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KitchenIQ 50009 Manual vs Kitchellence 3-Stage Manual Side-by-Side Comparison

We compared the KitchenIQ 50009 with the Kitchellence Sharpener after putting them both through a series of tests. Here’s what we found.

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KitchenIQ 50009

Kitchellence 3-Stage

KitchenIQ 50009 Manual vs Kitchellence 3-Stage Manual

Overall Verdict

It may cost a few dollars more, but we’d pick the Kitchellence over the KitchenIQ every time.

The KitchenIQ is made with durable materials giving it a strong build. Its ability to stay on an edge also garners extra points. However, its performance was far behind the Kitchellence’s and below average in all aspects. Its small size, while appealing as an on-the-go sharpener, also makes it a little awkward and potentially dangerous to use.

The Kitchellence, on the other hand, scores well on size, design, and build quality. It takes its time to do the business, but in the end, offers decent sharpness and a smooth edge. The device also removes much less material from the knife edge compared to the KitchenIQ.

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance50% Design15% Ease of Use35% ScoreOverall 50%Performance 15%Design 35%Ease of UseKitchellence 3-StageKitchenIQ 500098.06.99.29.16.24.38.18.2
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Pros & Cons

  • Easy storage
  • Affordable price 
  • Base works on both counter edge and flat surfaces 
  • Simple, sturdy design
  • Easy to use, intuitive design
  • Soft, comfortable finish
  • Extra weight near the base for stability
  • Affordable price
  • Included glove for added safety
  • Awkward small size
  • Long sharpening time
  • Tapered base 
  • Awkward base pad

Key Specs

Stages
2
3
Scissor sharpener
No
No
Abrasives
Tungsten carbide, ceramic
diamond, tungsten carbide, ceramic
Grit size
Coarse, Fine
Coarse, Medium, Fine
Dimensions
L3.7 x W2.1 x H1.8 inches
L8.1 x W1.8 x H3.0 inches

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$10.67
$22.80

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
4.3
6.9

Sharpening Time to Cut a Lemon

1.0
4.8
Sharpening Time
3 minutes 35 seconds
2m 05s
Cutting Feel
Swift and smooth
Swift and smooth

Material Retention

6.0
9.0
Top view of a bowl containing metal sharpening residue next to the KitchenIQ sharpener
Top view of a bowl containing metal sharpening residue next to the KitchenIQ sharpener
Metal residue on the abrasive slots on the KitchenIQ knife sharpener
Medal residue on two abrasive slots on the Kitchellence knife sharpener
Medal residue on two abrasive slots on the Kitchellence knife sharpener
A bowl containing metal sharpening residue next to the base of the Kitchellence sharpener
Sharpening Time
1 minute
1 minute

Maximum Sharpness Achieved

6.0
7.0
Sharpening Time
6 minutes
6 minutes
Sharpness Level
7 (ripe tomatoes, 1 swipe)
8

Edge Smoothness

6.5
7.7
Close up view of the knife blade and edge after sharpening with the KitchenIQ 50009
Close up view in vignette of the knife blade and edge after sharpening with the Kitchellence 3-stage knife sharpener

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.1
9.2

In the Box

The KitchenIQ 50009 sharpener on its side next to its package
The Kitchellence knife sharpener, its package box, instruction manual, and included safety glove

Dimensions

The KitchenIQ 50009 handheld sharpener with arrows and figures showing its dimensions
The Kitchellence knife sharpener and arrows and figures showing its dimensions
Length
3.7" (9.4 cm)
8.1" (20.6 cm)
Width
2.0" (5.1 cm)
1.8" (4.6 cm)
Height
1.8" (4.6 cm)
3.0" (7.6 cm)
Weight
2.0 oz (57 g)
6.4 oz (181 g)

Build Quality

8.7
9.3
The KitchenIQ Edge Grip knife sharpener in an open hand
The base and separated working section of the Kitchellence, and a glove, all on a cutting board

Working Section

The Kitchen IQ’s working section, with a Coarse slot and a Fine slot
The Kitchen IQ’s working section, with a Coarse slot and a Fine slot
The KitchenIQ’s working section from above
The working section of the Kitchellence with 3 abrasive slots on a frame and part of its handle and base
Levels of Sharpening
Coarse, Fine
Coarse, Medium, Fine
Abrasive
Tungsten carbide blades, ceramic rods
Diamond rods, tungsten carbide blades, ceramic rods
Mechanism
Pull through
Pull-through
Sharpening Angle
20 degrees
20 degrees

Base

KitchenIQ 50009 Base
The Kitchellence 3-stage sharpener lying upside down, its base and base pads in full view
Material
Silicone
ABS plastic
Feet Type
Edge gripper
non-slip rubber base

Grip

6.5
9.0
The grip of the KitchenIQ edge grip sharpener
The grip of the Kitchellence sharpener and part of its base and abrasives.
Material
Silicone
ABS plastic

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.2
9.1

Slot Arrangement

7.0
10
The working section on the KitchenIQ 50009, with one Coarse slot and one Fine slot
The working section on the Kitchellence, with 3 slots featuring diamond rods, tungsten carbide blades, ceramic rods

Insertion

7.0
9.0
A knife being sharpened with the KitchenIQ, the sharpener being held in one hand
Top view of two hands sharpening a knife with the Kitchellence on cutting board, lemon and tomato slices in background

Pulling Through

7.0
9.5

Stability on a Clean Surface

10
9.0
Two hands holding and sharpening a knife with the KitchenIQ on a countertop edge
a person wearing a glove in one hand sharpening a kitchen knife with the Kitchellence on a countertopa person wearing a glove in one hand sharpening a kitchen knife with the Kitchellence on a countertop

Stability on a Wet and Dirty Surface

7.0
7.5
Two hands holding and sharpening a knife with the KitchenIQ on a salt-sprinkled countertop
a person wearing a glove in one hand sharpening a kitchen knife with the Kitchellence on a salt-sprinkled countertop

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