The Best Pizza Cutter of 2020
The Ultimate Rocker Blade by Love This Kitchen is truly astounding when it comes to slicing and dicing a pizza. The long blade length is sturdy with ergonomic handles that allow you to easily rock the blade back and forth. Similar to a Samurai sword, it'll slice and dice a pizza in under 10 seconds and offers versatile functionality to chop veggies, fruit, and cheese with ease. Of all products tested, it has the best overall cutting performance for thick, deep-dish pizzas and cleans up with ease. If you're seeking a pizza knife that has functionality that extends to slicing and dicing other things in the kitchen, this is our top recommendation.
A sharp blade requires cautious use and care. This is a tool we'd only recommend for adult use as the blade truly is incredibly sharp, unlike most we've tested. Its 14-inch length and bulky handle design aren't conducive for smaller kitchens. Aside from that, of the pizza blades tested, this is the best and one of our favorites overall.
The KitchenAid Gourmet Pizza Wheel is one of the finest wheels we've had the pleasure of using. It features an ergonomic handle that is non-slip with a huge knuckle and thumb catch. It easily cuts through medium to thin crust pizzas with a heavy and sturdy construction that doesn't wobble while you work. We especially love the cute colors to easily accessorize your kitchen. It wins our Editors' Choice Award because of its stand-out quality and performance.
While we appreciate its performance with most pizza types, the blade isn't the sharpest out there and struggles when cutting through a super thick crust. We've also read many online reviews claiming that it can dull over time, even though we didn't have this experience. Another issue is size. The handle is quite large, and it'll take up some space in your drawer. If you're seeking a high-quality traditional design, take a gander at this option.
The Checkered Chef pizza blade is 100% stainless steel that makes for a nice addition to your kitchen collection. The blade is thin and sharp, with easy to sharpen capabilities. The rockered construction allows you to easily rock the blade side-side to get a straight and evenly sliced pizza in seconds. In comparison to other pizza wheels and scissors, its much faster and easier to use. Not only that, but you can use it to cut veggies, fruit, or anything you'd regularly cut with a knife. This is basically the same blade as the Pizza Blade by Kitchenstar but comes at a way lower cost. This is a great option for penny pinchers seeking a stainless steel pizza blade that'll slice and dice all day long!
The protective sheath it comes with is nice and burly but is much thinner than other options. It's also hard to get the blade inside the sheath because both sides are the same height and dark in color. As a result, you need to be careful when cleaning and putting it away as the blade is incredibly sharp. Like all pizza blades, it also requires additional storage space. That said, the thin profile will easily slip into the corner of your drawer. If you're in the market for a thin, lightweight stainless pizza blade, this is the best deal out there.
The KitchenStar 14" is a stainless steel blade with a 13.75 inch construction. Its basically the same as the Checkered Chef, making us wonder if they're made by the same manufacturer. Its only difference is its two-inch blade depth (compared to the 1.75 inch on the Checked Chef blade) that's designed to take on pizzas of all thicknesses. The blade is sharp and will easily slice through anything you need. Four easy slices, and you'll have a medium-sized pizza chopped in no time. Also, don't be afraid to take it to your veggies and fruit. The rolled over handle allows you to grasp it anywhere along the body. If you need a cutter that'll easily get through a thicker crust, check this contender out.
While we appreciate its functionality, we're not sure why it costs more than the Checkered Chef, even though they're essentially the same product. Needless to say, value isn't as high as other pizza blades out there. Also, it's not designed for child use and takes up a little more room in your drawers.
The Kitchy Wheel is unique design handheld design that is super easy to use. The round blade is protected by a plastic sheath that also functions as its handle. The blade slices through thinner pizzas, focaccia, and even veggies with ease. Since the handle is built above the blade, you can securely and safely push down on it while cutting, making it one of the easiest wheels to use! It features a retractable protective shield that'll keep your fingers protected when you rifling through drawers and its slim profile takes up next to no storage. What more can you ask for?
Unfortunately, while it does have a four inch blade, only about two inches of it is usable as the housing and wheel limits cutting depth. So if you're dealing with a thicker pizza with heavy toppings, it can easily get jammed up. For regular or medium thickness pies though, it'll do exactly what you need. Our last, and biggest caveat is the cleaning process. Since the blade is covered, the housing gets messy. You can take it apart, but it doesn't easily unsnap and takes more time to assemble and disassemble. If you're willing to deal with the cleaning of this handy device, then you might enjoy its space-saving features and construction.
The Rösle Stainless Steel Round-Handle is designed and engineered in Germany, boasting the best quality of any pizza cutter tested. Its 100% stainless steel construction is petite but sturdy, using heavier and high-quality steel in its construction. As a result, there's no wobbling through a thick crust pizza. Cleaning is simple as well. The ergonomic design easily catches your hand when pressing into a cheesy pie, and you don't need to apply a ton of pressure with its super sharp wheel.
The biggest downside is the smaller blade diameter of only 2.75 inches. While it works on thin and medium crust pizza, it'll drag toppings and require more work on a thicker pizza. Aside from that and its high price, this cutter is one that's built for the pizza lover who needs a high-quality option that'll keep slicing through the years.
The FAVIA Handheld Wheel Slicer caught our eye for its larger blade diameter and easy to use functionality. When slicing pizza, it does great work as the blade is as sharp as you'd expect for any high-quality pizza cutter. It can handle deeper pizzas that are 2.5 inches thick with easy functionality. The handle isn't as easy to hold as the Kitchy, but we do appreciate its larger size. It also stores incredibly well in a drawer and can cut many other food items that aren't pizza. We also love the low price!
Our biggest caveat with this pizza slicer is the cleaning. It advertises the ability to be taken apart, one of the reasons we bought it. However, upon receiving it, there are no instructions or videos online that explain how to disassemble it. We almost gave up until we used a knife to pry up the axel pieces (which seem impossible to do with your fingers) to learn that it comes apart into many pieces. This process is annoying, takes time, and you risk losing small parts. If you're willing to deal with that minor annoyance, you might think the great value is worth it.
If you want a simple pizza wheel without bells or whistles, the Yinghezu Stainless Wheel presents the best value. The blade is thin and sharp, slicing through flatbreads and pizzas with ease. The open face construction allows you to cut into a deep-dish without having to press too hard to roll over it a hundred times. The handle isn't anything to write home about, but it's ergonomic and non-slip. The price also can't be beaten. If you're not really concerned about the best in quality, this is a good deal for the recreational pizza eater.
While this might save you a few bucks up front, don't expect this lower quality cutter to last you a lifetime. Unfortunately, there is wobble in the wheel with many online users reporting poor quality and issues with rusting (around the axle) after being put into the dishwater. While we didn't experience these issues, it's not surprising when looking at the cheap materials used in its construction. If you're okay with this and only need to slice a pizza every now and then, this Best Buy winner may be a good option for you.
If you aren't a fan of traditional designs, then take a look at the Dreamfarm Scizza Scissors. These are essentially regular scissors with a protective nylon base under the blade that'll protect cookware from scratches. Not only can it cut a pizza with precision, but it quickly became a kitchen tool that we'd use to cut even slices of cheese and salami for delicious charcuterie plates. The blades are sharp and the design seems to get the job done.
For most folks, this isn't the tool for the job. While some are lovers of cutting pizza with scissors, others don't like dealing with the extra time, care, and attention that is required using these scissors. A larger pizza requires 5-7 cuts across the diameter with lines that typically aren't straight. Plus, you need to hold onto the pizza to keep it in place, which means burnt fingers from hot sauce and cheese. Also, the 12 inch length takes up a lot of room in a drawer. Many online users report this particular option to break at the locking mechanism, even though we didn't experience those issues. If you're a diehard lover of pizza scissors, this is a great option to consider; however, if you aren't privy to them, other options are much faster and easier to store.
The plastic blade construction of the OXO Good Grips makes it ideal for use with non-stick pans. We tested to see if it damages these pans by rolling the blade over it several times with great force. The result — no damage! The large wheel diameter is sufficient for thin and thick pizzas while the sturdy construction is easy to hold and use. When stored, the blade has no cover but because it's not very sharp, it's one you don't have to worry about cutting yourself on. Plus, it does good work to keep toppings in place!
While we appreciate the unique construction of this cutter, its blade performance is pretty bad in comparison to the rest. While it'll eventually make its way through the crust and dough of a pizza, it takes a lot of extra effort and leverage to get there. Plus, the plastic construction means the blade can dull and can't be sharpened, unlike metal blades in this review. While it certainly has a place in the pizza world, this is a one we'd only recommend to those looking for non-stick pan protection.
Why You Should Trust Us
Amber King brings this pizza cutter review to you today. With over seven years of gear testing experience, she knows how to develop tests that'll pull gear to the test. Pizza is also her favorite food and she's been making it from scratch for over ten years. As an artisanal bread connoisseur, she spends a lot of her free time with her sourdough starter, trying out new recipes for pizza crusts, loaves, and tortillas. As a tester that loves a good, thick, and delicious crust she knows how important a good product is in the kitchen arsenal. In addition, she's reviewed over 25+ categories of gear including kitchen cookware, external hard drives, and tripods.
A proper selection is where our testing process begins. We focused on the most popular options on the market and chose 10 of the best within a reasonable price range. After selecting options with a wide variety of designs, we make pizzas and slice them up. We tried out thick and thin crust options, some with heaps of cheese, and some without. We also sliced up other foods like crackers, tortillas, cheese, baby tomatoes, cucumbers, and more to assess important differences in slicing capability and performance. In all, we spent about six solid hours of slicing up different items in our kitchen, and even more time eating it all. After gaining about five pounds from eating pizza, we meticulously compared each product to see which are the best and which should be left at the warehouse. Our testing is unbiased and we buy all the products at retail prices.
Analysis and Test Results
A great pizza cutter will slice through pizzas of all shapes and sizes without too much effort or wobble. To test which offers the best performance, we rate each product using five important metrics. These include cutting performance, ease of use, cleaning effort, storage, and quality. The best and most versatile products score the highest while top picks and notable mentions typically do one or two things really well.
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The most basic function of any pizza slicer is to cut up a pizza with easily and quickly. To test this, we specifically look at blade sharpness and look at how it cuts pizzas of different thicknesses. We started by baking over five different pizzas and slicing each, alternating cutters for comparison. In addition, we cut other items to determine intricacies that we wouldn't normally see with just pizza. Each blade cut up thin tortillas, baby tomatoes, cheese, crackers, cucumbers, apples, and more. The blades that could slice through everything with great ease are given the highest scores.
Pizza blades like the Love this Kitchen Ultimate, Checkered Chef Rocker, and KitchenStar 14 inch completely crushed the cutting performance tests. They are incredibly sharp, slicing through all items easily. We were able to shave the skin off of an apple! All have similar performance when it comes to pizza slicing. The Love this Kitchen Ultimate is the longest with a thicker blade than the other options, making it THE top choice for larger pizzas with thicker crusts.
The other two are thinner stainless steel blades, with the KitchenStar 14 inch having a depth that's about a half-inch deeper than the Checkered Chef Rocker. All offer unbeatable cutting performance in comparison to other designs. Every time a pizza or tortillas is sliced, it separates all the pieces so you're not pulling the pieces apart with your fingers. They also keep toppings in place and are incredibly easy to ease.
Of the traditional pizza wheels tested, the KitchenAid Gourmet and Kitchy Wheel are our favorites. The KitchenAid Gourmet features a 3.5 inch wheel that does well on medium to thin-crust pizzas. The Kitchy Wheel is four inches large as well. Both have very sharp blades that easily allow you to slice through a pizza crust. We also like the FAVIA Handheld which has a larger blade than the Kitchy, but isn't as sharp. The Yinghezu 4.72 has the largest diameter wheel (a little over four inches) and is suitable for deeper pizzas as well. All these wheel cutters can be sharpened, but it takes a lot more effort to do so in comparison to pizza blades. It's important to note that all wheel cutters have some topping drop, especially if the wheel is too small for the pizza crust thickness.
The Dreamfarm Scizza Scissor is another unique option. It's a pair of scissors that allow you to slice your way right through the pizza. The blades are quite sharp and do well across our tests. Just know that cutting time is almost tripled, but you can ensure your toppings will most definitely stay in place.
Ease of Use
How easy is it to use your pizza cutter? In this metric, we specifically assess handle ergonomics and the amount of leverage required to cut through a pizza and its crust. We found that those without handles where you can apply direct pressure over the top of the cutter do the best for leverage. In addition, those with thicker handles and a non-slip grip earn top marks.
The long blade and specific handle of the Love this Kitchen Ultimate is by far the easiest to use of all options! The handle's excellent handgrips allow you to apply your body weight easily when slicing a pizza. The blade is so sharp that hardly any effort is required at all. The Kitchenstar 14 inch and Checkered Chef are also easy to use as well but don't earn as high of points because the handle is just a rolled over piece of metal that's a bit harder to hold.
Of the pizza wheels, we like those that are handheld better than those with handles. The Kitchy Wheel is our favorite. Since it doesn't have a handle that sticks out, you simply use the silicon and ergonomic grip to press down on the pizza with ease as it effortlessly cuts through the crust. The FAVIA Wheel is similar but larger with a more slippery exterior that's harder to hold. Of the traditional wheel cutters, we really like the Kitchenaid Gourmet and Rösle Stainless Steel. The Kitchenaid Gourmet has a much thicker handle which is easy to hold, but both have a nice catch for the thumb and knuckle, making for easy slicing. We found that the Rösle's super sharp wheel requires little pressure when getting through a thick pizza topping.
How easy is it to clean pizza crud? To test this, we cleaned each one right after use and after leaving sauce and cheese to harden. Those that can easily be rinsed off without sauce or cheese getting stuck in cracks and crevices prevail while those that have extra spaces for sauce to build up. Those that have to be taken apart for cleaning take more time and thus earn lower points in this metric.
Of all the cutters, the pizza blades once again reign king. The solid blade construction of the Love this Kitchen Ultimate, Checkered Chef, and Kitchenstar 14 inch is easy to rinse off or throw right into the dishwasher. Amongst them, the Love this Kitchen Ultimate is the easiest because, unlike the other two, it doesn't have a looped handle that water and food bits can easily get stuck inside.
All pizza wheels with larger blades and no protective casing do well in this metric. We found that larger models like the Yinghezu 4.72 inch, OXO GoodGrip 4 inch, and Kitchenaid Gourmet have a simple construction that can be easily rinsed off without additional scrubbing.
Handheld options with protective housings like the Kitchy Wheel have to be taken apart to clean, which is a bit annoying and takes more time. In addition, we typically found taking it apart to be a little worrisome as there's no really safe dismantling method where your fingers stay out of harm's way for the blade. The FAVIA wheel can also be taken apart, but the process required us leveraging open the device with a knife! When it came apart, we noticed that there were many pieces that could easily get lost. Thus, we prefer the Kitchy Wheel as its easier to remove the protective blade sheath and it has far fewer parts to lose while cleaning.
How well does the pizza cutter store? To assess this, we measure the overall length and experiment by putting each into the drawers of our kitchen at home. We also note which products have safety features so you don't accidentally cut a finger while grabbing for another item in the drawer.
Our Top Pick for Storage is the Kitchy Wheel for its small size (five inches) and protective retractable shield. The FAVIA Wheel has similar features but takes up just a tad more space in the drawer (5.25 inches). Both are great options for those seeking a storage savvy option that is safe to just throw into a cluttered drawer.
Of the traditional wheel cutters, the Rösle Stainless Steel is the shortest (eight inches) with a convenient loophole for hanging. "Regular sized" options range in length from 9 to 9.5-inches. The OXO GoodGrips 4-inch (9.25 inches) has a plastic blade with a bulkier design and hanging loop at its base. The KitchenAid Gourmet and Yinghezu 4.25 inch are larger than the OXO GoodGrips because of the larger blade diameter, without hanging loops. Of them, the KitchenAid Gourmet is the heaviest and will take up a regular amount of space in your drawers. None of these have a protective cover over the blade, but the OXO GoodGrip 4 inch is a plastic blade that isn't as sharp and feels safer to have in the drawer without a protective cover.
It's not surprising that the biggest downside to a pizza blade is its long and deep profile that's harder to fit into a drawer. The thinner profile of the Checkered Chef and Kitchenstar 14 (13.75 inches) are just slightly easier to store than the 14 inch blade of the Love This Kitchen Ultimate Blade. All have protective covered, though, we believe the Ultimate Blade by Love this Kitchen has a much burly (and safer) cover that won't come off accidentally. That said, any of these will slip alongside a drawer organizer, allowing you to up your storage game.
In addition to learning about the legacy of products from long-time online users, we assess the quality of materials used in each pizza cutter. Is this product well built or will it only last a year? It's not worth dropping cash on a product that'll eventually just fail. Those with plastic components, wobbly axels, rusting, or poor reviews don't score well here, but those built with solid materials (like stainless steel) with sturdy construction thrive.
Our favorite high-quality contender is the Rösle Stainless Steel. Not only is it stylish, but its full stainless steel construction is well-engineered and functional. Online, there are few to no negative reviews, and its construction looks and feels solid with no wheel wobble and weighted stability. The KitchenAid Gourmet is another we like but doesn't score as high because the handle is made of ABS plastic with chrome plating, which isn't as high quality. In comparison to all the rest, these two are the highest quality wheel cutters in this review. All of the pizza blades we test also score high here. The Love this Kitchen Ultimate is thicker and is built better than any other blade options.
Anybody that loves a good ole pizza pie needs to ditch the knife and get a high-quality pizza cutter that'll last. We've done the hard work of researching and testing the best options at wallet-friendly prices. Whether you're a deep-dish lover or prefer to stick to a thin crust, we hope our recommendations will help you find the best pizza cutter for your needs.
— Amber King