When it comes to choosing a pizza-cutter style, you’ve got options. For all practical purposes, handheld wheels offer everything a traditional handled wheel can, but in a more home kitchen–friendly package. Handheld wheels are smaller, so they’re easier to store, plus they’re designed to fit right in the palm of your hand, which many argue lends more power and control. If that appeals to you, and you’ve got a thing for safety, you can’t beat our $ pick, the Kitchy Pizza Cutter Wheel.
Before we dive in, a forewarning: As much as we love this thing, its price does tend to fluctuate, ranging from as low as $12 all the way up to $20. If you get caught with surge pricing (or the Kitchy happens to be out stock), and need a cutter pronto, our runner-up in this price category, the Zyliss Pizza Cutter ($12), will serve you right. It is comparable in form and function but lacks the safety features of the Kitchy. Our testers found the blade similar, though it was more difficult to take apart for cleaning. You’ll want to check out both cutters before you buy, but know that Kitchy’s is worth the wait.
Now back to the Kitchy and why it’s so dang good.
As with most handheld options, this cutter features a sharp bladed wheel housed under a plastic hood, which serves as your grip while cutting. In comparison to a traditional pizza cutter with a handle, the ergonomics here are slightly different: The hand goes over the blade, and downward force is applied directly over the pizza. While the question of which style is better comes down to personal preference, some folks, including Alton Brown, prefer the handle-free design because it gives the user more control, and we tend to agree.
Out of all the handheld cutters we tested, Kitchy’s was the most comfortable. A number of testers commented on the soft rubber where their hands met the plastic, which made for better grip with no slippage. During our testing phase (pizza party!), our panel cut across crust and toppings — bell pepper, sausage, and basil pies, plus a few Sicilian cheese pizzas, if you’re wondering — with zero blade wobble. The same cannot be said about any of the budget-priced handled pizza wheels we tried.
While the Kitchy slices through traditional round cheese pizzas with ease, and even the thick crust of a Sicilian pie, we can’t say it was perfect for thicker-crust pizzas with more than two or three toppings. The entire slicer itself is 5” in diameter, but because the plastic handle covers about half of the circular blade, it resulted in dragging some toppings — but not so much that it was a dealbreaker.
If you’re a toppings lover, we recommend you look at our $$ winner, a traditional, restaurant-grade pizza wheel. We should note that the Kitchy did an excellent job cutting through other eats like quesadillas and frittatas, and even blocks of fudge. It’s a convenient tool for cutting sandwiches into smaller pieces, which is perfect for children (or your next afternoon tea party).
Speaking of little ones: The plastic guard makes the Kitchy a great choice for households with kids — or accident-prone adults. The cover slips over the blade so you don’t have to worry about nicking your fingers when reaching into your cutlery drawer during the frenzy of a pizza party. The Kitchy is also dishwasher-safe, though if you choose to go the manual route, the plastic handle opens like a clamshell and the blade pops out entirely. It wasn’t easy enough for a child to do, but neither was popping open any of the other handheld wheels. So leave cleanup to the adults.
For our homemade pies, we love the Kitchy because it’s sharp, dependable, and won’t take up too much room in the kitchen. Add that it’s easy to clean and it comes out of the box with a plastic guard, and you’ve got a pizza cutter the whole family can get down with.