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Culinare MagiCan Opener - an okay product but a few flaws to remedy!
Culinare MagiCan Opener
Member Name: karlsm93
Culinare MagiCan Opener
Advantages: Will remove most lids well
Disadvantages: After four years starting to show more obvious flaws and weaknesses
My husband and I have been married for over 4 years now, and when we started out, we needed pretty much everything. One thing that was bought to us at the time was this Culinair MagiCan opener, which currently retails at £6.99 on amazon. It isn't the traditional style of can/tin opener that either my husband or I were used to, but after reading somewhere that this was a best selling product worldwide, I was confident that it must be good and live up to its reputation.
With many traditional can openers the two handles are quite flexible and floppy, however there is a stiffness to this product, which immediately makes you think that it will have more power at getting the lid off a can more efficiently. The turning knob is (as you can see from the photograph) on the top of the opener. Rather than using this product sideways to open the can, you actually place it on the rim, and it is meant to cut around the rim of the tin, with the aim of lifting the lid right off. The cutter underneath the knob has been made from stainless steel and supposedly has a 'precision cutting mechanism' to ensure the lid has been removed properly. Another property of this can opener is that it is ideal for use by either a right handed or left handed person. Now, I cannot say that I ever really thought of that before when using a traditional tin opener, as both my husband and I are right handed, so I am not sure whether this really is an unique selling point of this item or not.
As I said at the beginning I have had this product for over four years now. For the first three years or so, I thought it was a wonderful product, and in fact it does come with a year guarantee. However, over the past year, I have found more flaws with it. Firstly, I have found that it will not open every tin now, which I find strange, as with some cans it opens the product as easily as it used to, but with others it won't work. The second thing that has started to irritate me about this product is that when you get a more tricky lid to remove, sometimes the whole tin can actually get stretched as you try to remove the lid, and therefore either create a mess or ruin the can. The other thing that I consider to be a flaw about the product is that because it removes the whole lid, if you want to drain the product of its juice for example, you have to hold the lid back on and do so, you cannot just leave a lid part of the lid and drain it, the way that you can with a traditional tin opener. With this in mind I actually went and got a traditional tin opener to keep in the cupboard, as firstly I was dubious that this Magican was going to last me much longer when I struggle with some tins, and secondly if it won't open a tin for me, I previously had no back up.
All in all, this product has so far lasted me four years, although I do wonder if there are signs that it is starting to falter. In addition there are several flaws that over time have begun to annoy me more and more about this product, and therefore I wouldn't replace this can opener with another MagiCan, and as I said I have already got a more traditional tin opener spare in the cupboard which I will probably start to use more and mroe due to some of the flaws mentioned. Some could argue that with over fours years of use, that it has lasted well, but for all the hype about thhe product, I would have expected it to last well beyond this, but I do think it needs to iron out a few flaws if it is to continue to be a 'best selling product'.
Summary: An okay can opener but not sure it deserves 'best selling' status
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