Do you use an electric or manual can opener? Why?

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SharlaG
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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:31:54 PM
Is "MANUAL" the correct term for a can opener that is NOT electric?

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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:35:58 PM
I call it a manual. that's what I use, a good old fashioned Swing Away. I use it because it fits in my drawer and doesn't take up counter space. Also, it works every time I need it. I never have to fuss with it or hold my mouth right to get it to cut.

And with a manual opener, my contribution to universal entropy is smaller.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:37:51 PM
Manual. Quick, easy, stored in a drawer. I don't feel the need for yet another electrical appliance, especially one that would have to be on my counter all the time.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:40:27 PM
Manual and it's a long, long running joke in my family because every time I have tried to use an electric one I end up breaking them I'm known as the girl who can't work the electric can opener
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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:41:33 PM
Manual- no space or need for another electric device on our counter.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:44:08 PM
Manual-my electric one got so gross around the blade, and it makes those sharp lids for the trash. I use the kind that goes around the top, so what comes off the can isn't sharp. I also put it in the dishwasher to keep it clean.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:45:09 PM
I have a handheld electric one because of my RA. I don't have the strength in my hands to open cans with a manual one.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:45:44 PM
Our electric one died a number of years ago. I never bothered to replace it as I found I preferred the manual one.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:46:04 PM

Manual.

I hate appliances crowding the counter top.

And I like that I can easily wash it every time I use it.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:54:24 PM
Manual - takes up less space.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:56:00 PM
Manual. Less space and easily stored.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:57:00 PM


Manual.

I hate appliances crowding the counter top.

Me too

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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:57:51 PM
manual here... had power outage many years ago and couldn't open anything... been manual type ever since

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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:59:21 PM
Manual, for the same reasons as the others.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:59:40 PM
BTW mine is battery powered and fits in my drawer. It isn't one of the huge countertop ones. Sucks to not be able to open cans. I have a helper for jars too. Damn RA.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:59:52 PM
manual, smaller, less space, easy to toss in dishwasher

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Posted: 2/7/2013 2:02:43 PM
I had a small hand held electric one that served me well for at least 15 years until it died a few months ago. So it was back to a manual - which broke last week. When XH bought the electric I thought he was crazy to spend so much (about $30 back then), but it sure paid for itself many times over.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 2:11:56 PM
Handheld. We had an electric one I had trouble using (maybe my left handedness had something to do with it) and my parents took it. Every time they'd open a can at their house after, they'd say "this is how it works!"

It became a family joke. I will probably never own am electric one again!

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Posted: 2/7/2013 2:18:14 PM
Manual for the few cans I open. Cat food cans have a pull tab.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 2:19:34 PM
electric

i broke my hand once and it just doesn't work good enough to use the manual style

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Posted: 2/7/2013 2:20:08 PM
I used to have an electric one, but they do get gross around the blade. I ended up getting a manual one because I figured if the power went out I could still use that to open something if I needed to. I just recently got the newer one from Pampered Chef that makes the smooth edges and I prefer it so much more than their older one.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 2:20:17 PM
Manual. We used to have an electric but I think it broke and never bothered to replace it. Or it got lost when we moved, or... something...

Anyway, I have two manual can openers. The OXO brand one is really nice.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 2:20:46 PM
Manual. Electric takes up space, gets gross, and I can never get it in there correctly. And I like to leave a bit together so I can swing the lid up.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 2:21:51 PM
Manual. The electric ones we used to have about 30 years ago would get so gross and filthy. Plus, the sharp edge you got could be dangerous. I use the Pampered Chef one and will never use anything else. I also upcycle cans for other things and need a smooth edge for that.

Had not thought about putting it in the dishwasher, might have to try that.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 2:23:33 PM
electric at home. I have the one that doesn't leave sharp edges.

at the new house hand-held ones.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 2:25:07 PM
I have an electric one. I very rarely cook, so I think I can probably count on one hand the number of times I've used it.
I probably should buy a manual one though - hurricane season is not terribly far away.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 2:26:30 PM
Electric, but we keep a manual in the drawer as a back up.
A sure sign of having RA is having an electric can opener.

Before my hands were affected, I gave away the electric opener given to us as a wedding gift because it took up counter space. Now I can't go without one.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 2:28:22 PM
we had an electric one.. I get up early on Sunday mornings and cook a tomato sauce (opening cans) and I swear that can opener would wake up household along with the dead in the cemetery just over the hill here.. so I bought a handheld.. and I don't mind using it.. DH, on the other hand, hates the manual, so the kids got him an electric one.. it IS quiet, but I, too, hate another thing on the countertop... but.. it's ok

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Posted: 2/7/2013 2:36:05 PM
I have 2 manual ones and with both a have a heck of a time opening cans. I don't know if its the opener (both kitchenaid) or my technique?

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Posted: 2/7/2013 2:40:29 PM
Manual. Fits in a drawer and just easier.
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Posted: 2/7/2013 3:33:49 PM
Manual, takes up less room and so many cans have pop tops now anyway that I rarely even need the manual one.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 3:33:50 PM
Manual, takes up less room and so many cans have pop tops now anyway that I rarely even need the manual one.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 3:38:20 PM
My house came with a built in electric but I rarely use it! I like my manual one!!
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Posted: 2/7/2013 3:44:22 PM
Manual from Pampered Chef. Never had an electric one growing up, so that's probably why....it's just what I'm used to. Come to think of it, I hardly use it...guess we don't use many canned goods.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 3:48:31 PM
manual.

I grew up with an electric one, and probably didn't use a manual one until I was in my 20s. But manual can openers aren't so useful when the power is off, they take up counter space, and I swear they are temperamental. You have to get the can angled just right to make them happy.

So I got a nice red KitchenAid manual one, it's never failed me, works the same every time, and fits neatly in a drawer.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 3:56:39 PM
Manual... a pampered chef (older style one). It's very easy to use and it fits in our utensil drawer. We don't have a lot of counter space, so that's what we use. We also have one for our camper... not a fan of the newer pampered chef style, so I don't know what I'll do when that one doesn't work anymore, but I'm hoping that's not for a long long time.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 4:03:34 PM

a good old fashioned Swing Away


Love my Swing Away manual. I've broken every electric I've ever owned. I'll never have an electric again. Positively hate them.



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Posted: 2/7/2013 4:05:51 PM
Manual. Saves space, doesn't get as gross, doesn't break or if it does, cheaper to replace.
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Posted: 2/7/2013 4:06:22 PM
Manual. I hate electric gadgets, and I'm mechanically challenged. A manual is all I can manage.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 4:08:18 PM
I did have an electric one when my DD was at home - it saved having to have a left handed can opener and a right handed one

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Posted: 2/7/2013 4:12:33 PM
I use a pamper chef manual. I don't use my electric because my dog chewed on it (yes, he's a counter surfer) and I was worried about the blade to replace it. The PC manual is fine - I like that it doesn't leave sharp edges also. Works great when the power is out too.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 4:17:15 PM

Manual. Quick, easy, stored in a drawer. I don't feel the need for yet another electrical appliance, especially one that would have to be on my counter all the time.

This. And honestly, I had not idea electric can openers were still a thing. I don't think I've seen one since I was a kid in the '70s.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 4:17:58 PM
I had an electric one - it broke about 8 years ago. I have a manual one, it does the job & I don't see the purpose in shelling out any money on something I don't really need. A lot of cans are pop top now anyway.
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Posted: 2/7/2013 4:19:49 PM
We have a hand-held (manual) can opener. WHen I moved into my own apartment many, many years ago, I had no counter space and so I bought a manual. It's just been a no-brainer to keep it and use it. Why take up space on the counter for something you don't use that often?

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Posted: 2/7/2013 4:32:57 PM
Manual. I have never been able to work the electric ones.
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Posted: 2/7/2013 4:34:09 PM
Manual here. We have the pampered chef one that removes the whole lid and doesn't leAve the sharp edge.
DH almost cut two of his fingers off one night while pushing the trash down.
So we use the safe opener now
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Posted: 2/7/2013 4:37:38 PM
I can NOT use a manual HANDHELD can opener. What I have is a manual WALL mounted Swing away just like my mother had when I was little. I found it at a kitchen store at a an outlet mall. We were traveling in the RV, I was thrilled since I can't use a handheld can opener, just in my DNA, I guess.

Anyway, I DO have a under counter electric can opener but it is still under the sink, never installed here. I just installed the extra Swing away that I bought just before I moved back here on the wall by the stove. The wall mounted one has a pin that you remove and it comes off, easy to wash. I don't have that much under counter space free NEAR an electric outlet and I actually prefer my manual wall can opener!

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Posted: 2/7/2013 5:26:51 PM
Manual. For all the reasons stated above.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 5:34:38 PM
Electric. The cutting mechanism comes off and goes in the dishwasher with the utensils. Comes out sparkling clean and pops back into place.

I can't seem to run the manual ones.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 5:35:34 PM
Manual, but I grew up with an electric one. My parents still have an electric one and no manual backup that I know of.

I had a manual one going to college for space issues and have just kept it.
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