Which Do You Use?

@kellys3ps (3726)
United States
September 16, 2008 9:32am CST
As I was making chili the other night, I noticed that our electric can opener is acting up, and it is probably time to get a new one. So, what I want to know is: Do you use an electric or a manual can opener?
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17 responses
@stylioJ (403)
• United States
16 Sep 08
I prefer the manual kind that is easy to crank and takes the entire lid off. Not only is it easy to use, but it keeps the lid from having any sharp edges that could cut someone.
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• Lubbock, Texas
16 Sep 08
I've been wanting one of those. When I had the money, I didn't have a catalog that had one in it, and when I found one in a catalog I just didn't want to turn loose of the money right then. I think those are a great kitchen aid!
• Philippines
16 Sep 08
Forgive my ignorance, but I haven't used or seen an electric can opener yet. What I use is the one that you twist around with your bare hand and they don't last either. In our household, the life span of a can opener is a little over than four months when used every once in a while.
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
16 Sep 08
I use a manual can opener. I like it because when it gets dirty, I can just throw it in the dishwasher.
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
16 Sep 08
Nope, I have never used an electric can opener. I figure that I am capable of twisting a little nob to open my cans, so didn't ever really feel the need for one. I did just get a great can opener from pampered chef. It is the kind that opens the can so you can't get cut on it..kind of like around the side of the top. I love it!
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@shymurl (2768)
• United States
16 Sep 08
I have an electric can opener. I don't like the the manuals one cause it hurts my hands to use them. Granted they last longer than the electric ones, but the electric ones are also faster.
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@cream97 (29166)
• United States
31 Mar 10
Hi, kellys3ps. Right now we only have a manual can opener. I have used an electric can opener that my husband once bought. I did not work like it should have. I would prefer to use a manual can opener it works more better to me just as long as it is not rusted around the blades.
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
21 Feb 09
I tend to use my manual can opener more often than my electric one. My electric one is acting up and the thing falls off all of the time and I have a hard time putting it back on and usually have to get my daughter to fix it. I don't have the patiences anymore to try it so I just use the manual one now. I hate electric can openers for two reasons. One is that the thing that opens the can falls off, and I see this happens to a lot of people, because I clean houses and see them apart on their counters. The second reason is because I hate cleaning them. They should be cleaned after each use because a little bit of food can get on the blades and will sit there and germs will build up and then when you go to use it again the germs go into your food. Alrighty then, talk to you later my friend, Have a good mylotting day, Chris
• United States
26 Sep 08
We use a manual can opener. We don't even own an electic one. My grandmother has an electric one and I never can get that thing to work right for me. I know it's the operator (me) and not the can opener cause she can do it just fine. LOL
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
18 Sep 08
I hate electric can openers. They never seem to work right for me. I prefer my manual can opener and it cannot be a cheap one either. The cheap ones hurt my hand. It has to be a heavy more expensive one.
• United States
18 Sep 08
I use a manual can opener. I use manual items when ever possible. I dont mind the extra work and I hate dealing with cords. The manuals take a lot less space up in the kitchen too. My best advice though, Dont buy a cheap one. Spend the money and get a nice one and it will last.
@mflower2053 (3227)
• United States
17 Sep 08
I rather have my manual one. I use to own an electric one but then we just decided to buy a manual one once it broke and since we have been using the manual one.
@TheCatLady (4695)
• Israel
17 Sep 08
I use a manual one only because I can't afford an electric one.
@MOMMASAM (1004)
• United States
16 Sep 08
when i left pittsburgh and moved to san francisco, my hospital co-workers gave me a manual can opener. let's see that was 1971. they said there will probably be a major earthquake soon and no electricity. i'm still using it! i've tried, in vain, to find one for my mother which is an easy-to-use one for arthritic fingers. none of them seem to be easy enough to turn. she claims the electric ones can never be cleaned well enough !
@anjielyn (535)
• Philippines
16 Sep 08
I used manual opener .... If I don't have any manual opener ... I use swiss knife ^_^
@rebekkahm (149)
• Canada
16 Sep 08
I use a manual can opener because I can stick it in my sink and wash it! I don't like electric can openers because they are hard to wash and they get nasty grime built up inside the wheels and blade. Then that yucky gross grime gets on your new can of food every time you use it!!! Blech! I wouldn't get an electric can opener unless I could take it apart and clean it.
• Lubbock, Texas
16 Sep 08
I inherited my mother's electric can opener that she had had for probably 10 years. It lasted another five years. Since then I've bought three new ones that lasted less than a year. I decided it was a waste of money and went back to the crank type.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
16 Sep 08
I love my electric can opener. It's so much easier and convenient than the manual one. It stays in the same spot in the under the kitchen cabinet and I'll never lose it. I do have a manual one too but that's only for extreme emergencies.