It's a scenario most of us have dealt with before: You go to open a jar and it just won't give. You hunch over, lean into your table or countertop for leverage, and maybe try a trick or two to get it to loosen up, but alas, the thing just won't budge. When this happens, you still have a couple of choices: You can set it aside and wait for someone else to give it a pull, or you can shuffle over to the drawer that holds all your favorite kitchen gadgets and let the Kuhn Rikon jar opener settle this beef, once and for all.
Available on Amazon, this 4.6-star-rated tool is designed to make short work of stubborn lids and bottle caps. Originally priced from $26 to $32, it's currently discounted to $24 in white, so you'll save about $2. But the fact that it's on sale right now is really secondary; truth be told, even at full price, the Kuhn Rikon jar opener is worth grabbing, and here's why.
Similar to the silicone jar openers offered by Prepworks by Progressive (available for $7 on Amazon), the Kuhn Rikon jar opener can be adjusted to fit lids and caps of various sizes. Where this tool differs is that it has a long handle, which helps provide leverage as you're trying to pop a top off. Built to work on threaded, smooth-sided, and grooved caps and lids, this gadget fastens on snugly and uses steel "jaws" to twist cumbersome tops clean off in a way that silicone alternatives can't quite manage.
More than 4000 Amazon shoppers have tried the Kuhn Rikon tool, and close to 80 percent of them say it deserves a 5-star rating. "This is a very versatile jar opener that, unlike so many others, expands with a twist of the knob to accommodate larger jar lids. Once applied and tightened, the handle provides great leverage to open even the most stubborn of jars," one customer revealed in a review. Many say it's also a great investment for those who deal with grip issues due to muscle aches, pains, or arthritis in the hands, as it reduces the need to pull and tug on a lid. "I have a lot of pain in my fingers when I try to grab and [twist-off] lids from jars," one reviewer wrote. "... What I like the most is that I don't have to squeeze[,] which is the action that triggers my pain." Several others note it even works well for lefties.
Grab the Kuhn Rikon jar opener tool today on Amazon and save $2. If you want something that's even more budget-friendly, consider grabbing this three-pack of silicone jar openers from Prepworks by Progressive for $7.