Can openers are one of the most-used utensils in any kitchen, so it's important to have a sturdy model that cuts smoothly around the entire can and doesn't leave sharp edges. You also want an easy-to-use handle, especially if you have hand or wrist issues that make twisting difficult.
Our pick, the OXO Good Grips smooth edge can opener, is a great choice for anyone who wants an electric option. Its comfortable non-slip grip and oversized knob are simple to turn, even for people with arthritic hands. The stainless steel cutting wheel never touches the can or lid, which keeps it sanitary and safe. Plus, it's quick and convenient—in testing it took just 21 seconds to cut and lift the top of a small tuna can.
It's a bit bulkier than our manual pick, and won't fit in a utensil drawer, so plan on keeping it somewhere visible. However, it's sturdy and won't tip over, making it an excellent choice for anyone who doesn't have a lot of counter space or a big utensil drawer.
If you're a lefty, you'll need a can opener that's designed for your dominant hand. Some electric models can be used by either hand, and some manually operated openers are available for lefties too. However, if you're only using canned foods occasionally or you're an ambidextrous cook, an unfussy manual opener that can be gripped in your right hand and cranked with your left may work best.