The innovative design on the Chef'n SleekSlice Collapsible Hand-Held Mandoline receives excellent reviews from experts and owners. Its slender profile easily fits in a drawer along with the safety guard that compresses flat and stows on-board. The handle rotates to lie flat underneath, straight out or at a 90-degree angle to form a stand. The Chef'n SleekSlice can only do straight slicing, with no extra blades for julienne, crinkle or waffle cuts.
Unique space-saving design. Reviews say the Chef'n SleekSlice is both convenient and safe. "The Chef'n works just as it says on the box -- they are super easy to hold securely with the handle provided and the finger guard is solid," say editors at GadgetsForTheKitchen.com. "As a first mandoline, this is one of the safest." Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan with TheKitchn.com agrees, noting the SleekSlice feels safer than the Benriner Japanese Mandoline Slicer ((Est. $25)) . A dial on the side of the SleekSlice sets four cutting heights or locks the blade for safe storage. The SleekSlice can be washed on the top rack of the dishwasher.
Serrated steel blade is best for soft produce. In expert comparison tests, the SleekSlice performs best with soft produce. Good Housekeeping reports the mandoline cuts "tomatoes into uniform slices with clean, smooth edges for an elegant Caprese salad." Gillingham-Ryan (theKitchn.com) agrees but adds the serrated blade on the SleekSlice doesn't "zip through, say, a carrot or beet with the same razor-sharp precision" as her Benriner Japanese Mandoline Slicer ((Est. $25)) . After testing, GadgetsForTheKitchen.com concurs: "Put bluntly, the Chef'n just isn't as efficient at cutting denser vegetables like potatoes -- so if you prepare a lot of them, leave this one alone."
Light-duty mandoline with lifetime warranty. The SleekSlice is a great "entry-level model to whet a new cook's appetite for mandolines," according to Gillingham-Ryan. Owners say it feels sturdy when slicing veggies, and though a few question the long-term durability, many reviewers are pleased with its construction. A few owners claim the SleekSlice blade dulls after a few years. One Amazon.com reviewer says he "didn't hesitate to buy a second one" when his broke after three years of use. The Chef'n SleekSlice comes with a limited lifetime warranty, which is excellent coverage at this price.
1. Good Housekeeping
The Chef'n SleekSlice earns an A rating from the editors of Good Housekeeping, who say it excels at slicing tomatoes. The lack of extra blades to do julienne or waffle cuts is the only drawback they list.
Review: Chef'n SleekSlice Hand Held Mandoline #104-014-011, Editors of Good Housekeeping, August 2013
The editor of GadgetsForTheKitchen.com has been using the Chef'n SleekSlice in her own kitchen for several years. She calls it a good choice for a first mandoline because it's safe and easy to use. She finds it works best on softer produce but doesn't handle denser vegetables like potatoes well.
Review: They All Slice or Curl and Some Grate -- Which Should You Choose?, Editors of GadgetsForTheKitchen.com, July 5, 2013
More than 20 owners review the Chef'n SleekSlice here, scoring it an average of 4 stars out of 5. Users list the compact and user-friendly design as two of their favorite features. Some say the SleekSlice doesn't cut potatoes as well as softer veggies and the serrated blade dulls after a few years.
Review: Chef'n SleekSlice Collapsible Hand-Held Mandoline, Arugula, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2013
The Chef'n SleekSlice mandoline is named a top value alongside the Oxo Mandoline, Zyliss 4-in-1 Slicer, Oxo V-Blade Mandoline and Alligator Onion Chopper. Scott Leibfried includes a brief review, saying the SleekSlice has good performance and folds easily for storage.
Review: Best Mandolines and Mandoline Reviews, Scott Leibfried, Not Dated