The Oxo Mandoline Slicer delivers exceptional julienne and crinkle cuts in professional tests. Reviews say it's remarkably safe and user-friendly, even for amateur chefs. The Oxo comes with four stainless-steel blades, a sturdy body that can withstand daily use and a lifetime warranty. Though it cuts most veggies with ease, reviews say the Oxo can tear delicate tomato skin.
User-friendly design. Reviews say the cutting-height adjustment is one of the best features on the Oxo Good Grips Mandoline Slicer. "It's easy-to-read, calibrated dial settings let you make precision slices and cuts from the get-go," explains Corey Greenberg, tech editor for the "Today Show." Testers for an expert kitchen equipment source agree, calling the dial "idiot-proof" and saying the Oxo is "intuitive" to operate. The rubberized feet hold the mandoline securely in place while operating, according to owners. For cleanup the body and hand guard can go on the top rack of the dishwasher; the blades require hand-washing.
Excels at julienne and waffle cuts. The Good Grips Mandoline Slicer comes with four stainless-steel blades to deliver julienne, crinkle, ruffle, waffle, serrated and straight cuts. According to one expert testing source, the julienne and waffle cuts are excellent, but editors note the straight blade struggles when slicing tomatoes. Another expert source experienced the same issue and notes if it weren't for this, the Good Grips Mandoline Slicer would have been their top choice. Cooking review website KitchenAudition.com also has mixed results, reporting while the Oxo excels at slicing cabbage and making crinkle-cut potatoes, performance falters with other tasks.
Solid mandoline for heavy-duty slicing. The Oxo Mandoline Slicer combines a stainless-steel work surface with a comfortable handle in a design that reviewers find functional and durable. "The Oxo is constructed of high-quality materials and boasts rubberized handles and retractable feet for an excellent grip," says KitchenAudition.com. After testing, one expert source praises its build quality: "The smoothly functioning hand guard, and the sturdy, soft-grip handle and feet" keep the mandoline steady while you're slicing. One owner at Amazon.com reports that even after four years the Oxo Mandoline Slicer remains reliable and has not rusted. Oxo is one of the few mandoline brands to include a lifetime warranty.
Both experts and novices test more than a dozen mandolines in this comparison review by America's Test Kitchen. The results are available to subscribers, but general mandoline information is free for readers.
Review: Mandolines, Editors of America's Test Kitchen, Not Dated
Editors do not recommend the Oxo Mandoline, saying that it performs at the bottom of the pack for most tests and struggles to cleanly slice tomatoes and lemons or julienne carrots. They give the Oxo good marks for being well-built and user-friendly.
Review: Oxo Good Grips Mandoline Slicer, Editors of KitchenAudition.com, Not Dated
3. Good Housekeeping
After putting the Oxo Mandoline through a series of thorough tests, Good Housekeeping gives it an A-minus rating. Testers say the mandoline is efficient and extremely easy to clean, but it leaves ragged edges on thin tomato slices.
Review: Oxo Good Grips Chef's Mandoline Slicer #1054752, Editors of Good Housekeeping, August 2013
The Oxo Good Grips Mandoline Slicer receives low scores from owners on Amazon.com, though reviews from the past 12 months are more positive and give it an average of 3.75 stars. Contradicting several expert opinions, common user complaints are dull blades, an awkward design and a poorly designed hand guard. Many owners, however, say overall performance is still pretty good.
Review: Oxo Good Grips Mandoline Slicer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2013
Culinary expert Scott Leibfried includes the Oxo Mandoline Slicer in his list of the best mandolines, calling it a good value. He praises the blade adjustment dial, safety cover for the blades and no-slip folding legs.
Review: Best Mandolines and Mandoline Reviews, Scott Leibfried, Not Dated
While attending the annual International Housewares Show in Chicago, tech editor Corey Greenberg previews the Oxo Mandoline, naming it the biggest hit of the show. During his first hands-on test, Greenberg says he was able to make uniform cuts easily and quickly set the precise cutting height.
Review: Cooking and Cleaning at Home Just Got Easier, Corey Greenberg, March 19, 2004