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Does it Work: The Tornado hands-free can opener

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(Toledo News Now) -

Sometimes you just need an extra set of hands in the kitchen. We can't make that happen, but there is a product that could help. The Tornado can opener promises to aid you in the kitchen, but does it work? We found out.

Sara Bassler is a busy working mother of three young boys and two dogs. Her time in the kitchen can be chaotic. We thought she'd be perfect to test the Tornado hands-free can opener.

Bassler's son Andrew helped get it out of the package and install the batteries, then it was time to get down to business.

"Simply place on the can, press once to start and once to stop," Bassler read from the instructions.

The first attempt didn't quite work. On take two, it caught the edge of the can and went to work – slowly. It took about 40 seconds to open a can of soup.

That seemed a little long, so Bassler then tried to open the same type of can with her normal can opener. It took her about 10 seconds.

The Tornado was then tested on a can of tuna.

"It doesn't go on that easily to the can itself," Bassler said.

It took several tries again to get the Tornado to touch down on the can with the thicker lip.

"It's okay for bigger cans. I think the fatter the lip on the stuff, it doesn't work as well," she said. "Personally, I kind of like my regular old can opener better. It kind of took a little bit longer to do it [with the Tornado] than it would take me normally to do it, so I give it a B minus."

So the $19.99 Tornado whips up a low passing grade in this Does it Work test.

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