For an inexpensive mandoline that's easy to use, reviews say the Kyocera Adjustable Mandoline Slicer is the best. One expert testing source sums up the Kyocera: "razor-sharp, adjusts easily and fits in a drawer." Though it doesn't include extra blades to make julienne or crinkle cuts, owners say the light-duty Kyocera changes cutting heights quickly and cleans up without a fuss. Some chefs say the cutting surface and hand guard feel undersized.
User-friendly simplicity. The Kyocera Adjustable Mandoline Slicer features a simple, hand-held design, which stores flat in a drawer, takes no time to set up and cleans up quickly (it's dishwasher-safe on the top rack). Adjusting the cutting thickness is simple, with a bar that raises or lowers the blade to one of four preset levels. The hand guard, on the contrary, is poorly designed, according to reviews. KitchenAudition.com calls it "completely ineffective," explaining, "Not only is it hard to grip, but the smallish plastic prongs on its underside are incapable of gripping produce of any kind." They recommend replacing it.
Sharp ceramic blade excels at slicing. In a comparison test by one expert source, the Kyocera matches performance on straight cuts with the more expensive Oxo Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer (Est. $40) and Benriner Japanese Mandoline Slicer ((Est. $25)) . The Kyocera does not include blades for crinkle, waffle or julienne cut. KitchenAudition.com notes, "While not perfect, the Kyocera came closest to fulfilling our requirements for a hand-held slicer: It adjusts quickly, cuts cleanly and easily, and it cleans up with a minimum of fuss." They add the ceramic blade doesn't handle soft produce like tomatoes as well. Most owners give the Kyocera good ratings for performance.
Light-duty mandoline. Reviews say for a fast, simple mandoline, the Kyocera is a good value. At Amazon.com, several owners note the blade stays razor-sharp, even after five years of use. The plastic body, however, isn't as durable as more expensive slicers. The Kyocera "could have used a sturdier build and non-slip surfaces," says KitchenAudition.com. Good Housekeeping writes, "The lock to hold the size adjuster in place slides around during slicing, which results in unevenly sliced tomatoes." Other reviews notice occasional flexing when pressing produce across the cutting surface to slice.
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Review: Mandolines, Editors of America's Test Kitchen, Not Dated
The Kyocera Adjustable Mandoline Slicer is the highest-rated hand-held mandoline in this comparison, where testers praise its user-friendly design and excellent slicing abilities. It's outstanding at cutting potatoes, zucchini and cabbage, even on the thinnest setting. The Kyocera falters slightly when cutting thin tomato or lemon slices.
Review: Kyocera Adjustable Mandoline Slicer, Editors of KitchenAudition.com, Not Dated
3. Good Housekeeping
The Kyocera Adjustable Mandoline Slicer earns a B-minus in this comparison by Good Housekeeping. Editors praise the affordable price tag and compact size, saying it's a good pick for slicing up to a half-inch thick. Testers note some tearing on delicate produce and note the height adjustment can slip, leading to inconsistent slices.
Review: Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Adjustable Slicer with Guard #CSN-202, Editors of Good Housekeeping, August 2013
The Kyocera Adjustable Mandoline Slicer is one of the most popular mandolines sold and reviewed on Amazon.com, with an average of 4.1 stars from more than 220 owners. Owners say the biggest advantages are its compact size and sharp ceramic blade. They also like that it stores flat and sets up in seconds.
Review: Kyocera Adjustable Mandoline Slicer with Handguard, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2013
About 70 percent of the reviews here recommend the Kyocera Adjustable Mandoline Slicer, saying it's user-friendly, stores flat and washes easily. For some advanced users, performance wasn't quite up to par due to an inaccurate height setting and flexing frame.
Review: Kyocera Adjustable Mandoline Slicer with Handguard, Contributors to ChefsCatalog.com, As of November 2013
Chris Phillips buys a Kyocera Adjustable Mandoline Slicer after seeing it featured on the "Martha Stewart Show." After using it about 10 times, however, Phillips reports the plastic cutting surface broke. He was able to fix it but says the Kyocera mandoline still feels unstable.
Review: Kyocera Mandoline Update, Chris Phillips, June 6, 2007