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Argos Value Range Classic Can Opener
Member Name: blissman70
Argos Value Range Classic Can Opener
Date: 12/03/12, updated on 13/03/12 (125 review reads)
Advantages: Pretty easy to use,simple design, looks well in most kitchens, good cutting speed and easy to clean
Disadvantages: struggles on some cans, can be noisy and not wall hangable
Can openers are a strange yet very important part of life.
They have one single purpose and that is to open cans so that we can eat the delicious contents that are locked away inside, be those contents baked beans, chicken soup or even pet food, although I wouldn't know if pet food is delicious as I Haven't tried tasting it... well not for a while anyway.
Anyway, I said, can openers, or tin openers, depending on where you're from and how you speak, are quite an important way of life, especially if you or your pets like canned food.
So, over the years can openers have come in all shapes and sizes, such as the old fashioned 'stab' type where you use all your strength to take off the can lid, leaving what can only be described as a lethal weapon behind as the jagged sides of the can and lid stare menacingly at you.
Or there's even the military/camping flat ones which need the same amount of force but with a little more thumb action, although they can be carried around on your keys.
Or there's the standard kitchen type with the 'butterfly' turned and the bottle opened on the end of the flat handle
The thing about these type of can openers is that they need a certain amount of physical force to actually use, which, for those people who either can't or just don't want to use too much physical force in their lives, can be a bit off putting.
Luckily though these days there are several new type of can openers that don't need that much physical force as they are in fact powered by electricity, so it takes all the hard work out of living with the hassle of can opening.
Unfortunately several of those electric can openers have a price tag that can make your eyes water, considering that they are only used for one purpose. But one certain can opener, one which I happened to get my hands on, is not just a low price can opener, it is a rather cracking little can opener which has a lovely hidden little secret. This can opener I am talking about is in fact the Argos Classic can opener.
What does it look like...?
It's about five foot tall with big floppy red ears, a purple bobble nose and a tail the size of big foots left shoe.... Well not really, but I've got your attention though haven't I?
Seriously though, it's a white solid plastic 'rectangular/box shape design with the base of it being slightly wider than the top.
At the top of it, where the workings are, there is a lever, a couple of little 'wheels' and 'cogs'.
On the back of it there is what looks like a few slices which isn't damage to it, it is where the knife sharpener is situated. Plus there's a lovely little 'circular' hatch where the mains cable is stored.
How do I use it then..?
This is simple, you just lift the lever, place the can under the lever, lower the lever until the magnet grips the top of the can and away you go.
Once the can has done a full circle and the top has been sliced off the cutter should stop and the can can be removed with a lift of the lever and a bit of a tug... job done.
What about cleaning..?
That's a matter of a simple wipe down with a damp cloth, or even a kitchen wipe, but to make it easier to keep the cutting edge clean this one is removable which is pretty useful as even the best of can openers have a tendency to get a bit of a build up of 'gunk' on them.
This is quite a remarkable little kitchen device which really saves time and a lot of effort when it comes to opening cans.
When I first got it I did have to put it together myself, which was simple a matter of slotting the 'cutting' blade into place. Then, once plugged in, it was time to get a few cans out of the cupboard and get cutting, which meant beans on toast for anyone and everyone in the house, with a selection of soups for starters.
To be honest this bit did take a bit of practice and I did go through a few cans until I got the hang of it. Many of the cans I had used were either left with half a lid still attached or little slices all around them, some even had a bit of my blood on to. But once I'd figured out the best way to use it I've not cut myself since, and all the cans, well most of the cans, have been opened properly.
It's pretty quick at chomping through your standard can of baked beans, taking a matter of seconds to get all the way around, slicing the lid clean off. Although the edges are still sharp so do watch your fingers.
There is an automatic stopping mechanism whish kicks in when the lid has been completely removed.
And as for the way it grips the cans, well, it has one hell of a hold with the small, yet very powerful magnet acting like glue as the can spins around. It can easily hold onto your standard weight can with no trouble at all, but I have had a few can of certain, shall we say 'odd shaped' cans which have struggled to get around in one swift movement.
The cord itself, which fits nicely into the rear of the unit, isn't the longest so the unit can only really be used near a plug socket, but as this is used on worktops and most worktops should have a socket near by then this short lead should not be a problem.
As for that little extra bonus it has a sharpening feature for knives although I don't tend to use this feature that often but when I have tried it it has done what it is supposed to do, but you do have to empty the metal 'bits' into a bin.
It does have a couple of downsides, but not enough to warrant dismissing it from your shopping list of kitchen goodies.
Firstly, unlike manual can openers, this one does struggle opening certain cans, such as those flat ones with the big lids that those flaky pastry pie with hardly any filling in them... you know the ones. When ever I have tried opening these tins the cutter has struggled to slice
Also, it's not the quietest machine in the kitchen, in fact it makes my garden chain saw sound like a whispering worm in the wilderness, but as the high pitched 'grinding/slicing' noise lasts only as long as the can remains closed, the sound is pretty tolerable.
And, it can only be used on a table top or work surface as there are no screw holes or bracket fro this to be attached to a wall.
What about the price of this can opener..?
This one sells for around the £7.00 region at, well at Argos of course, otherwise it wouldn't be called the Argos Classic can opener.
Although, to be honest, I can't seem to find it for sale on the website at the moment, which is weird.
Summary: It's not just for lazy people, it's for you and me too
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