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An electric carving knife can make your life easier when cutting roasts or bigger cuts of meat. It can also simplify slicing bread and cutting up whole fish. Although large carving knives may sometimes do the trick, an electric carving knife is more precise, creating even, clean pieces of whatever you are slicing.
While electric knives can seem intimidating to the uninitiated, most models are equipped with safety features, and the best ones are a cinch to use. From high-end to budget, and multipurpose to a complete set, we researched the best electric carving knives out there.
Best Overall: Cuisinart Electric Knife Set With Cutting Board CEK-41
Dishwasher safe blade
Simple trigger operation
Plastic handle casing can crack
The latest version of the popular Cuisinart carving knife has an efficient blade shape and an ergonomic handle. It is available as a single blade, double blade, or in a set that includes a carving fork and a bamboo cutting board. For easy storage, the handle, blade, and fork fit into the included storage tray, and the cutting board stores below, so the whole set can sit on a pantry shelf or in a kitchen cabinet where it’s easy to grab when needed.
Great for cutting meat, poultry, and bread, this electric knife is easy to use, even when it’s time to carve a roast for a large party. With a comfortable handle and ultra-sharp blade, the knife lets users slice uniform pieces over and over. It operates with a simple trigger—just squeeze to cut and release to stop. When stopped, the blade is locked for safety. After all the carving is done, the blade releases easily from the handle with the press of a button and can go in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
Best Budget: BLACK+DECKER 9-Inch Electric Carving Knife
Great low price
Uses double blades for sharp cutting
Dishwasher safe blades
Does not include a storage case
Safety lock can be difficult to operate
The modest price of this electric knife makes it a great purchase for those who are skeptical about how often they’ll use an electric knife rather than a standard blade. The two 9-inch serrated stainless steel blades cut through not only meat easily, but also pieces of foam when working on craft or school projects.
The handle is designed to be ergonomic, and a safety lock button keeps it from turning on accidentally when it’s plugged in but not in use. A small foot on the handle lets you set the knife down in a safe position when you’ve paused carving for a short time. For easy cleaning, the blades are dishwasher safe.
Best Multipurpose: Cuisinart CSB-300 Rechargeable Hand Blender with Electric Knife
Comprehensive blending and cutting kit
Includes storage case for the entire kit
Cordless for easy mobility
Must remember to charge the smart stick
More expensive than other options
If you are not ready to invest in a single electric carving knife or you demand multiple uses from your gadgets, this rechargeable smart stick might be just what you’re looking for. It can certainly do more than just slice: The cordless smart stick works with several attachments, turning it into an electric knife, a blender, a food chopper, and a whisk; just swap the heads and convert from one use to another. It operates at five different speeds and has a safety switch to keep it from turning on accidentally.
You’ll get about 20 minutes of run time from a single charge (and the quick-charge feature gets it up and running again fast), which is more than enough time for most normal kitchen tasks and perfect for carving a turkey at the holiday table. This set includes a soft-sided zippered case for holding all the components when not in use, so you’ll always have them handy when you need them.
Best High-End: American Angler PRO Professional Grade Electric Fillet Knife Sportsmen's Kit
Great variety of carving knives
Heavy duty pro-style kit
Waterproof storage bag
Reviewers note that motor overheats
Designed for serious fishermen but just as handy in the kitchen, this knife can work for hours without overheating. The high torque lets you slice through dense fish bones with ease, but the knife can also slice delicate fish flesh without tearing it. The knife can handle large fish like striper, grouper, salmon, and more, and the 8-foot cord gives you plenty of room to move around for the best cutting angles. For exceptional versatility, this comes with five different blades: a 10-inch saltwater blade, a 5.5-inch curved tip blade, an 8-inch curved tip blade, a 10-inch heavy-duty shark blade, and an 8-inch heavy-duty shark blade.
While the knife is often sold to fishermen, it can also be used for slicing beef roasts, turkey, bread, vegetables, and more, and if five blades aren't enough, this electric fillet knife can accept any American Angler blade.
Best Carving Set: Hamilton Beach Electric Knife
Convenient storage case
Includes carving fork
Hand wash blades
While you can certainly hold your roast in place with a spare dinner fork while you carve, a nice carving fork comes in handy and looks more professional, whether you’re slicing beef for sandwiches or carving a turkey for a celebration. This set includes two stainless steel blades and one carving fork; the blades are serrated and the fork is nice looking enough to use when serving.
In addition to meat and poultry, the knife comes in handy for slicing bread, vegetables, cheeses, everything you need for an attractive deli platter. The handle is designed for comfort, no matter how much carving you need to do. A simple trigger turns the knife on for easy slicing.
When the carving is done, the fork can be washed in the dishwasher, but the blades should be cleaned by hand. To keep all the parts together when not in use, this set comes with a plastic storage case with foam cutouts to hold the knife and fork in place.
Best for Fish: Bubba 110V Electric Fillet Knife
Multiple blade options
Heavy duty construction
Sturdy carrying case
Can overheat with use
If there’s a fisherman in the family, this is the knife they need for prepping the catch aboard the boat, on the shore, or in the kitchen. It’s also great for anyone who prefers buying whole fish at the market and preparing it at home. The knife is powerful enough to handle the catch of the day, yet lightweight at just over a pound.
It has a handle that’s designed for ease of use, with a nonslip grip and a trigger guard for safety. The power cord is 8 feet long, so it’s easy to move around a large fish carcass for the best cutting angles. This knife comes with a 7-inch flexible blade, a 9-inch flexible blade, a 9-inch stiff blade, and a 12-inch stiff blade. A zippered case holds all the blades along with the handle for convenient storage.
Best Kit For Roasts: Cuisinart Chef's Classic 16-Inch Rectangular Roaster
Comprehensive roasting set
Dishwasher safe cutting blades
Stand built specifically for slicer
More expensive option
Plastic handle casing can crack
This set has just about everything you’ll need for that first big roast or turkey. The carving knife is just the tip of the iceberg; also included are a stainless steel roasting pan with a U-shaped rack for good airflow and even roasting, turkey lifters for removing the turkey or roast from the pan, a baster, and a meat thermometer.
Once cooking is done, the roast has been removed from the pan, and it’s time to serve, the knife will make quick work of the task, slicing easily through the meat with little effort. The next day, switch to the bread blade to start sandwich assembly and use the carving knife again for perfectly thin slices of meat, tomatoes, and cheese.
The knife comes with a wooden stand that locks the pieces in place to keep them secure, and the cord wraps around the back for storage. It even looks good enough to keep on your counter, if you use it daily. For easy cleaning, the blades are dishwasher safe but are just as easy to wash by hand.
Our all-around favorite carving knife is the Cuisinart CEK-41 AC Electric Knife Set, which includes the knife, a carving fork, and a bamboo cutting board. For a more budget-friendly option—especially if you don't plan to use the carving knife often—we recommend Black + Decker's 9-Inch Electric Carving Knife. It's not only easy and secure to use, but it's also dishwasher safe.
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