It seems like there’s a kitchen tool for everything, and not all quite live up to their promise. But when it comes to making delicious cherry pie, preserves or other cherry-based puddings, then a cherry pitter could change your baking life. With this nifty cherry pitting tool, those fiddly stones can be whipped out in an instant and some cherry pitters can even de-stone multiple cherries at a time. Not only is a cherry pitter a safer way to take the stone out of the fruit’s soft flesh, but it also helps to speed up your baking prep and, here’s the best bit, leave less mess.
So, if you could do with a helping hand when baking with this succulent fruit, or simply want to prep a healthy snack, then you need a cherry pitting tool. We take a bite out of the best cherry pitters currently on the market to help make your final pick.
The Best Cherry Pitter
With a die-cast zinc construction that’s light in the hand, this single cherry pitter from OXO makes clean work of what can be a mucky job. Its design covers most of the bases when it comes to single fruit pitting – a non-slip soft handles takes the pressure as you squeeze and a splatter shield mops up those juices without messing up your work top, or you.
The Good Grips really is easy to use when it comes to single cherry pitting and makes a clean job of popping that stone out. We particularly like the flexible fruit holder, which is large enough for the bigger cherry varieties, such as Rainer or Bing but also has a recess which holds smaller fruit and olives. The result is a great all-round single cherry pitter that’s also safe enough for smaller hands to use. When it comes to cleaning it’s also well-thought out, with a removable splatter shield and the whole device is dishwasher safe.
Made from robust die-cast zinc
Easy to handle and lockable design
Plastic splatter shield to collect the juice
Recessed holder accommodates all size of cherry
- Weight4.8 ounces
Speed through that pile of cherries with this nicely mess free countertop pitter from Obecome that makes light work of multiple fruit. Well-designed for the less than $10 price, this cherry pitter can whip through six cherries at a time, making baking a breeze. The plastic outer and juice-catching base are durable enough and the pitting prongs are made from tough zinc so it should hold up well to frequent use.
Simply pop in your six cherries into the fruit holder grooves and press down, with the stones and mess caught in the removable catcher. The bottom of this cherry pitter has a non-skid base and the whole unit is dishwasher safe. Ideal for the busy mom or dad, this is one of the best cherry pitters that can also be easily used by children, under supervision.
Pits up to six cherries in a single press
Counter safe, with non-slip base
Plastic outer and stone catcher
Zinc alloy pitting prongs
- Weight11.4 ounces
The Leifheit is a clever single cherry pitter that can whip through large volumes of cherries, thanks to the bulk feeder design. But this makes it the largest device in our review so you will need a decent amount of counter or table space. As our premium pick, this is a great pitting device for the serious baker or preserve maker as the top container can hold a large amount of the fruit.
The manufacturers claim it can pit around 25 pounds of cherries in an hour and we think this is pretty much near the mark. The way it works is simple but effective – a cherry falls down the chute where a stainless-steel plunger whips out the stone, with stone and any mess falling into the large container below. Once done, it all comes apart easily, ready for cleaning. A good buy that should last a long time.
Single pitter that works with larger volumes
Stainless-steel plunger and plastic body
Large container for waste
Pits around 25lbs per hour
Easy clean and dishwasher safe
- Weight15.8 ounces
Made from zinc alloy and with a non-corrosive finish, the design of the Premium may be sophisticated but as a cherry pitter this is a simple tool – and is all the better for it. Perfect for single pitting, this cherry pitting tool removes the stone cleanly without taking too much flesh. It has also been designed to sit comfortably in your hand, helping to prevent fatigue during a long pitting session.
The holder section is well-sized too and can take the larger cherry varieties while still containing smaller fruits. You will probably find you need to put on a bit of pressure to make a clean pit and there is no splatter guard, so perhaps not the cherry pitter for younger children to use, but for everyday pitting or for quick and easy jobs, we really like the YouTensils Premium. It can also be used for pitting olives, so a two-in-one bargain.
Made from non-corrosive zinc alloy
Ideal for single cherry pitting
Simple one hand use
Can also be used for pitting olives
- Weight7.2 ounces
If you’re looking for a quick and simple way to pit cherries without leaving your hand aching, then the Kernex Cherry Stoner from German brand Westmark is worth a look. Made from cast aluminum with an easy-clean powder coating, this cherry pitter uses a stapler-style action to whip out the stone of a single cherry.
It will be time-consuming for larger batches of cherries, but the result is clean and effective, and takes little surplus flesh. The Kernex works best with mid to smaller sized fruit and the punch effect of the pitting action is surprisingly strong. There is no juice catcher or splatter guard, so you need to work around this but for a super-simple and effective single cherry pitter that once you get the hang of the punch action, we think this is one of the best.
Pits single cherries cleanly
Made from powder coated aluminum
Ergonomically shaped handle
Lightweight and durable
- Weight1.6 ounces
It may not look the most expensive or design-sophisticated model in our best cherry pitters review, but this unassuming cherry pitter is deceptive. For underneath the hood is space for four cherries to be pitted at a time, using a simple press down punch action. It’s also ‘mess free’ thanks to the hidden base container that catches the stones and juice.
The pitting result is not quite as neat as a single pitter and it can tear a little at the cherry flesh but for whizzing through large quantities this is a good bet. Best for middle to smaller-sized cherries, the spring-loaded action packs a nice pitting punch which the little ones will also love to help you do. The base of the Cherry-It is made from non-skid material, so it works well with most kitchen work surfaces, and the tops locks down when not in use.
Made from durable plastic
Pits four cherries in one go
Effective, press down mechanism
Base container catches the stones and juice
Disassembles for easy cleaning
- BrandPrepworks from Progressive
- Weight9.3 ounces
As a countertop pitting tool, the Progressive Cherry Pitter works really well, and can quickly pit up to six cherries at a time, leaving behind no mess to clean up. The design can look a little clunky compared to the sleeker hand-held models but for big batches this is the right tool for the cherry pitting job. It’s simple to use, you just place the cherries in the holder, close and press down so the zinc alloy pitting blades can do their work.
The removable, non-skid base then catches the pits and juice, ready to be thrown away. The design means it can also be used to pit olives too. Just like most other multi-fruit pitters, this isn’t accurate 100% of the time, but the clean pitting rate is pretty high. And if you need to get a bulk amount of cherries pitted, then the Progressive Cherry Pitter will happily step up to the plate.
Pits up to six cherries at a time
Simple press down action
Zinc alloy pitting blades
Removable catcher in the non-slip base
Lockable and dishwasher safe
- BrandPrepworks from Progressive
- Weight10.4 ounces
The Gourmia certainly looks and acts the part – with a slick countertop design, mess catcher, splatter guard and spring-loaded punch action to make light work of those cherry stones. It can only do one cherry at a time, but with a side holder, the next cherry is always lined up to go. For its size, this cherry pitting tool is also lightweight, making it easily portable and quick to set up.
It’s safe and secure too, thanks to sturdy suction cups on the bottom, which can be released with a flick of the side handle when you are ready to pack the Gourmia away. The catch bin is a little on the small side so you will be frequently emptying it if you are pitting a large amount and the device can struggle a little on smaller cherries. But as a solid countertop cherry pitting tool that has all the extras, the Gourmia is a contender.
Countertop pitter with suction feet
Lightweight and durable BPA-free plastic
Single cherry coring mechanism
Waste bin for stones and juice
- Weight1.15 pounds
The kids are going to love the Chomper Cherry Pitter and we think you will too! The Chomper is a great way to get the little ones to enjoy their fruit and can also step up to pit smaller batches of cherries for cooking. A single cherry pitting tool, the Chomper makes pretty clean work of taking out the stone, without munching too much flesh and it has enough features to keep little fingers clean and safe.
Standing at six inches, the Chomper is super easy to use: simply pop the cherry in his Chomping ‘mouth’ and the top plunging action pushes the stone and juice into the catcher ‘belly’ below. The catcher is a little on the small side so you will need to frequently empty it but that isn’t too much of a chore. There is also a front tooth section to protect fingers and the whole gadget is made from BPA-free plastic and is totally dishwasher safe.
Character based single cherry pitter
Plunge pitter cleanly remove stone
‘Belly’ catcher for stones and juice
Protective front to keep fingers safe
Easy to clean, BPA-free plastic
- BrandTalisman Designs
- Weight6.4 ounces
We finish our best cherry pitter review with a great value device that works best for smaller volumes of cherries so is ideal for baking or simply prepping the fruit to eat. It’s a one-handed model, that’s comfortable in the hand and works well at reducing ‘pitting fatigue’. The YouTensils Cherry Pitter is versatile for its size and works just as well on larger varieties as well as olives and smaller cherries.
And it’s durable too, made from high-grade plastic along with a sturdy metal pitter. There’s no container or splash guard to collect and protect against the inevitable juicy mess but using the device over a bowl would work well and the whole cherry pitting tool is dishwasher safe. And once the pitting job is done, simply lock the YouTensils Cherry Pitter together for safe and easy storage.
Effective one-hand use design
Works on single cherries of all sizes
Made from Plastic and metal
Locks down for easy storage
- Weight4.8 ounces
Best Cherry Pitter Buying Guide & FAQ
Why Use A Cherry Pitter?
For speed and sheer ease of getting that stone out of a cherry, you can’t beat a cherry pitter, especially when you have a cherry pie that’s going to be big enough to feed the family to bake. Yes, hand pitting each cherry with a knife can be neater but for sheer convenience, the cherry pitting tool is the only way to go. Pitters are also simple to operate and are safer than a sharp, hand-held blade and can whizz through a ton of cherries in no time, making your baking prep a cinch.
Things to Consider Before Buying the Best Cherry Pitters
When it comes to picking cherry pitting tool for your own specific needs and cooking style, there are some key things to consider before you buy:
- Removal amounts
How you intend to use your new cherry pitter will help you choose its style and capacity. If you are looking to pit cherries for snacking or for small baking jobs, then a single removal pitter should suffice. But if you are a regular baker and you love to make your cherry pies where volume of fruit is the order of the day, then look for a model that can remove multiple stones at one time. Single removal pitters are more accurate, but it can be a time-consuming process while a multiple cherry pitting tool can pit up to six cherries at a time although you could well get more mess.
- How efficient it is
Some cherry pitters are more accurate, wasting less of the fruit and creating less mess as they whip out the stones but can be slower, whereas other models have a fast pitting capacity, but the results are, well, a little less pretty. The efficiency versus accuracy decision comes down to how you intend to use your cherries. Also look at the shape of the pitter, as some models are designed for ergonomics and will fit neatly and comfortably in your hand and feature non-slip bottoms to keep everything secure. Also, look out for splash guards and consider the pitter’s size if you have limited storage or work surface area in your kitchen.
- What it is made from
Another key consideration is what the cherry pitter is made from. Materials used for cherry pitting tools range from plastic to stainless steel and zinc alloy. Plastic is lightweight, convenient and easy to clean but may not be as robust as a metal cherry pitter. Metals such as stainless steel and zinc are more heavy duty and so hardwearing, substantial and more resistant to corrosion and breakage. However, they tend to be heavier. Many cherry pitters combine both metal and plastic so do look out for these if you want the best of both worlds.
- Do you need it to be child-friendly?
Time with the kids in the kitchen is precious and cherry pitting is one of those fun jobs the little ones should be able to do. If you like family cooking time, then make sure your new cherry pitting tool is child-friendly to use and is safe. Look for safety mechanisms that will keep their little fingers clear of the pitting prongs and ensure they can fit the pitter in their hand or easily work the mechanisms.
- Ease of use and cleaning
Cherry pitting can be a messy business, especially if you are working through a large volume of fruit so choose a model that is easy to clean and ideally is dishwasher safe. For large amounts of cherries, a stone catcher on the pitter is also a nifty idea.
Types of Cherry Pitters
There are two main designs of cherry pitters - the handheld and the countertop and your choice should be dependent on what type best suits you, your pitting needs and your kitchen.
- Handheld cherry pitters are smaller and can be held in one or both hands to complete the pitting job. They are much more easily portable and quicker to clean but you do need more muscle-power to get the de-stoning job done. Handheld pitters are best for smaller pitting jobs, single pitting and when you don’t have the time to set up and use a larger device.
- Counter-top cherry pitters are exactly that – a device that is set up to stand on your kitchen table or work surface, often with rubber suction feet to keep them securely in place. There are more parts to a counter-top cherry pitter and they are mainly lever driven to get the device to pit up to six cherries at a time. Faster and more efficient, the downside of the counter-top cherry pitting tool is that all the various components need thoroughly washing after use.
Best Cherry Pitter Buying FAQ:
Q: Can I use a cherry pitter for other fruits?
A: Cherry pitters are designed for use with cherry sized fruit, so will not make a good job of de-stoning other fruit and won’t work on large varieties. For de-stoning larger fruit, use a sharp knife or look for a tool that is specially designed for the purpose.
Q: Can I use a cherry pitter to pit olives?
A: Both cherries and olives are similar in size and also have soft, juicy flesh so yes you can use a cherry pitter to pit your olives. You do need to insert the olive carefully and you could have a bit of waste, but it will do the job. However, if you want to do a lot of olives fast or be more accurate and ‘flesh-efficient’, then a specifically designed pitter for olives is the better option. Olive pitters won’t pit cherries though, as they tend to squish rather than de-stone them.
Our Top Pick
For pitting single cherries and olives of a range of sizes and varieties at a price that won’t break the bank, you can’t get more practical and effective than the OXO Good Grips, our review’s Top Pick. Comfortable in the hand, and slick to use, the Good Grips also comes with a removable splatter shield to mop up the juice. Designed with a recess, the holder can deal with cherries and olives, both large and small and, made from die-case zinc, has been designed to last. Effective and great value.
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