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KitchenIQ 50009 Manual vs Wamery 4-Stage Manual Side-by-Side Comparison

Though they scored the same in our maximum sharpness test, the KitchenIQ 50009 is smaller and less effective compared to the Wamery 4-stage sharpener.

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KitchenIQ 50009 Manual vs Wamery 4-Stage Manual

Overall Verdict

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Our test knives reached the same level of sharpness with the KitchenIQ 50009 and the Wamery 4-stage sharpeners; however, we could find little, if anything, else in common between the two devices. 

The KitchenIQ works on different types of surfaces and is more solidly built but its compact size limits it to smaller and lighter knives. Though slightly bulkier than necessary, the Wamery’s size fits an adult’s hand better, making it easier and safer to work with.

The KitchenIQ took triple the time to complete our lemon test compared to the Wamery—if you’re expecting a keen edge after a few quick swipes, the latter is the better choice. The Wamery is also more gentle to the edge and does a nicer job of polishing it.

Pros & Cons

  • Easy storage
  • Affordable price 
  • Base works on both counter edge and flat surfaces 
  • Simple, sturdy design
  • Extra sharpening slot for scissors
  • Intuitive slot order
  • Wide base
  • Awkward small size
  • Long sharpening time
  • Shabby build
  • Excessive height, high center of gravity

Key Specs

Stages
2
3
Scissor sharpener
No
Yes
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
L9.1 x W2.3 x H3.3 inches

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$10.67
$17.50

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
4.3
8.1

Sharpening Time to Cut a Lemon

1.0
9.2
Sharpening Time
3 minutes 35 seconds
1 minute 10 seconds
Cutting Feel
Swift and smooth
Light 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
Metal residue on the abrasive slots on the Wamery knife sharpener
Tiny bits of metal got captured by the sharpening slot.
Metal residue on the abrasive slots on the Wamery knife sharpener
A bowl containing metal sharpening residue next to the base of the Wamery sharpener
Sharpening Time
1 minute
1 minute
Target Sharpness

Maximum Sharpness Achieved

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

Edge Smoothness

6.5
7.3
Close up view of the knife blade and edge after sharpening with the KitchenIQ 50009
Close up view of the knife blade and edge after sharpening with the Wamery
There were few to no burrs on the edge.

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.1
6.8

In the Box

The KitchenIQ 50009 sharpener on its side next to its package
The Wamery knife and scissor sharpener lying on its side next to its package box

Dimensions

The KitchenIQ 50009 handheld sharpener with arrows and figures showing its dimensions
The Wamery handheld sharpener with arrows and figures showing its dimensions
Length
3.7" (9.4 cm)
9.1" (23.1 cm)
Width
2.0" (5.1 cm)
2.3" (5.8 cm)
Height
1.8" (4.6 cm)
3.3" (8.4 cm)
Weight
2.0 oz (57 g)
8.9 oz (252 g)

Build Quality

8.7
6.6
The KitchenIQ Edge Grip knife sharpener in an open hand
The main working part of the Wamery manual sharpener
Frontal overview of the sharpener.

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
Up-close shot of the Wamery’s working section with 4 abrasive slots
Up-close shot of the working section.
Levels of Sharpening
Coarse, Fine
Coarse, medium, fine
Abrasive
Tungsten carbide blades, ceramic rods
Tungsten carbide blades, diamond rods, ceramic rods
Mechanism
Pull through
Pull-through
Sharpening Angle
20 degrees
Not mentioned

Base

KitchenIQ 50009 Base
The Wamery knife and scissor sharpener lying on its side, its base and base pads in full view
Material
Silicone
Synthetic silicone
Feet Type
Edge gripper
Slip-proof padding x 2

Grip

6.5
7.5
The grip of the KitchenIQ edge grip sharpener
A hand holding the Wamery 4-stage manual knife sharpener
Material
Silicone
Rubber

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.2
7.7

Slot Arrangement

7.0
9.0
The working section on the KitchenIQ 50009, with one Coarse slot and one Fine slot
The working section on the Wamery, with slot 1 for sharpening scissors and slots 2, 3, 4 for kitchen knives.
Frontal view of the sharpener with its slots.

Insertion

7.0
8.0
A knife being sharpened with the KitchenIQ, the sharpener being held in one hand

Pulling Through

7.0
6.0
The working section of the Wamery with 3 slots for knives and 1 for sharpening kitchen shears

Stability on a Clean Surface

10
7.5
Two hands holding and sharpening a knife with the KitchenIQ on a countertop edge
2 hands holding and sharpening a kitchen knife with the Wamery sharpener on a countertop

Stability on a Wet and Dirty Surface

7.0
7.0
Two hands holding and sharpening a knife with the KitchenIQ on a salt-sprinkled countertop
2 hands holding and sharpening a kitchen knife with the Wamery on a salt-sprinkled countertop
Testing the sharpener on a messy kitchen surface.