Avocado slicers are manual devices designed to cut and slice avocados (and remove the pit).
Cutting and pitting avocados can be very messy.
Utensils made for avocados are great examples of life being easier when you have the right tool.
Using a sharp knife to slice one is a bit dangerous because you have to handle the avocado quite bit to slice around the giant hard pit. Getting the pit out once you have sliced it can be a chore because it is slippery and the fruit around it is so soft and easy to deform. On top of those issues you then have to scoop out the fruit somehow.
Avocado slicers solve these issues by making the slicing safer, pit removal easier, and the scooping a breeze.
The first thing to know is that avacodo tools come in all shapes and sizes:
If you are not using this utensil everyday for a specific function it is likely that the 3 in 1 type tools are for you (such as the Oxo brand tool featured in the images on this page).
There are however many tools which are geared toward a certain function.
One example would be that if you are making guacamole there is not a strong need for perfect little avocado slices, but you still need to open, depit and scoop out the avocado.
If (as another example) you are making avacado toast for guests you may very much care about the presentation of the slices.
The avocado has been eaten for thousands of years, but the tools specific to avocados have a much shorter history.
In the 1990s and 2000s many patents were filed for avocado tools. The rather recent history of this tool is mostly due to the surge of avocado use in America in the early 1990s.
The patent image 1 above is from 1996.
This utensil is the one you see in all of our images on this page. It cuts the skin safely, removes the pit and slices the inside fruit.
This is a well made and atractive tool. It achieves the main functions of cutting, pit removal and fruit slicing. The blade folds into the tool itself for storage.
This tool from Prepworks by Progressive achieves cutting, pit removal and fruit scooping (rather than slicing). The metal blade folds into tool but we found it a bit awkward to use.