When it comes time to purchase a new cordless electric knife, take the time to check out your prospects in person. Evaluate each for comfort, balance, and ease of use. The correct choice will feel balanced and natural in your hand, be smooth and easy to clean, and have knife attachment hardware you can operate safely.
You may decide upon handling that cordless electric knives are too heavy, which is fine. While portability and avoidance of cord-related hazards are nice, your comfort and control are more important.
Once you’ve made your purchase, be sure to read and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on proper battery handling. While each model is slightly different, there are some generally applicable tips. Charge your batteries at room temperature, but not to excess. Overcharged batteries will lose their ability to hold current.
You can extend the life of your batteries, and of your cordless electric knife as a whole, by following a few general guidelines. Never attempt to force your knife through bone or frozen meat, as this will put undue strain on the blades and motor. Cut with gentle, steady downward pressure at an even speed. If you feel the motor lagging, even with no obstructions, pause for a moment and switch batteries.
1. Cuisinart CEK-50 Cordless Electric Knife, Black
- Cordless and rechargeable, 20-minute run time per charge
- Ergonomic design is comfortable in either hand
- Easy-to-use, one-touch on/off operation
- 30-minute quick-charge feature
- Two 3.9-volt lithium Ion batteries, AC adapter included
2. Rapala Lithium Ion Cordless Fillet Knife
- Ready to match up with any filleting task, the new Lithium Ion Cordless Fillet Knife produces 80 continuous minutes of runtime without any loss of power.
- Lithium Ion batteries provide a consistent speed and torque from fillet to fillet, without reduced power or slow down as battery power wains.
- Fast change time, a full 80 minute runtime charge takes less than 2 hours.
- Low "memory" effect increases the number of charge/discharge cycles for longer battery life.
3. Hamilton Beach Electric Carving Knife with Case (74275)
3 used from $18.69
- Compact case neatly stores everything
- Easily carves meats and slices breads
- Stainless steel blades and carving fork
4. Hamilton Beach 74250 Carve ‘n Set Electric Knife with Case, White
1 used from $17.00
- Space-saving storage case
- Nonslip trigger
- Easily carves meats & slices bread
- Stainless steel blades & carving fork
- Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
5. Proctor Silex 74311 Easy Slice Electric Knife, White
1 used from $14.98
- Stainless steel blades
- Hand-contoured grip
- Touch button control
- Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
6. Black & Decker EK 700 Slice Right Electric Knife
1 used from $40.92
- 9" Offset Serrated Blades - The stainless steel blades saw rapidly and evenly through meats, breads, craft foam and more! 7 ½" of the blades are serrated with an additional 1 ½" tang before the plastic allow for up to 9" of carving
- Comfort Grip Handle - The ergonomic handle is engineered to increase comfort and control during slicing
- Dishwasher-Safe Parts - The removable blades are dishwasher-safe for fast and easy cleanup
SELECTING THE CORRECT KNIFE
Hands-on experience is necessary to properly select a cordless electric knife. Without directly handling and preferably using one, you can’t be sure which make and model is best suited.
Weight and handle size are important ergonomic factors that determine more than comfort. An inappropriately-sized unit will prove harder to control, creating a possibly dangerous condition. Grip, too, is important, as a handle too large for your hand will be tiresome and unwieldy to use.
If possible, install and remove the blades on any model you consider purchasing. Doing so should be simple and require little force; you don’t want to struggle with one hand on a carving blade.
A modern cordless electric knife employs rounded design and strategically placed buttons to ensure simple cleaning between uses. Make sure you select a model with dishwasher-safe blades and the fewest possible cracks or corners. Cordless electric knives may spend months in storage between uses, so you want to be sure they are clean before you close them away.
IS CORDLESS TECHNOLOGY RIGHT FOR YOU?
A cordless electric knife offers some advantage over older, outlet-powered varieties. You experience increased portability, not being tied to conveniently located outlets or hampered by cords. There is a concomitant safety advantage, as well; cords can become entangled or get in the way of your cut. When the cord is tugged unexpectedly during use or inadvertently cut, serious injury can occur.
Cordless electric knives are not without their disadvantages, either. Integrated power supplies are heavier and add weight to the unit, so you should definitely assess your handling comfort before purchasing a unit
As a whole, reliance on battery power means your cordless electric knife will be marginally less powerful than plugged-in units. With proper blade selection and skilled use, however, the difference is negligible. Whenever possible, opt for laminated or high-carbon stainless knives and be sure to follow our tips for proper use, below.
TIPS FOR OPTIMUM BATTERY LIFE
In order to get the longest service life from your rechargeable batteries, there are a few guidelines you should keep in mind.
Always charge your batteries at room temperature, out of direct sunlight. Batteries function optimally between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Cold batteries will not pass current as effectively, while warm batteries vent too quickly. It is entirely normal for battery temperature to increase slightly during charging or use, so don’t be alarmed if your batteries are warm to the touch after charging.
Do not overcharge your batteries. Follow the instructions provided by their manufacturer for ideal charging times. That said, don’t forget to top off your batteries a few hours before use.
For the most efficient use, clean the contacts of your battery and cordless electric knife gently with alcohol and a cotton swab. Do not use water. Dirt or grime on the surface of your contacts will impair conductivity.
PROPER USE OF CORDLESS KNIVES
To make up for a slight decrease in motor power as compared to corded units, here are a few helpful things to keep in mind while using your cordless electric knife.
Cut with gentle downward pressure. You don’t need to draw your knife back and forth through the meat, as the electric knife’s reciprocating action does the work of cutting.
If your motor sounds like it’s straining to cut through unobstructed flesh, take a moment to switch batteries. Straining increases the wear on your blades, the motor, and the blade attachment hardware of your cordless electric knife.
You can carve to the bone, but do not attempt to cut through it. Cordless units- and most plug-in models- lack the power to cut through thick bones. Trying to do so will only damage your appliance. Likewise, thaw frozen cuts of meat before you cut them. Working on frozen cuts adds the hazard of a slippery work surface to the risk of damaging your unit.