Late edit: I eventually gave up with all this faffing & bought a good electric system - https://cooking.stackexchange.com/a/108740/42066
For people who can't be bothered to sharpen their knives, getting anything that requires practise & skill seems rather pointless.
Flat stones, honing steels and strops all require skill, otherwise the knife gets duller rather than sharper.
For the unenthusiastic amateur, I'd go for some kind of pull-through system like this Füri
They used to make a 3-grade version of this which I own but can no longer find, with both coarser & finer grades.
I found a store with several of these - including some by Wüsthof - Manual & pull through knife sharpeners
To get a good initial clean edge you want a guided stoning system, not freehand. Freehand is not good if you aren't practised. Aligned systems are much harder to get wrong.
This is a fairly random Google search which turned up a store selling most of the majors - Sharpening Supplies: Guided knife sharpening systems
Basically, they all have a method to hold the knife at a set angle & one or more different grits you can drag across it without ruining everything ;)