Best Can Openers for Arthritis 2018 [Manual & Electric Options]

Looking for the best can openers for arthritis?

You've come to the right place.

In this guide, we'll show you:

  • Our top manual crank can openers for people with arthritis.
  • Our top electric can openers for people with arthritis.

Let's get started!

best can openers for arthritis

Best Manual Can Openers for Arthritis

If you don't want to keep your can opener plugged in or worry about how it's going to get power, a manual can opener is going to be ideal. Obviously they require a bit more work than electric, so avoid these if your arthritis is extremely hindering. However, the models we've linked below are designed for those with arthritis, and can be a good fit.

ZYLISS Lock and Lift Can Opener

This manual can opener for great for a number of reasons. The first reason is its locking mechanism. With traditional can openers, the user has to clamp down with their hands to keep the teeth locked onto the can. This can opener locks onto a can by itself so that the user doesn't have to hold it. This allows turning of the can opener without having to clamp down with the other hand. After the can is opened, there's a magnet that does the final lifting of the lid off.

Amco Swing Away Can Opener

This swing-a-way can opener is great because it doesn't require any finger strength to turn the can opener. Rather than being a short knob, the can is opened with a large crank. This means that it requires arm strength rather than finger strength to open the can making it deal for people with certain types of arthritis. It's also one of the few manual can openers that are great for opening big cans.

Wall Mounted Magnetic Swing Away Can Opener

With a similar opening mechanism to the can opener above, this wall mounter swing away can opener can also hold the can in place while you crank it. This is an ergonomic double whammy since you don't need to hold the teeth down while you open the can. Very little to no grip strength will be required to open your cans, which is great news for anyone suffering with arthritis.

Best Electric Can Openers for Arthritis

If you have the space for it, an electric can opener is going to be the ideal solution to someone with advanced symptoms of arthritis. While the manual ones above require some level of manual effort, these electric units require virtually zero. If you have the space and the electric outlets available - this will make the process of opening cans as easy as can be!

Hamilton Beach 76606ZA Smooth Touch Can Opener

This model is rather aesthetic and extremely simply to use. Simply place the can against the can opener and place the rim under the cutter.  Once you're there, just press the button and let the machine do all the work. Once the lid is completely broken you can simply lift it off with your finger without worrying about sharp edges!

Protector Silex Wall Can Opener and Knife Sharpener

This model works similar to the one above, but as a bonus it comes with a built-in knife sharpener. Having a sharp knife is critical if you want to be able to chop things, especially for cooks with arthritis. 

Cuisinart CCO-50BKN Deluxe Electric Can Opener,

This option is just another alternative to the units above, but it doesn't really do anything differently. We just wanted to give you another choice for varying budgets and aesthetics. Check it out below!

Other Arthritis Resources You May Not Have Heard Of

Even though this isn't all that relevant to can openers, we wanted to take this opportunity to share Dr. Michael Greger's resource page on arthritis found here.

If you haven't seen his work before, Dr. Greger goes through all of the published nutrition research year over year, and makes videos discussing which foods have been shown to prevent or reverse disease.

There is some real actionable advice on this section of his website, so we do hope that you check it out!

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