Everyone knows that a chef is only as good as their tools.
Too often a sharp knife is taken for granted, and even more often the average chef doesn’t know the danger a dull blade can pose.
The duller a blade is, the more effort that goes into cutting and dicing food. And then the more you swing and struggle with a knife, the higher the likelihood of an accident.
A sharp blade is sure to save you time in the kitchen (and potentially $ on band-aid expenses).
Below, we’ll take a look at some of the best electric tools on the market for keeping your kitchen knives sharp, and your hands cut-free.
The 6 Best Electric Knife Sharpeners for 2020
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LINKYO Electric Knife Sharpener
About the LINKYO Sharpener
The first electric knife sharpener on the list is the relatively popular LINKYO sharpener.
The very affordable sharpener is also very easy to use.
Simply plug the sharpener into any 120V outlet and have your knives at the ready.
The actual sharpening is comprised of 2 stages, the first to reshape the blades angle, the second to hone and polish.
The above image gives a small look at the proper sharpening technique, which requires no force be applied.
The results of the LINKYO sharpener are definitely noticeable, and sure to leave your knives sharper.
Although they won’t feel like brand new, they will definitely be much safer and easier to cut with.
Some other nice features were the no-slip suction cups mounted on the machine’s underside, ensuring the sharpener won’t slide around in use.
Having said that, the sharpener has a built-in ‘stop’ feature that will stall the sharpener if too much downward pressure is being applied.
The LINKYO sharpener is a solid electric knife sharpener at a very fair price.
It is very simple to set-up and use, and although performance is good, it is not great.
The design of the machine is quite smart, and LINKYO even made cleanup very simple.
There are other drawbacks with the LINKYO, such as its limited uses.
Per LINKYO’s own advice, this device is not intended for use on scissors or serrated edge knives.
Additionally, some owners have complained about the LINKYO breaking after a few months of sharpening blades.
Overall, the LINKYO is a solid budget offering, but in the same price range there are even better alternatives.
Presto EverSharp Knife Sharpener
About the Presto EverSharp
Up next is Presto’s EverSharp electric knife sharpening system.
The Presto EverSharp uses sapphirite sharpening wheels to give your knives the same edge as professional sharpening shops.
This sharpener is especially easy to use due to the precision guiding slots that will guarantee the ideal sharpening angle.
The Presto EverSharp is a 2-stage system that functions much in the same way as LINKYO’s sharpener.
The first stage creates a precisely angled edge on your blade.
The second polishes and hones the edge razor-sharp.
Together, the 2 stages work to ensure a reliable and safe blade capable of cutting any food paper thin.
Presto’s EverSharp system is a simple to setup, easy to use knife sharpener that will consistently give your blades a sharp edge.
It seems to be relatively well built, meaning it should be a great option for any cook for many years.
It isn’t the best value sharpener in its price range, but it is by no means a poor choice!
Don’t believe us? Watch the video below for a quick look at the EverSharp, as well as a sharpening demonstration.
Shenzhen Knives Electric Knife Sharpener
About the Shenzhen Knives Sharpener
If you want a sharpener that provides you with the best bang for your buck, look no further.
The Shenzhen Knives brand has come out with a knife sharpener that is both affordable, and extremely useful.
The sharpener has a diamond grinding stone with two different settings – fine for dull blades, and coarse for damaged blades.
The Shenzhen sharpener is a 2-stage system that works in exactly the same way as the prior two sharpeners, but the ability to choose between fine or coarse settings adds some extra functionality.
One such functionality being that Shenzhen’s device is really great for repairing chipped ceramic blades!
And yes, the Shenzhen Knives product is one of very few that is advertised as being useful with ceramic knives.
Another great feature of this product is the ability to remove the diamond wheel cartridge for ease of cleaning.
At a price that rivals the two knife sharpeners we’ve already looked at, the Shenzhen Knives sharpener offers a superior product, with great functionality.
The reviews are positive across the board, and the device’s features and sharpening performance is incredible given the price point.
The Shenzhen Knife Sharpener is one of the very best budget knife sharpeners, but it shouldn’t just be an option for those on a budget. There is incredible value in this knife sharpener, so much so that we’d choose it over many more expensive options!
In fact, we loved it enough for us to feel comfortable giving this sharpener our “Best Budget Pick” recommendation!
Chef’sChoice 250 Hybrid Sharpener
About the Chef’sChoice 250 Knife Sharpener
In the world of knife sharpeners there is one brand that is top-of-mind, and that brand is Chef’sChoice.
Chef’sChoice knife sharpening products and other appliances have been decorating kitchen countertops for many years, and for good reason, they work, and they last!
What more can you ask for?
The Chef’sChoice 250 is another example of a product that just works.
One of the best features of this device is that it works for all different kinds of knives, including; serrated, sporting, household, and pocketknives!
The product is manufactured in the USA, and the quality shows, as this device is much sturdier than any of the other sharpeners so far.
It definitely feels like a kitchen appliance that will give you years of use.
The 250 is also the first 3-stage sharpener we’ve looked at.
The first 2 stages work to form and then hone the edge, but that extra third stage houses ultra-thin diamond abrasives that get your blade that much sharper.
The non-electric third stage also functions as a great quick sharpener, allowing you to keep your blades sharp at all times.
These features combine to give the Chef’sChoice Hybrid 250 functionality that surpasses most sharpeners out there. Rather than being a product that you’ll pull out of the cupboard once every few weeks to sharpen your knives, the Hybrid 250 can be a mainstay on your countertop.
The Chef’sChoice 250 is without a doubt the best knife sharpener on this list so far. Unfortunately, it is also the most expensive sharpener on the list so far.
That being said, the Chef’sChoice 250 is still a relatively affordable product and it is definitely one of the better constructed knife sharpeners under $100.
This is without a doubt the “Best Value” Electric Knife Sharpener on the market, and for any chef who can’t cook without consistently sharp knives, this is an affordable way to keep those knives razor-sharp!
Bed Bath and Beyond’s YouTube page has a great video showcasing the Chef’sChoice Hybrid 250. Take a look below:
Work Sharp Culinary E5 Kitchen Knife Sharpener
About the Work Sharp Culinary Sharpener
Sometimes, easier isn’t always better. At least it isn’t better for every kind of consumer. What of the artisans? Or the chefs who want to sharpen any kind of knife, any kind of way.
Introducing a pretty cool and unique knife sharpener, the Work Sharp Culinary E5.
This is a very expensive solution to a dull blade, but it’s also one that give you complete control over your blades edge.
Not to mention it looks really cool and is more fun to use than most electric sharpeners.
The Work Sharp E5 is a flexible belt knife sharpener that slowly and precisely grinds your knife’s edge to the perfect shape.
It isn’t a completely manual process, thanks to the one-touch programming feature that shapes, sharpens, or hones your knives depending on how dull they’ve become.
Additionally, the Work Sharp, thanks to the grinding belt, works with any kind of knife.
Serrated edge, sporting knives, shears, scissors, you name it.
The sharpener also comes with a ceramic honing rod for quick touch-ups on your blade’s edge.
There is also a built-in vacuum that will quietly suck up any metal shavings or sharpening debris that may come off your knife. This is a nice added feature that most sharpeners neglect to mention.
The Work Sharp E5 is one of our favorite electric knife sharpeners on the market. It is a unique way to sharpen your blades, and it provides you with one of the best sharpening abilities of any tool out there.
It is also rather expensive, and for those that abhor extra work or steps, this might not be the sharpener for you.
The ability to replace the sharpening belt ensures that the machine will be sharpening your knives as long as the motor keeps working, which is a pretty good bet based on the quality of the build.
We should also mention the incredibly innovative Microforging capabilities of the honing rod – adding small serrations to paring knives to make tackling tomatoes and other hard-to-cut products that much easier.
Overall, the Work Sharp E5 is one of the absolute best knife sharpeners out there, but it comes with a high initial cost (as well as the cost of replacement belts). Not to mention it is not quite as easy to use as some other options.
Nonetheless, we can highly recommend this one if it seems like your kind of device.
Take a look at the review below for more info on the Work Sharp E5:
Chef’sChoice 15XV EdgeSelect
About the Chef’sChoice EdgeSelect Knife Sharpener
Chef’sChoice has already featured on this list with their 250-model knife sharpener, but the 15XV EdgeSelect is a completely different beast.
For starters, the difference in performance and features comes with a decent price increase.
The number one selling point of the Chef’sChoice EdgeSelect is the ability to convert your knives.
That’s right, you can actually alter your knife’s blade angle with this device.
Most knives come with a 20-degree angle, while the EdgeSelect allows you to change that blade angle to 15-degrees.
That 5-degree angle may not seem like much but ask any chef and they will tell you that it can make all the difference.
Another great feature of the EdgeSelect are the patented, flexible spring guides to ensure accurate control over the sharpening angle.
This 3-stage sharpening system is also guaranteed to have your knives as sharp as can be, and it works with just about any blade you throw at it, including serrated – provided it fits within the flexible spring guides.
There isn’t really anything negative to say about the Chef’sChoice EdgeSelect.
It’s a very simple 3-stage electric knife sharpener that offers some of the best and most consistent sharpening of any electric product, with the added benefit of being capable of converting blades to the ideal 15-degree edge.
The reviews are overwhelmingly positive, at a level you don’t see too often with expensive electrical products.
Chef’sChoice is a very reliable brand and the 15XV EdgeSelect is their best product, which is saying a lot as we also really like the Hybrid 250 model.
The simplicity of use, the high quality of the design, and the incredible performance as a sharpener are more than enough to justify the somewhat large price tag.
The 15XV EdgeSelect is our “Best Overall Electric Knife Sharpener” and should be the very first knife sharpener that any home cook looks at to keep their knives sharp, safe, and slicing through whatever is on the menu tonight.
America’s Test Kitchen also ranks it as the very best knife sharpener, and you can take a look at that video below:
When it comes to knives, many people are initially scared of sharpening.
It can be a daunting task for kitchen newcomers and buying the right electric knife sharpener can eliminate a lot of that anxiety.
When it comes to which tool is the right tool for the job, we came up with a few suggestions.
Our “Best Budget Pick” was the Shenzhen Knife Sharpener, an option that combined affordability, with ease of use, and great sharpening performance.
When it came to value, we found the Chef’sChoice Hybrid 250 to be an incredible mix of performance, smart design, and great price, and we awarded it our “Best Value Pick”.
And most recently we looked at the Chef’sChoice 15XV EdgeSelect, a truly top-of-the-line knife sharpener.
And although the Work Sharp E5 gave it a run for its money, the EdgeSelect ultimately takes the top spot as “Best Overall Pick” when it comes to electric knife sharpeners.
With any of these sharpeners, you can’t really go wrong.
The only mistake you can really make is to keep cutting with blunt, or even chipped, knives.
A blunt knife can be very dangerous, but it also just makes simple cooking tasks much harder.
Cubing meat shouldn’t draw a sweat!
Cutting tomatoes shouldn’t leave your cutting board covered in smashed tomato guts!
Save your knives (and potentially hands) and buy a knife sharpener that you can trust today!
Writer and Researcher
Sean is a Canadian University graduate with a degree in Communication Studies and Business Management. With over four years of experience in the field working with different newspapers and online magazines, mixed with his impeccable researching abilities, his talents are a perfect fit for Meccano Home.