Pineapple is a sweet and tropical treat perfect for summer. Whether you enjoy it on its own, in an upside-down cake, or as a cocktail accent, the fruit is as versatile as it is delicious. Don’t be intimidated by its spiky exterior—with the right tools, slicing up fresh pineapple is a breeze. Pineapple corers remove the hard center, leaving you with tender and juicy fruit.
From corers that create spiral slices of pineapple to tools that pull the fruit out nearly whole, these tools can help you create a refreshing snack in minutes.
Here are the best pineapple corers.
Best Overall: Newness Premium Pineapple Corer
Easy to use
Multiple colors available
Can cut through sides if off center
Newness has really upgraded the pineapple-coring game. Learning from past models, the brand updated this version with a thicker blade and reinforced welding points for an incredibly sturdy tool. The sharp serrated blades bite into the fruit and twist to cut through it.
In just a few twists, you can pull out a spiral of pineapple rings. With the press of a button, the handle pops off, and you can slip the pineapple right off. Cut up the fruit into chunks or rings—whichever you prefer. You can even use the hollow rind as a bowl or decoration at a cookout.
Price at time of publish: $20
Blade Material: Stainless steel | Weight: 9.9 ounces | Dimensions: 9.35 x 3.92 x 3.31 inches
Best Budget: Zulay Premium Corer
Works for more than just pineapple
Comes in a wide array of colors
May not remove entire pineapple core
If you want to core fruit and save money at the same time, Zulay’s Premium Corer might be what you’re looking for. Press the cylinder into the fruit, twist, and pull out. With the press of the lever, you can dump the core and move on to the next fruit.
Though intended for apples and pears, you can use this corer on pineapple, as well. However, it may work best on halved or fully sliced pineapple circles.
Price at time of publish: $10
Blade Material: Stainless steel | Weight: 3.5 ounces | Dimensions: 4 x 1 x 7 inches
Best Grip: Sur La Table Pineapple Corer And Slicer
Textured grip with ergonomic handle
Only comes in yellow
Cutting pineapple requires a sure grip. Fortunately, Sur La Table’s Pineapple Corer and Slicer has an ergonomic handle with a textured plastic grip, and the color is as vibrant as the fruit it cuts.
The sharp stainless steel serrated blade cuts through the pineapple with ease. Twist the tool down, and it will slice up the sweet yellow fruit into a spiral of rings.
Price at time of publish: $25
Blade Material: Stainless steel | Dimensions: 4.75 x 1.75 x 12 inches
Best Plastic: Oxo Good Grips Simple Pineapple Corer & Slicer
Requires more pressure to pierce fruit
Not all corers are made of steel. Plastic is another popular material and typically makes a more affordable tool. This plastic corer from Oxo has a nice rubber grip and ratcheting handle to help twist and cut the pineapple inside.
As a nice bonus, there are numbers on the side of the column serving as a depth guide, so you can avoid cutting through the bottom of the pineapple if you want to use the rind for something.
Price at time of publish: $10
Blade Material: Plastic | Weight: 4.1 ounces | Dimensions: 1.38 x 4.75 x 14 inches
Best with Wedger: Tomorrow's Kitchen 4-in-1 Pineapple Slicer with Wedger
Slices and cuts pineapple into chunks
Wedger is detachable
Handle attachment can be flimsy
Most pineapple corers create a spiral ring of fruit, so if you want chunks, you need to add an extra step and cut it up yourself. If you want to skip that step, Tomorrow’s Kitchen has a handy pineapple slicer that comes with a wedger.
The slicer will create the standard pineapple spiral, while the wedger cuts it up into triangular chunks. If at any time you change your mind and want rings, you can remove the wedger.
Price at time of publish: $14
Blade Material: Plastic | Weight: 4.3 ounces | Dimensions: 4.5 x 5 x 9 inches
Best for Pineapple Rings: Choxila Stainless Steel Pineapple Corer
Easy to use and clean
Double knife ring
Keeps pineapple fruit whole
Not as effective on larger pineapples
Common pineapple corers on the market create a uniform connected spiral ring of fruit, but what if you want a whole ring or to control the thickness of the slices? This sturdy corer from Choxila can help you do just that.
Featuring double serrated blades, this corer cuts fruit away from the sides while simultaneously cutting it from the core. Pull it out and you’ll find a cored cylinder of pineapple ready to slice.
Price at time of publish: $21
Blade Material: Stainless steel | Weight: 7.8 ounces | Dimensions: 7.8 x 3.1 x 7.8 inches
What to Look for in a Pineapple Corer
There are two main types of materials used when it comes to pineapple corers: plastic and stainless steel. Many prefer stainless steel blades for their durability, sharpness, and sturdiness. Plastic, on the other hand, tends to be more affordable and doesn’t run the risk of rusting.
A steadfast grip is important when cutting pineapple. Though certainly safer than using a knife to cut up a pineapple, corers still have sharp parts, and a slip could lead to a nasty cut. Thankfully, most pineapple corer grips have rubber or textured plastic to keep you from slipping. Just be sure to keep it dry and free of any juice splashes.
Different corers will cut pineapple in different ways. The most common cut is the spiral slice, which creates a connected spiraled ring of pineapple. Some corers cut the pineapple and keep it as one intact giant ring, while others contain wedges that cut pineapple rings up into triangular chunks. A few corers only focus on the core itself and won’t cut the pineapple fruit at all. Consider what you want out of your pineapple before deciding on the best corer style for you.
How do I core a pineapple?
With a pineapple corer, the task is fairly simple. Cut off the top of the pineapple, place the blades into the fruit, and twist according to the instructions. Once the corer reaches the bottom, pull out and prepare it however you want.
Can you eat pineapple cores?
Pineapple cores are hard and dense, so most people throw them out. However, pineapple cores are edible. You can eat them raw, soften them up a bit in boiling water before blending it up into a smoothie, or even cut them into slices and pop them in an oven for crispy pineapple chips.
What should I do with the pineapple rind?
Though pineapple skin is technically edible, it isn’t typically as appetizing as the fruit itself. Instead, you can use hollowed out pineapple rinds in a variety of ways. Halved rinds make for great bowls for individual meals or as a serving platter. A whole pineapple rind could be used to hold a fruity punch or tropical cocktail.
Why Trust the Spruce Eats?
The first time Allison Wignall tried fresh pineapple was in the fields of Hawai’i. She ate so much pineapple on the tour that her tongue went numb. Ever since, Allison has loved using pineapple in all sorts of recipes from smoothies to tropical-inspired tacos. Her work has been featured in publications such as Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Southern Living.