Hamilton Beach “Smooth Touch” Electric Can Opener
The Hamilton Beach “Smooth Touch” automatic electric can opener outshines other electric can openers due to its large, easy-to-press opening lever, conveniently located at the top of the opener.
For anyone with hands that are aching, stiff, weak, or suffering from the effects of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, a simple kitchen appliance like an electric can opener can be a little blessing in an otherwise challenging day around the household. Tin food cans, though being a very old technology, are still very much in use today! Soups, vegetables, meats, beans, sauces, pet foods and a myriad of different food products are still packaged in cans. They are an essential part of everyday life. But that doesn’t mean that they should be a challenge to open. Opening a tin can in the kitchen should be as easy as retrieving a pan or opening a loaf of bread.
Manual hand can openers are notorious for being failures of modern engineering, so I would not even consider one. They are fickle, hard to use, and often times leave rough can edges, and worse still, metal shavings. So for me, the modern automatic electric can opener gets the nod. Important qualities of an automatic electric can opener are ease of use, reliability, ability to leave safe, clean can edges with no metal shavings, and of course it shouldn’t take up more kitchen counter space than it deserves.
The Hamilton Beach “Smooth Touch” excels in all of these categories. The easy-press opening lever can be pressed with fingers or the heel of your palm, or even your fist if that works better. Nothing could be easier. Hamilton Beach has been making small kitchen appliances for a very long time, so you can be sure that this opener’s reliability is top notch. This opener cuts along the side of the can, not the top, and leaves clean and safe edges on both pop-top and conventional tins. The “Smooth Touch” has a countertop footprint of approximately 11” tall by 5” wide by 5” deep. That’s a nice small footprint for such an impressive and useful appliance. It has a 25” power cord, and the excess can be stored back into the opener.