Best Electric Pencil Sharpener

Last Updated: Feb 11, 2021 @ 1:03 pm. Best Electric Pencil Sharpener. What’s the best electric pencil sharpener? To find out, we asked the readers of our parenting books (2.1 million copies in print!) for their favorites. Then we asked experts (that is, teachers) for their picks. After narrowing down the field to a dozen brands, we compared each on quality, durability and price. Here are the winners!

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Best Sharpener For Home

Bostitch Personal Electric Pencil Sharpener, Blue (EPS4-BLUE)

Safety switch, compact size. We loved this model for its performance and quality . . . at a price that is easy on the wallet. Easy to clean and lightweight. Caveat: only works with standard-size pencils.

Best Sharpener For Home: Bostitch Personal Electric Pencil Sharpener

What’s the best electric pencil sharpener?

That depends on what your pencil needs are—is this for occasional use at home for schooling or office work?

Or do you need a sharpener for many different pencil sizes (drafting, artwork) . . . and need a heavy duty sharpener for more intense use?

What about a portable charger for use on the go?

As we looked at the top electric pencil sharpeners recommended by our readers, one stood out as the best sharpener for home use: Bostitch’s model EPS4-BLUE. It combined the best performance with a price that is easy on the wallet. Here’s why:

What We Liked

• Easy to clean.

• Works well—this sharpener gets the job done.

• Affordable.

• Compact size.

• Lightweight. 

• Safety switch to prevent use when tray is removed.

What Needs Work

• Loud.

• The cord could be longer.

• Only works with standard size pencils—not the larger size pencils used in preschool/kindergarten. Or smaller pencils used for artwork. If you need a sharpener for different size pencils, we’d recommend the next pick.

Best Classroom Sharpener

 X-ACTO School Pro Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener, Blue, 1 Count


Quickly sharpens many pencils. Flexibility is the key feature here: you can sharpen 6 different size pencils, including larger ones used by younger kiddos. Nice design touches like suction cup that keeps it from moving around.

Best Classroom Sharpener: X-ACTO School Pro Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener

If you need a heavier-duty pencil sharpener (that is, more than occasional use at home), we’d recommend X-ACTO’s School Pro Classroom sharpener. When we talked to teachers, this is the model that came up time and time again as the go-to sharpener.

Also helpful: this electric sharpener fits various size pencils, including the larger size ones used in preschool or kindergarten.  Here’s more:

What We Liked

• Great if you need to sharpen specialized pencils (artwork, drafting, etc).

• Heavy duty design = more pencils can be quickly sharpened.

• Automatically stops when pencil is sharp. 

• 6 different pencil sizes.

• Fast!

• Quieter than the Bostitch model recommended earlier.

• Stays in place thanks to suction cup under the unit.

What Needs Work

• Uneven sharpening. Sometimes the cutter gets misaligned, causing uneven sharpening.

• Pricey!

• Can get jammed. The maker has troubleshooting tips on how to deal with this, fortunately.

Best Portable Sharpener

CNASA Pencil Sharpener, Electric Pencil Sharpener with Auto Safe Feature,Portable Electric Sharpener for Home/School/Classroom/Office,USB or 2AA Batteries Operated (Pink)

Works on batteries, USB or A/C power. This sharpener is great for travel—and can be powered by a laptop. We liked the compact size and ease of use. Caveat: not as fast or powerful as desktop models—but gets the job done!

Best Portable Sharpener: CNASA Pencil Sharpener

Going on a road trip? Need a portable electric pencil sharpener that can work on batteries, A/C power or USB power? We’d recommend CNASA’s simple travel sharpener. Here’s why:

What We Liked

• Easy to use.

• Compact size is easy to transport.

• Affordable.

• Auto stop when the compartment is opened—that’s a nice safety feature.

• Flexible: you can run it on AA batteries, USB power or plug it in the wall.

What Needs Work

• Not as powerful or fast as desktop models. That’s true for many portable electric pencil sharpeners, however. This isn’t the right model if you need to sharpen 20 pencils in a hurry!

• Could be more durable.

Best For Pointy Pencils

JARLINK Electric Pencil Sharpener, Heavy-duty Helical Blade to Fast Sharpen, Auto Stop for No.2/Colored Pencils(6-8mm), USB/Battery Operated in School Classroom/Office/Home (Black)

Also can work on USB power. We loved the consistency of this sharpener: long, sharp pencil points. Sized for #2 pencils, this model is fast and easy to use.

Best For Pointy Pencils: JARLINK Electric Pencil Sharpener

If having a sharp pencil point is important, we’d suggest this model: JARLINK’s model 43180-128965. Unlike other models that can be inconsistent or only produce semi-sharp pencils, this one stands out for its consistency . . . and pointy results.

Here’s more:

What We Liked

• Portable. This model works on AA batteries (not included), USB power or A/C adapter.

• Fast!

• Produces long, sharp pencil point.

• Compact size.

• Auto stop when pencil is sharp.

• Large shavings reservoir.

What Needs Work

• Not the best choice if you need to do many pencils. We’d recommend this sharpener for home or office (that is, the occasional use)—it isn’t designed for the demands of classrooms, in our opinion.

• Could be more durable.

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