The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute's tests reveal the one electric can opener that can, in its opinion, be called The Best. The Institute forwards its recommendation to Hammacher Schlemmer's buyers so they can procure the product for The Hammacher Schlemmer catalog, web site, and retail store. The electric can opener that is currently The Best can be found here.
Before undertaking testing, The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute surveyed consumers to learn which attributes are most critical when purchasing an electric can opener. They responded that can opening ability is by far their most important concern, followed by ease of use and features. These attribute rankings were applied to the data collected for this test.
Respondents were also asked which features matter most in an electric can opener. Based on their answers, The Best model must be intended for in-home use and be able to stand on a flat surface. It must have removable blades and must be safety certified by a nationally recognized testing lab. The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute then researched the marketplace from a reasonably wide range of competing product and obtained electric can openers that possess these desired attributes and features. Prior to testing, the Institute eliminated from consideration any models that did not have a required attribute or feature or if it had an obvious quality issue. Conversely, if a sample offered a unique benefit that distinguished it from other models, The Institute, at its discretion, may have included it in testing even though it may have been lacking a critical feature or attribute.
Testing involved evaluations by Institute analysts. Each electric can opener was rated for its can opening ability, ease of use, and features.
Analysts opened cans of different heights, circumferences, and grades of metal. Analysts assessed:
Analysts then took the average of the scores and determined a final can-opening ability score.
For each electric can opener, analysts determined how easy it was to:
Analysts assigned a score each step, with lower scores indicating a process was very difficult and higher scores indicating it was very simple. After testing, analysts calculated an average ease-of-use score for each electric can opener.
Institute analysts inspected each sample to determine whether it had any of the following features, which made an electric can opener easier or more effective to use:
Analysts awarded points for each feature that a model had, weighted according to how important that feature was to consumers. After testing, they calculated an average features score for each sample.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute recommends that you consider these features when shopping for an electric can opener to ensure you will be completely satisfied with its performance:
It begins to open a can with a touch of its lever and stops automatically when the can is opened. It has a magnetic can holder that accommodates up to 1-qt. cans.
As with any product, customers must read and follow the product's user guide, marking and labeling prior to use.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute was founded in 1983 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation to provide independent testing and consulting services for Hammacher Schlemmer. The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute was founded in 1983 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation to provide independent testing and consulting services for Hammacher Schlemmer. Although funded by Hammacher Schlemmer, the Institute functions independently of Hammacher Schlemmer. The Institute consults Hammacher Schlemmer and fulfills its mission statement without regard to product prices, brand names, margins, or other commercial considerations. Decisions on specific products to test, the types of test to perform and how to interpret the results lie exclusively with the Institute's research staff. In addition, the Institute's status as a separate entity from Hammacher Schlemmer prevents access to sensitive information, such as inventory levels or product cost, which might influence testing decisions. The Institute's independence assures products are researched, evaluated, and rated objectively without commercial bias.