Can I learn to trust again?
November 26, 2012 2:29 PM Subscribe
How do I find a can opener that doesn't suck?
posted by Sara C. to Home & Garden (37 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I was picking up new stuff for my new apartment, and I grabbed the traditional Swing-A-Way manual can opener. I'm all for simple design that just works, no re-invented mouse trap needed. You know? Can opener purchased. Done.
Fast forward to Thanksgiving morning. I'm going to town in the kitchen. A recipe calls for four ounces of evaporated milk. I reach for the can of milk. I reach for my new can opener.
And that is where my existential crisis began. Because, you see, my brand new, trusty, "keep it simple" Swing-A-Way totally failed.
It failed so thoroughly that at first, I wondered if I had picked up a Swing-A-Way knockoff. No. I wondered if maybe I'd grabbed the left-handed version, so I tried to reverse it. No. Then, as I was fiddling with it, the plastic grips on the handle started sliding off! Total can opener meltdown!
Needless to say, I'm in the market for another can opener. But I already bought the exact sort of can opener everyone is going to tell me to get. And it failed. So... now what?
What is your trusty "It Just Works" manual can opener? Should I just buy another Swing-A-Way and hope this was a fluke? Does a jump in price from the $5 Swing-A-Way to a $20 Oxo make a real difference? Is there some other brand that's more reliable? Hope me find my one true can opening love, Metafilter!