Automatic Can Opener

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Our test winner is the TV Das Original - Touch and Go Professional Can Opener: The device lies well in the hand and ensures a clean cut. Our favourite with the test mark 9.8/10!

We tested 5 electric can openers and paid special attention to the handling and the cutting result.

Whether for chili con carne or a fruit tart: in the kitchen food cans have to be opened regularly. An electric can opener does this work quickly and without great effort. But which appliance is the easiest to use?

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last modified: 22.11.2019, 14:49
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Our winner: TV Das Original Touch and Go Professional Can Opener Rosenstein & Söhne Electrical Can Opener Review Rommelsbacher Tin Opener Review Kenwood CO 600 Can Opener Review GOURMETmaxx Automatic Can Opener Review

TV Das Original
Touch and Go Professional Can Opener

Rosenstein & Söhne
Electrical Can Opener

Rommelsbacher
Tin Opener

Kenwood
CO 600 Can Opener

GOURMETmaxx
Automatic Can Opener

  • Easy to put down
  • Cuts all cans carefully
  • Handy shape
  • Lies well in the hand
  • Appealing design
  • Automatic switch-off
  • Easy to clean due to the possibility of removing the lever
  • Integrated bottle opener and knife sharpener
  • Stable
  • Integrated bottle opener and knife sharpener
  • Stable
  • Cable compartment
  • Small size

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  • Impractical to put down as the back is arched
  • Foot in fin optics does not allow any stand
  • Unhandy size
  • Cuts harder tins unreliably; dents them
  • Unhandy size
  • Sharp edge with burrs
  • Lid does not close can properly

The Touch and Go can opener is a simple tool that does its job very well.

Even if putting the device down requires optimization, this can opener scores with its design and ease of operation.

A practical multi-tool for the kitchen, but too bulky for the private kitchen.

A kitchen appliance with useful extras, but quickly takes up a lot of space in the kitchen.

The small, handy shape of the GOURNETmaxx can opener does not make up for the can opening.

Handling
Safety
Volume
Speed
Overall impression
Height 6 cm 8 cm 22 cm 23 cm 5 cm
Width 18 cm 19 cm 13 cm 13.5 cm 12 cm
Depth 7 cm 6.5 cm 13 cm 13.5 cm 7 cm
Weight 326 g 341 g 934 g 1,005 g 183 g
Material Plastic / metal Plastic / metal Plastic / metal Plastic / metal Plastic / metal
Max. volume 85 dB 80 dB 75 dB 75 dB 79 dB
Scope of delivery Can opener, batteries Can opener Tin opener Can opener Can opener
Manual language GER, EN, FR, NL GER, FR GER, EN AR, CS, DA, GER, EN, ES, FA, FI, FR, HU, IT, NO, PO, RU, SV, TR GER, EN, FR, NL
Additional warranty None None 24 months (when the product is bought in Germany9 None None
Power consumption - - 51 W 42 W -
Stand-by power consumption - - 0 W 0 W -
Length of the power cable - - 113 cm 89 cm -
Power supply Batteries Batteries Power cable Power cable Batteries
Batteries included Yes No - - No
Battery type AA (4x) AA (4x) - - AA (2x)
Duration 25 seconds for a can with a diameter of 7.5 cm 20 seconds for a can with a diameter of 7.5 cm Approx. 20 seconds for a can with a diameter of 7.5 cm Approx. 20 seconds for a can with a diameter of 7.5 cm 15 seconds for a can with a diameter of 7.5 cm
Can edge Not sharp, without burrs Not sharp, without burrs Can rim without burr, the lid must be handled with care Can rim without burr, the lid must be handled with care Bent and sharp-edged burrs
Additional - Fish optics Bottle opener, knife sharpener Bottle opener, knife sharpener Small size
Cleaning by hand Easily wiped off with a clean damp cloth; remove batteries first Easily wiped off with a clean damp cloth; remove batteries first Easy to wipe off with a clean damp cloth, lever easy to remove Easy to wipe off with a clean damp cloth Easy to wipe off with a clean damp cloth
Test seal: TV Das Original Touch and Go Professional Can Opener , Rating 1.2
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Test seal: Rosenstein & Söhne Electrical Can Opener, Rating 1.8
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Test seal: Rommelsbacher Tin Opener, Rating 2
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Test seal: Kenwood CO 600 Can Opener, Rating 2.6
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Test seal: GOURMETmaxx Automatic Can Opener, Rating 2.75
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Tested products

TV Das Original Touch and Go Professional Can Opener  - thumbnail

1st place: TV Das Original Touch and Go Professional Can Opener

Test seal: TV Das Original Touch and Go Professional Can Opener , Rating excellent

The TV Das Original - Touch and Go Professional Can Opener keeps what its name promises and is easy to use. The rim of the can is cut cleanly and can be laid down or put back on without dangerous edges.

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Rosenstein & Söhne Electrical Can Opener - thumbnail Test seal: Rosenstein & Söhne Electrical Can Opener, Rating good

2nd place: Rosenstein & Söhne Electrical Can Opener

The Rosenstein & Söhne - Electrical Can Opener is a fun kitchen accessory and does its job well, but is somewhat impractical due to its shape. The edge is cut open neatly and is quickly ready for use without further preparation.

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Rommelsbacher Tin Opener - thumbnail Test seal: Rommelsbacher Tin Opener, Rating good

3rd place: Rommelsbacher Tin Opener

The Rommelsbacher - Tin Opener is a multi-functional tool for the kitchen, but quickly takes up space in the private kitchen and is connected to a socket. It is, therefore, more suitable for large kitchens.

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Kenwood CO 600 Can Opener - thumbnail Test seal: Kenwood CO 600 Can Opener, Rating satisfactory

4th place: Kenwood CO 600 Can Opener

The Kenwood - CO 600 Can Opener is an appliance with many kitchen functions but takes up a lot of space in the kitchen.

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GOURMETmaxx Automatic Can Opener - thumbnail Test seal: GOURMETmaxx Automatic Can Opener, Rating satisfactory

5th place: GOURMETmaxx Automatic Can Opener

The TV Das Original - GOURMETmaxx Automatic Can Opener is a bit unwieldy to operate and the edge is wavy. However, the opener is very small and can be easily stored in any drawer.

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TV Das Original - Touch and Go Professional Can Opener

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  • Electric can openers are ideal for people who find it difficult to operate a hand opener due to age or health reasons.
  • Tins have a thinner material on the lid and are the easiest to open with the opener despite the flap.
  • Dangerous cutting edges are avoided.
 

In the run-up to the test, we defined practical requirements and the following test criteria:

  • Handling
  • Safety and security
  • Noise level
  • Speed
  • Overall impression

In order to evaluate these criteria, we have defined several tests for the can openers (electrical). In these tests, all devices must open cans of different thicknesses and sizes.

Before the first run, we check how good and ergonomic the devices are in the hand. While the devices open the cans automatically, the required time is stopped and the volume is measured.

can opener during testing
A can opener during testing

It is also checked whether the can openers pose a safety risk during operation. The cleanliness of the cut is assessed on the opened cans and care is taken to ensure that sharp edges are formed. Finally, the equipment is cleaned.

A clean cutting edge greatly reduces the risk of injury.

In order to rule out errors and to ensure the load of everyday use, each test takes place in several runs.

The test criteria are given percentages depending on their importance. The final score is then objectively calculated from the test criteria using an algorithm.

Product selection

Our product selection is based on an observation of the current market. In addition to popular branded products, we also include insider tips in our selection. Criteria such as price and range of functions are an important factor for us. The test field is also determined by analysis and evaluation of customer reviews and external tests (e.g. Stiftung Warentest).

The devices are purchased anonymously or lent to us by the manufacturer. Dealers and manufacturers have no influence on the tests and our evaluation.

As soon as new relevant products come onto the market, our test field is extended by these. The new products go through the same test as the already tested devices.

Electric can openers - opening a can effortlessly within seconds

Tins are probably indispensable in the daily lives of most people. But many find it difficult to open them with an ordinary can opener due to a lack of strength or difficult technology. Electric can openers are a remedy. They do the job effortlessly and save both time and effort.

Electric can openers are ideal for people who, for age or health reasons, find it difficult to operate a manual can opener.

The following guide explains everything worth knowing: What are electric can openers, how did they come about, which different types of can openers are now available, for whom are they suitable and what should be considered when selecting them? You will find the answers to these questions below.

An electric can opener with a magnetic holder
An electric can opener with a magnetic holder

No matter whether vegetables, meat or complete meals, tins or their contents are useful because they have a long shelf life and are easy to portion. But opening cans with a classic can opener is a problem that many of us are familiar with. It can be very difficult to correctly apply the cutting element. A small inaccuracy often leads to damage to the can and, in the worst case, to dangerous cut surfaces.

Other problems are often caused by removing the severed lid. Opening cans with an electric can opener is much easier or absolutely problem-free. This is activated at the push of a button and then the can is opened almost automatically. This does not require any effort. For operation, only a power supply via mains plug or battery must be guaranteed.

Principally, everyone benefits from buying an automatic can opener that wants to make opening the cans as easy as possible.

The problems and difficulties associated with manual equipment can be easily solved with an electric opener.

Whether your strength decreases with age or you are limited by an injury - an electric can opener can be a great help.

Contrary to what is assumed, hardly any more money has to be spent. The purchase price is often only slightly higher. Especially in households where cans are opened regularly, electric can openers are a great relief.

They can be operated with one hand so that they are also suitable for people with physical disabilities, for example for people with motor disability and of course also for senior citizens who have little strength in their hands.

There are some things that play an important role in buying:

Quality

How the normally closed contact works and how much comfort is offered during use should be taken into account when making the selection. Make sure you buy of good quality. With cheap breakers, the motor will sometimes go on strike after just a few applications. In addition, the opener should be equipped with a magnet. Then you can remove the lid from the tin without having to touch it with your hands.

Materials

Electric can openers made entirely of stainless steel are better suited. Plastic models are more susceptible to wear.

Sharp edges may cause injury
Sharp edges may cause injury

Ergonomics

If you open several cans in a row, you'll quickly notice that even an ergonomically shaped handle and non-slip finish offer a lot of comfort. Ideally, the device can be operated with just one hand or open completely by itself.

Safety

With regard to safety, electric can openers should work without sharp edges. Safety can openers round off the cutting edge in such a way that no sharp edges occur and you cannot injure yourself.

Electric can openers have a motor which, when the can is opened, completely takes over the movement of the can opener along the cutting edge. They are placed or hooked onto the edge of the can.

After the button has been pressed, the cutting wheel begins to rotate and the opener moves along the edge of the can. He fixes himself all by himself. No force is required to separate the lid.

The opener leaves a clean cutting result. The danger of cutting oneself on the can or on the separated lid is considerably reduced. With conventional can openers, the lid also likes to fall into the can once after separation. This is also a thing of the past with the electric can opener. Electric can openers are equipped with a magnetic surface close to the cutting element.

Thus the lid of the can sticks to the opener after cutting off and can be disposed of effortlessly.

Electric can openers are very easy to operate with just one hand. In principle, they function like manual can openers. However, the movements do not have to be carried out by hand but are automatic in the electric model.

The different models differ in terms of construction and functionality:

Fully automatic models and hand can openers

In addition to the fully automatic can openers, there are also openers, which are manually attached to the lid of the can and held during use. They also rotate independently in a circle around the can lid. The can is cut open without burr. The lid is held in place by a magnet so that it cannot fall into the open can.

Standing can opener

The can openers into which the can is placed are very stable. Standing devices hold the can in place independently during the opening. This is made possible by a strong magnet and an effective cutting system. Free-standing machines are very suitable for frequent use.

Battery-operated, electric can openers

A battery-operated can opener is very handy and flexible because there is no annoying cable. It can be used independently of a socket. It draws its power from the batteries inserted in the housing. The advantage is that it can be used anywhere, even without a power connection. Of course, the batteries only last a certain time and then have to be replaced. Often two to four are needed. They are often not included.

Mains-operated, electric can openers

An electric can opener, which has a cable, is mains operated. It, therefore, receives its power from the socket and the integrated cable. The can opener can therefore not be used mobile, but for an unlimited period of time. After use, the cable can be stowed in an integrated cable compartment with, particularly practical can openers. The models are often larger than the battery-operated openers, but often also offer higher performance. This makes opening the cans easier and faster.

Electric can openers with wall mounting

Electric openers for the wall are mounted in a bracket on the wall. This eliminates the need to search for the can opener in the drawer.

Electric can openers should never be placed in the dishwasher. An exception is when the manufacturer allows it in the instruction manual, which will rarely or not at all be the case.

A power cord should always be removed first!

Clean the opener with a soft cloth, a little water, and a mild detergent if necessary. However, it is absolutely necessary to disconnect cable-bound can openers from the socket first.

Poor hygiene promotes the spread of microorganisms. The cutting wheels come into contact with food. Regular cleaning is therefore important.

The Englishman Peter Durand invented the tin can and applied for a patent in 1810. This invention was especially appreciated by the British army.

The soldiers could be supplied with durable cans for a long time. At that time, the cans were still very thick-walled, so that they could only be opened with cutting and striking tools. Until about 1855, hammers, axes, chisels and knives were still used.

People had to be very creative. Opening a can could also take an hour. In the same year, Robert Yeates from England invented a special device for opening cans and patented it in 1858.

It was a handle with a sharp blade. This made the preserved food suitable for household use. In 1870, William Lyman, the US American, invented a can opener with a cutting wheel, which is still in use today.

The great success resulted from the fact that the cans were now manufactured with thinner sheet metal. In the course of time, of course, there have been many further developments, including electric can openers.

Conclusion

Electric can openers are a very practical invention. They are placed on the can, then a button is pressed and the can is opened automatically.

A strenuous effort is a thing of the past. At the touch of a button, the cans are opened effortlessly and comfortably. Good openers are very smooth-running and do not even need 25 seconds to cut the can open. Every user benefits from an electric can opener.

It is particularly helpful for households in which canned food is regularly used and for elderly or physically handicapped people. When buying the opener, make sure that it does not leave any sharp edges when cutting the canned food.

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Our test winner is the TV Das Original - Touch and Go Professional Can Opener: The device lies well in the hand and ensures a clean cut. Our favourite with the test mark 9.8/10!

We tested 5 electric can openers and paid special attention to the handling and the cutting result.

Whether for chili con carne or a fruit tart: in the kitchen food cans have to be opened regularly. An electric can opener does this work quickly and without great effort. But which appliance is the easiest to use?

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