Finding the Top Rated Electric Sharpener
Electric knife sharpeners have the advantage of speed due to the automation of the grinding, usually 1 to 2 minutes from start to finish. If the knife just needs a touch up, then the process may only take under 30 seconds! This is one of the reasons that electric knife sharpeners are ideal for kitchen cutlery applications, even gourmet cutlery made with very high quality metal. Most of the models come with two stages, coarse and fine, while the best models have three or more stages. The three to four stage models typically allow the user to sharpen very dull blades more quickly or enable the knife blades to be honed very finely. Avoid models with only 1 stage since they typically are fairly coarse and remove more metal than necessary and shorten the life of your knives.
Most basic, economy models have composite sharpening stones and most models currently do have diamond based abrasive stones. It is typical to have a very fine or straightening stage made of tungsten carbide which serves the purpose of steeling the blade – that is to say the microscopic cutting edge is realigned and straightened. Some models can sharpen serrated knives but the economy models usually will not so be sure you check the manufacturers documentation. One of the other advantages of electric sharpeners is that the angles are non-variable or fixed, providing a consistent and precise angle. Most electric knife sharpeners of high quality have a 20º or 15º sharpening angle, with a total of 40º or 30º inclusive. The 15º angle is designed for Japanese style knives while the 20º angle is for European style knives. Lower quality knife sharpener manufacturers may not specify the sharpening angle.
This table contains a list of the top 5 best electric knife sharpeners as reviewed by actual users, with consideration to the features, durability, and cost.
|Picture and Price|
|Brand & Model||Chef's Choice 120 Diamond Hone 3-Stage Professional Knife Sharpener||Wusthof 3 Stage Electric Knife Sharpener||Chef's Choice 320 Diamond Hone Knife Sharpener||Chef's Choice 220 Diamond Hone Knife Sharpener||Presto 08800 EverSharp Electric Knife Sharpener|
$ - Under $25
$$ - $25 - $50
$$$ - $50 - $100
$$$$- Over $100
|Average Customer Review|
Out of 5
|# of Stages||3||3||2||2||2|
|Coarse Stage for Very Dull Knives||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No|
|Polishing/Very Fine Stage||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Sharpens Gourmet Kitchen Cutlery||Yes||Yes, designed for the Wusthof PEtec Knife Edge||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Sharpens Hunting, Tactical, and Pocket Knives||Yes||Yes, but the result is a very sharp knife with a 14º angle||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Sharpens Serrated Knives||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Warranty||Three Year||Three Year||Three Year||One Year||Two Year|
|Colors Available||Red, Brushed Metallic, Metal, Platinum, Silver/Chrome||Charcoal||White||White with Brushed Stainless||Gray with Black|
|Size||12 x 6.2 x 6.2 inches||10 X 4.25 X 4.25-inches||10.6 x 6.4 x 6.3 inches||7.3 x 3.2 x 4 inches||9.9 x 7.2 x 4.8 inches|
|Weight||4.7 lbs||4.8 lbs||1.2 lbs||4.8 lbs||3 lbs|
|Assembled in the USA||Yes||Yes (by Chef's Choice)||Yes||Yes||No|
Check out our basic knife set page for information on the 3 knives that you should have in your kitchen at a minimum. Once you have the best knife set that you can afford, and a sharpener to go with it, you can expand your kitchen cutlery for more specific uses.
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