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Best Jar Openers For Arthritis

My poor mom suffered with arthritis in her hands and fingers. My mom-in-law did, too, as does Esther’s. Because of arthritis and general use over a lifetime, many seniors find it difficult or almost impossible to open jars.

You can try running the jar lid under hot water, tapping the edge of the lid gently against a kitchen counter, or even heating up the lid with a hair dryer to loosen the seal. But these activities can be dangerous (what if you break the jar while you are trying to open it?), so it is better to use a tool to open a jar.

Here is our list of the best jar openers for arthritis sufferers. These have been tested in our own kitchens or that of our senior parents, so we know how well they work!

Read our list of the Most Helpful Kitchen Products here.

Easiest Jar Openers

Battery Powered Jar Opener For Weak Hands

This is the coolest jar opener ever! Okay – it is a little on the slow side, but it is almost hands-free and it fits in a drawer.

This jar opener is super simple to use – just put it over the lid of a jar, push the “Open Jar” button and watch it work. You may not even mind that it’s slow because it’s sort of entertaining to watch the little arms close against the lid and the top to rotate and open the jar.

This opens lids from 1.2 inches to 3.5 inches and runs on 2 AA batteries.

The drawback to this one is that it can’t open a lid smaller than a baby jar size and can only go up to about 4″ wide.

This one actual made it on to my own Christmas list this year because my husband now has arthritis in both thumbs and he’s my designated jar opener. We feature this on our comprehensive gift guide, too.


Black & Decker JW200 Lids Off Jar Opener

This is a super-useful jar opener that Esther’s mom-in-law has had and used for years. She’s 99 years young now (!) and still uses this frequently.

This one is an electric model. It plugs into a wall socket, which means it sits on the counter instead of being hidden away in a drawer. But, it can open a wide range of jars ranging from baby food size to spaghetti sauce jars – anything up to 4-1/2 inches in diameter and 8 inches high.

The drawbacks to this one are that it takes up counter space and can’t open any jar taller than 8″ high.

It’s also fairly heavy, weighing about 3.5 pounds, so it may not be easy for a frailer senior to lift up onto the counter if they choose to store it in a cabinet. That said, it is very easy to operate!


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Jar Gripper Tool

This one requires a little more effort than the battery operated jar opener we just mentioned, but it’s still convenient for someone with arthritis. It’s got a V-shaped gripper so you can use it on progressively smaller (or larger) lids. Just place the gripper tool over the top of a jar lid and twist to get the lid off.

The nice thing about this one is that it can unscrew a jar with a lid as large as those wide mouth canning lids but as small as the cap of a soda bottle – so almost any size jar lid.

If it’s too difficult to twist lids off, this does come with mounting screws so it can be hung under a cabinet. That way, a senior can use both hands to hold the jar while twisting the lid off.


This jar opener set is touted as being specially designed for weak hands. I agree – with one exception.

The bigger tool is useful, but the person has to have enough strengthen to simultaneously grip the handle, hold it closed, and twist. I am not sure that a frail senior could use it well. That said, I love the one I have.

The smaller tools are great for opening soda cans or pulling the ring on the top of cans. You can pop off soda tops and slice open bags with the hidden blade.


There you have it – our recommendations for the best jar openers for arthritis. Hopefully, you’ll find one of these as helpful and easy to use as we have!

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