I Tried Dozens of Apple Corers and These Were, Hands-Down, the 2 Best Options

published Oct 12, 2020
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Someone using apple corer.
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The minute I feel even the slightest hint of crispness in the air, I get a tingle in my tummy. Autumn is here! And with fall comes one of the most fun activities of all time: apple picking. What isn’t fun about apple season? Having to core and peel all the apples I’ve lovingly picked. Yes, I want to make the most delicious desserts — I just don’t want to spend hours doing the boring part. Staring down at several baskets of apples, I decided to test my way through some kitchen tools that promise to help with at least the coring part.

Credit: Renae Wilson

In my research, I found two types of apple gadgets for coring. First, there’s the handheld corer that looks like a long tube — it has teeth on the end that you align with the core of the apple, then push through and twist. This leaves the apple whole but without the core. In order to move on to the next apple, you have to remove the core from the space inside the tool. While I appreciate how easy this type is to store and how it doesn’t take a ton of muscle to work through large amounts of apples, you still have to peel (if you don’t want the skin) and slice the apples.  

Credit: Renae Wilson

The other type of corer is the round corer and slicer with a hole in the middle and segment blades. You line up the core in the middle and push down with the two points of leverage on the sides. This slices the apple (you usually get eight or 10 slices) and separates out the core. The draw for this type of corer is that there are two steps in the process down: slicing and coring. However, I sometimes find these resulting apple slices are too thick for pie or an apple crumble. 

I tested dozens of both types of apple corers and two standouts really impressed me. If sliced apples are a priority, I found the Amco Houseworks Dial-A-Slice apple slicer to be the best option. 

I love this particular slicer because there are two blade options that you can twist to end up with 8 or 16 slices. This is especially nice if you need skinnier slices for an apple pie. There’s also a nifty cover that clamps onto the bottom for safe storage.

If coring is your only concern, the Prep Solutions Core & Peel Apple Tool is terrific! The handheld style with serrated teeth easily burrows through the center of the apple, removing the core. What I like most about it, though, is that it has a lever that slides the core from the center of the tool to help you move on to the next apple. Core, slide, move on. And bonus, it’s got a built-in peeler too.   

How do you like those apple slicers? Sorry, we couldn’t resist. Do you have an apple corer you love? Tell us about it in the comments below.