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Who hasn't experienced the mess when you try to cut a pizza with a standard household knife? The topping has slipped, half of the edge is still uncut and your fingers are greasy.

Pizza cutters can help here. With sharp, wheel-shaped blades and a non-slip handle, they make cutting pizzas, tarte flambée and other delicious dishes quick and easy.

With our big pizza cutter guide, we want to give you important tips and recommendations to help you with your purchase decision. We have taken a close look at the different types of pizza cutter and compared the key advantages and disadvantages of pizza cutters & co. This should make your purchase decision as easy as possible.




Summary

  • The pizza cutter is a useful tool for cutting your ready-baked pizza as cleanly and easily as possible into practical pizza pieces. The classic pizza cutter consists of a wheel-shaped knife that is attached to a handle for extension and thus enables easy cutting of pizzas, tarte flambée & co.
  • In addition to the classic pizza cutter, you can also use a handleless pizza roller, pizza scissors or the traditional pizza cradle knife to cut your pizza. Generally, a distinction is made between stainless steel, ceramic and plastic knives.
  • The themed pizza cutters are also ideal as gifts or fun accessories for your kitchen. Whether cyclist, circular saw, lightsaber or spaceship. The variety of fun designs is huge.

The Best Pizza cutter: Our Picks

In the following, we would like to introduce you to six real eye-catchers on the subject of pizza cutters, for which we give a clear buy recommendation.

Pizza cutter: buying and evaluation criteria

In the following, we show you which aspects you should consider when buying a pizza cutter. The criteria you can use to decide on your perfect pizza cutter include:

In the following paragraphs, we explain what you should look for in the individual purchase and evaluation criteria.

Material of the knife blade

A very important criterion when buying a pizza cutter is the material of the actual blade of the pizza cutter.

You can choose between the following materials for the blade of your pizza cutter:

  • Stainless steel
  • Ceramic
  • Plastic

The advantages and disadvantages of these materials are explained in detail later in this guide.

For the purchase decision, you must know your personal preferences and wishes for the pizza cutter and thus select the most suitable material for you.

Material / shape of the handle

Another criterion you should definitely consider when choosing your future pizza cutter is the handle of the pizza cutter. The material and shape of the handle should be taken into account.

The different types of pizza cutters, which will be presented in more detail later, give you a huge choice of different pizza cutter handles.

The following materials are usually used in the handle of the pizza cutter:

  • Stainless steel
  • Plastic
  • Wood
  • Rubber

But not only the material should play a role in your decision, the shape of the handle is also decisive. A distinction is made as follows:

  • Pizza cutter with extending style
  • Pizza cutter (without extending style)
  • themed pizza cutters (bicycles, lightsabres, circular saws, etc.)
When storing the pizza cutter, use the protective cover for the knife blade supplied.

Another very useful feature is the hanging loop in the handle. This allows you to easily hang the pizza cutter on a dish hook.

Regardless of the handle shape, you should make sure that the handle structure provides a firm grip and that there is sufficient finger protection. This protects you from injuries caused by slipping into the knife blade.

Workmanship

You should pay particular attention to the workmanship of the individual components of the pizza cutter.

The load capacity of the pizza cutter plays an important role when cutting pizzas. For pizzas with thick and crispy bases, the pizza cutter must be able to withstand higher pressures.

For this, a robust connection between the handle and the blade is absolutely necessary, which guarantees a firm fit of the knife. You should make sure that the knife does not wobble and that it stands straight.

The knife must be firmly fixed in the joint so that a clean cut is possible. At the same time, it should be easy to unroll without much effort.

Another aspect in processing is the quality and sharpness of the knife blade. Depending on the material, knives have different hardness, sharpness and durability. The properties of each material will be explained later.

Size and weight

The weight of the pizza cutter varies depending on the type and processing. In addition, the differences in the materials used sometimes cause large differences between the products.

When looking for your pizza cutter, you have a wide choice. You can choose the size and weight according to your preferences.

On average, however, pizza cutters weigh between 100 and 200 grams.

The size of a pizza cutter can hardly be generalised, as the variety of shapes and designs leads to different sizes of pizza cutters.

However, the handle length should be at least 10 cm for safety reasons, so that the pizza cutter can be handled safely.

The blade of a pizza cutter usually has a diameter of between 6 and 14 cm.

Cleaning options

Another extremely important purchase criterion: the cleaning options of the pizza cutter.

  • Dishwasher safe? Here you should make sure that the pizza cutter is as easy to clean as possible and ideally suitable for dishwashers.
  • Can it be dismantled? Another advantage can be that the pizza cutter can be taken apart so that you can access all the individual parts.
  • Sensitive to rust or acid? You should also make sure that no rust-prone or acid-sensitive materials are used.

Pizza cutter: Frequently asked questions and answers

Below you will find answers to the most important questions about pizza cutters. The selected questions are intended to cover all important decision points and provide you with optimal support in your purchase decision.

At the end of this guide, you will know about the most important aspects of the pizza cutter and will be able to choose the best pizza cutter for you.

Who is a pizza cutter suitable for?

A pizza cutter is generally suitable for everyone who likes to eat pizza. It doesn't matter whether you bake the pizza yourself with a lot of hard work and love, order it from the Italian of your choice or get it from the freezer.

In addition to pizza, tarte flambée or flatbreads can also be cut easily, cleanly and quickly with a pizza cutter.

The important thing is that you prefer to eat the pizza with your fingers and therefore want to cut it into hand-sized pieces. The pizza cutter is recommended to avoid the annoying handling of blunt household knives and an unsightly cut pizza.

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A pizza cutter helps you to quickly and easily cut your freshly baked pizza into manageable pieces.
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Because let's face it, nothing is more annoying than an uncleanly cut pizza where the crust and toppings still have to be partially plucked by hand without being cut.

What types of pizza cutter are there?

To distinguish between the different types of pizza cutter, various criteria must be considered. Firstly, a distinction can be made on the basis of the material of the knife:

type advantages disadvantages
stainless steel low wear, very stable, heat-resistant -
ceramic low wear, heat-resistant prone to breaking, separate storage
plastic relatively stable, uncomplicated storage not heat-resistant, easy wear

In addition to the material of the knife, you should also consider the material of the handle when buying a pizza cutter. As described above, a distinction is made between stainless steel, plastic, wooden and rubber handles.

Stainless steel and plastic are very durable materials and uncomplicated to maintain. Wooden and rubber handles, on the other hand, are more difficult to care for and wear out somewhat more. However, they score points for their high grip and the resulting improved handling of the pizza cutter.

Another way to classify pizza cutters is to look at the shape of the handle:

Type Advantages Disadvantages
Pizza cutter with extended handle Safe to use High effort required
Pizza cutter without extended style Direct transmission of force No finger protection
Pizza cutter with themed handle Themed design Partly no finger protection, partly high effort required

In addition, you should make sure that the materials used for the knife and handle are dishwasher-safe and ideally insensitive to acids or bases. This makes it much easier to use and maintain the pizza cutter.

What are the alternatives to a pizza cutter?

If you are looking for alternatives to the classic pizza cutter, you need to consider other knife shapes. The following table lists some of the advantages and disadvantages of the three most common knife shapes that are suitable for cutting pizzas:

Type Advantages Disadvantages
Roller knife clean cutting, easy and safe handling, inexpensive, low weight resharpening not possible
Cradle knife clean cutting, low pressure, high durability, resharpening possible relatively large, high weight, relatively expensive, cumbersome storage
Pizza scissors safe handling, inexpensive, resharpening possible, integrated serving lifter cumbersome cutting, low durability

The cradle knife is recommended above all because of its long blade and curved shape, which makes it suitable for chopping herbs, nuts or other foods. The pizza scissors, on the other hand, score points for their integrated serving lifter, which makes it easy to distribute pizza slices.

How do I use a pizza cutter correctly?

Using a pizza cutter is relatively straightforward. Place the pizza cutter on the edge of the pizza and then roll evenly to the other side of the pizza.

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Always remember to cut your pizza on a cut-resistant surface, such as a wooden chopping board.
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Apply pressure to the pizza cutter from above when cutting the pizza. This will prevent the pizza and toppings from slipping. It also allows you to cut the toppings and base easily and directly.

During the entire cutting process, you should make sure that you hold the pizza cutter firmly and securely in your hand to prevent it from slipping and causing possible cuts.

What do I need to bear in mind when caring for/maintaining a pizza cutter?

  • Cleaning: Clean and dry your pizza cutter as soon as possible after you have used it. Cleaning by hand is much gentler on the materials of the pizza cutter than washing it in the dishwasher. Make sure that you do not use any hard or sharp objects that could damage the knife during the rinsing process.
  • Storage: Storage is also crucial for the longevity of your pizza knife. If possible, avoid storing it in a cluttered cutlery tray. If you have a hanging loop, storing it on a kitchen hook is an option that is gentle on the material.
  • Protection: If you have received an extra blade protector or storage packaging with your pizza cutter, then you should also use these accessories to store your pizza cutter.
  • Maintenance: When it comes to maintenance, you must bear in mind that a round blade cannot be re-sharpened or can only be re-sharpened with the appropriate tools. Therefore, make sure that the pizza cutter is properly cared for and stored.

Conclusion

With the help of the pizza cutter, you can quickly and easily cut your crispy baked pizza into manageable pieces. Unlike ordinary household knives, you no longer have to worry about badly cut edges, displaced toppings or greasy fingers when cutting.

When choosing your pizza cutter, you can choose between the classic pizza cutter with handle, the pizza roller, the pizza scissors and the pizza weighing knife.

When using your pizza cutter, be sure to pay attention to the points we have mentioned so that you don't injure yourself and you get a great cutting result.

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