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Mandoline Reviews

By: Kelly Burgess on March 16, 2018

Editor's note:
The OXO Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer is still the best choice for most busy home kitchens, but the $20 KitchenAid Hand-Held V-Blade Mandoline is sufficient for basic slicing. Paderno still rules the full-sized spiralizer world, but we have a new offering in the compact spiralizer category: the OXO Good Grips Handheld Spiralizer.

OXO Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer Review
Best Reviewed
Specs that Matter Number of cuts – 4 Dishwasher safe – Yes Safety features – Hand guard

Best mandoline slicer

If you're looking for a versatile, top-quality slicer, the OXO Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer offers everything you could want in a slicer: four thickness settings, the ability to make several different cuts, a fold-out stand for using it upright or positioned over a bowl, and onboard storage for extra blades. Users and experts alike praise the OXO Good Grips V-Blade for its ease of use and cleaning, simple storage, and variety of options for the home cook.

Buy for $39.95
KitchenAid Hand-Held V-Blade Review
Best Reviewed
Specs that Matter Number of cuts – 1 Dishwasher safe – Yes Safety features – Hand guard

Best cheap mandoline slicer

The KitchenAid Hand-Held V-Blade Mandoline is functional for everyday use, but compact and simple enough that it's both easy to use and store. It's also dishwasher-safe, making cleanup a breeze. With just one built-in blade, you can only make one type of cut with this mandoline, although you do have a choice of three thickness settings. Like other mandoline slicers, it comes with a hand guard, although some users say its spikes are too short to hold food securely.

Buy for $19.89
Paderno World Cuisine 4-Blade Spiralizer Pro
Best Reviewed
Specs that Matter Number of cuts – 5 Dishwasher safe – Yes Safety features – No

Best spiralizer

Spiralizing is becoming increasingly popular, especially for those trying to eat more veggies and fewer carbs. Spiralized vegetables can be used for salad garnishes, or for "faux" pastas or hashes. Among spiralizers, the Paderno World Cuisine 4-Blade Spiralizer Pro gets top ratings in professional tests, expert reviews, and from owners. Reviewers agree: It's very easy to use, perfectly spiralizes a wide variety of vegetables, and is a great value. All parts are dishwasher-safe.

Buy for $34.95
OXO Good Grips Handheld Spiralizer
Also Consider
Specs that Matter Number of cuts – 1 Dishwasher safe – Yes (top-rack) Safety features – Hand guard

Compact spiralizer

If you don't need to use a spiralizer often, or don't have the space to store a large, countertop model, consider a handheld spiralizer like the OXO Good Grips Handheld Spiralizer. One end of this two-piece gadget holds the food while the other handles the slicing as you twist the vegetable against the blades.  It's both simple and compact, reviewers say, with pieces that snap together for safe storage. Some find the twisting action difficult.

Buy for $14.95

Types of Mandolines

Basic Mandoline Slicers

These slicers have a single blade set in a flat runway-style base. Sliding food down the runway and across the blade produces very quick, consistent slicing. The blades can be straight, set on the diagonal or v-shaped. Some mandolines come with interchangeable blades for different cutting styles, although some are easier -- and safer -- to change than others. Handheld mandolines have a slender, flat profile for easier storage, while some mandolines include feet or a stand that hold the tool at a 45-degree angle. Most mandolines come with a hand guard, although the hand guards can vary in quality and sturdiness.

Spiralizers

Also known as spiral slicers, these tools are a hot kitchen item right now. People who have adopted low-carb or Paleo lifestyles love them for making faux "noodles" from squash, zucchini or other vegetables, while others are just thrilled with being able to make fancy vegetable strands and ribbons, thick or thin, for garnishes, salads and side dishes. Spiral slicers aren't as dangerous as mandolines, as the blades are contained inside the plastic casing and therefore aren't as close in proximity to users' hands and fingers during use. Standing spiralizers are operated using a hand crank, while handheld spiralizers rely on wrist-twisting action, similar to a manual pencil sharpener.

Safety is important when using a mandoline slicer

When you're dealing with razor-sharp blades, safety is a must. There are ample opportunities for injury when using mandolines and other slicers: not only could you accidentally slice a finger instead of a potato when you're using one, but you could easily cut yourself when changing or cleaning the blades. When using the mandoline to slice, it's important to use the hand guard, even if it's not comfortable or doesn't feel as efficient. We read too many harrowing accounts of people who thought the hand guard was awkward, or that it left too much wasted produce, or it didn't work for smaller or larger pieces, so they removed it and sliced off a fingertip, or suffered a similarly gruesome injury. It's crucial to always be vigilant and attentive when using a mandoline, and to choose a slicer with a safe hand guard and easy-to-change blades.

Another alternative is to invest in a pair of cut-resistant gloves, such as the NoCry Cut Resistant Gloves (Est. $11). Cut-resistant gloves have been around for a long time, but were mostly found in the hardware aisle for those who work with sharp tools, now they've come to the kitchen and may be a life-saver -- or, at the very least, a finger-saver -- for home cooks.

For some people, using a mandoline feels like too much of a hassle -- all that assembly and then cleaning. Or too scary (see the above two paragraphs). Or maybe you just rarely slice anything. If any of this sounds like you, you may just need a great knife. Our separate report on kitchen knives recommends the best chef's knife, paring knife, knife set and steak knives.

Finding The Best Mandolines
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We found quite a few professional head-to-head tests comparing mandolines and spiralizers. Wirecutter, Cook's Illustrated and Reviewed test both mandolines and spiralizers in separate reviews, while Tasting Table, Good Housekeeping and Serious Eats put several mandoline slicers to the test. We also evaluated hands-on comparison tests of spiralizers at Food & Wine and Kitchn.

To find out how well the top-rated mandolines and spiralizers perform in real-world use, we read thousands of owner-written reviews across sites like Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond and Williams-Sonoma. User opinions are valuable for assessing considerations such as durability, safety, and performance in everyday conditions. We weighed the results of the professional tests against the experiences of actual users to come to our picks for the best mandoline slicers and spiralizers.

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