A chef’s knife, whether it's German or Japanese, is great for almost every kitchen task, while electric knives make carving large pieces of meat easier. When used properly, they require little effort and can cut down on carving time on everything from holiday roasts, turkeys, brisket, or even roasted chicken. They’re also great for bread if you don’t already have a large serrated knife.
We know what makes a great electric knife in the Just Cooking Tools Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab: We test hundreds of kitchen products and gadgets each year to see which ones are actually worth it. A good electric knife should fit comfortably in the hand, be easy to use and operate, and should be able to cut through delicate skin without tearing to make razor-thin slices. The blades should be easy to insert, detach and remain secure during cutting. Our favorite knives leave minimal markings on meat and can be used for anything from vegetables, to bread, to cheese.
Our top picks for best electric knives include ones we’ve tested and used in our own kitchens. They also include trusted recommendations and electric knives with unique features that set them apart from others on the market. They range in price and style. Here are the best electric knives we recommend:
- Best Overall Electric Knife: Cuisinart CEK-40 Electric Knife
- Best Value Electric Knife: Proctor Silex Easy Slice Electric Knife
- Most Versatile Electric Knife: Cuisinart CEK-30 Electric Knife
- Most Popular Electric Knife: Black+Decker 9-Inch Electric Carving Knife
- Best Cordless Electric Knife: Waring WEK200 Rechargeable/Cordless Electric Knife
- Best Electric Knife for Fish: American Angler PRO Electric Fillet Knife
This electric knife from Cuisinart is a top seller on Amazon. It comes with two different types of blades, one heavy duty blade for hard-crusted breads and another thinner one for general carving. In our experience, the heavy duty blade’s wider base helps support the blade, making it easier to cut through those crusty loaves. The thinner blade is more flexible and works well on meat.
The knife operates with an easy-to use trigger, and the two blade release buttons are featured on the front of the motor, which make it hard to confuse with the trigger — no accidental blade releasing during cutting. The CEK-40 comes with a wooden holder for storage. The same electric knife and holder can be purchased with just the one heavy duty blade and additional carving fork for a few dollars cheaper.
- Multiple blade attachments for every task
- Easy to use
Like the Cuisinart CEK-40, this knife also operates with an easy-to-use trigger. It's lightweight and comfortable to hold, and it can slice through meat, bread, and vegetables. Amazon reviewers claim this knife works great on cutting foam for crafts. Like many of the other electric knives on the market, it features two blades that come together for cutting: They move back and forth in the opposite direction when the knife is in motion and make cleaning easier.
- Lightweight and comfortable to hold
- Great price
For under $30, this electric knife works like a champ. It's comfortable to hold and easy to use. Simply hold down the activation button to cut through meats and bread. While the blade release button and activation button are very close together, they're clearly labeled to help avoid confusion. The blades feature large finger grips, which make removing and reattaching the blades easier. The silicone grip on the underside also helps prevent slipping.
- Easy to use and operate
- Affordably priced
This Black+Decker electric knife operates with a trigger that makes it very easy to use. It also features an offset blade design that some people claim offers more control over cutting. We're also fans of the finger grips on the blade and extra surface area around the base, which make removing and inserting the blades back into the motor housing easy. Reviewers like that the electric knife is lightweight but can still power through large roasts.
- Reviewer-favorite pick
- Lightweight but powerful
This powerful electric knife is also cordless – the only one of its kind in our roundup. Some people find that cords get in the way when cutting large roasts, but this one uses a lithium ion battery, which charges quickly and lasts long. The WEK200 features a bread blade and a meat blade, both of which can be used with the additional included attachment for making even slices. All parts fit neatly into the hard storage case.
- Cordless for ultimate portability
- Multiple blades for different kitchen tasks
Filleting a fish might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of electric knives, but it's possible and great for professionals. This professional grade electric knife from American Angler is powerful and includes an assortment of blades for various sized fish. The larger blades can be used for tuna or swordfish, while the smaller are good for trout and whitefish. The featured set comes with a protective glove and storage case, while a single blade version is also available for purchase.
- 5 blade options for various fish
- Cut on a large, stable cutting surface. Any of these wood or plastic cutting boards will do: just make sure it’s stable.
- Let the knife do the work for you. That means, press down lightly with minimal force.
- Do not saw back and forth; the blades already do that themselves! Just press down and watch as the knife slices through meat with ease.
- Avoid cutting the bone. While some electric knives can handle cutting through bone, it’s better to play it safe than sorry.
- Safety first: Always make sure to cut away from you in case the knife accidentally slips, and use a carving fork instead of your fingers to hold the meat in place.