Unlike other bars we tested that comprised only two thin magnetic strips, this bar boasts a strong magnet all the way through. Heavy knives and tools hang securely without tipping. The stainless steel resists rust caused by damp knives. Easy to clean and attractive.
As the back is not magnetic, the bar can't be affixed to a fridge without adhesives. About double the price of other models, but owners feel the quality justifies the cost.
Attaches without hardware or drilling. Uses 3M double-sided adhesive tape fully covering backplate. Sleek, simple steel finish suits most kitchens. At 16 inches provides enough space for 8 knives. Strong magnet can also support small tools.
Avoid getting fingers between knife and magnet. Needs 24 hours for adhesive to cure before use.
Its longer length means more storage for knives and other metal gadgets. Frees drawer space and eliminates the need for a bulky knife block. Nice quality.
Mounting hardware is included, but installation instructions are not, posing a challenge for some owners.
Can be affixed to a fridge or mounted to a wall, backsplash, or cabinet using the included hardware or removable adhesives. The magnet is so strong RV owners report it holds knives in place even while driving. Modern, space-saving design.
Be careful during installation –some owners report the forceful magnet pinched their fingers while removing the backing. Rusting may occur if knives are placed on the bar while damp.
With a magnetized back, it can be affixed to a fridge or mounted to a wall, backsplash, or cabinet door. Clear installation instructions are included. Heavy-duty.
The magnetic surface measures only 15 3/4 inches. While lighter knives and gadgets are easily supported, heavier knives may slip.
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When choosing how to store and organize your knives, you have three different solutions to choose from. You can use a knife drawer, but then you’ll be rummaging around in a drawer while trying not to cut yourself as you search for a specific knife. You can use a wooden block, but it takes up counter space and can foster bacteria growth if not cleaned regularly. Your third option is a magnetic knife strip.
A magnetic knife strip is one of the safest and least expensive options for storing your knife collection. It uses no counter space, and it’s an effective way to keep your knives both handy and in top condition. From size and magnet strength to build and appearance, there are plenty of factors to consider when selecting the perfect magnetic knife strip for your kitchen.
This buying guide takes you through all your options and the features you’ll find when buying a magnetic knife strip.
Your two primary considerations when purchasing a magnetic knife strip are size and magnet strength.
Size is pretty straightforward: the longer the magnetic knife strip, the more knives you can store on it. Strips are available in a wide range of sizes, starting at around 8 inches and increasing by 2-inch increments to around 36 inches. A longer magnetic knife strip is better if you have a sizable collection of knives that you want to display and keep handy. If you have limited kitchen space or just a few knives to store, a smaller strip may be better.
The magnetic knife strip’s strength is also an important factor. The stronger the magnet, the larger the knives you can store on it. If you plan to use your strip for a few lightweight knives, this will be less important to you. On the other hand, it is quite important if you have cleavers and other heavy knives that you need to keep secure.
All manufacturers claim that their magnetic knife strips are strong, but it’s worth checking. Look at the review comments to find out what other buyers think about a particular product. This can also help you to weed out those that are so strong that you’d have a hard time removing a knife from it without scratching the blade.
The ease of installation depends on the magnetic knife strip you purchase. Whichever type you buy, be sure that it ships with all the necessary hardware and the directions to install it.
Magnetic: The simplest to mount are those that come with a magnetic backing. In this case, you simply attach it to your refrigerator or other steel or iron surface and you’re good to go. This is the best type of strip to buy if you’re planning on installing it on a metal surface.
Screws: Some magnetic knife strips mount to a wall, cabinet, or another surface. The simplest of these have two screws and predrilled holes on the strip. Some require you to first attach the screws or other fasteners to the wall, making sure they’re level and the right distance apart. You then mount the strip onto the screws.
Adhesive: Some magnetic knife strips come with an adhesive backing that can be attached to a refrigerator, wall, or another surface.
While a magnetic knife strip attracts knives much more readily than grime, dust, and dirt, you still want to clean it occasionally. If a simple wipe with a dry towel doesn’t do the job, try a cloth with a bit of warm, soapy water. Be sure to dry the magnetic knife strip thoroughly before loading it back up with knives. Note that a strip made of stainless steel is easier to clean than one made of wood.
One advantage a magnetic knife strip has over a knife drawer is sharper knives. Knives left to bang together in a drawer tend to lose their edge quickly compared to knives stored on a strip.
The primary material of a magnetic knife strip and its overall appearance are intrinsically linked. Most strips are made of either metal or wood.
Metal: Magnetic knife strips made of stainless steel or aluminum are fairly common. These are easy to clean and generally less expensive than wooden strips. However, note that a metal strip can scratch your knives if you’re not careful.
Wood: Magnetic knife strips made of wood are usually more expensive than those made of metal, but they’re kinder to knife blades. You can find magnetic knife strips made of cherry, walnut, and acacia.
For some cooks, a magnetic knife strip is more utilitarian than decorative. Others might want the strip to match their kitchen décor, and so may be more concerned with the material. Stainless steel or aluminum works well in modern or industrial kitchens, while wood fits better in kitchens with a more traditional or country feel.
Long magnets are what hold knives to a knife strip. Some knife strips are essentially one solid magnet, while others use a pair of parallel magnetized strips. While some magnetized strips are flush with the face of the unit, others, called dual-barrel strips, stand out from it like a towel rack. Magnetic strips that are wider apart provide more support, particularly for larger knives.
While you can find magnetic knife strips that cost less than $10, the average is $18 to $20.
Inexpensive: At the lowest price points, from less than $10 to $20, you can find simple strips, usually short and often made of aluminum. Also, the magnets tend to be weaker, making these best for those cooks who have just a few knives.
Mid-range: These models have stronger magnets and longer strips capable of holding more or heavier knives. Stainless steel strips are common in the $20 to $50 range, as are some less expensive wood strips.
Expensive: Spend $60 to $70 or more and you can find higher-quality wood knife strips and stainless steel strips sporting more fashionable designs. Extras such as hooks are also more common in this price range.
A wooden magnetic knife strip tends to scratch knives less than a strip with a steel surface.
A. While steel should work fine with a magnetic knife strip, other types of metal knives may not. Ceramic knives, another popular type, also won’t work with a magnetic strip. Before buying a magnetic knife strip, test whether your existing knives will work with it by simply placing a refrigerator magnet on the knife. If it sticks, the knife will stick to a strip.
A. While the magnetism itself won’t harm a knife, knives can become scratched or chipped if you aren’t careful. When removing a knife from the strip, always twist it so that the sharp edge of the knife is not in direct contact with the strip. Also, leave room between the knives on the strip so that they don’t come into contact with each other.
A. This largely depends on the size of the strip and the size of your knives. You can estimate the number of knives a strip will hold by measuring the width of your knives. Be sure to also factor in some space between each knife so you don’t overcrowd them.