Hamilton Beach Can Opener – Simple, Straight to the Point
Written: Feb 19, 2012
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Matches our other appliances, works well, cleans easy
The Bottom Line: If you want a nice looking, well-functioning can opener that you can shuffle out of the way when necessary, this Hamilton Beach is for you.
We moved and could no longer use our cabinet mounted can opener, so we ended up with a counter version. Honestly, I have no idea if we already had this one and just stored it, or if we went out and bought it. It doesn’t matter though, because it’s a good can opener.
It’s about 7 inches high, mostly black. The actual can opening parts are all in silver. It comes with a cord that’s long enough to reach up to plug into the outlet under our cabinets, so you can get a pretty good radius out of it, but you’ll still need to plug in somewhere. The front is relatively flat and actually a little concave (for strangely shaped cans? Who knows) while the back is rounded outwards. It’s a nice shape overall, and the black coloring blends in nicely with the rest of our appliances (which are also all black).
When opening a can, you can put most of your trust in the can opener to hold onto the can while it opens it, but that’s up to you. Frankly, I’m paranoid so I always keep my hand nearby in case something weird happens and the can suddenly gets released from the opener and spills all over the counter. Though I’m more flexible when it comes to small cans like a small tuna can.
The magnet is relatively strong, though I think ours is either old or might just have stuff stuck to it over the years because sometimes if the can lid, once cut through, gets caught on the can’s edge, it can end up falling into the can. I don’t really care though, because I don’t always like it when the lids get stuck with the magnet because sometimes they tend to drip on the counter. Or sometimes once it cuts all the way around, the lid has a spaz moment and flips juice on the counter, but I think that’s pretty typical. Let’s face it, opening cans isn’t a perfect science no matter how awesome the can opener is.
The cutter does a good job. It’s a classic lift up the magnet and cutter before pushing it down onto the can design, and then once the power button is hit on the push, it turns on and starts turning the can while it cuts. All automatic for you. You can let it cut all the way around before lifting, or lift it early and peel up the lid yourself (my personal preference). I’ve never had an issue with this can opener in the three years we’ve been using it. When not in use, the magnet flops down so it’s not sticking out or in the way.
My mom likesHamiltonBeachand we also have a few of their other products and have never had any problems with them (including our previous cabinet mounted can opener). So the next time you’re in the market for a countertop can opener, give this one some consideration.
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