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The comprehensive guide to sanitizing your home

Protecting your family against disease is crucial. Sneezing releases airborne pathogens that can include the common cold, influenza, measles and tuberculosis. Beyond infectious diseases, everywhere that people gather in America is festering with pathogens.

Sick person sneezing

Sneezing releases airborne pathogens that can rapidly infect others

For example, in public restrooms, tests show that faucet handles are festering with E. Coli. At home, faucet handles are equally problematic, along with cutting boards, coffee makers, toothbrush holders and children’s toys.

Fortunately, there are solutions. If you are serious about keeping your home as clean and sterile as possible, this guide reviews a variety of disinfection solutions for kitchens, bathrooms, counter tops and even baby bottles.

This study about contaminated areas in the home found these household germs as the most likely to cause illness:

  • Staphylococcus aureus (staph)
  • Salmonella
  • Fecal matter
  • Escherichia coli (E. coli)

Pathogens spread differently throughout the house, as summarized below:

  1. Kitchen: a study done by the National Sanitation Foundation found that the kitchen far outranks the bathroom as the place with the most germs. When swabbing for coliform bacteria (which includes salmonella and E. coli), they found traces on 75% of dish rags, 45% of kitchen sinks, 32% of counter tops and 18% on cutting boards.
  2. Bathroom: the bathroom ranks as the second dirtiest place in the home, with the toilet, toothbrush holders, faucet handles and towels the most contaminated areas.
  3. All rooms: light switches, TV remotes, fridge door handles and other devices touched by many should be sterilized regularly

FAQs about disinfecting your home

What's the difference between sanitized, disinfected and sterilized?

How to disinfect a house after an illness

Are UV sanitizers effective?

Best disinfectant sprays for homes

Flu viruses can live on surfaces for around 24 hours, while norovirus can survive for weeks. Thus, while regular use of disinfectants are ideal, extra care should be taken to disinfect a home after illness. 

After an illness in your home, generous use of disinfectant sprays can ensure that others in your family do not get infected. Our top-rated products are powerful, easy to apply and can be be used to clean both hard and fabric surfaces. A single application will freshen the air and eliminate mold, mildew and bacteria.

Featured Disinfectant Sprays

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Lysol Disinfectant Spray
Suitable for use on everything from counter tops to couches, this is an EPA-registered disinfectant that kills more than 99.9% of illness-causing bacteria in your home. In addition to killing viruses, Lysol Disinfectant Spray can also be used to eliminate odors and prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
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PURELL Multi Surface Disinfectant Spray (Citrus Fragrance)
This this a powerful eco-friendly product that kills 99.99% of germs on surfaces with no harsh chemicals - water rinse is not necessary. Don’t be fooled by the ‘green’ aspect: compared to other leading brands, PURELL Multi Surface Disinfectant delivers the fastest overall disinfecting time, killing 22 organisms in just 30 seconds.
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Purefypro Disinfectant Spray
This is a high-end multipurpose hospital-class disinfectant. In as little as 60 seconds, an application of this product will eliminates odors and allergens, prevent mold and mildew growth and destroy Salmonella, E coli., Norovirus, H1N1 Flu Influenza, Hepatitis and more. In addition, Purefypro Disinfectant Spray offers free expedited shipping on every order.

Best UV sanitizers for the home

While disinfectant sprays are effective and convenient, they pale in comparison to the sterilization of UV light disinfection devices.

Essentially, UV light sterilizes by destroying nucleic acids and disrupting the molecular bonds that hold DNA together.

Note that while germicidal UV lights are dangerous for humans, the UVC lighting variant has a very limited range that is unable to penetrate through the outer dead-cell layer of human skin. Since bacteria is much smaller than human cells, UVC light can reach their DNA and destroy them, without affecting surrounding healthy tissue.

Featured UV Sanitizers

Ultraviolet Pocket Sterilizer Wand
This UVC germ killing machine is a portable, lightweight clamshell device that can easily be used to sanitize mobile phones, TV remotes, keyboards, children’s toys, pacifiers and even cutting boards. To use, simply flip open the unit and press the ON button for five seconds. Then shine the light within 1/4 inch of the surface. Disinfection takes just a few seconds.
UPANG 120V Ultraviolet Baby Bottle Sterilizer
The UPANG Ultraviolet Baby Bottle Sterilizer contains dual UV lamps for chemical free, waterless sterilization that effectively eliminates 99.9% of germs and bacteria. Because the unit uses waterless UV sterilization and a low temperature drying method, you can sterilize almost anything inside: toys, teethers, TV remotes, toothbrushes and even cellphones.
Purebrush Antibacterial U.V. Toothbrush Sanitizer
If you leave your toothbrush in a cup in your bathroom, you’re exposing the bristles to fecal matter every time you flush the toilet. The Purebrush Antibacterial U.V. Toothbrush Sterilizer holds four toothbrushes and eliminates 99.9% of yeast, mold, viruses and bacteria that live on your toothbrush. Simply place your toothbrush inside unit, close the door and let the the ultraviolet lights dry and disinfect your toothbrush before putting it in your mouth. Brilliant!

Best Disinfecting Wipes

Beyond sprays and UV devices, the final component in our household disinfection armory is disinfecting wipes. The following are two of our favorites: every home should stock Lysol Disinfecting Wipes for fast cleanup in the kitchen and bathroom. In addition, keeping a canister of PURELL Hand Sanitizing Wipes around will make it easy for your whole family to keep their hands germ-free.

Featured Disinfectant Wipes

Lysol Disinfecting Wipes
These disinfecting wipes are perfect to keep in your kitchen and bathroom. Three times strong than paper towels, Lysol Disinfecting Wipes allow you to use less to clean more. To sanitize, simply apply a wipe and then allow the area to remain wet for 10 seconds. These wipes work great on counter tops, faucet handles, refrigerator door handles, smartphones, TV remotes and more.
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PURELL Hand Sanitizing Wipes
This is by far our favorite brand of personal hand sanitizing wipes, which we use before every meal. These wet wipes kill 99.99 percent of illness causing germs without harsh chemicals in a formula that is safe and gentle on the skin.

Conclusion: starting with a disinfection routine

Regular disinfection is the best way to keep colds, E. coli, salmonella, flu, and other infectious illnesses from spreading. Thus, it’s a good idea to develop consistent cleaning habits using a combination of products listed in this guide. 

  1. Regularly apply Lysol Disinfectant Wipes on things everyone in the house touches: doorknobs, faucet handles, TV remotes and appliance handles.
  2. Get yourself a UV sanitizer for easy kitchen sterilization. Prior to using cutting boards, counter tops or dish rags, run them under a UV sanitizing light for a few seconds. This will ensure perfectly sterile food preparation.
  3.  On the subject of UV sanitizers, a unit for your toothbrushes is highly recommended.
  4. As a final step, keep one of our top-rated disinfectant sprays on hand. Whenever a family member gets sick, apply liberally around the house. In conjunction with a regular sterilization routine, this will eliminate the risk of infection from a sick member of your family onto others.

Best natural cleaning product brands for a healthier home

Natural cleaning products take care of your home and laundry without leaving unpleasant chemical residue that can potentially harm your family and pets. These products are made using sustainable production methods, using nontoxic biodegradable ingredients that will ensure wellness in your home – without negatively impacting the environment.

Happy family house cleaning using eco-friendly cleaning products

The best eco-friendly products offer powerful cleaning options that work in harmony with the environment 

On the other hand, many popular household cleaners, soaps and disinfectants contain harsh toxic chemicals. These make dishes, floors and counter tops sparkling clean and germ-free. Unfortunately, many are also poisonous if ingested or inhaled. Consider:

  • Corrosive cleaners: drain, oven and toilet bowl cleaners contain corrosive chemicals that can cause severe burns. Chlorine bleach and ammonia are particularly irritating to the eyes, throat and lungs
  • Chemical fragrances: commonly added to laundry detergents and fabric softeners, these may cause headaches, watery eyes and respiratory distress in sensitive individuals
  • Subtle toxicity: some household cleaning ingredients contain carcinogens that subtly act as ‘hormone disruptors’.  For example, alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs) are used in detergents and cleaners and mimic the estrogen hormone. Misaligned hormones can decrease sperm counts and increase cancer risks

Simply by purchasing natural cleaning products instead of chemical ones, you are doing your part to reduce impact on the environment. Here are just a few of the big-picture benefits of using eco-friendly cleaning products: 

  1. Environmental protection: when washing dishes or doing laundry with chemical products, these chemicals get released back into the environment. 
  2. Skin protection: chemical dish soaps, detergents and cleaners that can penetrate the surface of your skin and affect your circulatory system. Conversely, eco-friendly cleaners use glycerine, which cleans while actually softening your skin. 
  3. Allergy protection: many people are sensitive to the dyes, fragrances and chemicals in commercial cleaners. Fortunately, eco-friendly cleaning products are very gentle on both the skin and environment.
  4. No animal testing: to avoid using household cleaners that are cruel to animals, use natural cleaning products that ensure no animal testing. Eco-friendly products include animals!
  5. Cost savings: natural cleaning products use energy-efficient production methods and natural ingredients. This means they are cheaper to produce, and cheaper to buy. In addition, since they do not harm the environment or the body, the long-term costs savings are also substantial. 

Frequently asked questions

Do natural cleaning products really work as well as chemical cleaners? How exactly do natural cleaners benefit the environment? How do natural disinfectants work? Of of these questions and more are answered within our five FAQs.

How exactly do natural cleaning products help the environment?

Why are natural cleaning products better than chemical ones?

Do chemical cleaners really cause cancer?

Are natural cleaning products better than homemade solutions?

How do natural disinfectants work?

Five of the best natural cleaning product brands

While many cleaning brands claim to be safe for the environment, it's important to understand some subtle differences in commonly used terminology: 

  • Natural: made with non-synthetic products
  • Non-toxic: does not contain harmful chemicals
  • Green: is good for the environment in some vague manner

In addition to vague terminology, there are no federal regulations that force cleaning product companies to list all included products on packaging. 

Since most consumers lack the expertise to accurately determine the true eco-friendliness of cleaning products (and also the effectiveness of those products), our team has done the hard work for you. 

Below, we review five of the most trusted legitimate natural cleaning product brands and highlight a range of selected cleaning products for use around your home. 

PURELL

#1st Rated
Purell Cleaning Products

Founded in 1988 as an industrial cleaning supplies company, PURELL Hand Sanitizer was made available to consumers in 1997 and exploded in popularity. Today, their flagship Hand Sanitizer is accompanied by a plethora of industrial-strength all-natural cleaning products for your home.

On the environmental side, PURELL surface sprays have the lowest EPA toxicity rating - less than 100 products in America can boast having EPA’s Category IV lowest toxicity rating. Of those few, less than 10 have the EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) Certification, as PURELL does.

FEATURED PRODUCTS

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PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer (2-pack)
Originally formulated to meet the needs of professional healthcare providers, this powerful product was made available to consumers in 1997 and has been an industry leader ever since. Each bottle contain antimicrobial gel with 70% ethyl alcohol and four types of moisturizers to eliminate 99% of germs while keeping hands well-hydrated.
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PURELL Multi Surface Disinfectant Spray (Citrus Fragrance)
Formulated to kill 99.99% of germs on the surfaces you touch, this powerful product contains no harsh chemicals and requires no water rinse. While many green cleaners have limited potency, PURELL Multi Surface Disinfectant delivers the fastest overall disinfecting time, killing 22 organisms in just 30 seconds – with zero environmental compromises.

ECOVER

#2nd Rated
Ecover cleaning products

ECOVER was founded in 1979 by Belgian hippy scientists who were alarmed by the damage to waterways and aquatic life caused by commercial cleaning chemicals. They developed a phosphate-free cleaning product and then began a commercial eco-crusade via the official launch of the ECOVER company.

Today, their entire line of products promotes clean business practices, clean sourcing and clean products for our homes, our communities and the world. Very inspiring!

FEATURED PRODUCTS

ECOVER Laundry Detergent (4-pack)
Save on washing energy costs with four 93-ounce bottles of all-natural laundry detergent that tackles tough stains - even in cold water. Made from plant-based ingredients and packaged in plastic made from sugarcane, this biodegradable product is gentle on the skin and boasts has a 100% natural fragrance that leaves clothes smelling fresh and clean.
ECOVER Fragrance Free Zero Dish Soap
Receive six 25-ounce bottles of this renewable, odorless plant-based liquid dish soap that is non-toxic and biodegradable. Packed with high-potency cleaning power, this formula cuts through grease and leaves dishes sparkling clean.

Mrs. Meyers

#3rd Rated
Mrs. Myers Cleaning Products

This brand was inspired by Mrs. Thelma A. Meyer. She is an Iowa homemaker. One day, one of her daughters was walking down a cleaning aisle of a supermarket, feeling uneasy about all of the harsh chemical cleaners. That inspired the beginning of a thriving American company on the cutting edge of green cleaning technology. 

 

Today, the Mrs. Myers brand ethically produces a range of natural household cleaning products that are scented with essential oils from flowers and herbs, while at the same time providing maximum cleaning effectiveness.

FEATURED PRODUCTS

Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner
First, this product is free of animal-derived ingredients and not tested on animals. Second, it is made from essential oils and plant-derived ingredients. Third, it contains a concentrated cleaning formula with a natural Lemon Verbena scent that will leave multiple surfaces clean and odor-free.
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Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Body Wash, Honeysuckle Scent
Made with aloe vera, essential oils, flaxseed oil, and other thoughtfully selected ingredients, this dermatologically tested product contains the sweet scent of flowers and fruits. It’s a moisturizing body wash that will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and superbly refreshed.

BETTER LIFE

#4th Rated
Better Life Cleaning Products

In 2008, BETTER LIFE Founders Tim Barklage and Kevin Tibbs were watching their toddlers. They noticed that as the kids crawled on the floor, they were picking up toxic cleaning residue. An idea was born. 


That idea was to create a range of plant-derived non-toxic household cleaners that would exceed expectations for both environmental safety and cleaning performance.

 

Today, BETTER LIFE is thriving. That is mainly because their range of cleaning products continue to push the envelope towards more plant power - with ultra-effective household cleaning results.

FEATURED PRODUCTS

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BETTER LIFE Natural Granite and Stone Cleaner (Pomegranate Grapefruit Scent)
This unique formula protects surfaces while cleaning and is free of solvents, VOCs, alkyphenol surfactants and petroleum. Not tested on animals, this product (safe for all food surfaces) cleans, shines and degreases quartz, granite, marble, slate and concrete.
BETTER LIFE Natural Wood Polish (Lavender & Cinnamon Scent)
Also free of free of solvents, VOCs, alkyphenol surfactants and petroleum, this product cleans and polishes all of the wood furniture in your home: cabinets, paneling, antiques and veneers. In addition to removing dust and smudges, natural oils in the formula help to condition wood and bring out a natural shine.

Greenscents

#5th Rated
Greenscents cleaning products

Founded in 2011, the Greenscents range of products now supplies some of the best retailers in the UK and is also sold in Europe, Scandinavia, South East Asia and the Middle East. Everything is made in a workshop in Dulverton, Somerset staffed by a small but experienced team of passionate artisans.  


All products use premium organic, ethically sourced ingredients that contain no enzymes, alcohol, gluten, palm oil, GMOs or animal-based ingredients. Their non-scented range is as pure and hypoallergenic as possible - very good for sensitive skin.

FEATURED PRODUCTS

Greenscents Citrus Floor Soap 400ml (2-pack)
Made from 81% organic ingredients, this super-concentrated product comes in 100% bioplastic bottles and contains no phosphates, enzymes, chlorine bleaches, optical brighteners, gluten, or alcohol and is suitable for vegans. Simply dilute a capful or two into a bucket of hot water and apply a gorgeous-smelling, highly effective clean upon vinyl, sealed wood, marble or ceramic tile floors.
Greenscents Minty Laundry Conditioner
This organic laundry conditioner will give you comfortable clothes, softer linens, fluffy towels and fabrics that yield to a wonderfully easy iron finish. Greenscents laundry conditioner works well at all washing temperatures and is suitable for delicates, silk and wool.

Conclusion

Cleaning house using traditional chemical cleaning products will make your home sparkle. However, every time you pour a bucketful of chemical cleaner down the drain, that contributes to more contaminants in our already polluted waterways.

In addition, strong chemical cleaners are a potential danger to young children, pets and the elderly.

While homemade organic solutions (like washing with vinegar scented with essential oils) will work, they simply can’t match the cleaning power of commercial cleaning solutions.

Fortunately, this roundup of top natural cleaning product brands provides you powerful solutions that will clean your home, protect your loved ones and look out for the long-term health of our planet.

Repairing Your Damaged Furniture Like a Pro!

No matter how much you try to keep the furniture in your dining and living room damage-free, it is almost impossible to prevent water stains, tears, and scratches. These little damages can come from several sources: your pet has an accident or chews some wood, your children are too enthusiastic with permanent markers or pens, or your favorite furniture suffers from smoke or damage. Strong upholstery such as microfiber and leather can equally get damaged in some situations.

The same applies to wood furniture damages; using coasters, furniture polish, and glass covers may not prevent stains, water rings, or scratches from severely affecting your wood furniture. 

This article looks at some easy home remedies you can try to spruce up old furniture. In addition, it also lists several high-quality commercial products that will assure spectacular results. Here is a quick summary:

Furniture Clinic Boiled Linseed Oil for Wood Furniture & More | 500ml Refined Oil | Glossy Finish for furniture, table tops, stone & metal
Weiman Wood Repair System Kit - 4 Filler Sticks 4 Touch Up Markers - Floor and Furniture Scratch Fix - 3-Pack
Lemon Oil with Beeswax Wood Furniture Polish and Conditioner, Feed, Protect and Restore Heirlooms, 16 oz.
Elmer's E891 Carpenter's Stainable Wood Filler, 1 Pt Tub, 12-24, 1 Pint, Light Tan
AUSTOR 102 Pcs Wet Dry Sandpaper 60 to 3000 Grit Assortment 3 x 5.5 Inch Abrasive Paper with Free Box for Automotive Sanding, Wood Furniture Finishing
STRP Max Paint Stripper Liquid, 64 oz
Furniture Clinic Boiled Linseed Oil for Wood Furniture & More | 500ml Refined Oil | Glossy Finish for furniture, table tops, stone & metal
Weiman Wood Repair System Kit - 4 Filler Sticks 4 Touch Up Markers - Floor and Furniture Scratch Fix - 3-Pack
Lemon Oil with Beeswax Wood Furniture Polish and Conditioner, Feed, Protect and Restore Heirlooms, 16 oz.
Elmer's E891 Carpenter's Stainable Wood Filler, 1 Pt Tub, 12-24, 1 Pint, Light Tan
AUSTOR 102 Pcs Wet Dry Sandpaper 60 to 3000 Grit Assortment 3 x 5.5 Inch Abrasive Paper with Free Box for Automotive Sanding, Wood Furniture Finishing
STRP Max Paint Stripper Liquid, 64 oz
$11.95
from $8.98
$23.00
$10.50
$11.99
$33.98
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Furniture Clinic Boiled Linseed Oil for Wood Furniture & More | 500ml Refined Oil | Glossy Finish for furniture, table tops, stone & metal
Furniture Clinic Boiled Linseed Oil for Wood Furniture & More | 500ml Refined Oil | Glossy Finish for furniture, table tops, stone & metal
$11.95
Weiman Wood Repair System Kit - 4 Filler Sticks 4 Touch Up Markers - Floor and Furniture Scratch Fix - 3-Pack
Weiman Wood Repair System Kit - 4 Filler Sticks 4 Touch Up Markers - Floor and Furniture Scratch Fix - 3-Pack
from $8.98
Lemon Oil with Beeswax Wood Furniture Polish and Conditioner, Feed, Protect and Restore Heirlooms, 16 oz.
Lemon Oil with Beeswax Wood Furniture Polish and Conditioner, Feed, Protect and Restore Heirlooms, 16 oz.
$23.00
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Elmer's E891 Carpenter's Stainable Wood Filler, 1 Pt Tub, 12-24, 1 Pint, Light Tan
Elmer's E891 Carpenter's Stainable Wood Filler, 1 Pt Tub, 12-24, 1 Pint, Light Tan
$10.50
AUSTOR 102 Pcs Wet Dry Sandpaper 60 to 3000 Grit Assortment 3 x 5.5 Inch Abrasive Paper with Free Box for Automotive Sanding, Wood Furniture Finishing
AUSTOR 102 Pcs Wet Dry Sandpaper 60 to 3000 Grit Assortment 3 x 5.5 Inch Abrasive Paper with Free Box for Automotive Sanding, Wood Furniture Finishing
$11.99
STRP Max Paint Stripper Liquid, 64 oz
STRP Max Paint Stripper Liquid, 64 oz
$33.98
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Furniture deterioration is inevitable, but fortunately, there are several ways to fix them. Here are some tips and tricks to help repair your damaged furniture and make them look as good as new again, depending on the different materials and type of damage.

Darken and Stain Naturally

There are many natural home remedies you can try to freshen up your furniture with a dark stain. For example, staining your furniture darker with vinegar will give it a rich, natural hue.Simply apply the vinegar and use a wire brush to scrub it into the wood.

Another natural option is to use linseed oil, a high quality furniture solution that dries quickly, leaving a tough slightly glossy finish. Suitable for all types of wood and stone, this will give you high quality results without much effort. 

Furniture Clinic Boiled Linseed Oil for Wood Furniture & More | 500ml Refined Oil | Glossy Finish for furniture, table tops, stone & metal
  • GOOD HOUSEKEEPING SEAL: This product was evaluated by the Good Housekeeping institute and after rigorous testing by their expert scientists and engineers, has been granted the prestigious Good Housekeeping seal. Evaluation of the product includes reviewing product effectiveness, as well as packaging and marketing claims
  • WHY OUR LINSEED OIL: Our Boiled Linseed Oil is a superior quality oil that has been treated with hot air so it dries quicker forming a tough, hard wearing; slightly glossy finish
  • USE ON ALL TYPES OF WOOD: Suitable for all types of wood (with the exception of exterior oak). Also ideal for terracotta tiles, concrete and other stone items
  • ATTRACTIVE FINISH: Forms an attractive, subtle, glossy finish
  • SATISFACTION GUARANTEED - We understand that protecting your surfaces can be a very precise task, and not to worry. Our experts are here if you have questions before purchasing and if after purchasing you're not satisfied with the results (we expect you will be), we offer a money back guarantee. We know our product works wonderfully when used correctly

Repair Minor Scratches and Nicks

To repair reasonably minor damage, one option is to try restoring your furniture using a natural recipe. Mix one-quarter cup of vinegar (apple or white cedar) and three-quarter cups of oil (you can make do with canola oil) thoroughly. Follow the application instructions, and in no time, your wood will look as good as a new one.

For a more powerful solution that will yield more predictable results, the Weiman Repair Kit is our favorite product for hiding furniture scratches and smoothing out worn edges.

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Weiman Wood Repair System Kit - 4 Filler Sticks 4 Touch Up Markers - Floor and Furniture Scratch Fix - 3-Pack
  • Hides scratches, gouges and worn edges
  • Kit contains 4 touch-up markers, 4 filler sticks and one stick sharpener
  • Color-fast for long-lasting beauty
  • Blend multiple marker colors to match finish
  • Filler sticks work on deep scratches, gouges and nail holes and is long-lasting

Restore Furniture Naturally

Before purchasing wood stain from stores, try using a natural ingredient. For example, coconut oil can be used to re-hydrate furniture and also restores the wood’s soft glow and natural color. It may make the furniture look darker, yet it actually restores the natural color and makes it look healthier.

Another natural restoration option is to use a high quality beeswax polish and conditioner. These polishes contain no artificial coloring and work amazingly on wood, metal and marble surfaces. 

Lemon Oil with Beeswax Wood Furniture Polish and Conditioner, Feed, Protect and Restore Heirlooms, 16 oz.
  • We use real lemon oil and real beeswax to create this furniture polish
  • No artificial coloring or silicones
  • For fine wood, metal, and marble surfaces
  • Protects, polishes, beautifies
  • Handcrafted in Indiana since 1986. We ship Priority Mail via USPS.

Repair Major Damage

If you’ve got a beautiful wood piece, but an eyesore is detracting from the overall appearance, you can use a latex-based wood filler. This is an all-purpose alternative preferred by several furniture restorers to the normal furniture fillers. Simply mix up the wood filler, apply to the damaged portion and then sand smooth.

Elmer's E891 Carpenter's Stainable Wood Filler, 1 Pt Tub, 12-24, 1 Pint, Light Tan
  • Latex-based wood Filler contains real wood fibers
  • Ideal for repairing holes, dents, scratches, gouges, and defects on any wood, wallboard, molding, or painted surface
  • Ceramic microsphere formulation combined with real wood fibers provides superior sanding and staining
  • Contains real wood fibers for superior sanding, staining and painting
  • Can be used with high speed sanders

If you feel capable you should try using specific tools to make your job easier. Using tools like fasteners, glue and pliers are always useful, just make sure never to underestimate a good paintbrush! After that, you can give the furniture an even look by repainting the entire piece.

Refinishing Furniture Like A Pro

It may seem simple to refinish wood; simple purchase a stain and apply it – but we can tell you confidently that there’s more to be done to enhance this staining process. First, ensure to sand the furniture piece – even if you’re not seeing any sort of top coat or finish. Do remember to sand with the grain, that’s the exact direction of the furniture grain.

To achieve the best result, begin by doing a coarse-grit, and finish with a fine-grit. Nice smooth wood surfaces will readily accept the stain and color evenly. For good control, use a rag to apply the stain, and thoroughly buff towards the end for a more attractive and durable end result.

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AUSTOR 102 Pcs Wet Dry Sandpaper 60 to 3000 Grit Assortment 3 x 5.5 Inch Abrasive Paper with Free Box for Automotive Sanding, Wood Furniture Finishing
  • Including 6 sheets of each grit: 60/ 80/ 100/ 120/ 150/ 180/ 240/ 320/ 400/ 600/ 800/ 1000/ 1200/ 1500/ 2000/ 2500/ 3000, total 102 sheets
  • Compact size: 3 x 5.5 inches, small size for hand using easily; do not apply to place on sanding block
  • Dry or wet; Silicon carbide; Electro coated
  • Come with a free tool box for easy storage and transportation
  • Widely applied in automotive sanding, wood furniture finishing, wood turning finishing and more

Return to Underlying Furniture

If you have an old piece that has been painted and overused in the past, you can return its lost glory by stripping it to the beautiful, original piece. Depending on how large the damaged area is, you can use liquid paint strippers (for a large area) or sand it down (for a small area). Applying liquid strippers require an even spread around. You could use a chip brush to make a cool, thick layer. Allow the stripper to dry for about 40 minutes and scrape it away while maintaining the wood grain.

Here is one of of favorite furniture stripper that effectively removes paint, enamel, lacquer and varnish from wood: 

STRP Max Paint Stripper Liquid, 64 oz
  • covers up to 25 square feet and clings to vertical surfaces.
  • effectively removes paint, enamel, lacquer, varnish, polyurathane and epoxy from wood, metal, masonry and marine surfaces
  • Starts Stripping in 5 minutes

Repair holes

If you love the appearance of reclaimed pallets or wood, but there are unattractive old nail holes that disfigured the furniture, do not worry. You can get over this with a simple restoration trick!


Filling the holes with pieces of wood, in place of glue is recommended. We recommend using wood stain because they look more natural and even. Just sharpen a skewer, caramel apple stick, or even a toothpick and then pop it in! After sanding it down to a moderate finish, check it out again!

Fix Watermarks

If there is a pesky watermark that is refusing to align with your repainting or refinishing efforts, simply eliminate the annoying stain using spray shellac! Just like the Zinsser Bulls Eye Spray, a shellac coating will seal the watermark and prevent any bleed out to enable you to paint with ease.

Restoring and repairing your furniture is simple, only if you have the perfect materials and instructions! Now that you have them, go ahead and take delight in the natural beauty of your furniture!

Conclusion: buy now!

If your furniture is scuffed or faded and you have the time to experiment, try out some of the home remedies listed in this article for fast and easy solutions. However, if you want the best results possible from your restoration efforts, keep these products in mind as you make your plans:

Furniture Clinic Boiled Linseed Oil for Wood Furniture & More | 500ml Refined Oil | Glossy Finish for furniture, table tops, stone & metal
Weiman Wood Repair System Kit - 4 Filler Sticks 4 Touch Up Markers - Floor and Furniture Scratch Fix - 3-Pack
Lemon Oil with Beeswax Wood Furniture Polish and Conditioner, Feed, Protect and Restore Heirlooms, 16 oz.
Elmer's E891 Carpenter's Stainable Wood Filler, 1 Pt Tub, 12-24, 1 Pint, Light Tan
AUSTOR 102 Pcs Wet Dry Sandpaper 60 to 3000 Grit Assortment 3 x 5.5 Inch Abrasive Paper with Free Box for Automotive Sanding, Wood Furniture Finishing
STRP Max Paint Stripper Liquid, 64 oz
Furniture Clinic Boiled Linseed Oil for Wood Furniture & More | 500ml Refined Oil | Glossy Finish for furniture, table tops, stone & metal
Weiman Wood Repair System Kit - 4 Filler Sticks 4 Touch Up Markers - Floor and Furniture Scratch Fix - 3-Pack
Lemon Oil with Beeswax Wood Furniture Polish and Conditioner, Feed, Protect and Restore Heirlooms, 16 oz.
Elmer's E891 Carpenter's Stainable Wood Filler, 1 Pt Tub, 12-24, 1 Pint, Light Tan
AUSTOR 102 Pcs Wet Dry Sandpaper 60 to 3000 Grit Assortment 3 x 5.5 Inch Abrasive Paper with Free Box for Automotive Sanding, Wood Furniture Finishing
STRP Max Paint Stripper Liquid, 64 oz
$11.95
from $8.98
$23.00
$10.50
$11.99
$33.98
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Furniture Clinic Boiled Linseed Oil for Wood Furniture & More | 500ml Refined Oil | Glossy Finish for furniture, table tops, stone & metal
Furniture Clinic Boiled Linseed Oil for Wood Furniture & More | 500ml Refined Oil | Glossy Finish for furniture, table tops, stone & metal
$11.95
Weiman Wood Repair System Kit - 4 Filler Sticks 4 Touch Up Markers - Floor and Furniture Scratch Fix - 3-Pack
Weiman Wood Repair System Kit - 4 Filler Sticks 4 Touch Up Markers - Floor and Furniture Scratch Fix - 3-Pack
from $8.98
Lemon Oil with Beeswax Wood Furniture Polish and Conditioner, Feed, Protect and Restore Heirlooms, 16 oz.
Lemon Oil with Beeswax Wood Furniture Polish and Conditioner, Feed, Protect and Restore Heirlooms, 16 oz.
$23.00
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Chef Knives: 3 Models Worth Your Money

Choose your next knife carefully, and it will save you hundreds of dollars down the line.

When it comes to the most versatile kitchen knives, you wouldn’t settle for something just okay, right? You would look for quality, excellence, and guaranteed performance.

Nothing beats a multipurpose chef knife for its indispensability in the kitchen.

We’ve listed three of our favorite models heresome of the best you can find on the market today.

Choose your bet wisely by reading this buyer’s guide, first.

In a hurry? Check our top picks!

ModelDescription
ZELITE INFINITY Chef KnifeOur premium pick for both experienced and budding chefs.
Shun DM0706 Classic Chef KnifeBest for experienced chefs.
Imarku Pro Kitchen 8 Inch Chef's KnifeMost popular budget options

Buyer’s guide to choose a chef knife

German VS Gyuto

Gyuto chef knife

  • More suitable for push-and-pull motion of cutting.
  • If you want a sharper tip, you can choose this knife.
  • It has a flatter belly than the German knife, allowing you to have more control.
  • You can easily sharpen the blades, as Gyuto knives don’t have full bolsters that extend to the edge.
  • Since high- carbon steel blades are thinner, they have acute bevel angles.
  • They stay sharp longer than German knives, given that you maintain them regularly.

German chef knife

  • More suitable for rocking motion of cutting.
  • These are also heavier, having full bolsters that extend to the edge.
  • With an even bevel, they don’t develop chips easily; however, they tend to lose their edge quickly.
  • German knives have thicker blades, making them ideal for heavy-duty tasks that involve cutting bones or tough cartilages.

Size and Weight

Size

Your choice of size basically depends on your preference. However, the ideal size is 8 inches, both for home cooks and experts. Still, you can choose anywhere from 6 to 14 inches.

Weight

Like size, choosing the right weight for a knife can be subjective.

Do you want to cut through tough flesh? You might want to use a heavier knife, as it can fall heavily and cut the meat right away.

Alternatively, you might want a lighter knife if you move fast and use knives for longer periods.

The ideal chef knife weighs a little over 7 ounces.

Balance and Comfort

Balance

You can test a knife’s balance by gripping its handle.

Either of the handle and the blade shouldn’t be heavier than the other. If the grip feels awkward, then it’s not worth it.

Comfort

Maximum comfort is achieved when you feel like your hand and the knife are one.

A knife should also have a knuckle clearance. Nothing can be peskier than your knuckles repeatedly bumping into the wooden board!

Full Tang or Partial Tang

It’s always better to choose a full tang blade, as it provides more balance to the knife. Also, with a full tang, you can put more force through the handle against any tough meat or bones.

Stainless Steel VS High-Carbon Stainless Steel VS Carbon Steel

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel knives are what you can call “second options”. They are next to the carbon steel knives in almost everything. Their only aces against carbon steel knives are durability and rust resistance.

Carbon Steel

Carbon steel knives are miles better than stainless steel knives. They’re also sharper than the latter. You should only worry about their high demand for maintenance.

High-Carbon Stainless Steel

Needless to say, these knives have the best of both worlds. They mop the floor when it comes to edge retention, balance, comfort, and, of course, sharpness. Most of these knives are also forged, which guarantees excellent-quality steel blades.

Superstar brands of chef’s knives you will love

1. ZELITE INFINITY Chef Knife 8 Inch – Alpha-Royal Series – Our premium pick for chefs

ZELITE INFINITY Chef Knife 8 Inch - Alpha-Royal Series

Key Feature & Specification
  • 8” Gyuto chef knife
  • 9.9 ounces
  • Black color
  • Mirror polished cutting angle
  • 12-degree pro razor edge per side
  • 67-layer high carbon stainless steel
  • Rockwell hardness HRC61

Product Description

This premium chef knife boasts of excellent function and form in every inch.

It has beautiful intricate details etched on its blade. Its highly thoughtful handle will please seasoned chefs and home cooks.

Every glide through meats, fruit slices, or greens left us with gasps. Breathtaking knife, really.

It’s one of the best kitchen knives for the money that you will not regret buying.

Pros
  • Forged full tang
  • Visually stunning blade
  • Excellent build quality and precision
  • A handle with smooth tactile quality
  • No blemishes or chips, guaranteed flawless
  • Ideal for any meat, fish, or vegetable cutting
  • Beautiful VG10 Super Steel 67-layer Damascus blade
  • Cuts turkey meat, fruits, vegetables, and bread
  • Crafted using the traditional 3-Step Honbazuke method
  • Has traditional Asian features, but has the Western heft and feel
  • Ergonomic rounded, top military grade G10 triple-riveted handle
Cons
  • No sheath
  • Not suitable for dishwashers

Why should you buy this product?

If you want incredible quality for the long run, you should stick to the Zelite Infinity’s Alpha-Royal Series model.

Definitely our premium choice—price, features, and quality-wise.

It’s the one to beat.

With this piece, you will be buying for quality, comfort, and balance. Most importantly, the sharpness—this high-carbon stainless steel knife will help you cut uniform vegetables and dice beautiful marbled beef.

What we love the most is the specially designed handle. With its grip and balance, we instantly knew this knife is for long-term use.

2. Shun DM0706 Classic 8-Inch Chef’s Knife – Best for experienced chefs

Shun DM0706 Classic 8-Inch Chef's Knife

Key Feature & Specification
  • 8 inches
  • Black color
  • 7.13 ounces
  • Double-beveled edge
  • Rockwell hardness rating of 60-61
  • Black laminated PakkaWood handle
  • Hand-sharpened 16° double-bevel blade
  • VG-10, 32-layer high-carbon stainless steel

Product Description

The Shun chef’s knife is the classic, high-performing knife as you know it. But don’t get it twisted—classic doesn’t equate to plain and predictable.

At 7.13 ounces, this knife is lightweight, minimalist and treat filled with premium features.

It’s easily one of those best chef knives we have confirmed by only trying it once.

With a feature-packed commercial design, this knife will fill the hearts of seasoned chefs with joy.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Highly resistant to rust
  • It has knuckle clearance
  • Ergonomic D-shaped handle that fits most hand sizes
  • Handle is NSF certified for use in commercial kitchens
  • Has microscopic air pockets that minimize friction when slicing
  • With a 16-degree angle, it’s sharper than most Western 22-degree angle knives
  • Features Japanese super steel high-carbon VG-10, famous for great edge retention
Cons
  • Users must immediately prevent water from sitting on the blade
  • Not suitable for chefs who like knives with intricate details

Why should you buy this product?

Most experts advise chefs to work with what they know. And, if you agree with this, this classic model by Shun should be your choice.

It’s exactly what we expected from a premium chef’s knife—classic design, excellent high-carbon steel blade, and elegant handle certified for commercial kitchen use.

If you’re one of those hardened superior chefs who hate gimmicks, the Shun chef’s knife will be your best buddy.

Who says familiarity always breeds contempt? Not with this knife. It’s reliable, classic, and sharp.

3. Imarku Pro Kitchen 8 Inch Chef’s Knife – Most Popular Budget Option

Imarku Pro Kitchen 8 Inch Chef's Knife

Key Feature & Specification
  • 8-inch knife
  • 16 ounces
  • 16-18% chrome
  • 2.3 mm thick blade
  • High-carbon stainless steel blade
  • Rockwell Hardness Scale of 56-58
  • Ergonomic pakkawood handle

Product Description

This chef’s knife by Imarku Pro Kitchen is revered for its strength and sharpness. It’s no surprise, given that it’s crafted using German engineering techniques.

On top of that, the handle’s rounded shape is gentle for the hands, so it’s ideal for long periods of cutting.

It iss truly designed for busy professionals.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Anti-tarnish, stain-resistant blade
  • Anti-fatigue, anti-slip handle from Africa
  • Elegant, glossy appeal because of the chrome finish
  • Added toughness, with its blade having 0.6-0.75 carbon
Cons
  • Has a tight package
  • Logo starts to fade eventually
  • Not suitable for slicing frozen foods

Why should you buy this product?

Although we can’t say it’s the best, this visually striking chef’s knife attracts and pleases a lot of people. In fact, it’s the best-selling Gyutou knife on Amazon.

We love its lightweight, sharp blade. If you have a limited budget, but still want a reliable knife, this is your best choice.

Surely, this model will meet any budding chef demands.

Chef’s Knives 101

How to use them

  • First, learn the pinch grip. Once you master it, you can avoid hurting your fingers and have more control.
  • Learn two slicing techniques with a chef’s knife: the rocking motion and the push-pull motion.
  • With the rocking motion, the blade’s tip never leaves the chopping board. Meanwhile, with the push-pull motion, the whole knife leaves the board with each slice.
  • For rocking motion, use German chef’s knives. Since the blades are curved, it complements the movement better, making it seamless and fast.
  • For the push-pull motion, use the Japanese chef’s knives. Since the blades are straight-edged, it will be easier to lift the knife during slicing.

How to care for your chef’s knife

  1. Hand-wash your knife after every use.
  2. Make sure it dries thoroughly.
  3. Realign the microscopic teeth using a ceramic honing rod.
  4. Sharpen your chef’s knife blade using a Japanese whetstone.
  5. If you’re a seasoned chef, store your knife properly by mounting them to a magnetic strip on the wall. This is also highly sanitary.
  6. If you’re a home cook and have kids, you can safely store them under your kitchen cabinet or in any of your drawer docks. To be safer, you can childproof your cabinet and drawers as well.

Chef’s Knife VS Santoku Knife

The chef’s knife is better suited for preparing vegetables, as it’s faster using the rocking motion. Well, pretty much, the chef’s knife can do anything.

Therefore, if you have diversified high-power cooking tasks, you can choose the chef’s knife.

Meanwhile, the Santoku knife is best for slicing boneless meats, mincing herbs, or slicing fruits and cheese.

If you work at a small cafe or cook stews at home for your kids, you can opt for the Santoku knife.

Chef’s knife VS Vegetable knife

Vegetable knife VS Chef Knife

If you need a versatile knife in the kitchen, you should invest in a good chef’s knife.

The chef’s knife is all-around—it can slice and dice vegetables, cut meat, tear through cartilages, mince herbs, and even fillet fish.

That’s why if you work with a diverse set of cooking tasks, it would be a better investment.

However, if you truly desire an excellent knife for greens, carrots, or potatoes, always choose the vegetable knife.

The vegetable knife’s design is specifically dedicated for peeling, slicing, mincing, or dicing vegetables. You won’t be disappointed with its design.

If you have a plant-based lifestyle or work at a vegan restaurant, the vegetable knife should be a staple in your kitchen counter. Check our complete vegetables knives buyer’s guide.

Why do some chef’s knives have holes in the blade?

Chef knife with holes

  • Blades have holes so you can easily push them down with your thumb.
  • The holes are for reducing the friction on the blade’s side.
  • The holes help prevent the slices from sticking to the blade.
  • Some cleavers also have holes, so you can hang them on the meat hook.

Are chef’s knives with dimples worth it?

Chef knife with dimples

They will be worth it if you mostly work with moist, sticky, or wet food.

For instance, if you always slice cheese, liver, or any soft meat, you can invest in knifes with dimples. You can also coin carrots or cucumbers better with these blades.

But in general, the dimples or kullens typically have no ground-breaking purpose.

Superior Slicing & Dicing: Top 5 Best Vegetable Knives

Slicing vegetables will only be an art if you use a high quality knife suitable for the task.

And to make true works of art, your skills deserve the perfect partners — top-caliber vegetable knives.

The sound of steel hammering on the wooden board — doesn’t it give you a thrill?

Check out which of these models is ideal for you.

Best Seller: Mercer Culinary Genesis Forged Nakiri Vegetable Knife

Mercer Culinary Genesis Forged Nakiri Vegetable Knife

Do you want finely chopped garlic cloves that melt on the meat and vegetables? How about Julienne carrots in the exact, uniformed dimension that you wanted?

Trusted by thousands of satisfied customers, the Mercer Culinary Genesis may be one of the best knives to achieve this goal.

We’ve listed our other favorites here, but this 7-inch super lightweight knife is our favorite.

Its exclusive intelligent design perfectly caters to the slicing of vegetables.

And the best thing is that it has the lightest blade we’ve carried so far.

The other vegetable knives wowed us, but the Mercer Culinary Genesis blew us away!

Buyer’s guide

What makes a good knife for cutting vegetables?

  • Easy to sharpen. Straight edges for sharp cuts and easy maintenance.
  • Intelligent handle design. Left- and right-handed chefs can firmly grip the handle without fatigue.
  • Perfect size of the blade. Wide enough for scooping dices and strips of vegetables.
  • Guaranteed full tang. The knife’s blade should extend to the tip of its handle, for optimal balance and weight.

What are they used for?

Vegetable knife is best used for preparing vegetables. It’s for chopping, shredding, and dicing — whether they are small or big pieces of greens and produce. However, you shouldn’t use it for filleting fish or chopping blocks of meat.

Vegetable knives vs Chef knives

Vegetable knife VS Chef Knife

The main difference lies in the exclusivity of their purpose.

The vegetable knives are exclusively for cutting vegetables, while the chef knives are for multiple slicing and cutting tasks.

You can use chef knives to dice vegetables, but you can’t use vegetable knives to cut meat. In fact, the only knife in our list that meet that criteria is the TUO Cutlery Vegetable Meat Cleaver Knife, which can be used to cut both vegetables and meat.

Nevertheless, both are not ideal for slicing bread and cleaving meat.

Top 5 Best Vegetable Knives Review

1. DALSTRONG Nakiri Asian Vegetable Knife

DALSTRONG Nakiri Asian Vegetable Knife

Key Feature & Specification
  • Full-tang blade
  • High-carbon German steel
  • Black Pakkawood handle
  • 56+ Rockwell hardness
  • Tall blade height

Product Description

Next on our list is the battle-ready Dalstrong Nakiri knife of the Gladiator series.

This vegetable knife has a badass aesthetic and a powerful function to match. The ultra-sharp high-carbon blade shreds greens flawlessly.

Dalstrong Nagiri knife’s blade is sharpened 14-16° per side, which provides you with both durability and razor-sharp cuts.

Pros
  • Guaranteed stain- and wear-resistance because of added Chromium.
  • Has oval-shaped hollow divots, so the food doesn’t stick.
  • Triple-riveted handle, which is durable and anti-fatigue.
  • Low-maintenance cleaning
  • Hand-polished satin blade
Cons
  • Not suitable for you if you like knives with clean designs
  • High-maintenance when it comes to sharpening

Why should you buy this product?

You should buy the Dalstrong Nakiri if you’re aiming for a true investment. It’s also ideal for those who love sharpening their knives regularly.

It’s ideal for both experts and home chefs. It’s definitely the knife for high-performance tasks.

Therefore, if you work in a demanding environment, this is the perfect purchase.

Truly, a premium weapon for notorious kitchen generals.

2. Mercer Culinary Genesis Forged Nakiri Vegetable Knife

Mercer Culinary Genesis Forged Nakiri Vegetable Knife

Key Feature & Specification
  • Ergonomic Santoprene handle
  • Available in short bolster
  • Taper-ground edge
  • Full-tang blade
  • High-carbon stainless steel
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Product Description

The Mercer Culinary Genesis is a lightweight Nakiri wonder.

Its blade has the perfect width for scooping the cloves or shreds of greens. The blade’s extremely slim width gets you those ultra-thin slices.

Meanwhile, its angled heel protects your knuckles as you’re chopping cucumbers nonstop.

Undoubtedly, it’s one of the best knives for vegetable cutting.

Pros
  • Highly resistant to damage from kitchen oils and rust
  • Anti-fatigue, solid firm grip
  • Endures hot and cold temperatures
  • Long-lasting razor-sharp edge
  • Very durable because of the bolster
  • The taper-ground edge provides stability
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) certified
Cons
  • Not suitable for chopping or slicing meats
  • Not ideal if you prefer harder steel on your knives

Why should you buy this product?

Stability is an underrated but crucial factor in vegetable knives.

The best knives for vegetable cutting should never bend whether you’re chopping, dicing, or pressing on garlic cloves.

The Mercer Culinary Genesis, with its taper-ground edge, mops the entire floor in that arena.

It’s extremely stable which is amazing given its lightweight and thin blade.

Overall, this vegetable knife is worth your buck.

3. TUO Cutlery Vegetable Meat Cleaver Knife

TUO Cutlery Vegetable Meat Cleaver Knife

Key Feature & Specification
  • Polished pakkawood handle
  • Full-tang blade
  • Imported high-carbon German steel
  • Hand-polished edge at 18 degrees per side
  • Hardness reaches to HRC56±2.

Product Description

Beautiful and extremely sharp, it’s like the lady you’ve been dreaming of dating.

The gentle curve of the handle is the cornerstone of its advanced ergonomics. The wood grain of the Pakkawood handle is a treat for the eyes.

The high-carbon German steel, with its sharp, hand-polished edge, bows to no tough cucumber.

Pros
  • Comfortable but durable wooden handle
  • Large size for a vegetable cleaver
  • Balance point is strategically located on the pinch grip
Cons
  • Not for slicing bones, like Turkey or chicken.
  • The grip might become uncomfortable at some point.
  • Not dishwasher-safe

Why should you buy this product?

TUO’s Fiery Nakiri vegetable cleaver is revered as one of the best vegetable knives for its premium quality.

It’s perfect for users who see function and form as one.

Specifically, this is definitely ideal for home chefs who love to entertain guests.

Its beauty is one for the books, while its extremely sharp edge can make slicing a breeze if you’re in a hurry.

If you’re tired of somber, black-handle kitchen knives, this gem from the TUO’s Fiery series will definitely delight you.

4. Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Revolution Series Nakiri Vegetable Cleaver

Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Revolution Series Nakiri Vegetable Cleaver

Key Feature & Specification
  • Available in 3”-8” sizes
  • Available in a white handle and a black handle
  • Advanced ceramic blades
  • Deep and wide Nakiri blade
  • Beveled doubled-sided blade

Product Description

The Kyocera Ceramic Nakiri knife is a powerful beast that calls for the utmost care.

Its Ceramic blade’s razor-sharp edge doesn’t disappoint — every cut is smooth. The slim Ceramic blade is highly reliable for making precise Juliennes. And, even if it’s a vegetable cleaver, you can use it to slice piles of boneless meat.

Pros
  • Made from proprietary Zirconia material, a ceramic formula in Japan, which makes it extremely sharp
  • Perfect balance because of the full-tang blade
  • 10 times longer than the traditional knives
  • Ideal for everyday use
  • Lightweight, which is ideal for fast cutting
  • Dishwasher-safe but should be separated from other metal cutlery
Cons
  • Suitable for only plastic and wooden boards
  • Not fit for carving, prying, and boning
  • Not for frozen meats
  • Should not be used for cutting food on glass or plates

Why should you buy this product?

Another vegetable knife that definitely wowed us is the Kyocera Nagiri knife.

It’s extremely sharp edge doesn’t back down from relentless dicing and slicing. It may be high-maintenance, but it’s a powerful, high-performing knife.

It’s a worthy purchase if you put performance and sharpness above all factors in buying vegetable knives.

5. DALSTRONG Nakiri Vegetable Knife – Shogun Series X

DALSTRONG Nakiri Vegetable Knife - Shogun Series X

Key Feature & Specification
  • 6″ (152mm)
  • Sharpened at 8-12° per side.
  • Full-tang blade
  • 62+ Rockwell hardness
  • 55mm blade width
  • Included sheath

Product Description

The performance of Dalstrong Shogun series Nakiri knife precedes its aesthetic.

Its gorgeous and intricate markings stand out from the rest. Its thoroughly processed blade can dice small vegetables and large vegetables.

The G-10 handle also provides comfort and ease with its smooth surface.

Pros
  • Sharpened using the traditional 3-step Honbazuke method.
  • 66 layers of premium high-carbon stainless steel layers
  • Wear- and stain-resistant
  • Hand-polished G-10 handle
  • The blade is cooled using liquid nitrogen
  • Triple-riveted for full resilience
  • Beautiful engraved designs
Cons
  • Might be a bit too heavy for new users
  • Not mirror finish
  • Not suitable for you if you want a minimalist knife design

Why should you buy this product?

Knife culture is at its peak with Dalstrong’s Shogun Nagiri knife.

Whether you have a plant-based diet or run a vegan restaurant, you will feel glad in owning this cleaver.

You will not regret buying this if slicing veggies is a constant in your life.

Its sharpness is only a bonus. Its design and blade thickness is reliable for slicing thin tomato slices, carrot cubes, or potato wedges — you name it.

Vegetable Knives 101

How do chefs keep vegetables from sticking to their knives when chopping?

It’s not a problem for most chefs unless the food is excessively sticking to the knife.

Also, it’s dangerous if the food is acidic. If this is true in your case, you need to clean your knife at all times.

The key here is to invest in a knife with scalloping (small dimples), so the food won’t stick.

Other Japanese knives also have concave backsides, so the food separates cleanly. This is also known as Urasuki.

In addition, watch out for poor-quality knives that are grounded at an angle. This allows the food to stick more to the blade.

How the right knife can increase nutrients

Did you know that slicing your veggies boosts its antioxidant level?

Chopping your leafy greens like spinach or celery will increase the polyphenol content.

When you cut greens, it wounds the leaves causing it to release more polyphenol.

Since antioxidants consist mostly of high polyphenol levels, it will be good to consume food that has more of the latter.

However, you definitely need a great vegetable cleaver to shred greens better.

Cutting them with a sharp knife will cause less damage to their cells, leaving your veggies with high polyphenol content.

In a nutshell…

Slicing vegetables is an art of accuracy, precision, and timing.

That is why you should invest in a high quality knife to sustain your mastery.

The Most Expensive Sushi Knife in the World

We understand how you feel. Every day, as you contemplate the blue sky (unless you leave in Seattle of course), two existential questions plague your mind.

  1. Is Fidget Spinner dead already?
  2. What is the most expensive sushi knife in the world?

To answer your first question: though Wyoming offers a slight resistance, Fidget Spinner is steadily becoming a corpse, as people are losing interest over time. Yay!

Fidget Spinner Interest Over Time US

But let’s get down to business. You never miss an opportunity to show off your ninja cooking skills, so why not add some curious anecdotes to throw at your peasant friends while slicing that fish?

Types of Sushi Knives

Since there are many types of Japanese knives, and more specifically sushi knives, here we will only focus on the most expensive knife to slice fish.

Actually, there are three main types of knives to handle sushi:

  • Yanagiba (Willow Blade): prepare ye, raw fish!
  • Deba bōchō (Pointed Carving Knife): ideal to fillet fish and cut through bone.
  • Usuba bōchō (Thin Knife): suitable for preparing vegetables.

Yanagiba VS Deba VS Usuba sushi knives

The most popular sashimi knife is the Yanagiba, used to slice raw fish. Loved by both professional and budding chefs around the world, it will probably be the only one you will ever need in your kitchen anyway.

The type of knife that we have chosen and we will show you in a moment it’s called Yanagi Kiritsuke (Sashimi Knife). Kiritsuke combines the functionality of both the Usuba and Yanagiba knife.

Most expensive Sashimi Knife

The most lethal sashimi knife to get revenge on your enemies is called Yoshihiro Aoko Blue Steel #1 Mizu Yaki Water Quenched Honyaki Mirror-Finished Yanagi Kiritsuke with Mt.Fuji under a Full Moon Hamon Blade Line. If the name didn’t throw you off, the price may, as this little beauty can cost more than 5.000 dollars.

Yoshihiro Aoko Blue steel Yanagi Kiritsuke luxury japanese knife

As the legend goes, ancient samurai Michel Courtemanche used it to castrate a mosquito possessed by an evil demon. The strike is so fast you can barely see the blade.

Why is the knife so expensive?

The question is relative. Expensive for who? Why some pieces of art are so expensive?

At first glance, the price may throw you off, but let’s learn a little bit more about it.

Japanese knives are famous not only for their quality but for their exquisite craftsmanship. Do you love Japanese cuisine? When you are buying a high-end Japanese knife you are not buying your average kitchen utensil. You are literally investing in a piece of art, a collectible, crafted with the utmost care, inspired by many elements of the Japanese culture.

The technique for forging this knife is known as Honyaki, which is the application of the Japanese swordsmithing tradition to create the most refined work of the craftsman.

The artisan is Genkai Masakuni, a very popular Smith specialized in Mizu Honyaki (water quench), a process intended to produce a sharper, long-lasting blade.

The Hamon (which is literally the blade pattern) is the visual effect you can appreciate on the blade and represents Mount Fuji (the highest mountain of Japan) under a fool moon.

Mount Fuji under a full moon hanon japanese blade pattern

All the little details add to the price of the blade, which is obviously not intended for the average consumer.

Do you love sushi? Now you know which gift you should ask your partner for your next birthday.

If you don’t want to break up but still desire to put your cooking skills to the test, our buyer’s guide to the best sushi knives offer some high-quality, affordable options.

What do you think? Would you invest in this knife if you had the money?

Best Cutting Board For Ceramic Knives

Have you recently bought a ceramic knife or are you thinking about getting one but are not really sure what kind of cutting boards can you pair it with?

Ceramic knives are sharper than steel ones, and can last up to ten times longer, provided you care for them. Ceramic blades are not as flexible or though, so they are not good for slicing hard foods, and in the same way they are not suitable for certain surfaces.

Best Cutting Board for Ceramic Knife

But don’t despair! Let us help you choose the best cutting board for your ceramic knife.

Best Premium Option: Large Walnut Wood Cutting Board by Virginia Boys Kitchens

Are you looking for an elegant, sturdy and durable option?

If a slightly higher investment is not a concern for you, then wood is the way to go, and this large cutting board is one of the best of it’s kind, still available at an affordable price.

Large Walnut Wood Cutting Board by Virginia Boys Kitchens

Why you should buy this product?

A good wood cutting board can’t miss in your kitchen. They are very versatile and can be used to safely slice most kind of foods. The wood surface will care for your ceramic knife blade, increasing it’s lifespan, more so than bamboo.

The elegant design make this premium cutting board perfect for a gift, or to be used as a rustic serving platter.

Best Budget Option: Extra Large Organic Bamboo Cutting Board by Royal

Are you in a hurry? Then look no further than this bamboo cutting board with more than 900 satisfied customer reviews.

Extra Large Organic Bamboo Cutting Board by Royal

Why you should by this product?

Both wood and bamboo are excellent materials for a cutting board, especially when pairing with a ceramic knife. Bamboo boards are perfect to slice vegetables, fruit, and other soft foods. As you may already know, ceramic knives cannot be used on hard foods, so this board is a perfect match for them.

If the low price is not reason enough to buy it, then you may be interested in knowing that this product is 100% eco friendly. Built only with organic materials and resistant to bacteria and microbes, you’re getting top notch quality at an unbeatable price.

Best Cutting Boards Materials for Ceramic Knives

  1. Wood is our top choice, and should be one of your first options if you are looking for quality. Check also: Buyer’s guide to the best wood cutting boards.
  2. Bamboo (which is considered a type of grass and not wood) is also a solid choice if you are looking for an eco-friendly budget option. Check also: Buyer’s guide to the best bamboo cutting boards.
  3. Polypropylene (Plastic, Acrylic, etc.) is a suitable option either, but in terms of quality this cutting boards are not as good as wood and bamboo, so we would suggest you stick to those materials if you can.

Materials To avoid

Ceramic knives blades are extremely sharp, but are not suitable to slice hard foods. In the same way, if you use a cutting board made of any of the following materials, chances are you will dull the blade rather sooner than later, so you must avoid them at all costs.

  • Glass
  • Granite
  • Marble

Wood VS Bamboo

If we had to choose between a wood cutting board and a bamboo one, we would be inclined to buy the former.

Wood vs bamboo cutting board

Wood and bamboo cutting boards are the best fit for a ceramic knife, but wood takes the prize home. They are sturdy, durable, elegant, and they will last you much longer than bamboo boards.

Their surface is softer and it’s the best overall to care for your knife blade. That means you won’t have to sharpen your knives all that often (and as you may know, you can’t sharpen a ceramic knife with a sharpener meant for metal blades). All in all, if you are looking for the best cutting board for a ceramic knife, we suggest you invest in a good wood cutting board.

But not all wood cutting boards are created equal, and within this category, we think that the best ones are the end grain wood cutting boards. These are made from hardwood and are usually much more resistant than standard ones. In fact, our premium suggestion is actually a board made of walnut wood.

Wood vs hardwood cutting board

Wood VS Plastic

Plastic cutting boards are usually easier to clean, and cheap to replace, while wood cutting boards need constant careful maintenance.

wood vs plastic cutting board

The main disadvantage of plastic cutting boards is that they are easily scratched, so is easy for bacteria to hide and growth on those cracks. On the other hand, end grain wood cutting boards made of hardwood are usually safer and less prone to bacteria growth, but they are harder to clean.

Our suggestion? Wood it’s still the most suitable material for a ceramic knife so we recommend you to have at least one in your arsenal. Use it to slice fruit, soft cheese, soft bread and vegetables. Keep a second plastic cutting board at hand and use it to slice boneless raw meat (remember that you cannot use ceramic knives to cut bones).

You haven’t decided which ceramic knife to pick yet? Check why you should buy one in our detailed buyer’s guide.

 

The Best Sushi Knives for Skilled and Budding Chefs

What are the best Sushi knives you can buy today?

They say it doesn’t matter what tool you use as long as you’re skilled. In the world of Sushi, that’s rarely true.

Sure, you can rest on your expert skills — but you deserve the best weapons.

Best Seller: Hiroshi 4 Pieces Sushi Knife Set

Price and quality — don’t you wish you can find these two on one product?

After thorough research, we’ve found our ultimate favorite: the Hiroshi 4 Pieces Sushi Knife set.

Hiroshi 4 Pieces Sushi Knife Set

Why did we pick this best-seller set as the best?

These knives are nothing like we’ve seen before. From the blades’ sharpness to the handles’ material, we didn’t expect to get such superior features from knives priced under $30.

Firm grips. Top-caliber blades. Incredibly sharp cuts. They didn’t fail.

You still have to prioritize your preferences, though. Not all of us have the same tastes. Will these knives fit your needs?

Read on to make an informed buying decision.

Buyer’s Guide: How to choose a Sushi knife

Find out if buying the Hiroshi knives set is a stellar idea.

What are Sushi knives?

Sushi knives are utensils exclusively designed for cutting fish, vegetables, and rolls.

Types

  1. Deba-bocho knives. Professional chefs use these cleavers to fillet the fish and chop the head.
  2. Usuba-bocho knives. With their thin blades and single-beveled side, you can use these knives for peeling and slicing vegetables.
  3. Yamagiba knives. These have similar features to the Usuba, but Yamagiba knives are best for cutting fish fillets and fish.

Length

Among the three, the Deba-bocho knives are the shortest, while the Yamagiba knives are the longest.

Today, you can find Yamagiba knives that span from 8 to 12 inches. Whichever fits your personal preferences is the best length.

Blade material

  • Stainless steel. These knives don’t easily rust, but they are not particularly sharp.
  • Carbon steel. The best types of knives if you want an extremely sharp edge. The blade needs regular maintenance to prevent rust.
  • Composite steel. These knives are quite pricey but definitely sharper and more resistant to rust.

Handle Material

The Japanese knives have wooden handles with plastic caps, while the Western knives have shiny rivets holding the blade.

It’s best to choose knives with lightweight, wooden handles so you can cut and shove with ease.

Top 5 Best Sushi Knives Review

By owning premium knives, you can cut anything to perfection. Here are our top picks.

1. Hiroshi 4 Pieces Sushi Knife Set

Hiroshi 4 Pieces Sushi Knife Set

Key Feature & Specification
  • 4-piece set of hand-sharpened, hand-forged, and hand-assembled knives
  • Designed and processed in a 40-step method
  • Ultra-light Beechwood handles
  • Blend of high carbon steel and stainless steel blades
  • 4.5-inch, 6.5-inch, 7-inch, and 8-inch Sushi knives

The Hiroshi 4-piece knife set includes the following blades:

  • 1 x 8-inch Gyutou knife, the Chef’s knife
  • 1 x 7-inch Nakiri knife, the Usuba knife or the vegetable-chopping knife
  • 1 x 6.5-inch Santoku Deba knife or the multi-purpose knife
  • 1 x 4.5-inch Petty knife, for slicing delicate Sashimi

Product Description

The Hiroshi knives have extremely sharp beveled edges, enabling users to cut through the thickest meats and fish like butter.

Buyers swear they are worth every penny spent.

The four blades slice through chunks and blocks of fish smoothly. The lightweight Beechwood handles making slicing a breeze.

Overall, the four knives deliver beyond quality, giving guaranteed satisfaction.

Pros
  • Easy-to-clean blades
  • Processed and refined in a 40-step traditional Japanese method, ensuring the highest quality possible
  • All knives are suitable for professional or casual use
  • Excellent firm grip
  • Works for both left- and right-handed people  
  • Pieces of meat, fish, fruits, or vegetables don’t stick to the sides
  • Extremely sharp but also rust-resistant because of the high carbon steel and stainless steel core
Cons
  • Not suitable for the dishwasher. The knives need handwashing at all times.  
  • Some of the blades might develop small corrosion spots if not wiped and air-dried properly.
  • The wooden handle might slip off from the blade, depending on the temperature in your area

Why should you buy this product?

Whether you are a hardened restaurant chef or an eager apprentice, you will jump with joy with this deal.

If you’re after the best Sushi knife brand on Amazon, you should look at Hiroshi.

Grips, handles, and edges — their Hiroshi 4-piece knife set has it all.

And the best thing about it? The price for the whole set.

For less than $30, you can own four superior Sushi knives.

It’s definitely a great deal, given that there are knives in the market, with a single knife amounting to more than $200.

With the right maintenance habits, you will have a lifetime guarantee of four outstanding Sushi knives.

2. Traditional Japanese Professional Gyuto Sushi Knife

Traditional Japanese Professional Gyuto Sushi Knife

Key Feature & Specification
  • High-quality carbon and stainless steel core, treated with heat
  • Single bevel knife edge on the right
  • Flat side on the left
  • 8-inch blade
  • Full-tang traditional Rosewood handle from Madagascar

Product Description

Settle for nothing but the best.

For that, you can check out the Gyuto knife by Simple Song.

The Gyuto Sushi knife is perfect for expert Sushi masters or learning chefs who have no time for games. They only use the finest steel core to cut tough cartilages and heavy blocks of Tuna.

Its single-bevel knife will cut through anything, while its full-tang rosewood handle will endure intense cutting efforts from the user.

Pros
  • Beautiful, striking look of the blade and handle
  • Tasteful packaging
  • Suitable for those who prefer traditional Japanese knives
  • Heat-treated razor-sharp blade for cutting and gutting fish
  • Durable Rosewood handle
  • Can dice vegetables and fruits well
Cons
  • High-maintenance — needs cleaning, wiping with oil, and air-drying
  • Single-bevel — not suitable for those who like double-bevel knives

Why should you buy this product?

An imperfect, moderately sharp Sushi knife wouldn’t just cut it.

You should get the best Japanese knife.

That’s why the Gyuto knife is the best companion for serious Sushi chefs.

With its price, you would expect a premium quality — fortunately, the Gyuto knife ultimately delivers.

This knife is also the perfect investment if you are Pescetarian and cook your own fish meals.

3. Yoshihiro VGYA270SH Stainless Hongasumi Yanagi Sushi Knife

Yoshihiro VGYA270SH Stainless Hongasumi Yanagi Sushi Knife

Key Feature & Specification
  • Hongasumi grade high carbon steel
  • Color: Rosewood
  • VG Stainless steel blade with HRC 62-63
  • 270mm or 10.5-inch single edged blade with a traditional grind
  • Handcrafted Japanese Octagonal Rosewood Shitan handle
  • Available in 9” blades, 10.5” blades, 11.8” blades, and 13” blades
  • Lacquer coated magnolia wooden sheath

Product Description

Another Sashimi knife that takes the cake is the Yoshihiro VGYA270SH Stainless Hongasumi Yanagi Sushi Knife by Yoshihiro Cutlery.

Its high carbon and VG stainless steel blade, in particular, is treated with heat to ensure premium quality.

With thorough and consistent Whetstone sharpening, you can count on this knife for a lifetime.

Pros
  • Perfect for cutting delicate slices of fish
  • Ideal for slicing boneless beef
  • Rust-resistant, sharp steel blade
  • Comes with lacquer Saya cover that prevents stinky odor
  • Features a flat side that prevents pieces from sticking
  • Handles and blades are all handcrafted in Japan
Cons
  • Not designed for left-handed people
  • You might find the cover a bit too spacious for the blade
  • Needs regular cleansing, wiping, and air-drying to avoid bacteria accumulation

Why should you buy this product?

Don’t let its elegant appearance fool you.

This knife’s high-grade carbon steel can cut through tough, heavy slabs of beef and large Tunas. You can shove the sliced pieces with ease with its D-shaped Rosewood handle.

After buying the Hongasumi Yanagi Sushi Knife, you will work without worries because of its rust-resistant blade.

You will impress other chefs with its gorgeous wooden sheath with a lacquer coating.

The knife will be a noteworthy investment if you’re just setting up your first Sushi restaurant.

4. Yoshihiro Shiroko High Carbon Steel Kasumi Yanagi Sushi Knife

Yoshihiro Shiroko High Carbon Steel Kasumi Yanagi Sushi Knife

Key Feature & Specification
  • Color: Shitan Rosewood Handle
  • White Steel #2 with a hardness on the Rockwell scale of 62-63, forged with Iron
  • Available in 9” blades, 10.5” blades, 11.8” blades, and 13” blades
  • Traditional Japanese Wa-style handcrafted D-Shaped Handle
  • Flat side on the left, concave grinds on the right
  • Price: $299.99 + $29.99 shipping

Product Description

The Yoshihiro Shiroko knife is a manifestation of excellent Japanese craftsmanship.

The Shitan Rosewood handle is gorgeous and functional, a knife that is not heavy for the hardworking hands.

With four different blade lengths available, you can choose one that best suits your taste.

Pros
  • It has an ultra-sharp, high-grade carbon steel blade
  • Forged with iron, which creates Kasumi or mist patterns on the blade
  • The blade is handcrafted with a combination of flat and concave grinds, which protects the food’s texture and taste when slicing
  • Comes with a gorgeous Saya, a Rosewood sheath
Cons
  • Not suitable for nutshells, frozen food, or bones
  • The carbon might oxidize if not maintained regularly
  • Needs immediate cleaning and drying if used for acidic ingredients

Why should you buy this product?

If you want to perfect the art of making Sushi, then the Yoshihiro Shiroko High Carbon Steel knife is your ideal companion.

With its genuine Japanese aesthetic and superior function, you can perform at your best.

Its long blades, measuring up to 13 inches, will not bow down to any slab of Tuna, Octopus tentacles, Crabmeat, or even blocks of Wagyu beef.

Whether you’re preparing Sushi or cutting delicate slices of Sashimi, you can rely on its extremely sharp edges.

5. Yoshihiro High Carbon Blue Steel1 Dragon Namiuchi Yanagi Kiritsuke Sushi Knife

Yoshihiro High Carbon Blue Steel1 Dragon Namiuchi Yanagi Kiritsuke Sushi Knife

Key Feature & Specification
  • Multipurpose chef’s knife
  • Single-edged blade
  • Premium ebony handle with double bolster
  • Lacquered natural Magnolia Saya
  • Blades and covers are handcrafted in Japan
  • Available in 10.5” and 11.8” blades.
  • Comes with wood knife sheath, knife oil, and rust eraser
  • Prices: $399.99 to $464.99 + $29.99 shipping fee

Product Description

The expertly crafted Yanagi is the best in the field.

Blue steel knives are known for being the badasses of cutlery.

This knife by Yoshihiro, in particular, never falls short in power and finesse.

Its high-grade carbon steel is graded 64 at the Hardness Rockwell C scale. Its blade, wave-forged by masterful artisans, flaunts an exquisite form and shine.

Any piece of food won’t stick to the single-edge blade — this is ideal for the hectic chefs who want to perform flawlessly in the kitchen.

Pros
  • Blue Steel blade guarantees 100% quality
  • Finished and forged to resist corrosion
  • Ideal for highly demanding activities
  • Glides through any fish with no jagged edges
  • Incredibly sharp edge for slicing delicate Sashimi slices and tough, heavy-duty Tuna cuts
  • Also ideal for entry-level chefs
Cons
  • Needs dedicated maintenance habits to prevent oxidation
  • Can develop small rusty spots within less than 15 minutes, if not dried properly
  • Might not arrive particularly sharp or straight, so you need to sharpen it

Why should you buy this product?

The Yanagi is a great beast that must be treated with the utmost care.

To receive its gifts, only the passionate warrior must handle it.

Therefore, if you highly respect the maintenance and dedication that carbon steel demands, then you’ve found your match.

From its name, you can guarantee a beast of a performance in a demanding, high-pressure kitchen.

The knife, in its essence, guarantees a genuine Japanese cuisine experience.

If you’re a highly dedicated learner or chef, this is the best investment you can make.

Sushi Knives 101

How to sharpen Sushi knives?

  1. Prepare the Whetstone, knife, and clothing.
  2. Start sharpening the front side’s tip, with your hand slightly raised to prevent contact.
  3. Change angles often, so the tip can touch the Whetstone.
  4. Next, sharpen the whole blade, from the heel to the tip.
  5. To remove the burr, start sharpening the back or flat side.
  6. Make sure to wipe the knife clean and air-dry it.

Why are Sushi knives one-sided?

Sushi knives are single-beveled so that their other side is flat. A flat side or edge will prevent the fish or meat from sticking to it.

Why are Sushi knives so expensive?

  • They are handcrafted and hand forged by blade masters who have trained and perfected their craft.
  • A single blade takes more than 4 weeks to complete, with the minimum time being 2 weeks.
  • The Japanese craftsmen treat Sushi knives as art and not just a tool. If you are buying a knife from them, you’re not buying a simple utensil but a collectible.

What makes the best Sushi knives?

  • Hardness – The knife must be able to endure any type of stress.
  • Toughness – The steel must not crack easily.
  • Edge retention – The blade’s edge must be sharp for a long period of time.
  • Resistance to wear – The blade must resist damage from abrasive wear and adhesive wear.

Washing / Caring Requirements

  • Soak a soft cloth in soapy water to clean the blades.
  • Clean your knives as you cook in the kitchen.
  • Act quickly and clean your knives immediately if you’re dealing with acidic food.
  • Invest in a good maintenance kit, such as the Whetstone, oil, rust eraser, or sheath.
  • To preserve the quality even longer, learn the Kobatsuke process. Seasoned chefs use this technique, so take your time to learn it.

Make yourself a gift. Invest in something that complements your passion for Sushi.

Are you craving for more information on perfect knives to add to your collection? You may be interested in checking our buyer’s guide to the best ceramic knives and electric knives available today.

Top 5 Best Electric Knives Review

An electric knife is a great addition to your kitchen cutlery set, especially if you slice and dice a lot when you cook. In a way, electric knives will make cooking a lot easier and faster.

There are dozens of electric knives available on the market today — you might have a hard time finding the best one. Therefore, you need to consider a few factors, like corded or cordless, control features, blade versatility, and others.

To avoid the confusion, we will help you narrow your list down to the best models available today.

Best Seller: Cuisinart CEK-40 Electric Knife

Are you in a hurry? With more than 1.000 satisfied customers reviews and even more sales, this fantastic electric knife from Cuisinart is used in many homes and restaurants around the world, as it can cut or slice a wide variety of food efficiently.

Cuisinart CEK-40 Electric Knife

The Cuisinart CEK-40 has two stainless steel detachable blades: the bread and carving blades. Its handle sports fantastic features to optimize control upon use, thus helping you make clean cuts without any hassles.

If you’re tired of manually cutting roasted meat, bread, fruits, vegetables, and some other food ingredients, then you should check out this model.

Key Feature & Specification
  • Size in dimensions – 4 × 12 × 5.5 inches
  • Color – black
  • Powerful electric motor
  • 2 detachable stainless steel blades included: bread blade and carving blades
  • One-touch on/off pressure activated switch
  • Safety lock
  • Efficient handle for left or right-handed use
  • 4-feet electrical cord
  • Wood butcher block for storage
  • Instruction manual
Pros
  • Ease and efficiency, as the knife lets you have good control and grip of the handle
  • Ability to cleanly cut and slice various food ingredients
  • Reliable stainless steel blades that are corrosion-resistant
  • Ease in cleaning the blades
  • Sufficient safety features that keep you from harm while preparing food
  • 4-feet cord that allows sufficient distance from the electrical outlet
  • Efficient and elegant wood block for storage
Cons
  • Since it’s an electric utensil, you should avoid using it on a wet area.
  • The wood butcher block takes a considerable space, which is not ideal if you have a small countertop.

Top 5 Electric Knife Review

1. Cuisinart CEK-50 Cordless Electric Knife

Cuisinart CEK-50 Cordless Electric Knife

Key Feature & Specification
  • Size in dimensions – 13.2 x 3 x 10.2 inches
  • Weight – 3.39 lbs
  • Color – black
  • Electric motor running on two 7.8-volt lithium batteries
  • One stainless steel serrated blade
  • One stainless steel straight edge blade
  • Efficient handle that can be used in either hand
  • Safety lock
  • Compact storage case

The Cuisinart CEK-50, is a cordless electric knife with dual functions. It features two detachable blades and has an electric motor that runs on two lithium batteries.

Its two detachable blades — the serrated and the straight-edge — have different but superior purposes. The serrated blade can easily cut through tough meats and pastries, whilst the straight-edge blade cuts softer fruits and vegetables.

Since it’s battery-powered, you can use it anywhere, especially in places without power outlets. It can run for 20 minutes on a full charge and takes only 30 minutes to recharge.

In addition, the Cuisinart CEK-50 comes with a compact storage case, which will let you keep and carry it around without any problem.

Pros
  • Two types of stainless steel blades that let you cut any piece of food
  • Blades that are easy to clean and resistant to corrosion
  • Handle that can be used in either the left or the right hand
  • Safety locks that keep you away from accidental cutting
  • Fantastic case for easy storage
  • Battery power, which makes it highly portable
Cons
  • The lifespan of its batteries could be insufficient for long periods of outdoor cooking.
  • The motor tends to overheat when cutting tough food.
  • This knife is quite heavier than other electric knives.

Why you should buy this product?

Cuisinart CEK-50’s ergonomically-designed handle is the cornerstone of its efficiency. Moreover, it also has innovative safety features to keep your hands safe while cooking.

On top of that, if you’re the outdoorsy type, this knife should be on your toolbox. Cordless electric knives are unbeatable in terms of portability, which makes the Cuisinart CEK-50 Cordless is a great addition to your outdoor cooking tools.

With this in your pocket, you’ll never settle again on bringing easy-to-cut food items to your hike.

2. Cuisinart CEK-40 Electric Knife

Cuisinart CEK-40 Electric Knife

The Cuisinart CEK-40 is a well-crafted electric knife that can cut or slice a wide range of ingredients. It can cleanly cut meat, vegetables, fruits, bread, and some other stuff without much effort, making it a fantastic choice for a knife in the kitchen.

It features a quality handle you can efficiently hold in either hand, giving you a good grip upon use. Its safety lock keeps the blade in place, lessening the risk of cutting yourself while handling it.

The Cuisinart CEK-40 also comes with two detachable stainless steel blades, which are the carving and bread blades. You can use the bread blade for slicing bread, while the carving blade for various meats, fruits, vegetables, and other food ingredients.

After using it, you just have to keep this electric knife in its wood butcher block storage, which you can place on your countertop.

Why should you buy this product?

If you need a reliable electric knife for your kitchen, then the Cuisinart CEK-40 is definitely a good choice. While it still has some drawbacks, they don’t outweigh the perks that you will enjoy from using it.

The Cuisinart CEK-40 can even help you prepare a full-course dinner without needing other knives, making it a convenient option for homes and restaurants.

3. Hamilton Beach 74250 Carve ‘n Set Electric Knife

Hamilton Beach 74250 Carve 'n Set Electric Knife

Key Feature & Specification
  • Size in dimensions – 11.8 x 3.1 x 5.8 inches
  • Weight – 1.5 lbs
  • 100-watt electric motor
  • Easy-to-grip handle for efficient left or right-handed use
  • Super sharp stainless steel blades
  • Stainless steel fork
  • Rechargeable battery (cord included for recharging)
  • Efficient compact case for storage

Another thrilling electric knife you can buy is the Hamilton Beach 74250. Never worry again about imperfect cuts of meat, bread, or cheese. With its mechanism, you can cut perfectly shaped slices of meat, bread, cheese, and other food ingredients with ease.

It sports a 100-watt electric motor that oscillates its sharp stainless steel blades, thus making it easy for you to cut various types of food. Both left and right-handed users can also get to enjoy its efficiency.

The Hamilton Beach 74250 also comes with a stainless steel fork to hold down the piece, making slicing even easier. Both the blades and the fork are easy to clean and everything can be placed in a safety case with ease.

Pros
  • Super sharp blades that can cut various food ingredients easily
  • Blades that don’t require frequent sharpening
  • Stainless steel blades and fork that are resistant to corrosion
  • Blades and fork that are easy to clean
  • Electric motor that is powerful enough for easy cutting
  • Rechargeable battery that allows for portable use
  • Compact case for easy storage
Cons
  • This knife has a large handle, so it can be uncomfortable to use if you have smaller hands.
  • Its motor easily warms up, making the handle hot to touch as well.

Why should you buy this product?

Despite its cons, the Hamilton Beach 74250 is still a great choice if you want to buy an electric knife. Its stainless steel sharp blades allow you to carve and slice with ease, and its fork makes things even easier for you.

In addition, its portability is something you can’t appreciate, especially when you are preparing food outdoors where power outlets are not accessible.

Of course, it’s tagged with an affordable price as well, which is already a great deal considering its powerful features.

4. American Angler PRO Professional Grade Electric Fillet Knife

American Angler PRO Professional Grade Electric Fillet Knife

Key Feature & Specification
  • Size in dimensions – 14 x 5.5 x 3.8 inches
  • 5 blades, including a 10-inch saltwater blade, 5.5-inch curved tip blade, 8-inch curved tip blade, 10-inch heavy-duty shark blade, and an 8-inch heavy-duty shark blade
  • 110-volt electric motor
  • Efficient ventilation and cooling fan
  • 8-feet polarized cord
  • Ventilated carrying bag

Made by fishermen for fishermen, the American Angler PRO is designed to make precise cuts and slices on large, scaly fishes you just caught. Its blades will let you cut any type of fish the bones, with its 110-volt electric motor giving you enough power for a smoother and faster process.

Also, this electric knife comes with five different blades, letting you choose the best one for a certain fish. You can start with a simple saltwater blade or opt for the heavy-duty shark blade, depending on what you need.

To top it all off, you can carry this knife in a convenient carrying bag. It’s well-ventilated, so the fishy odor won’t stick to it.

Pros
  • 5 different blades for cutting a wide range of fish meats and bones, which means you don’t need other knives
  • 110-volt electric motor that provides enough power for faster and smoother cutting
  • More powerful torque for easy maneuverability that makes filleting so much easier
  • Ergonomic handle design for a comfortable grip
  • Superior ventilation and cooling fan design that lets you prepare food for longer periods of time
  • Specially-designed carrying bag that makes it easy to carry the set around
Cons
  • The handle can get really hot when preparing fish that are tough to cut, which would not be good if you have plenty of fish to prepare.
  • The spring that pushes the power button back out is not strong enough, which means that this knife would not be a good option when cleaning very large fish, where things can get messy and sticky. Power button could also get stuck.

Why you should buy this product?

All in all, the American Angler PRO is a great electric knife to buy, especially if you’re pescatarian and cook your own fish. Its five replacement blades are extremely handy, letting you deal with a wide range of fish species. Furthermore, its power is adequate to prepare them in no time.

While it has its own set of drawbacks, it’s still one of the best electric knives that you can have today.

5. Waring Commercial WEK200 Cordless Electric Knife

Waring Commercial WEK200 Cordless Electric Knife

Key Feature & Specification
  • Size in dimensions – 13.1 x 2.9 x 10.2 inches
  • Weight – 3.75 lbs
  • Color – black
  • 2 blades: a carving blade and a bread blade
  • Powerful motor
  • Ergonomic handle for comfortable use
  • Slicing guide
  • LED light for use in dimly lit areas
  • 1 lithium battery
  • AC adapter
  • Hard storage case with handle

The Waring Commercial WEK200 is a portable electric knife that comes with two blades, the carving, and the bread blades. You can also rely on its ergonomic handle design for efficient grip and on its power switch for preventing accidental activation.

Moreover, it has a powerful electric motor running on a rechargeable lithium battery that lets you do efficient and smooth slices.

What’s unique about the Waring Commercial WEK200 is the LED light that makes it easy for you to work on dimly lit environments. And, catch this: it comes with a slicing guide to precise cuts.

A hard case is also included in the package for easy storage. It’s equipped with a nice handle so you can carry the knife set anywhere comfortably.

Pros
  • Two sharp stainless steel blades that let you cut various food and ingredients.
  • Stainless steel blades that are easy to clean and are resistant to corrosion.
  • Easy-to-hold handle that allows for comfortable use
  • Slicing guide that helps you do more precise cuts
  • Reliable switch trigger that prevents accidental activation, thus reducing the risk of harm
  • Rechargeable battery for use away from power outlets
  • LED lights for use in dimly lit areas
  • Battery that charges quickly
  • Reliable and easy-to-carry storage case
Cons
  • As it has a built-in battery, you might need to recharge it before you can even finish preparing your food.
  • It only has serrated blades, which means that it cannot be used for all types of food.

Why should you buy this product?

Got a bakery or pastry shop? Or do you just enjoy eating loaves of bread? You should invest in the Waring Commercial WEK200.

The Waring Commercial WEK200 is a fantastic electric knife to buy, especially with its great features that you can’t find in other electric knives. Besides loaves of bread and pastries, you can cut other food pieces with this knife.

Moreover, its portability is a big plus. Like other cordless electric knives, you can use it even when you’re away from any electric source.

Top 5 Best Ceramic Knives Review

Are you looking to buy a ceramic knife to add to your collection but are not quite sure which one to pick?

Ceramic knives offer many advantages over steel ones but are not suited for every task.

But don’t despair! In this detailed review, we will tell you all you need to know to choose the ceramic knife that best suits your needs. What kind of food can you use them with? Can I pair them up with any cutting board? Can I sharpen my ceramic knife?

Continue reading and let us show you 5 of the best models available today.

Best Seller: Cuisinart C55-12PCKSAM 12 Piece Color Knife Set

Are you in a hurry? With more than 900 satisfied customer reviews, you can’t go wrong with this popular Cuisinart set.

Cuisinart C55-12PCKSAM 12 Piece Color Knife Set

Key Feature & Specification

Dimensions: 2.6 x 7.1 x 13.9 inches

12 Pieces Set: 6 knives and 6 blade guards.

Includes: Chef Knife, Slicing Knife, Serrated Bread Knife, Santoku Knife, Utility Knife and Paring Knife.

Pros
  • High quality durable stainless steel blade with ceramic coating.
  • Nonstick surface, perfect for slicing.
  • Non-toxic.
  • Dishwater Safe.
  • Sharper than steel knives.
  • Suitable for cutting and slicing delicate soft food: vegetables, fruits, soft bread, boneless meats.
  • Complete set, suitable for most food prep task at a very competitive price.
Cons
  • The blade is not pure ceramic, but stainless steel with a ceramic coating. This means that the blade won’t be as sharp or hard as a zirconia ceramic blade, but at the same time, it will be less brittle.
  • Not suitable for carving, prying or cutting hard foods: meat with bones, frozen foods, hard skin fruits, etc.
  • Slightly heavier than pure ceramic knives.

Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose a Ceramic Knife

What are ceramic knives?

The blade of a ceramic knife is usually made of zirconia (zirconium dioxide). If you need more technical information about this material and the production of ceramic knives, I suggest you read the dedicated Wikipedia entry, but let’s get to business. What benefits do you get buy buying a knife with a blade of ceramic instead of a metal one?

Why should you buy a ceramic knife?

  • Lighter than metal knives.
  • The ceramic blade will stay sharper up to 10 times longer than a steel blade.
  • The blade is harder than a metal one.
  • They are impervious to rust
  • More resistant to acids and bacteria accumulation. Don’t contaminate food.
  • Food won’t stick on them so easily.

Why shouldn’t you buy a ceramic knife?

  • Even if the blade is harder, is not as tough as metal, so these knives are prone to cracks or chipping if mishandled or dropped.

Intended Use

Ceramic knives are ideal for cutting and slicing delicate foods such as:

  • Fruits.
  • Vegetables.
  • Boneless meats
  • Soft cheese and butter.
  • Soft bread (if they have a serrated blade)

They are not suitable for carving, prying or cutting and slicing hard food such as:

  • Frozen food.
  • Meat with bones.
  • Hard skin fruits.

Blade Color: Black VS White

Ceramic knife white vs black blade

Black blades will usually be harder than white ones because they endured a process called isostatic pressing, which gives the material more strength.

What about colored blades?

Ceramic knives with colored blades are not usually made of pure ceramic (powdered zirconia) but are instead made of stainless steel with a ceramic coating.

Ceramic VS Ceramic Coating

Are ceramic knives and ceramic coating knives the same? Which one should you choose?

Ceramic coating knives with stainless steel blades usually share some of the benefits of the ceramic ones, like:

  • The blade stays sharper longer.
  • Food won’t stick on it so easily.
  • More resistant to acids and bacteria accumulation.

With the added benefit that the blade won’t break so easily if the knife is mishandled or dropped and they are also usually dishwater safe (not all ceramic blades are suitable for the dishwasher).

If you are looking for greater durability and you are sure you will care for your knife set, we may suggest to try pure ceramic knives sets like the WACOOL 3 pieces sets. If you are worried that your knife may deteriorate easily but still want to get most benefits that ceramic knives offer, then you can’t go wrong with the popular Cuisinart C55-12PCKSAM 12 Piece Color Set.

Top 5 Best Ceramic Knives

5. Cuisinart C55-12PCKSAM 12 Piece Color Knife Set

Cuisinart C55-12PCKSAM 12 Piece Color Knife Set

When we talk about the best brands that offer essential kitchen utensils, it’s impossible to not find at least a Cuisinart product between them.

This model is one of the most popular in the ceramic knives category, but beware that the blades are made of stainless steel coated in ceramic, not powdered zirconia.

If you are not really sure what model to buy even after reading the information we provide in this guide and have no particular needs, then we suggest you stick to the most popular product and try this complete set, available at a very competitive price.

4. WACOOL Ceramic Knife 3 Pieces Set

WACOOL Ceramic Knife 3 Pieces Set

Would you like to try your first ceramic knife set without investing too much money? Then this popular WACOOL 3 pieces set is the second best choice for you.

It provides a very basic set with the bare minimum you need to handle yourself in the kitchen:

  • 6” Chef Knife
  • 5” Utility Knife
  • 4” Slicing Paring Knife
  • 3 Sheaths, one for each blade.

3. QUELLANCE Ceramic Knife 3 Pieces Set

QUELLANCE Ceramic Knife 3 Pieces Set

If you are willing to spend a little more without overdoing it, this set provides excellent quality at a very fair price.

Includes a standard set of 3 knives for most basic needs:

  • 6” Chef Knife
  • 4” Utility Knife
  • 3” Ceramic Paring Knife

The set also includes a ceramic vegetable and fruit peeler. Finally, the elegant package makes the QUELLANCE Ceramic Knife set an ideal choice for a gift.

2. Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Revolution Series 4.5-inch Utility Knife

Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Revolution Series 4.5-inch Utility Knife

This one-knife only option cost pretty much the same as an entire QUELLANCE 3 pieces set, but don’t let the price draws you back. Kyocera is a high-quality ceramic knife crafted with a proprietary zirconia material produced in Japan.

With this little gem, you’ll be able to handle the most basic task in the kitchen that involves soft food. You can slice vegetables, fruits, and boneless fish and meats.

Not all ceramic knives are suitable for dishwasher, but Kyocera is dishwater safe, provided you place it in the top rack, separated from other utensils.

If money is not a problem and you are looking for a high-quality ceramic knife at a great price, we suggest you try it.

1. Kyocera KTN-180-HIP Advanced Ceramic Premier Elite Series Knife

Kyocera KTN-180-HIP Advanced Ceramic Premier Elite Series Knife

If you are a professional, looking for excellent quality gear but don’t want to invest more than $400 on a, let’s say, Nesmuk knife, then the Kyocera KTN-180-HIP is a very suitable choice.

See that little HIP acronym in the name? When we talked about choosing a ceramic knife, we said that black blades are tougher than white ones. HIP is basically the name of the process that strengthens the blade. In conclusion, this blade is one of the toughest and durable you can find in a ceramic knife.

It is worth the price?

You better believe it. Some professional handcrafted chef knives can go as high as $2.500 per piece.

Top quality kitchen accessories don’t certainly come cheap, and professional chefs feel the difference right away. If it is the first time you will buy a ceramic knife and you are not entirely sure if it will be of use to you, then we suggest you stick to cheaper options.

If the investment is not an issue, however, you are looking at an extremely lightweight, superb knife that can last you well over 10 years, and that only the most high-quality steel knives can top in sharpness. Kyocera offers an affordable sharpening service, so this little gem will keep you company up to ten times longer than your average cutlery.

Remember, if you choose this model you are not only buying a knife, but a little piece of art, crafted with great care inspired by many Japanese cultural elements. If you can’t take care of it, better stick to other models.

F.A.Q

How to care and store ceramic knives?

Ceramic knives are much harder than metal ones, but the blade is not as tough or flexible. That means that the blade sharpness will last longer, provided you don’t drop it or mishandle it.

Here are some suggestions to care for your ceramic knife:

  • Wash by hand with hot water and detergent after every use. Some sets are dishwater safe (we suggest you read the manufacturer instructions), provided you use the top rack and don’t mix them with other utensils.
  • Don’t throw them in a drawer mixed with other utensils. Ceramic blades should be handled with great care as to avoid cracking them. Try to always buy a set that provides covers. If you don’t have covers, a wooden knife block is preferable over other materials.
  • Don’t use them to cut hard foods (meats with bone, frozen foods, hard bread and cheese, hard skin fruits, etc.). Ceramic blades are sharper than metal ones, but only intended for slicing, not carving or prying.
  • Use only wood or plastic cutting boards to slice food. Avoid glass or marble, as the surface may damage your knife blade. Wood is always preferable over plastic, as the latter accumulate more bacteria. You may want to check our buyer’s guide about maple cutting boards.

How to sharpen ceramic knives?

Quality ceramic blades can last up to 10 times longer than metal ones. You won’t need to sharpen them as often, but you may want to know if it’s possible to do it.

Truth is, being the material much harder, you won’t be able to sharpen ceramic blades by traditional means or with the same accessories that you would use with a metal blade.

Fortunately enough, you can buy all you need to do it yourself at a reasonable price. Just be sure that you are buying a knife sharpener suitable for ceramic knives.

How long do ceramic knives last?

A study shows that ceramic blades last up to 10 times longer than a normal steel blade. The mohs scale of mineral hardness is a very old method for roughly comparing the hardness of different materials. The following graph shows how ceramics fare against steel on the mohs scale.

Mohs scale of hardness ceramic vs steel knife

Can ceramic knives go in the dishwasher?

Not all models. Ceramic blades should be treated with great care and you should always follow the instructions of the manufacturer. Some of them are marked as dishwater safe, as long as you use the top rack and don’t mix them with other metal utensils.

In our buyer’s guide, both the Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Revolution Utility Knife and the Cuisinart C55-12PCKSAM 12 Piece are dishwater safe.

Can metal detectors detect ceramic knives?

Let me tell you right away that it is not a good idea to carry any kind of blunt weapon on your pockets or carry-on luggage. If you are wondering if someone would be able to smuggle ceramic knives on a plane undetected, the answer is, it depends.

Most knives will contain metal to some degree, if not in the blade it may be in the handle or the screws. If the knife does not contain metals parts, it will probably be detected by non-metal scanners, x-ray or human controls.

Are ceramic knives better than steel knives?

Ceramic knives cannot completely replace a reliable multi-purpose professional steel chef knife. It’s a good idea to include ceramic knives on your arsenal, as their blade is harder, sharper, and will last longer, but it’s not suitable to handle hard foods (bones, hard skins, hard bread, etc.).

Apart from that, ceramic knives certainly have many other advantages over steel ones:

  • Rust-proof.
  • Resistant to acids and bacteria.
  • The surface prevents food from sticking on the blade.
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