Last updated: 16/10/2022

A nutcracker can be a real relief in everyday life. It offers not only older and weaker people, but all people, the possibility of cracking even hard nuts without the need for great effort. Nutcrackers are available in a wide range of materials and designs and can be operated both manually and electronically.

With our big nutcracker test 2023 we want to help you find the right nutcracker for you and your lifestyle but also your eating style. We have compared wooden nutcrackers, metal nutcrackers and nutcracker devices with each other and listed the respective advantages and disadvantages to make your purchase decision easier.


  • Nutcrackers offer older and weaker people the possibility to crack hard nuts independently.
  • The material and design of the nutcracker can be very different and should be adapted to your needs: there are nutcrackers made of metal, but also of wood.
  • Nutcracker machines are very powerful, but sometimes less vivid than beautiful wooden nutcracker figures.

The Best Nutcracker: Our Picks

Nutcrackers: buying and review criteria

People tend to become more and more flexible and practical and this fast-paced lifestyle also includes the right nutcracker. More and more additional functions and designs are confusing and unsettling consumers and their buying decisions. With our buying guide, everything will be fine. You should consider the following criteria when buying a nutcracker.

In the following sections, we explain what you should pay particular attention to when buying the right nutcracker.


As already mentioned, there is a wide range of different materials on the market. These materials differ not only in design, but also in durability.

Nutcrackers can also be made of wood, which is lighter and more sustainable than stainless steel. However, they are also more susceptible to dirt and liquids.

Stainless steel nutcrackers are particularly robust and repel liquids and dirt particularly well and they do not rust. They are usually even quite inexpensive to buy, but they are considerably heavier.


The weight of nutcrackers often varies greatly: there are some that weigh very little because they are made of wood, but there are also nutcrackers that are extremely heavy, but they are usually more solid and durable.

The weight is a decisive factor, because a solid nutcracker without a lever function also requires more force.


The design of the nutcracker is very varied. There are nutcrackers in the traditional and elongated shape, but also in mushroom shape or as a lever machine made of various materials and colours.

The design of a nutcracker is of particular importance to some consumers, so take your time and calm when making this decision and think carefully about what suits your interior.

You can find an individual and suitable nutcracker for every interior style. There are no limits to your imagination. Decorative nutcrackers in particular can flatter the interior.


The quality of the respective nutcracker varies greatly.

Robust materials promise a longer shelf life.

The price invested, but also the material and the care and storage habits play a major role.

A high-quality nutcracker promises a longer shelf life, so it is best to pay particular attention to the quality of the nutcracker.

Nutcracker: Frequently asked questions and answers

In the following, we would like to clarify the most important questions that arise before buying a nutcracker. We have selected the questions for you to make your purchase decision easier.

After this guide, you will be familiar with nutcrackers and know exactly which one is best for you.

Who is a nutcracker suitable for?

A nutcracker is especially suitable for people who like to eat nuts and want to open them professionally, so that a great crumbling or an enormous effort is avoided.

Nutcrackers can be made of wood as well as stainless steel. The heavier and sturdier a nutcracker is, the more durable it will be. The shell shape of the nutcracker catches the splintered nut shells (Pexels / Pixabay)

Nutcrackers are used particularly often during the Christmas or winter season, when nuts are often eaten with the whole family. Elderly or weak people in particular like to use nutcrackers to open a large number of nuts with little effort.

The nutcracker often serves not only a practical purpose, but also a decorative one.

How much does a nutcracker cost?

The prices for a nutcracker vary greatly and depend on the size and the material, but also on the technology.

The price range for a nutcracker is between seven and 35 GBP for common patterns. There is of course room for improvement, depending on the technique and material.

Type price
Stainless steel nutcracker around 10 euros
Crumb-free nutcracker around 30 to 35 GBP
Decorative nutcracker around 18 GBP

People’s demands are different and individual, and the price of a nutcracker rises and falls depending on the demands and the way it is used.

What are the alternatives to a nutcracker?

There are various alternatives to a nutcracker, but they are often more impractical and sometimes even dangerous. Here we look at two alternatives in more detail:

Alternatives to a nutcracker Disadvantages
Biting tongs Crumbly
Hammer Dangerous
  • Biting tongs: grip the nut worse than a nutcracker and do not catch the nut shells.
  • Hammer: is inaccurate and can even be dangerous, plus you need a hard and robust base.

Which nuts can the nutcracker crack?

The decisive factor is whether the nutcracker has a lever function and or whether it is made of a robust material. This factor determines the demand on the quality of the nutcracker. The more stable and robust the nutcracker is and the less force it requires, the more nuts it can crack.

Peanuts have a relatively thin shell, so cracking peanuts requires very little force. The thicker the shell of the nut, the more important the effort or the lever function (Pexels / shattha pilabut)

As a rule, the nutcracker can crack any nut, even almonds, only coconuts cannot be cracked even with most nutcrackers.

What types of nutcrackers are there?

If you want to buy a nutcracker, you can choose between two alternatives:

  • Nutcracker with leverage
  • Nutcracker without leverage

If you want to know more about the two alternatives, you can find this information in the following two sections.

Lever action nutcracker

The lever-action nutcracker is particularly robust and durable; it can crack very hard nuts even with minimal physical effort.

However, nutcrackers without lever action are often preferred by people because they are often smaller and cheaper.

  • robust
  • high performance
  • require little effort
  • more expensive
  • larger
  • less decorative

Nutcrackers with a lever function can often be bulky and undecorative standing around the room. They have a more obvious tool character.

Nutcrackers without lever action

Nutcrackers without lever action are also very robust and durable. They often last for several decades, but they also require more effort and often crumble.

They are water-repellent and for the most part almost stain-resistant.

  • robust
  • durable
  • stain-resistant
  • require more force
  • crumble more

However, nutcrackers without leverage can often be found to be more practical and handy, as they can be passed around more quickly and fit better in the hand.


All in all, it can be said that nutcrackers come in a wide variety of materials and designs. The material determines the amount of force required, but also the durability of your nutcracker.

The different designs match various furnishing styles and lifestyles. The decisive factor for buying the right nutcracker is to check your needs: for example, whether you want to apply a low amount of force or whether you want to crack nuts without crumbs. For some, the design is the deciding factor.

We hope that this guide has helped you to find the right nutcracker for your type. The all-round nutcracker costs less than 15 euros and also impresses with its flexibility and simplicity of design. It is robust and functional.