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Culinare One Touch Automatic Can Opener
Quite a few years ago now I bought one of these for my in-laws as a Christmas present, Mum was starting to struggle to undo cans with a normal style opener and after researching, I decided to buy one of these in my local Morrison's store. Naturally, they had nice individual presents as well!
The main part of the opener is white plastic covering the metal operational parts, operated by a blue plastic button, which operators the opening blades, opening can's of all shapes and sizes is (almost) as easy as the touch of a button. The opener is powered by two AA batteries and they last for ages, over a year anyway. The unit folds quite small when not in use and favours a curved neat design.
Mum was actually very pleased with this gift and soon got the hang of it and would delightedly tell me about it over the 'phone. When we next visited, I had the opportunity to try the opener for myself and it really was as easy and as useful as I had been let to believe.
Guess what? The following year for my birthday she gave me an identical opener after my husband moaned that we had two "normal ones" and they had both broken at the same time. Like her before me, I was really pleased with this useful gift.
Packaged in one of those strong plastic hanging outers the opener first needs to be opened from the packaging and released, impressively the first two batteries are included in the price and are easily fitted to operate the opener.
It really is very easy to use, you just place it onto the lid of the can you are going to open, press the blue button. Step back and watch the opener move around the tin cutting off the top. The whole function takes about 20 seconds - Easy!. The cut off part attaches to the underside of the opener by a little magnet and is easily removed, whilst not falling off en-route to the recycling bin.
This little gizmo is especially useful for those with any weakness in their hands or arms as it really is simple to use and a quick wipe with a cloth ensures it is ready for the next use. Years ago I suffered with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and I wish I had, had one then, however it is a reliable tool in my kitchen and an absolute essential in Mums with her older arthritic hands.
In conclusion this is an essential item for older people or anyone with impaired strength or movement in their hands as well as for anyone who needs a reliable, easy to use can opener. So useful for anyone really! I am really pleased I did my homework before buying the first one of these as originally it was my second choice, but by reading reviews I was swayed to buy this opener.
Highly recommended, Yes, I know you can buy those common little openers that were designed early in the last century and a lot of the time they are adequate, but what you really need is one of these neat little gizmos! Mum's is still going strong after quite a few years and mine still looks as good as new.
5/5 as I still believe it is the best battery operated non-professional opener.
Prices vary, but a quick on-line check show currently available from Amazon at £14.00 and also available from outlets such as Argos and many supermarkets.
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I purchased a Culinare One Touch Automatic Can Opener from my local Argos store for around £19. It is still currently available to buy from Argos but at a sale price of £17.99. Amazon are selling this small appliance from £14 in their marketplace, and Tesco are currently out of stock.
The can opener is white is colour and has a glossy plastic finish. It has a pebble like shape and a blue circular button located on the top left surface of the can opener. It is battery operated, and comes fully supplied with two AA batteries.
It is very simple to use, and once the batteries are inserted into the battery compartment the can opener is ready to operate. Simply place it onto the surface of the can you wish to open, and then press the blue circular button to operate the inner cutting blades. The can opener then works in a circular motion to cut a can opening all around the tin. This doesn't take too long to do, however it isn't as fast as using a manual can opener in my opinion.
On the plus side though, is that it works excellently on those stubborn cans that seem almost impossible to open with a manual can opener. Once the upper can lid is opened it stays attached to the can opener's magnetic area, making it very safe to move around without having to worry about it falling off or cutting your fingers with it. I simply move it to the bin and with a slight pull take the can lid off the magnetic area and pop the lid in the bin. The magnetic area is strong enough to ensure that the sharp metal lid doesn't fall off, but not too strong so it is simple enough to pull off when needed.
This One Touch Automatic can opener does all the hard work for you, which is especially helpful for those who have arthritis in the hands etc which make such tasks quite painful and time consuming. It takes seconds for it to power on and automatically stops when the lid has been removed, which takes approx 30 seconds.
The can opener although is battery operated, I find that it doesn't use too much of the battery and I can use this easy for 7 or 8 months without having to replace the batteries. I think this would be a great Christmas gift for my grandmother who does suffer from arthritis as it would make such tasks so much easier and stress free.
Overall this is a great little handy kitchen appliance that lets you open all types of cans with ease and done so automatically from a press of a single button. The price tag is a little expensive for what it is, however the uses for me out weigh the single negative and makes this worth the money spent. Overall 4/5 losing one mark for the price tag.
I bought one of these can openers after reading some good reviews about it. I had a traditional but cheap opener before and found I was having increasing trouble twisting it to open as my fingers aren't as flexible as they used to be and I think I am starting to get arthritis in my hands. As this one appeared to be relatively easy to use I bought it from Ebay for £3.50 which I think is a good price as they seem to range from £3.50 to £8.00 on various websites.
The opener itself is white plastic and feels quite substantial to hold without being too heavy. It looks quite chunky and sturdy and when you hold it and it gives you the feeling that it can tackle any can or tin in your kitchen. It works by removing the lid from the top of the can rather than around the sides. You place it inside the rim on top of the can with the knob facing up. When it is attached you hold the opener together with one hand and turn the knob with the other hand. It does feel as though it is very securely attached to the can and I have never had any trouble with it slipping off or moving when using it. It seems to cut through the lid smoothly and with a minimum of effort and I don't seem to be twisting the knob half as much as with previous openers. When I have finished I just open the arms and the lid usually just falls out however the lid seems to have been cut very smoothly so that it is not sharp if you do have to pick it up or remove it from the opener.
I usually just rinse the opener under the tap as I find this is sufficient to clean it. It is not recommended to be put in the dishwasher or left in water for a long period. It is suitable for left handed or right handed people and come in white and also graphite. All Culinare can openers are covered by a 12 month guarantee but I can't really see much going wrong with this.
I find that I don't have to put much pressure on the opener to work effectively and the knob is relatively easy to turn. I don't have any pain or discomfort in my hands when I use this and wish I had bought one ages ago. I would definitely recommend this opener as it is much easier to use than any other I have had also seems to work quickly. I would recommend this opener and give it 5 stars, and I would definitely replace it if it ever broke.
This review is on the Culinare One Touch can opener, which I recently purchased on a whim over the Christmas period. This little alien-pod-esque gadget comes from the One touch range from Culinare. I originally bought it due to my love of sci-fi and the product's space age looking design, but found it to be much more useful than I originally anticipated as I will discuss in this review.
::::: The product :::::
The Culinare One Touch can opener is quite a little magic gadget to have in your house. This little beauty opens cans at the touch of a button without any fuss or mess, so you can just pop the top off and get on with things without worrying about cutting yourself, faffing around with blunt tin openers or getting your fingers all messy trying to fish the inside lid out. The can opener takes two AA batteries and works completely automatically. It comes in a white, sleek, futuristic looking design (a little phallic actually as my mother pointed out!). This means it looks very smart around your kitchen. You just set it at a slight angle on the can you want opened, press the button and watch it go to work. Even if the can opener gets jammed, there's a little winding tool to set it back on track, but I've not had to use this yet and have encountered no problems with batteries like some reviewers on other sites have reported. It really is quite a fun little piece of kit which I'll explain more in depth later in the review.
::::: The Effect :::::
Well, I must say I was quite tickled the first time I saw this little white thing go to work. It just whizzes round your can lid, and even goes back over places that didn't quite open the first time round, then stops ready for you to pull the lid off and get about your business. You may be one of these people, like me, who hates getting there fingers dirty fishing around inside tins of beans trying to pull your freshly opened lid out, but the One Touch has eliminated the need for this, as it actually cuts the whole of the top of the can off rather than just the inside lide, which makes things much tidier and simpler. I am often scared when watching my aging mother open cans that she is going to cut herself, so I was pleased to find that when this can opener has finished, it leaves no sharp edges on your tins. I am much happier leaving my mother alone in the house with this than with conventional can openers qas she can get quite angry and reckless when she can't get things to work- this thing doesn't only open cans, it makes for a calmer family environment in my case!
::::: The Price:::::
I purchased my can opener for £20, although I can't remember where from. I think it may have been a collectables home store. Amazon.com are currently selling this on offer for only £12.98, which really is a bargain as I thought it was good value for £20- it is a really magic piece of gadgetry.
::::: My Opinions :::::
If you hadn't gathered already, I love this! It simple, clean, fun to watch (trust me, you'll giggle!) and looks great. Couldn't really ask for more!
We have invested in a very expensive can opener. Our old one had dropped to bits ages ago and we found this one in Wlikinsons. It usually retails at about £20 (or so said the sign) but they were selling this for just £12 so we snapped it up.
The idea is very simple in my opinion - it is a One Touch electronic can opener and I think this would probably be ideal for those people who have a disability or painful joints and cannot open a can with a normal manual opener as they can be a bit tricky for a lot of people to use.
This takes 2 x AA batteries, which were not inlcuded in the pack when we bought it. The batteries last quite a long time as we don't eat too much canned food so we don't really use it too often. It has a little button on the top which you just press down and it will very quickly and very safely remove the whole lid in one fell clean swoop - quite impressive I have to say.
It comes off with no mess at all in my personal experience and works first time every time and has not let us down yet. It is very easy to keep clean and I just use a small bristle brush on mine to get rid of the few little bits of debris which collect around the underside, but this is very easily removed I have always found.
A great product, expenive but but recommended.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead.
==Culinare One Touch Can Opener==
When my Dad was first diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease I decided I would try and find everything and anything I could that would make his daily living slightly easier. I bought a whole load of things and one of the items that was probably less used by him was this can opener. I think it was nice to have in the drawer if he did indeed need to use it but nowadays what with a lot of the cans having a ring pull can openers are not needed so much. Plus Mum would always cook the majority of his meals for him.
I purchased the can opener from Matalan when I saw it in there not long after these were bought out onto the market. It wasn't cheap to say the least and I did pay a whopping £20 for it. I guess that it is classed as more of an electronic can opener and this is why you are paying the price tag for it. I probably wouldn't have looked at this had it not been something that would make life a little easier for Dad should he need it. Having had a little look online you can now get the very same can opener for a better price of £14.
The idea of this product is that you can sit it on top of a can and literally just give the button "one touch" and it will take the lid off safely and quickly and then get the removed lid ready for popping into the bin with a simple flick. It is ideal for those with a disability even something as simple as having a broken hand can make opening a can with a can opener tricky business and I guess more serious disabilities such as my Dads MND find little aids such as this a real helping hand and for that reason the idea of this product is really great.
Since my own can opener gave up the ghost and I have gone through a handful of other ones which seemed to break at the first sight of a can lid, Mum has now let me borrow this one until I find a suitable replacement but I am hoping that she is just going to forget about it and let me keep it (I did buy it after all)
The Culinare one Touch Can opener does need 2 x AA batteries which didn't come with the product when I bought it so of course this is an added cost which needs to be factored into it too so it is not a cheap product as far as these things go.
The can opener is very simple to use and also very easy to clean. A damp sponge does clean the main body of the can opener well and a damp dish brush gets into all the little groves of the mechanics underneath well and without too much bother.
I think for the fact that it is a really useful item and does work well I can only give this product a top score of 5 out of 5 stars. It really did help when we needed it and now I have it it is getting far more use and still going strong. A good idea that works well.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I got the Culinare One Touch automatic can opener as a gift. I had wanted to move away from manual can openers due to problems with my wrist/hands. It has certainly made opening tins far easier but it does have some downsides.
*** What is it? ***
As other reviewers have said, it is essentially a very simple product. It comes in a simple plastic packet so you can easily see the size and weight of it before opening. It is powered by two AA batteries and it comes with two batteries included so you can start to use it straight out of the packet - they have lasted me over 6 months.
To use it you place the opener on top of the tin, push the large button and watch it go round the tin. Make sure you have enough space around it for the "tail" of the can opener to make a full 360 degree revolution around the tin! After it is finished it will go silent and the cutting blade will have retracted. You can then lift it off the tin - there is a magnet on it so the lid will not drop off. You then can turn it upside down so that you can see the blade has retracted, and pull the lid off the magnet (this is not too hard so did not cause me any discomfort, but is a small tug against the power of the magnet).
*** What is good about it? ***
If you have RSI, Arthritis or any other condition causing you difficulties using a manual tin opener, it is a godsend. Suddenly you can open as many tins as you want, without the discomfort or pain of squeezing and twisting a manual tin opener.
The battery drain seems low so you will not be constantly running out of power. You can replace the disposeable batteries with rechargeable ones - mine works fine using them.
The magnet holding onto the lid saves you dropping a lid covered in tomatoes/custard/whatever.
The button is nice and big so easy to press and see.
*** What are the downsides of it? ***
You have to place it on the can properly, and I find it is not always "One Touch" as I sometimes have to push it more than once (I may be too gentle).
Mainly however, what I dislike is that this can opener removes the lid from the top of the can, leaving the thin, sharp edge exposed. A far safer design is those can openers where the inside of the lid is removed, leaving the thicker rim on the top of the can. You then have to be careful handling the tin as it is very easy to cut yourself. If you reach across the tin you can scratch or cut your arm (I have done that) and it makes it far more dangerous to clean the tin before recycling it. As we are being encouraged to recycle things more, I don't like having such sharp tins in the washing up bowl/hanging around.
That poor design is it's biggest flaw and the one thing that would make me replace it for a safer one.
This product is great. I would never go back to a manual tin opener after using this. I originally needed a tin opener as both my manual ones wouldnt open tins without a struggle. My problem is that I need two different types as I like a different sort to my OH.
My friend suggested I try this as it's ideal for everyone regardless of the type of opener your used to. I was a bit sceptical at first as it seemed an awful lot of money just for something to open the odd tin of beans, but my friend convinced me to give it a go.
I bought mine and when it arrived it was in a sealed plastic packet. It came with batteries provided, so there was nothing I needed to do except insert the batteries.
Obviously I had to try it to see what all the fuss was about lol. I opened a tin of tuna (the cats enjoyed them for their tea, so they were happy with the tin opener already) I cannot begin to tell you how impressed I was with this product.
You simply place the tin opener on the can so that the underpart of the round area is against the side of the tin, press the button for a second or so and watch it go. It opened the tin in a matter of approx 20 - 30 seconds and then stopped automatically.
After taking th tin opener of the can it removed the lid also, and I was able to just take the lid off and throw it in the bin. No mess no fuss.
I was so impressed I bought a further 2, one for my nan for xmas and one for my mother-in-law. Both are very happy with it.
If someone told me I would be raving about an electric tin opener a few months ago I would have laughed at then, however here I am not only raving about it but actually writing a review too.
I cant actually see any down sides for this product yet. So far so good for me. A big thumbs up.
I bought this can opener for my mother who suffers with nerve damage in her hands. Before I purchased this we had tried out 3 other types of can openers which were all supposed to be easy to use! My mother had struggled with each one and had almost started avoiding canned food. This culinare can opener, though seemingly expensive has solved what has been an ongoing problem for her.
The can opener is battery operated and works by sitting on top of the can and through a small magnet grips onto the can. the user presses a large button on top of the can opener and hey presto! The lid from the can is removed safely and cleanly without effort from the user themselves.
It may take a few attempts to work it successfully at first use and my 18 month old daughter was initially surprised by the noise it makes as it works but this is just something that you would get used to with time!!!
The only minor problems we have found with this product are that it can take a short while to open a can, it works more slowly than it may take some customers to use a manual can opener and you may need to press the button more than once to ensure it works effectively although it is so easy to use that this is not really a concern. We found that it will not work on a can that you have previously tried to open with a manual opener!!!
One thing I would like to pass on to customers and the manufacturers is that the packaging for this product is very difficult to open, as this product is suitable for people who perhaps have difficulty using their hands and fingers surely the packaging should be easy to open. My mother tried to open it but could not and had to wait for someone else to try.
Following our delight with this product we will now be looking for the culinare jar opener and hope that this too is well designed and continues to make meal preparation easier for many people!
As gadgets go this does what it says on the package, it opens tins with one touch!
Initialy I did find that you had to play with it to get it into the right postion for the blade which was quite frustrating at first. But I soon got the hang of it.
I like the way I can open cans without much effort, even those when you have broken off those ringpull cans.
Only draw backs which still make me jump is that it is quite noisey and spins around sometimes for long time like it is possessed, its always a relief when its stopped! Can be battle to get the top out of the magnet to put in the bin.
Also although batteries do last quite awhile they work one minute then its dead the next so just to be on the safe side dont throw away your tin opener quite yet.. you never know when you will need it!
It's just like any manual can opener it does'nt work for long, it might be ok for the first few months but then it goes downhill, it uses too many batteries you can put new batteries in it and it nearly opens a can without struggling, you have to help it to open a can even with new batteries in it, and when the top of the can does finally come off you nearly slice your fingers off.
For most of us this is just another kitchen gadget, which we don't really need but just want to own. However I purchased one of these for my nan a couple of years ago and she has found it to be very useful.
I was beginnning to get fed up of going round to my nans for dinner and having to hack the lid off a tin of beans with a can opener as old as God's dog. Every time I would say to her 'nan I'm going to get you a new one of these', and so I did.
Unlike traditional can openers which can sometimes be a struggle to grip, the Culinare automatic can opener magnetically attaches to the top of the can and removes the lid with the touch of a button.
The Culinare one touch can opener is not only very good for those with limited hand mobility, but left handed people as well. My boyfriend is left handed and has often struggled to open tins with a traditional can opener which is designed for right handed people.
The can opener only requires 2 AA batteries for use and they last a very long time.
With prices now as low as £6.00, who can say they don't need one!
After having bought a number of manual can openers over the years, only to find that they made a hash of the job, the One Touch can opener looked too good to be true. What, it just sits on the top of the can and spins around? You just pick it up when it's finished?
Well, actually, yes. It really is that simple. No more trying to pry open the can with a knife because your can opener failed. No more struggling to turn it past a particularly awkward part. The One Touch will keep going until your can is open, so you really do just set it going and pick it up when it's finished.
We found it an especial help to my Dad and several other elderly or disabled relatives, who would have either struggled or found it completely impossible to open cans on their own with the usual openers. With this and the One Touch jar opener kitchen life is made a lot simpler for them.
I'd recommend this little gadget to everyone - whether you also have disabled relatives or just want to make life easier.
I've struggled with my old blunt can opener for ages, never considering there may be an easier way to open cans. However on a very recent visit to my Grandmother and seeing this in use in her kitchen, I ended up bringing it home at her insistence.
The Culinare One Touch can opener is a battery operated tin opening mechanism. Made with solid white plastic you simply place the devise over a can, press the large button and the battery operated motor works the two blades in much the same way as an ordinary manual tin opener. A magnet keeps the tin lid in place, and the whole process takes around 30 seconds. It requires 2 AA batteries which last a good length of time, although rechargeable versions are available at extra cost.
My Grandma bought this at TJ Hughs for around £15 she says. Although the RRP seems to be £20 it is currently available at Amazon.co.uk for £8.95.
I have to say this is a pretty impressive little gadget. It works an absolute dream taking lids cleanly of cans with no mess whatsoever. Its simple to use, easy to clean and store. It is a bit noisy, but that lasts 30 seconds so I can forgive it that.
However, in all honesty, if my Grandmother hadn't insisted I take it, I probably wouldn't have forked out for it. It's good, but not necessary so I would have eventually replaced my old blunt tin opener with another cheap manual one. However my Grandmother has severe arthritis in her hands, so for her this is an absolute blessing and a kitchen utensil she now can't do without (she headed right off to Hughs the next day to get a new one). For people who struggle with mobility in their hands then I would recommend this as an essential. For those who don't, it's great if you can afford it but you could live without it.
If you would like to see this can opener in action, go to YouTube and type in its full name for a video demonstration
Originally an all-white affair available for the full retail price of £20 it has spawned a family of new offerings that feature soft-grip inserts for comfort in a choice of colours red, blue or lime as well as a rechargeable version for convenience that uses a charger rather the need to replace the pair of AA batteries, which are supplied with the opener, that power the other versions. The rechargeable version, available for the slightly-higher full retail price of £25, boasts that it is capable of opening a staggering 30 cans from a single charge.
Currently, (January 28th 2009) the battery-powered versions normally available for around £20 can be secured for the following prices £16.96 for the original white one; £10.85 for the one with red soft-grip inserts; £12.18 for the one with blue soft-grip inserts; £8.26 for the one with lime soft-grip inserts; and £25 for the rechargeable version. All available for purchase online, with free delivery in the UK, from Amazon.com.
Whether the Culinare One Touch Can Opener you choose is; rechargeable, battery-powered, with or without soft-grip inserts the operation is the same. The One Touch is capable of opening cans, with diameters between 67mm and 100mm, at a single touch.
What struck me about the tin opener as I unwrapped it, was its size. I don't know why I just didn't expect it to be quite so big. I doubted whether it would balance on the top of the can ok and to that end I found the first few times I used it, - I know I bought it for my mother, well I got my self one too! - I was supporting the opener until I was satisfied it had "bitten" securely onto the rim on the tin before letting it go to do its stuff unhindered. The opener overran the circumference and seemed to start well into a second lap of the now open lid of the can - bit I guess that's so it can open the largest circumference tins without the need off a laser-aided satellite navigation system to calculate exactly when to stop removing the top of the tin.
But joking aside there is a cut-away section on the underside of the opener that allows the opener to function only when the rim of the tin is proud enough of the end of the tin to sit in the cut-away like a fail-safe power kill switch. For this reason the opener lost power as I tried to open a large diameter Fray Bentos tinned Steak Pie but the rim was not proud enough to allow the opener to stay powered. So it was back to the manual tin opener for this baby. The culinare website does actually provide you with teXt to warn you that "With One Touch it may not be possible to open cans with heavy seams, rimless or odd shapes."
Once the cutting process was finished and the motor had stopped, the now lid of the tin is removed with the One Touch as it is held quite strongly by a magnet in the body of the opener. The first time I tried the lid seemed a little tricky to remove - especially as I was trying not to get any baked bean juice over my hands. But as with most things repetition and little practice got this down to a fine art without drama. So those of us with limited hand strength and mobility, or simply a fascination with motorised gadgets, this is a boon.
The Culinare One Touch Can Opener automatically opens cans at the touch of a button / Ideal for those who prefer to make everyday tasks, such as can opening, that little bit easier.