I think we can all agree that having a solid electric fillet knife makes cleaning fish SO MUCH easier.
And if you like eating fish as much as we do, you know that the difference between a serviceable knife and a great knife is huge! Having the best electric fillet knife in your fishing gear arsenal not only saves you time in the cleaning process, but it also improves the size and quality of the fillets hitting the frying pan after a successful day on the water.
Decrease cleaning time and increase fillet size.
And I am very confident that after a few minutes of reading this review, you will be able to determine which knife is right for you.
Below we will review our top choices when shopping for what we consider some of the best electric knives available!
What Make’s a Great Fillet Knife?
Mister Twister Electric Fillet Knives
If you are looking for a good, quality electric knife at an affordable price, this knife might be for you! The electric fish fillet knife by Mister Twister offers you a quality knife with adequate power, blade release, safety trigger, and dishwasher safe dual reciprocating blades. I like how steady and easy to control the knife is, with a large grip and limited vibration. And at that price, it really makes it hard to not be impressed with this knife. In my opinion, this is the best electric fish fillet knife on the market when you consider the price and what you get.
Pros: Good price, very affordable at under $40. For a knife, it appears to have decent power without the added vibration of some of the very fast knives on the market. Does a really nice job on your average sized fish. I like the flexibility of the blades, making it easy to separate skin from fillet. Does not get hot or overheat. I have personally cleaned over 50 fish with this in one sitting without it overheating or shutting off.
Cons: The big knock on this knife is the electrical power cord. It is very short and an extension cord is almost always necessary to avoid pulling the plug out of the outlet. It also does not come with any sort of carrying case. While the knife has adequate power, it does lack on its ability to cut through larger bones.
What’s The Best Cordless Electric Fillet Knife?
Rapala Heavy Duty Electric Fillet Knife
If the Mister Twister is our #1, The Rapala knife is #1A. Rapala has made a name for themselves in the fishing industry and their electric fillet knife holds true to their standard of quality products. Packed with dual 7 1/2″ dishwasher safe reciprocating blades, a large grip handle, and a heavy-duty motor; this is a fast and powerful electric fillet knife. One of the most overlooked features of this knife is the 8′ power cord, giving anglers plenty of reach when cleaning fish. This is really a toss-up with the Mister Twister in my opinion and could easily be rated as the best electric fillet knife of 2018.
Pros: It is really a fast knife. Blades are sharp and easily cleaned by hand or in the dishwasher. It can be used for carving foods other than fish. I like the fast, heavy-duty motor in this knife. Impressive life span on the knife itself, blades are easily replaceable and affordable.
Cons: It does not come with any sort of carrying case. The tip cover is small and does not have anywhere on the knife to store, making it easy to lose track of. Gets hot when cleaning a larger number of fish without a break. Vibration can be a concern with the high powered motor and fast blades.
American Angler Pro Fillet Knives
American Angler made a name for their electric fillet knives with their American Angler Classic model, but their newer version, the American Angler Pro seems to possess many of the same great qualities with a few additional features. With claims of 4x the lifespan and 2x more torque than comparable “heavy duty” electric fillet knives on the market, its easy to see why this knife is a popular choice among fisherman. I like that American Angler also provides a limited 2-year warranty on this product, standing behind their claim of advanced durability.
Pros: It’s not necessarily an overly fast knife, but its a powerful knife. Bones and ribs are easily defeated with this knife. It is compatible with all American Angler blades, giving you a variety of size and plenty of replacement options. I like the safety feature on the trigger. Above average life span, backed by a 2-year limited warranty.
Cons: Gets warm with extended use, however, does not slow down. The trigger can stick with extended use. It is one of the pricier electric fillet knives on the market.
Berkley Electric 120v Fillet Knife
Berkley is another well-known name in the fishing industry, and like the others, they also offer an electric fillet knife option. This knife offers the qualities necessary for a good knife while keeping the price manageable. Featuring 8″ stainless steel blades, trigger lock, carrying case, side blade release, and a 120V motor, this knife cuts well. It runs fast and is very easy to control.
Pros: Good price, easy on the wallet. Its got above average control, making it easy to clean even small fish. I like that it comes with a quality carrying case, something many of the top knives are missing.
Cons: Seems to get a bit warm when used for longer periods of time. The short power cord is a problem requiring an extension cord for added reach. Not as durable as the more expensive options, but a quality knife at a quality price.
Rapala Fillet Knife with Fork
NOT to be confused with the previously reviewed Rapala Knife, as they are very different products. This is a much more basic model when compared to the higher end Rapala knife and is often confused at the time of purchase. This is your standard 110V Electric fillet knife with 7 1/2″ reciprocating stainless steel blades. It is meant for the casual user for small to average sized fish, which does a nice job cleaning. This is not necessarily what I would consider the best option, but if you are not going to be using this thing for 300+ fish per year, it is a solid choice.
Pros: At that price, it is a very affordable option for the casual user. It has a 7′ power cord allowing for extended reach. Handles small to average sized fish well.
Cons: Gets hot and increases risk of motor burn out with use on larger numbers and size of fish. Has trouble providing enough power to easily handle the larger fish.
Rapala Lithium Ion Cordless Fillet Knife
One of the more frequent “issues” I have come across with many of the electric fillet knives on the market is the short cord allowing limited reach when cleaning your catch. That is why this knife intrigues me so much. I like the idea of getting rid of the power cord altogether if it is possible to keep the power, or at least most of it. This product claims an 80 minute continuous run time on one single charge, without losing any of the power as the battery life falls. A full charge takes right around 2 hours so it is a fast recharging unit. Comes with a 110V AC charger and features 7″ reciprocating blades, backed by a 1-year limited warranty.
Pros: No power cord! No longer do you need to worry about pulling the plug out of the wall while you are cleaning fish, giving you unlimited reach. It is a fast charging unit and on a full charge does well with power and precision.
Cons: As expected, for cleaning large amounts of fish over a long period of time, you will run into battery issues and need a recharge, possibly before you are done cleaning. Removing the blades for cleaning can also be an issue at times. The price is also on the upper end, but again you are paying for the convenience of cordless.
So there you have it! A review of the best electric fillet knives. As always, we would love to hear any feedback from you. If you would like to see a specific product reviewed or see us add to our current review, send us an email! Also, be sure to check out our Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube Channel for the latest from RYG! Good luck on your fishing journey, be sure to take lots of pictures and let us know how you are doing!