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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2013
Well it's been 7 months since I bought my mother one of these for Christmas as she has arthritis and I could see she was struggling in silence with manual tin openers.
When I opened it with her, I was initially disappointed. It seemed to me that the bulk of it was just this huge plastic block, and I wasn't crazy about the extras.
However I've been regularly checking with Mum if it works OK and have used it myself a few times, and I was completely wrong.
This product has a few additional functions - a jar opener, a ring-pull tin opener, a zip pack opener, a bottle opener, and a bottle top twister-offer(sorry for the daft name but I had to differentiate from the bottle opener somehow!).
I'll be honest - neither me nor my mum have tried the bottle opener so I can't comment on that one. In my experience of bottle opener's it looks like it will work though.

I'll cover the rest of the functions one at a time below:

1) The tin opener: There's a bit of a knack to it otherwise it won't work. In fairness I think you can expect that with anything mechanical involving cutting or crunching, so it's not a bad thing - you just have to learn the knack. Here's roughly how it works: with the handle up, you hold the tin with it's metal lip just above the wheel and bring the handle down about 90% of it's full range. Before you bring it down fully though you need to fold the magnetic lid-grabber(best I could do under pressure!) down so it's in contact with the tin's lid. Then you bring the handle fully down and the electro-mechanical mechanism kicks in and you no longer need to hold the tin - in fact yu could step away and let it do its thing until it finishes at this point. It rotates the tin while simultaneously cutting the lid. It rotates the tin just over 360 degrees until the lid is completely severed, then stops. Then, holding the tin again, you lift the handle fully up, and the lid-grabber(yes, you've guessed it) grabs the lid. Obviously you have to take some care removing the lid from the grabber as it may well have sharp edges - best to use a finger/thumb on the flat sides, avoiding the edge completely. Now I haven't tried any other automated tin openers but all I can tell you is this one works like a dream.

2) The jar opener: This is that grey crescent you can see adorning the top of the tin opener. It's made of fairly maleable rubber and very easily comes away from the tin opener's base to be used on its own. The idea with this is "one size fits all", so you put it around the jar to be opened and compress it with your hand until it is touching the sides of the jar. Then compress and twist. Now I really thought this would be awful but Mum assures me it's very good for opening jars so I'm surprised.

3) The ring pull tin opener: You can see about half of this part jutting out of the bottom of the tin opener on the photo. It's rectangular with one of its shorter sides curved into the arc of a circle, either end of which forms a flat curved hook. Now I don't know what the offical modus operandi is but this is how Mum uses it: with the rectangle stood up on the curved end, approaching the ring pull from the outside of the tin, tuck one of the flat hooks underneath the ring. Keep the opener firmly pressed down on the tin and pull it back(which amounts to rocking it like a rocking horse) until the ring lifts up slightly. Now approaching the ring the same way but from the inside of the tin , position the one of the hooks under the ring again. In the same motion as before, keep the opener firmly pressed down on the tin and rock it back until the lid starts to peel off. Keep on rocking(no pun intended!) until the whole lid is all but removed. Then you can remove it relatively easily using your finger. This seems dubious when you first try it but it always seems to work. I was stunned but just good simple design I guess.

4) The zip pack opener: this is built into the centre of the ring pull tin opener rectangle. It's really just a slot and a blade. We only tried it on a pack of bacon so far and it worked absolutely fine but you need to hold the pack firmly and apply some force to the opener to get it going. In all honesty, if scissors were available, you'd probably use those instead. That said, it does the job it's supposed to. Also, I know scissors can be tricky on certain kinds of zip packs so perhaps that's where this comes into its own providing you have the strength in your hands/arms to use it.

5) Bottle top twister-offer: this is simply a molded indent in the plastic of the ring pull tin opener. It is designed specifically to fit the kind of plastic bottle tops you find atop pop(or soda) bottles. It works fine on those, providing a much better anmount of purchase/leverage than you'd normally get with your hands. Now I've tried it on other bottles and as expected it doesn't work. So perhaps if you were looking for a fault with this product that could qualify but that's really not how I view it. I view this product as an electric tin opener, that happens to also have a few crammed in extras that might come in handy one day. To rate it down on the extras would be missing the point, and besides many of them are great anyway.

The bottle opener is also built into the ring pull tin opener rectangle. I think this was the source of my original disgust - the jar opener looked like a cop-out solution to a problem at first glance and all the remaining extras were built into one small chunk of plastic. I expected more somehow. *** Yet *** practical usage has proven that all of them (bar the bottle opener which remains unused) do the job they were designed to do. So I think some clever, simple, and compact design went into this and its usability belies its appearance.

The plastic base is pretty solid as seem most of the parts. In particular the bases pyramidesque profile means it's fairly stable. The handle/blade/lid-grabber assembly can be very easily removed from the base for cleaning purposes, or maybe oiling, by holding a purpose-built spring-loaded catch to one side and just pulling it off. I've removed it and put it back a few times - a tiny knack to putting it back but really easy to deduce.

So this was a real pleasant surprise in the end. I really can't fault it(cue explosion, melted plastic, beans all over kitchen, parts everywhere...).

OK so we haven't tried the bottle opener - but it's a bottle opener people. There are no mechanical parts. We've been making them since at least the Victorian era. So I'm going to make the leap of faith that the boys down in the Morphy Richards underground lab complex have pulled it off(no pun intnded again!).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 April 2015
Excellent product, but the extra tools are useless, for those who have limited, manual dexterity.
I needed a capable product to open tin cans.
My dear late Nan, had one similar to this, to aid her struggles.
You do need to remove the labels, on the tins or you will have paper label remnants, in the tin contents.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 June 2014
Bought to replace the battery version of tin opener. This is fiddly to attach the tin within the guides and you have to hold most tins in place as they rotate as there is nothing to support them (especially small tins for one person). Not ideal for my mother with physical limitations. Ring pull gadget only pulled a little way, then broke the ring off!
It is bulky and takes up a lot of space in my kitchen as my mother has now 'donated' it to me!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 September 2014
Like many people have reported, the magnetic arm lid holder snapped after a couple of uses. Incredible that such a device can pass quality testing. Says a lot about the manufacturer..
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2013
After having several disasters with various can openers we throught we would try the Morphy Richards Multifunctioin Can Opener,getting on in years we need all the help we can opening cans and jars, it had all the gadgets looked sturdy and felt solid. Unfortunatly the operating arm and magnet attachment which supports the lid when opening cans are of very poor poor quality plastic and design the result being that the magnet support arm broke off the first time we used it, will not be purchasing a replacement. Cannot understand Morphy Richards supplying such poor quality design and materials can only be described as plastic rubbish,very, very disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2014
I'm an O.A.P who has found it difficult using this product to engage in opening cans. Item moves when applying can for opening. Only used 3 times & now has ceased working.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2013
Broke first time used,magnet attached by flimsy piece of plastic . Over priced would not have purchased if I could have handled it first
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 September 2013
The story of my life is of useless can openers. My advice to anyone contermplatng a csmping,trekking, or sailing trip or holidsy is to try out your canopener before setting off, Don't risk starving surrounded by cans that you can't open. I'm past the stage in life of making such trips, but have recently been unable to open cans using a conventional opener purcahed through Amazon. In des[eration, I bought this one. Much more expensive than a hand operated opener and vulnerable to power cuts. So far it works. I am not giving it a fifth star since I personally find it a little tricky to operate in that I find it difficult to align the can correctly. Once in place, the can is open in moments. I hope that, power cuts permitting, this will serve me for many years.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 December 2014
Lucky if it catches the edge of the tine, I got so pxxxxd off I threw it in the bin. Waste of time for me. Stressful gadget!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 30 June 2012
Very pleased to have this product, due to wear and tear on thumb joints making manual openers difficult. Very easy to use, and unobtrusive on the worktop. The lids are cut rather sharply, but many manual can openers do the same. The magnetic clamp doesn't always grasp the lid, but this hasn't been a problem. I have only used the shrink wrap opener as I already have a ring pull assister.
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