Slicing apples by hand isn’t terribly difficult—unless you want identical pieces for even cooking, as we call for in some recipes, like Apple Upside-Down Cake (free through February 3, 2013).
Enter: The apple slicer. Of the models we tested, The Williams-Sonoma Dial-A-Slice Apple Divider was the only one that made the cut(s).
Gadget name: Williams-Sonoma Dial-A-Slice Apple Divider
It looks like: A modern, sleek, sturdy apple slicer.
How it’s supposed to work: This apple slicer is meant to slice through apples and produce identical, smooth-edged pieces.
How we tested it: We tested four apple slicers that promised to remove the core and seeds and cut the fruit into uniform wedges. Only this one lived up to its word.
How it actually works: It successfully plunged through the thick peel and firm flesh of a Granny Smith and made neat, uniform slices of softer Golden Delicious and McIntosh apples.
Drawbacks: It took a bit of effort to get through the Granny Smith, but it wasn’t anything we couldn’t handle.
Good to know: Its wider-than-usual, 1-inch, serrated corer gripped the apple and ensured the entire core was removed. We also liked the comfortable rubber handles and plastic cap that pushed the hard-to-reach bottom of the apple entirely through the blades.
My favorite part: Adjustable blades allowed us to cut either 8 or 16 slices. Also, the cap fit onto the slicer for storage, providing protection from the blades.
Best for: Anytime you need identical apple slices or don’t want to cut an apple one slice at a time.
Overall: This is a must for any apple lover or baker of apple desserts.