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We tried the TikTok-famous watermelon slicer — and we'll never buy pre-cut again

"This is a must-have kitchen tool."
Jillian Ortiz / TODAY

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Though we just recently discovered game-changing products on Amazon's "Internet Famous" section and even more items praised by the TikTok beauty community, there seems to be no shortage of trending and "Why didn't I think of that?" finds going viral each day. And this next must-have gadget — perfect for anyone looking to enjoy a refreshing summer treat — is no exception.

In a 10-second video with more than 6.5 million views, TikTok user Corri Powell left viewers in awe after they used a strange-looking tool to effortlessly cut a watermelon into perfect cubes. It didn't take long for other users to sound off in the comments, with many asking just how they can get their hands on it.

We were just as intrigued, so we tried it for ourselves to see if it lives up to the hype.

Yueshico Stainless Steel Watermelon Slicer

Watermelon can usually be a bit of a chore to cut with just a knife, which often encourages shoppers (like ourselves) to purchase pre-sliced watermelon to make their lives easier, even if it's a bit more expensive.

Fortunately, we found that this Amazon bestselling slicer requires very little elbow grease to operate and cuts through watermelon with ease.

The slicer is made of stainless steel and features a windmill-like cutter at the end that creates perfectly-shaped watermelon cubes. The thickness of the cubes depends on how high you insert the tool into the watermelon, so you can create different bite-sized pieces for your next fruit salad or afternoon snack.

Since the blades are plastic, you might expect it to need a little extra push to form the cubes, but we found that it sliced quite smoothly. The plastic blades also make the slicer kid-friendly, however they might need some help keeping the watermelon in place.

It sliced through the watermelon easily, leaving perfectly-sized cubes behind. Jillian Ortiz / TODAY

While the slicer worked well for the fleshier parts of the watermelon, it didn't necessarily reach the parts that are closest to the rind. Fortunately, the slicer conveniently comes with its own melon baller, so you can scoop out the remaining pieces without worrying about food going to waste.

From the initial slice to the last scoop, the entire process took around nine minutes (or the time it takes to listen to "Watermelon Sugar," by Harry Styles three times). That's just a fraction of the time that it would have taken to cut and cube the watermelon by hand.

One thing to keep in mind is that cutting a watermelon is never a mess-free process — there will always be juice and small pieces of fruit that break off, so it's best to slice the watermelon on a tray or in an area that can easily be wiped clean.

This slight messiness wasn't a deterrent for the more than 552 verified Amazon reviewers who gave the slicer a full five-star rating, with many noting that the tool is as easy to clean as it is to use.

"I bought this after seeing it on YouTube, and it lives up to the hype. Super easy to use and makes cutting up watermelon less of a chore. I love melons, so this is a must-have kitchen tool," one reviewer wrote.

Another reviewer wrote that they may never buy pre-cut watermelon again since they were so pleased with the results.

Whether you're looking to save some cash by ditching pre-sliced watermelon or have simply been searching for a fruit salad-saving solution, this nifty gadget might be worth adding to your summer essentials checklist.

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This article was originally published on July 30, 2020.