Hamilton Beach Automatic Can Opener

Last updated date: February 13, 2020

DWYM Score
9.4


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Overall Take

This multi-function can opener opens standard cans as well as pop-top lids. The side-cutting system leaves a safer smooth edge. It is easy to use and easy on the eyes, as well. In our analysis of 34 expert reviews, the Hamilton Beach Hamilton Beach Automatic Can Opener placed 1st when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note February 13, 2020:
Checkout The Best Can Opener for a detailed review of all the top can openers.

Expert Summarized Score
8.5
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.4
10,426 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Produces safe edges. Stylish, attractive design. Good grip on cans.
- Reviewed
The device has a side-cutting system that removes the top while leaving a smooth edge, so you limit your risk of cutting your finger at any point. It works on standard-size cans as well as cans with pop-top lids meaning there’s little it can’t handle. It looks pretty appealing too.
- Review Geek
It works on all can sizes (something that other tested can openers couldn’t do) and conveniently holds the lid in place after opening
- New York Times Wirecutter
The Hamilton Beach 76606ZA is the top on our list and the best overall electric can opener. With a beautiful design and simple operation, it combines looks and functionality to give a product that you can definitely go for.
- The Beast Reviews
Easy to clean and operate. Modern design. Side-cutting action helps ensure safety.
- BestReviews
The opener has a large ergonomic lever that requires minimal effort and will work amazingly fast.
- HQ Review
It doesn’t leave rough edges. Safer blade design than other models.
- Top Home Review
The chrome design is superb. Removable and washable cutting unit. Auto power-off function. Does not cause any disturbance during operation. Compact quality.
- PrimeTopList
What experts didn't like
Can't handle XL-sized cans. No automatic stop. Produces metal slivers after one full rotation.
- Reviewed
It’s the priciest
- Review Geek
May take up valuable counter space and require an outlet.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Tiny metal shavings are possible
- BestReviews
It produces metal flecks that go in the food
- Top Home Review
Shut off function is not available in this can opener.
- PrimeTopList

From The Manufacturer

The Hamilton Beach Smooth Touch Can Opener easily opens both pop-top and regular cans with the slightest effort with just one hand. You never have to worry about sharp lids when you use this can opener. That's because it cuts cans along the side, leaving you with a smooth, touchable lid. The sleek, stylish black and chrome design complements any kitchen decor and looks great on every countertop. This automatic can opener performs well and looks great. It's top-rated by consumers, who've given it 4½ stars.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Hamilton Beach Automatic Can Opener
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 8
2. Adoric Manual Can Opener
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 0
3. Kuhn Rikon Auto Safety Lid Lifter
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 1
4. EZ-DUZ-IT Manual Can Opener
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 6
5. Cuisinart Electric Can Opener
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 3
6. OXO Manual Can Opener
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 1
7. KitchenAid Manual Can Opener with Magnet
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 2
8. MiToo Automatic Can Opener
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 1
9. Kebley Manual Can Opener
Overall Score: 6.2
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Can Openers

Can openers are a true kitchen staple. Whether you are a college student living in a dorm or a first-rate chef with an extravagant cooking space, you need some sort of can opener. Considering the essentials every can opener requires, as well as your unique wants and needs, can help you select the right one for your kitchen.

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Think about whether you prefer a manual or an electric can opener. Manual can openers are affordable and convenient. Since no power is required to use one, you can tuck it in a utensil drawer or take it on a camping trip with the same results. However, they can be challenging to use, especially for someone with limited mobility or fine motor skills, arthritis or weak hands.

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Electric can openers are easy to use, usually able to open containers at the touch of a button. Some have additional features, such as the ability to open other types of cans and bottles. The possible downsides of an electric can opener include the need for electricity to operate and the requirement for at least a small amount of counter space.

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Of course, a can opener should be well-made, built to last, easy to clean and maintain, and simple to use. In addition, look for a model that leaves smooth edges and a cutting wheel that doesn’t touch food to promote health and safety.

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If you can’t decide between two or three different models, let aesthetics be your guide. Go with the can opener that blends into your kitchen’s decor.

DYWM Fun Fact

People have always sought ways to store food longer, including pickling, smoking or drying it. Around the turn of the 19th century, the French government offered a hefty prize of 12,000 francs to the first person to successfully invent a way to preserve food for storage transportation.

A French chef named Nicolas Appert accepted the challenge and won. His process was a version of canning foods in jars. Soon after, the English worked to improve his method, swapping glass jars for metal containers. 

By the mid-1800s, a Connecticut man named Ezra J. Warner invented a manual can opener. Prior to his invention, people used chisels and hammers to open metal cans.

The Can Opener Buying Guide

  • Keeping your can opener clean is vital to safe use and to proper function over time. Soak manual can openers or the removable cutting wheel of electric can openers in white vinegar for several minutes. Follow up by scrubbing away dirt or rust with a brush (a toothbrush works well for this purpose) and then washing it with mild dish soap and warm water. Dry it carefully with a clean towel before putting it back.