The 9 Best Can Openers to Buy in 2018

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall Manual: ZYLISS Lock N' Lift Can Opener at Amazon

“Easy to use, with wide, comfortable grip handles for functionality.”

Best Overall Electric: Hamilton Beach Smooth Touch Can Opener at Amazon

“Open regular cans as well as those that have pull-tab lids.”

Best Multi-Purpose: Kuhn Rikon Auto Safety Master Can Opener at Amazon

“Manual side-cutting can opener with several added features.”

Best for Arthritis: Instecho Smooth Edge Automatic Electric Can Opener at Amazon

“Operates with just one hand for ease of use.”

Best Under Cabinet: BLACK+DECKER Spacemaker Multi-Purpose Can Opener at Amazon

“Mounts on the cabinet with integrated bag opener, a bottle opener, and a knife sharpener.”

Best For Left-Handed: Kuhn Rikon Ratchet Safety LidLifter at Amazon

“Simply push the ratchet without needing to hold onto it.”

Best Wall-Mounted: Swing-A-Way Magnetic Wall Can Opener at Amazon

“Mounts to a wall where it is always ready for use.”

Best Compact Can Opener: Japanese Can Opener at Amazon

“Tuck it in with your fishing or camping gear or use it to open cans when the power is out.”

Best Flip-Top: Ring Pull Can Opener at Amazon

“Made just for opening those flip-top cans, providing needed leverage for smooth, easy opening.”

  • 01 of 09

    Best Overall Manual: ZYLISS Lock N' Lift Can Opener

    ZYLISS Lock N' Lift Can Opener
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    Easy to use, with wide, comfortable grip handles that make it easy to squeeze the opener into place on the can lid. The opener locks into place, so you don’t have to keep squeezing as you open the can. The side handle is easy and comfortable to turn, and the cutting operation is smooth.

    When the can is open, you simply release the lock to let go of the can. A magnet grabs and holds the can lid so you can lift it away from the can, then you can use the magnet release lever to drop the lid, so you don’t have to touch it at all.

  • 02 of 09

    Best Overall Electric: Hamilton Beach Smooth Touch Can Opener

    This electric can opens the cans from the side of the lid rather than cutting from the top, so you can open regular cans as well as those that have pull-tab lids. It leaves a smooth edge, so even kids can use this without mom worrying about them cutting themselves on the sharp edge of the can lid.

    Since the blade never makes contact with the food, it will stay cleaner and you don’t risk cross-contaminating foods, because no one wants their evaporated milk to taste like baked beans!

    This has a large top lever that’s easy to press down, so it’s simple for anyone to operate. Just attach the can, press the lever, and hold it down as the can opener does all the work. The small footprint lets you tuck it under your cabinets if you open a lot of cans, or store it in a cabinet if you only use it occasionally.

  • 03 of 09

    Best Multi-Purpose: Kuhn Rikon Auto Safety Master Can Opener

    This manual side-cutting can opener automatically locks itself onto the can as you turn the handle, so it’s simple to get it going. Since it works from the side of the lid rather than the top, you get clean, smooth removal with no sharp edges to worry about when the lid is removed, and since the cutter never touches the food, there’s no chance of cross-contamination. When the lid is free, lid-lifter jaws clamp onto the lid to remove it easily, then you simply push a button to release it into the trash. The lid can also be pressed back onto the can to keep the contents neat while you work on a recipe.

    Besides opening cans, this has an integrated screw-top bottle opener, an integrated lift-off bottle opener, and a lever for pull-top cans, so you’ll be ready to open just about everything with this one device.

    This is available in several colors, to brighten up your kitchen or match your décor.

  • 04 of 09

    Best for Arthritis: Instecho Smooth Edge Automatic Electric Can Opener

    This couldn’t be easier. It operates with just one hand, so it’s great for anyone who has trouble with two-handed can openers or who has muscle weakness or arthritis, but it’s fun for anyone and easy enough for kids to operate.

    To use this, just put the opener on the can, press the button to start it, and watch it as it works its way around the can. It cuts the side of the lid cleanly for a smooth, neat, safe edge. The opener stops on its own when cutting is done, so you can walk away from it and let it do its job.

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  • 05 of 09

    Best Under Cabinet: BLACK+DECKER Spacemaker Multi-Purpose Can Opener

    While this is larger than some electric can openers, it doesn’t take any counter space, since it mounts on the underside your cabinet. There’s onboard cord storage, so you can use exactly the length you need to reach an outlet.

    Not only does this open cans, it also includes an integrated bag opener, a bottle opener, and a knife sharpener. All of these are tucked behind a swing-open door, so it looks tidy while not in use.

    The can opener starts easily with the press of a lever, and it shuts off automatically when the can is open. A magnet grabs the lid so it won’t fall into the can so you can dispose of it neatly.

  • 06 of 09

    Best For Left-Handed: Kuhn Rikon Ratchet Safety LidLifter

    Easy to operate with either the left or right hand, this has a ratchet arm rather than a turning handle. This opener is also great for people with poor grip strength, since you simply push the ratchet without needed to hold onto it.

    This works from the side of the lid rather than the top, so it is able to open normal cans as well as pull-top cans if you have a broken pull tab. Since the opener never touches the food, you don’t need to worry about cross-contamination, even if you’re opening a lot of cans at one time. For easy lid removal of pull-tab lids, this has a small “beak” that will grab the ring so you can pull the top easily. Small integrated pliers grab the lid to make it easy to remove once it’s freed from the can.

  • 07 of 09

    Best Wall-Mounted: Swing-A-Way Magnetic Wall Can Opener

    No need to find storage space in a drawer or cabinet for this can opener – it mounts to a wall where it will always be ready for use. The mounting bracket and screws are included with the opener, so you’ll have everything you need to install it, and it literally swings out of your way when it’s not in use.

    This is a heavy duty can opener made by a company that’s been making can openers since 1938, so they know what they’re doing. It has a large crank handle that operates the cutter, giving extra leverage for easy operation.

    It smoothly and easily cuts the top of the can, then a magnet grabs the lid to keep it from falling into the can. An integrated bottle opener is included, making this even more versatile.

  • 08 of 09

    Best Compact Can Opener: Japanese Can Opener

    This compact little cutter doesn’t have any moving parts, and it doesn’t require batteries or electricity, so you can tuck it in with your fishing or camping gear or use it to open cans when the power is out.

    This requires a little more effort than other manual cutters, but the sharp cutting edge easily pierces the can lid, then the cutting continues with a rocking motion using the shape of the opener as a guide. This also includes a bottle opener, making it even more versatile.

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  • 09 of 09

    Best Flip-Top: Ring Pull Can Opener

    Flip-top cans sound like a great idea, but some are tough to open, and can be difficult for folks with arthritis or poor grip strength. This opener is made just for opening those flip-top cans, providing needed leverage for smooth, easy opening. Just insert the end into the tab and pull to roll the lid back. Since your fingers are far from the lid, this also helps avoid cuts from slipping while trying to the lid with your fingers. While this doesn’t come in contact with the food, it is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. A hole on the handle gives you the option of hanging this on a hook rather than storing in a drawer.