Whether you own a restaurant or you just love to make fries at home, a French fry cutter is a must-have for anyone making fries from scratch. Cutters come in a variety of different designs, and most of them greatly vary in their quality and consistency. After comparing a dozen of the most popular models available, it's clear that the New Star 42313 is the best French cutter for any application, business or personal. Made to commercial standards with food-safe cast iron and stainless steel materials, it's easy to use, super durable, and can whip up perfect batches of fries in minutes. Article Summary
French fries are by far one of the most popular side foods on the planet. They go great with just about anything, and you can get them just about anywhere. The only issue comes if you want to make them from scratch – it’s not that easy to do if you don’t have the right tools. You can use a knife and try your best to cut the potatoes into uniform pieces (let us know how that goes for you), but a much easier, faster, and safer solution is to use a proper French fry cutter.
French fry cutters are kind of like cheese graters, but designed for potatoes, of course. They are special tools made to press potatoes through a grid-style blade, and the result is a group of perfectly-cut rectangular potato pieces. From there, the pieces can be thrown into a deep fryer, baked in the oven, or prepared any other way you prefer to make your perfect batch of fries.
As you can probably imagine, there is quite a bit of variability when it comes to the quality and design of different cutters. So, we compared a dozen commonly-used cutters with the goal of finding the best French fry cutter overall. We wanted to find a cutter, or cutters, that were made to commercial standards, as this ensures they offer good material and build quality. We also looked at ease of use, as different designs can play a major role in how easy it is to cut potatoes and clean when you’re done in the kitchen. After roughly 30 hours spent comparing models, we’d say the following three French fry cutters offer the most reliable, consistent results.
The best French fry cutter overall
If you own a restaurant, or you simply want to have the most efficient cutter for making fries at home, look no further than the New Star 42313. Some may consider it a bit overkill for home use considering its commercial design, but if you want to make perfect fries every single time you cook, this cutter has the highest qualifications and an equally-high rating from customers.
At first glance, the New Star 42313 might look like a tool that belongs in the garage, not the kitchen. That’s because it’s made with a heavy duty cast iron body and a stainless steel rod and blade system to give it the highest level of durability possible. The cast iron is also powder coated to make it rust-proof, and of course the stainless steel is already rust resistant, giving this cutter an advantage when it comes to cleanliness as well.
While its materials are top-notch, usability is where the New Star cutter really shines – and ultimately, this is the most important factor in choosing the best French fry cutter. First off, this cutter has been designed to mount on any working surface you have. This includes tables, kitchen counters or even walls thanks to its four large suction cup feet – and once you secure the suction cups down, the cutter stays solid without movement. The grille features half-inch holes (meaning half-inch fries), and potatoes are pressed through using a rather large lever, giving you a lot of leverage. Chopping up potatoes takes little to no effort, no matter how large they are.
There has to be a downside to this cutter, right? Well, that depends on how you like your fries. The only real issue we have found on the New Star’s 42313 is the grille. Being limited to 1/2 inch fries is great for those who like that thickness, but if you want to make a batch of crispy thins or some waffle fries, you will have to buy additional accessories.
At the end of the day, if you are serious about your French fries, the New Star 42313 is as good as it gets. It is versatile, easy to use, and super quick at whipping through potatoes. Its price may be a little higher than average, but it’s built like a tank and will probably last you long enough to serve your grandkids one day.
A good value for your dollar
Our second choice, the Culina French Fry Cutter, is more of a home-oriented cutter than our top pick from New Star. You don’t get any of the same heavy-duty build quality, but it still gets the job done rather nicely and is half the cost, making it a great value. Aside from being cheaper, it also comes with two blades right out of the box, giving it an extra point in the versatility category.
The body on Culina’s French fry cutter is entirely made of plastic, which is where you see the most obvious difference between this product and our top pick. Granted, the plastic used is pretty strong and won’t damage easily, but it’s clear this model was designed more for basic home use instead of frequent use in a demanding kitchen. In addition, the lever and press mechanism are both made of hollow metal tubing – again, not quite as strong as solid steel or iron like our top pick, but certainly enough to get the job done in the common household.
Despite its slight drawback in material durability, Culina’s design actually has a few benefits over New Star’s design. The first thing that we have to praise is the bottom of the potato holder. Unlike many other cutters, the bottom on Culina’s cutter is rounded so that the potato has a larger contact area with the surface. The next convenience is the speed with which you can remove and replace the blades – plus the fact that you actually get two of them instead of just one! Culina includes a 1/2” blade and a 3/8” blade, and all you really have to do to switch is pop out the current blade and pusher plate, and pop in the new one. Simple as can be!
The biggest design flaw to be aware of with this model is its size. Culina’s design is only capable of fitting potatoes that are about 3 inches in length. There’s a pretty simple workaround, which is to just cut your potatoes down to small sizes before putting them in the press, but if you like longer fries, this probably isn’t the cutter for you.
With everything considered, Culina’s Fry Cutter is an inexpensive and reliable cutter that will serve you well as long as you respect its abilities. It’s definitely on the smaller side, but as we all know, taste is far more important than size.
A basic cutter for those who don’t make fries often
If you only make French fries once or twice a month (or less), the Vremi Potato Slicer will probably be the most appealing cutter to you. In fact, this is not only a potato cutter, but also a tool to slice apples and any other kind of round fruit or vegetables. It’s not a big, dedicated potato cutting tool like our other two picks above, but that’s the point. This is a simple, cheap, and versatile slicer that can be easily stored in any drawer and called upon for French fries as needed.
The Vremi slicer is a flat hand tool with a handle on each side and a blade in the middle. The casing and handles are made of a relatively strong plastic, and the blades are stainless steel – everything dishwasher-safe for quick cleaning. There are three blades included with the tool: one for cutting regular fry-shaped pieces (36 pieces), one for cutting wedges (8 pieces), and one for coring (designed for fruit with cores, like mangos).
To use this slicer for cutting fries, simply put the potato on the table, hold the slicer over the top, and press down until you’ve pressed the entire potato through the blade. Depending on the width of your potato, this should give you a few dozen clean-cut pieces ready to be fried. The good thing here is that you can use potatoes of any length – you just have to watch out for the width.
Given the nature of the tool, it does require quite a bit more personal effort than our two picks above, but obviously not enough to be a deal breaker since we’ve picked this as our third choice! As long as you’re handy in the kitchen, you shouldn’t have any issues. We also recommend making sure you pay extra attention to safety since your fingers will be more exposed to the blades compared to a traditional French fry cutter.
The Vremi Potato Slicer is the perfect French fry cutter for those who just want to be able to whip up some fries on occasion. It isn’t the quickest or most efficient tool in the shed, but it’s cheap, easy to store anywhere, and works well when you need it.
How we picked our top three
Believe it or not, there are many different products on the market designed purely for the sake of cutting potatoes into French fries. Some are bulkier tools that require some kitchen space to work with, others are smaller and more compact than a spatula. When choosing the best French fry cutters, we had both personal and business use in mind, but our main priority regardless was to find cutters that were durable, easy to use, and truly efficient. Here’s how we judged those qualities.
There are three common ways that different tools use to cut potatoes into fry-sized pieces and each has different levels of efficiency. The first requires you to put a potato into a cup and then slide the cup over a blade. The second requires you to load a potato onto a press and then use a lever to push the potato through a blade. The third requires you to place a potato onto a cutting board or surface and then press a blade down over the potato.
We’ve found the first option to be the most time-consuming and least safe, the second option to be the least time-consuming and most safe, and the third option to be sort of a middle ground between time and safety. Because of this, we prioritized potato cutters that used the second style, otherwise known as lever-action, as it is the most efficient and gives you the most consistent results. Our first two cutters feature this style, while our last choice features the third style for those who don’t need to cut fries as often.
Next to design, material quality also plays a major role in determining how efficient a cutter will be, as well as how it will hold up over time. A cutter made with some sort of metal body will almost always outperform and outlast one made with plastics, but in that same vein, not everyone has the room (or desire) for a bulky metal cutter. So, rather than judging cutters based solely on their materials, we read through hundreds of user reviews and rated each model based on what customers had to say. If there were any prominent complaints of efficiency or durability due to material quality, we took that product off our list. Needless to say, the three models we ended up choosing had positive remarks from customers in this area.
Another aspect of materials is hygiene. Whenever you are dealing with equipment that handles food, you want that equipment to be made with food-grade materials like stainless steel, cast iron, or similar. In most cases, the models we looked at were completely food safe, but we checked everything nonetheless just to be sure.
In this case, we mean the size of the potato that can be used in the cutter. Just because the cutter itself is big and bulky doesn’t necessarily mean it can cut potatoes any larger than a smaller model. In fact, most models are on the smaller side when it comes to potato capacity. We ideally wanted to find a model that could fit the average Idaho potato since those are most popular for making fries, but we also considered that there will be times where a bigger potato is used. Our first pick can fit the widest variety of potato sizes, whereas our second pick is limited in length, and our third pick limited in width.
Things to consider before buying
Because French fry cutters come in several different designs, certain styles may not work for how you personally like to make fries. Consider the following questions to help you choose the best French fry cutter for your personal cooking needs.
How do you like your fries?
This is the million-dollar question. Fries can be made in a ton of different styles, and we all have our own personal preferences. If you’re the type of person who enjoys traditional fries, you won’t have an issue – this is what most cutters are designed for. However, if you like crispy thin fries, waffle fries, or one of the other popular variations, you will have to be more selective in choosing a model or consider buying an aftermarket blade to make your preferred style.
How often do you make French fries?
If you don’t make fries often, chances are you don’t need a commercial-grade cutter taking up valuable kitchen space. You’ll probably do better with something compact that can easily be stored and taken out as needed. On the other hand, if you make fries frequently, a more robust cutter will probably do you much better in terms of speed, ease of use, and longevity.
Tips to make your French fries taste better
Just like there are different styles of fries like wedge or waffle, there are many different ways to prepare them. You probably already have your mind set on how you like fries, but if you enjoy some experimentation in the kitchen, check out our tips below on additional ways to make your French fries taste incredible.
Keep freshly-cut potatoes in water
During the preparation stage, a lot of people tend to cut their potatoes and leave them in a bowl. When exposed to air, potatoes will start to oxidize fairly quickly, which will then affect their taste and texture later on. The easiest and oldest way to prevent this is to put them in a bowl of water until you are ready to cook them up. This way, your fries will remain fresh hours after being made.
Blanch the potatoes before frying
One trick many restaurants use to cook fries is to blanch them. Blanching involves boiling the potato pieces in hot water or even vegetable oil for a few minutes, followed by a quick ice bath, then you cook them as usual. Doing this will make the frying process shorter while also making the fries crispier. If you’ve never blanched vegetables before, The Kitchn shows you how and Serious Eats tells you why.
The oil trick
One of the best-kept secrets of restaurant-made French fries has to do with the oil they use in their deep fryers. It’s not about the type or brand of oil. Rather, it has to do with the state of the oil. As you probably know, most restaurants reuse their deep frying oil multiple times before draining and refilling with fresh oil. The best-tasting fries are achieved when the oil has already been used a few times. However, you don’t want to use a batch of oil that has been put through the fryer too many times. This might be a bit tricky to achieve at home, considering that you are working with smaller amounts of oil as well as fries, but it’s worth knowing if you are chasing those golden brown fries we all love so much.
Seasoning, dips, and recipes
Salt is the staple of French fry seasoning, and ketchup is the staple of French fry dip. That’s how it’s always been, and that’s likely how it will always be in the future. With that said, if you’ve never experimented outside of these two points, you’re missing out on a load of incredible tastes. Check out a few of our favorite unconventional flavorings and recipes below.
- Basic Dips
• BBQ sauce
• Thousand Island
- Basic Seasonings
• Garlic salt
• BBQ seasoning spices
• Alexia Foods Dipping Sauces
• Perfect French Fries
• Crispy Baked Garlic Fries
• The 66 Most Delish Fries
Why limit yourself to potatoes?
As we all know, French fries are mostly made out of potatoes, but there are other plants you can use to get some delicious fries too – some conventional, and others very unconventional. The first thing that comes to mind are the sweet potatoes. Not only are they healthier, but they can be tastier as well. When you have a fry cutter in your kitchen, you are pretty much free to experiment with all kinds of food substitutes.
Wrapping it up
If you love to make fries, a dedicated cutter is an absolute necessity in the kitchen. Cutting potatoes with them is quick, easy, and creates perfect pieces for frying. We looked at all the different cutter designs out there, and we’d have to say the lever-action cutter is the best style, with our picks being the best models of that particular style. With these models, you can expect consistently perfect fries for years to come.