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Open Ease: Does It Work?

By Melissa Scheffler, mscheffler@kwch.com
Published On: Apr 23 2014 10:18:57 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 23 2014 10:24:08 PM CDT
WICHITA, Kan. -

Like any cook, every now and then Cindy Houston gets into a jam with some jars.

"Usually I run some hot water over them, smack them on the counter, and get some kind of rubber jar opener thing to try to open them," Cindy said.

Or, she says, she calls a man.  Determined to do it on her own--and to help some older family members with hand issues--Cindy asked us to test the "Hamilton Beach Open Ease Automatic Jar Opener."  

We bought one online for almost 33-dollars ($32.60).  That does include shipping.

It comes ready to go with two double-A batteries.  Cindy starts with a grape jelly jar.

"I don't think we're doing it right," Cindy said.

After looking over the instructions, we realized the inner arms need to be fully opened before starting.

"Ta duh," Cindy said.

Next, our largest jar.  The pickle jar was no problem for the "Open Ease."

"This one might be a little different because the jar is shaped differently than these were," Cindy said.

But it removes the lid from the spaghetti sauce jar and the salsa jar too.

Now to our smallest jar full of garlic.  The makers of "Open Ease" say it can open lids from an inch to four inches in diameter.

Cindy takes off the "Open Ease" to reveal another opened lid.  But there was one issue Cindy had a problem with during our testing.  She had a hard time turning the device off.  The instructions say it just turns off automatically.

Does it work?

"Yes it works," Cindy said.

The makers say you should not use this on plastic lids.  You should only use it on glass jars with screw-top lids.

Also, we did pay full price for this.  But we've seen it marked down on the "Hamilton Beach" website for $9.99.

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