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#31 of 46 Old 06-24-2005, 05:16 PM
 
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What a funny thread! I hate electric can openers too. I never seem to get them to work right. We have a manual one and it works just fine!
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Nope, don't have one and wouldn't know how to use one ...no need for it.
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I don't have strong feelings one way or the other. We had one growing up. When I got married we did not have the counter space and since the manual one works fine (Oxo Good Grip) I have no need for an electric one. The cat food comes with a pop top.

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We got a handheld electric one for a wedding present and I really liked it, but it broke so I bought a manual one.
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It is funny I was thinking about this just the other day. I personally liked our electric growing up. By the way, all electric ones cutting component comes off the rest for washing. Anyhow the thing I find interesting is the one we had growing up lasted for years and years, we maybe had two three tops my entire childhood through teenage years. I have bought three or four since being on my own over the past 20 years and every dang one broke in a very very short time....within months. I use a hand one now because it IS easier than a broken one and also because I hate the wasted counter space. I have one of the schmancy hand ones than makes the soft edges but I always seem to use the other one instead. I rarely open cans as well.

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But when I grew up I din't know there was any such thing. Everyone in my family-- aunts, grandparents, everyone-- used electric can openers. When we moved cross country last December I threw ours out. Takes up space and didn't work well half the time anyway!
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I have always thought electric ones were weird!

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I have always thought electric ones were weird!

Me, too! My aunt has one and I can't figure it out to save my life.

I hope these people that use electric openers also have a manual in case of a disaster and the electricity is out for days and the only food left is canned!

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My rule of thumb:

If there's a choice, I would always go for the simpler, more basic version, which, in this case, means the manual can opener. (I am extremely minimal with electrical things of all sorts.)









That being said, we eat the more basic versions of food, too. We don't eat canned anything.

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If you are left-handed (which I am), manual can-openers are so much harder, because they are designed for right-handed people.

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Electric ones get all gross. Ew.
So very true. I have an awesome can opener from Good Grips.
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A&A have you looked at left handed gadgets? There is a shop here in London which just sells left handed stuff. I found this one online in the US http://thelefthand.com/lecanop.html

We use a manual can opener and have several - we have double of quite a few things as we merged 2 households. Electric ones are not very common here. My aunt had one because she had motor neurone disease, then my nan had it when her parkinsons got worse. I have no idea where it is now.
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Anybody else out there that has no desire for an electric can opener? Dh family was recently here and freaked that I didn't have one. It was an odd way they said it like I was stupid, poor, and crazy. I use the one my grandfather had in the airforce.
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(a) I can never figure out how to use an electric can opener
(b) the little hand held one I have does a better job

I *do* have a nice hand-held one that's marketed for people with arthritic hands but I have never desired an electric one.

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We don't own most of the small appliances Americans in general find essential and never miss them. We only have a blender, a mixer, a toaster and a microwave oven. Electric can openers are things I have only seen on cartoons :LOL
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"At our house
we open cans.
We have to open
many cans.
And that is why
we have a Zans.

A Zans for cans
is very good.
Have you a Zans for cans?
You should."

~Dr.Seuss

We have a regular grocery store can opener that works just fine. But I went to a Pampered Chef party and got one of the smooth edge can openers, one for my mom and one for me. I love it! Not sure how necessary it is, since we really didn't have a problem with sharp edged cans before. But it's neat.

No cats, but the dog comes running when ever he hears a can opened. He also magically appears at my side whenever he hears me open the cheese bag. I keep a big block of cheese in a zip lock type bag and he now knows what that crinckling sound means...

I hope this can opener works better for my mom; she does have arthritis. I think it's a little easier to turn the handle compared to the old one. But not a whole lot.

Someone moved my effing cheese.
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We had an electric one when I was growing up and I hated it. We now have just a manual one. DH brought an electric one home once that someone gave for free and I put it in the giveaway box :LOL (after I asked him why we needed extra clutter when we already have enough : )

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