One Touch Jar Opener Works Good But Has It’s Flaws

by Theresa on April 4, 2009 · 12 comments

One Touch Jar Opener looks like the perfect solution for anyone who has difficulties opening those pesky jars. Now us ladies need no help from the man of the house... We can now open those stubborn jars with ease. Well, there's something you need to know about this kitchen gadget.

One Touch Jar Opener Claims

The fast, easy way to open jars
Effortless, one-touch action
No twisting, no pulling, no pain
Small enough for your kitchen drawer
Never jams—let’s go when jars are too tight
Powerful enough for new, factory sealed jars

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Good Points

  • It's simple to operate and does work as advertised.  It keeps a firm grip on the jar, twists and opens it, even with a vacuum seal.
  • Invaluable tool for anyone with hand disabilities like arthritis.
  • Stores easily in the kitchen drawer since it's only around 8 inches long and 3 inches thick.
  • I've heard that you can pick these up at Walmart or Bed Bath and Beyond.

Bad Points

  • By far, the biggest issue that some people have reported is that it broke only after a few uses.  It’s because the plastic isn’t thick enough or it's a design flaw. I wouldn't expect it to last forever either. Some have reported that if your can has a very tight seal the jaws may crack under the strain.  The unit is supposed to let go if the jar is too tight. Sometimes it doesn't do this but just breaks instead!
  • Its fine for opening your average-sized jar but the jaws can't clamp onto jars that are too big, too small, oddly shaped or sloped.
  • It's really slow and takes at least 30 seconds to open one jar.
  • The unit is a little noisy.
  • There is supposed to be 6 month warranty on the product. The only problem is that if you want to get a replacement part, you'll get no help from the manufacturer who is located in China. So if you did one up at the store, and it breaks, I doubt that you can get a replacement part for it or have the warranty honored. You'd have to just buy a new one.
One Touch Jar Opener has a few issues

One Touch Jar Opener has a few issues

Handy Hints

  1. If the jar doesn't open right away, it might not be a good idea to force it. While it's running, keep a look out for signs of stress.
  2. The [tags]one-touch-jar-opener[/tags]instructions actually mention that if the jar is too difficult to open, you can run it under hot water or bang the lid before you try it again.
  3. One touch action still means that need to hold the button down for a few seconds until the inner jaws begin to move.
  4. The instructions also provide a list of jars NOT to use with this product. These are...
  • Plastic jars - plastic may collapse with the grips
  • Jars with irregular shapes or steep curves - Outer jaws might not get a good grip.
  • Jars must be between 1.2 inches to 4 inches

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Final Verdict

One Touch Jar Opener is invaluable and enjoyed by those that are elderly, those with weak hands or with a hand injury. Just beware that it might break after only a few uses and you'll get no help from the manufacturer. At least if you buy it in stores you can get a store refund on the item if you keep your receipt. Walmart is 60 days for exchange or refund. Bed Bath and Beyond...I'm not quite sure how long you have before the store refund policy runs out. I will phone and check on that. And one gadget that isn't in stores yet is that new Slap Chop everyone's talking about. Jack Scalfani did a great video review on that one.

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1 MARY K April 21, 2009

I USED THIS PRODUCT 3-4 TIMES AND IT BROKE ON MY LAST USE. ITS JUNK….. THE INNER GRIP SNAPPED OFF.

2 Theresa April 22, 2009

Wow just 4 uses? That’s a shame…I hope you were able to get your money back.

3 Sarah June 5, 2009

I got about 3 or 4 uses as well. Honestly, when it slipped on the jar and broke, we were lucky to have not been looking at it too closely, as the piece that broke literally flew like a shot across the room. I wouldn’t recommend this item to anyone. It worked well a couple of times, but was dangerous when it broke. Don’t bother with this item. Waste of time and money.

4 Theresa June 6, 2009

Wow that’s really dangerous! Such a great concept but poor product quality. The inner grip should be made of steel not plastic. Thanks for reporting this Sarah!

5 Rita August 16, 2009

The smaller jaws one side plastic gripper broke

6 RJ December 20, 2009

VERY DANGEROUS! Parts shattered on a wide, tight jar and were sent flying across the room.

7 jim d. February 8, 2010

I find the item useful. yes, it can be dangerous. at least set it in a shallow pan and especially place a cover over it as it begins to grip. no one wants a mess or flying glass (cuts and eyes). the round plastic sprocket split under pressure on ours.

8 LUCILLE March 5, 2010

THIS PRODUCT IS USELESS. MY MOM HAD A STROKE. THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GOOD TOOL TO OPEN JARS. FIRST ONE BROKE. NOW SECOND ONE STOPPED WORKING AFTER 3 USES. NO WAY TO SEND BACK. CO. NOT ONLINE FOR RETURNS OR HELP. BED, BATH & BEYOND SHOULD TAKE NOTE THAT THEY ARE SELLING A CHEAP, SUB-STANDARD PRODUCT. THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BUY CHEAP, CHEAP FROM OUTSIDE USA.

9 terry July 24, 2010

Mine worked for the first few jars but when opening one of my jars of peaches that I canned it broke. It has just been canned the day before so I didn’t think it would be a problem opening. It seems like the design was a great idea but until they make is with steel gear guides it will never be a reliable product.

10 Fran August 23, 2010

Bought one for my mom, It also broke after 4 uses. The inner grip is made of plastic and have looked for replacement parts, but there are none to be found.

11 Carol March 19, 2011

I had my one touch jar opener for 2 years and it only broke because of something stupid that I did!!!!! (Won’t tell you what I did cause I still feel pretty stupid about it!!! ;)
Anyway I ABSOLUTELY LOVED mine and I was in a panic when I couldn’t find it in the stores anymore. Just ordered 2 more on line because I have arthritis in my hands and without it I would have a miserable time trying to get these jars opened. I guess I can only hope that the replacements I ordered will last as long as my old one did!

12 Gregg Deemer September 8, 2011

The one touch jar opener has a design flaw. it can’t be shut off if it slips on the jar! I’ve had two and they both broke when one side slipped up on the jar and torqued the other side until it shattered. If I could have shut it down and restarted I would still have one; but, I won’t have another!