OXO SoftWorks 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer review:
A Triple-Tasker That Gets It Mostly Right
Cool design, with a slicing blade and pitting tool that work beautifully.
The sections of the fan blade are too thick—only a few slices per avocado half end up pretty enough to show off.
This is a handy, easy-to-use gadget for when you don’t need perfect avocado slices. Safe for even young children to use.
Figuring out how to open avocados is only slightly less puzzling than dealing with coconuts. The pits attach to the delicate flesh like mussels on a hull, and the alligator skin can seem menacing. OXO’s 3-in-1 slicer to the rescue! As the name suggests, the cool-looking tool is designed as a triple-tasker, allowing you to split, pit, and slice an alligator pear in under a minute, bare-handed, right over the salad bowl or BLAT-to-be. (Note: OXO has two product lines that it brands and packages differently: SoftWorks, sold in grocery stores and mass-market retail outlets; and Good Grips, sold at gourmet and specialty shops. The SoftWorks 3-in-1 slicer we reviewed here has different packaging and a few slight design differences—including a slicing knife that's an eighth of an inch shorter—from the Good Grips version, though as an OXO rep told us, they "function in the exact same way.")
The design looks vaguely like a green-beaked parrot. OXO’s typical nonslip comfort material clads the central handle, with a gently serrated slicing knife at one end and a scoop with six plastic cutting blades at the other. In between is the pitter: three unsharp metal blades that grasp the exposed pit and remove it from the avocado with a twist, and a finger hole for popping the pit off into the compost bin. The blades and pitter well are made of non-BPA plastic (color options are green or white), and you can toss the tool in the top rack of the dishwasher for cleaning. It measures just under 8 inches long and 2.2 inches across, so it doesn’t take up much room in the gadget drawer. And at 3.7 ounces, the 3-in-1 should be able to pit and slice a whole case of avocados for Super Bowl guacamole without giving you hand fatigue.
We split, pitted, and sliced ripe avocados at both ends of the soft-firm scale, with the 3-in-1 giving similar results in all cases.
The blade is fantastic. Holding an avocado in one hand—both righties and lefties can use this tool with ease—we easily split around the core with the other. The plastic was plenty sharp, but so gentle we’d feel comfortable letting a 6-year-old use it. The avocados opened easily, with a simple twist.
The pitter is our favorite feature. The metal blades grasped easily, and the finger-release hole worked well, even though on our first try we approached those blades with caution. Again, this is a tool we’d feel comfortable letting even young kids use.
Our only disappointment had to do with the fan blade. The scoop itself worked well, releasing most of the flesh from the peel, but only two of the seven slices were pretty enough to serve exposed in a salad or fanned on a cold plate (though they’d be just fine for guacamole or a sandwich)—the rest ended up slightly to moderately mangled. The plastic sections of the blade are just too thick to produce the neat, crisp-edged slices we like to serve in Cobb salads and ceviche tostadas.
Photos by Chris Rochelle