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----- General Information -----
I bought the Kenwood 3 in 1 can opener from Tesco, last year for £20. I have previously used a manual can opener, and got sick of trying to get the mechanisms in the right position, and having cans half opened!
----- Product Information -----
The can opener is chrome, with a black rubber handle with the mechanism beneath for the can to be clipped to. It is electric (40W) and also features a knife sharpener and a bottle opener. It has pads on the bottom to keep it in place whilst using, and a magnet to hold the can lid for safe disposal. The gadget is small, and looks stylish on your work top whilst saving space.
----- My Experience -----
First I will talk about the can opening feature. I can't compare to other electronic can openers as I have not owned one previous to this. I must say I am very impressed with the speed in which the lid is removed, and the fact that the magnet keeps it in place. It has to work a bit harder for heavier cans, but does the job just as well, all the same. The can opening feature, is easy to clean by wiping with a damp cloth.
The knife sharpening feature is brilliant. I thought that maybe this was just added on cheaply to make the product more appealing, but it does actually work really well. My knives a super sharp, and not damaged, which is a result I have had from previous sharpening devices. The sharpener blade can also be removed for cleaning.
The bottle opening device works well and is very handy, as I no longer need to root around in the cutlery drawer for it! It is now conveniently placed on the front of my shiny new kitchen friend :) All parts are easily cleaned and stay in great condition.
----- Overall -----
I really like this product, especially because it has three must have kitchen gadgets built in to one. They all work perfectly, and I would recommend this to my friends and family in a heartbeat.
I have to admit I was sceptical about an electrical tin opener. This was a surprise Christmas gift received with a smile through gritted teeth and required a delighted [performance using best acting skills! Out of politeness I used the device immediately on a tin of soup and haven't used a manual one since.
The opener comes neatly packaged along with a set of clear and concise instructions plus a year's guarantee. The instructions cover the 3 operating features of the device - it is predominantly a tin opener but also has an in-built knife/scissor sharpener and a handy manual bottle opener. It is available in either white or chrome, both of which look stylish and function exactly the same, though for some reason the white one is cheaper!
The device is easy to use. A tin (of any size/shape) is placed underneath the sharp protruding point and is held in place by magnets. This is handy as it saves you having to be ready to catch the opened tin. A lever is then pulled down which starts the action of opening the tin and stops when the lever is pulled up again. A magnet located above the tin lid keeps hold of the lid ensuring that no mess is created. This was the most impressive part for me as I have lost count of the amount of times I get messy hands or slice my fingers trying to fish a lid out of the contents of an open tin. The opening section can easily be removed for cleaning, or I have found it easier to simply wipe it clean after each use.
The knife sharpener is located just above here and is built into the machine. To sharpen blades they are simply swiped within the opening which works well.
The bottle opener is self-explanatory, but is very handy to keep on the kitchen work surface and looks a lot more attractive than having a hand held one lying around.
I keep mine plugged in constantly and just switch it on at the mains when I need to use it. This is because I have more space on my worktop than storage space! However, if kept in a cupboard this would not take up too much space. The cord can be neatly stored behind the unit, and the appliance is only fairly small in size. The only word of warning I have about it is that there is no separate on and off switch, so if the unit is left on at the mains it will start working if the lever is pulled down. This is probably only an issue if there are inquisitive children around, but it is worth being aware of.
The electric can opener is a gadget I would never have considered buying but am surprisingly delighted with it. I find it easier to use than a manual opener, and easier to use than the ring-pull tops which to me, and I'm sure to anyone with arthritis or hand problems, are even more difficult!
I have found out that this cost about £14 from Argos, and I'm sure I've had my money's worth out of it already.
Can't recommend it highly enough!
I always used to think that only elderly people with mobility problems used electric can openers who couldn't grab hold of things firmly, but how wrong I was. I first saw one of these in action when I went for lunch at my friends and watched her opening a tin of tuna using one of these and thinking how quick and easy was so I treated myself to one when I next went to Tesco.
The opener is 23.5cm tall and 13.5 wide and deep and it weighs 1.1kg so it is light enough to move around the kitchen. I think it is small enough to put away after each use which to be honest I usually do as I don't like too many things on show. It has quite a shiny chrome finish but it is actually plastic although from a distance you could think that it is chrome and I think it looks quite stylish and modern on my worktop The cord is just over a metre long which I find is plenty long enough to plug in and to use it near the edge of my worktop.
There are four small feet which are non slip and which help to keep the opener in position while you are using it and the blade is removable for cleaning. It is suitable for opening cans up to 1.2kg and I find that it even opens odd shaped and dented cans easily which is sometimes a bit tricky with a manual opener as I have found that they can stick and you have to move them along manually to open it.
The best thing for me about this gadget is that it is three things in one, being a can opener, a bottle opener and a knife sharpener. To use the can opener you pull up the black handle and put the tin in line with the guard and then push the handle down which grips the tin and automatically starts to rotate it and cut the lid. You do need to keep your hand on the handle and I do keep my other hand supporting the tin in case I miss it and it falls onto the floor when it has cut all the way round. When it has finished the can releases and you remove the lid from the magnet holding it in place. It does leave a very sharp edge on the lid so it does need to be disposed of safely as if children got hold of it it could cause a nasty injury.
The metal bottle opener is at the front of the opener and you just need to tilt the bottle and hook it under the opener and then pull gently and the top just pops off. This is the part that has probably been the least used as I can't think of anything which needs opening this way apart from bottles of beer which are only usually used when my children come to visit, but it is still a useful gadget to have.
I find the knife sharpener particularly useful as our knives are quite old and although they are a good make they were not very sharp and I was having to saw at things and tomatoes were just impossible to cut neatly and would just squash down into a splodgy mess. There are two slots at the back of the opener, a larger one and a smaller one. You insert the knife into the larger slot first and then press the handle down and pull it towards you and you can hear the knife being sharpened by the rotating blade. You then take it out of the bigger slot and put it into the smaller slot and repeat the process. I was amazed the first time I did this as my knives were so sharp it felt as though I had bought a new set. It wouldn't be any good for any jagged edge or serrated knives as it is only suitable for straight edged knives. It is a bit noisy when you are doing this but it is not excessive and it doesn't take very long to do. I have recently sharpened my moms knives with this and she was so pleased as she was just about to buy a new set so this has saved her a lot of money.
I bought this from Tesco and paid £14 and they are also this price at John Lewis and on Amazon. They are a bit dearer at £14.99 Argos but I still think that this is a very good price as you are getting in effect three gadgets at once and it does make an easy and quick job of opening cans with minimum effort. It also comes in white and actual chrome but this is obviously more expensive. I think that the knife sharpening facility is the best for me as it has completely renovated my knives and I no longer have to saw at my food and best of all I don't have squashy tomatoes any more.
This is highly recommended by me and is suitable for anyone to use and in my opinion it well deserves 5 out of 5 stars.
I'm on my second one of these, not because it's rubbish but because it's great! the first one I had was about 17 years ago and I loved it from the moment I had it. It hasn't changed much except that the original one was white and this one is silver.
I now have a silver one so it looks good in the kitchen along with my other appliances. It's no good keeping this in the cupboard and getting it out when you want to use it! you must have it out on the work top ready to use.
What is it?
This is an automatic tin opener and bottle opener, it also has a knife sharpener on the back.
What does it do?
It does what it says on the box! opens tins!! you basically pull up the black handle and put the part of the tin you want opening into the part with the rotating blades, then as you pull the handle down it grips the tin and when you push the handle down further it rotates and undoes the tin! I love this because there's no effort at all and it works every time, it turns around until it's opened and then when it's finished it holds it until you lift up the handle (you must have your hand holding the tin at this point or you'll have a lovely mess as the machine doesn't hold it while the handle is up).
For the bottle opener it's just a metal part in the centre at the front, which when you place the bottle in you can flip it and the lid comes off easily, the only thing is to make sure that it's not fizzy when you do it because you have to tilt the bottle slightly and so if it's been shaken sometimes it comes out.
The knife sharpener is also very good, place your knife in the slot at the back and then press the same handle down as the tin opener and it shapens the knife that is in there.
It can be dangerous for young children to use as because of the way it cuts the lids are always extremely sharp, the lids stick to the magnet at the top but then it has to be taken off and placed in the bin.
These cost around about £15 but are well worth it and last for years.
For those who have weaker wrists or hands this is perfect for undoing those pesky tins! I find the manual one's so so difficult to do and when we go to a caravan I really miss my tin opener! For the elderly these are also great as there is no effort involved and once they've mastered the art of doing it they'll be really pleased.
What more is there to say - it's a great tin opener and really easy to use, I use mine every day I haven't found a tin that doesn't fit or it didn't work for.
I find chopping up meat and vegetables far easier and more precise when the knives are freshly sharpened. When I saw this gadget on the internet, I bought it straight away. After several years of struggling with manual tin openers that were very stiff and caused me a great deal of frustration, it had not occurred to me to get an electric tin opener, as I always assumed they were for elderly or disabled people. The fact that I wanted a knife sharpener gave me the perfect excuse!
As a knife sharpener, it does the job exactly as expected and it couldn't be simpler. You hold the knife in one of the slots at the back and press down the black lever which starts the grinder. Then you slowly pull the knife towards you across the rotating grinder. You then repeat this in the second slot the sharpener the other side of the blade and that's it - job done!
To open tins, you lift the lever and place the tin in line with the guard then close the lever until the blade pierces the lid, then push it down a little further. The tin is then fixed and will automatically rotate whilst the blade cuts it. And here's the good bit... you don't even have to hold it in place. The tin will rotate until the cutter has gone round it completely, then stop, but still hold it in place. You simply unhook the open tin and a magnet in the lever holds the cut lid so you don't have to try and pry it out. It will even open unusually shaped tins like the ones you get for corned beef. So no more battling with those annoying keys.
Whilst the shiny aluminum look is not to my taste and looks little cheap, and the bottle-opener is noting to write home about, the functionality of this item makes it more than worthwhile. A few weeks after I bought it, I saw my mum struggling to use a manual tin opener and ordered her one of these bad boys on the spot. She loves it too!
One thing that really attracted me to this product was that fact that not only does it open cans, but it will sharpen a knife and also has the ability to open bottles. I snapped this one up fro Amazon for about £20 4 years ago and
Auto on and off, draws 40 watts of power, blade is removable, lid retainer is magnet, non slip feet on the bottom. Dimension: 13.5cm H x 13.5cm W x 23.5cm D. Made out of plastic with 1 years guarantee.
When I received the can opener it was neatly packaged. The colour was chrome and black although this product was sadly not made out of stainless steel. I plugged the appliance in and it was ready to be tested. I grabbed a can of cat food and popped it under the blade and the magnetic part instantly stuck to the lid as the blade was opening it. The over operation was a little noisy but then that's to be expected. Success! The can opener managed to cut the metal really well and the cut was failr clean. I then grabbed one of the bluntest knives in my kithen and had a good go at using the sharpener which can be located on the back of the appliance. Simply slot in the knife and the machine does the rest for you. I was amazed as it bought back a blunt old knife to life again .... saves me buying another knife. So third and final test was to open a bottle top. Please not this this doesn't open jars (as far as I'm aware.) I have noticed over the years that it can struggle with some cans
I'd recommend this product to anyone that suffers with weakness in their joints and in particular has artiritus as it's a doddle to use.
Bought from Amazon for £19.79 inc del and P & P.
I've never been overly fussed by having a lot of gadgets, and an electric can opener was simply something I saw no use for. A simple item is almost always the best in my opinion. I'm a simple person with simple tastes ( and perhaps a simple mind as well). My Uncle always carried the tiniest bit of metal - a military tin opener with which he could pop open a tin in seconds. I had one myself for years. They honestly do work, but I found the average kitchen can opener more convenient. It never occurred to me there might come a time when something as simple as opening a tin could become impossible, but as my hands have grown worse it has become more and more difficult, and as I have recently broken a finger and damaged some tendons - I wouldn't be able to open a tin a of food if I were starving - so I broke down and bought yet another gadget to compete for space on my already over crowded worktop.
I chose this model because in addition to opening tins - it also sharpens knives. My husband had "borrowed" all of my only good kitchen knife for fishing, cutting directly into a paved surface. Needless to say, the knife was useless for anything but butter after that, but it was quite expensive to begin with, over £20, which is more than this machine cost me. (I paid £14.98 at Argos. The exact same one is £14.97 with Amazon, while a white one is only£11.99).
I knew this would open tins - and it does in a flash with no effort whatsoever, and even with limited use of only one hand. You simply stick the can to the magnet, put the lever down without any pressure, and let it go. Well - it wasn't quite that simple for me. In fact I thought it was broken, but after plugging the unit in it worked much better. The tin was opened in seconds, with no mess. You do need to keep a hand on the lever - but you do not need to hang onto the tin. The magnet seems to hold it all in place until you gently pull the tin away. The lid remains held in place by the magnet until you remove it as well. This does make some noise, but not much - so it fulfils its primary function perfectly.
Even before trying the can opener - we tried the knife sharpener. There are two slits, and you use the big one first and then the smaller one to hone the blade down to a very sharp edge. This does require two hands and my husband is the one who did this. It was very quick though, and looked like very little effort was involved. In roughly 1 minute, my knife had a proper blade on it again, and in all honesty, the machine paid for itself in my opinion then and there. Had I realised how good this sharpener was, I'd have bought this years ago for the sharpener only.
If you look at this product on Amazon though, you will notice it says 3-1 can opener. The third function is simply a bottle opener. I haven't had a bottle of coke that required an opener in years now, and I don't drink alcohol, so this feature is of little use to me. But for those of you who enjoy bottled drinks, it does mean you never have to go hunting the bottle opener again - or resorting to desperate measures like screw drivers, pliers, hitting off counter tops etc..... ( I may not drink but I've always found handing a nice cold bottle of beer to someone who does - with no method of opening it amusing).
This can opener was always going to get 5 stars from me, it performs it primary purpose perfectly, and it really is wonderful for sharpening knives as well. In all honesty, I am not fussed what it looks like, and would have taken the white one to save a couple of quid had Argos had them in stock. But I do like the look of this. It has a nice curved shape, giving it a retro look. The chrome finish is very shiny with a mirror effect and you could just about put your make up on looking into this. and matches my kettle perfectly. This will fingerprint, but it won't yellow like plastic does, and I do feel this is nice enough looking. It is also small, which is far more important to me as I have a very tiny kitchen. The base is a circle with a diameter of 5". It is roughly 9.5" tall, and has a generous 3 foot power lead to allow you flexibility in choosing where to place this.
Normally, with a five star rating, it is fairly obvious that I recommend the item. In this case I really can not recommend it unconditionally. For most people, this may not be worth the counter space it takes up just to open a tin a bit quicker. I do feel a manual tin opener is a more practical item for most people - and you can still open up a tin in a power cut. But if you are set on an electric model, or you have difficulty using a manual tin opener, then I give this my full recommendation. Even if you will never use the tin opener function, I can and still do recommend this if you have good quality knives that you like to keep a nice edge on. A very sharp blade requires so much less effort to use, and is another real plus to people with mobility issues - of course I may soon have sliced as well as broken fingers! I believe a good pair of shears could be sharpened in this as well. This does take up more room than a sharpener only, but it compares favorably in price, with separate sharpeners ranging from £9.95 - £309.
A brilliant addition to any kitchen that offers a variation of functions that are easy to use, maintain and store.
The tin opener also comes with a knife sharpener, magnetic lid lifter, bottle opener and a handy little house for excess cord.
It looks great too and is available in other colours.
Would definetley recommend this product.
A tall curved chrome device that looks great in any modern kitchen. This product is also available in white but my son says the white one looks like a snowman!
The product looks great from any angle and so if you want to leave on your worktop sidewards on, to save space then you can do so knowing that it still looks great. Its actually a real talking point as its not strikingly obvious what its purpose is.
An essential when opening messy food like beans or soup!
This is also a great addition if using on the go in your motorhome (like my mum does) or resting on the side of a wall or your BBQ (for the bottle opening device)
Built into the back of the device is a blade sharpener, I have only used this once or twice (more to just test it rather than as a necessity) but cant grumble, seemed to work great and is a discreet welcome addition.
Well who doesnt need a spare bottle opener (and to know where one always is?) This is a great idea and we do use this all the time, at parties and BBQs and weekends.
MAGNETIC LID LIFTER:
What can I say? Lifts lids magnetically ;)
AUTOMATIC TIN OPENER:
Of course, its primarily a tin opener and it really is invaluable to those who find it difficult opening cans due to medical reasons or left handedness (is that a word?!?)
Works well although we had a few laughs on our first attempts to attach the tins.
*MAINTAINANCE AND CLEANING*
All aspects seem to be aging well and we have not had to replace any parts to date. All remain sharp and in good working order.
In terms of cleaning, chrome can be typically tricky and my mums biggest bug-bear is fingerprints so she usually avoids chrome and goes for brushed steel but as its not available she had to go for this one and uses my ickle tip..... Baby-oil! Just a tiny bit on some kitchen roll or cloth and gently rub over the product to leave it clean and sparkly...really does work!
This cost us £15 or so but my Mum and my Grandma also have one and they paid varying amounts between £13 and £20. We all have the chrome but have seen the white one as cheap as £11.
Only a few if Im being really really picky...
1. Potentially the chrome version can be tricky to clean
2. You have to learn the nack of attaching the tins but then theres no stopping you
3. Cant show off my party trick as often...(opening bottles with my teeth! )
***Keep clean using baby oil***
***A great buy for left-handed folks***
***A useful gift idea for those who struggle with their hands***
***Great for caravans, parties and BBQs***
also on ciao
This product was bought for my gran as she has arthritis in her hands, after a bit of searching I thought this would be perfect for her but i was wrong.
The build of this was good and sturdy, really well designed with a bottle opener at the front just under the can opener lever, with the knife sharpener in the back, the can opener lever is easy too take on and off for cleaning purposes, a bit too easy as knocking it of is extremely easy too do.
Taking it out of the box plug it in put the lever in place and your ready to go simple as that, first I tried the can opener as this is the main use of this product, just put a can upto the little peg that sticks out and push the lever down it couldn't be easier, there is no need to hold the can as it is held firmly in place until you lift the lever and remove it, There is a lid retaining magnet unfortunately its about 50/50, half the time it works half the time it falls into the tin but this is no big deal.
The bottle opener is just a basicaly stuck on the front, to use this feature simply put one hand on top of the product, slide the bottle in and push down not much can go wrong there.
The knife sharpener is contained in the back with two slots for putting the knifes in this is for both sides of the knife without having to turn the machine around, to use this simply push the can opening lever down and hold this will rotate the grinders, gently put the knife in at the handle end and pull along slowly until the tip has been sharpened great results every time.
Although I found it easy to use and opened cans with absolutely no problem every time my gran could not open one watching her do it I still cant figure out why.
I'm sure that the majority of people reading this review will know the struggle of finding a decent can opener than doesn't brake after a few weeks. This house has gone through many in its time and so eventually we gave up and bought this electric can opener.
Guests seem to think we're pretty over the top when they see it and don't understand why we cant just use a normal manual one. However, seeing as we have had this for a few years now, I don't understand why other people don't invest. It has never broken and never failed to open a can.
It is quite bulky looking for something that does such a small job in the kitchen but it looks very modern and shiny (making sure you keep it clean). There is a black handle which you pull up and then shove the can underneath allowing the handle to fall back into place. To being opening, all you have to do is push the handle further down. There will be a magnet to hold it up, although this comes off too easily and we have lost ours so much hold the can up ourselves. The can will spin around and eventually stop when it is finished. Simple!
The only complaint I have it that it is difficult to clean the parts which hold the can but its only a litte niggle and certainly wont stop be from saying BUY THIS PRODUCT. I believe that is it an essential one for every kitchen. No more struggling with cans again.
We bought our Kenwood CO 606 can opener about eighteen months ago and we paid quite a bit for it - around fifteen pounds if I remember rightly, and we bought it from Play.com and got free delivery and it arrived very quickly. We bought it mainly because of looks. It is so sleek and stylish and very good looking and we had first seen one at a friend's house when we went for something to eat one weekend. As soon as we saw it I just knew we would have to have one too.
The Kenwood CO 606 can opener is made of shiny chrome and it looks so good on our work surface and really does catch your eye - it's not like a normal run of the mill can opener that you would want to hide away in your cutlery drawer - this is something that you really want to leave out and show off.
Beacuse it is so sleek and shiny though it does attract dirt and grime and we seem to be forever polishing ours over with damp and then dry cloths - it manages to attract fingerprints very easily and that looks awful.
It is a really heavy, firm, solid and high quality gadget that opens lids cleanly, swiftly and easily in one go with no mess. I like the fact that it is very stable and has little non-slip feet which means it does not move about all over th eplace when you are trying to use it. It has rounded surfaces and I also think this makes it easier to grip hold of. The best thing about this though, and to be honest we didn't reaslise this until we got it home, is that at the front there is a handy bottle opener and at the back there is a knife sharpener! So, you get three gadgets in one - clever!
Okay, so it was expensive, but I would really recommend it highly as it works so well and looks so good. ..
I'm a bit of a sucker for gadgets and saw this in my local Tesco for just over £15.00 with the brand name being Kenwood I thought it was a bargain, especially when I saw that it was more than just a can opener! Anything that looks good, and makes my life a little easier in the kitchen is good for me.
- - - The Can Opener - - -
This 3 in 1 kitchen gadget is an electric can opener, with a knife sharpener and bottle opener all in one. It has rubber feet making it non slip, and isn't that bulky so is easy to store away or to keep on your kitchen top. The can opener itself is "chrome effect" which is basically silver painted plastic. I thought it would be metal at least, but it's just plain old plastic, which was my initial disappointment with the can opener.
The can opener itself works pretty well, you simply line up the edge of the can with the blade and press onto the handle for it to start. There is a handy little magnet underneath the handle which latches onto the can lid and the blade automatically runs around the outside of your can, once it has finished opening the can stops by itself and the lid is left stuck to the magnet, making it easy for you to remove and throw in the bin instead of it being stuck inside he can where you can risk cutting yourself. It's not advisable that you leave the can alone while it's opening, as when it's finished the lid is separated from the can and you run the risk of the can falling. The blade itself can be removed so it can be cleaned, but it's extremely fiddly to do this.
The bottle opener is located on the front of the appliance, about half way down and can be used to open most bottles, and has chrome finish to fit in with the rest of the can opener. The knife opener is on the back of the appliance and works fairly well, but it's a little awkward to get a proper angle to sharpen the knife enough. It's a good addition but I haven't really had that much use out of the sharpener.
- - - My Experience - - -
The can opener itself is a good bit of kit, but it's a lot more fiddly than I thought it would be. As I already stated, my first disappointment with the appliance was that it was just chrome effect, it's just silver painted plastic with a black plastic handle. When opening heavy or odd shaped cans it's best to hold onto the can so it doesn't fall from the grip of the magnet. I use it probably once every other day depending on what I'm eating, it's especially useful for opening pie tins like Frey Bentos, as these cans are so big and awkward to open with regular manual can openers. Although you will need to keep a grip on the can so it doesn't pull the appliance over or fall from the magnet as the pies are quite heavy and large.
The bottle opener is awkward as hell, it is on the front of the can opener about half way down and for larger bottles it's at a stupid height you have to lift the whole thing to open a can. I think the only bottles it would be suitable for is the tiny bottles of German beer you can buy. My boyfriend has tried to use it for bottles of Koppaberg and Budweiser, and it's just too awkward to use. This is a real disappointment as bottle openers are always handy. I think it would have worked better if the bottle opener was at the top of the can opener instead of half way down.
The knife opener is a great addition just like the bottle opener but is a bit wasted on me. I found it too awkward trying to get a good angle when sharpening knives so I just don't bother any more. I just use it as a can opener now and nothing else.
- - - Overall - - -
For a brand name like Kenwood it's a bit of a let down for me really, it's just an expensive can opener for me now. From a brief look at the other reviews for this can opener, they never had any real problems with it. For me however it just doesn't live up to what it says it can do really. I must just be a fussy bugger. It's not a bad price at around £15.00 depending on where you shop, but I'd recommend you shop around and maybe opt for a cheaper option or a different brand all together. It's a great idea for a gadget, everyone loves it when a gadget does more than one thing, but it just doesn't do these well in this case.
We were brought this Kenwood Can opener in June 2009 by my partners parents and it cost just £14.69 although I think you can buy it for around the £13 mark today. Its one of those kitchen gagdets that you think whats that? Do I really need one of those? but after using it for the past couple of years I would definitely miss it!
When I first recieved the gift I did think it was rather attractive. My kitchen is full of lots of chrome and black so this gadget was ideal.
The product is described as being not only a can opener but also a bottle opener and a knife sharpener which I wasnt expecting.
To be honest I wasnt sure how to use the can opener at first and it did take a couple of attempts to actually open a can of beans but once you get the hang of where to position the can it is very easy and will open a can of any size within seconds!
To use the can opener all you have to do is lift the black plastic lever to the open position then hold the can underneath. The top rim of the can needs to be resting under a 'metal guide pin' and the can itself rests on a little wheel. All you have to do then is push down on the lever and the blade will automatically start piercing and cutting the can open within just seconds. What I like is that as soon as the can openener begins cutting you can let go of the can itself and the gadget holds and spins the can round itself like magic (its actually a magnet!). Once the can is open you can just remove the can and the lid stays attached to the can opener.
The bottle opener function is obviously really useful (especially at parties) and a bottle cap can be removed using one hand! The knife sharpener is useful too and involves pushing down on the black lever and slowly drawing the knife through the grinding wheel. It usually takes a few times to sharpen the knife but has good results!
The can opener has to be plugged into the mains. We leave it plugged in all the time for ease and the fact it looks attractive on the kitchen worktop. If you have small children though I imagine it would be a good idea to keep away from little hands what with the cutter blade and knife sharpener. I wouldnt say the product is particularly dangerous but its just a precaution!
You can't wash the gadget in a dishwasher but is easy to keep clean as long as you give it a good wipe with some hot soapy water.
Overall I would say its a really helpful product and would be good for people who suffer with arthritis or have trouble with there hands such as carpel tunnel syndrome rather than using a standard can opener. You may not think you need one but it makes life a lot easier when preparing quick meals!
As most of the gadgets and items in my kitchen, including the cupboards and worktops, are either silver or black it's fair to say that when I look for something new I always buy it in either black or silver so it fits in and doesn't look out of place on the side. I purchased this Kenwood can opener for £12.99 from Amazon about 3 months ago. This came packaged in a cardboard box and there was a bag around the product along with some small instructions just detailing how to use it and the basic safety information that you usually hear when buying an electronic item.
Set up, obviously, is very simple as you just need to place this on the worktop you want it on and then plug this in to a standard plug socket. This looks very sleek and elegant and is not out of place in my kitchen at all. There is a built in bottle opener on the front which is very easy to use and as this normally sits out on the side these days this does get a fair bit of usage when we have friends over for drinks. Also, there is a knife sharpener on the back that is very easy to use, simply push your knife through one of the two slots, depending on size, and the grinders will sharpen your blade. I am not saying that this sharpener is the best I have ever used in times of how sharp your knifes are but as it's just an additional extra for my can opener I wasn't too fussed about this and it didn't influence my decision at all. Obviously it is always useful to have a knife sharpener and a bottle opener but I already had the facilities for both of these uses in my house.
The use of this can opener is very simple, there is a large round magnetic bit which clicks on to the can and then you just press the handle down so the blade goes in to the can and it will turn the can around and open it. The can opener is designed to hold on to both the lid and the can once it's been opened so you can be sure that it won't fall on to the worktop. I often put the can to open and quickly pop some toast down in the toaster or butter some bread and the can opener has never let me down and dropped a can. This is particularly useful with something like tuna as the juice doesn't end up going all over the worktop and I can make a mess free lunch! It takes a few tries, at first, to get used to clicking the magnet on and getting this at the right angle but once you get the knack this is perfect for opening all different sizes of cans as well as different shapes such as the little square sardine tins (for when the key just won't work!).
Overall I love the design of this can opener, it looks stylish & sleek & providing I give it a quick wipe & dry once a week it stays looking in lovely condition. There are no scratches or damage on this can opener and we have had it for a few months now. Overall I am very pleased with the quality of this can opener and it takes just a few seconds to open a can of anything with minimal fuss & effort. Also, the blade is removable should you need to do this but I usually just wipe mine over with warm soapy water.
This can opener can be purchased from numerous places and we got ours from Amazon for £13.59 towards the latter part of 2010.
My old metal can opener finally gave up the ghost last month - not that I can complain, I've had the same 79p can opener for the last ten years, so it's certainly done it's job admirably until now. But finally, it just couldn't take the strain anymore, and fell apart in my hands .
With Amazon generally being where I do a lot of my research into products before shopping, I searched on site for can openers, and came across this little beauty - Kenwood CO606 3-in-1 Can Opener with Knife Sharpener and Bottle Opener. I do like things that do lots of stuff, and as it was only £12.99, and a decent manual can opener with comfy handles was about £6, I decided to spend that little bit extra and treat myself .
Appearance wise,this is very smart looking - a bright shiny chrome, with a few matt black touches . Very sleek, very stylish - in short, very out of place in my kitchen with it's budget white appliances (I didn't realise until after I had purchased this that it was also available in white !) Maybe this is the start of me poshing up a bit , but either way I really like it's looks, including the sleek lines, the lovely big arched curve at the top, and the sturdy base.
It doesn't take up too much space on a kitchen worktop, and as I use mine often it lives on my kitchen sides all the time . It has a decent length wire for the plug, which allows for some flexibilty of positioning, something I appreciate as often when coking my sides become cluttered and I have to move it about . Thankfully it is pretty lightweight, so moving it from one worktop to another isn't hard .
To open a can, it is very simple to use - simply switch on at the socket, lift the level at the top and place your can under the magnet . Then, simply lower the lever again, and your can will slowly rotate as it is opened . I felt a little fearful at first that the cans would come off the magnet, resulting in mess and spillages, but this has never happened . Once the can is opened, take the can off , lift the lever, and throw away the lid, which is still attached to the magnet .
It really is easy, and I imagine for those who have problems operating a manual can opener , this would be a godsend. For me, it's pure laziness - I can have the can opening while I do something else in the kitchen . The bottle opener works well - pop your bottle under the lip, flick of the wrist, and then it's open .
I haven't actually tried out the knife sharpening function, simply because all my knifes are cheap, low quality ones I got years ago.
This is easy to clean, with the opening blade being removable for washing- useful as it can get a little gunky . Being chrome though, it does show up the tiniest bit of dust, finger prints, and splash marks, so if you're really houseproud you may spend time polishing it .
I like this little gadget - it does exactly what it claims to do, quickly and easily. While not an essential in many homes, for those who have joint problems in their wrists, I can imagine this being an invaluable product - in fact, my mum, who does have some problems in her hands, has one of these too, and loves it .
Knife Sharpener / Chrome / Automatic Start/Stop Action / Removable Blade For Easy Cleaning / Motorised Knife Sharpener and Bottle Opener / Soft-touch Rubber Handle Grip / Lid Retaining Magnet / Cord Storage / Short name: Kenwood CO606