I’m one of those lazy chefs who brings home a lot of take-out, so I don’t use can openers very often. In fact, I didn’t have one for several months and barely noticed the loss, but my mom sent me her famous chili recipe, and it called for several cans of things. I hopped online to look for a can opener and found the OXO “Smooth Edge” can opener at Amazon.
At $20, it was as expensive as many of the countertop electric can openers, but I figured OXO is known for being a good brand, and since I don’t open cans that often, I didn’t want something cluttering up my counters. I ordered it through Amazon, and it arrived soon after.
I quickly found out that the OXO Smooth Edge doesn’t work quite like other hand can openers I’ve used in the past. No puncturing the top of the can and twisting your wrist out of the socket to move the tool around the lip. This can opener attaches to the side of the can, piercing the rim itself. (Fortunately, it comes with a little direction booklet with pictures of what to do, hah.)
It’s very easy to turn, and I almost thought it hadn’t worked at first. When I removed the can opener the can looked the same. Then I realized I could just lift off the lid. There were no sharp edges to cut yourself on as with most can openers, since the outside rim was still smooth. The top millimeter of the lid had simply been sliced off.
So all in all, the OXO Smooth Edge is a snap to use (less work than a traditional hand-held can opener) and it gives you a perfectly safe can lid to toss away. It’s a sturdy feeling piece of equipment, so I think the $20 price tag is fair.
If you’re interested, you can get your own online: