It isn't actually a sharp knife you need to fear, it's a blunt one. A dull knife can easily injure you as you have to use more force to cut with a dull knife. This risks serious injuries from knives suddenly giving way. And even a dull knife can seriously injure you! So you need to make sure that you sharpen your knives in the kitchen regularly. We've reviewed the best electric knife sharpeners available, and are confident that whichever you go for you'll be happier and safer!
Be warned though, if you're used to dull knives you'll find that a sharp knife will take some getting used to. You don't need to use anywhere near the same force. Used regularly all three of our top electric knife sharpeners will keep your knives in tip top condition.
Presto 08800 EverSharp Electric Knife Sharpener
( 4.4 out of 5.0 )
Linkyo Electric Knife Sharpener
( 4.6 out of 5.0 )
Chef's Choice 250 Diamond Hone Hyrbid Knife Sharpener
4.3 out of 5.0 )
We've already discussed how dull knives are dangerous. But let's consider the other options. Because there is plenty of choice when it comes to sharpening your knives. And in reality, what you go for will in large part come down to what you're used to and what you intend to sharpen.
So let's have a look at the different features of electric knife sharpeners.
Whilst they are more restrictive, there are definitely advantages with using an electric knife sharpener. Lot of us use them, and here's why:
So an electric knife sharpener if the popular choice for many of us. Let's take a look at our top three.
In assessing the electric knife sharpeners we considered fit for purpose, durability and cost. All three scored highly on each count.
This is so easy to use. It comes with non-slip suction cup feet to keep if firmly in place during use. The automatic blade guides hold the knife at the best angle for perfect sharpening. All you need to do is draw the knife slowly towards you with absolutely no downwards pressure at all. There is also a built-in stop feature. This prevents the blade from getting damaged by stopping the sharpening if too much downward-pressure is accidentally applied.
It is safe, easy to use, durable and sharpens really well. The suction feet and stop features are great additions. Love this sharpener.
It would be good to be able to amend the angle rather than just using the pre-set angles. But this is not necessary for almost all kitchen use.
This is very much like the Linkyo product. It works under the same system and also has suction cups to keep it in place.
It is easy to use, durable and safe. We had great results and also found that we could use it on serrated knives (one side only) which as definitely a bonus.
Much like the Linkyo, the ability to adjust the angle would be appreciated by more experiences knife sharpeners. In addition, the stop feature of the Linkyo is not present here and we did find, especially for less experienced knife-sharpeners, that this was a useful feature.
So you'll have probably gathered that this is both an electric and manual sharpener. This is because on top of the 2 stages of the standard electric knife sharpener, there's a third stage. This is the manual part. Here you use the ultra-thin diamond abrasives to ensure a really sharp polished edge.
This is a very well made, durable sharpener. It does a great job and you can just use the third stage if you want a short cut or are somewhere without power. Very good sharpener.
The feet are not of the same large suction design which felt less stable compared to our first two products. Also three stages can seem a little time consuming! As with our first two products, you can't set the angle.
There isn't a great deal to choose between these products, particularly the first two which are so similar. However, the Linkyo came out on time because as well as doing a great job and being easy to use, it also comes with a lifetime guarantee. So you know that it will keep going forever!
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