An electric knife is a useful kitchen tool whether you need it to carve that Thanksgiving turkey, cut thin slices of roast beef or ham, or cutting a loaf of bread. Many people wonder if it is an item worth purchasing since they would only use it once or twice a year. However, we believe even for a couple of uses a year they are worth it since the best choices go for around $40-$65 and many good options can be found for less than $20.
We recommend corded electric models for your primary at-home carving tasks, but if you want to fillet fish then there are some good cordless knives that you can use while fishing.
Below we reveal our choices for the best electric knives and review each model.
Our pick for the best electric knife is the Cuisinart CEK-40 which sells for about $42. This corded model provides plenty of power and two different stainless steel blades to handle any slicing task, whether you are preparing a turkey dinner for Thanksgiving or slicing homemade bread. It features an ergonomic handle for right or left-handed people and a solid wood butcher block storage system with safety lock.
The Hamilton Beach 74250 Carve-N-Set Electric Knife is a good choice for value since it only costs about $20. This Hamilton Beach model is also the best selling electric knife on Amazon. It has plenty of power with the 100-watt motor and is easy to use. The two serrated, stainless-steel blades saw back and forth to cut nice-looking slices of meat or bread.
The biggest complaint from users is that the handle and trigger are a bit awkward to hold and use, which could be a problem if you have small hands. However, if you only will be using this unit a couple of times a year then it is not too big of a deal.
The $19 Hamilton Beach 74275 is very similar to the 74250 with the main difference in the looks. This corded electric knife is black and chrome and comes with stainless-steel blades and a carving fork. It has enough power and cuts well enough, but occasionally the blades can bow out and shred or rip the meat. Also some users have complained about the design of the handle and trigger.
Our pick for the best cordless electric knife is the Rapala Lithium Ion Cordless Fillet Knife which sells for around $67. Designed for any filleting task, it features a lithium ion battery that can last 80 minutes without reducing power or slowing down and charges back up in less than 2 hours. It provides enough power and a consistent speed when going from fillet to fillet.
For home use we recommend a corded model, but if you are looking for a cordless model then this Rapala unit is as good as it gets.
One model that users either seem to love or hate is the Black & Decker EK700 9-Inch Electric Carving Knife priced at under $18. This corded carving knife has a 7-inch serrated SS blade and a nonslip handle with safety lock. Users seem to like how easy it is to use, but the main complaint was that the blades separate and end up shredding the meat or worse not cutting at all.
If you are looking for a corded fish fillet knife then we recommend the Mister Twister Electric Knife which is also the cheapest on our list at just $17.60. It’s not really designed to be used on things like turkey, ham or a roast, but it still can accomplish those tasks. The blade is sharp and cuts quite well, however it has a short coiled cord that some users have said is too short.