Cheese is a delicacy that should be enjoyed after slicing a piece from a cheese block yourself. If you make a thin enough slice, you can increase the surface area exposed to air, allowing maximum contact with oxygen and giving it a refined taste that packaged slices of cheese simply do not have. If you’ve ever been to a party where they serve slices of cheese for you to eat directly, and you wonder why they tasted so good, this is the secret.
There are several ways to slice cheese, and there are specific tools for each method. You could cut the cheese using a kitchen knife but the result depends on the steadiness of your hands and your knife skills. However, by using a cheese slicer even a beginner will find it is easy and consistent to cut even slices compared to using a knife. You can ensure that each slice of cheese will be the same thickness and have the savory flavor you desire.
Review of the Best Cheese Slicers
If you are an aspiring cheese connoisseur or just someone who loves to eat cheese, then you would benefit a lot from any of the best cheese slicers currently on the market. In this review, we will cover the top cheese slicers that are worth your money, and provide a guide on the different types of cheese knives and the benefits of each.
Boska Holland Monaco Collection
When you don’t want to cut large chunks and wedges of cheese off the block, you can rely on the Boska Holland Monaco to help you make thin shavings. Simply press the slicer down onto the cheese and lightly drag it across the surface, and you will be treated to a very thin, curly slice at the top.
The main drawback of this slicer is its small size. You cannot make large slicers, and the longer the slice you make, the higher the chances that the current slice will break apart. Also, you will have to be careful about it getting snagged on tougher surfaces.
As great as the Boska is, it is probably not the ideal slicer if you only intend on purchasing one cheese slicer for all your cheese slicing needs. But, it does make an ideal secondary slicer if you already have a larger one (you just use your knife for bigger cuts).
The Boska Holland Monaco is able to make very fine, decorative shavings that larger tools can’t. If you want to make bite sized curly slices or make scrollwork, then this is an attractive option. You can even use it to slice chocolate as well. It will require more work, but you can get a similar result.
- Easy to use
- Dishwasher Safe
- Consistency of shavings, even on different types of cheese
- There is a limit to the length of a shaving before it breaks
- Small size
Prodyne 805B Thick Beech wood
If precisely slicing the cheese is often an issue, then you will never encounter that problem again using the Prodyne 805B. It consists of a wooden board with a wire cutter attached to it. Simply position the block of cheese beneath the wire, pull it down, and slice.
Furthermore, the Prodyne is stylish enough to warrant leaving out at the table for all to see and use, instead of leaving it in the kitchen. It is great for hosts who want an interactive element or a conversation piece for the meals they serve. Guests can slice the cheese right by their plate so that they can control exactly how much they want.
Compared to handheld wire slicers, where size is often a limiting factor, the Prodyne can handle much larger slices. You will need to be extremely careful when using the Prodyne wire slicer. If you aren’t paying attention, you can accidentally slice yourself as there is no guard to protect you. Always curl your fingers inwards so that you do not nick your fingertips with the wire.
- Stylish, great conversation piece
- Replaceable stainless steel wire
- Easy to use
- Able to cut large or small slices easily
- No safety guard means you can injure yourself more easily
Cheese Knife OKP2
At first glance, the OKP2 looks like any other cheese knife. On closer inspection, you can see the horizontal lines scored across the length of the blade. This is not just a fancy decoration. These lines prevent cheese from sticking onto the knife. Despite the unassuming appearance, this knife can cut Brie and similar soft cheese without issue. You can also use it to cut harder cheeses, however it excels at slicing softer cheese.
The OKP2 may not be the best choice as the only cheese slicer in the house. But, if you frequently eat soft cheese, then this knife will be invaluable. It is quite easy to up a soft cheese without using a spreader, which simplifies the cleanup process. Just put the OKP2 in the dishwasher when you are done using it. Note that the blade is only 4 inches long, so lack of size can be a limiting factor if you are cutting a large block of cheese.
- Excels at slicing soft cheese without any slices sticking or getting mushed up
- Dishwasher safe and stain resistant
- Ergonomic, comfortable grip
- Difficult to cut harder, drier cheeses
- Short blade length may be an issue for large blocks of cheese
Bellemain Adjustable Thickness
The Bellemain slicer uses a wire to slice cheese as opposed to a knife edge. Since you are using a wire, you do not have to ever worry about sharpening a blade. Easily adjust the thickness of the slices by repositioning the rolling pin. You can do this by loosening the screws, moving the pin where you want, and then tightening the screws once you are satisfied.
Due to the limited width of this slicer, you cannot cut anything wider than 3.5 inches. This may be fine for blocks, but other shapes or sections of cheese can be difficult to slice. Finding the right angle to slice can also be somewhat awkward. You will either need to push down or pull towards yourself, which might result in slipping.
Overall, this wire slicer is recommended for anyone who gets their cheese in the traditional block form. The fact that you can adjust the width of the slices is a major selling point for many. You can thin slices for melts or thick slices for sandwiches; the adjustment process is smooth, so you are free to customize on the fly.
- Easy to wash
- Adjustable thickness
- Small size limits it to only slicing small blocks of cheese
BlizeTec Multipurpose Knives
This pair of knives from BlizeTec can help you cut both soft and hard cheese. Both knives are almost identical except you’ll notice that one knife has a bunch of holes in it. This is to prevent softer cheeses from sticking to the blade, so the knife with holes is better suited for slicing soft cheese. You can use the other knife to cut harder ones. Both have rounded handles that are easy to hold.
We recommend this knife set for people who eat lots of soft foods, not just cheese. Due to the holes, soft foods such as cake is less likely to stick on the blade. The only issue we had is that we felt the knives are a little heavier close to the tip of the knife, however you may not notice this at all.
- Ideal for cutting soft cheeses, cakes, or similar desserts
- A second blade to help you slice harder cheese
- Slightly uneven weight at the tip
Fox Run 3841
Another cheese cutting board, this time made of marble. Since natural marble is a type of stone, it is heavier than wood so expect it to be heavier than a cheese slicer with a wooden board. So why choose marble over wood? First, it does not absorb odors. It is also keeps the cheese cold which makes it easier to cut. Cleaning a marble surface is also easier compared to wood.
However, the disadvantage of marble is that you can crack it if you are not careful. Dropping or hitting it can cause a piece to split off and you can injure yourself.
The Fox Run 3841 is equipped with marble feet at the bottom which keeps it from sliding. It comes included with 2 replaceable wires, which you can expect to last indefinitely or until you buy a new cheese slicer. If something goes wrong for some reason, you can also purchase the wire separately. Though this board is dishwasher safe, if you want it to maintain its chic appearance, we recommend handwashing it only.
The sharp wire on the Fox Run 3841 will slice through most cheese easily for the perfect identical pieces. However, you may struggle with cheese blocks or very tough cheeses. At only 8 x 5 inches, it is quite small, perfect for storage in the kitchen cabinet.
- Easy to clean
- Does not absorb odors
- The marble is aesthetically pleasing
- Heavier than wood
- Can crack if you are not careful
Best Wire Cheese Slicers – What to Look For
Even though cheese slicers are intuitive to use, you should still know the differences between each type of slicer and how they can benefit you so that you can make an informed decision when shopping. For instance, did you know that some slicers are meant to slice cheese for immediate consumption, and some are designed to help you slice various types of cheese into different sizes for food prep? With that said, often times you just have to know what the slicer is made of, which impacts its reliability and quality.
When handling any sharp objects, you have to be extremely cautious not to cut yourself. Cheese slicers are no exception, so you need to determine how safe a slicer is before you buy it. The first rule of thumb is to look for a slicer with rubber handles or stands. When it comes to handheld slicers, the handles need to have enough grip to ensure it does not slip out of your hands as you are slicing. If you cannot get a firm grip on your cheese slicer, then you are at risk of injury.
When shopping for a slicer with a cutting base, it must have rubber feet. Rubber feet will ensure the slicer does not slide around the counter and will let you cut cheese with peace of mind. Also check that the blade or wire is securely connected to the body of the slicer. If any of these components are missing and feel wobbly or loose, then you should not be using them.
You measure the usefulness of a cheese slicer first and foremost by how well it can slice cheese. This is the most important factor to consider, even above build quality or versatility. We mention this because some slicers are infamous for failing to cut soft cheese while working effectively on hard cheese, and vice versa. For some slicers, cutting cheese is not the issue, but they fail to do so evenly.
Bear in mind that the quality of the slices it produces is often reflective of the overall quality of the slicer as well. So, the quality of each slice of cheese you produce should be judged not just by its thickness, but also how much control you had over the process. With that said, if you bought a slicer that is on the lower end of the price spectrum, some lack of control is to be expected.
Ergonomics (How does it feel to use)
You should be able to use a cheese slicer from beginning to end without feeling any discomfort. With that said, you typically should not need to use it for long periods of time anyways. However, if you ever have to process a large amount of cheese for a large group of people, then you will want a slicer that you can use for an extended time.
Tabletop slicers also tend to experience the effects of wear and tear more prominently in regard to how they handle. It is crucial that all cheese slicers with a base has ridges on the handles and rubber feet to prevent slipping. This will let you have more control over the slicing process and ensures that the slicer keeps its structural integrity in the long run.
Types of Cheese Slicers
Most cheese slicers can be put into the following categories: handheld slicers and tabletop slicers. Despite handheld slicers being the more popular of the two, tabletop slicers have a longer life expectancy and will serve you better in the long run. One benefit that handheld slicers have over tabletop versions is that their small size makes them portable. However, tabletop slicers can process more cheese than handheld ones, so both have their unique advantages.
Handheld Cheese Slicers: Popular due to their compact form and lower cost, handheld slicers look similar to vegetable and fruit peelers. Since they are so small, you will have trouble cutting larger blocks of cheese, but at least they won’t take up much storage space.
Tabletop Cheese Slicers: They typically have a sturdy base where you can process large quantities of cheese at a time. If you have the storage space and plan on cutting a lot of cheese, this is the way to go. The major benefit of a tabletop slicer is that the rubber feet gives you more control by preventing any sliding from occurring. This also makes them safer, and you will be able to make more even cuts. You can expect to process both soft and hard cheese with the same effiency.