Vacuvin Pineapple Slicer The serrated center tube on this corkscrew-like device cores the prickly fruit, while a blade on the outside removes the peel and cuts the juicy flesh into a gorgeous spiral. To buy: $15, surlatable.com.
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Best for Corn
Kuhn Rikon Original Corn Zipper The teeth on this stainless-steel tool slice just far enough into the cob, removing even large kernels easily and quickly. To buy: $16, kuhnrikon.com.
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Best for Apples
Calphalon Easy Grip Apple Divider Thanks to this gadget’s widely spaced handles, you don’t need a lot of muscle to push down and produce eight perfect slices. To buy: $10, cookware.com.
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Best for Eggs
Progressive 5-in-1 Egg Slicer Want sliced eggs for a Cobb salad? Chopped eggs for egg salad? With four cutting options, this utensil has you covered. (If only it could peel eggs, too.) To buy: $11, digitalkitchenstore.com.
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Best for Chopping
Chef’n VeggiChop Think of this as a handheld food processor. Load the bowl with an onion, tomatoes, garlic, and cilantro, give the retractable cord a few pulls, and―voilà! Salsa. To buy: $30, macys.com.
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Best for Making a Julienne
The Pampered Chef Julienne Peeler This winner creates matchstick-size pieces with the precision of a seasoned line cook. Great for salads and stir-fries. To buy: $9.50, pamperedchef.com.
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Best for Dicing
Progressive Fruit and Vegetable Chopper The three removable grates on this gadget produce uniform cuts in seconds. Use it with zucchini, peppers, potatoes, and especially onions (bye-bye, tears). To buy: $38, amazon.com.
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Best for Slicing
Oxo Good Grips Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer Regular, smooth cuts are essential to great gratins and casseroles. With this ergonomic tool, even the toughest-skinned vegetables easily fall to pieces. To buy: $20, amazon.com.
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De Buyer Mandoline This lightweight version of the chef’s essential folds flat for quick storage. Use it to make up to five kinds of cuts (including waffle rounds and French fries) with ease. To buy: $100, williams-sonoma.com.