Choosing the best pizza cutters should only take you a few minutes, after all a pizza cutter is not exactly a kitchen tool that’s completely indispensable.
It doesn’t serve that many purposes but it is very helpful to have around. It depends on the type of pizza cutter that you end up choosing if you can use it for more than cutting pizza.
When it comes to pizza tools that are good to have around, a pizza cutter is definitely more important than a pizza docker, the latter being a kitchen tool for pizza making that most people don’t even know about.
This post will help you choose the best pizza cutter for you in just a few minutes. I hope it succeeds in its mission.
Pizza Cutters – The Alternative (a Chef’s Knife)
Before going into how to choose the best pizza cutter from the quite many pizza cutters on the market, let’s see how you can cut a pizza without one.
Let’s say you don’t want an additional kitchen tool in your drawers and you simply don’t want to spend the money on it, although most have really decent prices.
There’s on perfect pizza cutter replacement: a chef’s knife.
That’s the large knife with a large very sharp blade that anyone who cooks regularly can’t imagine life without it.
Frankly, my chef’s knife is the kitchen tool I couldn’t live without. If you cook often, you need a very good one.
I often use it to cut my pizza when I don’t want to wash my pizza cutter, which is a wheeled cutter and the knife is easier to wash since it has a straight blade.
Using a chef’s knife to cut a pizza is really easy if you have a smaller pizza that’s almost the size of the blade.
Just remember this if you’re using a chef’s knife: let the pizza cool down for a bit whether you’ve made it yourself or you’re just baking a frozen pizza. The cheese won’t stick to the blade if it’s not extremely hot and melty.
The first step is to cut the whole round pizza in half.
You just press on the blade of the knife and the lift it a bit from the back to the tip so the whole blade, including the tip cuts through the pizza. Since the knife should always be very sharp, it will go through the toppings, the cheese, and the crust without dragging them down or disrupting their place.
You won’t be able to cut the pizza in half from one cut so you need a second cut to make two equal halves of pizza.
The easiest way is not to continue from where the cut stopped but to turn the pizza around and start from the outer crust again, pressing on the knife until you complete a straight line.
From there, it’s very easy. Pull the two halves apart and turn them into slices, they don’t have to be perfectly equal.
Let’s get back to choosing the perfect pizza cutters, if you still want one. Maybe my knife argument turned you off from owning your personal best pizza cutter.
Best Pizza Cutters: It’s all about Sharp Blades
It’s a simple kitchen tool and, since it’s about cutting through a crust with a bunch of cheese and toppings glued to it, the most important feature is the sharpness of the blade.
You don’t want to drag the toppings off the crust.
That’s pretty much all there is to it: using a very sharp pizza cutter.
Pizza cutters should also be sharpened, it’s a blade after all. I think sharpening it once a year should be enough because we, normal consumers, don’t use it so often. Maybe once or twice a week, at most.
If you have a pizza cutter, when you order pizza, you should tell them to leave it uncut. If they deliver it uncut and you cut it at home, you can make sure that the cheese and toppings won’t be falling off the slice.
You just take it out of the box, set it on a plate, and cut it. The toppings and the cheese will look perfect and stay in place.
The best places to cut a pizza on are:
- large plates
- large cutting boards – I prefer them, they’re very stable, you don’t have to hold onto the cutting board fearing it will move around from your cutting motions
- directly on the baking steel if that’s what you’re using for baking it – check out my post on the best pizza stones and baking steels if this is the first time that you’re hearing about them
- cut the pizza in the baking pan if you’re sure that it doesn’t scratch easily – let it cool down a bit, you might touch the edges by accident and get burned
Types of Pizza Cutters
That’s right, there is more than one type of pizza cutter.
Let’s start with introducing these different types and see what other purposes they can have in the kitchen:
- wheel pizza cutters – what I call the classic ones, the one that most of us have used or end up using and my favorite because they work easily if they’re very sharp and they’re don’t take up a lot of drawer space, they can also be used to cut dough into smaller pieces if you don’t have a dough scraper
- rocker blade pizza cutter – these are very good, too, they have a quite long slightly curved blade with handles either on both ends or one big handle across the top of the blade and you can also use this type to chop herbs, too, by rocking it from side to side quickly but they’re quite bulky, the good thing is that they have protective covers but they can be a bit more expensive than the wheel types
- scissors – I haven’t used scissors, even when I’ve baked square pizza, I either use a chef’s knife or my wheel pizza cutter but scissors in the kitchen are an interesting idea, including for meat cutting and even for herbs if you don’t mind chunky pieces
5 Best Pizza Cutters – Wheel, Rocker Blade, and Scissors
This is where the interesting part of this articles comes in. Based on these choices, I’m sure you’ll find the right pizza cutter for your household.
Or just stick to using a chef’s knife, whatever works for you.
1. Kitchy Pizza Cutter Wheel – the Best Wheel Pizza Cutter
Although this is not the classic wheel pizza cutter with a handle, the Kitchy Pizza Cutter Wheel is still one of the best pizza cutters on the market.
It has an ergonomic handle so, instead of holding a handle, you’re actually holding the wheel by an ergonomic handle that covers the blade in your hand.
It also has a retractable blade guard, you can store it absolutely anywhere without any risks.
The handle and the guard are positioned high enough that even a full-of-toppings pizza can be cut without touching the toppings.
The cleaning is effective, too, because you can easily take it apart, clean the handle, the blade, and the guard and the let it dry and put it back together.
It is dishwasher safe but it can be easily washed by hand, just be careful with the sharp blade, hold it tightly with your fingers.
It obviously has a sharp blade otherwise no matter how cute it looks and how easy it is to handle it would be all for nothing.
Obviously, it’s a stainless steel wheel blade.
Overall, this is my first recommendation. It’s sharp, easy to use, and the price is really good. It’s no wonder this wheel best pizza cutter is so popular.
2. Farberware Professional Stainless Steel Pizza Cutter
The Farberware Professional Stainless Steel Pizza Cutter is my second recommendation as a best pizza cutter, the wheel type.
It’s a bit more expensive and that’s why it falls on second place.
But it’s fantastic. The classic look with a plastic handle, I like the black look.
The sharpness of the blade, the ease with which it cuts through whatever type of crust is the feature that makes this cutter so impressive.
The high quality is what this pizza cutter is famous for.
Just be careful where you store it because it doesn’t come with a guard.
The blade is stainless steel.
It’s very easy to clean but it’s also dishwasher safe. Let it dry before storing it.
3. Winco Winware Pizza Cutter – Cheapest Best Pizza Cutter
These pizza cutters are really cheap. But they’re also sturdy, they look simple but nice, and they have sharp blades.
There are actually two options from this manufacturer: the 2.5-inch diameter blade and the 4-inch one.
I think they’re both awesome, a 2.5-inch is small and nice and it will work just as well.
The 4-inch diameter blade might be a bit too big for some so, I really like that they have two sizes.
I really like them and I think that they should be on everyone’s list, the price-quality rapport is unbeatable.
What more is there to say? Great cheap price, sharp blade, size variety, and overall just a product that does what it’s supposed to. Aren’t we always looking for that?
4. Fiskars Non-scratch Kitchen Shears – Pizza Scissors
If you want to try something new, why not experiment with a pair of pizza scissors?
They’re not shaped like our usual pair of scissors but I love the shape. And the orange color of the handles.
And I really appreciate the fact that a nylon base covers the lower blade so there’s no risk of scratching the pans.
And this is what matters, the blades which are made of stainless steel are really sharp. They will cut easily through all types of crusts.
For some, a period of adjustment might be needed, especially if you’re switching for wheel cutters to scissors.
Others, based on their reviews, are simply loving them. While there are some who say that you need strong hands.
The good news is that they cut trough mostly anything. They’re certainly versatile and, to be honest, the idea sounds amazing.
What I’m not crazy about is the price. They are quite expensive but at least the quality is top-notch.
They come apart easily for cleaning and they are dishwasher-safe.
5. Checkered Chef Premium Pizza Cutter and Cutting Board Set – Best Rocker Pizza Cutter
I chose to include the set, a rocker pizza cutter and a cutting board, instead of simply reviewing the rocker cutter, which can be bought all by itself.
If you don’t want to spend too much money and you simply want a cutter, just get the rocker cutter from Checkered Chef because it’s very good and it has a very nice affordable price.
This set is a bit more expensive but I really like the idea of a cutting board that has guides so that you can cut 8 identical pieces.
That’s right, the cutting board is demarked so that you can always cut the perfect slices. If that’s something that interests you, check it out.
The rocker pizza cutter is really sharp but very big, This is not as tiny as wheel cutters or even a pair of scissors, it takes more drawer space. It’s 14 inches long, a bit longer than the 13.5 inches wooden cutting board with 8 grooves for slicing pizza.
You can turn the board upside down and it becomes a regular cutting board, the grooves are just on ones side so, you won’t be limited to using the cutting board just when you want to have 8 equal pizza slices.
The handle offers a good grip and the blade comes with a cover.
It is dishwasher safe. But it’s also very easy to wash it by hand, there are no parts to take apart.
All in all,
Who knew that the world of pizza cutters is full of so many wonderful specimens?
I wouldn’t have imagined that I would be having so much fun writing about the best pizza cutters on the market but, thanks to the wide variety of choices and the good prices and the high quality of all these pizza cutters, it turned out that I did.