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Cherry Pitter success?

It is my first attempt at pitting cherries and I hear your kitchen can end up looking like a slaughterhouse.
I went to my local kitchen place and they had about six different varieties. Any die hard cherry/olive pitters have a favorite?

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  1. The one I have from Williams Sonoma works well.

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      1. re: itryalot

        Just looked it up and the one shown with the black housing is different than what I have which is a few years old. Looks like the same pitting action though, just more souped up. That plastic shield the cherry passes thru after being pitted looks like a useful improvement. Mine doesn't have it and pitted cherries do tend to fly out in random directions when pitting quickly. Also it doesn't waste any cherry "meat" which is always a good thing.

      2. re: Island

        I have that one too and pitted 5 lbs of cherries the other day. the guard on the bottom is genius!

      3. My Oxo brand pitter, purchased from W&S works great. Only does one cherry at a time, but minimal splatter & it cleans up easily.

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        1. re: jenni49

          I have the Oxo one too. It works well and as you said, cleans up easily. I got it at Bed, Bath & Beyond.

          1. I have to agree with the oxo recommendation. I just bought it a week ago, and pitting an entire bag of cherries with it. It works great.

            1. I have a cherry pitter that came from the wall-mounted rack of gadgets at Crate & Barrel. It cost about $12.00 two or three years ago. It's a efficient little gizmo that I use frequently while cherries are in season. It punches those pits right out.