Product Type: Morphy Richards gadgets
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Multifunctional and Really Quite Good!
Morphy Richards 46718 Multifunction Can Opener
Member Name: dkm1981
Morphy Richards 46718 Multifunction Can Opener
Advantages: Easy to use, looks OK, Good extra tools
Disadvantages: Magnet isn't the strongest
We bought the Morphy Richards electronic can opener for my mother-in-law for Christmas. She suffers from Parkinsons disease, which means that she gets uncontrollable shaking in her arm and so tends to struggle with things like opening cans and jars and the like. The machine is available from about £20 online and this is about what we paid for it in Argos.
The machine comes pre-set up, you just have to slide various bonus gadgets into their stowages, plug it in and then it is ready to go. There is a little instruction pamphlet that comes with it to show you how to use it. It is one of those instruction manuals that I find very irritating because it has pictures with arrows and numbers all over it and not much in the way of words. The pictures aren't the best to be honest but we managed to work them out. There is no way my mother-in-law would have worked it out though so we had to explain.
Basically the machine has a little contraption at the top that features a magnet and a sharp blade as well as a handle that snaps the can into place and a guiding edge to show you where to put the can. It is important that you line it up correctly or the blade won't pierce the can, but you can have a couple of goes at it if you don't get it right the first time. The inside of the upright of the machine is curved which helps a bit more because you can lean the can against it and it is pretty much in position like that. The magnet is supposed to hold the can in place so that you don't have to touch it once you have pierced it and set it going, but we have found that it isn't strong enough for some cans. It works for things like tinned fish and smaller cans but when it is used on big cans of heavy fruit, you are better holding it in place to be sure.
Once you have lined the can up and pushed the handle of the blade down to pierce it, it begins to work automatically and does so until it is open all the way round. The good thing about the magnet here is that when you lift the handle back up to release the blade and the can the lid of the can stays attached so you don't have to do what I usually do, which is stick a knife in to flick the lid out when it's got stuck inside!
The machine is really easy to clean - they just recommend wiping with a damp cloth after every use. Being that it works so well, there is little to wipe up anyway. Also, the blade is well tucked into the machine, so you won't be accidently slicing your finger open.
Aesthetically it is not too bad. It is chrome silver and black so blends in well with most kitchens. I'd say it's about 15inches tall and 10 inches wide and it has a cord storage at the back so it doesn't look too untidy. To be honest it just looks like any other kitchen appliance. This is particularly good because I think it needs to be left out on the counter all the time. It is one of those gadgets, that if you store it away somewhere, you'll never get it out because it won't be worth the effort.
As I mentioned before, there are some other, quite handy, gadgets that come with it. There is a little removable tool with a hook on it that is designed to open cans with ring pulls on the top. This is a great little gadget that gets used a lot because it stops you from bending your nails on them! The other gadget is a jar opener. It is adjustable and a pretty good version. I have bought one of these in the past similar to the one that you get with this and paid £6 for it so that fact that it comes included is great. The third gadget is a little bottle opener that serves two purposes. Firstly it works in the traditional way and opens bottles with a metal lid like beer bottles. Secondly you can place it over plastic screw caps like squash bottles and open hem - it works a bit like a spanner. There are grips inside the hole that steady the lid in place making it easy to untighten even the sturdiest of lids.
Overall I would thoroughly recommend the electronic can opener. At first I thought it was going to be a gimmick that wouldn't be worth the money and so did mum-in-law, but it has turned out to be invaluable. She has had to practice a bit to get the hang of it, but now that she has, she thinks it's a life saver. No longer does she have to welcome us into her home with a list of things she needs opening, rather than a friendly hello!
Summary: Fit for purpose and worth the money
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