According to credible reviews, the handheld Kyocera Adjustable Mandoline Slicer is an excellent value. While it can't do anything fancy beyond regular slicing, it has a 3.6-inch blade that adjusts easily to produce clean cuts in a variety of thicknesses. What's more, the rust-free ceramic blade holds its edge longer than metal blades. The Japanese-made Kyocera, which comes in several colors, must be placed over a bowl or cutting board because it lacks legs. Professional and consumer reviews call this simple slicer a great buy if you don't care about julienne cuts, waffle or crinkle cuts. Not only is it easy to store, they say, it's a breeze to assemble and use. At SeriousEats.com, contributor Blake Royer says he "just lazily slide[s] vegetables over the mandoline's ceramic blade, resulting in beautiful, paper-thin, uniform slices." Another reviewer at a major foodie magazine exclaims, "It looks like a toy, but it works like crazy!" If you'd like to also be able to make julienne cuts, consider the highly rated Benriner Mandoline Slicer (*Est. $50 for Super size).
Owners posting to Amazon.com love the Kyocera Adjustable Mandoline Slicer's sharp, rust-free blade and the fact that this lightweight slicer has four width settings. However, it can't make julienne cuts. A few reviewers note that the Kyocera Adjustable Mandoline Slicer doesn't come with a storage box, so you'll need to find a way to store the mandoline safely. Some reviewers suggest saving the original box to reuse as storage.
1. 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 user friendliness. Editors say the winning model feels very safe and sturdy, and it made short work of all kinds of fruits and vegetables. Others models tended to feel unsteady or have inadequate guards, editors note.
Review: Mandolines, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, May 1, 2008
At Amazon.com, the Kyocera Adjustable Mandoline Slicer gets 4.5 stars out of five from about three dozen reviewers. Most owners say it's sharp, precise and rust-proof. Owners say it's perfect for light-duty slicing, although a handful of them complain that this handheld slicer is flimsy and that the food pusher isn't very effective.
Review: Kyocera Adjustable Mandoline Slicer, Contributors to Amazon.com
The Kyocera Adjustable Mandoline Slicer earns a rating that's well above-average in more than two-dozen reviews. Owners say it's a good value, and it does a great job with onions, cucumbers and even hard cheese. A few say they are disappointed with the size, however, while others wish it were more substantial.
Review: Black Double-Edged Ceramic Mandoline Slicer with Handguard, Contributors to Cooking.com, As of Oct. 2009