What to Look for When Buying a Serrated Bread Knife

A decent serrated bread knife should cut crunchy breads, cut cakes, slice soft tomatoes, and easily cut folded sandwiches with ease. If you’re tired of your knife spoiling your food, here’s what you should look for in a new one.

In this video from America’s Test Kitchen YouTube, Lisa McManus explains what makes a decent serrated bread knife. After testing nine different knives ranging from $ 20 to $ 200 on 50 pounds of tomatoes, 18 yellow brownies, nine loaves of Challah, 30 country loaves of bread, and nine tall BLT sandwiches, they found this:

  • Good serrated bread knives should be at least 10 inches long.
  • It is better to have a blade with fewer, wider and deeper serrations. Their favorite blade had only 30 teeth, and the worst had 54. Also, the rounded teeth don’t fit.
  • Narrower blades of just 16 degrees or less provide a better serrated blade.
  • The bread knife should have a comfortable grip that fits securely in your hand, not a smooth handle.

If you’re wondering what they picked as their favorite, America’s Test Kitchen opted for the rather cheap Mercer Culinary Millennium 10-inch wide bread knife ($ 15) . You can read more about their testing methods at the link below.

Equipment Review: The Best Serrated Knives (For Bread) | Youtube


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