Review: Clever Cutter, Knife and Cutting Board Combo

Clever Cutter is an As Seen on TV kitchen product which allows you to safely chop and slice food. It acts as a mini-cutting board and knife in a single unit.

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About Clever Cutter

Clever Cutter is best described as a knife with a built-in cutting board.

What Clever Cutter Claims

It is claimed that you can chop food in seconds, or slice without the messy cleanup. It handles like a large pair of scissors with a blade on one side and small “cutting board” on the other. It is made of stainless steel and sports and ergonomic design.

What does it cost?

As of this January 2017 update, Clever Cutter costs $14.99 + $4.99 shipping. The online “double” offer is NOT optional, meaning you’ll get another unit plus a peeler for another $4.99 shipping, bringing your total to $24.97.

There is an offer to upgrade to a “Deluxe” model with “German Engineered Stay Sharp Blades” for another $5 per unit, but I’ve found no information about this version whatsoever.

Most stores that carry As Seen on TV products should have Clever Cutter on the shelf for about $15.

Clever Cutter Review: Pros and Cons

As with most As Seen on TV kitchen items, Clever Cutter seems to offer a new spin on a traditional kitchen tool – although it isn’t new at all. I have found information on Clever Cutter dating back nearly a decade. It is a scissor-like device with a blade on one side and a flat surface on the other, which is said to mimic that of a knife and cutting board.

The commercial shows impressive results as the demonstration rips through cutting jobs like butter. So how does it hold up in real-world tests?

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The reality is that Clever Cutter actually does a surprisingly good job with many types of foods. Keep in mind that when you cut the traditional way with a knife, you are able to press downward onto a hard surface in order to make your cut. With Clever Cutter, you are squeezing two surfaces together, but the blade is quite sharp, so you don’t have to use as much effort as you may expect. Hard foods such as apples and potatoes can be sliced with ease.

Softer foods, especially those with skin, may not be as easy to slice. You should not listen to the commercial and attempt to cut bread with Clever Cutter because that doesn’t seem to work at all.

That said, I do find myself reaching for my Clever Cutter pretty regularly. Despite being an As Seen on TV product, it holds up long-term.

I’d suggest passing on the online offer and looking for it locally or at Amazon.

Video

Here’s a video demonstration of Clever Cutter, with a variety of the foods they show in the advertising.

Conclusion

Clever Cutter is by no means a replacement for all of your kitchen utensils, and it may not even be suitable for all of your cutting needs. It does, however, have a place in the kitchen because it is pretty handy much of the time. Buy it locally or on Amazon, and skip the online offer which includes non-refundable shipping costs.

Updated January 2017.