The 8 Best Bread Knives for Effortless Slicing, According to Chefs
While chef's knives are known for being kitchen go-tos, there's another multipurpose tool worth adding to your collection: the bread knife. Despite its name, this type of knife can actually be used for so much more than just slicing crusty loaves of bread. They're versatile enough to cut through juicy tomatoes, delicate pastries, thick cakes, and more.
"A serrated bread knife is an essential kitchen tool," says Tracy Wilk, pastry chef and Institute of Culinary Education instructor. "The reason a serrated knife is so useful for bread is the little groves or serrated notches, [which] allow the knife to slice through the crusty exterior of your bread without smashing or pushing through the inside."
Since there are so many types of bread knives available online, we reached out to professional chefs to get their recommendations on which ones are actually worth buying. No matter how experienced you are in the kitchen, there's bound to be a serrated bread knife on this list that meets your needs. From an affordable best-seller on Amazon to one from a popular direct-to-customer brand, these are the best bread knives of 2021:
- Best Overall: Mercer Culinary Millennia 10-inch Wavy Edge Bread Knife
- Most Versatile: Victorinox Swiss Army Fibrox 10.25-inch Bread Knife
- Best Edge Retention: Wüsthof Classic 10-inch Bread Knife
- Most Flexible Blade: Tojiro 9.25-inch Bread Slicer
- Best DTC: Made In 9-inch Bread Knife
- Best Offset: Shun Classic Offset 8.25-inch Bread Knife
- Best with Ergonomic Handle: Global Ukon 9-inch Bread Knife
- Best with Short Blade: J.A. Henckels Classic 7-inch Bread Knife
When shopping for bread knives, there are a few different factors to consider before making a decision. If you already have a favorite knife brand that you always reach for, you can simply choose its serrated bread knife. Otherwise, you'll want to first think about how much you're willing to spend because the bread knives on this list range from $17 to $155. Then decide how long of a blade you need. "I find a 7-to-9-inch blade will handle most breads," says Gerry Klaskala, chef and owner of Aria in Atlanta. But "if your preference is huge loaves of bread, you're going to need a longer blade."
Keep reading to learn more about each of the best bread knives, from expert-approved brands like Wüsthof, Shun, and Mercer.