How to use a tile cutter — plus when to use a wet saw instead

Person using a yellow manual tile cutter on workbench
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If you want to cut tiles you need to know how to use a tile cutter. But it's not quite as straightforward as you might think. There are different types of tile cutters, different sizes, and different price points. So you will need to choose a tile cutter that is going to work for your tiling project.

If you’re tiling a kitchen wall with metro tiles you will typically only need simple straight cuts, so a manual tile cutter is more than up to the job. But if you are using larger, thicker tiles for a wall or floor, or cuts that are less than straightforward then you will need to consider an electric tile cutter.

Here we run through the key techniques for cutting tiles, what type of cutter you might need and answer a few common questions to help you get a pro looking finish.

How to use a tile cutter: A quick guide to using a manual cutter 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.