About Chef's Thumb
The Chef’s Thumb is an “As Seen on TV” kitchen device that claims to feature a patented Viper-Bite system that securely grips and stabilizes your produce, while protecting your thumb from slippage and knife cuts. In addition, Chef’s Thumb is also claimed to go from protector to peeler (known as Thumb Touch) in seconds, which can peel your vegetables and fruit effortlessly and efficiently, all the way to the end.
The Chef’s Thumb is claimed to be scientifically designed to grip and stabilize the cutting surface, and to be constructed out of high strength polycarbonate, stainless steel, and triple bonded titanium coating using state of the art manufacturing processes. In addition, the peeler’s Titanium T3 blade is claimed to never rust and to stay sharp almost indefinitely, and its double edge will cut in either direction.
When it comes to sizing, the Chef’s Thumb is claimed to be “ergonomically shaped and designed to fit almost every thumb size,” which can be accomplished by installing 1 of the 4 included spacers in order to provide you with a custom fit. And after you’re finished using the Chef’s Thumb, the manufacturer claims it can be rinsed/washed in warm soapy water.
It’s important to note that although the Chef’s Thumb holds but doesn’t damage your produce, and that it claims to work for novices or skilled chefs alike, it’s not designed to replace proper slicing and chopping procedures; only to make the process safer and more efficient.
Chef’s Thumb Pricing & Refund Policy
The Chef’s Thumb is priced at $19.95 plus $6.99 S&H. Like most ASOTV products, you’ll also receive a “free” Antoro Santoku knife, just pay an additional $6.99 S&H. Ultimately, this will bring your total to $33.93.
The Chef’s Thumb comes with a 1-year warranty against manufacturer’s defects and a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges (see more about this in the final section). In order to initiate the process, you’ll need to contact customer service at 844-222-1640 for RMA number.
Can the Chef’s Thumb Help You Slice & Dice More Safely?
Chef’s Thumb’s manufacturer claims that the protector/peeler isn’t a gimmick, and that it really can help you “slice, dice, and peel like a pro.” But is this the case? Consider the following:
Chef’s Thumb is an “As Seen on TV” Product
In general, “As Seen on TV” (ASOTV) products tend to have reputations for not working as advertised, and for being lower quality than the mainstream competition. As a result, they usually have lower customer satisfaction ratings (we’ll talk more about this in a moment). With this in mind, based on the images on the Chef’s Thumb website and in the promo video, a couple different concerns caught our eye.
First, while the peeler’s blade may be made out of titanium, the body appears to be made out of thin plastic that may have a propensity to break with extended use. In addition, the plastic spikes on the bottom on the Chef’s Thumb appear to only be present on one side, which might mean that the device will grip differently depending on whether you’re right or left-handed.
Finally, although the peeler is claimed to use the natural lever force of your forearm and transfer it directly to the peeling surface, wouldn’t this be something that all peelers accomplish?
However, unlike most ASOTV products, the Chef’s Thumb website provides a relatively good amount of information about the product, including a lengthy FAQ section, as well as several How To videos.
No Online Customer Reviews
Although the Chef’s Thumb’s trademark was registered in 2012 and its URL in 2010, the product’s website doesn’t appear to have been used until May 2014. As such, there are currently no online customer reviews that can be used to gauge overall satisfaction.
You’ll Lose 50% of Your Money on S&H Charges
Next, keep in mind that Chef’s Thumb comes with very high S&H charges, which are non-refundable. This means that if you’re dissatisfied with the product and decide to return it, you’ll immediately be out $13.98. And when you factor in what it will cost to ship the product back to the manufacturer, you might end up spending as much on S&H as you’ll receive as a refund.
You Privacy is of No Concern
Bottom line: If you’re willing to gamble almost $20 to find out if the Chef’s Thumb is worthwhile, you can certainly give it a shot. However, keep in mind that many similar devices are sold through local retailers, so you might want to check there first before placing your order, which could ultimately save you time and money.