Top 10 Can Crushers
for February 2024

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When shopping these days, it's not uncommon to find cans, bottles, jars, and other containers in the aisles packed with all sorts of products. While product packaging has come a long way in recent years, it can still be tough to recycle these materials. That's where can crushers come in.

Can crushers come in all shapes and sizes, but in our tests, we focused on models that can crush a variety of can sizes. We looked at how each crusher performed as we crushed 20 cans. We also evaluated how easy each crusher was to use, including controls, portability, and assembly.

Our top pick is the Mr. Can Crusher. It's easy to use, portable, and compact, making it great for crushing cans in small spaces. But, it crushes cans up to 12 ounces, which is a bit smaller than most other can crushers we tested.

We also tested other can crushers, including models from Progressive and Crush Pro, which we liked for their solid performance, easy operation, and portability. Here are the best can crushers to buy in 2022.

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Dial Industries, Inc. Easy Pull Wall Mounted Beer, Soda, Aluminum Can Crusher

Dial Industries, Dial Inc. Industries

by Dial Industries

Rotating hand grip for comfort and ease of use; quality construction and very durable

The Dial Industries Easy Pull Wall Mounted Beer, Soda, Aluminum Can Crusher is an easy to use can crusher. It's so simple, in fact, that it's hard to believe how many cans it crushes at a time. The crusher has a pivoting system, so as you pull the handle, the can is crushed from underneath. The crusher is not powerful enough to crush an aluminum can into a powder, but it did crush our 12oz cans into a powder in about 30 seconds. The Crusher is easy to clean, and all the parts are dishwasher safe. The Knock Off Trash Can by Knock Off Decor, on the other hand, is far more powerful than the Dial Industries Easy Pull Wall Mounted Beer, Soda, Aluminum Can Crusher. The Knock Off Trash Can crushes our 12oz cans into a powder in about 15 seconds, and about 5 seconds later, it crushes a 16oz can into a powder. The Knock Off Trash Can is easier to use than the Dial Industries Easy Pull Wall Mounted Beer, Soda, Aluminum Can Crusher. The Knock Off Trash Can also has a collection bin that you can unhook from the crusher. The collection bin is sold separately, but the cost is about the same as one Crusher. The Knock Off Trash Can is more powerful, easier to clean up, and has an automatic can drop system. The Dial Industries Easy Pull Wall Mounted Beer, Soda, Aluminum Can Crusher is easier to use than the Knock Off Trash Can, but it's slower.

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Dial Industries, Inc. Easy Pull Aluminum Can Crusher with Collection Bin

Dial Industries, Dial Inc. Industries

by Dial Industries

Clean, fun and easy to use for all ages; bin comes with an American flag decal

We love the Dial Industries Easy Pull Aluminum Can Crusher, which turned four bags of uncrushed aluminum cans into one bag of crushed cans. It crushed cans easily, and was easy to use. The Easy Pull can crusher also crushed cans consistently, and crushed them consistently to the same size, so it didn't leave any crushed cans around. The crusher is relatively inexpensive, but it does leave a small dent in your wallet. The Easy Pull can crusher is also advertised as childproof, but we found that while it's made to avoid pinching, the sharp edges of the crusher do scratch your hands. The Crusher is also advertised as auto dispensing, but we found that it dropped cans into the collection bin inconsistently, and it stopped dispensing cans after some time.Overall, the Dial Industries Easy Pull Aluminum Can Crusher was easy to use, it crushed cans well, it crushed cans consistently, and it did what it was advertised to do. However, the Crusher's auto dispensing feature didn't work consistently, and we found that the crusher was not as durable as we had hoped.

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The Crusher, Pacific Precision Metals Aluminum Can Compactor, White

The Crusher

by Basic Industries

Sturdy all-steel construction is durable, with an easy-to-grab handle that makes it easy to operate

The Pacific Precision Metals Aluminum Can Compactor is compact and is simple to operate. It crushes aluminum and steel cans, and the crushed cans fit in a 3-gallon trash bag. The aluminum cans are crushed to about 1 inch, so they're more compact and easier to store and transport than whole cans. The crusher has a sturdy handle, is lightweight, and is made of plastic, so it's less expensive than some of the other compactors we tested. The crusher is 16 inches long and is 9 inches wide at the top, 5 inches wide in the middle, and 4 inches wide at the bottom. The crusher also has a handle that is large enough for people to hold comfortably, and it's short enough so it's easy to carry. The crusher ships in one box, and assembly is easy. Once the crusher is assembled, simply hang the crusher on the wall, and you're ready to crush cans. The crusher has 12 built-in crushing ribs, and it uses an 800-watt motor that crushes cans in 4 seconds. The crusher has a one-year warranty, and it's available in white.

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HomeBuddy Can Crusher for Recycling - 12 Oz. and 16 Oz. Can Smasher Wall Mounted for Aluminum Cans, Soda, Beer Can Crusher for Recycling Can - Mounting Rivets Included

HomeBuddy Can Crusher for Recycling

by HomeBuddy

NO POPPING OUT - A rubber-lined can crusher base prevents cans from popping out, and a longer and wider handle than other can crushers doesnt bend or tire your arm. Easily crush cans in bulk and enjoy a smooth and easy can smasher experience every time.

The HomeBuddy Can Crusher is a well-made and easy-to-use can crusher that crushes 12-16 oz. aluminum cans to about 1 inch thick pieces. The crusher is easy to use, and is convenient for recycling aluminum cans. The crusher is sturdy, and is built to last. The crusher is strong enough to smash beer cans, but might struggle a bit with soda cans. The crusher can be mounted to the wall, or can be stored in the cupboard. It would be nice if the HomeBuddy Can Crusher had a cover to protect your fingers, but it's a minor complaint.

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16 oz. Metal Can Crusher & Bottle Opener, Heavy-Duty Wall-Mounted Smasher for Aluminum Seltzer, Soda, Beer Cans and Bottles for Recycling

raffermier 16 oz. Metal Crusher Can & Bottle Opener

by raffermier

WALL MOUNTABLE - Keep the can crusher wall mounted for easy use. Fix to any type of wall using the included screws and anchors. Keep your can crusher in the kitchen, garage, or in the garden terrace.

The Canster is an attractive, sturdy machine with a handy bottle opener, and it's easy to use. The bottle opener is convenient, and the crusher itself is quite sturdy. It's made of thick metal, with reinforced rivets and bolts, and it's built to last. In fact, it's quite heavy, which might be a bother for some users, but it's a welcome feature given how durable it is. The crusher is strong enough to crush cans and bottles with lids, though it's not as sturdy as our other top pick. The crusher's opening is adjustable, so it's easy to find the right fit for any size can. The crusher also has a handy little hook on the back, so you can hang it on the wall instead of setting it on the ground. The crusher's design makes it larger than our other picks, so it's less convenient for smaller kitchens. The Canster's bottle opener function is very usable, but it's a bit slow, and it's slow enough that you may as well just use the can opener.

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Can Crusher 16oz, Bottle Opener, Aluminum Can Crushers, Eco-Friendly Can Crusher Wall Mounted Soda Beer Smasher Recycling Tool (16 oz, Black)

laffeya Can Crusher 16oz

by laffeya

Easy to operate: an easy-to-grab handle (with bolt nuts for easy repair when necessary) - simply pull down the handle while steel plate crushes cans/bottles.

This wall-mounted can crusher and bottle opener is a good option if you have lots of cans to smash, or if you intend to mount the crusher on a tabletop or bar. The crusher has a short, sturdy lever that makes it easy to crush cans with little effort. The crusher also opens beer bottle caps, which is a bonus. The crusher is sturdy enough to hold up to 16 cans, and the four mounting screws are included, so installation is quick and easy. The crusher comes with a bag holder that hangs the crusher out of the way when not in use. The crusher is eco-friendly, and the bag holder is made from recycled, sustainable materials. The crusher is also easy to clean, and the crusher can be wall mounted with the included screws or freestanding. The crusher is backed by a 1-year warranty.

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Heavy Duty Can Crusher - Designed to Recycle and Crush 12 oz and 16 oz Cans – Wall-Mounted, Crushes Soda, Beer, Pop Cans – Recycling Aluminum Cans is Great for the Environment - Andrew James (Black)

Andrew James Heavy Can Duty Crusher

by Andrew James

EASY OF USE Our handle makes crushing your cans very simple. Even a small child will be able to use our can crusher

The Andrew James Can Crusher is a small, but sturdy device, perfect for kitchen or garage use. It crushes cans with ease and is powerful enough to crush cans up to 16 ounces, including those from energy drinks. The cans fall through a chute and hit a metal screen, which separates them from the crushed aluminum. The crusher is conveniently mounted in a wall socket and can be operated using a foot pedal. The crusher is very quiet, and it produces very little dust. It also saves you space by reducing the number of cans you would otherwise have to cram into your recycling bin. The crusher operates at a fairly slow speed, so it's slower than some crushers, but it's reliable and easy to use. The Andrew James Can Crusher is made of plastic, so it isn't as durable as the metal ones we tested, but it's more affordable.

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McKay 16 oz. Metal Can Crusher, Heavy-Duty Wall-Mounted Smasher for Aluminum Seltzer, Soda, Beer Cans and Bottles for Recycling - Black

McKay 16 oz. Metal Can Crusher, Heavy-Duty Wall-Mounted Smasher Aluminum for Seltzer, Soda, Beer Cans and Bottles for Recycling

by McKay

The McKay Can Crusher/Smasher: Recycle seltzer, soda, pop, and beer cans; the 16-oz. crusher smashes standard 16 oz. AND 12 oz. aluminum cans and features a hole on its top plate to easily crush plastic bottles too!

The McKay 16 oz. Metal Can Crusher is hard to beat when it comes to crushing aluminum cans. The one-hand operation makes it easy to crush cans, and the large, cushion-grip handle makes it easy to operate. The crusher also features a built-in bottle opener, which is a nice feature, although we prefer a separate opener, like the OXO Good Grips Can Opener, because we don't want our hands near the can as we're crushing it. The crusher's large size makes this a great option for industrial use, as well, if you need to crush a lot of cans. The McKay 16 oz. Crusher also features a handy built-in handle that makes it easy to mount the crusher. The wood screws and wall anchors that are included are pretty straightforward to use, and the included instructions are clear and easy to follow. The McKay 16 oz. Crusher is also one of the cheapest crushers we tested, at just $25.

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Chambridge Aluminum Can Compactor, 16 oz. Metal Can Crusher, Heavy-Duty Wall-Mounted Smasher for Aluminum Seltzer, Soda, Beer Cans and Bottles for Recycling - White

Chambridge Aluminum Can Compactor, 16 oz. Metal Can Crusher, Heavy-Duty Wall-Mounted for Smasher Aluminum Seltzer, Soda, Beer Cans and Bottles for Recycling

by Chambridge

The whole strong all-steel structure makes it durable.Easy to grasp the soft plastic handle, easier to operate, will not let your hands feel uncomfortable.The interior is smooth and doesn't get stuck, making it easier for you to press the jar without much effort.Just hold the handle of the crusher and pull it down to crush a jar.

The Chambridge Aluminum Can Compactor was our favorite can crusher we tested in our roundup. It's burly enough to crush cans with force, but it's light enough to use comfortably. The crusher is easy to install, and it's compact enough not to take up much space. It crushes cans up to 16 ounces, but it's a bit overkill for cans smaller than that. The crusher's compact size makes it perfect for small apartments, and it's easy to operate with one hand. The crusher has an adjustable pull rod, so you can adjust it to to crush cans of different sizes. The crusher's solid construction means that it's resistant to jamming, and it's covered by a 1-year warranty.

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The Kitchencraft Floor Standing Foot Operated Can Crusher is a surprisingly powerful, well-made can crusher. It crushes cans with ease, and the attached magnet helps it distinguish aluminum from steel. The crusher's feet have a small counterweight that can be adjusted to compensate for uneven surfaces, and it's sturdy enough to handle cans of any size. It takes a while to get used to operating the crusher, but it's intuitive enough once you get the hang of it. The crusher ships with a suction-cup clamp that makes it easy to locate it on a countertop, and it's small enough to fit in most kitchens without taking up a lot of space. The Crusher only has two speed settings, but it's powerful enough to crush even large cans, and it's easy to adjust the settings to your preference. The crushing mechanism is quiet, and it's easy to operate. The crusher's design is compact and well made, and it's strong enough to withstand regular use. The crusher's feet have a rubber coating, and it's easy to clean. The crusher's power cord is 6 feet long, and it plugs into any standard 110-volt outlet.

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