Be sure to check out our comprehensive guide to knife sharpeners to help you find the best knife sharpener for you! I know I’ve asked myself, “Is my knife sharp?” before, and if you have to ask, then your knife is probably dull.
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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.
Here is my top choice for kitchen knives — The Chef’s Choice Trizor. Check out my full review here.[/caption]
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. Learn more about knife edges here.
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. See my review on a great 15º sharpener.
The manual models provide more flexibility but take longer to sharpen each knife. The flexibility amounts to being able to sharpen the knife blade to any angle or profile that you want. Here is a review of the KME Sharpener – one of my favorites in the manual arena.
This table contains a list of the top 5 best knife sharpeners costing over $100 as reviewed by actual users, with consideration to the features, durability, and cost.
|Picture and Price|
|Brand & Model||Chef’sChoice AngleSelect Knife Sharpener: Exclusive Platinum||Chef’sChoice 15 Trizor XV EdgeSelect Electric Knife Sharpener||Wusthof 3 Stage Electric Knife Sharpener||Chef’s Choice 120 Diamond Hone 3-Stage Professional Knife Sharpener, White||Wicked Edge Field and Sport|
$$$$ – Over $100
|Average Customer Review|
Out of 5
|# of Stages||3|
Can sharpen 15º or 20º angle
Can sharpen 15º angle
Can sharpen 14º angle
More Stones can be added.
Can sharpen 15º – 30º, in 2º increments
|Coarse Stage for Very Dull Knives||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Polishing/Very Fine Stage||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Sharpens Gourmet Kitchen Cutlery||Yes||Yes||Yes, designed for the Wusthof PEtec Knife Edge||Yes||Yes|
|Sharpens Hunting, Tactical, and Pocket Knives||Yes||Yes, but the result is a very sharp knife with a 15º angle||Yes, but the result is a very sharp knife with a 14º angle||Yes||Yes|
|Sharpens Serrated Knives||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No, but will be adding in the future|
|Warranty||Three Year||Three Year||Three Year||Three Year||Lifetime Warranty on Parts and Labor. 30 day return policy.|
|Colors Available||White, Black, Brushed Metal||Brushed Metallic||Charcoal||Red, Brushed Metallic, Metal, Platinum, Silver/Chrome||N/A – Plastic and Metal with a solid black case|
|Size||9.75 x 4.25 x 4 inches||12 x 6.2 x 6.4 inches||10 X 4.25 X 4.25 inches||12 x 6.2 x 6.2 inches||N/A|
|Weight||5.9 lbs||5 lbs||4.8 lbs||4.7 lbs||5 lbs (shipping weight)|
|Assembled in the USA||Yes||Yes||Yes (by Chef’s Choice)||Yes||Yes, Made in the USA|
|Made in the USA||No||No||No||No||Yes|