Pizza Wheels

Published February 1, 2010. From Cook's Country.

If you use a knife to cut pizza, you’ll pull cheese in every direction. A pizza wheel is essential.

Overview:

Update August 2012:

The Mario Batali pizza wheel has been discontinued. In its place we recommend both Oxo Good Grips pizza wheels, both the OXO Good Grips 4" Pizza Wheel for Non-Stick Pans and the OXO Good Grips 4" Pizza Wheel.

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If you use a knife to cut pizza, you’ll pull cheese in every direction. A pizza wheel is essential, and we wanted one large and sharp enough to glide through thick and thin crusts without dislodging toppings. We tested five types: three with stainless steel blades, one with polycarbonate plastic, and one dual wheel. We discovered a good choice for nonstick pans (it won't scratch pans), but for overall comfort, extreme sharpness, and heft, one pizza wheel was named the test kitchen’s favorite.

Update August 2012:

The Mario Batali pizza wheel has been discontinued. In its place we recommend both Oxo Good Grips pizza wheels, both the OXO Good Grips 4" Pizza Wheel for Non-Stick Pans and the OXO Good Grips 4" Pizza Wheel.

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If you use a knife to cut pizza, you’ll pull cheese in every direction. A pizza wheel is essential, and we wanted one large and sharp enough to glide through thick and thin crusts without dislodging toppings. We tested five types: three with stainless steel blades, one with polycarbonate plastic, and one dual wheel. We discovered a good choice for nonstick pans (it won't scratch pans), but for overall comfort, extreme sharpness, and heft, one pizza wheel was named the test kitchen’s favorite.

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  • Product Tested

  • Prices are subject to change.
  • Recommended

    Italian Kitchen by Mario Batali Pizza Wheel

    This extremely sharp wheel kept cheese and toppings where they belonged. Because of the comfortable soft-grip handle and heavy weight, we needed to apply less pressure when slicing through every type of crust. We also liked the large metal guard, which protects fingers from the blade.

    DISCONTINUED

  • Recommended - Co-Winner

    OXO Good Grips 4" Pizza Wheel for Non-Stick Pans

    The clear plastic wheel won’t damage or scratch a nonstick pizza pan. The edge of the wheel is tapered, so it slices almost as well as a metal blade, and its slick surface mostly prevented cheese from sticking. A thumb guard and soft grip helped protect our hands.

    $11.95

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  • Recommended - Co-Winner

    OXO Good Grips 4" Pizza Wheel

    This model, our previous favorite, was not as heavy as the Batali wheel, so we had to use slightly more force, and roll back and forth a few extra times to cut through chewier crusts, but it did the job. It won points for its well-designed wheel, which was easy to clean, its thumb guard, and the large, soft handle that absorbed extra pressure.

    $13.50

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  • Recommended with Reservations

    Williams Sonoma Double-Blade Pizza Cutter

    If the stainless blade had been as sharp as the nonstick-friendly polycarbonate blade, this cutter would have clinched the rankings. We loved that you could swap blades for either nonstick or traditional pans, but the metal blade struggled to slice through the thinnest pizzas, pulling and stretching the gooey cheese. We’ll take two cutters that both work well.

    $19

  • Not Recommended

    Van Vacter Pizza Knife

    In theory, the large and small wheels work in tandem for superior cutting. In reality, the large blade struggled to cut through thin crusts, and the tiny back wheel barely turned, ripping cheese as it dragged along behind. While slicing thick-crust pizza, the cutter dragged our knuckles through piping hot cheese because of its awkward angle.

    $14.95

  • Not Recommended

    Cuisinart Pizza Cutter

    Flimsy construction, unbalanced design, and a slick handle added up to Not Recommended. Cheese, sauce, and toppings lodged in the hood covering the blade. Its slippery plastic handle was hard to grip, preventing us from pressing down to cut through crust.

    $12.99

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