The Benriner Japanese Mandoline Slicer ranks high in several comparison tests, with recommendations from Good Housekeeping and TheKitchn.com, among others. KitchenAudition.com says the Japanese Mandoline Slicer performed "flawlessly" in their tests, excelling at julienne cuts. Users can set precise cutting thickness using a blade adjustment dial. The Benriner is lightweight and durable, but feels a little undersized for some chefs and requires hand-washing for cleanup.
Precise cutting height selection. The blade dial "offers the advantage of continuous adjustability: Thickness of slices can be fine-tuned down to the sub-millimeter," reports KitchenAudition.com. They add that setup takes a little more time than with preset height increments. Safety doesn't quite match the Oxo Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline (Est. $40) . KitchenAudition.com explains, "the Benriner's hand guard is not adequate for safe operation, as the thin piece of transparent plastic is difficult to grip and proves incapable of securing ingredients." Another expert source calls the hand guard "dinky," but users did not find it such a large detractor.
Pro-grade slicing. In comparison tests, the Benriner delivers straight and julienne cuts as well as much more expensive mandolines. "The cuts were extremely consistent in thickness and extraordinarily clean," reports KitchenAudition.com. Blade height can be set for thick slices of cabbage or tomatoes or to deliver some of the thinnest slivers in comparison tests. After thorough testing, one expert source calls the Benriner one of the best mandolines for julienne cuts (long thin strips), though KitchenAudition.com notes potatoes require a "considerable amount of force" and carrots take "moderate to heavy pressure." At about 3.5 inches wide, some reviews find the Benriner too narrow for large produce, requiring extra trimming for wide foods.
Durable construction and an excellent value. Both experts and owners say the combination of features and performance make the Benriner Japanese Mandoline a good buy. Experts say the Benriner is reasonably priced thanks to a well-designed height adjustment system and replaceable blades -- two features missing on the similarly priced Kyocera Adjustable Mandoline Slicer ((Est. $20)) and Chef'n SleekSlice Collapsible Hand-Held Mandoline (Est. $20) . Plus, the Benriner Japanese Mandoline Slicer is durable and well built, according to reviews. One owner at Amazon.com claims to have owned his current Benriner for 10 years (of regular use) and is buying another.
The editors of America's Test Kitchen use both experts and novices to review more than a dozen mandolines in this comparison. The results of the test are available to subscribers, but general mandoline information is free for readers.
Review: Mandolines, Editors of America's Test Kitchen, Not Dated
2. Good Housekeeping
Testers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute include the Benriner Japanese Mandoline in their report on two dozen mandolines. Editors grade the Benriner an A-minus, calling it inexpensive and lightweight. Overall, it's a good value, though they add it isn't as user-friendly as other top models and can tear delicate tomato skin.
Review: Benriner Japanese Mandoline #101-10, Editors of Good Housekeeping, August 2013
Editors list the Benriner Japanese Mandoline as one of the top three mandolines they recommend. They praise its low price, "flawless" slicing performance and three included julienne blades. The editors provide helpful photos of their results from each of the Benriner's tests. They name the inadequate hand guard and longer set-up time as disadvantages.
Review: Benriner Mandoline, Editors of KitchenAudition.com, Not Dated
Faith Durand calls the Benriner Mandoline the best on the market, preferring it to more expensive pro-grade stainless-steel mandolines. She says the cutting height adjustment is especially useful for making delicate slivers of fennel; the three carbon steel blades and affordable price are also considered top advantages.
Review: Product Review: Benriner Mandoline, Faith Durand, Not Dated
The Benriner Japanese Mandoline Slicer is one of the most popular mandolines at Amazon.com, receiving an average 4.2-star score from more than 175 owners. Most say it slices a variety of foods evenly and adjusts easily between cutting heights. Common complaints include its narrow cutting surface and some safety concerns.
Review: Benriner Japanese Mandoline Slicer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2013
Culinary expert Scott Leibfried includes the Joyce Chen edition of the Benriner Mandoline in his picks of the best mandolines. He notes many professionals choose this mandoline, saying it's ideal for prepping veggies for stir-fry and salad dishes.
Review: Best Mandolines and Mandoline Reviews, Scott Leibfried, Not Dated
7. The New York Times
Denise Landis discusses the advantages of using a mandoline, preferring the small Japanese-style tools to the large, unsteady French models. She includes three Benriner mandolines here -- the standard, the super and the jumbo versions -- saying Benriner's performance is professional-grade and user-friendly.
Review: Test Kitchen; For Thin Veggies, at a Slender Price, Denise Landis, March 17, 2004