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Kitchen Aid Can Opener

Sieger Bravo Safety Can Opener: If you want a safety opener but prefer a more traditional clamp-style can opener with two arms, we recommend the Sieger. It isn’t as effective at opening cans as the Zwilling, but it doesn’t have the slight learning curve that comes with our upgrade pick. Its biggest drawback is its plastic handles, which lack a hole for hanging and aren’t as sturdy or durable as the Zwilling’s handle. Due to its slightly bulky shape, this model also takes more space in a kitchen drawer.
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Kitchen Aid Can Opener

The Hamilton Beach Smooth Touch Can Opener may take up valuable counter space and require an outlet, but we’ve found it’s the best electric option for anyone who has difficulty using a manual can opener. It works on all can sizes (something that other tested can openers couldn’t do), creates smooth edges, and conveniently holds the lid in place after opening. Because of its large size, we recommend this electric opener only for people who can’t use a manual one.
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Kitchen Aid Can Opener

The OXO Good Grips Locking Can Opener with Lid Catch doesn’t look too different from a normal opener. But the small differences add up to a much nicer device that’s a cut above your typical Swing-A-Way and well worth the extra $10 you’d pay for decades of can opening to come. Its ability to lock onto cans, its sharp cutting blades, its soft-grip handles, and its magnetic lid-lifting mechanism help this model open cans smoothly and comfortably while keeping your fingers safe from sharp edges. So it’s no surprise that this can opener gets great reviews from various publications, experts, and users.
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Kitchen Aid Can Opener

Though it’s on the pricier side, the Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Pure Can Opener outperformed every other model we tested. Easier to use than other safety models, it latched on better and cut cans of all sizes. The Zwilling uses pressure to pop open the seal between the lid and the can from the outside, so it has no cutting blade to contaminate the contents. Because the opener doesn’t leave a jagged edge and never touches the food, it’s also safer to use than a conventional can opener. Additionally, we found the handle and the wide knob more comfortable to use compared with other openers we tested, and its compact design is dishwasher safe and easier to store.
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Kitchen Aid Can Opener

The Zwilling does take a little getting used to, especially if you’re more familiar with a traditional two-arm opener. But in the end we found the Zwilling to be the easiest to use of all the single-arm safety models we tested. It has a convenient guide rail that keeps the opener steady as you cut around the can. As with most can openers, it isn’t intended for left-handed folks, and some Amazon reviews indicate that the opener gets dull after a couple of years of regular use. Zwilling J.A. Henckels will replace can openers with defects or manufacturing problems after inspection. However, the company’s warranty doesn’t cover issues arising from normal wear and tear.
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Kitchen Aid Can Opener

After six months of using the OXO Good Grips Locking Can Opener with Lid Catch as our go-to can opener, it’s still working as well as when we first got it. We’re very happy with the performance, though this model is no longer the absolute best opener we’ve used.
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If you are unable (or don’t like) to use a manual opener, our pick for an electric model remains the same from our original guide: the Hamilton Beach Smooth Touch Can Opener. Its unique safety-opener design, its ability to work with cans of all sizes, and its current 4.6-star rating (out of five) with more than 5,000 reviews on Amazon makes it the winner among electric openers.
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Also Great $32 from Bed Bath & Beyond Upgrade pick: safety opener for heavy use Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Pure Can Opener This expensive opener effortlessly creates a smooth edge, opens cans of all styles and sizes, and has a sleeker design that’s easier to store.
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Upgrade pick: safety opener for heavy use Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Pure Can Opener This expensive opener effortlessly creates a smooth edge, opens cans of all styles and sizes, and has a sleeker design that’s easier to store.
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Over the past two years, we’ve spent dozens of hours researching can openers, speaking with cookbook authors and food podcasters, and opening 85 cans with 22 can openers. We think that the OXO Good Grips Locking Can Opener with Lid Catch is the best can opener for most people. It locks onto cans and cuts through their lids with ease, and a magnetic catch lifts the cut tops off so you don’t have to touch a saucy and sharp-edged lid. Both our left-handed and right-handed testers found it a pleasure to use. A smoothly spinning knob with a soft-touch finish makes it comfortable to use as well.
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If you can spend more, our upgrade pick is the Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Pure Can Opener. With its single, sleek handle and its lack of sharp or serrated wheels, you may not immediately recognize the Zwilling as a can opener (or even know how to use it). But once you’ve removed a few lids with it, we don’t think you’ll ever go back to traditional openers that messily cut into cans. It locks onto and opens all styles and sizes of cans, keeping them free of jagged edges better than any competitor we tested. A convenient lid catch lifts the tops off so that they never come into contact with the food (limiting the risk of cross-contamination). And with its smoothly spinning knob and comfortable handle, the Zwilling is also easier to hold and store compared with other openers we tested. In the few weeks since we settled on this recommendation, however, we’ve seen this model go out of stock on Amazon. Because it’s harder to find and twice the price of the OXO, we’re recommending it only if you value a safety edge (and you’re willing to fork over the extra cash for it).
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Although we found this particular OXO opener to be the best of the non-safety openers, it wasn’t without some minor issues. Many people will cite the resulting sharp edge as one of the biggest problems, but thanks to the magnet, that isn’t a dealbreaking fault. Yes, it doesn’t make the same clean, smooth cut that a safety opener does, but because you don’t have to worry about fishing the lid out of the can, we can forgive this.
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Rösle Can Opener: This safety can opener was a close runner-up due to its overall sleek design, which is comparable to that of our upgrade pick. But the knob was difficult to turn, and this model didn’t latch onto cans as easily; we had to get the angle just right for it to attach properly.
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Progressive Safety I-Can Opener This can opener seems to use the same opening mechanism as the Kuhn Rikon, but with different bodies and handles. It caused frustration among our experienced cooks. As with the Kuhn Rikon, testers generally had a hard time getting the Progressive to latch onto cans, and they couldn’t easily see when the lid was actually detached.