Why Is Finding A Good Can Opener So Difficult?

Over the last several years we've been through an assortment of can openers. First there was the cheapo from IKEA that you needed a college education to figure out. Then there was the name brand purchase from the big box store that had handles which cracked and now there's our current option that just isn't cutting it. How come a good can opener is so gosh darn difficult to find?!

When it comes to can openers there are no universal standards. Like everything else in the kitchen (except maybe the wooden spoon), it's been improved upon and different variations have been made. The options above for example are the models from Giada De Laurentiis and OXO, and a safety edge opener from Zyliss.

With so many different models to choose from it's hard enough to decide which type you want, let alone which brand within the idea. Can opener shopping is not unlike shoe shopping. Although some enjoy it, most folks define it as hell. All the good ones are too expensive and within the board definition of shoes there are dress shoes, athletic shoes, snow boots... well you get the idea. The only difference is when shoe shopping you at least get to try things on before you buy them!

With can openers your purchase is always a shot in the dark (outside of reading online reviews). How do you go about finding the right one? Do you always end up disappointed? Have one you can't live without? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Related: Favorite Kitchen Tool: The Basic Can Opener

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Sarah Trover has lived all across the Midwest and currently calls the hot dog-laden city of Chicago home. She rides scooters and seeks out kitchens that make the best pie.