Kitchen Mama Yes You Can Can Opener
Ergonomic design that’s easy to grip
Compact enough to store in a drawer
Easy to operate
Heavier than other can openers
Needs four AA batteries
On the expensive side
Kitchen Mama Yes You Can Can Opener
We purchased the Kitchen Mama Yes You Can Can Opener so our reviewer could put it to the test. Keep reading for our full product review.
A can opener may not be something you think about a lot, but having a reliable one makes your kitchen experience much more enjoyable. The problem is that many can openers are not reliable (how many times have we all worked on that same stubborn Hormel chili, tin of clam chowder, or soup can top for minutes?) Or they work well at first, then quickly start to rust and lose their cutting power. Plus, who wants to sit there cranking away? That’s where electric can openers come in. In theory, they’re built to last and don’t require manual labor, but some of them can’t live up to the hype. The Kitchen Mama Yes You Can Can Opener comes highly rated, so I wanted to see if it could deliver on its promises by using a few of my own canned foods. Read on for the answer.
Setup: Grab your AA batteries
Setting up the Kitchen Mama can opener is a simple two-step process. All you have to do is slide open the battery door that sits on the top of the can opener and insert four AA batteries and you’re ready to go.
Design: Ergonomic, but a little heavy
This can opener has an elongated cylindrical design that fit nicely in the palm of my hand. There’s a single button near the top, right where my pointer finger naturally rested, so it was easy and intuitive to operate. On the underside of the can opener sits the gear and a covered blade.
There was a little bit of a learning curve when it came to getting the edge of the can between the blade and the metal gear, but once I figured out the proper positioning, it was smooth sailing.
Because it houses four AA batteries, it’s a little on the heavier side, but once it was positioned on the can, I barely noticed the extra weight.
Features: The base model
As far as features go, this can opener would be considered the base model of electric can openers. It has one switch that you use to turn it on and off—and it’s as simple as that. Press the switch when you want it to turn on, and press it again when it’s time to shut it off.
Rather than cutting into the top of the can, the can opener removes the lid from the side, right underneath the rim.
If you’re looking for an upgraded version, Kitchen Mama also has a one-touch electric can opener that automatically stops when it completes a full turn around the can. And while that sounds like a nice addition in theory, I didn’t feel like I was missing anything with this model. It was easy enough to press the button again when I wanted the can opener to turn off.
Performance: Works well, every time
Perhaps more important than anything else: The Kitchen Mama Yes You Can Can Opener performs really well. There was a little bit of a learning curve when it came to getting the edge of the can between the blade and the metal gear, but once I figured out the proper positioning, it was smooth sailing—and it worked well, producing clean cuts and edges every time.
The magnet attaches securely to the top of the can, making sure the can opener doesn’t slide around as the gear moves around the rim. Rather than cutting into the top of the can, the can opener removes the lid from the side, right under the rim. This produces a dull edge and makes it easy to dispose of the lid without worrying about cutting yourself. The lid also stays attached to the magnet so I was able to pull it right off, instead of having to dig around in the can as with manual can openers.
While it’s a little loud—it scared my cats a few times when I was using it, but that’s not an entirely difficult task—you only need to have it running for a few seconds to get a standard size can open, so the sound wasn’t really a big deal for me.
Cleaning: Wipe and you’re done
Because of the way it’s designed, the can opener doesn’t come into contact with any food so there’s no need to do extensive cleaning after each use. When I saw that it was getting dirty—or if it met some splatter while I was opening tomato sauce—I wiped it down with a damp paper towel and it was ready for next time.
As far as features go, this can opener would be considered the base model of electric can openers.
Price: On the higher side
As far as handheld electric can openers go, the Kitchen Mama Yes You Can is a little on the higher side. At a retail price of $35, it rivals countertop models, like the Cuisinart Deluxe Can Opener and the Hamilton Beach Smooth Touch, but if you value the ability to easily store it out of sight in a drawer, it’s worth the price.
Cuisinart Deluxe Can Opener: The Cuisinart is a one-touch can opener that comes in around the same price as the Kitchen Mama. It’s designed to stay on the counter, so it takes up more space, but it’s fully automatic and holds onto the can while it’s opening, so your hands stay free for other tasks. And since it runs off electricity, there are no batteries needed.
Zyliss Lock N' Lift Can Opener: If you’re not sold on an electric can opener, you always have the option of sticking with a manual design. While many manual can openers are clunky and unreliable, this top-rated pick from Zyliss has a locking mechanism that secures it to the can and a magnet that allows you to safely remove the lid without having to dig inside the can for it.
A high-performing hands-free option.
The Kitchen Mama Yes You Can Can Opener has a little more weight to it than other similar electric can openers, but it performs well every time and produces even cuts without sharp edges.
- Product Name Yes You Can Electric Can Opener
- Price $35.00
- Weight 8.5 oz.
- Product Dimensions 7.09 x 2.76 x 2.17 in.
- Color Red, blue, white and green
- Batteries Four AA (Not included)