What is an under-cabinet can opener?


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An under-cabinet can opener is a small electric appliance that can be mounted beneath an upper kitchen cabinet, and is used to open canned foods. The advantages of an under-cabinet can opener are twofold: they do not take up counter space and, being electric, they easily open canned foods.

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The first electric can opener was patented in 1931. Early designs were for free-standing units, which were a significant improvement over the manual lever-type, church-key and rotating wheel openers that often took longer to use and required more strength and dexterity to operate. Later innovations in electric openers led to space-saving designs like the under-cabinet openers.

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