Clever Cutter Review: Hands-On Test
• Works with some types of foods
• Innovative design
• Easy to clean
• Doesn't work on all types of foods
• Not ideal for weak hands or arthritis
• Not superior to traditional prep methods
Clever Cutter is an As Seen on TV kitchen utensil which acts as a knife and cutting board, but operates more like a pair of scissors to cut food. I’ve actually used the product and here I present my Clever Cutter review.
About Clever Cutter
Although Clever Cutter has been advertising heavily on TV in mid-2016, this particular item has been around for several years. After a brief absence, it has returned with a full advertising campaign.
Clever Cutter operates like a pair of scissors, with a knife on one side and a “cutting board” on the other. You simply squeeze as you would with a pair of scissors in order to cut food.
The official product website is buyclevercutter.com, which was first registered in July 2015.
What does it cost?
If you purchase from the official website, Clever Cutter will cost you $14.99 plus another $5.99 P&H. There is a “double offer” which adds another cutter for an additional $5.99 – and you can’t opt out of this offer. A bonus peeler is also thrown in for good measure. This brings your total price to $26.97 for two cutters and a peeler.
There is an option to upgrade your two cutters to a higher grade steel for $5 per cutter ($10 total).
You can find Clever Cutter in stores such as Bed Bath & Beyond for about $15.
Clever Cutter Review: Pros and Cons
Clever Cutter is advertised as a “2-in-1 Knife and Cutting Board” which operates like a pair of scissors. This product was introduced a few years ago and then disappeared. In 2016 it reappeared with a vigorous advertising campaign extolling its virtues as a versatile kitchen tool.
I was fortunate enough to find a Clever Cutter at a local Bed Bath & Beyond for $14.99 and gave it a whirl. Below are some of my observations about the product:
- Hand strength. I wouldn’t recommend this for those with weak hands or arthritis. It takes more strength that using scissors because you’re cutting much thicker items than paper. Your hands could tire easily with a big cutting job.
- Blade sharpness. I feel that that this item would work better if the blade were sharper. As it is, the blade seems to struggle with some foods, squishing them rather than slicing them. Apple skins, for example, proved problematic. Hard items such as carrots seemed best suited for Clever Cutter, as did bananas.
- Cleaning. Although you can use it in the dishwasher, I found that it cleans quite easily by a little soap and water.
- Speed. The commercial shows user flying through food items faster than with a knife, but I didn’t find that I could perform a cutting motion at that speed for very long.
When it works, it works well. Unfortunately, I didn’t find that it worked as often as I would have liked. Perhaps the upgraded Clever Cutter is better, although I have not seen that one first-hand.
If you have realistic expectations, and understand that it may not work perfectly on all of the food types shown in the advertising, you may find a place for Clever Cutter in your kitchen. I personally don’t find it superior to a good knife and a small cutting board, although I may reach for it when I need to cut something quickly.
When I do a product review, I will typically research similar products, but there really isn’t anything like Clever Cutter. Sure, you can pick up a good pair of kitchen shears or scissors, but the built-in cutting board is not something I’ve found in any other product.
There are a couple of knockoffs which have recently arrived on the scene. One such item is Lifine Cutter, which is a virtual carbon copy of Clever Cutter. Another is the Sinbad Food Chopper. I haven’t evaluated either of those products to see if they have addressed any of the problems with Clever Cutter.
Although you shouldn’t expect to throw away your kitchen knives upon the purchase of Clever Cutter, you may find that it does have some uses for which it is better suited than others. With realistic expectations, it isn’t a bad product, although I still prefer the old fashioned knife/board combo over Clever Cutter.