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