The best electric knives of 2022

It’s no secret that chefs — both amateur and professional — love a clean, extra-sharp knife for their work. That’s especially important when cutting thicker materials, like that fresh steelhead fillet you just bought, whole cooked chicken, or your latest sourdough project.

Electric knives (no, not the kind from late-night TV) are designed to make these cutting projects easier. They use a reciprocating blade — it moves back and forth really fast — to mimic a high-speed sawing motion that can quickly cut through all kinds of foods. While they may be best known for carving up the Thanksgiving turkeys and hams, they actually have many other uses around the kitchen. Here are our favorite models and why we like them.

a cuisinart electric knife.

Cuisinart CEK-41

Best overall electric knife

Pros

  • Safety lock and quick-release features

  • Bamboo cutting board included

  • Not too expensive

Cons

  • Blade may be slightly too short for some chefs

Cuisinart’s electric knife is the complete package, an all-purpose model that can perform many tasks in a busy kitchen. It includes a blade and one carving fork to help out with larger meat projects, although you can also choose bundles with two blades. Either way, a beautiful bamboo cutting board is included, as well as a mounting board to keep the handle and blades on.

In addition to the micro-serrated blade, the knife includes a quick-release button for the blade (which you can wash in the dishwasher), a safety lock to prevent unwanted activation, and a three-year warranty in case the knife fails. The blade is a little short for the largest projects like carving a turkey, but otherwise, this knife is an excellent starter model for multiple carving jobs.

cuisinart cek-41 electric knife set with cutting board, stainless steel/black

Cuisinart CEK-41

Best overall electric knife

the waring commercial electric knife.

Waring Commercial WEK200

Best cordless electric knife

Pros

  • Durable, cordless design

  • LED for low-light conditions

  • Comes with multiple blade options and a carrying case

Many electric knives are designed to be plugged into a nearby outlet. But that’s not always possible, especially if you are on the go and can’t guarantee a nearby outlet, a common scenario for caterers and others working at venues or outdoor grills. This cordless knife solves that problem with a rechargeable battery that powers a DC motor.

The knife also comes with two blades and a case to carry everything when you’re all cleaned up. The handle has a hold-down button for activation and an LED light for those times when you’re working in low-light conditions and need a little more illumination.

waring commercial wek200 cordless rechargeable electric knife w/bread and carving blades, includes case, 120v, 5-15 phase plug

Waring Commercial WEK200

Best cordless electric knife

the nutrichef pkelkn16 knife.

NutriChef PKELKN16

Best electric knife for bread and cheese

Pros

  • Ergonomic design

  • Display block for storage

  • Two knives included

Cons

  • While there is a carving blade included,