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This review is from: Culinare One Touch Automatic Can Opener, White (Kitchen & Home)
Like plenty of folk here I bought this can opener for an elderly relative whose hands were too weak to tackle cans with a manual can opener and like many of those same folk our culinare is now in the bin with the last can it failed to open.
THIS CAN OPENER HAS A FUNDAMENTAL DESIGN FLAW. When the batteries are charged then this thing will whizz through can lids all day long but when the batteries go flat then the problems begin. If you catch the batteries and change them before they go fully flat then you can save the hassle of trying to remove the partly opened can from the machine so as to change the batteries. Yes, the battery compartment is on the underside of the can opener, so when a can is lodged in the machines grip you cannot access the battery compartment. You can cut the can off, with all the mayhem that entails (a beans/soup/tomatoes shower) but you need good snips and fair amount of grunt. The release mechanism for the cutting head of the can opener is a difficult to access: it is a phillips headed, small screw that is made from plastic. You will shred the head of this screw if you have to use it more than a few times. Then you are back to cutting the can off the can opener so as to change the batteries... So dont buy this piece of garbage because one day, just when its lulled you in to a false sense of easy can-opening bliss, it will pack up and then its out with the snips and screwdriver and on with the overalls...