The Best Electric Can Openers for No-Effort Entry Into Soup, Veggies, and More

Our winner is the Hamilton Beach Smooth Touch Can Opener

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The Spruce Eats Top Picks

The Hamilton Beach Smooth Touch Can Opener is our top pick because it looks sleek on a countertop, has an ergonomic easy-touch handle, and can cut different types of cans (including pop tops), leaving a smooth edge every time. Our budget winner, on the other hand, is the Handy Can Opener.

We’ve all been there: Struggling to open a can with a rusty manual can opener that can barely pierce the metal anymore. It’s usually not until these moments that we realize we need a can opener upgrade. The problem is that many can openers have a short lifespan—they’re great until suddenly they aren’t. But the best electric can openers solve these issues and make opening cans the easy kitchen task it should be.

Here are the best electric can openers for reliable cutting.

Best Overall: Hamilton Beach Smooth Touch Can Opener

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Hamilton Beach 76607 Smooth Touch Can Opener, Black and Chrome
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What We Like
  • Sleek design

  • Side-cutting feature

  • Leaves smooth edges

What We Don't Like
  • Metal shards could fall in food if can rotates more than once

Who else recommends it? Consumer Reports, Good Housekeeping, and Bob Vila all picked the Hamilton Beach Smooth Touch Can Opener.

What do buyers say? 85% of 65,000+ Amazon reviewers rated this product 4 stars or above.

The Hamilton Beach Smooth Touch Electric Automatic Can Opener is an option that can please almost anyone. It’s designed with an ergonomic easy-touch lever and unexposed blade that cuts along the side of the can, rather than piercing into the top, leaving smooth edges behind. Operation requires minimal grip strength; you just hold down the lever (you can let go of the can) until the lid comes off.

This is a plug-in countertop model, but the sleek design minimizes its footprint while the stainless steel and black finish blends in seamlessly with most other kitchen appliances. And, as an added bonus, it includes a small pair of scissors that stow away in the back, so if you need to open any boxes or bags while you’re cooking, you’ll be covered there too.

Dimensions: 5.88 x 10.75 x 6.13 inches | Power source: Plug in

Best Design: Cuisinart Deluxe Stainless Steel Can Opener SCO60C

Cuisinart Deluxe Stainless Steel Can Opener SCO60C

Cuisinart

What We Like
  • Opens cans without any stalling or jumping

  • Hands-free operation

  • Plugs in so you never need to change batteries

What We Don't Like
  • Takes up counter space

  • Blade is exposed when cleaning lever

  • Leaves sharp edges on the lid

Cuisinart pulled out all the stops with it’s Deluxe Electric Can Opener. This countertop model has a sleek, slim design that takes up minimal space and a brushed stainless steel finish that makes it the best looking option on this list (in our opinion). Of course, looks aren’t everything but it gets high marks in performance too. During our testing, this can opener produced precise, even cuts, even on cans that were slightly dented. It has a one-touch operation and a magnet that holds cans in place, so you just have to set the can up and press the lever, and it will do the work even if you walk away. And it holds for any size can, too. We tested 6-ounce tomato paste cans all the way up to 28-ounce crushed tomato cans and the results were consistent each time.

Dimensions: 4.47 x 4.62 x 9.35 inches | Weight: 2.65 pounds | Power source: Plug In

Best Budget: Handy Can Opener Automatic One Touch Electric Can Opener

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Handy Can Opener : Automatic One Touch Electric Can Opener
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What We Like
  • Cuts without sharp edges

  • Ergonomic design fits nicely in your hand

  • Compact enough to store in a drawer

  • Easy to operate

What We Don't Like
  • Jams on dented cans

  • Occasionally stops mid cut

  • Needs batteries

Electric can openers aren’t especially cheap, but the Handy One Touch is a budget-friendly option with impressive performance for the price. While it struggled a little on dented cans during our testing, it was able to produce clean cuts most of the time. Another handy (pun intended) feature, is that the can opener attaches to the can with a magnet, so the lid stays put  when it's cut and you can just lift it right off without having to dig into the can. It also has an automatic timer so you just have to push the button, rather than hold it down as it goes. Once the can is open, the blade will stop on its own. And, of all the handheld models, this one fit in our hand most comfortably.

Dimensions: 7.76 x 5.39 x 2.8 inches | Weight: 8.4 ounces | Power source: AA Batteries (2)

Best Value: Kitchen Mama Electric Handheld Can Opener

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Kitchen Mama

What We Like
  • Cuts evenly

  • Ergonomic design that’s easy to grip

  • Compact enough to store in a drawer

  • Easy to operate

What We Don't Like
  • Heavier than other can openers

  • Needs four AA batteries

  • On the expensive side

This electric can opener from Kitchen Mama may be a little more expensive than other similar models, but the quality is obvious. When testing the can opener, there was a bit of a learning curve figuring out how exactly to position it, but once we got the hang of it, we were rewarded with reliable functioning and clean cuts and edges every time. Rather than cutting into the top of the can, the Kitchen Mama removes the lid from the rim, so you don’t have to worry about any sharp edges. It also has an ergonomic design that’s easy to grip with the on/off switch conveniently placed right below where your pointer finger naturally rests. The only downside is that it operates on four AA batteries, which makes it heavier than the other handheld models we tested.

Dimensions: 7.09 x 2.76 x 2.17 inches | Weight: 8.5 ounces (without batteries) | Power source: AA Batteries (4)

Best Extra Tall: Oster Electric Tall Can Opener with Sharp Knife

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Oster 003147-000-002 Electric Tall Can Opener with Sharp Knife, Small, Silver

Oster

What We Like
  • Accommodates oversized cans

  • Magnet is strong enough to hold cans

  • Lightweight

What We Don't Like
  • Leaves sharp edge

  • Can’t operate hands-free with heavy cans

Most of the cans you open will likely be the same height, or shorter (think tuna cans or small cans of tomato paste), but this extra-tall option from Oster accommodates the occasional oversized can, as well. Standing 10 inches tall, this countertop model is about two to three inches taller than similar models on this list. While this extra height accommodates tall cans of beans and the like, we also found that it makes it easier to position standard cans since there’s plenty of room to spare. The magnet is strong enough to hold the larger cans while the opener is cutting, but if the can outweighs the opener itself—it’s only 1 pound—you have to hold the can so the whole thing doesn’t topple over.

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Dimensions: 10 x 5 x 6 inches | Weight: 1 pound | Power source: Plug in

Best Rechargeable: Hamilton Beach Walk 'n Cut Can Opener, Automatic Hands Free, Cordless & Rechargeable

Hamilton Beach Walk 'n Cut Can Opener, Automatic Hands Free, Cordless & Rechargeable, Black (76501G)

Hamilton Beach

What We Like
  • Rechargeable battery

  • Hands-free operation

  • Cutting blade assembly is removable

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn’t work on pop-top cans

  • Larger than expected

The Hamilton Beach Walk 'n Cut Can Opener combines the best of both worlds. It operates on a battery, so you don’t have to plug it in, but that battery is rechargeable, so it doesn’t need replacing. The rechargeable battery is also smaller than the AA batteries that the other handheld models use, so this can opener is considerably lighter than some of the other handhelds. However, we were expecting it to be a bit smaller than it is. We wouldn’t necessarily call it “compact” as the listing states, but because this is a walk and cut model, you don’t have to hold it while it’s cutting. Another standout feature is that the cutting blade assembly is removable, so it’s easier to clean than other handheld models. The only downside is that, because of the way the magnet is positioned, it doesn’t work well on pop-top cans.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 4.5 x 5.8 inches | Weight: 1 pound | Power source: Rechargeable batteries

Final Verdict

Our top pick is the Hamilton Beach Classic Chrome Heavyweight Electric Automatic Can Opener because it's durable, easy to use, and performs well every time. For a top-performing, budget-friendly pick, we recommend the Handy Can Opener.

What to Look for in an Electric Can Opener

Power Source

When shopping for an electric can opener, power source is an important consideration.

Plug-in can openers are always ready to be used, so you’ll have to deal with dead batteries. But the downside is that you’re limited as to where you can use them since you’ll need to be close to an electrical outlet. This also limits travel capabilities. If you’re solely using the electric can opener at home, it’s not an issue. But if you like to go camping, a plug-in model can limit you.

The other option is a battery-operated can opener. They’re very portable, since they don’t require a separate power source, and they’re handy when the power goes out. The downside, of course, is that you’ll have to replace the batteries occasionally.

Size/Storage

On a related note, you’ll want to think about the size and where you’ll be storing the can opener when it’s not in use. If you don’t open a lot of cans, you might want to store your can opener in a drawer or in a cabinet, so it’s handy when you need it and hidden when you don’t. The other option is a countertop model that stays on your kitchen counter, even when you’re not using it. 

This is when size becomes an important factor. If you want to stow your can opener away in a drawer, you’ll need a smaller, handheld model. If you’re okay with giving up some counter space, a plug-in model will work for you.

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Type of Cut

There are two ways electric can openers cut into a can: on the side or into the top. Side-cut openers cut below the can’s rim, unsealing the top and leaving a smooth, safe edge. This also creates a lid that you can use to cover the can temporarily, and prevents you from having to dig the piece of metal out of the can.

Conversely, traditional can openers cut the lid just inside the rim, leaving a circle of metal with sharp edges. This type of cut can be handy when you’re draining the liquid from the can. And while manual can openers drop the lid into the top of the can, electric can openers typically have a magnet that holds onto it so you can carefully remove and discard it.

FAQs

How do you operate an electric can opener?

All electric can openers are slightly different, but the method of operation is similar. When using an electric can opener, the first step is lining up the lid of the can with the blade and gear assembly. With handheld models, the next step is to engage the opener by pushing the power button. Standing models usually have a lever that you clamp down to signal the can opener to start.

Once the can opener is started, the blade will cut along the can and until the lid is completely removed. Both types of electric can openers typically have a magnet that securely holds onto the lid so you can then safely discard it without having to dig around in the can to grab it.

How do you clean an electric can opener?

Unlike manual can openers that you can submerge in a water and vinegar solution, electric can openers require more focused care. Every time you use the can opener, wipe down the body and the blade with a clean cloth to remove debris. This helps prevent buildup and ensures the can opener is ready for its next use.

If your can opener needs a deeper clean, you can use a toothbrush or a cotton swab to get into hard-to-reach areas. Soak the cotton swab in vinegar and carefully clean the blade and assembly, or use mild dish soap and hot water with a toothbrush to scrub away any buildup.

If the blade or assembly is removable, you can (carefully) take it off, soak it in a 1:1 water and vinegar solution, or some hot water with mild dish soap, for a few minutes then dry it off completely before reassembling the can opener. 

No matter how you clean, always make sure the blade is completely dry after. This will help prevent rust from forming.

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Does an electric can opener need to be sharpened?

Like any other blade, an electric can opener can eventually go dull, but there’s an easy trick you can use to sharpen it. Tear off a strip of aluminum foil and fold it over on itself twice to quadruple the thickness. Carefully run the aluminum foil along the blade, turning the blade as you go to make sure the entire thing is covered. Repeat two to three times and test the blade. If necessary, repeat the process until the blade sharpens. 

If this doesn’t work, you may need to replace the can opener instead. In some cases, it’s possible to order replacement parts, but it may be more cost effective to simply buy a new one.

How We Researched

To compile this list, our team of editors and contributors spent hours researching the best products on the market in this category, evaluating their key features—like ease of use, material, or price—in addition to reviews from customers and other trusted sources. We then used this research to assign a star rating from one to five (five being the best; one being the worst) to certain products on the list.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

Lindsay Boyers is a functional nutritionist and recipe developer who’s personally tried practically every kitchen tool out there. She tested most of the options on this list herself, and relied on customer reviews and feedback to make informed decisions about which electric can openers to recommend. She uses the Cuisinart Deluxe Electric Can Opener in her kitchen.

Taylor Rock is an associate commerce editor for The Spruce Eats. She constantly has her eye on the market for new launches and updates content accordingly. Freelance food writer Jenny Kellerhals contributed additional research and text for this piece. As a recipe developer, she knows the importance of a reliable can opener. 

Article Sources
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