July 22, 2015

5 Mandoline Slicer Reviews

The reviews in this article present five of the best mandolin slicers for the home chef. All of them are equipped with killer edges, safety food holders, and more than one blade insert, but there are of course still differences between them. Some will be cheaper, in which case they will be ideal if you have a tight budget. Some will have adjustment presets, which is nice if you prefer not to estimate slicing widths yourself. Some may have folding feet that others don’t, which may be important to you.

What’s critical is that you get the slicer that best suits your style and budget. Identify the things you consider most important, whether it’s price or something else, and see which of the slicers below fit the bill.

Super Slicer 5-in-1 Mandoline Slicer

Super Slicer 5-in-1 Mandoline Slicer

This multifunctional slicer is capable of serving as a mandoline, waffle cutter, juicer, coarse grater, spiral slicer and fine grater. The blades are made of surgical stainless steel and a food holder is included in the bundle to keep your hands safe. It also has a side-knob for adjusting the slicing blade.

Pros:

  • Very cheap
  • Multifunctional
  • Manually adjustable slicing widths

Cons:

  • Does not come with instructions for dicing
  • Grooves on deck make it a little troublesome to clean

Conclusion:

This mandoline’s biggest draw is that it costs less than $15 yet offers enough functions to shame many of the $25 slicers out there. Versatile and easy to use, it’s also made well enough that you’re fairly certain of getting a lot out of your small investment before anything needs to be replaced.  The deck surface does mean you need to be thorough (and careful!) while cleaning it, but it’s still not enough of a drawback to cast this slicer in a bad light. All in all, it’s a solid item.

HomeNative Adjustable Mandoline Slicer

HomeNative Adjustable Mandoline Slicer

This HomeNative product comes with four blades: a julienne slicer, a fine grater, a vegetable grater and a vegetable cutter. Slice thickness can be any of three preset options that are immediately accessible for your convenience: 1mm, 3mm and 5mm. It also has a soft grip handle and grooves on the underside to keep it stationary atop a bowl.

Pros:

  • Includes a dedicated plastic food container that fits perfectly under the slicer
  • Comfortable, non-slip handle
  • Easy cleanup (dishwasher-safe)

Cons:

  • Food holder could be bigger

Conclusion:

There’s really hardly anything bad to say about this slicer. It has a lot of functions and comes with something a lot of us wish mandolines always did: a clear, plastic container that affixes to its base to be used as a “bowl” for the cuts we’re making. It’s not the cheapest item out there at about $50, but it’s certainly a reasonable price. Not everyone will love the fact that slice thicknesses are preset, but some will appreciate the precision and convenience.

Kitchen Elite V-blade Mandoline Slicer

Kitchen Elite V-blade Mandoline Slicer

The Kitchen Elite V-blade Mandoline Slicer has a durable steel frame paired with five blade inserts. These inserts can be stored in the provided caddy when not in use, for safety. It also comes with a food holder as well as back legs that can be folded up when desired.

Pros:

  • Very heavy duty
  • Large food holder
  • Convenient storage caddy for blades

Cons:

  • Blade inserts do not include an option for cutting slices thicker than 2.5mm

Conclusion:

This is what people mean when they talk about robust kitchen implements. The steel construction gives it more heft and sturdiness than the usual plastic variety of mandolines, and it’s fairly large to give you more cutting space too. It’s too bad the blade inserts don’t give you more slice width options, but it’s still a great slicer for the price, which is equal to the cost of most plastic mandolines out there. Considering how much more durable this feels, it’s definitely something to think about.

PL8 1000 Professional Mandoline

PL8 1000 Professional Mandoline

Equipped with several integrated blades and folding non-skid feet, the PL8 1000 incorporates several convenient features into its frame for minimized piece misplacement. It has a stainless steel and extra-wide slicing deck, a safety hand guard, a hinged finger guard, and a knob that lets you adjust slicing/cutting thicknesses as desired. This slicer is decently priced at about $60.

Pros:

  • No blade inserts to put away – they are all part of the mandoline itself
  • Easy to clean
  • Capable of very thin, clean cuts

Cons:

  • Tray tends to flex, especially when you apply pressure to it using the hand guard

Conclusion:

Tired of dealing with slicers that always seem to be cramped for cutting space? The PL81000 may be the answer for you. It can slice, waffle-cut, and julienne on its large deck, but even more importantly, it can do all that without requiring you to locate the appropriate blade insert from somewhere else and installing it. They are all integrated into the machine, which makes misplacing blades a thing of the past. The presets for cutting thickness are nice too (there are five). It could do with a more rigid tray, but it’s far from being a disaster.

Swissmar Borner V7000

Swissmar Borner V7000

An updated version of Swissmar’s V1001, the V7000 boasts an ABS frame with non-slip feet at the base. It comes with three blade inserts, a holder for them, a food holder, and push-button slice adjustment. This slicer will run you just under $50.

Pros:

  • Rubber feet give it nice stability
  • Excellent push-button slice adjustment
  • Very long-lasting blades

Cons:

  • Could use a larger blade for cutting thicker fries

Conclusion:

Swissmar’s V1001 has long been a staple in most kitchens, so it’s little surprise the brand would hit another home run with its update of that model. The V7000 has everything we loved about its predecessor, adding to them the conveniences of push-button width adjustment and rubberized feet. It still has the same durability as the V1001, which means you will likely be using this after several years.

Summary

All of these are great, but, as mentioned earlier, you need to know what you’re looking for to choose the best product for you. The Super Slicer is obviously the way to go if you don’t have a lot of money, for instance, whereas the Swissmar or Kitchen Elite might be best if you want something that won’t need to be replaced even after several years. Pick the PL81000 if you want a wider cutting deck and the HomeNative if you’d rather have a custom container to catch your work as you’re slicing.  Whichever you pick, these mandolines will surely serve you well and it’s unlikely you’ll regret the purchase.

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