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The addition of a manual or electric commercial can opener will make prep work easier and faster in your institutional foodservice operation.

Cook’s Direct has a large selection of commercial can openers from top brands including Edlund Can Openers, Vollrath Can Openers, Nemco Commercial Can Openers, and Focus Can Openers. When shopping for can openers, you can choose from manual can openers or electric can openers. We also have can openers with safety and security features Cook’s Direct is a great source for commercial can openers, as well as parts like replacement can opener blades or can opener gears.

If you need help selecting a can opener for your operation, please give us a call at 866-613-2617 and our customer service team will assist you in finding the right commercial can opener for your institutional kitchen.

Selection Help

When selecting the best can opener for your institutional kitchen, you will want to take into consideration the following things:

  • How many cans per day do I anticipate opening and what size cans will I need to open?
  • Do I want a can opener with security features?
  • Will a can opener that is clamped to a table suit my needs or do I need a manual can opener that is bolted to a worktable?
Expert Advice

Types of Can Openers: Consider the different types of commercial can openers available. There are manual can openers, electric can openers, and combination can openers that offer both manual and electric functionality. Each type has its advantages, so choose the one that best suits your kitchen's needs and workflow.

Durability and Construction: Commercial can openers should be built to withstand heavy use in a busy kitchen environment. Look for can openers made from durable materials such as stainless steel or heavy-duty plastics. These materials offer resistance to rust, corrosion, and wear, ensuring longevity and ease of cleaning.

Size and Capacity: Evaluate the size and capacity of the can openers to ensure they can accommodate the cans you commonly use in your kitchen. Consider the diameter and height of the cans you will be opening, and choose a can opener with an appropriate size and capacity to handle them efficiently.

Cutting Mechanism: Pay attention to the cutting mechanism of the can opener. Look for sharp and durable cutting blades that can easily penetrate and cut through various can sizes and materials. Can openers with replaceable blades are convenient, allowing you to maintain the sharpness and efficiency of the cutting mechanism.

Safety Features: Safety is important when using a commercial can opener. Look for can openers with safety features such as blade guards or shields to prevent accidents and injuries. Some can openers have smooth-edge cutting mechanisms, which eliminate sharp edges on the can lids, reducing the risk of cuts.

Ease of Use and Maintenance: Consider the ease of use and maintenance of the can openers. Look for models with ergonomic handles and smooth operation for comfortable and efficient use. Removable parts and easy-to-clean designs simplify maintenance and ensure proper hygiene standards in your kitchen.

Stability and Mounting Options: Stability is crucial when using a can opener. Look for can openers with sturdy bases or clamps that securely hold the can opener in place during operation. Some can openers come with mounting options, allowing you to attach them to a countertop or worktable for added stability.

Speed and Efficiency: If speed is a priority in your kitchen, consider electric can openers that can quickly and effortlessly open cans. Look for models with high RPM (rotations per minute) motors for efficient and rapid operation. Manual can openers may require more effort but can be a reliable option for lower-volume applications.

Whether you are selecting a can opener for your college food prep kitchen or for the kitchen in a long-term care facility, you will want to consider closely what is the best fit for you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call one of our experts.

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