The 10 Best Electric Fillet Knifes

If you’re serious about catching or cooking fish you need a proper knife. Why spend all the money on fishing gear or at the fish market if you’re not going to do the fillet justice.

You want something that will cut through the bones and flesh like a hot knife in butter. Not hack into pieces.

The problem is, they are dozens of great electric knives for filleting available.

So In this post, I’m going to show you what to look for in a quality electric knife for filleting fish and a few I recommend.

The Best Electric Fillet Knife Comparison Table

Below you quickly see all my favorite knives!

Electric Fillet Knife ModelImage
American Angler PremiumAmerican Angler Premium
American Angler 32350DSAmerican Angler 32350DS
Rapala Cordless Electric Fillet KnifeRapala Cordless Electric Fillet Knife
Rapala Deluxe Electric Fillet KnifeRapala Deluxe Electric Fillet Knife
Krups 371-70 OptiSliceKrups 371-70 OptiSlice
Hamilton Beach Electric KnifeHamilton Beach Electric Knife
Cuisinart CEK-40Cuisinart CEK-40

The Best Electric Fillet Knife Top 10 Reviews

1. American Angler Premium Electric Fillet Knife

Do you usually buy or fish for larger fish? If you going after fish like grouper or redfin you will need a durable knife to filet these fish. This electric knife from American Angler Pro is what I recommend.

I find it can separate the scales and skin from the fillets on these bigger fish well. This is because it has two times more torque than other electric knives. I also find it always slices through strong bones easily.

Overall Rating: 4.9 / 5

2. American Angler Pro Electric Fillet Knife

American Angler 32350DS Electric Fillet Knife

This is the premium option from American Angler. This knife is very similar to the American Angler knife, with only a few distinctive features, this model has titanium covered blades and has a stronger motor

 I really liked the ergonomic handle. When you had a big catch and need to fillet for while this knife always feels comfortable the whole time. Plus I found that even though it is an electric knife, it is very quiet.

The pro-electric knife can gave me all the great features I  would expect from a more expensive knife. Plus I got a total of 5 blades with the set, ranging in sizes and designs.

Overall Rating: 4.8 / 5

3. Rapala Cordless Electric Fillet Knife

I found the Rapala cordless electric fillet knife is a convenient and versatile knife for cutting my catch of the day.

It had a heavy-duty motor which felt like it had much more power than other knives. I liked the swappable blades plus they were easy to remove and put in the dishwasher. I thought this knife was a good mid-range option that came highly recommended by a few of my mates at the fishing club.

Not only can it filet your fish, but we also use it for many of our cookouts. It can easily slice up Masterbuilt smoker brisket, smoked beef roast, bones, and ribs.

  • Overall Length: 15.5 inches

  • Blade Construction: Lithium-ion with lock

  • Handle Construction: Plastic with cooling vents

  • Voltage: 110 volts

  • Weight: 4.8 ounces

  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes

What I Liked

  • 80 hours of continuous use (that’s a lot of fish!)
  • It can be cleaned in a dishwasher
  • It felt lightweight and comfortable in my hands.

What I Didnt Like

  • Doesn’t come with a protective cover
  • You can’t resharpen the blades

Overall Rating: 4.6 / 5

4. Krups 371-70 OptiSlice Electric Knife

Krups 371-70 OptiSlice Electric Knife

The knife is very durable, and I liked that I didn’t need to do any need manual sharpening. The ergonomic, and comfortable handle made it easy for me easy to slice, cut, and fillet my fish. The blades of this knife are made from the best grade of stainless steel and so, it hasn’t rusted or corroded yet

I found that the cord of the Optislice is fairly long at 8-inches that provided me with enough reach when working on a fillet table. I also found that a reciprocating 7-inch blade is an ideal type for small fish like tilapia I was catching.

At a little over $100, I think that OptiSlice is a good addition to any pitmaster or fisherman’s toolbox.

  • Blade Length: 7 inches

  • Overall Length: 9.6 inches

  • Blade Construction: Built from stainless steel, removable

  • Voltage: 110 volts

  • Weight: 1.5 pounds

  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes

Overall Rating: 4.1 / 5

5. Hamilton Beach Electric Knife

Hamilton Beach Electric Knife

This knife is meant to be universal however I found it perfect to filet fish. That is because the blade was long with a serrated slender edge.

It is a simple knife but that didn’t stop it from performing well in my test. I used it on brisket and a salmon. It cut through smoothly and efficiently. Plus I liked the ergonomic handle, it was comfortable while doing both the brisket and salmon.

  • Blade Length: 7.5 inches

  • Overall Length: 11.8 inches

  • Blade Construction: Stainless steel with a case

  • Handle Construction: Plastic handle relaxed grip

  • Weight: 1.5 pounds

  • Dishwasher Safe: No

Overall Rating: 4.0 / 5

6. Cuisinart CEK-40 Electric Knife

Cuisinart CEK-40 Electric Knife
  • Blade Length: 7.5 inches

  • Overall Length: 17.5 inches

  • Blade Construction: 2 stainless steel blades for carving and cutting

  • Handle Construction: Black plastic handle

  • Weight: 0.48 pounds

  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes

Cuisinart is a well-known company that produces quality utensils, and this electric knife is not an exception. It has two blades that are both made from stainless steel and felt strong and solid to me.

This knife from Cuisinart is unbelievable light. I have used many knives in the market, but this is by far the lightest I have come across. It performed really well while I was fileting some redfin.

Overall Rating: 4.0 / 5

What To Look For in A Good Electric Fillet Knife

There are some essentials you want to remember when picking an electric knife. These essentials will help you make an informed decision.

Performance and Speed
The knife’s performance will be dependent on how powerful the motor is. You also want to look for something where the engine isn’t vibrating too much, as this can affect the cut and shape of your fillet or meat. You should look at the type of fish or meat you want to cut, this will help you determine how powerful of a knife you should buy.

Type of Power Supply
You have two options here, wireless or cord. Both have their pros and cons. Wireless you can take out on the boat with you or easily use in the backyard. However, you do need to remember to charge it or pack batteries. Corded knives are usually more powerful but it’s limited to where you can use it.

You want to look for safety features such as a safety lock, an ergonomic handle (so it doesn’t feel like it could slip out at any time) plus you want the blades to be easy to release.

Your knife will be more resilient depend on the materials it is made of. You want high-grade steel so it doesn’t corrode.

I think you should look for a knife that comes with a cover or case. These types of electrics knives have many moving parts and you want to ensure all of them are protected. I use a hard case for all of my knives.

Some knives automatically sharpen do it, some don’t allow sharpening at all, and some you need to do manually. All knife will lose their sharpness over time. You need to be thinking of how you will sharpen it because a dull knife can an unsafe knife. As it can slip as it won’t be able to hold an edge.

Blade Material: The material used to make the blade is also essential. There are two primary materials used; stainless steel and lithium-ion. Choosing the right type of material for the blade will determine how it performs when filleting.

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Author: Charlie Reeves
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