The knife set includes a durable plastic case to compactly store not only the knife but also 2 removable blades. It's a handy option if you need to carry the knife with you.
Relatively short cutting blades.
This electric knife from VonShef stands out from the crowd not only for the premium quality design but also for the ultimate safety of use. The double switch it comes complete with will help prevent damage and cuts even if you accidentally drop the tool while cutting. Meanwhile, two blades will let you cope with any cutting job.
Corded (150 W)
~16-cm standard blade
~16-cm meat blade
Ergonomic handle, Storage case included
Dual safety switch, Pressure-activated on/off button
Large ventilation slots ensure efficient motor cooling that will let you use the cutting tool for longer without the risk of overheat.
Pretty noisy operation.
The Tower electric knife will take the strain off out of meat carving and fish filleting processes allowing you to achieve more precise cutting results and obtain more uniform slices. Meanwhile, high power will ensure consistently high performance making this model a more efficient alternative to your manual knife.
Corded (180 W)
~17-cm standard blade
Ergonomic rubberised handle
Safety lock, Pressure-activated on/off button
3 years (registration required)
The cutting blade in this model is made of super hard stainless steel and will retain its initial sharpness and cutting performance during the whole service life. Besides, it is well-resistant to rust and is dishwasher safe.
The light body is prone to stains.
The Russell Hobbs electric knife is an affordable and practical cutting tool that will come in handy when there is a lot of chopping to be done. If you are keen on salads and like home roasts and veg stews, this model will have you covered. It will help you cut ingredients 3-4 times faster than with a regular chef knife.
Corded (120 W)
~16.5-cm standard blade
Safety lock, Pressure-activated on/off button
3 years (registration required)
An upgraded motor design with the added isolation allows greatly reduced body vibration when cutting. Besides, the motor boasts almost whisper-quiet operation.
The mid-power motor is not the best option for long cutting sessions.
If you need a tool for precise cutting of both bigger chunks, smaller chops, and fine slices, look no further. The Kenwood KN650 electric knife will cope with all those and many other cutting tasks perfectly, without much effort from your side. All your cuts will look appetizing. And it will become an irreplaceable helper when cooking for some festive or special events.
Corded (100 W)
~17-cm standard blade
~17-cm frozen food blade
Safety lock, Pressure-activated on/off button
The knife set comes complete with a special coarse blade for frozen foods that will help you tackle not only frozen foods without defrosting but also hard to cut ingredients and even bones.
Little black grips on the handle might become loose over time.
This model will become your perfect assistant for slicing, dicing, and cutting large amounts of food with minimum efforts and time required. It will add convenience and versatility to your kitchen arsenal. You'll quickly get the hang of it and cut even soft foods to perfect slices with ease.
Corded (150 W)
~17-cm standard blade
~17-cm frozen food blade
Ergonomic rubberised handle
Safety lock, Pressure-activated on/off button
Safe and Versatile Cutter
If you are kind of a welcoming host and often accept guests in your house on some festive events, holiday dinners, or some weekend chill-outs and BBQ parties, a good knife to serve food in an appetizing manner is a must-have tool for your kitchen arsenal. This electric knife from VonShef is just the model in point.
Some people might argue about the convenience of an electric knife against a conventional one, yet, when you need to make really thin slices of meat or cut freshly baked bread, an electric knife is an absolute winner. Of, course not all powered knives are the same, yet, the VonShef is the one you’ll like after the very first use. Packing 150 watts of power, this knife boasts quiet and low-vibration operation. So, even if you’ve never used an electric knife before, you’ll still be able to make precise cuts and there will be no excess noise to disturb your family. Meanwhile, the pistol-like handle ensures a comfortable and firm grip for better control over the cutting process and a power button is within easy reach for convenient one-hand operation.
When it comes to cutting performance, you’ll be really impressed. While the powerful engine generates the right cutting speed, two different blades included in the set will make any cutting task an easy job. Being 16 cm in length, they will let you cut both smaller and bigger chunks or slices without a hassle. The meat blade with bigger serrations works great for all sorts of frozen, raw, and cooked meat and poultry and will let you carve a whole-baked turkey without breaking a sweat. Meanwhile, the general blade with dual rows of fine serrations is meant for bread, fruit, veg, and other delicate foods. Made of premium quality steel, the blades won’t lose their sharpness and are dishwasher-safe.
Suitable for the Use on the Go
To easily and precisely cut through different food textures, the knife blades come super-sharp. To minimize the risk of your hands being exposed to cuts when the blades move at high speed, the manufacturer engineers equipped the knife with a dual safety switch that will prevent accidental blade activation. Unless you press two buttons, the cutting tool won’t start.
Another benefit that adds to this model is the plastic case included in the package. Not only will it let you safely and compactly store the power unit and two blades but also it’s a handy option for handling and transporting the knife when you need to take it with you.
Strongly built and functional, the VonShef electric knife with dual blades stands out from the crowd for the premium quality design, the ultimate safety of use and amazing versatility.
An Efficient Alternative to Your Ordinary Knife
A modern market is flooded with a great many kitchen appliances, devices, and tools intended to facilitate our kitchen cores to the maximum. Competing with each other and trying to conquer the customer loyalty and trust, manufacturers pack their products with innovative technological solutions and unique handy features. Today, there is an automated alternative to almost any manual process, be it whipping eggs or cream, kneading dough, grinding meat, homogenizing or liquidizing some ingredients, to say nothing about a variety of units that make cooking a breeze. Some home cooks stock their kitchens with all up-to-date kitchen gizmos they come across while others are more selective and choose automatic devices only for the most difficult and complex tasks. However, if the automation of a seemingly simple yet labour-consuming and time-taking manual job will speed up the whole process, it’s a reasonable solution. Thus, a good electric knife, like the one from Tower, will become a decent complement or even a more functional alternative to your ordinary knife for a variety of cutting tasks.
Similar to other models, the Tower consists of a motorized base and a removable cutting blade. There are only two control buttons conveniently sitting on the handle for easy and hassle-free tool operation. One button is meant for turning the unit on and off and the other functions as a blade ejector. An ergonomic rubberized handle will comfortably fit into any palm size and provide a firm grip for precision cutting. Dual stainless steel blades are strong and durable making short work of any cutting task. A safety release switch will ensure that blades are securely kept in place during operation and can be safely removed for cleaning. To efficiently get rid of any food remnants stuck to or in between the blades, you can even clean them in a dishwasher.
Along with a sturdy and dependable design, one of the biggest benefits of this model is a truly powerful motor generating consistently high cutting speed. Paired with a machine-sharpened serrated blade, it will ensure flawless cutting performance on frozen and raw meat, fibrous roasts, soft cheeses, porous fresh breads with tough crusts, whole-cooked poultry, and a whole variety of speciality meats for deli-meat platters.
Want to take the strain off out of carving and cutting tasks and achieve more precise cutting results? The Tower electric knife is the right option to go for.
Get the Benefit of Longer Cutting Sessions
One of the most often claimed drawbacks about electric knives is a motor overheat that limits the duration of cutting session and, as a result, restricts your ability to accomplish a variety of cutting jobs in a row or continuously work for a long time. Actually, you need to stop at least every 10 minutes of continuous cutting and let the motor cool down a bit to prevent the tool malfunctions or failure. Yet, with the Tower electric knife, you will get the benefit of considerably longer cutting sessions. Large ventilation holes ensure efficient motor cooling during operation that will let you use the cutting tool for longer without the risk of overheat.
Russell Hobbs 13892
Affordable Cutting Excellence
If you cook a lot and have a big family, an electric knife will save you a lot of time and effort on cooking and food preparation. And though normally, these cutting tools are not a big investment, they still largely differ in price as well as in quality. So, for thrifty homeowners who seek high quality at an affordable price, we recommend turning their eyes to the Russell Hobbs electric knife.
Though the model comes fitted with a single blade, it won’t trail behind the dual-blade rivals in terms of cutting performance. An offset serrated blade consisting of two parts is designed to cut through softer and tougher foods with ease. And it really does so in practice. A 120-watt motor delivers enough force to effortlessly cut fruit, vegetables, bread, cheese, and meat. With a bit lower power output, you might only need to additionally press the blade when carving some fibrous meat and poultry like duck, turkey or beef or slicing hard cheese types like Parmigiano, Pecorino, Grana-Padana, and Manchego. The blade won’t rip or tear the foods but ensure clean and uniform chunks, chops, and slices cut after cut. And the 16.5-cm blade is just the right size for cutting both smaller and larger food items.
An ergonomic grip and properly cooled motor make this model perfectly suitable for extensive use and long cutting sessions. Thanks to a pretty lightweight tool construction, you won’t feel wrist strain or arm fatigue while air vents located on both sides of the power unit ensure efficient air circulation to prevent the motor from overheating. So, when you have a lot of chopping, slicing, and cutting to be done, this Russell Hobbs electric knife will become your irreplaceable helper.
... and Quality
The cutting excellence aside, this model is a quality tool designed to serve you for a long time. Made of super-hard stainless steel, the blade will retain its initial sharpness and high cutting performance during the whole service life. Well-resistant to corrosion, it will show not even the slightest signs of rust over time and can be safely cleaned in a dishwasher to keep it hygienically clean after cutting raw meat or fish. Besides, the blade firmly attaches to the power unit and won’t wobble, get flimsy, or fall off when cutting at speed. Though made of plastic, the body is also strong and shatter-proof. Some users claim it is prone to staining, yet, it is very easy to clean by simply wiping it with a soft damp cloth.
All in all, the Russell Hobbs electric knife is a practical and affordable model suitable for active use that will help you accomplish all your cutting tasks times faster and come in handy in any home kitchen.
With Cutting Precision in Mind
The roasts and foods served in restaurants and grill bars always look so appetizing that you feel that amazing taste and flavor even without taking a bite. Cut into fine slices and pieces, food ingredients reveal their texture and colour, making your imagination do the rest. And when you try to do the same at home, you’ll never get those smooth uniform cuts. While professional chefs can make those accurate cuts manually using a chef knife, home cooks usually lack that precision. This is where an electric knife from Kenwood will come into play.
Looking pretty much like any other electric knife, this model has a mid-range 100-watt motor. And though it might be regarded as a drawback, this is what will allow turning your homemade dishes into appetizingly delicious restaurant-style treats. It will confidently push the robust 17-cm blade, though at a bit lower speed, through any food texture, be it dense hard cheese, some dryer fibrous meats or fresh and soft porous bread loves. Thanks to sharp and perfectly spaced serrations, all your slices, chops, and chunks will come out clean and uniform and sized just as you want them. Whether you need to carve a turkey or chicken, cut a Sunday roast, slice a duck breast or a whole-baked lamb leg, this knife will take every strain out of those tasks and all your dishes will look great on a festive table and add a touch of professional elegance to a regular dinner serving.
The only niggle about the lower motor power is that the tool is not the best option for longer cutting and you’ll need to take some breaks to let the motor cool down. Yet, it is definitely a minor issue, taking into account the perfect cutting result you’ll achieve with this knife.
... and User-friendly Design in the Focus
As functional and high-performing as it is, the Kenwood electric knife is a well-thought-out model very convenient in use. The unit design is rather lightweight and paired with an ergonomic grip, it is easy to handle and won’t cause fatigue when cutting, carving or slicing. Besides, the set includes two blades to give you the right blade for the job at hand. Everyone knows that cutting frozen foods is nearly impossible with a regular knife. Not only will it take much effort but it also might damage the knife. And the Kenwood frozen blade will make this task a cinch while the standard blade will cope with the rest of the cutting chores that occur in your kitchen.
Another merit worth mentioning is the upgraded motor design with the added isolation that allows greatly reducing body vibration when cutting, thus further contributing to the perfect cutting precision. Besides, the motor boasts almost whisper-quiet operation for your ultimate comfort.
In brief, if you want your foods to look appetizing on the plate and perform a whole variety of cutting tasks with no effort, you can’t go wrong with this reliable and functional electric knife from Kenwood.
Wahl James Martin ZX863X
Created by a Culinary Expert for Home Cooks
Professional chefs in luxury restaurants tackle an array of culinary tasks on a daily basis. Mastering numerous cooking techniques and food preparation methods, they use a variety of kitchen tools and gadgets and can turn ordinary foods into a culinary marvel. Hence, no one knows better what makes a good kitchen tool or appliance than a professional cook. Taking this into account, Wahl has created the whole series of kitchen appliances in collaboration with a professional chef and restaurant owner James Martin. The manufacturer paired its premium technologies and technical knowledge with a vast experience of the culinary expert to produce a collection of meticulously designed units that will fully meet all needs of the most demanding cooks. The Wahl electric knife is one of the units from this unique James Martin collection.
Like all other products from this range, the tool is distinguished by a comprehensible no-frills design and quality build for convenient operation, long-lasting use, and consistent cutting efficiency. Featuring a plastic body, the knife is lightweight and easy to handle. An On/off button and a blade safety release switch are located near the handle for convenient one-hand control. An ergonomically shaped handle with a rubber coating offers comfortable and secure non-slip grip for making quick and precise cuts. Cutting blades are made of strong food-grade stainless steel to deliver high cutting performance and are removable to be easily cleaned in a dishwasher. A forceful 150-watt motor yields impressive power to cut through soft and delicate or hard and dense foods equally well.
Created with home kitchen needs in mind, the Wahl electric carving knife from James Martin collection will add convenience to any kitchen arsenal and become a perfect kitchen assistant both for a culinary enthusiast and for an occasional cook.
For All Types of Food
To help you out with all kinds of cutting tasks, this model comes complete with a set of two interchangeable blades. Both blades feature serrated edges yet differ by serration size and spacing to tackle soft or hard, fibrous or porous foods. A standard blade with smaller and finer serrations is intended for cutting roasts, poultry, deli meats, breads, cheese, and creating thin vegetable and fruit slices. Meanwhile, a coarse blade with bigger serrations is specifically designed for frozen meat and hard foods. Both blades maintain sharpness for flawless cutting results saving you the need to sharpen them very often.
Whether you need to carve a whole-baked turkey for a festive meal, cut steaks out of frozen beef for a family dinner, or slice homemade ham for sandwiches, the Wahl electric knife will come in handy.
What Is an Electric Knife?
No kitchen arsenal is complete without cutting tools. Any professional chef has a complete set of top-quality knives, each having its intended use. There is a separate knife for every culinary task, be it cutting bread, slicing cooked ingredients, carving meat, filleting fish, peeling and chopping fruit and vegetables, and more. However, in a domestic kitchen, most of us lack the skill of experienced cooks and seemingly simple and easy cutting tasks often turn out a real challenge. When cutting freshly baked crusty baguette, we get smashed lumps instead of uniform pieces and turn homemade ham into ragged chunks instead of thin slices, not to say that carving a turkey or duck can become a real disaster. Though, after some practising, you might improve your cutting skills, cutting tasks will still take a lot of your time and efforts. Wouldn’t it be nice to get a single tool that will take the strain off out of cutting jobs saving your peace of mind and facilitating your kitchen chores? This is where such appliances as an electric knife and a fool slicer come in.
Resembling an ordinary chef knife, an electric knife has a built-in motor to actuate two identical blades riveted together that allows cutting all kinds of foods about 10 times faster as compared to a chef’s knife. Meanwhile, an electric food slicer is a kind of a food cutting machine consisting of a fixed base and a rotating disc blade designed to make accurate cuts and offering a variable slicing thickness. Though these two devices look quite different, both are created to make cutting a variety of tough and soft foods times easier and always achieve fine cutting results.
Your electric knife will become even more efficient if you cut your foods on premium-quality cutting boards, while steak knives will give you an opportunity to fully enjoy the taste and flavour of juicy steaks of any doneness degree.
What Features to Compare
Electric knives fall into corded and cordless models. The first type will run as long as you need if there is an electric socket in the proximity. Corded electric knives are optimal for domestic use as well as for the use in cafes, restaurants, and even on fishing boats. Professional fishermen might clean and fillet fish all day long. Meanwhile, cordless knives will give you freedom of cutting foods whenever and wherever you need provided that the battery is fully charged. Here you should pay attention to the knife maximum continuous run time and the time needed for a full battery recharge.
When it comes to food slicers, these are more heavy-duty units that will always need the connection to the mains.
The performance of both an electric knife and a food slicer is determined by the blade quality and a motor power. Thus, the higher the motor power is the larger variety of foods the tool will be able to tackle and the more precise cuts you will get. In general, an appliance with an engine yielding more than 100 Watts is enough for an average home use.
In electric knives, some models come with a single multifunctional blade while others can have several detachable blades that differ not only in length and width but also in sharpening type and serration size to slice various foodstuff.
Electric food slicers feature round blades differing in diameter.There are models with pre-installed straight edge blades, which will surely never let you down. However, slicers with serrated and undulated blades are considered more functional since they will work better for a wide range of firm ingredients. At the same time, it would be great to have an additional blade with a Teflon coating specifically designed for soft kinds of cheese to prevent sticking. Food slicers usually offer adjustable slicing thickness to handle a variety of culinary tasks.
Normally, electric knives are fitted with a blade release button for hassle-free blade change, while a carving fork will help fix the food on a plate or board and cut it into fine slices. Owing to a nice-looking storage block, you can place an electric knife on a countertop to have it at hand and add a stylish element to the kitchen interior. And if an electric knife comes with a storage case you can safely store it when not in use or take it with you wherever you might need it.
Usability features in food slicers include non-slip feet, an end piece food holder, and a supportive carriage smoothly moving along the rotating blade. For both devices, dishwasher-safe blades will make cleaning a breeze that is especially important when you have to cut some fatty or sticky foods.
Most manufacturers carefully design their products with an ultimate user safety in mind. Thus, thanks to a pressure activated on/off the trigger, an electric knife will run only when you push the trigger button while a special mesh glove will protect your non-filleting hand from cuts. A safety lock will help avoid accidental knife activation if it somehow catches an eye of small kids who are fond of pressing and pushing buttons on different devices.
Meanwhile, a blade guard in a food slicer will protect user fingers from accidental cuts and non-skid feet will keep the machine securely in place.
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Maximize Your Kitchen Cutting Tools Performance
It seems there is nothing special about operating an electric knife or a food slicer. And it is really so since both cutting tools are designed to facilitate your food preparation tasks to the maximum. Then, why are there any complaints about non-uniform and inconsistent cutting results? To help you get the most out of your cutting appliances and always achieve the desired cutting results, below, we’ve summarized some essentials tips on proper cutting techniques.
Electric Knife Cutting Tips
One of the most popular uses of electric knives is to carve carcass meat like a wholly baked poultry. While you would carve a chicken pretty quickly, a whole turkey might become a real challenge even with an electric knife at hand. Use a carving fork to hold the turkey in place as you cut. Start carving by removing the legs. Never hurry and gently cut up to the ball joint to keep the skin intact and prevent uneven cuts. When you cut both legs and thighs, separate the meat from the joints, cut it into fine slices and proceed with the wings following the same procedure. Then, you can carve the breasts. Start by separating the meat at the breastbone and moving carefully down along the ribs. Carefully slice the breast meat and place it on the platter together with the meat from other parts.
Though it’s not recommended using electric knives to saw through tough bones (as this might cause motor overheat and malfunctions), an electric knife will come in handy when it comes to stripping the bones and removing a thick membrane for achieving a tender and more favoured meat.
When using an electric knife for filleting fish, choose the blade size that will meet a cutting task at hand. For smaller fishes such as crappie or sunfish, select thinner and smaller blades, while larger blades will work better on larger fish such as sheepshead, redfish, or black drum.
To easily slice a loaf of fresh bread, chill it in the fridge for 15 to 20 minutes.
When cutting frozen meat, point your knife from yourself as you cut and go slow to prevent motor overheating.
Electric Food Slicer Cutting Tips
You will slice raw meat much easier if you chill it in advance. If you need to slice meat or fish with uneven texture, it’s recommended to partially freeze it in order to smoothly cut through meat fibres.
Due to their softness, most cheeses are pretty difficult to cut. When you slice cheese, it needs to be cold, especially if you want really thin slices. It’s better to use a special Teflon coated blade to prevent sticking or you can wet a standards blade before cutting.
Fruit and vegetables should be free from hard seeds that can cause damage to the slicer.
If the food item you are going to cut extends over the slicer, cut it first down to the slicer size to ensure stability and steadiness for convenient and uniform cutting.
Mowing an ingredient towards the blade, apply steady pressure with the food pusher to obtain uniform slices.
Always use a proper blade for the cutting tasks at hand. Thus, a straight-edged blade is appropriate when you need to make paper thin slices such as ham for prosciutto, veal for carpaccio, or fish for sushi. Meanwhile, a serrated blade will work better for fibrous foods, hard ingredients, and bread.
Q: Do I really need an electric knife/ food slicer?
A: In general, an electric knife or a food slicer is a truly helpful appliance that will come in handy in any kitchen. Created to facilitate cutting, both appliances make times a more efficient and convenient alternative to a regular knife and even can replace several different knives in your kitchen tools arsenal and they both offer their own benefits. Still wonder which one is better for you? An electric knife will work better for smaller families with less food preparation to do. Besides, it’s a great choice for concise kitchens since it won’t take much storage space in your drawer than a regular knife. Meanwhile, an electric food slicer will become a helpful kitchen assistant for bigger families with a variety of cutting tasks and culinary needs to manage every day. It will help you slice deli-quality meats and cheeses , easily cut roasts into perfect steaks, and save your time and efforts on preparing food for freezing or dehydration. The only aspect you should take into consideration is that a food slicing machine will take some space on your countertop but eventually, it will fully pay off with a number of conveniences.
Q: Can I cut raw meat with an electric knife/ food slicer?
A: You can use an electric knife to cut through raw meat if it’s about portioning or quartering a chicken, beef, pork, or lamb carcass. However, an electric knife is not the best option for slicing raw meats since two blades provide a kind of sawing action and would chew up the meat rather than slice it. Food slicers, vice versa, can slice even raw meats into almost transparent slices.
Q: Can I cut frozen foods with an electric knife/ food slicer?
A: Some models of electric knives come fitted with separate blades specifically sharpened and serrated to tackle hard and frozen ingredients. When it comes to electric food slicers, initially they are not meant for cutting frozen foods. Though most models will cope with frozen salami or frozen veggies, it’s better to refrain from slicing deeply frozen ingredients with a food slicer since the blades will wear out and get blunt much quicker.
Q: Do I need to sharpen electric knife/ food slicer blades?
A: Commonly, it is considered that electric knife blades don’t need or even can’t be sharpened since most electric knives tend to have serrated edges. But it is not quite so. Serrated blades really stay sharp for longer as compared to straight edge ones. Yet, as any other blades, they will get dull after multiple uses and will require sharpening. It’s worth saying that sharpening a serrated blade is pretty meticulous work because you will have to sharpen each serration separately. You can do it by yourself using a sharpening rod, leave it to professional, or simply replace the blade with a new one.
Electric food slicer blades need regular sharpening as well, if you want to maintain the unit optimal cutting performance.Once you see cutting results quality decreasing, you can use a sharpening stone or a special sharpener to restore the blade cutting ability.
Q: How should I clean my electric knife/ food slicer?
A: To keep your electric knife or food slicer cutting performance, regular cleaning is a must. A basic recommendation is to wash the blades using warm soapy water. From time to time, it is also necessary to clean the blades in a sanitizing solution, especially if you often cut meat. This will help remove harmful bacteria and germs.
Q: Are electric knife/ food slicer blades dishwasher safe?
A: Some models come with dishwasher-safe blades that will facilitate cleaning a lot. Always check manufacturer instructions on cleaning.
Q: Should I clean my electric knife/ food slicer between cutting different ingredients?
A: If you cut different types of ready-to-eat foods such as deli meats or cheese, there is no need to clean your knife or food slicer in between. However, if you cut raw or partially cooked meats, intermediate cleaning is recommended.
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