Did you know it was in 1939 when the first electric knife was made! The one back then was bulky but the mechanism was the same as today’s electric knives.
Most people think they are only for slicing bread, but that assumption is not completely true.
Nowadays there are various types of electric knives and we will cover their in-depth review after being tested by our professional chefs.
Why electric knives over traditional knives?
Before we get into the product review part, if you are a first buyer of the device you should know what benefits electric knives can offer over traditional knives:
- Ease of use
- Less strength needed
- Hands won’t get tired
- Can cut bones easily
- Don’t get stuck inside the meat or bones
- Saves time
- Safer to use
- Curving slicing can be done very fast
- Little to no need of sharpening
- Precision of cuts
- No more wrist pain
- Versatile and convenient
- Easy cleaning
- Separated Blades are dishwasher safe
#1 Cuisinart Cek-40 Electric Knife
- Premium quality Stainless blades (Corrosion and rustproof)
- Can be used as both carving and bread knife
- Pressure-sensitive high-quality button
- High-quality pure copper coil motor
- Cuts through almost anything
- Can be locked, for children safety
- 4-Foot cord
This fan-favorite knife is so popular that at the beginning it would get sold out almost instantly. It provides premium quality at a reasonable price.
When you hold it in your hand you will instantly get the feeling of holding a high-quality device.
It comes with two blades, one for carving another for cutting bread. But in our test, we found that you can cut almost anything with these two blades.
#2 Rapala Heavy Duty Knife
- Industry grade heavy duty motor
- Up to 3 times stronger than regular electric knives
- Fillet Knife
- 8-Foot Power cord
- Cuts bones like butter
- 7.5 Inch Blade
- For both professional and non-professional users
Ever cut butter with a knife? You will get the same feeling when you cut bones with this knife. When you first used it, we could not believe how powerful it was.
Fish, beef, chicken, lamb, or turkey whatever you get your hands on, this knife will never disappoint you with is power.
Its ease of use and comfortability makes it one of the best choices for both professionals and nonprofessional users.
#3 Proctor Silex Easy Slice Electric Knife
- Affordable yet maintains quality
- Ergonomic design and comfortable grip
- All in one function
- Easy to clean
- 5-Feet long Cable
- High-quality serrated blade
- Can be used for cutting foam
From all the electric knives we have used, this one is the lightest one. But don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t feel cheap in hand.
Its affordable price and good quality make it the best choice for those who want to taste the power of an electric knife for the first time.
What we found most interesting about this device is its button. Every electric knife should have some type of button. The button feels great in hand.
#4 American Angler PRO Professional Grade Electric Fillet Knife
- Designed for fishermen but can be used in everything
- Cuts meat, bones, and fishes like butter
- 8-foot-long cord
- Multiple blades of different sizes
- High-quality sharp blades
- Build to last long
- Heavy-duty strong motor
- Includes high-quality metal gloves
- Saltwater safe
Though it was made for fishermen, it can be used by regular people with ease. It is of high quality and sturdy.
Has 5 blades for different purposes. You can rest assured for 10 years. It cuts bones like melted butter. You will never get stuck while cutting your turkey again.
#5 Sonic Blade Cordless Rechargeable Knife
- Comes with 2 blades
- Last up to 6 hours of use with one full charge
- Charges Fast
- Comes with 2 blades
- Easy to carry
- Has children safety lock
This is one of the best cordless electric knives we are reviewing. It has some negative reviews so before putting it in our recommendation list, we tested it for 6 months.
What we found was that there was nothing wrong with the knife but the users. Most of us do not read the manual, there is some clear instruction on charging, using, and cleaning the knife.
They are easy to follow and nothing complicated. If you follow those simple instructions this knife will faithfully last for years.
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How did we test and who tested these knives?
All the knives recommended here were extensively tested for a period of 6 months. This time we did not take help from professional chefs, because our focus is regular users.
So, 10 of our random participants got the review unit from us and tested it for 6 months. They were only instructed to follow the manual. Each of them was given 3 review units.
Out of 30 products, only these few made it to our final recommended list.
Ease of use, sharpness over time, degradation rate were our first few points to look for.
We also tested these knives for drop test and water test.
Though these knives are not waterproof they were still able to work perfectly after being submerged in water for 1 day then getting dried for 2 days. The noise level was also tolerable for these knives.
What do you need to know before buying an electric knife?
Whether you choose from our recommended list or research on your own, you must look for these while buying.
Blades: You should at least look for two blades model. Though a single blade can do the job just fine. You will see how much better its performance gets when you use a proper blade.
Normally there is a blade for heavy foods like meat and another for soft foods like bread. You should also check if your blades are serrated or not.
You should also check the quality of the serrated blades. Normally more teeth mean better quality. Some high-quality blades have two types of teeth in the same blade.
Wired or Wireless: Everything is wireless nowadays. A wireless knife may seem appealing, but we suggest avoiding those.
They normally have many complications as most people don’t read the manual properly. If you don’t need portability and don’t carry around the knife or travel with it.
We would suggest you go for the wired one. They last much longer and are sturdy.
Warranty: If a knife is priced over 40 it should be covered under warranty. As we have already told many times before in our other articles, you should avoid buying an electric product that is not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.
Only high-quality products come with a warranty. The longer the warranty the better the quality.
Those knives that don’t come with a warranty, means the manufacturer doesn’t have much faith in their product. Though it is not the case in some cases but in most cases, this is the fact.
Grip: They grip the knife my not seem to be very important, but it is. Your hand will start hurting after some time if the grip is nor ergonomically designed.
So, you should test the grip before buying. The same grip can be comfortable for others but uncomfortable for you.
There is also the matter of grip size, many of us very large grip. So, the knife we buy should have a grip size according to the hour hand.
Cleaning: You just can’t through your whole knife in the water or in the dishwasher. You must remember this is not your everyday knife.
Of course, you can through the separated blade in the dishwasher, but we don’t recommend the same with the body.
Even if the manufacturer says it is ok to trough the whole knife in the dishwasher, we don’t recommend it. Before you get your knife you should check out its cleaning warning.
Safety: Most high-quality electric knives have a safety lock. Some even have a children’s safety lock. You should look out for the safety issues if you need that.
Electric knives are not yet widely used. Most people still think it is for only professionals. But time has changed. It is an essential item in your cutlery.
It is very easy to use. Once you get used to it, you won’t go back to your primitive knife.