Why go the effort of opening a can by hand when there's a gadget to do it for you?
Electric can openers make opening cans easier and safer. They're particularly helpful for people who suffer from limited hand mobility or arthritis, or anyone who frequently cooks using canned ingredients. The best models feature an easy to attach and remove lever (good for cleaning), a magnet strong enough to hold the can on its own, and automatic shut-off so you don't have to monitor the cutting process and prevent repeat rounds to cut the risk of metal fragments from falling into your food.
The Good Housekeeping Institute has been testing cooking tools for decades. For this review, we tested the top-selling electric can openers on the market and looked for useful features such as retractable power cords, automatic shut-off, and removable levers for easy washing. We tested each model by opening the three most common sized cans: 6-ounce (like tomato paste), 15-ounce (like beans and other canned vegetables), and 32-ounce (large cans of tomatoes).
In addition to ease of use, we looked for spillage, tipping, how clean the cut was, and if there was any metal debris leftover in the can. Our picks for the best electric can openers are featured below; they feature plug-in models that hold cans in place suspended in air for hands-free opening, and handheld battery operated models that clip onto the can to open on your countertop with almost zero effort.