The can opener is an essential kitchen device. Whether it is electric or manually operated, a can opener removes the lids from metal cans in a way that prevents injury and does not allow metal shavings to contaminate the can's contents. There are several types of electric and manual can openers available, but they all achieve their goal in a similar way. After puncturing the metal, a cutting device follows the circular pattern of the lid until it is completely detached. Some can openers are designed to sit on a kitchen counter, and others can be permanently mounted onto the counter or under a cabinet. Many simple can openers are small enough to fit into a utensil drawer.
Factors such as convenience, design, durability, intended usage, cost, ease of operation, portability, size, and appearance are all important when selecting a can opener. A quick look at the different types of can openers and their features can help determine which one matches a shopper's needs. The standard handheld can opener employs a sharp cutting wheel, a serrated wheel, locking handles, and a key or handle to advance the wheels. Its functional components are usually made from stainless steel. Handles may be plastic or metal. To operate the opener, the user positions the can's lid between the two wheels and squeezes the handles together to pierce the can. The user rotates the turning key or handle, and the serrated wheel keeps the can in place while the cutting wheel advances and detaches the lid. Although these devices are much larger than simpler one-piece can openers, they are still small enough to carry when traveling, and they can easily fit into a kitchen drawer. Many models are dishwasher-safe. With its relative ease of use and fewer working parts to malfunction, the manual handheld can opener is sometimes favored over electric models.
The manual can opener has several advantages over the electric can opener:
- Doesn't take up counter space
- Easier to use (at least we think so)
- Much easier to keep clean (we just throw it in the dish washer when it needs cleaned)
- Doesn't use electricity (so it saves energy plus when the power's out, you can still open cans).
- Portable. If someone is helping in the kitchen and they're standing in front of the electric can opener, you're out of luck. But with the manual, you just take it wherever you can find a place to work.
I went ahead and decided to try out the Bru Joy Manual Hand Held Can Tin Opener With Built-in Bottle Opener and Soda Tab Lifter
just to see how well it does or doesn`t work. The look of the can opener is quite attractive in its appearance of stainless steal and clean cut design. It`s designed in Australia and made in China. As far as functionality the can opener works great. When the can is opened by this great opener, there are no sharp edges on it; important if you have a cat and/or dog who likes to eat right out of a can! This can opener, as most are, is designed for us right handed people. If you`re a lefty, unfortunately, this will not be the handheld opener for you. So keep this in mind.
Overall I love the can opener. It works great, cuts great, and is easy to use. A lot of handheld openers take a bit of work to use and this one is easy; at least in my opinion. The blades are sharp and no residue is left in your food from opening it either. I definitely recommend this product all the way!
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