Every tool has a specific function that it must fulfill. In this case, tile cutters are made for use with ceramic and porcelain tiles, and are used to cut them into the shape and the size that you need. However, there is a difference between a “tile cutter” and a “great tile cutter.”
Here, we are going to show you the absolute best tile cutter that you can purchase today, for cutting ceramic and porcelain tiles. We’ll do so along with our other tile cutter reviews, so you can gain an understanding of the other great options that are available. Make no mistake, there is a difference between a “good” tile cutter and an “excellent” one.
|Brutus 10600BR||18 lbs||4.6/5|
|M-D Building Products 49047||17 lbs||4.2/5|
|HomCom 24″ Manual||9 lbs||3.9/5|
Our top pick is the QEP 10900Q. This is a manual tile cutter that cuts porcelain and ceramic tiles that are up to thirty-five inches, and twenty-four inches diagonally. While weighing only twenty-three pounds, it had an aluminum alloy base for stability.
However, before we get into the nitty-gritty of why this is the best one, we need to clarify the criteria that we are using to judge what is, and is not, the best tile cutter that you can buy.
First and foremost, we judge a tile cutter based on if it can cut tiles with precision and accuracy. When we test out a tile cutter, we make sure that the cuts are straight, clean, accurate, and precise. A great tile cutter must be able to make cuts that are exactly the kind that we want to make. We tested the QEP 10900Q on a 22-inch porcelain tile and a 34-inch piece of ceramic. It cut smoothly and precisely.
The other category that we judge tile cutters on is the durability of the materials that it is made from. Durability contributes to the lifespan of the product, and if you intend to invest a decent chunk of change into a tile cutter, then it better last a long time! Again, the QEP 10900Q is made of strong steel and aluminum, and based on our usage, it will last you a long time.
In those two areas, the QEP 10900Q exceeds, and that is why it is our top choice!
Our runner-up is the Brutus 10600BR. The Brutus 10600BR cuts porcelain and ceramic wall and floor tiles that are up to 24-inches, and half-an-inch thick. Just like the QEP 10900Q, it consists of an aluminum alloy base and heavy-duty rubber pads that aid in the stability of this tile cutter. Furthermore, it is made of steel and aluminum, while only weighing eighteen pounds.
Understand that the Brutus 10600BR is an excellent tile cutter. And, it may just be the right one for you. You see, before we get into why this isn’t our top choice, we need to talk about the positive aspects of the Brutus 10600BR.
Due to being made of aluminum and steel, the Brutus 10600BR ensures that it will have a long lifetime, while being able to sustain any damage that may come from, for example, dropping it. It remains sturdy and durable for these reasons, and due to the rubber pads. That said, the QEP 10900Q has all of this, as well.
Just as with the QEP 10900Q, once again, the Brutus 10600BR cuts very well. The cuts are accurate, precise, and straight. When we tested it out on both porcelain and ceramic, there were no problems whatsoever.
Ultimately, the reason this is our “Runner-Up,” is because it is slightly more expensive than the QEP 10900Q. Also, it doesn’t have as much flexibility as it is smaller. For that reason, we recommend it, but the QEP 10900Q is more versatile and more affordable.
For the money, we chose yet another QEP product. In this case, it was the QEP 10630Q. While QEP has never been at the top of our list when it comes to high-quality tools of any sort, it appears they have found their niche when it comes to tile cutters.
This is an immensely affordable and inexpensive tile cutter, that also happens to work exceptionally well. We chose it for three specific reasons.
First of all, it’s incredibly affordable. You don’t need to spend much to get this particular tile cutter. But, that wouldn’t be important if the QEP 10630Q didn’t work well, and it happens to work exceptionally well.
It cuts porcelain and ceramic tiles that are up to 24-inches and 16-inches diagonally – not as much as the QEP 10900Q – and it has a ⅞-inch tungsten-carbide cutting wheel that is coated in titanium. When we used it, it was incredibly smooth and incredibly precise.
Due to the aforementioned titanium, and the other aluminum and steel components it is made from, this easily could’ve been our number-two. However, when we tested it out on a rather narrow, but quite long, ceramic tile, the cut wasn’t that straight, and this was a problem for other longer tiles, not just ceramic ones, either, but porcelain as well. For that reason, it isn’t in our top-two.
The M-D Building Products 49047 comes in at number-four on our list. We have had very little experience with M-D Building Products, and this wasn’t exactly the best start. That said, the 49047 has several good qualities that we’re going to talk about before we get into the nitty-gritty of some of its bigger flaws.
First off, the 49047 cuts ceramic and porcelain tiles that are up to 20-inches, and ⅝-inches thick. It also consists of a very strong aluminum base that, when we used it, proved itself to be very durable and able to withstand quite a bit. From us, there is no questioning the durability and the lifespan of this particular tile cutter. It is made of very strong materials, and we guarantee you that it will last quite a while.
However, it isn’t in our top three for two very specific reasons. When we attempted to use the blade on both porcelain and ceramic tiles, it kept sliding off and we had to spend a bit of time trying to properly insert it so that it wouldn’t slide off. And when we finally got it in there, we found the cuts to be less than precise. Not bad, but not precise and not very straight. Functionality is our primary concern here, and it just doesn’t work the way it should. For that reason, we can’t recommend this product, unless you are looking for something quite inexpensive, as the 49047 is just that.
At number five, we have the HomCom 24” Manual. Sadly, there are a couple of reasons why this is at the bottom of our list, and we only have one positive thing to say about it. For what it’s worth, this is an immensely affordable tile cutter that cuts ceramic and porcelain tiles up to twenty-four inches, and ½ an inch thick, and the steel base makes it quite durable and long-lasting.
This being the case, we can’t recommend this tile cutter for three reasons. First of all, when we tested it out, the blade kept wobbling back and forth. This, as you might expect, made for some cuts that were far from straight or precise. They weren’t good cuts at all, and this is one of the reasons why it is at the bottom of our list.
The other reason is that the cutter wheel has a very thin and flimsy frame that can’t actually snap the tile. So, all in all, this product doesn’t perform its sole function very well. It does cut, but not very well. The blade does work, but only after you fiddle with it for a while, and even then, it doesn’t work very well at all.
For those reasons, the HomCom 24” Manual is at the bottom of our list.
As we mentioned in our review of the QEP 10900Q, there are two very specific attributes to consider when choosing a tile cutter. The first, pertains to the ability of the tile cutter to perform its sole function. Namely, that of cutting tiles with precision and accuracy. The second, pertains to the lifespan of the tile cutter itself. You see, these two things go hand-in-hand. If the tile cutter isn’t durable, then it won’t last very long, making it a far more questionable purchase. Not only that, but in some cases, the blade isn’t durable or strong, and that means that it can’t perform its function very well. Let’s look at these two factors in a bit more depth.
A quality cut is the sole function of any tile cutter. If it cuts well, then it is a good tile cutter. In part, that is, for the strength of the materials do add another layer to our own reviewing process and our criteria for what a quality tile cutter looks and feels like.
However, the term “a quality cut” is quite vague. What it refers to is a straight cut, a cut that is precise, with no jagged marks, and a cut that is exactly how you want it to be. In this case, if you want a clean diagonal cut, and you get that, then it is a good tile cutter, in terms of the sheer quality of the cuts that have been made.
Our second major focus is on the strength of the individual materials and components that make up the tile cutter. Things like having a steel frame, a durable blade, and a base that can withstand quite a bit; those are all things that we look at and take into consideration because they add to the lifespan of the tool. As such, they ensure you don’t have to constantly spend money on a new one. These factors do aid in the functionality of the tile cutter because with the right components, the tile cutter will be more stable, allowing for easier cuts. If the blade is strong and durable, then the cuts will be easier, too.
All in all, when buying a tile cutter, look at the sales page and see what kinds of materials it happens to be made of, and then read the reviews on that page to see the quality of the cuts that are made. Just doing these two things alone will allow you to make the right choice for you!
You’ve read our reviews of the best tile cutters you can purchase in 2020. Our top choice is the QEP 10900Q, and the “Best for The Money” is the QEP 10630Q. We hope that you’ve come away from this article with a greater understanding of the best tile cutters that you can purchase right now, but also a good understanding of specific criteria that you can use to discern what is and what is not a good tile cutter. Remember, there are specific criteria and factors to take into consideration when making this type of purchase, and if you take note of them, then finding a good one will be no problem at all!
Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!