August 23, 2017

Electric Knife Reviews: The Best Knives for Professional Quality Cut

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Using a knife has been the way we slice ingredients for ages. We have been used to the slicing motion and seems oblivious to how tiresome it is to do. This is all fine until you find a better way to slice.

Electric knives take all the hard work from slicing and allows you to focus on your work, which is, to cook delicious recipes. These knives have the option to be plugged to the outlet or operated with batteries if wires are not your thing. It usually comes with many blades that you can interchange when the need arises.

In this article, I will review some electric knives and give you a reason to try this amazing kitchen technology. I will also compare electric knives to traditional knives and present things to look for when you decide to buy the former.

Finally, I will give you my seven best electric knife pick. These are some of the brands I actually use and can vouch for its quality. I will also give you what I think is the best to have among the seven.

Advantages of Electric Knife over Traditional Knife​

I have to admit right from the start that not all slicing job requires an electric knife. Don’t throw away your traditional knife set yet, you will still need all of that. In some cases, an electric knife is an overkill, but there are unique instances when this appliance does excel. Here are some advantages of an electric knife over traditional one.​

1

It does all for you

With electric power, you can do away with all the slicing motion and focus more on your angles and attain that perfect cut. This allows you to have that consistency with your cuts, doable only by experts welding traditional knives. Slicing hard to cut items like poultry and fish is a breeze because of its moving razor sharp blades. This translates to less food preparation time which when you add up after weeks and months, is really a lot.

2

It’s safer to use

This might sound counter intuitive, but those who have experienced being nicked after trying to cut some hard objects would agree that a dull knife has more potential to injure you than the really sharp ones. With the combined power of electricity and razor-sharp edge, electric knives can cut through hard objects with ease. This means less slippage which can result in injuries.

3

No need to sharpen

Unlike a traditional knife, there is no need to sharpen electric knives because it comes with a lot of replacement sets. This means that you have sharp blades all the time. It also has blade kits containing special blades for different cutting needs. It has blades for bread, meat and vegetables and all you need to do is switch blades as the job requires.

4

It’s more affordable than top of the line knives

This might surprise you but most electric knives are actually cheaper than top of the line traditional knife sets. The best knife sets have a lot of heritage and prestige behind them and it has attained a collector item’s status. Because of this, you have to pay a premium just to get a set. While there’s room for collectibles in my kitchen, sometimes I just settle for something that gets the job done to save a few bucks.

These being said, electric knives and traditional knives can co-exist at the same kitchen. While their functions overlap, there are instances that one is better than the other and wise chef will know which one to pick to serve his or her purpose well.

​What to Look for in an Electric Knife

​If you want to have your own electric knife set, there are a few things that you need to consider. Here are some features to keep an eye on when shopping for your set.

Cord vs Cordless

Cord length vs. Battery life

Blade material

Blades in the kit

Handle design

Child safety mechanism

Dishwasher safe

Warranty

Style

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My Top 7 Electric Knives

Rapala Heavy Duty Electric Fillet Knife

Via Amazon.com

As its name suggests, the Rapala Heavy Duty Electric Fillet Knife cuts through meat and fish like cutting cheese with a hot knife. This is really a heavy duty cutting implement and it will cut through bones if you don’t know when to stop. The secret behind its power is that it has three times the usual speed of regular electric knives.

Even when the meat is a bit frozen, you can count on this knife to do its job. It sports a 7.5-inch blade and an 8-foot power cord. For most filleting needs, you can count on this knife to do the task. It’s comfortable and relax grip ensures fatigue-free slicing even for longer periods.


Pros

  • Made of top quality material
  • Heavy duty motor
  • 7 1/2" reciprocating blades
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Twice the speed of standard electric knives
  • Three times the power of standard electric knives

Cons

  • More expensive than most knives

Cuisinart CEK-40 Electric Knife

Via Amazon.com

When it comes to having a kitchen knife that suits most kitchen needs, the Cuisinart CEK-40 Electric Knife is the best contender. It is a corded electric knife which means that you have unlimited power and a cord length of 4 feet which is long enough for most kitchen setup.It comes with two blades, one for bread and one for carving.

The carving blade is also a multipurpose blade allowing you to use it for other cutting purposes. The handle has ergonomic design and has the on/off trigger is well within your reach.


Pros

  • 2 high quality blades
  • Wooden storage tray
  • Ergonomic handle design

Cons

  • The handle tends to break easily

Black & Decker EK 700 Slice Right Electric Knife

Via Amazon.com

If you’re looking at cutting beyond 7 inches, the Black & Decker EK 700 Slice Right Electric Knife has 9” overall length that’s apt to the task. Cutting through meat and bread is easy with this fast sawing electric knife. Just when you think this knife is hard to control for its size, think again, because its ergonomic handle is designed to increase comfort and provide control while slicing.

All the removable blades that come with this product is dishwasher safe and its so easy to separate from the handle with its release button.


Pros

  • Ergonomic handle for comfort and control
  • Long enough for most cutting needs
  • Ergonomic handle design
  • Dishwasher safe

Cons

  • Some products shipped are defective and have to be replaced

American Angler PRO Professional Grade Electric Fillet Knife

Via Amazon.com

Another powerful knife is the American Angler PRO Professional Grade Electric Fillet Knife. It has double the torque of the regular electric knife. It’s so smooth to operate resulting in consistent fillets.

Another thing that impressed me with this knife is that it comes with 5 extra blades: 10" Saltwater Blade, 5.5" Curved Tip Blade Replacement, 8" Curved Tip Blade Replacement, 10" Heavy Duty Shark Blade Replacement and 8" Heavy Duty Shark Blade Replacement. All these allow for greater cutting options.

The length of this knife is also worth mentioning. With blades as long as 10”, you can cut whatever you want to cut with this knife.


Pros

  • 5 replacement blade options
  • Heavy duty motor
  • Ergonomic handle

Cons

  • It’s really expensive
  • Tends to overheat easily

Hamilton Beach Electric Carving Knife with Case

Via Amazon.com

For consistently nice cuts, you can’t go wrong with Hamilton Beach Electric Carving Knife with Case. This is primarily due to the comfortable handle and powerful motor and sharp blade.Its razor-sharp blades are made of stainless steel giving you the confidence that it’s not going to corrode. It’s also dishwasher safe and sturdy enough to withstand bending. The blades are easy to remove and it never needs resharpening.


Pros

  • Space-saving storage case
  • Stainless steel blade and fork
  • Perfect for carving meat
  • Slicing all types of bread

Cons

  • The switch is awkwardly placed

Proctor Silex Stainless Steel Electric Knife

Via Amazon.com

Whether you are slicing turkey, roast beef, or pork loin, the Proctor Silex Stainless Steel Electric Knife won’t shy away from the job. The blades that come with this electric knife are so sharp, you can’t find any ragged edges that would reduce the attractiveness of the cut.

This electric knife is ambidextrous and it features a contoured grip with vinyl handle making it easy to slice anything. All its removable blade are dishwasher safe so you don’t have to worry about cleaning it.


Pros

  • One-touch button control
  • Tested for durability
  • Ambidextrous operation

Cons

  • Handle is a bit bulky on the side

Rapala Lithium-Ion Cordless Fillet Knife

Via Amazon.com

The lone lithium-ion powered electric knife, the Rapala Lithium-Ion Cordless Fillet Knife boasts 80 minutes of contentious operation without loss of power. This entails greater portability. If wire bothers you, this is the electric knife that you’re looking for.

It also features a high-torque motor and an advance airflow design resulting in a smooth but really powerful operation. This machine will not shy away from cutting tough ingredients like meat and hard crusted bread.

The only caveat I can think of this electric knife is that it takes two hours to fully charge. If you don’t mind waiting, you can go for this electric knife.


Pros

  • Highly portable
  • 80 minutes of battery life
  • High-torque motor but smooth to operate

Cons

  • Take too long to charge

Final Thoughts

The clear winner in this review is the Rapala Heavy Duty Electric Fillet Knife. The ragged simplicity and strength of this electric knife is just mind-blowing. The way it cuts through hard ingredients is really the deal breaker for me. You can really feel the raw power in your hands while you’re slicing.

The American Angler PRO Professional Grade Electric Fillet Knife is a close competition of the the Rapala except for the price and the fact that it tends to overheat sometimes. But when it comes to sheer power, the two are my top choices.

For daily usage and consistent result, you can’t go wrong with the Cuisinart CEK-40 Electric Knife. This thing just works and delivers consistent slices without the ragged edges. The secret really lies in the razor-sharp blades. If you have tried traditional knives from Cuisinart, you will find the same quality knives here except for the added electric motor.

If portability is your thing, the Rapala Lithium-Ion Cordless Fillet Knife is the perfect choice. This is really a good electric knife except that I don’t like to recharge often. Although cords bother me a bit, I would take it any day as long as I won’t be recharging.

Would you like to share your experience with electric knives? Please share you comments in the section below.​

    Claire J. Ruiz

    I'm Claire, and my passion is cooking. I believe that food is what actually unites people and the dining table is where we set aside our differences. When we eat we become vulnerable because enjoying food requires a different level of trust and surrender to the person preparing your food. Sharing and enjoying food is one of the most intimate experiences in life.​

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