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July 22, 2015

Meat Slicer Reviews: A Look at the Top 5

Meat Slicer Reviews A Look at the Top 5

This review of five meat slicers will help you make a sound decision if you are in the market for a new slicer.  Several factors may help you make the decision. For instance, are you planning to use the meat slicer a lot or not very often? People who want to do a lot of meat slicing will probably want a higher-quality, automated slicer, as it’s more likely to withstand high-volume. On a budget and need it only for occasional home use? Then you should probably look at the cheaper slicers that are marketed for home cooks.

There are other questions, like whether or not you want it to slice cheese and if you have a specific meat in mind for most of its tasks. The important part is ironing out your own priorities before you go shopping. That way, you know which products are best for your case. Below are five of the best general-purpose meat slicers on the market currently. Most of them are for home chefs, though, so you may want to look elsewhere if you want something to pull professional (day-long) duty.

Chef’s Choice 615 Premium Electric Slicer

 

The 615 is constructed from aluminum and stainless steel, lending it a sleek look and undeniable durability. The 7-inch blade can be set to cut food into a variety of thicknesses.  Furthermore, it has a lock that fixes the slider in position over the blade for safety. This slicer will cost you around $150.

Pros:

  • Heavy-duty build
  • Very affordable
  • Easy to slide the blade out for cleaning

Cons:

  • Cannot cut thawed meat very well
  • Requires variably-textured meat to be chilled first

Conclusion:

This is a handsome meat slicer for home use, and while it’s primarily for low-to-medium-volume cutting, it’s not likely to falter if you put it through its paces. The slider lock is a great feature, as is the easily-accessible blade when cleanup time comes. It also leaves very little meat uncut when you pass food through it—the uncut butts you’re left with are usually less than half an inch thick. It won’t do much if you try to make it cut meat that’s already warm or which has bone, but for pure, chilled meat, it cuts perfectly.

Presto PS10 Anodized Aluminum Meat Slicer

Chef’s Choice 615 Premium Electric Slicer

Equipped with a belt drive transmission and 10-inch blade, this slicer is also made of anodized aluminum for extra durability and resistance to rusting. It has a large 7.5x8inch slicing carriage and has an integrated sharpener and ring guard. This slicer will cost you about $425.

Pros:

  • Makes paper-thin cuts smoothly
  • Easy to clean
  • Solid and rugged build

Cons:

  • Not meant for slicing cheese
  • Somewhat pricey

Conclusion:

This Presto slicer is a good buy for its price for several reasons. First, it has a sharp 10-inch blade and a pretty strong motor. Second, its construction means you won’t worry about it corroding. It’s not hard to clean either, which gives it a plus in terms of maintenance. It’s a pity it can’t slice cheese—although harder cheeses should be fine—but it’s meant primarily as a meat slicer, and in that regard it performs well.

Nesco FS10 Food Slicer

Nesco FS10 Food Slicer

The FS10 has 9.8in stainless steel blade and controls for varying the thickness of the cut. There are also depth controls, and both the food carriage and slider are removable. This slicer is about $150.

Pros:

  • Easy to clean
  • Very cheap
  • Compatible with foods other than meat

Cons:

  • A bit noisy

Conclusion:

This is a fairly high-wattage slicer (the motor is 200 watts), which is one of the best things it has going for it: the high-wattage motor means that it can be used for cutting things other than meat. So even cheese lovers can get a lot of use out of this. It’s also very affordable and relatively simple to clean.  You probably won’t think it as pretty on a counter as some of the more expensive competition, but at least it does its job. The only other complaint you may notice is that it tends to be on the noisy side—but that’s something to be expected at this wattage.

Best Choice Products 10-inch Blade Commercial Slicer

Best Choice Products 10-inch Blade Commercial Slicer

This heavy-duty and CE-approved slicer was designed for commercial use, which is why it’s a little more expensive at about $265. It has convenient features like a waterproof on/off switch and numerical scale knob for cut thickness adjustment. It has inbuilt dual whetstones for blade sharpening too, and is capable of cutting through foods like cheese.

Pros:

  • Affordable for its features
  • Powerful 240-watt motor
  • Relatively quiet in operation despite its motor

Cons:

  • Not easy to clean

Conclusion:

This is an amazing slicer and is highly recommended if you need one for regular and high-volume cutting. It’s priced very reasonably for a commercial-use gadget, and it definitely shows the muscle needed to do duty in such a setting. The motor makes it very efficient in use, and it’s overall a joy to use. The only trouble arrives once you’ve concluded the slicing, since this isn’t an easy gadget to take apart for cleaning. Otherwise, this is the epitome of money well spent.’

Cuisinart CEK40 Electric Knife

Cuisinart CEK40 Electric Knife

This electric knife has a simple on/off switch on its ergonomic handle for easy operation. It has a safety button to lock the on/off switch, buttons for facilitating blade release and replacement, two 8in blades (a carver and a bread knife), and both base and cord storage. This knife is just under $50.

Pros:

  • Cuts softer meats beautifully
  • Beautiful storage tray included
  • Takes up very little space and cleaning time

Cons:

  • Can be loud
  • Can get bogged down by tougher meats

Conclusion:

This is the cheapest item on the list and also the one with the least power behind it—but that means it could be the right product for you if you don’t do high-volume or tough-meat cutting. The included bread cutter is also a nice feature, and the whole bundle is easier to store than most other full-fledged meat cutters.

Summary

These are solid products, and you’re unlikely to regret picking up any of them. But for the money, the best buy is perhaps the (aptly named) Best Choice model. This is a superb slicer with the chops to pull off just about any slicing job with aplomb, and you’ll be getting every dollar’s worth of your money when you use it. Otherwise, the Nesco is a good second-choice too, and is even more affordable than the Best Choice model. The Chef’s Choice is another good option for light- to medium-duty slicing.