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Best Mandoline Slicers

By: Kelly Burgess on March 16, 2018

Mandoline slicers make short work of food prep tasks

The best mandolines are more than just sharp slicers. Experts say fast cleanup, convenient height adjustments and a comfortable hand guard that grips food securely are all important features in a mandoline slicer. The best mandolines will also be versatile, with the ability to slice a variety of thicknesses, dice, julienne and even cube. Some can make waffle cuts as well. If you want to go above and beyond slicing veggies, see our discussion of spiralizers elsewhere in this report.

The OXO Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer (Est. $40) out-performs other mandoline slicers in several professional tests, earning recommendations from Cook's Illustrated, Serious Eats and Reviewed. The OXO Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer offers four thickness settings (1.5mm, 3mm, 4.5mm and 6mm), and it can create crisp, consistent straight slices, crinkle cuts, French fries and julienne strips with a set of straight, wavy, and julienne blades that store on the unit.

Experts say the OXO Good Grips V-Blade's biggest asset is its thickness dial, where each setting is clearly marked in both millimeters and inches. It also has a fold-down stand that allows the user to set the slicer upright on a cutting board -- alternatively, it can be used over a bowl with the legs folded down. The blades must be hand-washed, but the mandoline body and food holder are dishwasher-safe. Editors from one professional cooking magazine, as well as some users, point out that the blade storage area tends to get dirty during use, so it's necessary to wash the blades (even if you didn't use them) unless you remove and set them aside beforehand, which can be a hassle. The OXO Good Grips V-Blade has a broad, easy-to-grasp hand guard, which experts praise for its retractable top, making it possible to slice vegetables with little waste. However, some users warn that it's tricky to switch out the blades, and the food holder sometimes doesn't grip vegetables well. A few point out that slicing certain foods, such as carrots and sweet potatoes, leaves permanent stains on the white plastic.

Storage is simple, though, thanks to the compact design of this mandoline. The food guard, in spite of its somewhat awkward shape and size, fits in most kitchen drawers. Overall, users and experts say this is a sturdily built, useful mandoline slicer.

Another mandoline slicer that earns high praise from experts and users alike is the Swissmar Börner V Power Mandoline V-7000 (Est. $60). Editors at Wirecutter appreciate the additional blades for julienne and baton cuts (7mm and 3.5mm) and say the blades are simple to switch. In tests, the Swissmar Börner V-Power Mandoline cuts perfectly even straight slices, regardless of the texture of the food. A push-button on the side makes it easy to adjust the thickness of cuts, and this mandoline handles softer foods like tomatoes and lemons just as easily as tougher root vegetables like carrots and potatoes.

The Swissmar also tackles julienne, baton, and dice cuts with ease, creating uniform-sized piece, and it has non-skid feet to rest securely in the palm of your hand, plus a cut-out notch to rest the edge of the slicer on the rim of a bowl. The Swissmar Börner V-Power Mandoline V-7000 also comes with a food holder with steel pins to safely grip food while protecting your hands. Storage is convenient, users say, thanks to the tool storage case that holds the additional blade inserts and attaches securely to the bottom of the unit. The main V-blades aren't interchangeable, though, so this slicer isn't capable of making crinkle or waffle cuts.

The Swissmarr V-7000 is a more recent version of the Swissmar Börner Original V-Slicer Plus Mandoline V-1001 (Est. $50), which also earns consistent praise in reviews. The V-10001 is the only mandoline to earn the coveted "Highly Recommended" status in one professional test, where editors say it "cuts effortlessly with stunningly precise results." Like the V-7000, it comes with a thick/thin slicing insert as well as two blade inserts (7mm and 3.5mm), making it possible to slice, julienne, shred or cube cut, as well as non-skid feet and a cut-out notch to rest the unit on the rim of a bowl and a food holder to protect your fingers.

User feedback is similar across the board for both Swissmar Börner models. Reviewers rave about Swissmar's extremely sharp blades, noting that they cut through most foods like butter. Several owners say they've been loyal fans of the Swissmar Börner brand for decades and say they won't use a mandoline by any other brand; in fact, some have used the same mandoline for years and say it performs just as well as it did on day one. On the downside, a few users say that the plastic seems cheap and stains easily when this mandoline is used for slicing foods such as beets, and some reviewers say they wish it had legs so that it could stand independently. The V-7000, however, comes in red, green and orange (in addition to white), which can pose less of an issue when it comes to food stains. 

If you want the ability to cut a variety of shapes and sizes, editors at Reviewed say the Müeller Austria V-Pro 5 Blade Adjustable Mandoline Slicer (Est. $30) is a good choice. It comes with a total of five 420-grade hardened surgical stainless steel blades, including two julienne slicers in different sizes, a grater and two types of shredders, as well as a handy box for storing the attachments. Editors say the Müeller Austria V-Pro 5 Blade Adjustable Mandoline Slicer's finger guard is among the best they tested. However, they call the mandoline's performance "a little bit lacking," noting that the blades aren't as sharp compared to other models, requiring more force to slice foods.

Users are mostly pleased with the Müeller Austria V-Pro 5 Blade Adjustable Mandoline Slicer, noting that it folds down for storage or for slicing over a bowl. It offers two thickness settings for julienne slices, easily adjusted by a knob on the side. It's easy to use, reviewers say, and it's dishwasher-safe, making cleanup a breeze. Some users even say they prefer the Müeller Austria V-Pro to the Swissmar Börner mandolines, as it offers more slicing options at a lower cost. On the downside, some users say it struggles to slice tougher vegetables like potatoes, and several say it's difficult to switch the blades.

You can get a good mandoline on a small budget

If you're looking for a usable, entry-level mandoline slicer for under $30, there are a few good options. However, cheaper slicers usually cannot do fancy cuts like julienne and waffle. Still, they might be a better choice if you just want to use it for basic tasks.

The KitchenAid Hand-Held V-Blade Mandoline (Est. $20) is a well-designed, compact little unit, and it's a great choice for everyday use. It lands at the top of the pack in professional tests by Wirecutter and Reviewed and also scored highest among handheld mandolines in Good Housekeeping's testing, even "outperforming full-size models that were far more expensive." However, as is the case with most mandolines at this price point, its only adjustment is its three thickness settings.

Experts at Good Housekeeping say the KitchenAid is particularly great at slicing tomatoes, and that it cuts with uniform precision. Most experts and owners say that, although the hand guard is on the smaller side, it's soft, comfortable and easy to grip, and it guides the blade efficiently. A few, however, feel that the hand guard is awkward and cumbersome to use, and point out that the spikes designed to hold the food securely are rather short. A number of users comment on the stainless-steel blade's razor-sharpness, and they say it's easy to wipe down and feels safe to operate. The slicer is dishwasher safe and is compact enough to easily fit in kitchen drawers.

The Kyocera Adjustable Slicer with Handguard CSN-202-RD (Est. $20) is another affordable handheld slicer with one standout feature: a ceramic blade, which experts say is its biggest selling point.  "It's not only super, super sharp but it should also last longer than stainless blades without dulling or rusting," according to editors at Reviewed.

Like the KitchenAid mandoline, the Kyocera Adjustable Slicer is "a no-frills, easy-to-use slicer for someone who doesn't need the julienne cutters or crinkle-cut blades," says Tasting Table's Jessica Harlan. It has four thickness settings (0.5cm, 1.3mm, 2mm and 3mm), which are easily selected by turning a rod on the bottom of the unit. Like many handheld slicers, the base is equipped with a cut-out notch so you can rest it on the rim of a bowl. Both experts and users are underwhelmed by the finger guard, with some users noting that it's too small, while others say the spikes that hold the food are a bit short. Overall, however, reviewers say it's easy to use, but many warn that the ceramic blade is extremely sharp and suggest using protective gloves if you find the finger guard too flimsy or cumbersome to use.

The OXO Good Grips Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer (Est. $15) is another go-to budget mandoline that's popular with experts and users. Although it lacks the versatility of OXO's v-blade model, it's a dependable choice for quick, basic slicing.

In professional tests, the OXO Good Grips Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer earns mixed feedback for performance. Editors at Reviewed say the handle is comfortable and it has rubber feet that grip nicely, but it fails to make uniform slices, particularly on the thinner settings. Experts say the blade is super-sharp and the thickness settings are easy to adjust using a dial on the side of the unit. The blade, however, is not replaceable, Serious Eats' Daniel Gritzer points out -- meaning that when it dulls, you'll need to purchase another mandoline -- but given the low price of this slicer, it's a non-issue for many users.

The Handheld Mandoline Slicer is meant to be used either onto a cutting board, onto a plate or over a bowl -- it features a curved, non-stick handle that can hook onto a bowl's rim. It also has a viewing window so you can keep an eye on your vegetables as you slice. The finger guard receives mixed reviews among users; some say it's tempting to forego using it because the slicer doesn't grip food well (it has plastic nubs, rather than metal spikes), and this detracts from the product's overall safety. This standard model is adjustable for three thickness settings, but for a slightly higher price you can buy the OXO Good Grips Large Adjustable Handheld Mandoline Slicer (Est. $25), which features a wider ramp and seven different thickness settings.

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