Are Electric Carving Knives Any Good?

By Ryan Leavitt •  Updated: 02/18/19 •  3 min read

Electric carving knives do a pretty job of slicing cooked meat – whether that’s a large turkey or a huge slab of pork roast – for Thanksgiving. Cook’s Illustrated even did a test and found that these effectively sliced meat without ruining the skin.

But the better question should be: do you need an electric carving knife in your kitchen?

There’s a bit of a debate about this since these electric-powered gadgets has the accurate slicing capability but has a few problems when it comes to cleaning and the noise level.

Yes, these are quite difficult to clean – with the grease from the roasted dishes sometimes running down the crevices in between the blade and the handle where the motor is.
And yes, it can be a bit loud when turned on.

Then again, this is a great tool for those who aren’t that adept with wielding a regular carving knife.

To help you decide if you are getting one for your home, read on…

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If the carving knife is used to cut directly without any back and forth movement, it will not give good cutting results. This problem is solved by electric carving knives. There is a built-in mechanism in the electric carving knives which will do the back and forth movement for you even when you are placing your hand at one place.

It is really easy to use the electric carving knives and no special skills are required in order to make a clean cut. In the case of regular carving knives, one must know the exact speed and pressure to cut through a specific material.

The bread needs a different type of pressure and speed has to be adjusted accordingly while it is different for another type of foods. In the case of electric knives, it will become really easy because the speed is adjusted by the small computer-based system inside the knife. One must just press the button and the knife will be ready to make the clean cuts.

There is a need for more caution in the handling of the electric knife as it will be a moving blade which can cut through anything. If it will come in touch with your finger, it can make a cut on your finger. There are newer versions of these knives which sense the difference of a human finger and other items so the knife will stop before injuring you.

This can be concluded that electric carving knives are really good and they must be part of a regular kitchen where making food look elegant is important for the family, In case of restaurants and commercial kitchens it should be considered one of the most important tools.

Ryan Leavitt

Hi my name is Ryan Leavitt a Marine Corps Veteran and currently an over the road trucker (Long Haul). I am no expert chef but am enjoying preparing my own meals on the road and testing all the different knives.