Nothing beats writing or drawing with a perfectly sharpened pencil. It makes you feel like you have an edge for a test, that research paper, or bringing your drawing into focus.
Precisely why I put together this list of the best electric pencil sharpeners available for purchase. And you can use them for all types of pencils–even crayons!
Why Trust Us
During our research, we put over 30 products to the test. From these 30 electric pencil sharpeners, we whittled the list down to our favorite eight models. We didn’t take our research lightly either. In fact, we logged over 27 hours talking to customers and experts who rely on their electric pencil sharpeners to keep them on top of their professional game.
|Product Name||Image||Features||Overall Rating||Details|
|X-ACTO ProX Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener, Silver/Black||This model has it all: high performance, versatility for different types of pencils, and all the ever important safety features you’d want in an electric pencil sharpener.||9.5||Check price|
|School Smart Vertical Pencil Sharpener, 6 x 4 Inches, Electric||If you don’t need to sharpen colored pencils, this model is just as good as our number one pick.||9||Check price|
|Westcott Electric iPoint Evolution Axis Heavy Duty Pencil Sharpener, Black and Silver||We loved the selector on this model that lets you sharpen six different sizes of pencils. It’s also one of the most quiet models we reviewed, helping it rank at the number three position on our list.||9.5||Check price|
|Heavy Duty Electric Pencil Sharpener with 12-Pack TeachingMart Pencils||The design of this sharpener combined with its quiet operation makes this a top choice for classrooms.||9.5||Check price|
|X-ACTO Power3 Electric Sharpener (1700)||With a strong motor and high capacity shavings compartment, this is good option if you plan on using your pencil sharpener frequently.||8.5||Check price|
|X-ACTO High Volume Commercial Electric Pencil Sharpener, Model 41, Beige||With a built in cooling fan and high power motor, this is another great option for high volume purposes.||9.5||Check price|
|Bostitch Antimicrobial QuietSharp Glow Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener, Silver/Black (EPS11HC)||The SharpGlow illumination technology visually alerts you when your pencil is sharp enough, making it great choice for children.||8.5||Check price|
|Elmer’s 1680 CrayonPro Electric Sharpener||Like the name suggests, this sharpener will only sharpen crayons, but the fact it automatically peels back the paper for you earned it a spot on our list.||8||Check price|
Buyer’s Guide: How To Choose The Best Electric Pencil Sharpener
At this point, you might be asking yourself:
“What’s the most important thing to look for when shopping for an electric pencil sharpener?”
The answer is simple:
It needs to have safety features and be durable.
Make sure the sharpener has built-in safety features to keep curious fingers from serious harm. This is especially important when children will be using the sharpener. Some of our favorite models included anti-skid feet and auto-shut off features.
How Often Will You Use Your Electric Sharpener?
When shopping for a pencil sharpener look for something that won’t overheat with a lot of use. For example, if it’s being used in an office or classroom setting, it’s likely to see a lot of traffic. Another thing to keep in mind for high use settings is the capacity of the shavings container. A larger capacity for shavings means you won’t have to spend so much time emptying it out.
Where Is It Going To Be Used?
If you’re purchasing an electric pencil sharpener for an office or classroom setting, you’re going to want a quiet model so it doesn’t disturb anyone. Especially if it will be used often. When we were selecting the best electric pencil sharpeners on the market today, it was no surprise some of our top-ranked choices boasted a low noise profile.
However, if you just need an electric pencil sharpener for personal use and don’t have any concerns about disrupting a public environment, this may not be a weighing factor for you.
What Kind of Pencils Are You Sharpening?
Here’s another really important factor to take into consideration. The type of pencils you’ll be sharpening will play a big role in selecting the best electric pencil sharpener for your needs. For example, some of the models we reviewed are not suitable for sharpening artist’s pencils. In these cases, we’ve made note of that in the product descriptions below. Using an electric pencil sharpener to sharpen your artist’s pencils when the sharpener wasn’t designed to do so will greatly reduce the life of your expensive art pencils.
Additionally, not all models are suitable for sharpening colored pencils, and all but one are not suitable for sharpening crayons. But if it’s just regular pencils you want to sharpen, your options open up drastically.
Don’t forget the size of pencil you’ll be sharpening either. If you need to sharpen different sizes and shapes of pencils, make sure to do your due diligence during research to ensure the sharpener you select will accept the size pencils you need to sharpen. Some models we’ve reviewed allow for different shapes and sizes, so read the descriptions below thoroughly if this is of concern to you.
In-Depth Breakdowns of the Best Electric Pencil Sharpeners
The X-ACTO ProX by far outshines its competitors. It has glowing reviews for both longevity of use and performance. This machine is great for use with pencils of all sorts, including colored pencils!
I was particularly impressed with a few of its safety features.
The X-ACTO ProX has built in, anti-skid feet designed to keep the unit in place during use. Great news considering the vibration caused from sharpening can cause a lesser unit to vibrate around the table and become a safety hazard.
This machine greatly reduces the chance it will vibrate off the table top, break it or the pencil you intended to sharpen. At the very least, a unit that doesn’t stay firmly in place will often deliver a sub-par sharpening experience as it can’t effectively get the pencil sharp from all angles. Because of the anti-skid feet, that’s not a concern here– one huge bonus with the X-ACTO ProX.
This is a corded model, so you’ll have to ensure it has its own plug near the desk or shelf area. I like the corded models because you don’t have the added expense of battery replacement, but it does limit where you can place the sharpener. For instance, in a classroom environment, you may not be able to have it on your desk if cord isn’t long enough to reach an outlet.
The X-ACTO ProX is designed with longevity in mind. It has helical cutters designed to maintain sharpness. In fact, it lasts up to 33x longer than other sharpeners. It also has auto reset-shutoff to prevent problems with overheating and overuse by those particularly zealous sharpeners.
When the receptacle is taken apart for cleaning or maintenance, it has safety features in place to prevent the sharpener from activating, thus saving fingers!
Now, I do have one concern with this sharpener…
The latest reviews express some concern about the unit wearing out more quickly than before. It could be that these are just a couple of instances in many purchases over the last several months. That’s not unlikely, but still worth mentioning. Even with its glowing reviews, there have been a few over the last 6 months stating the unit isn’t holding up to its previous high standard.
- Sharpens all types of pencils
- Anti-skid feet for safety and one-handed use
- Does not require batteries
- Auto shutoff to prevent overheating
- Some owners report a shorter than expected lifespan of this sharpener
The School Smart Vertical Pencil Sharpener is a close second to the X-ACTO model. This one is slightly different because, instead of a horizontal, classic shape, this one loads the pencils in vertically for sharpening.
Like our previous model, this School Smart pencil sharpener has helical steel blades for maintaining sharpness through high volume use. It also has an auto stop feature for added safety. The blades will not continue to turn if there’s a problem, jam, or other issue that requires maintenance.
This unit will not effectively sharpen colored pencils, so it’s more limited than the previous unit.
The School Smart pencil sharpener is also a corded unit. It does need a power source to operate. Again, this saves added cost for batteries, but it limits where you can effectively place the unit for access.
Best feature of this pencil sharpener:
The extra-large shavings dispenser is great for keeping maintenance and cleaning time to a minimum.
It’s also cheaper than the first model, with just as high customer reviews, making it a more economical version if you don’t need it for colored pencils.
- Extra large shaving dispenser
- Shuts off automatically if it becomes jammed
- Does not sharpen colored pencils
The number three option on our list is a Westcott iPoint Evolution Axis. This is a mid-priced electric pencil sharpener with a feature we haven’t seen in the previous two options:
The pencils sharpener has a dial selector for up to 6 different sizes of pencil, including colored art pencils!
This is also a corded, electric pencil sharpener so no batteries expense but again you will be limited on where you can plug it in. It is designed for high-volume usage making it perfect for an office or classroom environment. It also employs the dual helical blades that deliver a precise and fine tip while maintaining sharpness for many uses. It employs Auto-Stop features that senses when the pencil is optimally sharpened and stop to prevent over-sharpening or unnecessary waste.
My favorite features offered by the Westcott iPoint Evolution Axis:
- It’s extremely quiet to operate.
- And, it comes with a 10-year limited warranty.
The Westcott electric pencil sharpener offers many features we don’t get with the other two options. I like that it comes with a warranty and can manage multiple different size and type of pencil. Having the ability to handle high-volume usage and still get a nice fine tip on your colored pencils is really all you can ask for from an electric pencil sharpener. However, this model actually offers more and that’s why it’s one of my favorites!
- Very quiet
- Comes with a 10-year limited warranty
- Sharpens up to six different sizes of pencils
Our number four option is specifically built with classrooms in mind. The TeachingMart Heavy Duty Electric Pencil Sharpener is built for quiet precision and versatility.
One of my favorite features of this model has to do with its design. It’s made with classrooms in mind for multiple reasons, but the fact it’s made with a wide footprint and low profile keeps the safety of children in mind by preventing tipping.
I also like that it’s built to be quiet, so it won’t be disruptive in either an office or a classroom environment. It also has an auto-stop feature designed for safety and maximum efficiency. Whether you’re sharpening your testing pencil or art pencils, you’re sure to get a perfectly sharp pencil using this model.
The TeachingMart electric pencil sharpener is powered via a cord. NO batteries to operate. Customers frequently comment this unit is built to last and will not overheat with high-volume usage.
- Wide footprint prevents tipping
- Comes with pencils!
- Auto stop feature
- Doesn’t overheat
Our next option is the X-ACTO Power3 electric pencil sharpener. This pencil sharpener has many appealing features. But I do have some drawbacks and concerns.
The extra-large shaving receptacle minimizes time spent emptying the shavings and prevents jams. That’s definitely a perk. I also really like that it works on art pencils, colored pencils, and regular pencils.
I’m particularly excited about the fact it’s powerful, well-made, and quiet enough not to be disturbing to everyone around you. Especially since I prefer a perfectly sharpened pencil–it can take me a while to be satisfied!
This is one of the most expensive models we’ve reviewed so far.
But, the biggest complaint with this X-ACTO unit?
It doesn’t automatically stop and tends to be wasteful when sharpening pencils. If you’ve ever invested in expensive art pencils, you can see how this would be a problem. It makes me wonder if that extra-large shavings receptacle will be a bonus after all. If the sharpener isn’t efficient, the number of shavings produced will be more than a unit with auto-stop features.
- Heavy duty build
- Powerful, but quiet motor
- Sharpens regular, colored, and art pencils
- No auto-stop feature
This X-ACTO high volume commercial-grade electric pencil sharpener is the most expensive sharpener on our list. It comes with several features specifically built for high-volume and high-demand environments.
This is the first electric pencil sharpener we’ve reviewed that has a fan built inside to prevent overheating. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems you’d really have to be working this machine hard to need a fan! However, this may be helpful in a large office environment or a testing facility.
This unit is powered via cord and power source. Again, no expensive batteries to consider. That’s particularly important when you’re considering such a high-volume and powerful unit. It’s also able to sharpen regular and colored pencils with ease. It has a size adjuster on the front to accommodate different size pencils depending on your needs.
This X-ACTO pencil sharpener uses dual helical blades to maintain sharpness and longevity of use. Especially important for offices that demand a high-volume of pencil sharpening. It also has what they call PencilSaver technology. This is essentially a sensor inside the sharpener that eliminates over-sharpening or pencil waste.
The most unique feature of this particular unit is the built-in cooling fan to prevent damage via overheating during high-volume use.
All in all, this is a great commercial grade pencil sharpener. The additional cost up front is definitely going to be worth it if you have a high-demand atmosphere!
- Built-in fan
- PencilSaver technology to prevent waste
#7 Bostitch Antimicrobial QuietSharp Glow Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener, Silver/Black (EPS11HC)
Ranking in at number seven is the first Bostitch product we recommend. This is a classical style pencil sharpener with several features that make it a cut above.
The price tag with this pencil sharpener is on the higher side of the units we’ve considered thus far. This is largely due to the little bonus features it has to offer that we don’t see with other sharpeners.
This pencil sharpener features SharpGlow illumination technology. This is a visual indicator that sharpening is complete and helps reduce waste. I can see this being particularly helpful in a classroom because a visual indicator can be great to teach kids when “enough is enough” during pencil sharpening.
It also has auto-stop features to prevent problems with jamming or pencil waste.
For cleaning purposes, this Bostitch unit has an easy, tool-free cutter cartridge making it easy to do maintenance safely and efficiently. It’s colored pencil compatible as well, making it highly versatile for the classroom or for artists.
The most unique feature of this unit:
This unit boasts a feature that none of the others on this list have advertised.
It has antimicrobial properties to prevent a buildup of mold or bacteria inside the machine. It is supposed to promote a cleaner classroom or office environment. I wish it had expounded more on how they make it antimicrobial since there was limited information on this process and how long it lasts with long-term usage.
Overall, this Bostitch unit is great for high-volume environments, specifically classrooms and offices. It’s powerful for use over a long-lifetime and quiet enough to not disturb a quiet office or classroom environments.
- Antimicrobial properties
- Visual indicator to show when pencil is sharp
- Pricier than other models
Our last pencil sharpener on the list is not a pencil sharpener at all. This is the most unique and child-friendly of all the electric sharpeners we’ve reviewed here. The Elmer’s 1680 CrayonPro is an electric sharpener FOR YOUR CRAYONS!
As a kid, I remember being excited when Crayola introduced a built-in sharpener to the back of the box. However, it didn’t take long until that sharpener was dull or jammed with bits of crayon from previous attempts to sharpen. I would have loved to see something like the Elmer’s CrayonPro in my classroom (or even at home). It has auto-stop technology to prevent waste or over-sharpening.
This sharpener has the ability to automatically peel back the paper on your crayon–saving time for all sorts of coloring and art activities!
All in all, this electric crayon sharpener may not be ideal for the office, but it can certainly help in the classroom!
- Peels back paper on crayons automatically
- Auto-stop technology prevents waste
- Only works with crayons
How does an electric pencil sharpener work?
Can I sharpen crayons in my electric pencil sharpener?
How long will the sharpening device inside my new pencil sharpener stay sharp?
Is a vertical feed or horizontal feed pencil sharpener better?
When shopping for an electric pencil sharpener you really can’t go wrong with any one of the eight found here. Our list of best electric pencil sharpeners is a comprehensive list of all the best features you can get for the office and for the classroom.
I really liked the X-ACTO pencil sharpening options. Both the ProX (our number 1 option) and the commercial grade option (our number 6 option). They’re durable and high-quality. X-ACTO designs their products with high-volume and long life in mind.
Really though, you can’t go wrong with any of these choices!
Which one did you end purchasing? Tell us what led you to your decision in the comments below!