Best Electric Knife 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

Electric carving knives are a handy kitchen device to have to hand, especially if you regularly cut your own bread and it ends up wonky and uneven, or you struggle to get through the Sunday roast beef.

They give you even, presentable results with no effort from you. Meal prep becomes easier, and you don’t even have to spend the earth to obtain one either.

There are quite a few duds out there which promise great things but fail at the most simple tasks, so to ensure you don’t go with one of them, follow our recommendations and we will help you pick the one which is for you.

The Best Kitchen Knives – Our Top Picks

Best Electric Knife

Cookworks 2 Blade Electric Knife

Coming with two blades, one ordinary and one for tackling frozen food, this is a knife which should help you across the board in the kitchen.

There is finger protection and a safe blade removal to remove the risk of accidents. It is small and light, and changing the blades is simple and comes without any issues.

It is a two blade option and powerful and smooth enough to tackle tough meats. As one blade is dedicated to frozen food, it will cut frozen meat.

We’d say that the power button is a little difficult to reach if your hands are on the smaller side. But it doesn’t make it harder to use as it does all the work for you.

The price is very affordable, and even though style is probably not top of your wishlist it still looks nice, and has a modern design.

Specifications

  • Power: 120W
  • Material: Plastic
  • Weight: 0.9kg
  • Cord Length: 1m

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We like

  • Price
  • Comfortable to hold
  • Two different knives included

We dislike

  • Quite noisy in operation

Final Verdict

Not the fanciest or most extravagant but still very effective - a fab budget pick

Cookworks Electric Knife

If you often find yourself hacking at meat and vegetables which leaves messy results, then this knife is a must-have.

It makes light work of all foods like you are cutting through butter with no need to do any carving yourself. There are two blades included, and they are easy to take in and out for storage and cleaning. The easy blade release will ensure they don’t come out when you’re in the middle of carving, either.

The two blades are both standard, so you’ll have to stick to ordinary tasks and nothing too strenuous such as frozen meat. But it is perfect if you slice fresh bread or your Sunday roast. It comes in at a great price too, so there is nothing stopping you.

Specifications

  • Power: 120W
  • Material: Plastic
  • Weight: 0.88kg
  • Cord Length: 1m

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We like

  • Price
  • Comfortable to hold
  • Finger protection for safety

We dislike

  • Restricting type of blades

Final Verdict

Back to basics but effective at the job - great for the standard tasks

Kenwood KN650 Electric Knife

Kenwood says that this knife has been designed to bring ‘speed, safety and comfort to everyday use’, and it certainly takes out the effort of carving most food.

A removable blade system is included which gets through most of the basic tasks. A replacement set of blades are also included for tougher food. We will say that the ordinary blade is notably blunter than the frozen food blade, however. So if you need to chop vegetables such as swede or turnip, the latter may be your preferred option.

The blades are dishwasher safe if you’d rather keep your hands away from the sharp cut, and they are stainless steel too which should save them from rusting and staining with heavy use.

The on/off button is nicely placed for comfortable access, and the powerful motor will make light work of cutting. It is one of the quietest in operation of those we reviewed, which is good if you’ll be entertaining.

The sharper blades are actually advertised as being perfect for getting through frozen food. But when we tested this, they weren’t the best – stick to bread maybe.

Specifications

  • Power: 100W
  • Material: Plastic
  • Weight: 0.74kg
  • Cord Length: 1m

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We like

  • Comfortable to hold
  • Two sets of blades

We dislike

  • Second blades not as sharp as advertised

Final Verdict

A great option for pretty much anything except frozen food

Russell Hobbs Electric Carving Knife 13892

This knife is from a well-trusted kitchen appliance brand, so we had high expectations before our tests.

Cutting performance was good. Slices were clean and uniform, and it performed well with slicing meat as opposed to pulling it.

We did find that it required some more pressure than the other knives in order to start the slicing process, however. The blades felt slightly flimsy and wobbled before making contact with the food. This made them feel a bit insecure, but there were no incidents of them coming unattached.

It worked with softer items better than hard ones, but still coped with tougher bread and meats. Just apply a little more pressure and concentration. It comes in at a good low price, and the power button is nice and easy to access and hold so if this is priority it is a good choice.

Specifications

  • Power: 120W
  • Material: Plastic
  • Weight: 0.69kg
  • Cord Length: 1m

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We like

  • Lightweight
  • Power button in good reach

We dislike

  • Blades not as sharp as some other models

Final Verdict

Comfortable to grip and control, and well-suited to the lighter tasks

Judge JEA76 Electric Knife

Possibly the one which we felt the least reliable long-term quality, but it did not affect its performance.

First of all, it is quiet when running even when in contact with food which is welcome. The last thing you want when the microwave is running and extractor fan is on full blast is a loud carving knife, too.

The blades are very sharp and performed well on tough meats as well as bread. When tackling frozen food it didn’t really make a dent. We didn’t like to push it, so it is definitely one for the standard tasks.

The on/off button is comfortable to press both in terms of positioning and the material. It isn’t the prettiest, and as mentioned we also have doubts about the longevity, which isn’t great to say it is marginally the most expensive on our list. There are also no spare blades. Having said this, it is still a worthy addition to the list.

Specifications

  • Power: 150W
  • Material: Plastic
  • Weight: 0.78kg
  • Cord Length: 0.8m

We like

  • Nice to hold
  • Clean design

We dislike

  • Feels a bit unsubstantial

Final Verdict

You don’t get the most for your money necessarily, but it is still ergonomic and a nice accessory to have

Tower T19003 Electric Knife

The first thing to notice about this carving knife is that the body is black, so while the design isn’t the most vital aspect, it may appeal to anyone who likes everything to match in their kitchen.

Twin blades will both work together to slice efficiently. There is a bit of downward pressure required, so it maybe isn’t anyone for wrist issues.

The handle leads down to the blade in one movement, rather than seemingly sitting separately like a lot of other designs. It makes it comfortable to hold and keep the on/off button pressed.

It advertises that it is good for frozen meats. When we tested, we didn’t find it to be completely reliable. Definitely stick to ordinary goods. The blades were easily removed and can be washed by hand for ease.

The price is nothing out of the ordinary for an electric knife like this. But the ergonomic and comfortable style and shape may swing the decision for you.

Specifications

  • Power: 180W
  • Material: Plastic
  • Weight: 0.78kg
  • Cord Length: 0.8m

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We like

  • Streamlined design
  • Quiet in operation

We dislike

  • Can’t get through the toughest materials

Final Verdict

Does the standard tasks well and is great to hold and control - all you likely need

Electric Knife Buying Guide

Power

The higher the power in the motor, the easier and quicker it will move the blades to aid with cutting. You should look for an electric carving knife which has at least 100W of power. However, it is worth noting that those at the top end of the power scale aren’t necessarily the best at the job.

Features To Look Out For

Two blades

These tend to be a bit more powerful than single blade options, as they both work together to cut

Spare blades

A lot can happen to your blades, whether it be accidentally pressuring them too much or using them so much that they go blunt. Having a spare set to hand will help when they need replacing, or you may wish to tackle different foods with different blades to prevent contamination

Cord length

You need a fine balance between a cable which is long enough to reach a power socket and one which isn’t so long that it causes a hazard. Measure how far it is between your cutting surface and the nearest plug socket, and try to get one which will fit this comfortably

Different blades

Think of why you need your knife, and ensure a blade comes with the purchase which will get through this task. You may need one which cuts bread, one which will get through meat on the bone or one which will tackle frozen food

Cleaning

Blades are often removable so can be washed by hand safely away from the electric body.

It is important to clean your blades well to avoid food cross contamination and ensure the longevity of your device. Some may be dishwasher safe but always be careful to secure them safely

Sharpening

Most electric knives can be sharpened with a dedicated blade sharpener. Some serrated models may not be appropriate for the sharpeners, but there will often be sharpening steel available.

Replacement blades are also usually available to buy, in case yours is beyond repair

FAQs

What Are The Benefits Of An Electric Carving Knife?

Precision: From uniform slices to the correct thickness, carving with an electric knife offers a lot more reliability

Speed: No having to hack away at your food anymore. The blades will work a lot quicker together than you could ever push the knife through

Less Exertion: If you do need to press down, the effort will be minimal which can reduce hand and wrist pain

Will An Electric Knife Cut Through Bone?

It is unlikely. Some which offer the ability to cut through frozen food may be able to tackle it, but standard blades won’t be able to. If this is a concern, you may need to purchase a strong manual chef’s knife instead

Can I Get A Cordless Knife?

They are few and far between, and not widely available. Cordless variations of all appliances usually offer less power, and of course, you have to ensure they are charged up when you need them.