The expression “easy as pie” might be a bit misleading as a general statement. Really great pies demand time, attention, knowledge, skill—and the right tools. This list of pie crust cutters is curated to give you a well-rounded collection of the best tools to use when preparing and decorating your pie crust.
Our best overall option is the Nordic Ware Lattice & Hearts Pie Top Cutter, a reversible pie-top cutter that produced gorgeous pies during testing and was rated highly for its design, quality, performance, ease of cleaning, and overall value. If you're looking for a double pastry wheel, the Norpro Stainless Steel Ravioli/Pastry Wheel gives you versatility at a great price.
There are pie cutters that make the edges look professional, ones that cut straight, fluted, or in multiples of either way, and ones that create decorative cutouts, big and small.
To make sure you’re getting the best pie-making equipment, we purchased and tested every pie crust cutter on this list. The pie crust cutters were tested side-by-side by our experienced baking expert and food writer in her home kitchen to get the most realistic results for everyday use. During testing, we were interested in how easy the cutters were to use, and how nice of a crust each cutter creates. Then we baked the pies to see how well the lattices held their shapes in the oven, and additionally, how easy to clean each of the cutters is. We looked at the design, quality, performance, ease of cleaning, and overall value of each pie crust cutter to formulate our ultimate opinions.
Here are our favorite pie crust cutters to make your pies stand out, backed by hours of testing.
Best Overall: Nordic Ware Lattice & Hearts Pie Top Cutter
Quick attractive pie crusts
Allows for additional decoration
Different seasonal patterns available
Can be difficult to use as recommended
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This red pie-top cutter makes any pie look stunning. Because it lends itself to frequent use and performed well in testing, we deemed it our best overall option. Use one side to make an easy flower-shaped lattice crust or flip it over to create a circle of open hearts on your pie crust. It's a lightweight but sturdy cutter that's made of BPA-free plastic. Our tester was impressed with how sturdy the crust cutter is, made with relatively thick and heavyweight plastic.
The instructions for this particular pie crust cutter suggest using the cutter like a large cookie cutter—by pressing the cutter into the rolled-out dough from above. Our tester was disappointed with these results, finding that the cutter didn't cleanly cut through all of the dough without an extreme amount of pressure that could eventually damage the cutter itself. But the solution is simple. Instead, our tester laid the dough over the cutter and gently rolled across the dough with a flat rolling pin, cleanly pressing the lattice shape into the dough from below and making perfectly clean cuts. Not only was the lattice pattern crisp and elegant, but the resulting pie baked up with a delicate lattice crust that was as beautiful as it was crispy.
After removing any excess dough, it was easy to rinse the crust cutter with warm soapy water and let it air dry.
Price at time of publish: $20 for Lattice & Hearts Pie Top Cutter
Uses: Top pie crust cutter, cookie punch | Material: Plastic | Dishwasher Safe: No
"The Nordic Ware Lattice & Hearts Pie Top Cutter is simple to use and offers a little bit of variety for your pie crusts."
Best Fluted Pastry Wheel: Williams Sonoma Olivewood Handle Fluted Pastry Cutter
Great for gifting
Wide variety of uses
Durable and elegant construction
Fluted wheel not appropriate for all projects
This fluted pastry cutter by Williams Sonoma is of the highest quality: The rotary blade is made from stainless steel, and the handle, which is beautifully joined to the blade, is made of olivewood. Olivewood is valued for its durability and graining. The pastry cutter allows you to add a decorative edge to your pie crust, cookies, or even ravioli—or create lattice-top pies.
During testing, we used this fluted pastry wheel to cut strips of dough for a lattice-top pie. Our tester was impressed with the durability of the cutter overall and the stability of the wheel itself. There wasn't any excessive wobbling of the wheel while cutting, and it cut cleanly through chilled pie dough without pushing too hard or straining the hand. The stable wheel made it easy to cut strips of dough in straight lines without the use of a straight edge.
This may be a small tool, but it’s been made to last a lifetime. Wash and dry it by hand to preserve the olivewood handle. Our tester noted that the wood seemed a little dry straight out of the box and that mineral oil rubbed into the handle might help extend its life.
Price at time of publish: $20
Uses: Lattice-top pies, pasta, decorative pastry doughs | Material: Stainless steel and olivewood | Dishwasher Safe: No
"The Olivewood Handle Fluted Pastry Cutter feels incredibly well made, and makes elegant fluted cuts through chilled pie dough. It's slightly more expensive than some other pastry cutters, but worth it for such a high-quality tool."
Best Roller Cutter: Tebasty Stainless Steel Dough Lattice Roller Cutter
Instant lattice dough
Great for making a lot of pies
Heavy duty design to last years
Doesn't look like a hand-woven lattice
Fast and efficient, this roller cutter has multiple blades so that one swipe can do the job. It works well on different doughs—you can make lattice pie crusts and cross-hatched cookies as well as create decorative designs on loaves of bread. Small and sturdy, it has a wooden handle and stainless steel blades.
While testing, we noticed that there was a small learning curve to using this lattice cutter. You’ll have to make sure the edge of the dough isn’t sticking to the inside of the wheels as you begin cutting the dough. Once you've started rolling and removed any dough that may have clung to the wheels, it's a smooth cut to the other side of the dough.
Finally, know that this makes an accordion kind of lattice. The lattice cuts will only extend out in one direction, so make sure your dough is as long as you need it to be to cover the surface of your pie, although it only needs to be about half as wide. Once cut, the lattice will expand to cover the width of the pie, but the length will stay the same. Our tester found the lattice easy to stretch over the pie with attractive results.
It is a little heavier than other cutters, so it may not be ideal for those with weakened hand strength, but the curved wooden handle is easy to hold onto and the weight is what helps push the cutter through the dough. You're going to find this tool especially handy if you make a lot of pies, but it's also great for pastries like beef wellington and savory pies. It should be washed by hand only to extend the life of the wood handle but can be scrubbed with a dish brush to release any dough, flour, or butter that may have clung to the wheels.
Price at time of publish: $18
Uses: Lattice cutter for doughs and sugar doughs | Material: Stainless steel and wood | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
"Making lattice top pies in bulk goes quickly with this sturdy cutter, although there's a slight learning curve when you first use it. The lattice extends over your pie like a fishnet and is easy to stretch into place."
Best Metal Punch Cutter: Wilton Pie Crust Cutter Sunflower
Steel cutter lasts for years
Can be used for cookies and decorations
Lightweight and easy for anyone to use
Not dishwasher safe
If you’re looking for a pie crust cutter that will make your pies stand out, this might be the one. The sunflower design is unique and beautiful. Old-fashioned looking itself, it’s made of silver tin-plate steel, and it wouldn’t look out of place displayed on a kitchen wall.
Our tester noted that the cutter was especially easy to use, on par with a cookie cutter. The crust cutter is constructed in the shape of a flower, but the fluted outer edge is just a decorative way to hold the petal shapes of the cutter together and doesn't actually cut through the dough. The cutouts can be used to decorate the top of the crust in addition to the decorative vents the cutter makes. This cutter is easy enough to use for little hands or for those with lower hand strength.
The Wilton pie crust cutter is easy to wash by hand, but our tester mentioned that the metal could bend if too much pressure was put on one part of it, so handle with care when cleaning and storing.
Price at time of publish: $14
Uses: Top pie crust cutter, large cookies, sugar decorations | Material: Tinplate steel | Dishwasher Safe: No
"This metal cutter makes a simple and attractive floral design that efficiently vents pies while keeping a decent amount of top crust intact. It's lightweight and simple for anyone to use, regardless of strength, hand size, or skill level. The petal cutouts can also be repurposed on top of the pie for an even more decorative effect."
Best for Decorations: Consio Cake Leaves Pie Crust Cutters Set
Beautiful leaf patterns for all seasons
Great for a variety of doughs
Requires extra effort to wash by hand
This set of four very different leaf designs provides the perfect embellishment for pies in any season but particularly fall. The cutters can be used to imprint on dough or to cut shaped, detailed leaves to add to pie crusts.
We used these cutters to make an organic top pie crust of interwoven leaves on top of a small pie, as well as decorative elements on top of several larger pie crusts, and we were incredibly impressed with how well they work. Our tester pointed out that the cutters cleanly punch even delicate branches holding the leaves together without tearing.
Punching is a three-step process. First, you cut the dough with the main cookie cutter portion. Then you press the plunger on top of the cutter to imprint the veins of the leaves onto the dough. Then you lift the cutter and press the plunger again to release the dough from the cutter. You can make dozens of cuts before needing to wipe off the cutter, and each cut comes out as cleanly as the one before it. All four leaf shapes provide attractive cuts that can be used together or independently.
Not only did the cutters punch nice pieces of dough, but the pie dough held the shape of the leaves as well as the leaf indentations while cooking. This tool is one of the easiest ways to make a gorgeous-looking pie with very little effort and at a very reasonable price. The cutters are made of silicone and are dishwasher safe, although they're easy enough to rinse off by hand to make sure you don't lose any small parts in your dishwasher.
Price at time of publish: $10
Uses: Dough, cookie, and gugar dough cutter | Material: Silicone and metal | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
"These leaf cutters quickly became some of my favorite pie decorating tools because of how easy they are to use and how beautiful the results are. Great for autumn pies, but I'd gladly decorate pies with these leaves year-round."
Best Double Pastry Wheel: Norpro Stainless Steel Ravioli/Pastry Wheel
Double wheel for different cutting options
Dishwasher-safe stainless steel
Smaller wheels best suited for thinner doughs
This cutter provides a little versatility when it comes to cutting pie crusts and pasta. This double wheel includes both a straight-cutting wheel as well as a fluted cutting wheel for a decorative cut. Suitable for slicing pie doughs, pasta, or any other relatively thin pastry dough like puff pastry or danish dough.
Just as easy to use as a single-wheeled cutter, this stainless steel pastry cutter is dishwasher safe and easy to store in a drawer or hanging by the hook at the base of the handle. The fluted edge is great for cutting ravioli, decorative lattice pieces for the top of your pies, and decorative pieces of fondant for specialty cakes. The straight edge is ideal for easily cutting large circles of dough, slicing vents in pie crusts, and trimming straight dough edges.
During testing, we sliced dozens of pieces of pie dough with both the straight and fluted wheels on this cutter. The wheels are a little looser than some of the other pastry wheels we tested but performed well in both instances. The wheel guard that attaches to the handle is a little longer because it's protecting two wheels instead of one. But we noticed that if you tend to hold the cutter at a low angle, the guard may drag in your dough while you're cutting. If that happens, you'll know to hold the cutter at a slightly higher angle for perfectly clean cuts. Essentially, you're getting two reliable pastry cutters for the price of one with this tool, and we think it's a great deal.
Price at time of publish: $29
Uses: Dough and pastry cutter, pasta, sugar dough | Material: Stainless steel | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
"Having both a straight and fluted pastry wheel is handy for a wide range of cooking projects. I used this cutter to make straight and fluted strips of pie dough for a lattice top pie crust, and was able to cleanly cut through chilled pie dough effortlessly."
Best for Large Projects: Ateco Six Wheel Stainless Steel Cutter, 2 1/8 Inch Wheels
Cuts a large amount of dough quickly
Makes identically even cuts every time
Collapses for easy storage
Slight learning curve
Should be washed by hand
Come apple-picking season, if you find yourself making an exceptional amount of pies, it might be time to upgrade your pastry cutter to one with more wheels—to easily slice multiple pieces of dough at a time. Sometimes referred to as a “bicycle” in professional kitchens, this six-wheel pastry cutter makes multiple perfectly even cuts through dough quickly. The accordion design expands up to 4 7/8-inches between wheels and collapses down to 3/8 inches, small enough for cutting tagliatelle pasta in bulk by hand.
Our tester commented that this cutter is a little heavier-duty than some other options. It has larger wheels that make sharp cuts and can slice through cookie doughs, biscuit doughs, tempered chocolate, fondant, pasta sheets, and cracker dough for perfectly even slices. The wheels and accordion construction are very sturdy and tighten into place without any wobbling. Since there's more to this cutter, it's noticeably heavier than some of the other cutters on this list, but that extra weight helps to smoothly guide it through your dough with less effort than you might expect.
While this cutter is made of stainless steel, it’s best to wash it with a dish brush by hand because of its many moving parts. Pay special attention to the wingnut that tightens to keep the accordion in place at the desired width. It is easily replaced, but also best not to lose it in the first place. This style of pastry cutter is available with both fewer and more wheels depending on the model. There are also options for fluted wheel combo cutters, depending on what you plan on using the cutter for.
Price at time of publish: $64 for 6 Wheel 2 1/8-Inch Straight Cutters
Uses: Dough and pastry cutter, pasta, sugar dough | Material: Stainless steel | Dishwasher Safe: Yes, but handwash for best results
"I use this cutter for so many things, from cutting dough strips for lattice pie crusts and pasta, to slicing croissant dough, and even cutting perfectly even chocolate plaques for pastry decorations. If used gently, it can last you for years."
Best Plastic Stamp Cutter: Williams Sonoma Lattice Piecrust Cutter
Instructions written on cutter for easy reference
Tray makes transferring dough painless
Cuts a perfectly round dough circle
Requires more storage space than other cutters
The Williams Sonoma Lattice Pie Crust Cutter is a straightforward cutter that makes creating a trellis-style lattice pattern for a top pie crust incredibly simple. First, you roll your pie dough out to the desired diameter, then gently lay the dough on top of the cutter. Using a flat rolling pin, press the pie dough over the cutter to slice the diamond pattern into the dough. To move the dough to your pie, you'll lift the tray away from the lattice cutter base and slide or flip your dough directly onto the pie. In a fraction of the time that it would take to slice and weave strips of pie dough into a lattice pattern, you've got a clean and consistent lattice top pie.
Our tester used a 10-inch round piece of pie dough on this cutter and had no issues getting a clean cut. We found that the tray used to lift the dough off the cutter was a genius idea that simplified the whole process. The instructions for using the cutter are also embossed on the bottom of the cutter, just in case you throw the packaging away and don't quite remember how to use the tool between uses.
Given how unfussy this cutter is, we found that you could cut dozens of lattice crusts without having to do much more than pop out any leftover diamond pieces from the cutter holes. When you've finished a rinse in warm soapy water is enough to clean this cutter off, but it's not made for dishwasher use.
Price at time of publish: $20
Uses: Top pie crust cutter, cookie punch | Material: Plastic | Dishwasher Safe: No
"This plastic crust cutter is designed a little differently and includes a lifting tray that helps lift the pie dough off the lattice cutter and makes transporting the dough to the top of your pie effortless. For anyone nervous about cutting and handling top pie crusts, this is an excellent cutter choice."
Best Silicone Mold: Williams Sonoma Silicone Perfect Pie Crust Mold
Instantly elevates a pie's appearance
Great for decorative edges
Easy to use for any skill level
Time consuming to mold a lot of pieces
Strips are relatively short
If you have any experience molding fondant decorations, or even modeling clay into silicone molds, you've already got a good idea of how easy it is to produce impressive three-dimensional shapes this way. Williams Sonoma has created a silicone mold specifically for molding pie crust strips, outfitted with five designs that would otherwise be difficult and time-consuming to create by hand.
You simply press your pie dough into the desired strip mold (or all of them), then roll over the dough to flatten it into the mold and remove the excess dough around the mold. Gently pull the strip out of the mold and use it to decorate your pie.
We tested the silicone pie crust mold and made strips to form a lattice crust as well as create a decorative edge on our pie. The mold is simple enough to use, by simply pressing the pie dough into the cavities and then rolling to flatten the backs and clear the excess dough. The strips were easy to remove by bending the mold back slightly to get a hold of the end of the strip. None of the strips stuck to the mold, even after several rounds of dough, which was a welcome surprise.
While we were only making a 9-inch pie, we noticed that the strips just made it from one side of the pie to the other, and it required three strips to decorate the circumference of the pie's edge. All of the strips maintained their shape while baking, although it took the strips on top of the pie longer to bake all the way through than the strips on the edge of the pie, which is to be expected.
The five strip designs include a pearl, braid, rope, herringbone, and basketweave pattern. When it came time to wash the mold, it was easy enough to rinse off with warm soapy water and a sponge. It can also be washed in the dishwasher if you've got a lot of dough stuck to the outside surface of the mold.
Price at time of publish: $17
Uses: Top pie crust strip mold, molded cookies, fondant & gum paste, modeling clay | Material: Silicone | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
"The shaped strips this mold makes would be difficult to make by hand and work best as a decorative crust edge, or in conjunction with a traditional top pie crust or lattice. The mold could also easily be used for fondant decorations or a moldable sugar cookie dough."
For a classic tool that will get plenty of use year-round, we suggest the Nordic Ware Lattice & Hearts Pie Top Cutter, a reversible pie-top cutter that performed exceptionally well in testing. If you're looking for a pastry wheel, opt for the Norpro Stainless Steel Ravioli/Pastry Wheel, which is actually two pastry wheels in one.
How We Tested
Each of the pie crust cutters we selected was sent to our baking expert's home kitchen for extensive testing. We made and baked dozens of pies with these pie crust cutters, testing the best ways to use them and how to get the best results using each tool. Crust cutters were chosen to include traditional pastry wheel cutters, as well as newer crust cutter designs. The cutters range from fun kitchen gadgets for beginners, to cutters for serious home bakers, and finally, tools fit for a professional kitchen.
During testing, we paid special attention to how easy or difficult it was to use each cutter. Slicing, punching, and rolling chilled pie dough with each cutter side-by-side gave us a clearer understanding of the different ways each of these tools can be used. Some may be used in conjunction with each other for elaborate pie designs, and some don't require any additional decoration to create a lovely pie crust.
We paid attention to the durability, overall weight, and handling of each pie crust cutter to bring you the best of each style. Finally, each crust cutter was given a numerical ranking from one to five in each of the following categories: design, quality, performance, ease of cleaning, and overall value.
Other Options We Tested
- Talisman Design Pastry Wheel Decorator and Cutter: These little tools give the edges of your pie crusts a finished, evenly woven look in just seconds, and help cut relatively even strips of dough for lattice pie crusts. In testing, we found that the crust cutter makes a nice scalloped edge on the strips it cuts, with only one pass to cut a strip instead of two. Unfortunately, the plastic wheels aren't entirely straight, so the strips they cut are slightly wider and narrower at different points. Both of these tools, while cute, are really just entry points into the world of pie-making and decorating. Once you've used them a few times you'll be ready to move on to better quality tools and learn to start shaping crusts by hand so we left them off of our roundup for that reason.
What to Look for When Buying a Pie Crust Cutter
There are a variety of designs available depending on the pie crust cutter, from the standard crimping pattern that makes up the rim of the crust, or beautiful latticework patterns, to making cute designs that sit on top of the pie crust for decorations. The options are endless, and the choice is completely up to your preference.
Having a pie crust cutter that can be used in multiple ways is nice to have at one's fingertips. While some are geared to crimp only crust edges, others have wheels that can be changed out for different designs and shapes, allowing you to be creative in your decorating. Others can be used as cookie cutters, to cut strands of pasta, or to make themed-shaped candies.
Ease of Use
A pie crust cutter should fit comfortably in your hand, whether it's one with a handle that you hold or one in the form of a shape. Some cutters are designed ergonomically for people who have arthritic hands, also. When purchasing a pie crust cutter, make sure that it is suitable for your needs and easy to use.
Ease of Cleaning
Small wheels, moving parts, and detailed designs can make cleaning a challenge with some pie crust cutters. Keep this in mind when buying that "cute" or "cool" one and decide how much that will be of concern. Some are labeled as dishwasher safe, while others need to be hand-washed. Washing by hand with hot water and mild dish soap typically provides the best results and helps prolong the life of these items.
Why use a pie crust cutter?
Get a creative flair with your pie crusts by using this nifty tool. From beautifully crimped edges to fancy themed shapes, among other designs and uses, pastry chefs and home bakers enjoy adding a special finishing touch to their delicious pies and pastries.
What else can a pie crust cutter be used for?
These handy tools are not just for crimping and making special designs on pie crusts. They can be used to cut cookies, pasta, or bread dough, decorate cookies and candies, and even make pretty fruit shapes, too.
What else can be used to crimp a pie crust edge?
If you don't have a pie crust cutter that crimps the edges for you, grab a fork and press the fork prongs down onto the rim of the pie dish. Do this all the way around the rim. You can also use your fingers to seal and make a design on the edge of the pie crust.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Karen Resta, the original author of this roundup, is a writer specializing in food culture and history, cooking, pastries, and restaurants. She's also a former pastry chef and has traveled to Budapest, Kyiv, and Paris during their fashion weeks as a photographer and writer, always finding the best authentic pastries along the way. She now spends a lot of her free time baking at home and recommends quality within your given budget. Having the right tools available and knowing how to use them well (it can take practice, like anything else) makes all the difference, and she curated this list with that in mind.
Jenny Kellerhals has been a professional pastry chef in NYC for over a decade and has a wide range of experience with both professional and home cooking equipment. She personally tested every pie cutter on this list and updated it with her expert insights.
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