Pros: Inexpensive, nice looking, easy to use
Electric can openers come in many types. We once had one that opened cans from the side. It got left at a church function and disappeared before we could retrieve it. When we got to the left coast all we had was a manual can opener. It was old, but we sharpened the wheel and it got us by for awhile. Honey's hands aren't as nimble as they used to be so when we were at Target and saw a can opener by Oster that, sort of, matched our new toaster we got it. It was a good decision.
Oster 3147 Can Opener
The Oster can opener is tall and narrow. It has stylish lines and comes in a brushed aluminum and black color. In addition to the can opener there is a slot at the base in back that can be used to sharpen knives. We sharpen our good Shun knives using a diamond hone and quality sharpening steel. We can't speak to the value or quality of this sharpener.
But we can talk some about the can opener function. The opening mechanism is at the top of the can opener. Instead of a wheel to cut the lid out it uses a sharp triangular blade. There is a good magnet to catch the lid so it doesn't drop into the can. It also doesn't pop up to splash contents. The long lever on top is easy to push. Once the opener starts cutting the action is hands free. The can opener senses when the lid is cut free and stops, holding the can until you lift the lever.. Unlike some openers this one is pretty easy to place the can in and get it started. You press the rim lightly under a metal rod and straighten the can enough so the blade is touching inside the rim. When you depress the lever the can will shift a little if needed to get it just right. The can opener can handle tall and large diameter cans with ease. The heavy base avoids tipping as you release the can and let it cut.
Cleanup is easy. The slick body wipes clean with a damp rag. The cutting mechanism snaps out for a more thorough cleaning. It is dishwasher safe. The blade can be sharpened and is replaceable. We touched it up with a diamond file just the other day. The cord is a reasonable length for a countertop tool. It has a small footprint to minimize space hogging on your countertop.
There are can openers and there are can openers. This one gives us no trouble and is a pretty good bang for the buck spent.