Apple Corer

Apple corers remove the core from an apple quickly and with little fuss.

  • Has a handle and a round metal tube with a sharp and/or serrated edge.
  • Used to core apples without peeling or slicing.

What is an apple corer?

An apple corer is a sturdy hand utensil that has a handle and a metal loop designed to be pressed into apples to remove the core while retaining the whole apple.

apple corer parts noted - the handle, opening mechanism and cutting edge

Apple corers leave the apple whole and only remove the core. These should not be confused with apple slicers or peelers which may remove cores but in addition cut the apple in some manner.

Apple corers are designed for when the apple needs to stay whole, but the core has to go.

How to use an apple corer

an apple corer is shown being used
  1. Place the apple on a flat surface such as a counter. Center the circle on the top of apple over the core and stem.
  2. Pressing straight down, force the tool into the apple. If little progress is made, twist the apple corer a little as you push.
  3. When your apple corer reaches the bottom of the apple, lift the apple and carefully push tool all the way through the bottom.
  4. Pull tool out of the apple and the core will remain in the middle of the tool.


Corers specific to apples have been around for hundreds of years. Early examples were made of silver, wood, bone and ivory.

silver apple corer from 1682

The above silver apple corer dates back to 1682 and was auctioned by Christies in 2006. 1

In Georgian times they were considered a "gentleman" tool, these were carried around in case a lady wished for an apple. 2 Apple corers were carried around so much that they used to be made in two pieces. The blade would fit into the handle to easily be kept in a pocket. 3

Apple corers were initially "apple scoops" which are even older tools. Such scoops are one of the oldest types of eating utensils having been in use since prehistoric times. 4 Such scoops helped older or younger people with no teeth to eat. 5

What to look for when you buy:

an apple corer, an apple and a cutting board

The top things to think about when buying a new apple corer:

  • Safety of Handle (maintaining a good grip)
  • Apple corer type
  • Strength

Safety of Handle (maintaining a good grip)

In order to core apples safely and easily, you need to be able to hold on to this tool. Most of the apple corer brands I highlight below have thought of this, but not all have.

Things can get slippery when coring many apples so the quality products have ensured a good grip either by the shape or texture of the handle.

four apple corers shown in manufacturers packaging. Oxo, Joie, Cusinpro and Cusinart

In the above image are four apple corers. The three on the left have safe handles that are easy to keep your grip on.

The one on the right (Cusinart) has a long slim handle and even though it has some texture to it if you look at the tool closely you will see that there are raised "bars" that if your hand slipped could possibly cut or harm you.

The other three pay attention to safety in their design by having a handle area larger than the metal parts of the tool. It is our opinion that the Oxo, Cusinpro and Joie are all safer by to use than the Cusinart one.

Apple corer type

There are three main types of apple corer utensils:

  1. Standard
  2. Side grip
  3. Core removal (tool opens in some manner to remove core)

Examples of standard types:

Oxo, Chef'n and Cusinart all have examples of the "standard" type.

Oxo, Chef'n and Cusinart in packaging

Standard apple corers are long and slim tools which have a handle on one end and a round blade of some sort on the other.

Examples of side grip type:

Cusinpro and other Chinese imports are examples of the "Side grip" type.

Cusinpro and Newnwss brand apple corers have a shape with a right angle.

Sidegrip apple corers are shorter "L" shaped tools that have a handle perpendicular to the part that goes into the apple. Since the shape of the tool is a right angle, there is leverage when pushing down. Some people prefer this type of handle.

Examples of auto core removing:

Joie and Oxo have examples of the "Core removing" type.

Oxo and Joie corers in packaging

Auto core removing types of corers appear in most ways like a "standard" one but the round blade is made of two parts. These two parts can open like a pair of scissors by squeezing or taking some other action. They are designed as such so that when the two haves of the blade open, the apple core falls out without touching it.


Apple corers need to be strong and unbending and I would not trust a pure plastic version of this tool to last (or to be safe).

Luckily all the example corers we tested are made very well. They are all strong and solid with metal blades and solid handles.