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Best Electric Knife

A holiday staple for decades, the electric knife makes it easy to carve up a turkey or a roast beef with ease. Electric knives can get their power direct from the wall socket or they can rely on a battery pack that gets charged before the knife is used. In general, electric knives that have cords are most useful in the home environment, where there is easy access to electricity. Cordless electric knives usually come with fillet blades because these knives are popular with fisherman who can carve up the day's catch before heading home to prepare dinner.

When shopping for an electric knife, it's a good idea to try before you buy. The handles on these knives are quite large, and though most have been ergonomically designed with comfort in mind, there are some home cooks that find even the best electric knives difficult to hold.

Rapala Delux Cordless Fillet Knife

With a sharp blade and powerful motor, the Rapala Delux Cordless Fillet Knife can cut through anything with ease. This knife has a thin blade that's perfect for filleting fish, though it can handle other tasks as well. It runs off of a rechargeable battery pack, and comes with two packs so you can charge one pack while you use the other. It also has a storage case that makes it convenient to bring with you, whether you're going to a family member's house for dinner or hoping to fillet some fish right on the boat. This set comes with two knife blades, one that's 6 inches long, and one that's 7 1/2 inches long.

Rapala Lithium Ion Cordless Fillet Knife

If you don't need the whole set, Rapala also makes a simpler version of their cordless electric knife. This knife comes with a lithium ion battery that provides 80 minutes of continuous use and takes only 2 hours to fully charge. The motor is designed to keep running at full speed even as the battery power is waning, so the knife won't slow down as it runs out of power. The blade of this knife is also very sharp and modeled after the classic fillet knife, which makes it ideal for filleting fish right as they're caught. Of coarse, you don't have to use this knife on a boat. It works just as well in the kitchen, whether you're filleting a fish or carving up a roast chicken.

Emson Sonic Blade 7865.00 Cordless Rechargeable Knife

Made by one of the most well-known names in chopping and cutting tools, the Emson Sonic Blade Cordless Electric Knife is a knife that holds up to the competition. With its sharp serrated blade, this knife can easily slice through meats, breads, and veggies. It comes with a rechargeable battery pack and charging station that doubles as a storage unit while the knife is not being used. The knife also comes with two blades, one for bread and one for meat, as well as a safety lock that keeps the knife from turning on accidentally. In order to get the most out of this knife, you'll want to be sure to charge it completely between uses.

Berkley TEC TurboGlide LI Fillet Knife System

If you're looking for a light-weight, powerful electric knife that's incredibly easy to use, the Berkley Turbo Glide Cordless Fillet knife is a great option. This knife comes with two 7.5 inch, chrome plated stainless steel fillet blades that are perfect for filleting fish. The knife even comes with a folding fillet board and a carrying case, which makes it an incredibly useful tool to take on your next fishing trip. Though this tool is made for filleting fish, it is also possible to use it for general kitchen tasks. This knife runs on a rechargeable lithium ion battery, and makes use of a lightweight nanotech motor that delivers plenty of power without much weight or bulk.

Cuisinart CEK-40 Electric Knife with Holder

If you're looking for an electric knife that can cleanly slice through almost anything, the Cuisinart CEK-40 Electric Knife is the perfect choice. This knife can make thin slices without tearing or ripping like many other electric knives do. With a convenient pressure activated trigger, it's easy to turn off and on, and a safety lock keeps the knife from accidentally turning on while it's stored in a drawer. The handle is slim and comfortable to hold, whether you're right or left handed, and the entire design is sleek and stylish. This model also comes with two blades, both of which are dishwasher safe. Though it won't last forever, Cuisinart backs this handy machine with a 3 year warranty.

Hamilton Beach 74250 Carve 'n Set Electric Knife

With its durable construction and sharp blades, the Hamilton Beach Carve 'n Set Electric Knife is a great choice, especially for those who only use an electric knife on special occasions. This knife is capable of producing clean slices, though it can tear delicate meats, especially if the blade hasnt been sharpened in a while. The handle is a bit on the bulky side, so it can be uncomfortable to use for a long period of time. This knife comes with a carving fork and a storage case, making it easy to keep it out of the way when you aren't using it. Though it isn't durable enough for daily use, it is a good choice for occasional use and sold at a price that won't break the bank.

Black & Decker EK700 9-Inch Electric Carving Knife

Made by one of the top names in power tools, the Applica Black & Decker Ek700 Ergonomic Grip Electric Knife is an excellent choice for those who want to use an electric knife on more than just special occasions. This handy tool has a comfortable handle that makes it easy to carve up an entire meal without your hand getting tired. It has a safety lock that prevents it from accidentally turning on while its being stored, and non-slip tabs on the blade that make it easy and safe to remove the blade for cleaning. The knife also comes with a stand so you can keep the blade off the counter or table while you're using it.

Oster 2803 Inspire Electric Knife

Oster has created a great electric knife that stands up to the competition. This knife has a sharp blade that can be easily removed for washing. It also comes with a special cutting tip that makes it easy to get to hard-to-carve areas that other electric knives might miss. The handle has been ergonomically designed to be easy to hold and to decrease hand and wrist fatigue while you're using the knife. As a bonus, this handy tool also comes with a case that allows for safe, convenient storage between holidays and celebrations.

Mister Twister 110V Electric Knife

Mister Twister may not be a name many home cooks are familiar with, but it's one of the leading brands in fishing equipment. The Mister Twister 110V Electric Knife has been rated the number 1 fillet knife among fisherman, though its also useful in the kitchen. Though it doesn't have as long a blade as standard electric knives, this powerful tool can be used to carve up a turkey or slice a loaf of bread just as well as its larger counterparts. The knife is light weight and has a small handle, so it's easy to hold, even for long periods of time. It also comes with a long power cord that's made to hold up to use on a boat. A safety lock keeps the knife from turning on accidentally while it's being stored.

Crystal Beran
Crystal Beran has spent the past 10 years immersed in the exciting and delicious world of food and drink. She has honed her cooking skills as a baker, a caterer, and a personal chef, and currently spends a good deal of her time training the next generation of young chefs. Her work as a wine steward has helped her to develop a discerning palate and a love of excellent wines from all over the world. Over the years, she has had the good fortune to visit wineries in Northern California, Tanzania, France, and Italy. In her spare time, she brews beer and invents delectable dishes to share with friends, family, and students.
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