Expert Reviews Of Electric Knives That Make The Cut

Electric Knives That Make The Cut

By:

Rick Browne, Ph.B.

electric knives

Ever wonder how competition BBQ teams get such perfectly even slices of brisket? Many use electric knives.

An electric knife makes quick work of slicing a big hunk of meat like turkeys, whole packer briskets, beef tenderloin, prime rib, crown roast of pork, and hams. We researched several models available in kitchen stores and purchased four high-quality, affordable models. Then we put them through several rigorous tests.

To test the knives, we started by slicing bread. We sliced a soft loaf of French bread, a rock hard stale loaf of heavy grain artisan bread, and a loaf of very dense cheese bread. We also tried slicing a large butternut squash and a quarter wheel of dense Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese into 1″ slices.

Click Here To Search Our Reviews And Ratings Of Tools, Toys, And Accessories

To test meats, we disjointed fresh chickens, and then sliced 1/8″ and 1/4″ slices of breast meat off roast chickens and turkeys, aiming to keep some crispy skin on each slice. We also use the knives to cut through the breastbone and cut out the backbone and ribs of the cooked birds.

To test whole hams, we sliced a large country ham both 1/8 inch and 1/4 inch thick. The ham bones were a challenge for the knives, but the meat was no problem. To their performance for competition BBQ, we also sliced smoked brisket. All the knives performed well, and we humbly gave ourselves a 10 for the quality of the smoked meat!

To see how the blades would wear with really heavy use, we attempted to cut into a 1 x 2″ pinch piece of pine wood. Not recommended! The results were not pretty. Stick to real food.

Slicing is one thing, but a knife should also feel comfortable and be easy to use. We graded each knife on how comfortable it was to hold and use, the ease of triggering the start button, and how the knife felt after prolonged vibration and heat generated by friction in the blades. We also rated the noise level of each knife by measuring it with a decibel meter (below).

electric knife noise test

Important note: only two of the four knives we tested had a safety lock. We think this is a critical safety factor.

Keep in mind that electric knives have serrated blades, which stay sharp for a very long time. When they do get dull, serrated blades are extremely difficult and time consuming to sharpen at home (you must sharpen each individual serration). You can pay a professional knife sharpener to hone the serrations, or you can simply buy new blades. You may save a few bucks with a pro knife sharpener, but new blades are not terribly expensive. For example, the Cuisinart knife rated below costs around $50, and replacement blades cost about $18. We asked a local knife sharpener what it would cost to sharpen the blades, and the quote was $13. Of course, knife prices vary greatly. The prices quoted below are those listed when we purchased the knives for testing. 

Black & Decker Comfortgrip EK500B Review

By:

Rick Browne, Ph.B.

The Black & Decker Comfortgrip is the most comfortable knife we tested and the least prone to slipping, partially due to the rubberized no-slip strip on top of the handle where your thumb goes. Read our full review.

Cuisinart CEK-40 Review

By:

Rick Browne, Ph.B.

The Cuisinart CEK-40 electric knife is comfortable to hold with a slightly squarish handle that is best for large hands. Read our comprehensive testing.

Hamilton Beach Classic Chrome 74275R Review

By:

Rick Browne, Ph.B.

The Hamilton Beach Classic was the loudest of the electric knives we tested. It cut bread and cheese well but had problems with tougher items like squash and turkey bones. It is also too large for most hands and produced heavy vibrations. Read more about our review.

Proctor Silex Easy Slice 74311Y Review

By:

Rick Browne, Ph.B.

The Proctor Silex Easy Slice electric knife is fairly wide compared to others we reviewed yet it is still comfortable to hold. This electric knife is not recommended for small hands.

Related articles

Published On: 5/16/2019 Last Modified: 4/28/2021


If you help us, we’ll pay you back bigtime with an ad-free experience and much more!

Millions come to AmazingRibs.com every month for quality tested recipes, tips on technique, science, mythbusting, product reviews, and inspiration. But it is expensive to run a website with more than 4,000 pages and we don’t have a big corporate partner like TV network or a magazine publisher to subsidize us.

Our most important source of sustenance is people who join our Pitmaster Club, but please don’t think of it as a donation. Members get 21 great benefits. We block all third-party ads, we give members free ebooks, magazines, interviews, webinars, more recipes, a monthly sweepstakes with prizes worth up to $2,000, discounts on products, and best of all a community of like-minded cooks free of flame wars. Click below to see all the benefits, take a free 30 day trial membership, and help keep this site alive.


Post comments and questions below

grouchy?

1) Please try the search box at the top of every page before you ask for help.

2) Try to post your question to the appropriate page.

3) Tell us everything we need to know to help such as the type of cooker and thermometer. Dial thermometers are often off by as much as 50°F so if you are not using a good digital thermometer we probably can’t help you with time and temp questions. Please read this article about thermometers.

4) If you are a member of the Pitmaster Club, your comments login is probably different.

5) Posts with links in them may not appear immediately.

Moderators

  Max

Spotlight

These are not ads or paid placements. These are some of our favorite tools and toys.

These are products we have tested, won our top awards, and are highly recommend. Click here to read how we test, about our medals, and what they mean.

Use Our Links To Help Keep Us Alive

A big part of this site is our unbiased equipment and product reviews. We love playing with toys and we have no problem calling them the way we see them. Some companies pay a finder’s fee if a reader clicks a link on AmazingRibs.com and buys a product. It has zero impact on our reviews, zero impact on the price you pay, and the sites never tell us what you bought, but it has a major impact on our ability to keep this site alive! So before you buy, please click our links. Here’s a link that takes you to a page on Amazon that has some of our favorite tools and toys: https://tinyurl.com/amazingribs


Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater


Char-Broil’s Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you’re off to the party! Char-Broil’s TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order

GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone


GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, kill hotspots, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke.

Click here for more about what makes these grates so special

Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

Fireboard Labs Product Photo Shoot. Kansas City Commercial Portrait and Wedding Photographers ©Kevin Ashley Photography
With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.
Click here to read our detailed review


Surely you know somebody who loves outdoor cooking who deserves a gift for the holidays, birthday, anniversary, or just for being wonderful. There he is, right in the mirror! Here are our selections of best ideas, all Platinum or Gold Medalists, listed by price.

Click here to see our list of Gold Medal Gifts

Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

If you’re using oven mitts at the grill, it’s time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder’s gloves. They’re heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

Click here to read our detailed review

Click here to order from Amazon

Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker


Green Mountain’s portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it’s also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order

Digital Thermometers Are Your Most Valuable Tool And Here’s A Great Buy!

A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. YOU NEED ONE!
Click here to read our complete review