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Electric Knives, Updated
from the Episode: Perfect Pork, Meat and Potatoes
Our favorite knife gave us the best performance for half the price.
Since 2000, when we first tested electric knives, some changes have occurred in this product category. Black & Decker no longer makes our favorite electric knife, the Ergo, but the company has replaced it with the EK800 Slice Right ($24.99). The Hamilton Beach 74250 Easy Slice Electric Knife ($25.99), which we downgraded in 2000 for an awkward, bulky handle, has been redesigned. And we found a new model from Cuisinart that retails for a whopping $60, more than twice the price of the other two. We brought all three knives into the test kitchen.
The Black & Decker Slice Right is every bit as good as its predecessor. It executed all tasks perfectly. Hamilton Beach's loop-style handle has been made more comfortable, but now the power button needs to be both pressed and pulled, more like a trigger. The need to apply extra pressure quickly becomes tiring.
The handsome Cuisinart comes with two sets of blades: carving and bread. But both blades seem reluctant to bite into food, whether a brisket or a baguette, and the sleek-looking handle feels quite bulky. For half the price and better performance, we will reach for the new Black & Decker Slice Right.
Black & Decker EK800 Slice Right: A worthy replacement for our favorite electric knife.