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Most reviews indicate the Hutzler 571 is very easy to use. Adair's video review notes it requires "hardly any pressure at all," and many reviews on Amazon.com compare it favorably to other methods of cutting bananas, such as an axe, a hammer, throwing the banana at a ceiling fan, or biting off individual pieces and spitting them out.
However, some Amazon users are frustrated by the limitations of the Hutzler when it comes to banana size and shape. One owner complains the size of the slicer is "unrealistic," and another recommends bringing the slicer to the store with you in order to select bananas that will fit. The shape of the slicer poses another problem. Several users point out it curves from left to right, making it unsuitable for bananas that curve the other way. One user recommends simply buying the left-handed model 571C along with the standard 571B.
A final issue relates to cleanup: A disgruntled professional ninja only gives the Hutzler 1 star because it's "impossible to clean," and another review complains it "stays sticky for days." A few reviews suggest putting the slicer in the dishwasher may fix this problem.
Multiple reviews at Amazon.com describe the Hutzler as "lightweight and durable." One reviewer reports no damage after tossing it onto both carpeted floors and area rugs. However, several owners grumble that the Hutzler is not as durable as a true military-grade slicer. One owner warns that it is "not designed for field use," while another describes the Hutzler 571 as "acceptable" but not "ruggedized for the harsh demands of combat banana slicing." Several users are also disappointed that bananas are not included.
One of the most common complaints we encountered concerning the slicer is inadequate documentation. One owner complains the instructions were in Japanese and he had to request an English version. Another owner found the directions "too complicated and vague": They did not explain the banana must be peeled first, nor did they indicate which way to position the slicer for cutting. Thomas was also disappointed with the vague instructions, but he says that a call to the company's toll-free number (1-800-GO-BANANAS) put him in touch with a "pleasant, helpful operator" who walked him through the process step by step.
Review Credibility: Excellent The Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer has generated a veritable firestorm of controversy on Amazon.com, with more than 2,800 reviews ranging from the wildly enthusiastic to the utterly disparaging. Fans of this banana slicer call it "the real deal" and "the greatest kitchen utensil ever," with praise for its precision and ease of use. Detractors, by contrast, complain the slicer doesn't come with (sufficient) instructions; it can only handle bananas of a certain size and shape; and the fruit must be peeled before slicing. Several reviews compare this model (favorably or unfavorably) to the older 571A, which appears to be discontinued.
Review Credibility: Good Columnist Nick Thomas provides a detailed review of the Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer he received as a Christmas present. Thomas calls this product "a kitchen Godsend," saying it has put "consistently sized banana slices at my fingertips." However, he does note it is necessary to peel the banana for best results. Thomas also warns the slicer doesn't come with detailed instructions but says the company's help line provides excellent service. Thomas compares the Hutzler favorably to other banana slicers on the market, but it does not appear that he has actually tried any of them.
Review Credibility: Good "Set the Table" is a web-based TV series in which food plays a major role. Samantha Adair, an actress in the series, gives an enthusiastic review of the Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer in this video. She and an unnamed assistant note it takes "hardly any pressure at all" to produce perfect, even slices, declaring the result "the best banana slice I've ever tasted." However, there is no direct comparison between this and other banana slicers.