Manual can openers are generally cheaper, but you also get what you paid for. It is more difficult to maneuver. It is basically manipulated with your hands, getting force from the amount of work that a user exerted or applied. Some other disadvantage of these manual can openers is its tendency to jam and stick easily.
Nowadays the market is presented with other options. The electric and automatic can openers are proven better alternatives to the manual type in several ways.
In electric can openers, an electric motor grasps the blades and spins while encircling the lid to separate it from the can. Most models now are very portable and handy. The bigger ones are for commercial use.
Electric can openers have cords plugged to a power outlet to start operating. This type of can opener eliminates the hassle of exerting pressure on the tool to work. With a simple push of a button, it opens a can easily and more quickly. It is less messy and also produces a finer finish.
Aside from getting the job done faster, an electric opener requires little effort. Stainless steels are the better option although more expensive. It is rust resistant and can weather any condition. In the same way, automatic can openers are also much better than manually operated openers. It works in much the same manner as electric openers, only that automatic openers work on batteries. The good thing about this is that the batteries are usually rechargeable therefore very convenient. And it can work on occasions of sudden power outages.
Furthermore, automatic can openers are cordless. Some people prefer a cordless unit because it eliminates the hassle of entangling cords. Also, cordless automatic can openers make a kitchen look neater and more organized.
When buying electric or automatic can openers, study several models first that suit your preferences and needs. It is always good to read reviews from users also.
Check features and durability of the product. If for personal use only, a more portable can opener may be more functional. But if it will be used in restaurants, it might be better to buy the bulkier and more durable model.
Remember to use electric powered openers with caution. Check carefully before buying and make sure the unit you are getting is not defective. Such units usually have safety precautions, but just the same, avoid wetting the dangerous parts like the plug and the motor.
When newly bought, wash the device thoroughly first before starting to use. Avoid washing the cord or it may cause accidents when it is suddenly plugged in.
If your tool is not made of stainless steel, be sure to wipe it clean immediately after use to avoid from rusting. Rusting easily develops with moisture.
Pay close attention to the features and price before deciding on a model. It is good to read customer reviews to get the best value for money opener. There are many choices in the market and deciding on what to buy may be tricky. Just stick to your needs and budget.