Important Note: This post was written back in 2019. We have updated the post with more electric knife sharpeners that you can buy in 2020. Enjoy!
Electric knife sharpeners are life saviors. There’s no doubt in that and I highly recommend one since I have been using them for quite some time now.
If you are in a hurry, check out this electric knife sharpener that I am already using.
We know that blades become dull at some point – no matter how high quality blade it is. The next thing is, sharpening that premium knife of yours. There are different ways of sharpening a knife, some could be slow and not recommended for absolute beginners, some are fast and easy.
In this post, we will be discussing:
- 1. Electric Knife Sharpener
- 2. What to look for in an Electric Knife Sharpener
- 3. Types of Knives
- 4. Single vs Double Sided Electric Knife Sharpeners
- 5. Multi-Stage Electric Knife Sharpeners
- 6. Size of Knife Sharpener
- 7. Price
- 8. Best Electric Knife Sharpeners
and many more things…..
Since this is going to be a lengthy guide, I am ranking the best electric knife sharpeners for 2020 below and then we will dig in detail. Here are the rankings:
Best Electric Knife Sharpeners:
|Rank||Product Name||Price||Average Rating|
|1||Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener Ken Onion Edition||Check on Amazon||4.5/5|
|2||Work Sharp WSKTS-W Knife & Tool Sharpener||Check on Amazon||4.5/5|
|3||Presto 08800||Check on Amazon||4.5/5|
|4||LINKYO Electric Knife Sharpener||Check on Amazon||4/5|
|5||Presto 08810||Check on Amazon||4.5/5|
|6||Chef’sChoice 15 Trizor||Check on Amazon||4.5/5|
|7||Chef'sChoice 250||Check on Amazon||4.5/5|
|8||Chef’sChoice 130 ||Check on Amazon||4.5/5|
|9||Wusthof PEtec Electric Sharpener||Check on Amazon||4.5/5|
|10||Chef'sChoice 220||Check on Amazon||4/5|
|11||Chef’sChoice 1520||Check on Amazon||4.5/5|
Let’s answer some of the most frequently asked questions and then we will see specifications and Pros and Cons of each electric knife sharpening system mentioned above.
If you do not want to read the below guide, just SKIP to the reviews.
What to look for in an Electric Knife Sharpener System?
We already know that there are two types of knife sharpeners:
- Manual Knife Sharpener.
- Electric Knife Sharpener.
Now, manual knife sharpeners, are a lot cheaper than the electric ones. But they take a lot of time to sharpen a knife and unless you know the right angle and have done manual sharpening before, you would find it difficult to manually sharp knives.
On the other hand, electric knife sharpeners, are expensive (when compared to manual ones) but are extremely fast. The knife sharpener that I use hardly takes 3-4 minutes at max to sharpen a knife. Therefore, I always prefer electric knives sharpeners over manual sharpeners.
Now, let’s discuss what to look for before buying one for yourself:
1) Types of Knives:
Many electric knife sharpeners work with specific types of knives. You would find it on the box of sharpener. It’s clearly written. But the ones, we have suggested above and below sharp almost all types of knives.
In case, you have some very expensive chef’s knife or a precious knife set and you don’t want to ruin it, buy a premium electric sharpener and do not go for the cheap one. Make sure that you are buying an electric knife sharpener that has the ability to sharpen the knife you want. Or just go for a good universal knife sharpener.
2) Single Sided vs Double Sided Electric Knife Sharpeners:
I always prefer double sided sharpener and you will know the reason in a bit. Single sided sharpener comes with flat bevel. This type of electric sharpener is good for sharpening serrated knives but there’s a big disadvantage.
Single sided knife sharpener may cause scratches on your blade. It doesn’t happen all the time, but I had faced this situation in the past. If you decide to buy a single sided sharpener, be ready for the scratches.
Contrary to the above one, double side electric knife sharpener has a rotatory mechanism. I have no complaints when it comes to double-sided sharpeners.
3) Multi Stage Electric Knife Sharpener:
If you have seen multiple electric knife sharpeners, you would notice that some have 2 slots, some come with 3 slots etc. The reason are multi stages.
One multi stage sharpener will only sharpen your knife and may leave a scratch behind. To remove that scratch, you will need a sharpener that comes with the scratch remover mechanism.
Therefore, it is up to you to decide, whether you want an electric knife sharpening system that removes the scratch as well as sharpens the knife or the one that just sharpens the knives.
4) Size of Electric Knife Sharpening System:
The next most important thing is the size. SIZE DOES MATTER HERE!
If you are looking to buy a knife sharpening system for your kitchen and you don’t sharpen knives often, then there is no need to buy heavy-duty knife sharpener that may be noisy for you and consume more electricity. It would be more expensive as well.
Go for a small portable knife sharpening system that would not take more space on your shelf and can be carried anywhere easily.
Now that you have a few factors in mind. The next most important, or I would say, make or break factor is the price. The electric knife sharpening system starts from as low as $15 and goes up to $200 or more than that.
Personally, I am using a knife sharpening system that came with a price tag of $130. Why?
There are a few reasons. I love cooking and have some expensive knife sets. I don’t want to ruin them with a cheap electric knife sharpener. A one-time investment of $130 is way better than buying a low-grade sharpener.
I’m not saying that cheaper price means lower quality. It’s that, I don’t want to take any risk with my knives.
The pricing factor is subjective. It’s up to you to decide what’s the best price for you. Keeping in view this subjective factor, we have listed knife sharpeners that are cheap and also some which come with a premium price.
I’m using one and yes, they do work perfectly!
There are some common myths about electric knife sharpener such as they don’t work or they will ruin your knife.
These are just myths. Like any other sharpener, an electric sharpener takes off the metal from the surface and thus the size of your knife shrinks.
This is the case with every other knife sharpener whether electric or manual. Do not listen to the critics of the electric knife sharpener.
No, they don’t.
Just like any other sharpener, careful use of an electric knife sharpening system is recommended. If you are not careful, your knife will be ruined – by manual or electric knife sharpener.
As discussed above, please make sure that you are using an electric knife sharpening system that can sharpen your knife. Do check the specifications before buying an electric sharpener. You need to be careful with them.
Yes, you can.
There are some specific electric knife sharpeners that you can use to sharpen serrated knives. If you don’t know which one to buy, just buy one of the ones we have listed. They all can sharpen serrated knives.
Yes, you can (but not all electric knife sharpener would sharpen scissors).
Since we are done with guides and some frequently asked questions. Now is the time to review our Top 11 Best Electric Knife Sharpeners 2020. I will review each product in the shortest and compact way possible.
So, let’s start with the first one that I personally use.
Work Sharp is no stranger when it comes to knife sharpeners. They have always manufactured some of the best sharpeners available in the market. This one is by far my most favorite and in personal use.
The classic WSKTS-W knife and tool sharpener is an amazing deal for the price. I was using this electric sharpener before I switched to the above one. I have not only sharpened scissors and knives with it but an AXE AS WELL!
YES! An AXE with this fine little sharpener.
You can sharp pretty much all types of blades with it. Here are some pros and cons of WSKTS-W knife and tool sharpener:
It is one of the highest rated electric knife sharpeners on Amazon. One of the best budget electric knife sharpener that many of my friends use. It costs around $25 at the time of writing of this post.
Presto 00800 is very easy to use and a beginner friendly electric knife sharpener. If you are buying your first sharpener, I will suggest either this model or the Presto 08810 (discussed below).
There is a total of 4 slots on the sharpener. Two slots for each stage that sharpens the left and right sides of the blade’s cutting edge.
LINKYO electric knife sharpener is one of the most affordable electric knife sharpeners available in the market. It comes with a price tag of just $20.
I had one many years ago when I first started out and to be honest it was of the best knife sharpener for me at that time. I remember buying it for $18 and it stayed with me for 2 years before I bought another knife sharpener.
We have already reviewed Presto 08800 above and the next product from Presto we have here is their 08810 model.
It’s almost the same as 08800 but with some difference in product design and in power. The difference between 08800 and this model is the size and additional sharpening modes.
Presto 08800 is compact and takes a lot less space than the Presto Professional Electric Knife Sharpener. Plus, Presto 08810 comes with three different sharpening modes which are absent in the simple 08800 model.
Let’s us discuss pros and cons:
Do you want an ultra-sharp 15° angle blade? If your answer is yes, then this electric sharpener is specifically made for it.
The Chef’sChoice 15 Trizor XV is specially made for those who want an ultra-sharp blade. This electric knife sharpener converts the blade using its three-stage knife sharpening system.
Here’s how it works:
- First Stage: Sharpening the blade at 25 degrees.
- Second Stage: Sharpening the blade at 22 degrees.
- Third Stage: Sharpening the blade at 15 degrees.
When the blade passes through these stages, you finally get an ultra-shape 15° angle blade.
Shall we not discuss its pros and cons?
This affordable Electric Knife sharpener from Chef’sChoice is both an electric and manual one at the same time – or what others call a “hybrid” knife sharpener. It comes with three stages to sharpen a knife.
The first two stages are electric and the third one is manual. The 2-stage process sharpens the knife using power and the third-stage or the manual one is used to polish the knife.
If you are looking for an average not so professional electric knife sharpener, that is easy on your money, go with Chef’sChoice Hybrid 250 electric sharpener system
Another model that we have from Chef’sChoice is the Model 130 or M130. This is a professional electric knife sharpener and also a friendly one.
The thing with professional electric knife sharpening system is that they are harder to use by someone starting sharpening knives for the very first time. It’s a professional knife sharpener for dummies!
If you have expensive chef knives, some pocket knives or serrated knives, this sharpener can sharpen them all.
This is one of the main reasons why I have suggested the Model 130 to many of my friends if they want a premium knife sharpener on a budget.
The next sharpener that we have is from Wusthof. Many of you might know but Wusthof is not a new name is home appliances.
The said company is active since 1814 which makes it one of the oldest knife sharpening companies still in-operation. Although they didn’t start out as a knife sharpening equipment company, they for sure had an impact on the knife sharpening industry.
I don’t want to go in details, so let us just discuss some of its pros and cons.
In my opinion, there are better options available as compared to Wusthof PEtec Electric Sharpener. I don’t want to offend anyone, but for the price tag, it’s a total rip off.
By now, you would know that I love Chef’sChoice. I have used their product and was once a satisfied customer. They are affordable and worth the price.
The next electric knife sharpener that we are going to discuss is Chef’sChoice 220 which is not only easy on your pocket but quickly sharpens a blade. Want a razor-sharp blade at an affordable? Buy Chef’sChoice 220!
This a hybrid two-stage electric and manual knife sharpener. The first stage is electric which sharpens the knife and the next stage is manual that is used for honing the blade.
As with every other electric knife sharpener, Model 220 comes with some pros and cons. Let’s see them first:
The last electric knife sharpener that we have is another one from Chef’sChoice – gosh, I love this brand!
Unlike the previous one, model 1520 is not a hybrid knife sharpener. It is a complete electric knife sharpener with a three-stage knife sharpening system.
Now, remember, that you would have to choose an electric knife sharpening system after carefully analyzing your needs. What kind of knives would you sharpen?
American, Asian, European or all of them? Do you want an electric knife sharpening system that comes with a scissor sharpening option or not?
Do you want to sharpen ceramic or pocket knives? What about serrated knives?
There are countless questions that you first need to answer before buying an electric sharpener. Answer them all and you will finally have one option or multiple from which you can choose.
Our listed sharpening systems have different varieties. Some are suitable for sharpening specific knives, some are universal electric knife sharpener i.e. not only they can sharpen almost all types of knives but they can also be used to sharpen scissors and axe as well. Cool, isn’t it?
These were our list of Best 11 Electric Knife Sharpeners 2020. Please let us know if you have any other suggestions or improvements related to this blog post.