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I would strongly recommend this product to anyone that has problems with using a can opener!
I have to confess that I am a bit of a weakling when it comes to opening cans and things, my wrists aren't the strongest! I also have to confess that when I bought my utensils for my house I went for the cheaper options. I ended up with a supermarket branded can opener that was so bad it meant that I was paying more to buy tin cans with the pull rings instead of having to use the opener!
I decided to treat myself to this product and would honestly never get anything else!
It is so easy to use and makes light work of it, I no longer have to dread battling with the old can opener!
The handles are really easy to hold and grip and the plastic is easily cleaned. I would recommend this product for sure.
One thing we seem to get through a lot of in our house is tin openers. For some reason they never last long before going rusty or falling to pieces. When I saw this MagiCan tin opener in Home Bargains one day I decided it was worth a try, since it looked like it would make light work of opening ttins compared to the metal tin openers I sometimes struggle with.
The beauty of this tin opener is that it doesn't require as much elbow grease as traditional tin openers, making it ideal for people with muscular issues or for anyone who lacks strength in their arm muscles such as myself. It is very easy to use by placing it on top of the tin facing outwards rather than facing downwards. Once it has gripped the top of the tin it's a simple case of twisting and hey presto the MagiCan does the hard work for you.
I find this tin opener so easy to use and it's much less effort than traditional tin openers. I don't get frustrated with the tin opener not "gripping" the top of the tin anymore, nor do I need to cause my wrist to ache by pressing down trying to get the lid off. The MagiCan does the hard work for you. Being predominantly plastic it has also avoided rust so far. The only slightly irritating thing I've noticed is that occasionally the top of the label will come off with the lid and it has been known for this to enter my food! This has only happened occasionally though as I now know to expect it so will look out for it so I can remove it before I end up with a string of paper sitting in my bowl of soup!
Overall I would recommend this gadget, especially for anyone with weakened muscles in the wrist or hand. It makes light work ofopening tins and is unlikely to fall to pieces or go rusty. I can't remember how much I paid but it was less than £5 which I think is worth it to avoid having to replace our tin opener on a regular basis.
I have now owned two magican openers and I fail to see what everyone raves about as both the ones that I owned broke within a few months of owning them.
The magican is made of plastic and looks fairly chunky and to be honest a bit cheap looking. I certainly found it to be flimsy as both the ones I have had have snapped making them unusable.
When I first received my magican I was very impressed with how well it actually opened tins. I had come from an old fashioned metal tin opener and I was shocked with how quick and easy it was to open a tin with this one.
It is easy to use and is so smooth at cutting around the tin. It literally takes seconds whereas with my old tin opener it used to take me ages to open a tin and it would never be smooth and sometimes I had been known to get a knife to the tin to finish the opening as the tin opener was that awful. I never experienced that with the magican as it would open any tin in seconds never struggling at all.
You do have to be careful when you have opened a tin as it does leave a sharp edge that you could cut yourself on but this is common sense and should be easily avoided with due care and attention.
So to begin with I was really pleased with my magican and thought it was brilliant. My problems started after having owned the tin opener for a few months. I noticed it wasn't quite as smooth and sharp as it had been when I first got it. It was still opening tins quickly but it definitely wasn't the same as when it was new. I put this down to it just getting blunt with use even though some people had said they had owned one for years with no problems of it blunting.
The big problem that I had with it was that it was just not well made and the handle actually snapped making it unusable. I put this down to bad luck and ordered a new one with the hopes that my first one had just been a dodgy one but the same thing happened again after only a couple of months this time. Once is bad luck but twice to me is shoddy manufacturing so even though I thought it was brilliant at opening tins I wasn't going to waste my money with buying another one.
+++ The backstory +++
Now in my early 40s (eek!), I have lived in more than 20 houses or flats as an adult. This has meant that I have become adept at packing and unpacking, as well as ruthless in what I (or my family) REALLY need. At times this is difficult, as I am a natural hoarder attempting to be a minimalist.
One item that comes with me to every new home is this can opener. I even have one in my locker at work!
This brand of can openers first entered my life when I was in my early teens. My mother had finally realised that there is some truth in the expression "buy cheap, buy twice" and had spent four times her usual amount on this opener in the hope that it would last longer than the others.
Now it obviously seems strange that I would remember this event many years on. This speaks volumes for the advertising and marketing of this kitchen must-have. It's unique selling point? Apparently this can opener was used on the space shuttle.
+++ The Culinaire MagiCan Opener +++
We now have three of these openers,: one at home, one in my work accommodation and one in my locker. It comes in white or graphite and is approximately 15 cm x 5.5 cm. It is quite a chunky style; I wonder if it has been designed with the aging population in mind? It feels slightly heavier than other can opener I have used.
This opener is slightly different to many on the market in that it is placed flat on top of the can inside the rim. The "turning knob" is then facing upwards. Underneath this knob is the working mechanism that comprises gripping parts and the cutting blade.
Once attached, the "arms" of the opener are held tightly together in one hand and the knob twisted with the other. Left or right hand - it doesn't matter!
The opener cuts through tin easily. The lid's edge is usually fairly smooth. It's easy enough to remove the led from the opener by simply opening the arms wide.
Finally, this item is easily cleaned. The manufacturers advise that it should not be soaked in washing up water but instead under running hot or boiling water, rinsed and then dried.
This opener is currently available in white and "graphite" from several suppliers on Amazon.co.uk for £3-4.
+++ Recommended? +++
I bought this Culinare MagiCan tin opener a few years ago after breaking my old one after about five or six months of use. I forget the price I paid with it being so long ago, but today one can be picked up in Argos for £4.50 which I think is incredible value considering mine has lasted around 7 years and is still going strong!
The MagiCan tin opener feels sturdy, much more so than others I've previously owned. It's main body is plastic with the metal opening mechanism on display towards the top of the opener. There is a large plastic turner towards the top too which also feel sturdy. It has a chunky feel to it which I really like.
This is the type of tin opener that slides on top of a tin, rather than at the side. The tin slots between the two mechanisms on the opener by pushing the handles apart and placing firmly on top. One of the mechanisms is completely rounded, while the other has sharp indents on it to help remove the lid. Then, once in place, the handles are brought back together and the opener locks around the tin top. It's then ready to go. By using the turner just a few times, the opener carefully moves around the tin and quickly removes the lid. I find that the turner is incredibly easy to turn and not at a struggle at all. I'm not very muscly but I find it really easy! The lid comes off completely and is very easily separated from the opener just by opening the handles - it then just drops out at ease.
This tin opener has never let me down. It's always removed the top of my tins quickly and with no problems. As the lid drops from the opener after use, I don't need to use my hands to remove it so there's the added bonus that they don't end up getting covered in food either. It also removes the lid so carefully that it has never left any sharp parts on the tin - it's all done very smoothly. As for cleaning the opener, I just pop mine in the dishwasher and it's always come out fine. Before getting the dishwasher it was really easy to clean in the sink too.
I have nothing bad to say about this tin opener - if it were to break soon, I would have absolutely no hesitation in replacing it with exactly the same one again. I wouldn't even consider any other types or brands so to me that speaks for itself. I am so glad I came across this one because previous ones we had would rate 1 star in comparison to this. Nothing but the full 5 stars from me!
Thanks for reading :o)
I enjoy buying things for the kitchen. Not been able to do it as often as I would like, but I mostly love to buy things that make my life easier, especially when it comes to cooking, baking and storage. One area that doesn't fill me with excitement is owning a can opener. Lets face it-we all need one, they are useful, but they don't fill me with that warm feeling inside. This is probably why for my whole adult life Ive always bought the cheap, metal ones that you can normally find even from the corner shop for around 99p. But on one fateful day I broke a habit of a lifetime and I bought this from Sainsburys for £3.99.
Why did I buy it?
My cheapo can opener had died and I needed another one urgently! You forget how much you need something like this until it goes AWOL or simply doesn't work anymore and then you need to open a particular can.....
Ive been told off by my other half about buying the cheap can openers as he can never use it, and I have to replace them regularly. He had been bugging me for months to buy a ' proper ' one, and now I thought I might as well. The price wasn't too high, and I was hoping the longevity of this one would be better than the previous.
How does it look/How to use?
Its white, so no issue in regards to would it suit all kitchens, very neutral and safe in colour. Made of some form of plastic. Length is 6 inches and width is 2 inches. Very light weight and quite chunky in design.
To grip onto the can, there is a small curated circle, with a slightly larger and smoothed edge circle a small distance away from each other with the second circle positioned at an angle ( this area is positioned at the top of the can opener underneath ).Two thirds of the way down the can opener, it splits into two to form ' handles '. When you close these two ' handles ' together, the metal circles come together, when you open them the circles are apart. So once you put the can opener on top of the can with the handles opened, shut them and the metal circles grip onto the can, you turn clockwise the small handle on the top of the opener and this will cut all around the top of the can.
How to clean
I wash these like I do any other small kitchen tool of this nature, which is with warm soapy water and then dry with a kitchen towel.
How does it perform?
It does really well. Firstly, because of the design, size and shape of this its very easy and comfortable to hold. Its quite dense despite being light weight, so you don't feel as if you have to be softly softly with it.
It doesn't require much strength or energy to turn the can opener, so very easy to use. When the lid comes off the can, the edges are reasonable smooth ( not perfectly smooth ), so I don't feel I have to be overally cautious with removing the lid, but obviously I still am out of health and safety.
It easy too clean, and very easy to store away as it takes up only a small footprint, so gets thrown into the draw with the cutlery.
Would I buy this again? Yes I would. Not too sure whether they do this in another colour, but would love it in black or silver! So maybe different variations in colour would be appealing. It's a good product, priced well, does the job with minimal effort so no complaints here. But I still have a small place in my heart for the cheap metal openers.....
I purchased the Culinare MagiCan opener for 4 pounds a few years ago, and it's been working perfectly ever since. It is quite slimline and fits easily into a kitchen cutlery drawer for storage. It is easy to use, you simply place the can opener over the top of the tin, push the two handles together, turn the knob at the top, and the lid of the tin comes off completely.
My only gripe would be it does not like to be submersed in water, so you must remember to immediately wipe or rinse it clean and dry it up so that it doesn't rust. The other thing which is a slight disadvantage is that because the whole of the lid comes off, it is not possible to take off 90 percent of the lid, and bend the lid back into the tin when finished as I did with my old can opener. Instead, you are left with two sharp edges to dispose of. However, if you can live with this, then it's a bargain.
I bought this can opener as I seemed to have lost mine while cleaning the kitchen, I might have thrown it away with the unneeded items by accident. So I put "can opener" on my shopping list and decided to buy this culinare opener from tesco.
I bought this cutter for a decent price of £4.50. When considering the durability of this product and the strength of this opener I really can not complain.
The can opener does not take up too much space as it has the reasonable dimensions of around 15 centimetres by 5.5 centimetres. I do like its ease of storage as it can fit in a small amount of space in the cupboard or kitchen drawer.
The can opener is easy to use as it has the same simple mechanisms that most openers use. You just grip the can with the opener and rotate the handle and as you do so the can gradually opens. I find this opener very easy to use as I do not have to put too much force in order to open the cans efficiently.
This opener is not suitable for contact with water so all you need to do to keep it in a good and clean condition is wipe it with a very slightly damp and clean cloth. I have been doing so for a few month and I have not found any problems in doing so.
It works every time with accuracy and good speed, there is no struggling opening most cans.
Overall I really liked this can opener from the first day I bought it as it constantly performs well without causing any danger problems to me or the food. I would recommend without hesitation.
Can openers is something I admittedly struggle to use - for some reason I find them really difficult to get attached to the rim of the can. We have numerous can openers in our house and one of these is the Culinare MagiCan can opener, which we have owned for a few years, and has become my firm favourite can opener.
Although many cans come with easy to use ring pulls nowadays, there are still some food cans we regularly buy that require a can opener, for example tuna, and one of the brands of baked beans that we prefer.
The Culinare MagiCan can opener is made largely from white plastic, with stainless steel metal underneath. It has thick legs which are easy to grip, and the handle on the top of the can opener that you twist is also easy to grip. To use this can opener you simply pull apart it's legs and attach it to the rim of the can, then close the legs and twist the handle clockwise. The handle only needs twisted a couple of times to open the can.
When you have twisted the handle sufficiently to open the can, the lid stays attached to the can opener meaning all you need to do is hold the can opener over the bin, pull the legs apart and voila your lid is released into the bin. After opening the can with this can opened the rim of the can is left smooth without any jagged or rough edges, which makes it a bit safer than other can openers I have used in the past.
This can opener is easy to clean and has been through our dishwasher numerous times. The stainless steel metal underneath has shown no signs of rusting and the plastic is also still in excellent condition.
Price wise, as we have owned this can opener for a number of years I cannot remember exactly how much was paid for it, but at the minute it can be found as cheaply as £0.50 on Amazon (not including P&P) or £4.50 in Argos. I am aware that there are other can openers out there that cost in the regions of £1, but for the quality of this I think it is well worth £4-5. It has also lasted at least 3-4 years and is still in perfect condition.
I would give this can opener a rating of 5 stars as it is so easy to use. I simply cannot think of any disadvantages!
This kitchen gadget is your prop for a magic trick if you believe the branding.
Hold the sturdy rotating handle in your hand and it fits very comfortably between your fingers. The grip is firm with the thick, white, plastic handles. It grabs hold of the side of the tin can with ease. I have other can openers that I struggle just to grab the can with and if I do they slip off the lid. This is risky for cuts, on jagged edges, which has happened to me. Luckily, they've been small cuts but sore none the less. Perhaps we can call Culinaire magicians for having developed a safe can opener.
The Culinaire Magican holds on to the lid and has never slipped off the tin, not once. It does not leave any nasty jagged edges so there are no more cuts to the hungry owner. I can put it into the bin not fearing that it will pose a major threat to any human or animal.
I do not hesitate to recommend this can opener in particular, to people who struggle with opening tins such as people who suffer with arthritis. Sufferers with some hand and arm weakness may well find that this tool is magical because when you couldn't open the tin now you can with some ease.
The opener does not leave any annoying gaps around the edge of the tin. I have never had to use a knife to prise open the parts of the tin lid that have not been cut. This is something that I have had to do with other tin openers. These days many tins come with a ring pull which one would expect to make life much easier. However, I have struggled with the ring pulls on sardine tins and found the ring come off into my hands. Instead of throwing away the tin and the food I have managed to get the tin open with my Culinare gadget despite the odd shape of the tin. I used the tool to cut open one edge and then used it to lever up the curved angle of the sardine tin. Hey presto - a sort of magic!
I am really impressed with this sturdy piece of kitchen equipment. I certainly don't mind it taking up space in a kitchen drawer. I hope it lasts forever because I suspect there is nothing new on the market to better it. Science and technology engineers got this gadget exactly right years ago. When something is spot on please don't change it for cheaper materials or for a re-vamp of the marketing. This little kitchen gadget is the one for me and for all you buyers out there too.
I wash this by hand and have no difficulties keeping the gadget clean. I image the blade might rust in the future. I have had this for more years then I can count and it still performs as well as from the beginning of this appearing into my kitchen.
I paid a few pounds for this, at most. It is extremely good value for money and very long lasting.
Warning - Culinaire has made design changes that render the new version inferior. Try to search for the old style because this is sturdy. On the old version no corners have been cut except for those on the lid of the tin.
This gets five stars for my version. Magical!
My nan is addicted to kitchen gadets and in particular lakeland plastics. She always buys me little bits and pieces and this Magican opener was one of them.
The difference with this as opposed to your bog standard one is that it takes the lid off with the opener on the top rather than from the side.
It is made of heavy duty plastic, though it is light to hold. You clamp it with it horizontal, and then twist the large clip on the top several times, and it lifts the lid clean off. Then you just unclamp the two handles and you can through the lid straight in the recycling. It leaves a nice straight edge on the can left so theres less chance of hurting yourself accidentally on it.
It costs 50p on amazon which is an amazing bargin as I think in Lakeland it is a lot more expensive.
It is white and comes in a see through plastic packet which you just cut off. It has worked well for 4 years and still going strong.
It is easy to use even if you dont have strong wrists, I think it does a lot of the work for you. It states on the packet that its ideal for people who struggle with can openers because it moves smoothly and is really easy to use.
In other reviews apparently the design has changed slightly and it isnt as strong as it used to be. But if you can get one of the old design then I would definately recommend it!
This is a review of the Culinare MagiCan Opener which we have had now for at least ten years. I remember when I lived with my parents that we always had cronky can openers, about ten of them and none of them worked very well, just chewed round the edge of the can which is so frustrating. I was packed off to Uni with a Poundland tin opener that worked when it felt like it. I think that made it become a priority when I got my own house to get a can opener that worked.
The purchase decision
A couple of can openers later, we ended up with the Culinare MagiCan Opener which we still have now. I can honestly say, out of the many can openers I have used this is definitely the best. One of my favourite sandwich fillings is tuna so we do use the can opener regularly although a lot of cans now come with a pull tag for easy opening so we rely on them less.
The can opener is mainly white in colour, with the Culinare MagiCan logo on the top and the stainless steel metal workings underneath. It does look a bit plastic but I think it looks a lot nicer than the steel skinny standard ones you see in the shops.
To use the Culinare MagiCan Opener, you open the legs and clamp it on to the rim of the tin. Then twist the top in a clockwise motion and the tin opener moves around the edge of the can with ease. It takes around 30 seconds to open the can and it is wise to be cautions when you get to the end or the can may go flying away as you are clamped to the lid! After use I always rinse the opener under the tap and dry it before it is put away in the drawer. It looks clean but tuna juice can be smelly so it's best to be sure.
I honestly can't remember what we paid for our Culinare MagiCan Opener but I know we were aiming mid range rather than cheapest we could find. It pays to shop around ... today's prices are:
I think you can spend a lot trying to find a tin opener that actually works. My parents certainly have, in fact they now have an electric one that works on a sensor and I can't ever get it to work! If the Culinare MagiCan Opener was to fail on us, after owning one for so long I wouldn't hesitate to replace it with one that is exactly the same so you can tell I am very happy with the performance of this tin opener.
I still keep the Poundland tin opener (which is mint green) that I had as a student before we bought the Culinare MagiCan Opener as an emergency spare but I haven't ever had to use it since owning the MagiCan one. This is a highly recommended tin opener, and it is useful for opening the tins that don't have a pull device on them. In fact you can save yourself a fortune buying the cheap supermarket branded tomatoes and beans and opening them with your Culinare MagiCan Opener.
A tin opener is one of those things that every single house is going to need no matter how much cooking you might or might not actually do. Even with loads of tins now coming with those ring pull tops there are still loads of tins that don't and need to be opened the old fashioned way with a tin opener.
I bought a Cullinare MagiCan because my mum has one and I always find it easy enough to use. When mine arrived however I noticed immediately that mine looked different to the one she has. As they are both official Cullinare products and not cheap copies Culinare must have changed the design of the tin opener.
The design change didn't bother me as although my one was slightly smaller I assumed it would have been changed for the better.
The MagiCan is made from majority white plastic and looks and feels a little cheap and even though it isn't the most expensive item in the world it isn't the cheapest either and cost me in the region of £6. The quality just isn't there with it unlike my mums which feels more solid and well made.
At the end of the day it doesn't matter how it looks or feels as it is a tin opener and will spend the majority of its life in the drawer only coming out occasionally to open a tin.
The MagiCan is supposed to be the world's bestselling tin opener and the stainless steel cutting mechanism is supposed to cut through tins smoothly and make the opening of tins quick and easy.
I find that for standard sized tins it seems to work fine 95% of the time but it is with non-standard sized tins where it is useless. Not only does it not smoothly cut through these tins but it also takes a lot of effort on my part to get the lid of the tin. On tins such as pie tins it really struggles with them and takes a great deal of effort to get the lid off at all with cuts all over the lid but no actual smooth cut to lift. The last time I tried to use it on a pie lid I had to end up getting a sharp knife into the holes that the MagiCan had cut and use the knife to cut the rest of the lid off which is not ideal when you have spent money buying something for this purpose.
On standard tin sizes most of the time it does work properly and cuts the lid off without any problems. It does occasionally stick which requires some brute force to get it to unjam but on the whole it is ok. When the tin lid has been removed it stays stuck to the MagiCan so there is no need to actually touch the lid which does stop you from cutting your finger.
If like me you are probably only going to use it occasionally then it should be ok as long as you only intend to use it on standard tin sizes such as beans or soups but to be honest for the price you can buy a much better tin opener which will do the job and not cause you endless frustration when trying to use it.
When my boyfriend and I moved into our new flat, we only had a really bad can opener. Actually, I don't think it is fair to call it that as it didn't actually open any cans. It would pierce a hole in the can and that was all. We would then have to put a sharp knife in the hole and continue to open the can by sawing it open. Obviously, this is not the ideal way to open a can. While I was in Sainsbury's one day, I finally remembered that we needed to get a new one. While looking at them, a regular tin opener cost around £5 which I thought was extremely expensive while this Culinare MagiCan Can Opener was £7. For an extra £2, I figure I might as well try something different so this is what I chose.
== Claims ==
The MagiCan claims that this is the bestselling can opener in the world and that it has a patented cutting system which cuts smoothly on all types of can. The cardboard packaging has these claims on it and it was the smooth cutting which made me buy this product. I think part of the difference between this can opener and other cheap ones is that the blades are made from stainless steel which helps to prevent rusting etc. which can cause rusting after washing the blades so many times.
== Appearance ==
While many/ most general can openers are silver in colour and made from metal, this one is white and made from plastic. The size of this can opener is roughly 16cm in length and 5cm in width which does make it quite chunky. The plastic feels strong and sturdy to the touch and is comfortable to hold in the hand. Underneath the twisting mechanism are the metal blades. There is one larger cutting blade and a smaller one with rough edges which holds the edge of the can. The blades are nicely hidden due to the size of the main body of the can opener.
== Using the can opener ==
Can openers are a pretty easy gadget to use and I don't know of any household that doesn't own one so I'm sure you all know how they work. The handles of this one do need to be opened to the fullest to even be able to use this product. Once you have done this, you can grip the can opener to the can and then close the handles again when you will hear a click. This will form a tight grip on the rim of the can and you can begin to turn the handle in a clockwise direction. Once you are turning the handle, the can opener does smoothly remove the lid from the can. As the handle is large and chunky, it means that you can keep hold of it easily while in the process of opening a can instead of cheaper models which are thin and flimsy and harder to hold.
As I said earlier, as you grip the edge of the can, a clicking sound will happen. This is something that affects opening the can. Once you have successfully removed the lid, it will still be attached to the MagiCan and the clicking noise is why. The MagiCan locks the lid onto the blades so that you can remove it safely without danger of cutting yourself. You do need to use a little bit of force to pull the lid away from the can but nothing excessive. Sometimes the MagiCan will remove a slight slither of the label of a can so just watch out for this going inside the can.
This can opener will only open round cans so corned beef cans etc. will need to be opened with something else.
== Overall ==
I am so glad that I paid an extra £2 for this compared to a normal can opener. It is so much easier and quicker to use as there aren't nearly as many problems. The MagiCan can be cleaned with your normal washing up and we have had ours for 3 months now and not even a slight hint of any rusting going on. Although this does seem expensive for what it does, I think it's going to last a hell of a lot longer than other can openers.
Can openers are like good neighbours - you don't appreciate how much you need one till it's gone. My can opener died a few months ago, and instantly my life was turned upside down. Imagine my despair as I could no longer have tuna sandwiches for lunch, and my misery as I was prevented from having a tin of scotch broth for tea. A quick trip to Argos sorted that out - I bought a Cullinaire Magican can opener, my eating habits were put right and counselling sessions were cancelled.
What is it?
One of those can openers that completely remove the lid from a tin can by a round blade that is powered by a screwing motion. Mine is white, with a plastic handle and metal blade.
I find this product very easy to use, and for review purposes I've tried it with both my left and right hand - it works just as easily with either hand. To use, open out the handles, put the blade onto the rim of the can, close the handles then start screwing. I've had mine a few months now and haven't noticed the blade starting to dull - it still cuts through the lids like the proverbial hot knife.
I feel like I've bought a good quality product - it cost me £5.99 (from Argos) which at first I thought was a bit expensive, but the more I've used it I'm more and more impressed with its robustness and ability to do its job. It is very easy to clean, it doesn't have any working parts that are inaccessible with the washing up brush - all I'd recommend is that you dry it straight after washing so that the metal blade won't be prone to rusting.
On a safety note, it does leave a sharp edge on the can once you've removed the lid with the can opener, so watch out when handling the can.
I award the Magican 5 stars - don't be put off by the price as it really is worth it.