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The Austrian magazine “Konsument” compared nine nutcrackers. Conclusion: The twist squeeze principle works most reliably. And: You can crack well even with cheap ones.

Cozy winter evenings are the ideal moment to crack a few nuts. But what kind of cracker is the best for opening tree nuts, hazelnuts or almonds?

The Austrian magazine “Konsument” wanted to know. The selection of products showed that the range is huge. The five testers finally compared nine nutcrackers with each other.

Everyone stood for a cracking system: the conventional pincer-lever cracker was compared with the cup-lever cracker, rotary squeezer, flywheel cracker and key splitter and other systems.

The test criteria

  • Technical exam (30% weighting): Risk of injury. Effort.
  • Practical exam (40%): Opening tree nuts, hazelnuts and almonds. Removal of the tree nuts. Shape the nuts after cracking.
  • Handling (30%): Assembly. Instructions for use. Ergonomics and cleaning. Storage.

The test showed: the twist and squeeze principle gave the best results. The power was best dosed here, so that when you worked hard, the fruit of the nuts was not immediately crushed. Because the nut is mostly squeezed in an almost closed cup, there is very little risk that splinters will fly far away.

Two openers can only be used with tree nuts (“Nussdrängler” by Schwarzwald Raumgestalt and “Nut Splitter” by Alessi). They are small and easy to stow away, but require dexterity and pose a certain risk of injury.

This test also showed that a good product does not have to be expensive. The third best costs just 7.90 francs (test result: 72 points). Many times less than the flywheel cracker “Lucky Punch” from Take2, which won the “Red Dot Design Award”, for around 50 francs (test result: 36 points).

The five best

"Cric Crac Nutcracker Panda" by Pylones
Test result: 73/100 («good») *
Price: 10.- € ***
Comment: principle Twist squeeze cracker

"AstroNut" from WMF
Test result: 73/100 («good») *
Price: 23.90 CHF **
Comment: principle Twist squeeze cracker

"Hercules" from Westmark
Test result: 72/100 («good») *
Price: 7.90 CHF **
Comment: principle Tong lever cracker

"Nutcracker" von Schwarzwald Raumgestalt
Test result: 70/100 («good») *
Price: 7.- € **
Comment: principle Key cracker (only for tree nuts!)

"The Nut Cracker" by Drosselmeyer
Test result: 63/100 («good») *
Price: 49.- CHF **
Comment: principle Cup lever cracker

This test with a detailed comparison table can be obtained online from konsument.at, the link will open in a new window. * = Scale: very good: 100 - 80.0. Good: 79.9 - 65.0. Average: 64.9 - 45.0. Unsatisfactory: 44.9 - 30.0. Poor: 29.9-15.0. Bad: 14.9-0.0. ** = prices on October 16, 2015. *** = not available in Switzerland. Source: “Konsument”, 10/2015

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