A good electric can opener has standard features that include hands-free operation, an automatic stop and start once engaged, and a built-in magnet that keeps the lid from touching the food. In-unit cord storage frees up counter space, and a removable blade allows thorough cleaning, advises ConsumerSearch.
For those with limited hand strength or finger dexterity, an easy-to-handle model is advised. Openers capable of opening commercial size 10 cans without tipping over, and those that cut smoothly below the lid prevent accidental cuts from either the can or the lid. Other handy features include a knife sharpener and bottle opener. For kitchens with minimal counter space, compact and portable drawer-size, electric can openers offer useful features with a small footprint.