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Updated: 20 Jun 2022

Best tin openers

We tested manual and electric tin openers from Joseph Joseph, Ikea, John Lewis and more, to find out which is the easiest to use.
Matthew Knight

We've tested 21 manual and electric tin openers from brands including Ikea, Swan, Oxo and Kuhn Rikon, and the openers ranged in price from £2 up to £28.

The best manual tin opener in our test was highly rated by all who tried it, but it's relatively pricey. 

However, we also found a great value option for that isn't quite as compact, but is easy to use and well designed.

See which tin openers impressed us, whether you really need a left-handed tin opener, and the best effort-free electric options if you struggle to open a can manually

Prices and availability last checked 6 June 2022.


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The best tin openers

Best Buy: Joseph Joseph Can-Do Compact Can Opener

Cheapest price: £15 available at Dunelm (out of stock), Amazon (out of stock), Joseph Joseph (out of stock), also available at Made In Design.

Extra features: Single-press button for releasing the lid

Pros: Very easy to use for right or left-handers, compact design, easy to open tins, effortless disposal of lids, easy to clean

Cons: Hard to fault but a few visible mould lines on the plastic from manufacturing

Our verdict: We think this nifty little device is the king of can openers. 

It elicited whoops of delight from our panel of researchers conducting our tin opener test. 

It slices through tins easily, with minimal effort needed to twist the top to get the blade to bite, and then slice around the top of the can. 

It also securely holds the lid of the tin after you’ve cut it, so it's easy to dispose of lids too and it means you don't risk cutting your fingers. 

It's very compact and will fit in even the busiest of drawers, and it’s easy to clean too. 

Every researcher said they'd purchase this tin opener over any of the other manual ones we tested.


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How the rest fared

The following tin openers didn't do enough to impress us in our tests so they're not Best Buys. They're ordered alphabetically.

Chef Aid Butterfly Can Opener

Cheapest price: £2 available at Lawsons, also available at Amazon.

Extra features: Bottle opener

Pros: It doesn't take up much space in a drawer, easy to clean

Cons: Difficult to use to open tins and dispose of lids

Our verdict: It's a classic design, but with underwhelming results. 

Compared with the other tin openers in our test, this one was difficult to get to bite into the can and it was generally a bit of a pain to use. 

It's compact, cheap and easy to clean, but this Chef Aid disappoints at the basics.  

Culinare MagiCan Can Opener

Cheapest price: £4.40 available at Amazon, also available at Argos, John Lewis.

Extra features: None

Pros: None

Cons: Poor build quality, hard to clean, tricky to bite, not particularly compact

Our verdict: You'll be disappointed with this sub-standard tin opener. 

Our panel struggled to get this tin opener to bite into tins, and they also found it tough to clean because there are hard to reach spots.

Furthermore, it looks and feels a bit cheap in the hand and it isn't particularly compact either. 

Great Value: Ikea Koncis Can Opener

Cheapest price: £4 available at Ikea, also available at Amazon.

Pros: Build quality is high, easy to clean, opens tins easilyCons: Not as compact as someOur verdict: Does the job well at a bargain price. This tin opener opens tins and disposes of the lids with little fuss, and it's easy to clean too. There's a small screw near the rotating blade that allows you to adjust its tightness should it come loose over time. All this for the bargain price of £4. So, while it isn't up to Best Buy standards because it isn't quite as effortless to open the cans as it could be, it's well worthy of a Great Value badge.AnyDay John Lewis Stainless Steel Can Opener

Pros: Build quality is high, easy to clean, opens tins easily

Cons: Not as compact as some

Our verdict: Does the job well at a bargain price. 

This tin opener opens tins and disposes of the lids with little fuss, and it's easy to clean too. 

There's a small screw near the rotating blade that allows you to adjust its tightness should it come loose over time. 

All this for the bargain price of £4. So, while it isn't up to Best Buy standards because it isn't quite as effortless to open the cans as it could be, it's well worthy of a Great Value badge.

AnyDay John Lewis Stainless Steel Can Opener

Only available at John Lewis (out of stock): £2.50

Extra features: Bottle opener

Pros: It's compact, easy to clean, simple to dispose of the lid

Cons: Not easy to use, feels very cheap

Our verdict: This tin opener is cheaply made and it shows.

While its compact and easy to clean, it's actually not that easy to open a tin with it. 

Although it's lightweight, the plastic feels like it might potentially snap over time.

Joseph Joseph Pivot 3-in-1 Can Opener

Cheapest price: £12 available at Amazon, Joseph Joseph.

Extra features: Ring pull opener, bottle opener

Pros: Easy to clean, additional ring pull feature

Cons: More difficult to get to bite on the can

Our verdictUnless you're interested in the additional ring pull feature, we wouldn't recommend this tin opener.

We found it very tricky to get it to bite down on cans, although once it connected it was easy enough to use.

It was also sometimes difficult to get the arms to sit back nicely together after using them, which is irritating if you're trying to put it away in a hurry.

Kuhn Rikon Auto Safety Master Opener

Cheapest price: £15.43 available at Amazon, also available at Kuhn Rikon.

Extra features: Ring pull opener, bottle opener, stuck jar opener, one-press lid ejection 

Pros: Feature packed, well made, easy to clean, straightforward to use and dispose of lid

Cons: Not as compact as some

Our verdict: This is a good tin opener that's pricey, but it's packed full of useful extra features. 

It only just misses out on a Best Buy because it isn't very compact, and it's not quite as easy to use as our Best Buy. 

But if you're interested in the additional features that come with this tin opener, and have the drawer space, then it's a really good option. 

Oxo Good Grips Magnetic Can Opener

Cheapest price: £17.25 available at Amazon, also available at John Lewis.

Extra features: Magnetised top to hold tin lid, quick-release button

Pros: Good build quality, comfortable in the hand

Cons: Bulky, tricky to use, magnet doesn't always engage with tin lid

Our verdict: Our panel thought that this tin opener was slightly over engineered and as a result not that easy to use. 

We were impressed with the build quality and the soft rubber handles, but this can opener just doesn't really work as well as others we tested. 

Many of our panel struggled to get it to bite into the tin at first, and the magnet that is supposed to grip the lid after it has been cut doesn't always work. 

It's also very bulky and would take up a lot of space in your drawer.

Oxo Good Grips Soft Handled Can Opener

Cheapest price: £10 at Amazon, also available at Lakeland.

Extra features: Bottle opener

Pros: Comfortable, easy to use, easy to clean

Cons: No significant cons

Our verdict: This is a solid tin opener, it's just not quite as compact as our Best Buy.

This tin opener bites into tins and slices them open easily. It also grips firmly on the lid so you don't have to get your fingers anywhere near it to dispose of it. 

The soft rubber handles are comfortable and in truth it's hard to fault this can opener. 

But for our Best Buys we are looking for perfection, and this one is just a bit bulkier and not quite as effortless to use as our Best Buy. 

Ultimately none of our panel would pick this can opener over the Best Buy, so it just misses out. 

ProCook Can Opener

Only available at ProCook: £12.

Extra features: Bottle opener

Pros: Good build quality, easy to clean

Cons: A bit stiff to turn the handle to open tins

Our verdict: It's an attractive tin opener, but it's only average at opening cans. 

It's weighty and well made. There's a small screw you can tighten to adjust the cutting wheel if you need to. 

But it's only average at its core task of opening tins. The wheel that you turn to slice through the top of the can is quite stiff compared with others we tested. 

It's also bulkier than our Best Buy option, so it doesn't get our recommendation.

Red Handled Left-Handed Can Opener

Cheapest price: £9.95 at AnythingLeftHanded.co.uk, also available at Amazon.

Extra features: Bottle opener

Pros: It's easy to clean

Cons: Difficult to open a can even if you are left-handed, struggles to bite, lid disposal is messy

Our verdict: Not the best option for left handers.

Neither of the left handers in our panel particularly liked this tin opener and found it difficult to use to open tins. 

It was a struggle to get the blade to bite and you needed to use your fingers to dispose of the tin lid. 

Both of the left handers in the panel preferred our Best Buy, which is suitable for right and left handers, over this one. 

The best electric tin openers

Electric tin openers can be a great option if you don't have good dexterity or strength in your hands. 

We tested four worktop electric can openers and five handheld electric can openers to see how they compare. 

Best Buy: Swan Electric Can Opener

Cheapest price: £23.09 available at Amazon (out of stock), also available at Swan (out of stock).

Extra features: Bottle opener, knife sharpener

Pros: Easy to open tins, simple to dispose of the lid, extra features, our panels favourite worktop tin opener

Cons: Takes up a lot of space, no nonslip feet

Our verdict: This is the best worktop electric tin opener we tested and it has handy extra features. 

It's very effective at its core job of opening tins. They attach easily to the device and are held securely.

Unlike some we tested, the magnet that grabs the tin lid also works well, meaning that you don't have to go dipping into the can with your fingers to get the lid out. 

We would have liked to have seen some nonslip feet, but otherwise the build quality is good and it looks nice on a worktop. 

Unfortunately, it does take up quite a bit of space. If worktop space is an issue for you then you might be interested in our other Best Buy below. 

Best Buy: Culinaire One Touch Can Opener

Cheapest price: £19.77 available at Amazon, also available at John Lewis.

Extra features: None

Pros: Effortless can opening, easy lid disposal, soft-touch grip

Cons: Bigger than a manual tin opener

Our verdict: This well-designed device is the best handheld electric tin opener we tested. 

It's relatively compact, has a soft touch grip and is well put together compared to some of the other flimsy handheld versions we tested. 

It's very easy to pop this device on top of a tin, press the button and then stand back and watch it do its work. 

It also grips firmly onto the tin lid for easy disposal, so there's no need to put your fingers anywhere near the sharp edges. 

While it isn't as compact as a manual tin opener, it's the smallest electric version we tested and would still fit comfortably in a kitchen drawer. 

How the rest fared

The following worktop and handheld electric tin openers didn't do enough in our tests to be given a Best Buy. They're listed alphabetically.

Cookworks Can Opener

Cheapest price: £17 available at Argos, also available at Amazon.

Extra features: Bottle opener

Pros: The magnet that grips the tin lid works well

Cons: Hard to attach the can correctly, build quality is poor

Our verdict: It simply takes too long to get the can seated correctly and properly connected to the cutting tool. 

We can't recommend this tin opener because attaching the can is a tricky job which none of our panel could perfect.

It's also made of cheap plastic, is poorly finished, and it slides around easily on the worktop. 

Darmai Electric Can Opener

Only available at Amazon: £15.99 (out of stock).

Extra features: None

Pros: Very easy to open the can

Cons: Bulky, poorly put together

Our verdict: We weren't impressed with the build quality and robustness of this tin opener.

There's no denying it makes opening cans a doddle.

But the battery case is loose, it's bulky and we don't think it's as well made as some of the others we've tested.

JML Hands Free Automatic Can Opener

Cheapest price: £14.99 available at Amazon, also available at Argos, Wilko.

Extra features: None

Pros: Effortless tin opening

Cons: Very poor build quality, quite bulky

Our verdict: This is another electric tin opener that's let down by poor build quality. 

Similarly it does the job of opening cans incredibly well. 

However, the battery casing is loose, and it's much bulkier than our Best Buy handheld electric can opener, so we can't recommend it. 

Kenwood Electric Can Opener

Cheapest price: £21 available at Amazon, Kenwood, also available at Robert Dyas.

Extra features: Bottle opener, knife sharpener

Pros: Magnet grabs the lid every time, extra features

Cons: Hard to seat the can

Our verdict: A good worktop option, but it's let down by difficulties with seating a can on it correctly. 

Our panel liked this worktop electric tin opener, but it was a bit more tricky to get it in place. 

Once the tin is in the correct position it opens at the touch of a button, and the magnet is effective at lifting the lid out of the tin too. 

Kitchen Mama Electric Tin Opener

Only available at Puki: £26.03.

Extra features: None

Pros: Easy to open the can and dispose of the lid

Cons: Not quite as compact as our Best Buy

Our verdict: This is a good handheld electric can opener, but it's not the best we tested. 

The build quality isn't as high as with our Best Buy, and it's bulkier too.

Despite this it opens a tin with ease, but it's still not quite good enough for our recommendation.

Morphy Richards Multifunction Can Opener

Cheapest price: £28.04 available at Amazon, also available at John Lewis.

Extra features: Jar opener, bottle opener, twist cap bottle opener, ring pull can opener, packaging opener

Pros: Lots of additional features, nonslip feet, opens the can easily

Cons: Lid disposal is difficult

Our verdict This feature-packed tin opener is very close to a Best Buy, but it's let down by a poor magnet.

It's very easy to use and our panel loved all the extra features on this worktop can opener. 

But the magnet that's supposed to lift the lid out of the can, which works well on so many of the other worktop can openers we tested, hardly ever worked on this Morphy Richards. 

This means that you must dip your fingers into the tin to get the lid out, which is very irritating. 

So despite the bevvy of useful extra features and the high build quality, including nonslip feet, it doesn't get our recommendation. 

Zyliss Easican Electric Can Opener

Cheapest price: £24.99 at Amazon, Lakeland.

Extra features: None

Pros: Compact, solid build

Cons: Not as easy to use as others we tested

Our verdict It's more compact than most electric tin openers, but it's not as easy to use. 

We struggled to seat this device on top of tins compared with the others we tried. 

It's compact, and well put together compared to many of the handheld options, but it's not good enough for a Best Buy.

What's the best way to open a can?

During testing a keen debate kicked off on the best way to open a tin can. 

Should you place the cutting wheel inside the lip of the tin so it cuts around the inner circle or to the underside of the lip so that it slices off the entire lid? 

Most tin openers will allow both methods, but some, like our Best Buy, are better at one method than the other. 

The truth is it doesn't really matter which way you do it, both methods work. But ask your nearest and dearest how they open a tin, you might be surprised by their answer.

Should you buy an electric tin opener?

Manual tin openers can be difficult to use if you don't have the dexterity or strength in your hands to operate them.

We tested several worktop electric can openers and also some handheld ones too, and found several good options.

If you don't have countertop space to spare for a worktop tin opener, then the manual electric tin openers we tested are a brilliant alternative and will store snugly away in a kitchen drawer. 

Do you need a left-handed tin opener?

Not really. While it's true that left-handed people sometimes need to perform an annoying manoeuvre where they need to cross their hands to open a tin with some tin openers, we found that the best tin opener in our test was just as suitable for right or left handers. 

We even tested a tin opener that's specifically for left-handed use, and it wasn't preferred by the left-handed members of our panel. 

How we tested tin openers

A great tin opener will feel effortless to use, bite easily onto the top of a can and also allow for easy disposal of the lid into the bin. 

We asked a panel of four researchers, two left-handed and two right-handed, to put these tin openers to the test on a huge number of tins of tomato soup.

We wore a pair of Cambridge Gloves (see photo above) to identify any products that are particularly easy to use for those who have limited movement in their hands.

Ease of opening a tin

Each tin opener was used to open four tins of soup. The best tin openers require less effort, bite into tins easily, and leave the lid with no sharp edges. 

Disposing of the lid

The best tin openers grip the lid firmly until you eject it over the bin, whether with a button or by opening the arms of the tin opener. The worst require you to get your fingers messy and potentially cut them on the lid.

Cleaning

After the test, each tin opener was cleaned in a washing up bowl and marks were awarded to those that were easier to clean than others. 

Compactness

The smaller and more compact the tin opener, the better. 

Build quality

All tin openers were rated for the quality of the materials and how well they were put together. 

We purchased all the tin openers we tested.