For an inexpensive mandoline that's easy to use, reviewers say the Kyocera CSN-202-RD Adjustable Mandoline Slicer is the best choice. 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, and the plastic frame may flex under pressure.
Sharp ceramic blade excels at slicing. In a comparison test by one expert source, the Kyocera is rated right up there with our Best Reviewed mandoline slicer, the Swissmar Börner V Power Mandoline, V-7000 (Est. $50), ranking just slightly lower for safety. The Kyocera CSN-202-RD is not as versatile, though; it's only able to make straight slices, it does not include blades for crinkle, waffle or julienne cuts. 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." Owners like it precisely because all they need is a simple tool to make short work of slicing potatoes, zucchini and other produce. It does not slice tomatoes very well in several tests, tending to mangle them a bit.
User-friendly simplicity. Owners love how easy the Kyocera CSN-202-RD Adjustable Mandoline Slicer is to use. It features a simple, hand-held design that 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. We saw some reviews stating that this mandoline is not adjustable and giving lower ratings for that; we believe these reviewers were referring to a different Kyocera Mandoline, the Kyocera Double-edged Slicer With Guard (Est. $20), which is not adjustable.
Light-duty mandoline. Reviewers say for a fast, simple mandoline, the Kyocera CSN-202-RD is a good value. Quite a few owners note the blade stays razor-sharp, even after five years of use. The plastic body can flex, though, when more pressure is applied -- something both users and professional testers have noted. Some also say the hand guard is poorly designed, and it seems small and hard to grip. Those with bigger hands, in particular, say the Kyocera feels unsafe to use, although many also note that all mandolines have an element of risk and you have to be very careful when using one. Most say as long as the Kyocera CSN-202-RD is used properly and attention is paid, it's perfectly safe. This version comes in red, but it is available in black as well.
Kyocera CSN-202-RD Reviews
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Editors of Cook's Illustrated test nine mandolines, including the Kyocera CSN-202-RD Adjustable Slicer with Handguard for safety, ease of use and cleaning, and performance. The mandolines were tested on potatoes, carrots, tomatoes and zucchini.
Review: Mandolines, Editors of Cook's Illustrated, May/June 2014
Lesley Stockton tests eight mandolines, after narrowing it down from some 40 possibilities by reviewing professional tests, talking to experts and examining user feedback. The Kyocera CSN-202-RD is one the runners up to her top pick, the Swissmar Börner V-Power. She notes that the Kyocera is very sharp and even outperforms the winner in one test, but seems to flex too much when pressure is applied.
Review: The Best Mandoline, Lesley Stockton, May 1, 2014
The Kyocera CSN-202-RD 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
4. Good Housekeeping
The Kyocera CSN-202-RD 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 say 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 CSN-202-RD Adjustable Mandoline Slicer earns an overall average of 4.1 stars out of 5 in more than 300 reviews. Owners say it's easy to use and clean, and they love its adjustments. They also note that it's very sharp and warn that you need to use the hand guard to prevent injury. A few say it's a bit flimsy.
Review: Kyocera CSN-202-RD Adjustable Mandoline Slicer, Red, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2014
In more than 35 reviews, the Kyocera Adjustable Mandoline Slicer earns an overall rating of 3.9 stars out of 5. Most say it's user-friendly and easy to clean. They also like that it stores flat. It's not as adjustable as some would like, and seems flimsy, others note.
Review: Kyocera Adjustable Mandoline Slicer with Handguard, Contributors to ChefsCatalog.com, As of November 2014