Published October 1, 2008. From Cook's Country.
Which model blows the lid off the competition?
Traditional can openers cut through can lids from the top, leaving sharp edges on the lids (which sit atop the contents and must be fished out). Safety can openers, on the other hand, cut from the side and remove the entire top part of the can (lid and all), leaving dull “safe” edges behind. In a previous testing featuring both types, our favorite was a $35 safety can opener by Rösle. Hoping to find a less-expensive alternative, we rounded up six safety openers as well as two traditional openers boasting “safer” operation; all models are priced under $20.