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Equipment Review: Best Serrated (Bread) Knives & Our Testing Winner

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We tested 9 serrated knives to find the best one:
Mercer Culinary Millennia 10″ Wide Bread Knife
Miyabi Kaizen 9.5″ Bread Knife
Wüsthof Classic 10-Inch Serrated Bread Knife
Victorinox Swiss Army Fibrox Pro 10 1/4″ Curved Bread Knife with Serrated Edge
Dexter-Russell 10″ Sofgrip Scalloped Bread Slicer
Messermeister Four Season 10 Inch Scalloped Baker’s Bread Knife
Zwilling Pro 10″ Ultimate Bread Knife
Kramer by Zwilling Essential 10″ Bread Knife
Chicago Cutlery Walnut Tradition 10″ Serrated Bread/Slicing Knife

Why are some knives a pain and others a pleasure? Everything counts, from the number and shape of the serrations to the width of the blade.

We review the best (and worst) knife sharpeners:

Curious about carbon-steel knives? Watch our review:

– Fewer, broader, deeper, pointed serrations
– Thinner blade angle
– Comfortable, grippy handle
– Medium weight
– Roughly 10-inch length


CUTTING: We rated each knife on how well it halved cake layers widthwise and sliced through tomatoes, bread (soft and crusty), and loaded BLT sandwiches. Points were awarded for crisp, tidy cuts that required minimal effort.

COMFORT: We evaluated the ergonomics, grippiness, length, and weight of each knife; those that were comfortable and secure rated highest.

EDGE RETENTION: We used each knife to slice squishy, tactile tomatoes at the beginning and end of testing; those that started and stayed sharp rated highest.

AVERAGE SERRATION WIDTH AND DEPTH: We pressed each knife’s nonbeveled side into Silly Putty, measured three serrations on each knife with calipers, and calculated an average for each knife.

America’s Test Kitchen is a real 2,500 square foot test kitchen located just outside of Boston that is home to more than three dozen full-time cooks and product testers. Our mission is simple: to develop the absolute best recipes for all of your favorite foods. To do this, we test each recipe 30, 40, sometimes as many as 70 times, until we arrive at the combination of ingredients, technique, temperature, cooking time, and equipment that yields the best, most-foolproof recipe.

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Comments (30)

  1. marcus kwon November 25, 2017 Reply

    Please do a review on the best chef knifes

  2. CaliforniaLove November 25, 2017 Reply

    As much as I appreciate the reviews and attention to detail, does anyone else wondering what happens to all that food used for equipment testing?

  3. SamLloydPresents November 25, 2017 Reply

    Zwilling all the way for me.

  4. aethertech November 25, 2017 Reply

    Nine loaves of challah you say? That' sa lot of delicious french toast.

  5. therealchickentender November 25, 2017 Reply

    The best one isn't even here: the Tojiro DP 270mm bread knife. It's magic.

  6. Jennifer Velazquez November 26, 2017 Reply

    Are they feeding people with this food?

  7. Alex Tran November 26, 2017 Reply

    0:511:00 and a partridge in a pear tree?

  8. Joe Burks November 26, 2017 Reply

    Great review! Just had to get the "Winning Knife." Got it on Amazon (and recommended it to a friend). Works like a dream. My wife calls it the "bread machete." The Vorpal Blade of Jaberwocky comes to mind. Thanks…

  9. mastathf November 26, 2017 Reply

    as usual, ATK doesn't know anything about knives

  10. Otis Huang November 26, 2017 Reply

    i dont know how many people on this planet need a handle to feel more "SECURE" to cut bread or sandwich especially when its plastic, thats def. a nonsense factor for me. but really appreciate this video, i ordered a zwilling ultimate 10" right away, people may have several chef knife, but will only have one bread knife, and i want it to be the best in my opinion to work with me.

  11. Matija Kokic November 26, 2017 Reply

    What do u think about the F.dick pro dynamic serrated knife?

  12. Beauty My Way November 26, 2017 Reply

    thank you,love this knife l would like to have one.

  13. metamurph November 26, 2017 Reply

    you guys do such great videos clear on the criteria, good examples of success/fail, etc. and this is a happy conclusion $22 yahoo.

  14. Benedict Cumberbatch November 26, 2017 Reply

    rip all the tomato.

  15. Christopher Ramsey November 26, 2017 Reply

    When talking about positive attributes of a knife "gliding through challah" and also cutting through crusty bread you showed a video of the zwilling pro bread effortless at work, but the final review did not reflect this. Interesting.

  16. Matthew Teeter November 26, 2017 Reply

    you won't be upset with the Victorinox or the Mercer. both perform nearly identical…. both have a nearly identical price.

  17. Owen Glover November 26, 2017 Reply

    I don't understand. while describing the benefits of sharp teeth you show a scalloped knife gliding through. And when talking about squishing loaves you show your Mercer flattening the bread. you also seem to just push down when using the knives instead of drawing them through like a serrated knife is meant to be used. it's all just very confusing and feels a lot like product endorsement.

  18. Sela Lewis November 26, 2017 Reply

    More serrations or rounded serrations almost seem like a dull knife. So it makes sense to pick the sharpest, less dense serrations. And I appreciate that you tested for left- and right-handed people.

  19. Jeanmarie Todd November 26, 2017 Reply

    I love my Wusthoff serrated knife!

  20. Family Fitness 40s 50s November 26, 2017 Reply

    Superb testing and insights.

  21. Car Geeks Anonymous November 26, 2017 Reply

    I've never found one that wasn't right-handed.

  22. Kyle SoSik November 26, 2017 Reply

    Would the mercer knife be good at cutting through human bone?

  23. salazam November 26, 2017 Reply

    Why were none of the runner-up brands mentioned in the video? Doesn't seem very unbiased. Even more so if you only provide the shopping link to 1 knife. I smell product endorsement and it makes me sad because I thought you guys were about the science.

  24. Speedfreely November 26, 2017 Reply

    Where is the CUTCO? Snobs can continue to use sub par knives. Enough said.

  25. Michael Rand November 26, 2017 Reply

    Woah! That is not a good/safe way to cut food. This should be more professional @ 0:32

  26. Lancers262 November 26, 2017 Reply

    Please make a video on how to sharpen serrated knives. Thank you!!

  27. il24ir November 26, 2017 Reply

    yaaay, Lisa's back!

  28. Mass imo November 26, 2017 Reply

    I just love her doing all those reviews, clear and straightforward and quite fun. I'm on a watching spree as always! Keep on the amazing work. Viewer from Malaysia!

  29. Loren Moore November 26, 2017 Reply

    I am surprised the Cutco knife wasn't tested.  It is a very narrow blade and does well for me. I would be curious of the opinion of the Test Kitchen.

  30. bwdate November 26, 2017 Reply

    can you test roasting pans next, please

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