The de Buyer Mandoline Swing excels at paper-thin cutting and performs reasonably well on most others. The mandoline uses a two-piece hand guard that slices on rails to keep fingers completely out of the picture. Unfortunately, while it provides superior protection, this safe design limits produce size to what can fit in the handle base.
Hand guard is safe but less convenient. The de Buyer Mandoline Swing uses a two-piece safety guard, with a base that slides on rails and a handle that grips the produce. Reviews say this design is great to prevent slipping, but it doesn't always hold produce well. "The two pieces are designed to work together if you are slicing an item that fits perfectly within this ring. If you are trying to slice carrots or cabbage, you're outta luck and will have to use your fingers -- very carefully," explain editors of cooking website OliveAndRuby.com. Users also appreciate the "plunger" in the hand guard, which allows them to keep pressure on the produce. Blade height is also cumbersome to set with no markings on the dial.
Mixed slicing performance. The Mandoline Swing includes two double-sided blades for straight, serrated, julienne, waffle and crinkle cuts. In her comparison on FineCooking.com, Maryellen Driscoll says, "The straight blades are razor-sharp and made for smooth slicing on almost everything except tomatoes and carrots." She adds that the Mandoline Swing excels at crinkle and waffle cuts. At OliveAndRuby.com, editors report the Swing is great for paper-thin cuts, but perfect julienne cuts take several tries. Owner reviews say it's easy to get uniform slicing, even for first-time users.
Durable and easy to clean. Epicurious.com lists the Mandoline Swing as one of the top 10 kitchen gadgets to own, saying it "features a smart handle design to protect fingers, stainless-steel blades that are easily removable for cleaning, and nonskid feet." Owners at Amazon.com call it a "quality product" and appreciate the fact it is dishwasher-safe and includes an instructional DVD that takes you through all the features in "easy, simple steps." De Buyer covers the Mandoline Swing with a two-year warranty, which doesn't match Oxo's lifetime warranty but is still quite decent.
1. Fine Cooking
Two de Buyer mandolines take the top two slots in this comparison: first place is La Mandoline V Professionnelle, which is no longer available. The La Mandoline Swing takes second as the all-around champ, which Maryellen Driscoll calls a great value with excellent performance for most produce.
Review: Test Drive: Mandolines, Maryellen Driscoll, Not Dated
This single-product review covers the de Buyer Mandoline Swing's setup and cleanup as well as cutting performance. The editor says overall the mandoline is easy to use with excellent slicing performance. Issues with learning to julienne and a lack of markings on the height dial are minor drawbacks.
Review: Product Review: deBuyer Swing La Mandoline, Editors of OliveAndRuby.com, April 2, 2013
About 30 owners rate the de Buyer Mandoline Swing 4 stars. More than 80 percent recommend it for the user-friendly design and great performance. One of the biggest disadvantages is the lack of incremental markings on the blade-height dials.
Review: de Buyer Mandoline, Contributors to Williams-Sonoma.com, As of November 2013
Only a handful of owners review the Mandoline Swing here, but most give it a perfect score, 5 stars. Many of the reviewers are first-time mandoline users, noting it's simple to set up and use. Most say performance is excellent, though a couple have issues with carrots and the julienne blade.
Review: De Buyer Swing Mandoline, Red, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2013