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Electric Knives: Ratings of Sources

Total of 8 Sources
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
December 2009
Electric Knives
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine
Our AssessmentEditors at Cook's Illustrated test four electric knives by slicing roast beef, turkey breast, angel food cake and apple pie. They report that the electric knives cut neatly through crisp turkey skin and "delicate baked goods" without tearing or crumbling. However, contrary to manufacturers' claims, electric knives are not ideal for slicing meats; all four knives shredded the roast beef. This, combined with their noise level, leads the editors to conclude a good carving knife is better for this job. However, it's worth noting that well-rated models from Hamilton Beach and Cuisinart were not included in this test.
2. Amazon.com
As of October 2012
Electric Knives
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAlthough about 80 electric knives are sold at Amazon.com, not a single one earns an average customer rating of 4 stars or better. The Cuisinart CEK-40 Electric Knife earns an overall rating of 3.3 stars (out of 5) from about 240 users, but reviews are mixed, with nearly as many 1- and 2-star reviews as 4- and 5-star ones. The Hamilton Beach Carve 'n Set Electric Knife 74250, by contrast, has only about 80 reviews, but they do slant more toward the positive.
3. Good Housekeeping
Not dated
The Best Tools for Carving and Turkey Carving video
by Sharon Franke
Our AssessmentThis short article names the two top performers in a test of electric knives conducted at Good Housekeeping. Editors name the Cuisinart CEK-40 as their top pick, saying it excels at "making perfectly thin slices of roast beef or tomatoes, or cutting up a loaf of crusty bread." However, there's no explanation here of how the knives were tested, or a date to indicate when the knives were tested. The runner-up knife, the budget-priced Rival 1205, is discontinued, and there's no mention of the other products included in the test.
4. Cooking.com
As of October 2012
Electric Knife Reviews
by Contributors to Cooking.com
Our AssessmentA search for electric knives at this retail site turns up about a dozen products, and most of those are knife sharpeners rather than knives. However, there are two electric knives in the mix that earn high ratings from 20 or more users: the Cuisinart CEK-40 Electric Knife and the Hamilton Beach Carve 'n Set Electric Knife 74250. Both are rated more highly by users here than at Amazon.com, earning 4.5 stars out of a possible 5. Reviews here are generally quite short, but they give a good general picture of each knife's most commonly cited pros and cons.
5. ChefsCatalog.com
As of October 2012
Electric Knives, Slicers & Meat Grinders
by Contributors to ChefsCatalog.com
Our AssessmentAs its name suggests, Chef's Catalog is a retail site that specializes in tools for the kitchen. The only electric knife sold here is the Cuisinart CEK-40, but it gets more than 50 reviews from users, with near-perfect overall ratings. Multiple owners praise this knife's cord length and ease of use, cleaning and storage. Although most reviews are brief, each one includes a helpful summary of pros and cons at the bottom. Some reviews also provide details about the author, such as age, geographical location and, most usefully, level of cooking skill.
6. Walmart.com
As of October 2012
Electric Knife Reviews
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentOnly a handful of electric knives are sold at Walmart.com, and the Cuisinart CEK-40-a top pick at many other sites -- is not among them. The top-rated electric knife here is the Black & Decker Slice Right 9" Electric Knife, with an overall rating of 3.7 stars out of a possible 5 from roughly 45 users. The Hamilton Beach Carve 'n Set Electric Knife 74250, another popular pick at other retailers, does reasonably well with an overall rating of 3.2 stars from about 20 owners. Reviews are generally brief and to the point.
7. Williams-Sonoma.com
As of October 2012
Electric Knife Reviews
by Contributors to WilliamsSonoma.com
Our AssessmentWilliams-Sonoma is a high-end kitchen store, often seen in upscale shopping malls. The only electric knife sold through its website is the pricey Cuisinart CEK-40, which earns an overall rating of 3.5 stars out of 5 from about 25 users. The reviews labeled as "most helpful" for this electric knife are mostly negative ones, which generally cite durability problems that show up within a month to three years. Most reviews are brief, but each one does include a handy summary of pros and cons.
8. BedBathAndBeyond.com
As of October 2012
Electric Knife Reviews
by Contributors to BedBathAndBeyond.com
Our AssessmentWe found only three electric knives available for sale through this home retailer, and only one with more than a handful of reviews: the Cuisinart CEK-40. Reviews for this electric knife are less positive than those we found at other sites: Overall, it earns 2.7 stars out of a possible 5. As at other sites, the negative reviews for the Cuisinart knife tend to focus primarily on durability problems; the main difference is that here, the negative reviews outnumber the positive ones.
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