I purchased this can opener, and I am very pleased with its design and functionality. It's attractive, accommodates even large cans, and does just what a can opener is supposed to do.
However, I had another reason for buying a Westbend. Our previous can opener, made by Rival, stopped working. There was nothing wrong with the motor. The problem was simply that the cutting edge had become dull and slightly bent. We needed a new one. I contacted Rival -- was it under warranty, they wanted to know? No, it wasn't. Well, then, they explained, there was nothing they could do to help me. I then searched the Internet, hoping to find a 3rd-party manufacturer of can opener blades. No luck. So, we had to throw out an almost-perfectly-good can opener. Three Bronx cheers for planned obsolescence.
This time, when I went shoppping for a can opener, I visited each manufacturer's Web site, and you know what? Westbend -- and of the manufacturers I checked, only Westbend -- sells replacement cutting blades for every one of their can openers.
So, if you're ecologically minded or if you've reached an age where you're sick and tired of throwing things away, consider a Westbend as your next can opener.