Ah, the jar opener. If you’ve ever struggled to open your favorite jar of jelly, pickles, or pasta sauce (we’ve all been there, twisting and turning and sweating), now you can give your hands a break with the purchase of a good jar opener. But the problem of shopping is that there are literally hundreds of options on Amazon, so which one do you choose? Well, the beauty of following PaceSetz is that we’re here to do the comparison shopping for you. In this case, to help you select the best jar opener.
So why wait? Read on and stop struggling with stuck jar lids. Below is a rundown of the top performers—both electric and manual—that make child’s play of releasing even the toughest vacuum seals. You really don’t need to spend more than $20 to get a good jar opener, but if you want to, we’ve divided our list into three price categories.
Best Under $20
1. EZ Off Jar Opener
The EZ Off Jar Opener is hands-down the best jar opener to buy if you want an overhead, space-saving jar opener that opens lids of all types. It’s simple to install with peel-and-stick adhesive and screws. And best of all, you don’t have to shell out big bucks for the $15.99 EZ Off.
2. Kuhn Rikon The Gripper Jar Opener
Stuck lids are a breeze to open with this jar opener that locks onto lids and doesn’t let go. The handle uses leverage to let you open lids with ease.
3. Jar Opener
Open everything from a small bottle of water or nail polish to a wide container of pickles, peanuts, canned fruits, jams, molasses, marshmallow creme or maraschino cherries with this Jar Opener.
4. YoHold Jar Opener
This jar opener has three different sizes that allow you to open any size jar. Great for any age, it is easy to hold and even easier to turn once you get it on a jar lid.
5. Robo Twist
On the hunt for a jar opener that uses batteries? Start here. Robotwist’s high-quality design makes opening stubborn jars convenient, fun and easy—just position Robotwist, adjust, press the green button, and watch it do its stuff. Uses 2 AA batteries.
6. RtreeK Jar Opener
Using metal teeth, this jar opener firmly grabs hold of any factory-sealed lid and open it with ease.
7. OXO Good Grips Jar Opener
No more running jars under hot water, banging them on the counter, striking them with a knife, or asking someone else for help. The OXO Good Grips Jar Opener easily opens jars of all sizes, from small condiment containers to large tubs of mayo.
Best Under $40
1. Kuhn Rikon Deluxe Gripper Jar Opener
The fancy version of the popular Kuhn Rikon Gripper takes the frustration out of opening jars of sauce, pickles, and more. It easily removes a wide variety of threaded lids, including smooth-sided and grooved. Simply tighten the knob and push the lever.
2. Hamilton Beach Open Ease Automatic Jar Opener
The Open Ease Automatic Jar Opener makes opening jars amazingly simple. And it can open a wide variety of jars from small to large and every size in-between.
3. Zyliss StrongBoy 2 Jar Opener
The Zyliss StrongBoy Jar Opener combines a variety of smart design features including an adjustable rubber strap and long handle for extra leverage and opening force on jars and screw top bottles up to 10 cm in diameter.
If Money Is No Object
1. UNCAPPER Jar Opener
There’s no need to struggle trying to open lids when you can simply reach up under the cupboard to the UNCAPPER that grabs the lid for you while you effortlessly twist it off with one hand.
2. Black & Decker JW200BM Lids Off Jar Opener
As of this writing, Black & Decker’s attractive JW200BM costs $184.97. Is it worth it to pay that much to open a jar? That’s up to you. It is electrically powered, though. And it’s a Black & Decker. If that’s what you want, and if you have money to burn, go for. It might not be the best value, but the JW200BM does a great job and has a stylish look to tempt buyers who want a big name brand.