Best Jar Openers for Arthritic Hands

Brix Jar Key

Brix Jar Key

One of the most frustrating things so far about aging for me is trying to get a jar or bottle open.  My dear hubby and I have joked about how we could be surrounded by bottles of water and pop and jars of food but in danger of starving because we wouldn’t be able to get the darn things open.  Either our hands are getting weaker (a definite possibility) or manufacturers are putting way too much torque into sealing their containers these days.

Forget about trying to get pill containers open.  I always have to ask the pharmacy to give me “non-childproof” containers these days or else I can only stare forlornly at the pills through the haze of amber-colored plastic.

I’ll admit that my hands are getting more and more arthritic but I’m not about to go easily into incapacity.  What is a person to do?  Well, in my case, I combine research with trial and error and then come up with some alternatives to frustration.  Here’s what I have discovered.

The red tool pictured above is called a Brix Jar Key.  You can find them at Amazon and at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, to name a few places.  Here is the Amazon link.  I have found this little tool to be indispensable for opening any jar that is sealed, like pickle jars or jam and jelly jars.  You just hook it under the lid and lift it JUST enough to “pop” the seal.  Once that happens, you can easily unscrew the lid.  Best of all, the Jar Key is under $6.

Easy Opener

Easy Opener

Next up is the Pampered Chef Easy Opener.  You can find it here.  It has a magnetic back so you can keep it handy on your refrigerator.  One end is similar to the Jar Key and probably works the same way but I honestly have never tried it.  I mainly have used the other end of it for opening pop (soda, for you Easterners) bottles.  It has worked like a champ until this past year or so when I noticed that many of our pop bottles had caps that were too big for it.  Phooey!  We only drink Coke and Pepsi products so one of those two brands has the bigger caps.  It still fits the other brand fine.  Oh yes, on the end of the tool is a slit for opening pull-tab cans.  This tool costs around $6.

Jokari Beverage Opener

Jokari Beverage Opener

I recently purchased the Jokari Magic 3-in-1 Beverage Opener.   It currently goes for $8.40 up here on Amazon.  You can read all about what it does by clicking on the link but it basically is touted as doing the things that the Pampered Chef tool does although I think it is easier for arthritic hands because it has a better soft-grip and the opening that goes around your jar or bottle top also has the soft grip material.  I haven’t used it a lot but did recently use it on a big aspirin bottle that I just couldn’t budge.  It worked like a champ.  But mainly I use the next gadget the most.

Extreme Magic Opener

Extreme Magic Opener

It’s the Extreme Magic Opener and I just love this little thing.  Now I’ll be honest with you.  It’s pricey.  It costs just under $25 up on Amazon here but it has been my “go-to” opener since it arrived at our house.  I grab this opener first (unless it is a sealed jar) when trying to get those pesky bottles or flip-top cans open.  It works on soup cans, tuna cans, all of the pop bottles we buy, and and cans with pull-tabs.

Magic Opener Bottom

Magic Opener Bottom

If you look at the bottom, you’ll see that there are two sizes to choose from when getting bottle tops open.  There is also a spot for opening a classic bottle top (like the old beer bottles).  The other end of this tool (the neck end) has a metal slot that fits under pull tabs. You can then push down on the body of the tool and it lifts the cover right up.  There’s even a short YouTube video that shows this little tool in action that I’ll put up here at the end of this post.

If I had to give you a recommendation, I’d say, go with the JarKey and the Magic Opener.  If your funds are really limited, you can probably get by with the Pampered Chef Easy Opener and use some shelf liner for trying to get a grip on bigger items.

Here’s the YouTube video on the Magic Opener.

 

 

 

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