3 Clever & Easy Ways to Cut Watermelon

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watermelon windmill slicer gadget in front of bowl of watermelon

How to cut a watermelon you ask?! We’ve got the answer(s)! 😉🍉

Cutting a watermelon can be a bit challenging, so we’re always looking for ways to get the job done without losing our rind. We’ve rounded up 3 of the best and most clever ways to slice up the delicious summer fruit!

So here’s how to cut a watermelon easily… 3 ways! 🙌

1. A Watermelon Cuber is the gadget we never knew we needed!

hand holding windmill watermelon slicer

This windmill-style slicer we discovered on Amazon is one watermelon-cutting solution we hadn’t seen before, so we were eager to give it a try!

This gadget is great for cutting your watermelon off the rind for skewers, salads, or fruit trays. It’s a really fun and easy alternative to a melon baller! We also love that you can set the cutting mechanism to cut cubes of different sizes up to two centimeters.

windmill slicer cutting watermelon

To make it work, you’ll need to cut your watermelon into two halves and then cut off the end of one of the halves as shown above.

Then, push the slicing tool (wheel first) through the cut end of your watermelon, moving it all the way through to the rind. As you push, the wheel will turn and cut cubes of watermelon as it goes along. Easy peasy!

bowl of watermelon cubes with slicing tool

Remove your watermelon cubes from the slicing tool, place them in a bowl, and repeat the process until your watermelon has been carved out. This fun gadget even comes with a melon baller, which you can use to scoop out any remaining watermelon flesh left behind by the windmill slicer.

close up of windmill wheel on watermelon slicer

We’re not the only fans of this fun gadget! There are over 500 5-star reviews on Amazon. Here’s just one of them:

“If you wanna cut up a melon *real fast* for the family, this is the thing. It turns a tedious job into a very fast process. Best of all, it has no truly sharp edges (plastic + sheet metal) so it’d be reasonably safe for kids to use. I’m very happy with this purchase!”

2. Spear slicing watermelon is perfect when serving a crowd and especially fun for kiddos.

watermelon spears on a tray

If you don’t have room for another gadget in your kitchen drawer, try this easy method of cutting your watermelon into spears since all you need is a sharp kitchen knife!

watermelon cut into two halves on cutting board

Start by slicing the watermelon in half and put one half aside while flipping the other half over onto your cutting board, so that the flat side is down.

watermelon rind cut into a grid pattern

Cut through the watermelon rind in a grid pattern, as shown above. We made vertical cuts through the watermelon rind, spun our cutting board by a quarter turn, and then made some more cuts perpendicular to the original slices.

watermelon cut into sticks

Pull out one of the spears by the rind and you’ll find that you have an easy-to-eat watermelon “stick” that was simple to cut too!

hand holding watermelon spear over tray of spears

We love this method if you’re cutting a watermelon to serve to a large group. The spears look so pretty when displayed on a tray! It’s also a simple grab-and-go method of putting watermelon out for your kids.

Although eating watermelon off the rind will always be somewhat of a drippy experience, we found this method to be easier and slightly less messy than eating watermelon from a wedge-shaped piece of rind.

3. Use dental floss to cut off the watermelon rind and cube.

watermelon hack

If you’d prefer to serve your watermelon without the rind, head to the bathroom, grab some dental floss, and check out this fun hack we found on TikTok! Lina even created a video to visually show you how this is done (and how easy it is!).

woman holding watermelon wedge and dental floss

Cutting a watermelon using a piece of dental floss is actually a fun and easy hack that really works! To make this happen, you’ll want to first slice a whole watermelon into large sections or wedges using a sharp knife.

cutting watermelon with floss

Then, wrap a piece of dental floss around your fingers, and use it to slice evenly down the center, and around the bottom by the rind. It’s awesome how easily the floss cuts through the watermelon, and honestly kind of satisfying! 😊

You’ll be able to pull out perfectly sliced pieces without the rind to eat! Yum!

woman pulling out wedge of watermelon

Do you have a clever way to cut watermelon? Let us know!

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About the writer:

Jenna has a Bachelor's Degree from Lycoming College and her Master's from Penn State, holding 4 years of writing experience between a variety of publications and Hip2Save.

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Comments 18

  1. Aimee

    Here’s the best way to save $15, DON’T buy the windmill watermelon slicer!!! I have no idea how it got so many 5 star reviews (unless they are paid or fake. ) I watched the video, followed the directions. It does not work as advertised. That windmill flings watermelon juice onto every surface of your kitchen. Unless the watermelon is still quite firm and not really ripe enough to eat, it tends to mash more than chop nit really creating the perfect squares as much creating a juice fountain! It did not save any time especially when you consider that I had to clean the entire kitchen from ceiling to floor (every surface was sticky mind you, somehow juice even behind the toaster) and take a shower and wash your hair. This thing had to be invented by Gallagher! The only good use is a gift for someone you don’t like. I don’t often feel so strongly as to make such negative comments about a product out of fear of harming the business. DON’T BUY THIS!!!!!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh darn! SO sorry to hear that, Aimee. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts with us and for letting us know about your experience with the watermelon slicer.

    • Helen

      Some of the reviews on Amazon are so fake! I bought the pineapple gadget and it fell apart as I pulled out the core! Complete garbage!

      • boltsmom

        We have a pineapple corer and it works great! So much easier than cutting it with a knife. Unfortunately all gadgets may advertise the same result but not all are created equal!

    • Rachel F.

      Oh no! Maybe you got a bad one? We have one and it works awesome!

    • Jen

      That’s crazy! Mine works great – no juice flinging here.

  2. Melissa

    Spear slicing is fantastic! So easy to grab and to fit in your mouth without making a huge mess. It’s a hit with kids and adults.

  3. Helina

    Some of the reviews on Amazon are so fake! I bought the pineapple gadget and it fell apart as I pulled out the core! Complete garbage!

  4. Lana

    We have been cutting into sticks for years. It never drips when you eat it and keeps well for days if you put them in a container with the rind on top and sticks facing down.

  5. Jw206

    We just tried the dental floss trick and were amazed at how quick and easy it was!

    • Erin

      I scrolled through the post and mistook the package of floss she is holding for a condom. 🤣

      • AngieM

        The floss is clearly hanging from the package.

      • Alyssa Barnes

        hahaha! that’s funny.

  6. Lo

    Love watermelon sticks. They’re also easier to store than triangles.

  7. Kat

    I saw the windmill slicer on sale for around $4.50 at Walmart – keep an eye out!

  8. John

    Thanks for this posts. Will have to try “Flossing”.

  9. Alyssa Barnes

    I cut mine using your method and it was great! Everyone complemented they liked how it was cut.

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