If you've gone out to a restaurant lately you may have noticed that sweet potato fries are becoming a popular alternative to their white potato counterparts. They have the perfect combination of sweet and savoriness which explains their increase in popularity. But what if you want to make your own sweet potato fries at home without all of the excess oil? Unless you're just preparing one potato, a french fry cutter for sweet potatoes will make the process a lot easier!
One important note is that even though the manufacturers of these products say that they are good for sweet potatoes, some sweet potatoes can be extremely dense (depending on each individual potato) and hard to push through the cutters even if it is super heavy duty. However, this can be negated rather easily by heating the potatoes for a short amount of time to soften them just slightly - either boiling for a few minutes or microwaving for 1-2 minutes.
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A regular knife can do a semi-decent job of cutting potatoes for fries, but if you want to step it up a notch, you'll need a tool designed specifically for the job. A high-end sweet potato slicer typically mount to a kitchen counter-top and give you the ability to push the potatoes right through. This eliminates the need for a knife and do the entire job in just one motion! Keep in mind that most units can be used interchangeably for sweet potatoes as well as white potatoes.
Below are the top units that we've selected. They're all differently (besides the first two which are really similar). Your final decision is likely going to come down to three factors:
That being said, the first two picks are going to be your power models and are going to give you the easiest time with sweet potatoes. The last two picks are a bit more versatile and storage friendly. The mandoline slicer isn't designed for potatoes only, but can handle them as well as a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. The final model isn't as high-end as the first two french fry cutters and thus delivers the least in terms of power and size of potatoes that it can handle.
As the name implies, this is a commercial grade fry cutter. However, with its sleek black and silver exterior, its perfectly suitable to be displayed in any modern kitchen. Since it can be mounted on a wall or a table, it gives you a lot of flexibility on where it will look and perform the best. You have the option of a temporary mount with suction cups, or a permanent mount if you're using it in a more commercial setting.
Unlike cheap and flimsy home models of fry cutters, its made of cast iron, stainless steel and aluminium.
As a bonus, it comes with both 1/2" and 3/8" blades. The thicker the cut, the easier its going to be to get a dense potato through, so having the 3/8" option is really nice to have. The company also manufacture's more accessories which include more blade sizes offering even more flexibility in the future should you so choose.
Finally, if you ever run into an issue where the blades on your unit dull, replacement parts seem to be very easy to come upon.
It weighs in at 12 lbs and measures in at 20.5 x 10.5 x 9.7 inches. This may be bulky and heavy for some users.
If you're serious about cutting sweet potatoes (or any kind of potatoes for that matter), a commercial quality unit like the VIVO is going to be the ideal choice. The thing that separates a unit like this from a standard plastic unit is build materials and design. It's built of cast iron and steel and has suction which allows to to mount. This gives the user a high amount of balance, leverage, and power to make cutting even the toughest sweet potatoes easy - ideally if the ends are cut off giving you even more leverage.
Keep in mind that although this cutter is powerful, it is heavy and rather large. The entire thing weighs 15 pounds and is 14" x 10.5".
Another downside that we could find was that the cutter blade only comes in 1 size which is 1/2". Perhaps the manufacturer has released another size, but we haven't been able to locate it.
Although a mandoline slicer isn't completely designed for fry cutting, we thought it would be good to consider for someone who wanted a more versatile option. Not only can mandolines cut thin slices of sweet potatoes, but they cut pretty much any other vegetable as well.
In addition, this particular mandoline can also work as a grater or julienne slicer. Cutting vegetables in this fashion makes them a lot more palatable and versatile. If you don't have your mind completely set on doing traditional stick french fries, this is worth checking out! It also helps with cutting onions from reducing some of the irritating gasses.
You may also want to check out our post on vegetable choppers, cutters, and dicers to see some similar models.
The Culina can be considered the least heavy duty fry cutter on the list. It's great for the user that's looking for something simple and easy to store. It also comes with two blade sizes so you can adjust the thickness of the fries you're going to make quickly and easily.
The downside of this model is that its a bit on the small side and not nearly as powerful as the others. This means that sweet potatoes are going to be a bit tough with this cutter. That is not to say that its impossible, though especially if properly softened.
We wanted to include this option for the user who was going to stick mostly to regular potatoes or couldn't justify keeping one of the bigger heavy duty models in their house/apartment, but if you're going to be doing sweet potatoes in bulk you're better off with one of the others.
Hey! I’m Michelle and I write product reviews for ThriveCuisine.com. I’m always preparing healthy / plant based foods and I’ve developed a knack for helping people get the best bang for their buck.