Pencil sharpeners may not be an exciting new product, but their usefulness for people who use pencils daily is just as relevant now as ever. New technological advancements may be infiltrating every aspect of our lives, but there are many scenarios that still call for good old-fashioned pencils. Having an electric pencil sharpener to keep your pencils literally on point is an affordable and easy way to keep writing, drawing and creating.
Electric pencil sharpeners are popular in classrooms for younger students and in subjects that require the use of a pencil, like science and math courses. For offices that work in construction, architecture and engineering, pencils are still commonplace for making quick hand-drawn plans and sketches. At home, pencils are ideal for hobbyists who like to draw, sketch, and do sudoku and crossword puzzles. Pencils are also great for use around the home, whether a user is marking a spot on the wall where they want to hang a picture or adding lines to a piece of wood they need to cut for a project.
When looking for a new electric pencil sharpener, users should keep in mind how often they will need to use the sharpener. Some sharpeners have replaceable blades for frequent use and larger shavings trays that don’t need to be emptied as often. Other sharpeners focus more on size and noise level. There are also electric pencil sharpener’s that come with a variety of settings in order to accommodate pencils of various sizes.
Whatever your sharpening needs, there is an electric pencil sharpener for you. Check out some of our top picks below.
1. JARLINK Electric Pencil Sharpener
If you need a sharpener that can withstand heavy use, we recommend the JARLINK Electric Pencil Sharpener. The heavy-duty sharpener has a powerful motor and a durable helical blade that can fully sharpen a pencil in under 10 seconds. The sharpener can be powered by using the AC wall outlet cord and USB power cord included or users can add four AA batteries for a wireless option. The opening on top of the Jarlink is big enough for standard #2 pencils, but at 8 mm wide it is too small for young children to stick their fingers into. The smart sharpener will automatically stop once the pencil has reached an optimal level of sharpness.
Pros: Multiple power options, fast motor, and the opening is too narrow for children to stick their fingers in.
Cons: The Jarlink may only last one year following heavy use.
2. Bostitch Personal Electric Pencil Sharpener
The Bostitch Personal Electric Pencil Sharpener is a compact pencil sharpener that won’t take up precious desk space while still providing a large shavings tray that users won’t have to frequently empty. The Bostitch also finely chops shavings in order to fit more shavings in the tray. Made with long-lasting HHC cutter technology, the Bostitch has an impressive motor and blade, which is designed to last four times longer than blades used by competitors. A safety switch automatically turns the sharpener off when the tray is emptied.
Pros: Large tray that does not have to be emptied frequently, long-lasting blade and auto safety shutoff.
Cons: The Bostitch is designed for light use.
3. X-ACTO School Pro Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener
Handle any size of pencil with the X-ACTO School Pro Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener. The adjustable sharpener makes it easy for users to select from the six size options for the opening that best fits their pencil. An integrated receptacle can hold a large amount of shavings, helping users to go longer between trips to the garbage to empty the tray. The heavy duty design of the X-ACTO, including non-skid feet, a tough outer case and a flyaway steel helical cutter system that automatically stops working when pencils are sharpened make this a great option for classroom settings. We also like that the X-ACTO has an auto-reset function that turns the sharpener off when in danger of overheating.
Pros: Heavy-duty design, multiple sizes of openings, large receptacle.
Cons: The X-ACTO sometimes leaves pencils unevenly sharpened.
4. AFMAT Electric Pencil Sharpener
For a pencil sharpener that works fast and will last even with heavy use, we recommend the AFMAT Electric Pencil Sharpener. The AFMAT can fully sharpen a pencil in only five seconds. The heavy-duty helical blade is designed to sharpen over 6,000 pencils before it needs to be replaced. Users can sharpen up to 200 pencils in a row measuring between 6 – 8 mm before the sharpener will overheat. The sharpener is UL listed and safe for use in classrooms. The industrial electric pencil sharpener will have an audible change in the motor once the pencil is sufficiently sharp, indicating to users to remove the pencil. The AFMAT includes non-slid feet and a large shavings tray. We also like that it comes with a wall plug, which means users don’t have to worry about changing batteries.
Pros: Long-lasting design, non-slip feet and fast motor.
Cons: The AFMAT won’t automatically stop sharpening once the pencil is sharpened and therefore may not be a good fit for classrooms with young children.