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This gets used every day in our house, my mother loves her polish caned food and the majority don't come with ring pulls like most tined foods do nowadays. The one we have has a silver lip and magnetic grip I can't see if that's the case on the one pictured above. This has a really good long cord on it and a three pin plug. The reason I mention that is because my friend has one similar and that has a two pin plug and he needs to use an adaptor. The length of the cable is worth mentioning because it is far longer than I would have expected. This is great if you want to open something in a place with better lighting for example. The length allows me quite some distance and this long cord can then be stored under the electric can opener in a place especially made for it.
This gadget works by placing the can under a magnetic hinged arm that lifts and attaches itself to the top of the can. There is then a sharp edged cutter that when I press down on the arm begins to cut the lid off. The can rotates slowly as it cuts and if I was to stop pressing down on the arm the cutting and rotating would stop instantly. Some times I can let it cut all the way around if I want go remove the entire lid. When I do this the top of the can is left magnetically attached to the magnetic arm while the can can then be removed. The lid pops off the arm very easily with a slight pull.
The times when I would like to fully open the can but still leave the lid attached I simply stop pressing the arm as it approaches the end. This leaves a hindged effect to the lid with it still attached on the can. The reason I do this sometimes is if the contents of the can are very liquid, like a thin soup I don't want the lid detaching to cause a slight splash. Even if it did it would not be much but that is me just being picky. There is a knife sharpening tool at the back of this opener and my mother uses it often and finds it does a great job. This does make a bit of noise as it's working hard trying to open cans but it's not much noise compared to most kitchen appliances and for each can it will only be running for fifteen seconds max. This can't open awkward shaped cans like a sardines can, it needs to be round so the tight cutter can work properly.
If some of the contents of the cans ends up spilling on to the body of the opener it wipes clean very easily with a damp cloth. The magnetic arm does get a bit grubby but luckily it is fully detachable from the device and washes up easily in hot soapy water and reattaches as easily as it cam off.
This is a very easy to use, but I feel it is not totally necessary to own after all there are still manual tin openers that will open all shapes and sizes of cans and tins and won't be using your electricity either. Sometimes the old way is the best way.
Opening tins using the type of traditional can opener I grew up using was strenuous at best and impossible at worst. hand cramping for the left handed members of my family was a weekly occurrence and trying to open fiddly shaped tins such as sardines was messy and seeing we're talking about caned fish, incredibly smelly. This Kenwood C0600 electric can opener changed everything (apart from the smelliness of caned fish that is) I bought this in a store called Arnotts in Dublin around seven years ago and it's still working just as well as it did the first day. The C0600 is a White, plastic contraption with a magnetised, hinged arm that sits comfortably over the top of most cans. Seeing it's an electric can opener of course it must be plugged in. It comes with a permanently fitted cord with a three pin plug. The cord is nice and long, I like this because it means I don't have to be right in front of the plug socket while using it. In my kitchen annoyingly the best spot on the work top is nowhere near the socket but with the long cord I can plug it in and walk to my preparation area (don't get me wrong it's not the length of a hose but it far longer than a kettle cord or any other of my kitchen appliances) this long cord can be rolled away into a specially designed hollow recess in the base.
Once plugged in I position the can at a slight angle under the cutting blade the magnetic arm grips the top of the can and with light pressure I press down on the top of the White plastic arm and the opener begins to cut. During operation the machine makes a loud but bearable, low pitched hum as the can turns and the lid begins to open. You must keep pressure on this arm of the cutting will stop, I like this level of control as on some cans I don't want the lid removed completely. The reason for this is the fact that with certain contents the moment the lid snaps off the contents can splash out at you (this happens with manual tin openers as well). If you do want the lid completely removed just keep your finger pressed down on the arm for a couple more seconds. When the lid is removed the magnetic arm pulls the lid up and out of the way while still holding the open can in place. To remove the now open can just hold the can in your free hand and release the arm by lifting upwards. The lid will be taken upwards with the arm. I normally pop down the can and then simply remove the lid from the magnet by pulling lightly.
The fact that some times, well most of the time, some of the beans sause for example can get on the bottom of the hinged arm or the magnet can make the unit look unsightly. This is very easy to fix however as the entire arm magnet and all is removable. I just give it a quick rinse under the tap or if it's particularly stubrin or pungent (back to the fish again) I just leave it to one side then do it with the main wash later on. The body of the unit can NOT be submerged in water but CAN be wiped down with a damp cloth. The body and the arm are both made of a heavy duty PVC that wipes clean like a dream. There are four little rubber feet on the end to ensure that the opener stays in place while in operation. There is a knife sharpener around the back of the unit but I have never used this feature but I do think it's a nice little extra touch that a lot of people would get use out of.
I realise most cans now thankfully come with the much easier to use pull tab lids but every now and then I reach for a can in the supermarket for a product that I really like the look of and see the traditional, sealed like fort knox lid staring back up at me. And it's then that this simple to use, handy, very sturdy little contraption gets to perform yet again.
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Review of Kenwood Electric CO600 Can Opener
I must start by saying that this appliance is not something I would have bought for my own use, I actually purchased this item for my late mother several years ago. She suffered from arthritis quite severely in her hands and found traditional can openers and ring pulls very difficult.
I believe I purchased the opener from the now departed Woolworth store at a cost of around £15. This model is still available for purchase and can be found from a variety of on line retailers and High street store and supermarkets.
**The Can Opener**
Made by the well known Kenwood company, this electric can opener comes in a choice of white or chrome finish. I chose the white version which on hindsight was a mistake, as the white plastic finish has discoloured rather badly and no amount of scrubbing seems to improve the appearance.
However I digress!
The can opener is rectangular in shape with a domed top, it has a fairly short cable measuring approximately 18" and naturally comes with a fitted 3 pin plug. At the rear of the appliance is a handy cord storage space. The can opener stands around 12" tall and is very light in weight. When Mum was alive, I kept this out on the work surface for her ease of access, although now the kitchen is my sole domain, it has been relegated to a cupboard as I cannot bear clutter or too many gadgets out on display.
The can opener is multi functional in that there is also a bottle opener and a knife sharpener incorporated into the design. The bottle opener is manually operated not electrical. The actual can opener is easy to use, simply line up the edge of can you wish to open with the cutting blade, push down the magnet which holds the lid in place. To operate the cutting mechanism, simply apply a little pressure on the small lever situated by the blade. This starts the tin opener working straight away. It should be noted that there is no on/off switch as such on this model.
We have used the can opener for various sized cans and it has worked very efficiently, opening them quickly and cleanly, leaving no sharp or jagged edges. However, I would warn that should you try to open a can with a dented edge, the opener will struggle.
As a knife sharpener, this gadget is amazing, knives are sharpened by operating the press down lever, whilst gently dragging the blade of your knife across the sharpener. I have used it for both straight and serrated knives very successfully although Kenwood advise using the sharpener for straight blades only. I have also used it to sharpen scissors with great results.
The bottle opener is not as useful to me, as we do not really consume anything in a crown capped bottle! However, it is nice to know that there is a simple to use bottle opener at hand, should it ever be required. The bottle opener is situated in an indent below the blade.
Maintenance of the opener is simple, the plastic casing just requires a wipe down with a mild detergent to keep it hygienic, although as mentioned earlier in the review, my opener has begun to discolour. The cutting blade is removable for washing, vital when you see how much 'gunk' can accumulate very quickly. This is mainly I think, shreds of paper from can labels.
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
The Kenwood Can Opener has given sterling service in our home and my mother found it invaluable as it allowed her to retain a little independence in the kitchen. I would definitely recommend this to those consumers who have difficulty operating manual tin openers as it is not too noisy, efficient and reliable. Having owned this for around 3 years, I would say that it is very durable, other than the discolouration already mentioned, the important component, the cutting blade, has remained sharp and effective.
All in all, this is a handy gadget to own, although not as useful as it might have been before the advent of ring pull cans!
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 December 2011
N.B. My reviews may be found on other sites under the same user name.
Over the past couple of years and fending for myself one thing I learnt fast was that when we first live alone, most of us end up spending money on items we really don't need to and they end up taking room in our homes and/or gathering dust. I did buy a second hand (but in great condition) electric can opener a year or so ago for about a pound at a car boot but never did use it and I binned it (big mistake!). Now before I buy things, particularly for my small kitchen I have to stop and think about the practicality of it!
However of late I have been breaking can openers, left right and centre and my best mate who decided to cook us a Fray Bentos pie broke my last one. Sick to the back teeth of my can openers falling apart I decided to get online and onto my Freemans catalogue and see if they had any reasonably priced electric can openers and they did they had this one at the great price of £15.00 (including post and packaging) and it was actually a lot cheaper than I thought it would be. I have recently bought a kenwood blender that I am really pleased with and feel that anything I have had from the brand (over the years!) has been excellent quality and value for money!
Well this turned up a couple of days after I ordered it in a box with plenty of photographs of the can opener all over it, in use and not in use and we are told of course that it is Kenwood Can opener, CO600, 40W and that it is suitable for all cans of all shapes and sizes, has an integral bottle opener and an integral knife sharpener as well as removable and washable parts and one touch operation, cord storage and a lid retaining magnet (and alot of the information listed on the box is also stated in Foreign languages too). and contact details for Kenwood are given. Inside there is a very good instruction leaflet given and a guarantee for a year should it go wrong (reasons you are covered are listed).
The Can Opener Itself:
Well first off I have to say that this looks lovely. Made of white shiny plastic and not being too heavy it really is nicely finished and rather plain looking with just Kenwood written in grey capital letters to the bottom of it. The front, top of it has the can opener attachment, under that there is a silver ring pull integrated well into the unit and to the back of the unit there is two knife sharpener sections which again are nicely integrated into the machine and it comes with the plug already on and ready to use.
Using the can opener section is ever so easy! You simply line the can to where there is a silver coloured pin sticking down so it is level and bring the lever down and hold it for a second, then away it goes taking the lid cleanly off and when done it retains the can and the lid to the machine and you simply pull up the lever and remove it all. It isn't all that noisy only takes a couple of seconds and thats how simple it is to use it! Never again will I be happy to use a manual can opener!
The bottle opener is just that, you flick your bottle against it and again it magnetizes the lid to it and thats that, you simply remove it. The knife sharpeners (2) are again, just that, just drag a knife slightly through and it gives it a great sharpen and I didn't know that this had that feature till it came and I can't believe how how handy it is!
Everything about this can opener is fantastic and I'm so glad that I got it. It isn't too bulky in my small kitchen and looks great and the fact that it isn't just a can opener is excellent! I can open all cans with ease now and have even sharpened my knives up. Its easy to pull apart and clean, the cord isn't too long but can be stored at the back of the machine and all in all this gets a ten out of five from me!
Its flipping brilliant!
Think there's no market for a table top electric can opener? Or rather try your knuckles with mechanical ones that promise to make life easier until you grab the lid and sustain a cut? Until now, and I say it with hand on heart remembering the countless diets I have been on since 2005, food brand companies like Heinz and those endless John West tuna fish tins have been one of the very few companies who are now producing ring pulls on their tins - but it is not the standard design right across the board with lots of other companies following the trait. Put simply, there's still a market for an electric can opener regardless of what anyone else tells you - and it's a heck of a lot easier than trying the manual varieties or those fangled mechanical ones that promise you that the struggle of twisting will be easier - only for the mechanisms to give up after a couple of years or so. I've had Culinaire and Magic openers pass through my hands whilst the cheapest ones with the twisting design and bare metal wings are far from comfortable. The only exception is an expensive mechanical hand held Brabantia can opener I bought many years ago when I first became a student - but even the wheel on that has seized up with enough gunk, it's hard to degrease and expect easy results. When it is cleaned up though, it is fairly fast at opening a tin - but the muscles in my hand pay for it when the tin opener itself is fairly heavy when attached to another heavy tin. A finding I found upon recently using another hand held electric mains powered can opener - table top is definately the better way to go! Why bother taking further strain? You already did it when you brought the tins home!
Our Kenwood C0600 can opener is at least 6 years old. It cost £22 at the time because of its size as Kenwood make a smaller one (and good to see ours has dropped between £12 and £16 at cost now, at Play.com £12-99 and Amazon, although Curry's have it on sale for £13-99) whilst the "chrome" version was £25 to £30 (don't be fooled, it is black plastic underneath with a shiny metallic coating to match the rest of Kenwood's small household appliance ranges). Our CO600 has been dropped, it has been pushed around and taking up after a 10 year old electric Rowenta can opener that went before it, we didn't think the Kenwood would last this long - but it has. The daily chore that it has these days isn't opening soup tins, but opening Heinz Spaghetti Bolognese tins, or sauces, vegetables and cheap budget supermarket value fruit & veg which don't always have the handy ring pulls added. As such our cupboards are brimming with tinned food all because we have an electric can opener but I know many of my friends don't bother - unless they have a machine - despite the fact that tinned foods are still safer than most, keep for longer and are great for quick snacks or quick emergencies.
The design aspect of the Kenwood C0600 is simple enough though - fit a high powered motor with a removable cutter and optional magnet if you want the lid removed at the same time once the cutting has been done and fit it all around a conventional upright looking body of thick and robust plastic that is tough enough to withstand daily abuse. The Kenwood has four flat feet so it is not going to walk anywhere when it is in use, being intentionally heavier at just over 1 kg than my Argos/Cookworks electric can opener as well as having a larger 23cm height. The thick PVC plastic can be damp cloth washed down with hot water and a mild detergent and after such a long period, our Kenwood's plastic still gleams in certain areas. Fit an additional knife sharpener around the back for non-serrated knives and you'll also find through use that the sharpener can also sharpen up kitchen scissors once you open up each wing and insert individually whilst non-serrated garden implements like stem knives which have cut too many branches can have a new and sharp lease of life thanks to the two individual slices built into the back of the machine. Sharpening only takes a couple of minutes holding the knife in one of the slices and the motor grind wheel does all the hard work for you. Mind you, clean up those sharpenings though, because if they make contact with the vent at the back, it leads to the motor and can cause problems - a fact that happened with my old Cookworks can opener and killed it.
The Kenwood CO600 of course has a bit more than meets the eye. It is by far one of the better made designs where electric can openers are concerned, bristling with the basics that so many other brands have copied. My own Argos/Cookworks can opener didn't have half the obvious quality that Kenwood has built into their own version; even the lifter handle on this model has a rubber wing added so that it logically shows you where to put your finger or hand when lifting up a tin and locking it onto the cutter knife as well as gripping it because of its soft, tactile material. The best news for storage is around the back - the mains/power cord is around 12cm in length but it can all be stuffed away thanks to a recess at the back, only pulling out as much as you require. It is similar to the same kind of thought Kenwood have put into their food processors where excess mains/power cord can be wound around or pushed into a recess. Simple rule - when a cord is left out in excess - there's instant mess! You may well take advantage of the recess since the power cord is white to match the white colour of this product and in use the cord can get really dirty with loads of food stains if you have all of it taken out the back of the can opener.
In general use, the Kenwood CO600 is a lot quieter than my Cookworks can opener, (41 watts on the Kenwood compared to 50 watts) even though the design is pretty similar, the Kenwood has a taller design, which enables small, medium and large tins (of tall size, not width but can manage up to 1.2kg) to be opened whereas my Cookworks version couldn't handle large tins and often fell over. As I said in 2008 about the Cookworks version, the same following information is exactly the same with the Kenwood CO600:
"...Using this electric can opener is however the same principle involved with other brand offerings on the market. You lift the handle, put the can under the edge cutter, and allow the magnet to clamp on the lid and push the handle down which then activates the cutting motor. Wait as the tin turns around and the electric motor will keep the tin turning around until the cutting has finished. Usually when the whole lid has been cut, the can opener stops. Then you take the can off simply by lifting the handle and pull the can off. Leave the can standing however and it may drop off the cutting blade, which is a general no-no; otherwise you may end up breaking the handle off its holder. Unlike the Magic "cordless" battery powered can opener, (and now by 2011, their mechanical version too) the Cookworks Classic cuts down into the tin's lid edge rather on the rim which minimizes cuts to the owner..."
I'd also like to point out that because the Kenwood does exactly what the Cookworks version does in terms of cutting performance, the latter mechanical "Magic" can opener leaves cans and tins weak or flexible when the top rim is taken off completely, making food prep liable to fall out well before it reaches the desired location!
Now for another magic addition - a bottle opener - which is strategically placed just below the turning wheel on the Kenwood at the front. I recall reading a review about the CO606 Chrome model a while back when a member pointed out that it was positioned in a silly place. This I completely disagree with - granted the position of the opener may be difficult for them to open a bottle, but I've never had a problem when I slide the can opener to the edge of the worktop, put the bottle of choice (usually beer or glass bottled Coca-Cola for that "original taste" compared to plastic) up to the opener's teeth, hold onto the Kenwood by its handle (making sure it is switched off) and hey presto - bottle top comes off, cleanly, easily and no struggle to my hands incase I get a cut since the cap has fallen off and away from my hands. I always keep one hand on the Kenwood and one hand on the bottle whilst the Kenwood gets slid back to the rear of the worktop where it usually sits, afterwards. Simples! If Kenwood really intended for this product to be wall mounted only, then perhaps yes, the bottle opener would be next to useless if there wasn't enough space between the work top and the opener for an average beer bottle to fit between...
The downsides to the Kenwood CO600 are very far and few between although if you have a Chef mixer like my neighbour has and very little space in the kitchen, you can buy a "vintage" can opener attachment that has the similar design. The much more compact "tabletop" Kenwood CO600 magnet is easy to remove simply by sliding it upwards for washing - although dishwasher safe items on both the lifter and the magnet are not recommended. Also we've never machine dish washed the items in six years, just placing the arm/handle and magnet into a bowl of hot soapy dishwashing liquid and hot water to soak and cleaning only needs to occur every couple of weeks and after they are dry, both items are very easy to fit back onto the main body. The two removable items seem to fair badly on all types of food including tomato soup which is one of the more obvious signs on a white appliance such as the Kenwood, to show up. However, the magnet is one of the worst for congealed food - especially around the rim of the magnet (this is where a toothpick comes in handy) and is often missed by the owner, wondering why the magnet doesn't stick. It won't stick to a lid unless it is flat - and I know that may sound obvious but I've had to point out to my mum before when one of her tins of creamed rice failed to open because of a slight dent on top. Of course, there are other problems if tins have dented walls. The Kenwood can struggle if a tinned food has been seriously dented, and all I do is just stop and adjust the blade, lifting the handle up and down to stop-start cutting until all of the lid has opened.
For the fact that the Kenwood CO600 has lasted for six years and shows no signs of stopping is a good testament to Kenwood quality. They do make good machines when this brand want to and whilst it isn't the most modern looking gadget to have, like our Kenwood Kitchen knife, Chef mixer, hand mixer and food processor before it, the Kenwood CO600 is just effortless to use as well as being reliable at a moment's notice. Not everything Kenwood makes is perfect but like their kitchen knife and hand mixers, this is one gadget that is compact enough and should be considered for long term use. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2011.
I have suffered with arthritic pain in my right hand and arm for a few years now, along with tennis elbow and as time progresses I have found it harder to find a manual tin opener I can use which isn't going to cause discomfort or pain.
A few years ago I bought an electric tin opener in Morrisons - it was cheap and I thought it would solve the problem but unfortunately I quickly realised it was cheap for a reason. I paid £3.99 for what was effectively a piece of junk, and I always regretted this false economy every time I saw the Kenwood electric tin opener even though it was significantly more expensive at £14.99.
The Morrisons electric tin opener ended up in the bin and I struggled on with an old manual tin opener but just after Christmas when I was browsing the aisles in my local Sainsburys I spied the Kenwood electric tin opener in their sale - for a mere £5.99. This was too good a deal to ignore and I reasoned that if the tin opener was rubbish then at least I'd not paid over the odds for it.
~~The Tin Opener~~
The Kenwood C0600 electric tin opener can be bought in either white or chrome. Mine is white as that's the only colour they had in Sainsbury's when I bought it. It is a rectangular shape and has a fairly short cable.
The tin opener operates by placing the edge of the lid of the tin by the blade and pushing the magnet down which holds the lid in place. Just a little pressure on a small lever by the blade starts the tin opener working.
This little device also doubles up as a bottle opener and a knife sharpener but these are both manual functions. The only electrical function is as a tin opener.
There is cable storage space at the rear of the can opener and this is ideal if you wish to store it away in a cupboard as it saves space.
I must admit when I first used this I was a little worried as it works on the same principle as the quite hopeless tin opener I got in Morrisons. I reasoned however that Kenwood is a good brand and given the price difference it had to surely be better.
I have, however, been pleasantly surprised with this tin opener - it works first time without any sticking and opens cans fairly cleanly. All you have to do is ensure you have positioned the tin correctly and it will start as soon as you put a small amount of pressure on the lever.
I do have one problem with the can opener however. For some reason the magnet doesn't always stick to the lid. The magnet is supposed to ensure the lid doesn't fall into the can once it has been removed but sometimes it just refuses to connect to a lid.
You can't confuse the magnet as a holder for the can either - so you need to hold the can whilst the lid is being removed to avoid spillage.
I haven't used this as a bottle opener but the knife sharpener is impressive. I have a couple of Richardson Sheffield knives which were starting to go a little blunt so I tried them out on the sharpener. Basically this is just a slot in the plastic casing of the tin opener and all you do is swipe your knife through the slot a couple of times and this will sharpen your knife. My knives went from struggling to slice a tomato to gliding straight through them, leaving me wishing I'd got them sharpened years ago.
I have been impressed at the stability offered by this tin opener. My old Morrisons one tended to slide around the work top but the Kenwood has non slip feet so it stays firmly in place when in use.
Cleaning is easy too. The blade is removable and can be washed in warm soapy water. Because the main body is made of plastic it just needs a wipe down with a damp cloth and it looks as good as new.
I have had this for nearly 6 months now and I can't imagine going back to a traditional tin opener. You do still need to use two hands to use this because you need to hold the can while the lid is removed but there is no real effort required and as such I no longer dread tin opening time.
I honestly believe this is an excellent little kitchen gadget. It is reliable and easy to get the hang of, it offers versatility courtesy of the bottle opener and knife sharpener and it offers excellent value for money.
I appreciate I got a bargain when I found mine in Sainsburys but even at the price Amazon currently want of £13.91 you are getting excellent value for money because this is a very well designed and constructed item.
So if you struggle with manual tin openers I would highly recommend you consider buying the Kenwood C0600 - it's certainly taken the strain, and the pain, out of opening tins for me.