3 Great Tools for Cutting Porcelain Tile


There are several ways to cut porcelain tile. I will show you how to cut porcelain tile using a tile nipper, angle grinder and a tile cutter.

These three different cutting methods are a little less known to the DIY’er. I personally use these methods the most for a few reasons


  • they are faster
  • more convenient
  • these tools are less expensive(compared to a tile saw)


I am leaving out the tile saw in this post. I do however, plan on following up on this in my next post. So be sure to check that out by (clicking here).

In this post I will also have some video that will show you how to cut porcelain tile. These videos will give you some great tips on how I use each of them.


How to cut porcelain tile- using a tile nipper

I use a tile nipper a lot. These are great to use when a small piece needs to be cut off of a tile. I first score the tile with my tile cutter. Than I use the tile nipper to break the small piece off.

There are also times that a piece didn’t break off all the way when snapping it with the tile cutter. When this happens I also use the tile nipper to break the rest off.

I have been installing for many years now and I have tried many tile nippers. I have to tell you,  the best ones are either kobalt or these Qep nippers.


Tile Nippers - click here for more info


How to cut porcelain tile-Using an Angle Grinder

Now let’s move on to another very important tool to add to your arsenal. This would be the angle grinder. This is going to be a tool that you would use to cut multiple types of cuts-

  • circles(such as around the toilet flange)
  • L cuts
  • straight cuts
  • square cuts(outlets, vents, pipes and ect..)
  • any cut really

I use this tool a lot! This is also a reasonable priced tool. You can find a decent angle grinder for around $30 but this is the one I use-DEWALT D28110 4-1/2-Inch Small Angle Grinder.

The blade that I use is made by DeWalt and cost is around $30. Here is a link for you to see what it looks like -DEWALT DW4765 4-1/2-Inch by .060-Inch Porclean Tile Blade Wet/Dry Here is another video to show how to cut porcelain tile with an angle grinder.

Click on the links below to see what they look like –

Angle Grinder - click here for more info

Diamond Blade - click here for more info


 video – how to cut porcelain tile with an angle grinder.


How to Cut Porcelain Tile-Using a Tile Cutter

All three of the tools that I am discussing are great tools, but by far this is my favorite one.

The reason is, because it is FAST. It really saves a lot of time using this cutter. It is also very accurate and it’s easy to adjust to many types of cuts.

I use a ( Rubi TR 600) which is a great cutter. It cuts tile big and small and up to a 17 x 17 tile on a diagonal.
Here is what it looks like –

Tile Cutter - click here for more info

I am not trying to sell you a cutter I am just telling you what works for me.

I was walking through Home Depot the other day and I seen they sell Rubi Tile cutters now. This is new to them and a wise choice.

I recommend Rubi because they are easy to use and they work great. I know it will seem to be a little expensive to buy this, but I would not buy any other brand.

Many of the tile cutters that the home improvement stores sell, are just not very good.

My advice is not to buy a tile cutter if you do not want to spend the money. Rent a tile saw! Check out my post How to Cut Porcelain Tile using a Wet Saw before you buy a tile cutter.

Here is what I use –

Rubi 5 pcs Wheel Kit TS/TR Tile Cutter (6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 18mm, 22mm)

Tips- How to cut porcelain tile using a Tile Cutter

Practice, practice and more practice! Buy a few extra tile to practice cutting. If the tile you bought is expensive, than buy a few tiles that are on sale and practice with those.

The goal is to get the hang of it.

You need to press down firmly but don’t overdue it. Let the cutter do the work. The key to this is an even score and the result will be a clean cut.




Other Tools You Need

There are many tools that you need to install tile. There are also a lot of tools you don’t need!

For a complete list of tools, supplies and materials and where to get them-

Check out-

(My Project Planner-Tile Edition)



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