Product Type: Culinare gadgets
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Culinare Magican Can Opener
Culinare MagiCan Opener
Member Name: rji0907
Culinare MagiCan Opener
Advantages: Works well, easy to use, doesn't leave a sharp edge around the can
Disadvantages: Quite expensive & feels a bit cheap and flimsy
We had a bog standard can opener from a local store which I purchased when we moved into our house a few years ago and I just brought the cheapest one possible but I have very little strength in my arms and hands and I struggle to open some tins with the opener I got, so I was quite taken with the Culinare Magican Can Opener when I saw it in the Argos catalogue so thought I would give it a go.
Although I originally saw it in Argos, I shopped around for the best price as the price by Argos of around £5.00, did seem a little excessive for a can opener, though I have to admit that most of the stores I found this device in seemed to charge around the same price, but I ended up purchasing mine from Amazon as I had some vouchers to use anyway so got it for free, though the price from Amazon was just under the £5.00 mark when you add postage on so it doesn't matter where you try, you won't get this product much cheaper elsewhere.
I had read some good reviews on this product and I had high hopes for it. When it arrived, I thought it looked a little cheap and felt a little lightweight considering the price I had paid for it. It is mainly white plastic with a white plastic handle which you use to turn. The can has a good grip around the can and once the handles grip into place the can opener feels secure around the can.
The advantage of this one is that it supposedly has a smooth movement and easy operation and I have to agree with this. It is far easier to use than my previous one as my other one quite often used to get jammed in places half way around so I had to open the handles up to release the tin and start again but I haven't had that problem with this one. I don't struggle with the turning action either as it does have a smooth movement around the tin and I have also noticed that this one doesn't leave behind really sharp edges around the rim of the tin which makes it far safer than my previous one.
Although this does work well, I do think it is overpriced for what it is as it doesn't feel particularly well made so I can see it breaking and falling apart quite easily so going by the look and feel of the product, I wouldn't personally have thought it was worth any more than £3.00 maximum which is nearly half the price that I actually paid for the product.
For an elderly or less abled person though, this could be really handy as it is far easier to use than a bog standard can opener.
Overall, this does work and it works well and it has definitely made opening tins and cans much easier, than when I had my previous one but I still feel this product is overpriced and therefore it comes with a recommendation from me, though it loses a star as it does have a bit of a cheap and flimsy feel to it.
Summary: A decent can opener but overpriced in my opinion