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These days I have been feeling some joint pain especially in my hands, probably due to osteoarthritis and I think that it is time to change the way I do things.  In addition to the discomfort,  I am noticing diminished grip strength.  Opening jars is definitely more of a challenge than it used to be, so I`m going to buy a jar opener.  There are dozens of models on the market, so how to determine the best one?  I have done some research and these have ended up on my shortlist:

Evriholder`s Easi-twist jar opener is recommended by ArthritisResearch UK.  Fits all sizes and shapes of jars from 10mm up to 85mm diameter.  Not dishwasher safe.

Hamilton Beach`s automatic jar opener is endorsed by Good Housekeeping magazine. This device consists of two arms designed to clamp on to anything from a large pickle jar to a small sauce pot. Just released Jun 2012.  DAKA won an IDEA Gold Award for their similar One Touch jar opener design in 2008.

Amco`s Swing-a-way jar opener.  Recommended by America`s Test Kitchen. They state that it takes a bit of practice to master it, but once you do, you will be pleased with the results.

Black and Decker`s LidsOff jar opener has been applauded by several colleges, which offer universal design programmes.  The only drawback that I have read about is that it does not accommodate 20 oz drink bottles. It is also large to store.

There are a number of Oxo Good Grips jar openers on the market. This model won the Housewares Design Award (best in category) in 2004. The other models have serrated edges to grasp the jar lid and I have read that in some cases the teeth mangle the lids.

Id like to hear from anyone who uses one of these jar openers or any other one that you like.  What are it`s advantages/disadvantages?

Until next time,

Your Boomer Life Partners

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