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A reporter for WVEC in Norfolk, Va., tests the Slice-O-Matic at a viewer's home and finds that the directions are hard to follow, it slices unevenly and the julienne blade is a hassle to install. Reviewers at KDAF in Dallas has slightly better luck in their test but gives it a grade of C for being flimsy, saying it might be a good tool for children to use in the kitchen. In another TV review, a reporter at WPMI in Pensacola, Fla., deems the Slice-O-Matic a dud, saying it's useless for slicing larger produce. A group of journalists try out the Slice-O-Matic for Ohio.com and say that while it's no better or easier than using a knife, it might appeal to people who like having gadgets. Customers on Amazon.com are far less forgiving, with most giving the Slice-O-Matic the lowest rating, saying that it breaks easily when slicing harder vegetables and can't even fit many commonly used fruits and vegetables.
Reporter Sandra Parker asks a nutritionist to test the Slice-O-Matic on a variety of produce. She finds both the assembly and usage directions difficult to follow. Once she has the gadget assembled, she slices some cucumbers and carrots, which come out uneven. She tries to swap the slicing blade for the julienne blade but can't figure out how to get it to stay snapped in and eventually gives up. When asked if the Slice-O-Matic works, she says no.
Tommy Noel brings the Slice-O-Matic to a local sandwich shop, where the owner is eager to see if it will save time with vegetable preparation. He says the slicing blade works pretty well, though the julienne blade is tricky to install and produces smaller slices of potato than he would like. He says the claim that the Slice-O-Matic is as easy to use as a toaster doesn't hold up when trying to slice harder vegetables, which need a little more muscle. When asked to grade it, he gives the Slice-O-Matic a C, saying it seems flimsy for serious chopping but would be a good way to get children helping in the kitchen.
Kelly Foster tests the Slice-O-Matic with the owner of a local restaurant. She finds it easy to use, but it takes longer to slice than the commercial promises. She also says it's too flimsy and lightweight to handle a large amount of slicing, while larger produce items like tomatoes and onions don't even fit into the slicing chamber. When trying the julienne blade, she says the slices are too small and uneven. Ultimately, she says the concept of the Slice-O-Matic is good, but since it's too small and lightweight, she deems it a dud.
Lisa Abraham, a food writer for the Beacon Journal of Akron, Ohio, tries out several As Seen on TV kitchen gadgets, including the Slice-O-Matic, with fellow journalists. She says that it works better producing thicker slices than thinner, though switching the thickness setting and changing the blades are tricky. She's also disappointed that larger produce -- like bell peppers -- won't fit in the Slice-O-Matic's chute. Abraham sees no advantage to using the Slice-O-Matic over a regular knife and says to skip it, while the other two testers say it might work for people who love gadgets.
Over 50 customers review the Slice-O-Matic on Amazon.com, and an overwhelming majority give it the lowest possible rating. Common complaints say that it's difficult to assemble and disassemble; it's flimsy and tends to strain or break with heavier produce; the slicing chamber isn't large enough to hold larger fruits and vegetables; and it's no quicker than using a knife. A few customers say it works for slicing smaller vegetables such as cucumbers and carrots.