In one professional comparison, the Oxo Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer was the top performer, using razor-sharp V-shaped blades to efficiently cut both hard and soft produce. Its four blades can make straight, julienne, crinkle and waffle cuts, though users frequently note it's complicated and time-consuming disassembling the Oxo to change the blades or clean. The Good Grips V-Blade's plastic body is dishwasher-safe and features a built-in stand that folds flat and on-board storage for the extra blades.
Disassembly required. Reviews are mixed on the Oxo Good Grips V-Blade user-friendliness. KitchenAudition.com appreciates the on-board part storage that saves space. However, they add using the Oxo V-Blade is complicated, and the testers say it doesn't "do anything particularly well." Most owners agree the disassembly for cleaning and changing blades is awkward, although some contend it just requires a learning curve. One owner at Cooking.com says, "Once you learn how to put it together and take it down to put it away, it's a snap to use."
Several expert sources, such as Maryellen Driscoll of FineCooking.com, note the safe handle: "The large pusher has an easy-to-grip shape that keeps your hand comfortably away from the blade."
Four blades for sharp julienne crinkle and waffle cuts. The Oxo Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer ranks as the best overall in a comparison test by a leading consumer organization. Editors give it a perfect score for its straight, julienne and crinkle cuts; the razor-sharp V-Blade excelled on a variety of fruits and vegetables. In one expert's report, the V-Blade even outperforms its more expensive cousin, the Oxo Mandoline Slicer (Est. $70) . GadgetsForTheKitchen.com, a cooking tool review website, reports the V-Blade "slices thick firm veggies way better than soft, ripe tomatoes." Unfortunately, when slicing, thickness options are limited to four preset blade heights.
Durable materials plus a lifetime warranty. With a plastic body and four stainless-steel blades, user-reviewers say the Oxo Good Grips V-Blade is solid and well built. The entire body of the mandoline is dishwasher-safe, but Oxo recommends hand-washing the blades. The legs fold to take up less space in the cabinet, and reviewers appreciate how the "extra blades conveniently store beneath the frame." "This mandoline performs just as well if not better than mandolines costing two to three times as much," exclaims one owner at Cooking.com. "For the cook who might only use it once a week or so it is a great value." Oxo includes an industry-leading lifetime warranty.
1. America's Test Kitchen
The editors of America's Test Kitchen use both experts and novices to review more than a dozen mandolines in this comparison. The results of the test are available to subscribers, but general mandoline information is free for readers.
Review: Mandolines, Editors of America's Test Kitchen, Not Dated
In their side-by-side review, editors at the KitchenAudition.com are not impressed by the Oxo V-Blade Mandoline. It lands on their "not recommended" list because of a complicated and time-consuming design and lackluster performance.
Review: Benriner Mandoline, Editors of KitchenAudition.com, Not Dated
3. Fine Cooking
Maryellen Driscoll calls the Oxo Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer a solid entry-level tool, naming it her best buy in this comparison. She praises its sharp blades, large safety guard and easy-to-use height adjustment, but doesn't like that there are only four height adjustments.
Review: Test Drive: Mandolines, Maryellen Driscoll, Not Dated
About 75 percent of the more than 260 owner reviews here give the V-Blade Mandoline 4 and 5 stars, but it gets enough negative reviews to have an average of only 3.9 stars. Owners mostly say it slices cleanly, though there are a few complaints of the V-Blade turning tomatoes into mush.
Review: Oxo Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2013
Of the 70 owners rating Oxo's V-Blade Mandoline at Williams-Sonoma.com, three-quarters say they recommend it to others. The majority of users think it's a good value providing excellent performance, even for advanced users. Reviewers frequently mention it is time-consuming to swap blades and clean the Oxo.
Review: Oxo V-Blade Mandoline, Contributors to Williams-Sonoma.com, As of November 2013
About 40 owners review the V-Blade Mandoline Slicer in this separate Amazon.com listing. Ratings are evenly divided here; about half say the Oxo is a clean slicer and a good value, while others contend that it's too difficult to take apart for cleaning and replacing blades.
Review: Oxo Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer , Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2013
Of the nearly 80 owners who rate the Oxo V-Blade Mandoline on Cooking.com, most give it 4 or 5 stars, and 85 percent recommend it, calling it a good value. They are pleased with its slicing ability on potatoes and tomatoes. Some note the Oxo is cumbersome to clean.
Review: White 16-in. V-Blade Mandoline Slicer by Oxo, Contributors to Cooking.com, As of November 2013
Editors don't perform a hands-on test of the V-Blade Mandoline, but provide feedback from several friends who own and use this model. Advantages include good performance for firm produce and a low price. However, the V-Blade doesn't handle soft tomatoes as well and can be difficult to clean.
Review: They All Slice or Curl and Some Grate -- Which Should You Choose?, Editors of GadgetsForTheKitchen.com, July 5, 2013
Scott Leibfried calls the Oxo V-Blade Mandoline a top value, listing it alongside the Oxo Mandoline, Chef'n SleekSlice Collapsible Hand-Held and Zyliss 4-in-1 Multi Slicer. He calls the V-Blade versatile with its four blades and likes its easy cleanup and straightforward height adjustment.
Review: Best Mandolines and Mandoline Reviews, Scott Leibfried, Not Dated