If you are having trouble getting those nuts opened, a nutcracker will come in handy. However, do bear in mind that some of the nutcrackers sold work only with certain types of nuts. A lot of them can work with almost any nut variety, but others do not.
Size of a Nutcracker: Harold Imports Reed’s Rocket Nutcracker
The Harold Imports Reed’s Rocket Nutcracker measures 8 x 2 x 2.5 inches. The device holds the nut by using five contact points. The nutcracker is steel machine engineered.
The lower parts are metal coated. Rivets are used to join the points together. It comes with a base made of wood. It has a handle grip to make it easier to work with.
The Rocket Nutcracker was created to crack soft shells at greater speeds. It can also be utilized for large and small nuts. At the same time it ensures the nut meats are clean.
Size of a Nutcracker: Pedrini Deluxe Lobster/Nutcracker
The Pedrini Black & Satin Deluxe Lobster/Nutcracker measures 9.3 x 3.3 x 2.1 inches. The nutcracker is made in Italy and can be used on different nuts, including pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts and many others.
Aside from cracking nuts, the gadget can be used to crack lobsters too. The Pedrini nutcracker has handle grips that make holding easy. The handles were developed so that people with arthritis would find it comfortable to hold.
The opening is small, ideal for cracking smaller nuts. It is also solidly built so as to withstand heavy use, be it for nuts or lobsters.
Size of a Nutcracker: Pedrini Satin Basic
The Pedrini Satin Basic Nutcracker measures 6.25 x 1.5 x.25 inches. It is built to last, as is its finish. The gadget has a small and large opening, so you can choose which one is most appropriate.
To use, hold the nutcracker with your right hand (reverse this if you are right handed). Put the nut in the opening. Cup your hand on the cracker. This will keep the nut at the center.
It also prevents the nut from flying off when you use the device. The device is also light, so your hands will not tire when using it.
Size of a Nutcracker: Oxo Good Grips Slim Nut/Seafood Cracker
The Oxo Good Grips Slim Nut/Seafood Cracker measures 10.3 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches. As the name makes clear, the gadget is built not just for nuts but various types of seafood (including crab claws).
It has a soft handle so it is comfortable to hold. This also deflects any pressure that might get to your hands. The handles are wide so it can work on small and medium sized nuts. The device can be used in a dishwasher. The cracker is made of solid zinc.
The size of a nutcracker is just one aspect to look at. While it has to be compact enough to hold, the durability of the gadget is another thing to consider. Also, you should not use a nutcracker for crabs and other seafood unless the manufacturers say you may do so.