Versatility and build quality set the stainless-steel De Buyer La Mandoline V Professionnelle apart from the pack. Reviewers say it's safe and easy to use, and the food pusher/hand guard is well-designed. Unlike cheaper mandolines, the De Buyer La Mandoline V Professionnelle also has a stand, making it easier to use. The De Buyer mandoline turns out perfectly sliced vegetables with minimal effort. Not only is this model dishwasher-safe, it also comes with an unusual extra: a travel case. This mandoline does, however, cost almost four times as much as the Benriner Mandoline Slicer (*Est. $50 for Super size), and it weighs nine pounds.
Most owners posting to ChefsCatalog.com and Amazon.com are happy with the De Buyer La Mandoline V Professionnelle and say that it's worth the price, although a few users acknowledge that the price is prohibitive and that this may be more mandoline than the casual cook needs. We also read a few user reviews that caution readers about the De Buyer La Mandoline V Professionnelle's extremely sharp blades.
1. Fine Cooking
Editors at Fine Cooking magazine put 12 mandolines through their paces, rating them on ease of use, construction, performance and safety, as they slice through pounds of vegetables such as fennel, potatoes, tomatoes and onions. They also slice potatoes as thinly and as thickly as possible. Their top choice is an expensive mandoline, the De Buyer La Mandoline V Professionnelle, which reviewer Maryellen Driscoll praises for its selection of blades and sturdy construction.
Review: Test Drive: Mandolines, Maryellen Driscoll, July 9, 2009
2. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
At Cook's Illustrated magazine, editors test 10 mandolines, rating them on their straight, julienne and waffle cuts, as well as safety features, design and ease of use. Editors say the winning model feels very safe and sturdy, and it made short work of all kinds of fruits and vegetables. Other models tended to feel unsteady or have inadequate guards, editors note.
Review: Mandolines, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, May 1, 2008
The De Buyer La Mandoline V Professionnelle earns an average rating of four stars out of five in about a half-dozen reviews. Most owners say that it's very sharp and precise, although one user notes, "I am returning this to the seller after immediately slicing off part of my thumb on the first use, WHILE using the protective food slider."
Review: De Buyer La Mandoline V Professionnelle, Contributors to Amazon.com
ChefsCatalog.com, a cookware retailer, allows users to sort mandoline reviews by price, brand and rating, but you can't see at a glance how many reviews of a particular product have been posted. The De Buyer La Mandoline V Professionnelle earns 4.5 stars out of five in about two dozen reviews. Owners say that this mandoline's build quality is excellent. A few people complain about its large size and high price.
Review: De Buyer La Mandoline V Professionnelle, Contributors to ChefsCatalog.com
Reviewer Scott Liebfried, a professional chef, briefly reviews 10 mandoline slicers. The De Buyer La Mandoline V Professionnelle is one of five mandolines he names as "best of the best." However, there is no evidence that he actually tested these kitchen tools, and his capsule review is short on details.
Review: Best Mandolines, Scott Liebfried
Only one consumer had posted a review of the De Buyer La Mandoline V Professionnelle at the time of this writing, and it's a lukewarm one at that. The user complains that the food holder is useless and says, "The spring is too strong and actually destroyed the food I'm slicing [by] it pressing on it too hard." On the plus side, the reviewer does praise the De Buyer La Mandoline V Professionnelle's construction.
Review: De Buyer Professional French 5 Blade Mandoline, Contributors to Buzzillions.com