For many years, the only type of can opener I owned was a manual, or hand-operated Ecko Can Opener. When that can opener finally stopped working correctly a couple of months ago, I couldn’t wait to buy another opener to replace the Ecko opener.
First, I purchased a Family Chef brand manual can opener from a Hartford, Connecticut Family Dollar store. When that implement broke after only one use, I decided to purchase a Farberware Classic Series Deluxe Can Opener from a CVS Pharmacy in Hartford, Connecticut.
Presented here, in an effort to assist the consumer, is an article in which the author compares the Family Chef manual can opener from Family Dollar stores and the Farberware manual Classic Series Deluxe Can Opener that is sold at CVS Pharmacies everywhere.
Although the Family Chef Can Opener from Family Dollar stores and the Farberware Deluxe Can Opener look like they’re about the same size, upon closer inspection one can see that the Farberware utensil is actually a little bit bigger.
The Family Chef can opener measures-in at 6.25″ x 2″ and the measurements of the Farberware can opener are 7″ x 2″. .
These two brands of manual can opener are very similar in appearance. Both openers have handles that are covered with black plastic and the top part of each opener is coated with shiny chrome.
The twist-handle that makes the tool open cans, is chrome-plated on the Family Dollar can opener, while the twist-handle on the Farberware can opener is black, just like the opener’s main handles.
The regular retail price charged for one Family Chef manual can opener from Family Dollar stores is $2.
The regular retail price charged for one Farberware Classic Series Deluxe Can Opener at CVS Pharmacies is approximately $6.99.
As stated above, after I purchased the Family Chef manual can opener from a Family Dollar store, I was able to utilize the opener only once.
The very first time I tried to open a can with the can opener from the Family Dollar store, the can opener malfunctioned and became broken.
The twist-turn handle on the opener separated from the rest of the opener while I was trying to open the can, leaving the can dangerously halfway-open.
Being completely frustrated with the Family Chef can opener experience, I decided to purchase one of the Farberware Classic Series Deluxe Can Openers that I had seen on display at the CVS Pharmacy located across the street from my apartment building.
As soon as I started opening a can with the Farberware can opener from CVS, it worked very well. There was no type of hesitation or malfunction of any type with the Farberware opener. In fact, I was actually amazed by the excellent can-opening performance displayed by the tool.
Maybe the Family Chef manual can opener that I bought at a Family Dollar store was an exception to the rule. Perhaps most of these implements work well, but the one that I purchased didn’t work at all, even though it looks good.
The Farberware manual Classic Series Deluxe Can Opener that I purchased at a CVS Pharmacy is a sturdy, reliable and attractive product that I definitely recommend.
Personal experience with both can openers