If you have never got the knack of carving your roast perfectly, don’t worry, an electric knife will turn you into a pro! I love my kitchen knives and use them a lot, but my electric knife has saved me so much time, so often, I wouldn’t do without it. If you’re looking for a good electric knife, here’s five I’ve researched for you:
The Benefits of Using an Electric Knife
- Made of highest quality material
- Manufacturer: Rapala
- Rapala heavy duty electric Fillet knife
The technology in electric knives has come a long way, and they are making a comeback. The reasons for having one will always remain the same, and every home cook will find a use for an electric knife at some point. If you are tired of having blunt knives but can’t afford a good set, an electric knife will save you at least in the short term.
An electric knife is fast and makes your job easier. If you suffer from arthritis, you will wonder why you never had an electric knife before. No more struggling to grip the handle well enough or pain trying to cut through that delicious roast.
One thing many people do not realize is that an electric knife is not meant to have pressure applied – the motor does the work. From my own experience, pressing down on the knife only makes slicing more difficult. A good electric knife will not need any pressure from you.
No matter if you are carving a roast or slicing up home-made bread (ooh, doesn’t it make your mouth water just to mention it!), there is no doubt in my mind that an electric knife cuts with precision and gives superior, consistent results, for both right and left-handed people.
What to Look for in an Electric Knife
There are several features to look for to find the right knife for your needs.
There are two types: a raised handle at the top of the knife which you can grasp with a ‘carry’ like grip, or a typical knife handle you would grasp as you would a conventional knife. It’s really a matter of preference, and what you find the most comfortable for your hands.
There’s no point in having a knife do the hard work for you if it is too heavy to use with ease. A comfortable weight is about 1.5 pounds, however, it needs to be well balanced for maximum comfort.
The best blades are stainless steel which are durable and won’t rust. This is important since electric knife blades are really two blades that move against each other to produce the back and forth motion needed to cut, and shouldn’t be restricted.
Having two dedicated blades will give you more life out of your appliance than a knife with only one blade to do everything. Don’t you remember your mother telling you to use different scissors for paper and fabric? The same goes for knives. A blade specifically dedicated to cutting bread, and one for meat means better results for each.
Safety and Storage
A safety lock system is a must, especially if you have children.
Remove the blades when storing and keep them in the blade sleeve, or in a knife block. This is especially important if you have a cordless electric knife.
Cord or Cordless?
A knife that has both options is a good idea. Any cordless appliance is very handy, but especially a knife. You can have it at the ready on your dining table, in your picnic basket, or next to the barbecue. Cordless is great, but it also comes with a heftier price tag.
A good length cord is at least 4 feet, preferably the coiled variety which stays out of your way while you work.
Power of Motor
For an electric knife to do its job satisfactorily, its motor needs to be at least 100 watts.
Any good electric knife will have removable blades making them easy to clean. Separate the blades and wash carefully from the blunt edge with a mild detergent, or put them in the dishwasher.
Now, onto the knives!
1. Cuisinart CEK-40 Electric Knife
Cuisinart has given a good deal of thought into the safety features of this knife. Not only does the storage block have a safety lock system that locks the blades in place, the knife also has a one-touch safety lock button, giving you peace of mind when you need to put the knife down. There is also space on the stand to store the cord out of the way.
I like that this knife has two dedicated blades, one for slicing bread, and one for carving meat, fruit (great for watermelon) and vegetables. The elegant and ergonomic handle coupled with the powerful 130 watts motor means an easy cutting job. The stainless steel blades are dishwasher safe, saving time there as well.
Overall, this electric knife is aesthetically pleasing, strong on safety, saves space and is designed to give long life from the blades.
Comes with storage block
Good safety features
No weight specified
2. Hamilton Beach Electric Knife
I prefer using a carving fork when cutting a roast, especially a turkey or large ham, for that extra stability. Providing one with the electric knife shows thoughtful design and marketing strategy. The stainless steel fork is strongly mounted into the sturdy handle, adding good value to the set.
The slim, well designed handle is comfortable and stylish, and tucks away neatly with the blades into the storage case, which is a nice safe way to put the knife into your drawer.
3. BLACK+DECKER 9-Inch Electric Carving Knife
If you want a knife that not only does a good job cutting, but has other thoughtful features, then this one is well worth considering. A handle which stands steady on the counter, and a safety switch which prevents the knife coming on when you’re not using it, means you can set it down without a worry.
The simple press and go trigger control is easy on your hands and that generous 9” blade will power through most large loaves. The manufacturer even suggests it cuts foam, which is great for crafty folks!
9 inch blade
4. Rapala Heavy Duty Electric Fillet Knife
So, your man brings home the bacon, err fish, and wants to cut ’em up. Hand over the knife and let him at it – but make sure he does it outside! Designed especially for filleting, this knife has a tapered blade ideal for the job. A nice thick handle is great for a man’s hand, and he can get the job done so you can have that fresh fish for dinner in a jiffy.
But hang on, fish is not the only thing you can cut with this knife; you can also use it in the kitchen for other types of meat. You might also try it with bread; the long blade could certainly handle it, though the curved blade may not be the ideal shape.
With a motor that is three times more powerful than a standard electric knife, it will make light work of any meat carving, raw or cooked, preventing hand fatigue. Its blades move twice as fast, so it needs to be handled with care. This knife is best for folks who do a lot of carving.
Being a filleting knife, it would be handy if it was cordless, so keep in mind the 4′ cord is convenient enough if you want out to use it out of doors.
High speed blades
Cuts all meats, including fish bones
5. Cuisinart CEK-120 Cordless Electric Knife
Having to carve in the kitchen can be inconvenient at times, and depending on your kitchen design, a cord can easily get in the way. Cordless is freedom! With this knife you can happily carve your impressive roast at the dinner table; take it on a picnic or barbecue, and you are ready to slice up those goodies. I like the built in LED light – perfect for carving at a candle-lit table, or for an evening barbecue if lighting is poor.
The heavy duty motor is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery, which makes the knife useable only when it’s charged.
Comes with a carving guide
Battery life and carving time unspecified by manufacturer
Only useable when charged
So now that I’ve carved a way through the myriad of electric knives to choose from, which one is a cut above the rest? If you are going to buy an electric knife, having two dedicated blades is the way to go – it lengthens the life of the knife and will do a better job of slicing.
I don’t think you can go past the Cuisinart CEK-40 Electric Knife for its superior features and thoughtful extras. The sleek design makes it look the most like a conventional knife, and I especially like the squeeze trigger and the slim handle. Storing it is easy and safe, but most of all, with its 130 watts of power it will do the job and do it well.