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Jar Openers

More than 5-million people suffer from arthritis in their hands which can make it painful, even impossible to open jars.

Consumer Reports tested some products that might help.

Jars can be tough to open. You can try gripping them with rubber gloves or running them under hot water.

Some people even stab them to break the seal. But some lids won't loosen no matter what.

Consumer Reports just tested an electric jar opener that promises to make opening jars a whole lot easier.

It's Black and Decker's Lids Off and it claims to work on all kinds of jars.

Large jars, narrow jars, jars with plastic lids, and even little baby food jars.

Tara Casaregola found Lids Off easily opened just about any jar up to 4 inches across.

But how about that impossible jar of pickles?

But large jars stump it. So do soda bottles. And at $40, it's pricey. Consumer Reports also tested some less expensive alternatives. Jar pop costs less than $5. It slips under a lid to break the seal.

And the jar opener from OXO Good Grips even works on soda bottles. It's $10.

So if opening a jar is just too tough, you've got several options.

You can find all three of these jar openers at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

The $40 Lids Off electric opener is also sold at Wal-Mart, Target and Sears.


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