A sure sign summer has arrived are all the bright red cherries just waiting to be picked, that is if the birds don't get them first. Picking cherries can be fun and relaxing if you love being outdoors and love fresh picked fruit. The only bad thing about picking cherries is that they need to be pitted and pitting cherries is the pits. When done by hand it is very messy and time consuming, some would say not worth the hassle. Others live for this type of thing but have learned to speed up the process by using tools known as cherry pitters or stoners.

Types of Cherry Pitters To Choose From

Cherry pitters are a device used for pushing out the pit. There are many different designs of pitters available, some are hand held and only process one at a time others are more complex, processing multiple cherries at once. The following will describe five of the more popular designs of pitters, starting with the easiest and least expensive. Most of these are available online at Amazon.com, Bed, Bath, and Beyond or in retail stores like Wal-mart and Target.Oxo Good Grips Cherry Pitter

The first is the Oxo Good Grips Pitter, this simple design allows the user to load one cherry at a time and manually squeeze the pit from the fruit. It also comes with a splatter shield that helps control the mess. Probably not what you would want if you have a lot of cherries to pit but nice for low volume use and perfect for someone that only occasionally uses fresh cherries for toppings or garnishing. At a cost of about twelve bucks it is one of the better occasional use pitters.

OXO Good Grips Olive and Cherry Pitter, Black
Amazon Price: $12.99 $7.94 Buy Now
(price as of Apr 12, 2016)

Progressive Cherry-It Multiple Cherry Pitter

The next pitter is the Progressive Cherry-It Multiple Pitter. The Cherry-it will pit four cherries at once while also collecting the pits and juice mess in a built in dish washer safe container. Also costing around twelve dollars this pitter might be a better deal for the money and cleaner too.

Progressive International GPC-5000 Cherry-It Multiple Cherry Pitter
Amazon Price: $17.49 $12.99 Buy Now
(price as of Apr 12, 2016)

Talisman Designs Cherry Chomper Cherry PitterIf you have kids and let them help with cooking and food preparation this might be the best choice of all the pitters talked about in this article. The Talisman Designs Cherry Chomper is shaped like a little man and you feed the cherries into his mouth, push down on his head to pit the cherry. 100% mess free with a protective guard for the plunger making it kid friendly and it is also dishwasher safe, truly a rare chance to have some fun with the kids and get things done at the same time. And better yet it is only about ten dollars.

Leifheit Cherrymat Cherry Stoner

The next two pitters are a better choice for the serious cherry buff like those with their own trees or that go to an orchard to pick baskets of fresh cherries. The Leifheit Cherry Stoner with container can hold 15 cherries in its holder funnel and is able to process up to 25lbs of cherries an hour, dropping the pit in the lower container and the fruit in a bowl. This pitter is priced around thirty dollars and comes with or without the extra bowl. Sure to make your pitting experience fast and easy. Then finally the last of the pitters we will discuss is more of a commercial use pitter the TSM Products Stainless Steel Stoner. It is all stainless steel and can pit ten cherries at once. But all that speed and steel comes at a hefty price of close to three hundred dollars but if you have a small orchard or just really love cherries this might be right up your alley. User reviews of each of these pitters can be seen at Amazon.com if you need a little more information before you decide to buy.

Leifheit 37200 Cherrymat Cherrystone Remover
Amazon Price: $40.00 $18.95 Buy Now
(price as of Apr 12, 2016)