Bagel Slicers

Published March 1, 2010. From Cook's Illustrated.

If your confidence around serrated knives is questionable, a bagel slicing machine might be the answer.

Overview:

Some of us could slice a bagel in our sleep; others worry about “bagel-related injuries,” a well-documented emergency-room complaint. If you fall into the first category, our favorite serrated bread knife by Wüsthof is the only tool you need. But if you’re one of the second group, a bagel slicer is a handy contraption that prevents the bagel from rolling around while halving it evenly—and safely. We tested three styles, comparing them with the Wüsthof. Our favorite did the job safely, though with some squashing and distortion.

Bottom line: The serrated knife is still superior for consistency and control, but the Bagel Guillotine will give you peace of mind.

Some of us could slice a bagel in our sleep; others worry about “bagel-related injuries,” a well-documented emergency-room complaint. If you fall into the first category, our favorite serrated bread knife by Wüsthof is the only tool you need. But if you’re one of the second group, a bagel slicer is a handy contraption that prevents the bagel from rolling around while halving it evenly—and safely. We tested three styles, comparing them with the Wüsthof. Our favorite did the job safely, though with some squashing and distortion.

Bottom line: The serrated knife is still superior for consistency and control, but the Bagel Guillotine will give you peace of mind.

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  • Product Tested

  • Prices are subject to change.
  • Recommended with Reservations

    Larien Bagel Slicer

    Bagels of all shapes and sizes fit into the holding slot of this guillotine-shaped slicer, protecting the user’s hands. But some bagels were compressed by the blade, and smaller ones tipped over in the cradlelike slot, so slices were oddly angled. This is a good choice for the safety-minded, but for perfect slicing of bagels of any size, we still prefer our serrated bread knife.

    $24.95

  • Not Recommended

    BagelPod Bagel Slicer

    With thicker bagels, we had trouble getting the pod to close securely. Construction felt flimsy, and smaller bagels slipped around inside, creating uneven or torn slices. Testers also struggled with the initial pulling of the blade, a tipoff that it wasn’t sharp enough.

    $19.95

  • Not Recommended

    Brooklyn Bagel Slicer

    Awkward and cumbersome to use, this bagel slicer was judged more of a nuisance than a help by testers. Although fingers were spared, there were some close calls. All in all, testers felt a serrated knife was a much better option.

    $29.99

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