Let’s face it. The real quality of a cheese slicer is measured by both looks and performance. One of the rare kitchen tools that will find its way out of the kitchen and into the hands of guests, a good cheese slicer is one that is easy to use, does the job, and looks good doing it. Here are my picks for the six best cheese slicers on the market.
These style cheese slicers are the most common in most kitchens, and in my opinion, also the simplest to use. I really like the look of this slicer – which has what looks to be a brushed nickel finish – and the feeling of it in my hand.
The cheese slicer is made from a single piece of zinc alloy, and is very sturdy. And strength is very important when it comes to cheese slicing, especially when you’re working with hard cheeses, not just so that the slicer doesn’t break, but to prevent warping and uneven slices as well.
The wire is adjustable, meaning you can go from relatively thick ¼ inch to paper thin slices, and Bellemain even throws in an extra, replacement wire if anything happens to the first. That said, they also offer a one year warranty, which is nice.
Although this is a fantastic cheese slicer for most uses, there are a few notable limitations. First, the design will not allow for slices thicker than ¼ inch, much less cubes. And moreover, this slicer will not work on cheese blocks wider than 3.5 inches. So, as long as you’re not planning to use this on massive hunks of cheese, you should be good to go.
I really love this piece of equipment. A different design, this cheese slicer is composed of a stationary cutting board and simple wire and lever cutting mechanism. It works great, and is suitable for cheeses up to 6 inches wide.
And obviously, it looks great. The wooden base is beautifully crafted from end-grain acacia wood, and patterned with a natural two-tone finish. It’s so elegant, in fact, that you may even jump to use it for your next charcuterie spread.
Functionally, the RoRo cheese slicer works well. I wouldn’t use this for very hard cheeses – like a parmesan – but this style works exceptionally well on medium hardness cheeses, like cheddar, monterey jack and gouda. And the base has rubber feet too, to make sure it doesn’t slip around at all during use.
Although the RoRo works well, the design makes it difficult to create precise, uniform slices, so if that’s important to you, you may need to look elsewhere. The nice thing though is that the design also lets you cut cheese to as thick or thin as you’d like, without restriction.
Finally, this is clearly larger than most cheese slicers on the market. It’s really a cheese slicer and a cutting board/serving tray in one.
The base is about 10” by 8” (slightly smaller than a normal piece of office paper), and about an inch and a half thick. So if you’ve got limited space in your kitchen cabinets, you may want to take storage into consideration.
OXO is a pretty well established brand in the kitchen space, known for making quality, yet affordable kitchen tools. The OXO Cheese Slicer is one of those quality, affordable tools, and one that certainly deserves a place on this list.
This cheese slicer is another variation on the classic model. One thing that stands out immediately is the soft, ergonomic grip, something that OXO is pretty well known for. Although I don’t love the material – which is likely some sort of polyethylene, notoriously difficult to keep clean – it nevertheless feels great in my hand.
And this slicer is also sturdy, and constructed from die-cast zinc. The stainless steel cutting wire is adjustable, though I need to clarify that the wire is not adjustable for thickness, and only for tension. This is important because, although you’ll be able to give yourself some slack while cutting softer cheeses, you won’t be able to control the actual thickness with this cheese slicer.
That said, the tension is controlled with a plastic wheel at the top of the handle, which you can easily manipulate with your thumb. The wire itself is also easily released, and pretty simple to replace. And OXO throws in a replacement wire at no extra cost.
Overall, the OXO Cheese Slicer is a solid option for those looking to go the traditional route, and looking for affordability and superior comfort.
The Mudder 2 Piece Cheese Slicing Set includes two variable style cheese slicers for what is essentially the price of one. Including a traditional style cheese slicer as well as a cheese slicing plane (or shovel), this set is great for both food prep and dinner parties.
Both pieces are made from premium materials and feel sturdy in your hand. Strength is a particularly important factor for cheese slicers, especially those used on hard cheeses, and these tools certainly deliver in this regard. They are made from a combination of stainless steel, aluminum and zinc alloy.
While imbuing these Mudder cheese slicers with superior strength, the materials also create a brilliant aesthetic. I love the sleek look, and the fact that they match the other tools in my kitchen. They are also super easy to clean and maintain.
The traditional cheese slicer can be adjusted for thickness using nuts that keep the roller in place, or you can simply control thickness by adjusting the angle at which you hold the slicer. Holding the cheese slicer perpendicular to the cheese, for example, will result in thicker slices.
Moving on to the cheese slicing plane – it’s certainly a nice addition. Although I prefer using a traditional cheese slicer, the plane is definitely nice to have around, especially when entertaining guests. And, given its wedge shape, it also functions well as a serving spatula.
The one downside with this set is that it doesn’t come with any replacement wires. If it breaks – the chances of which are low, of course – you’ll have to buy a new one. Or, since this set is so affordable, you can simply get another.
Alright, this Extra Large Cheese Slicer from Aeon Design is definitely a statement piece. It looks like no other slicer on this list. It’s constructed from a single piece of molded stainless steel – so what’s the deal?
I’ll start with the aspects of this cheese slicer that I really like, before turning to some of its limitations. First, I love the size. It’s capable of slicing cheeses twice as big as most other slicers on this list.
The design also allows you to cut cheese at any thickness, which means this slicer works great for cubing. Aeon Design uses great materials – stainless steel, like I said – meaning this slicer is also incredibly sturdy, despite the sleek design. They also include two additional wires, in the event that the first breaks.
And while I do really like the design, it’s not really ideal for cutting through hard cheeses. Although it will certainly do the job, the handle is a little difficult to grip in my opinion, and to hold steady while applying pressure.
The design also limits the precision with which you can make cuts. Don’t get me wrong, this thing slices great, but because there is no guide roller, it’s hard to make your slices uniform, unless you’re very, very deliberate.
But these small limitations are things I can live with. The Aeon Design Cheese Slicer is a fantastic tool and a great conversation piece, and with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, it’s a no brainer.
Rösle has been making high quality, German engineered cooking tools since 1888. They specialize in tools for both professional and home cooks, and focused on optimal performance, they are also widely renowned for their superior aesthetics.
This cheese slicer is, in my opinion, the best cheese slicer on the market. Although it may look delicate, it’s actually got quite the heft to it, and is quite sturdy, as it should be, considering that it’s made from a heavy gauge stainless steel. And yet, the satin finish means that the cheese slicer also fits visually with the rest of the kitchen.
The design of this product is also great. Functionally, the Rösle is easy to use, although the wire can’t be adjusted to control thickness. That said, the length of the wire is significant (4 ¼ inches), which is great for larger cheeses.
It’s a small detail, but I also really appreciate the prongs at the end of the tool, which can be used to pick up the cheese after it’s been cut. No more awkward juggling of cheese knife, plate and toothpick.
Although this cheese slicer is relatively expensive (about $30), I really do think it’s worth it. You pay for superior quality, and on top of that, Rösle offers a lifetime warranty. It’s a small price to pay for the best cheese slicer on the market.
Although this list includes quite a few different styles of cheese slicers, they all, at the end of the day, do the same job. The biggest variation between these products has less to do with price or quality – all look and work great in my opinion – and rather to do with function.
In selecting a cheese slicer, it’s important to get a sense of what you want to use it for. Slice cheese! Obviously! But how thick? What shape? Is it important that those slices are uniform?
I ask these questions – and you should too – because these are actually the questions that will determine the right cheese slicer for you. If you need slices to be uniform, you’ll need to go with a cheese slicer with a roller guide, like the Bellemain, the OXO, the Mudder or the Rösle.
But of course, roller guides also impose a limitation on your cheese slicer. You can’t make slices thicker than the allowed width, or wider than the length of the wire. If this isn’t a concern, that’s great, but if you’re working with larger cheeses or want to cube your cheese, you’ll need to go with an option that allows you to “freestyle.”
At the end of the day, your selection will come down to functional needs. Figure that out, and you’ve got your answer. These are all fantastic products; each one excels at its intended use.