I have a gripe. My husband shares it with me. Might you have the same gripe?
Why can’t a can opener last more than a few months?
Over our 3-decades plus marriage, we have gone through countless can openers.
We’ve tried cheap ones.
We’ve tried expensive ones.
All seem to fail by not properly cutting the top off a can or by falling apart.
Our latest can opener was from Ikea. Compared to the previous can opener, it cut very cleanly. However, after a month or so of very occasional use, the crank snapped off.
Mid-way through opening a can, of course. With one can still to open.
Rather than go to a store and pick a new can opener in the hopes it would survive longer than a year, I went online to check for can openers based on durability reviews.
I purchased the EZ-DUZ-IT Can Opener. The packaging, which is a piece of cardboard in red, white, and blue, touts that it is made in the U.S.A.
EZ-DUZ-IT can opener with a black coating on the handles. The packaging is a piece of cardboard in red, white, and blue and says “The Best Can Opener Made? and “Save Jobs – Buy U.S.A.” Photo by Mary Warner, August 13, 2023.Interestingly, the can opener was attached to the cardboard without the use of twist ties or other fasteners, which I appreciated for the sustainability of using fewer packaging materials.
The opener cuts cans cleanly thus far.
Now, we’ll see if the opener itself will last longer than a Minnesota season.