What every best Mandolines has:
- Sturdy construction.
- Comfortable, safe cutting guard.
- Safe cleaning options.
Editors of Cook's Illustrated test nine mandolines by slicing and/or julienning potatoes, carrots, tomatoes and zucchini. Each is tested for performance, safety, and ease of use and cleaning. One mandoline is declared the overall winner, another is Highly Recommended, two are Recommended, one is Recommended with Reservations and four are Not Recommended.
Experts at Cook's Illustrated tested six countertop spiralizers, along with a KitchenAid mixer spiralizing attachment. They note that all the products leave left-handed cooks at a disadvantage. The spiralizers are tested for waste, design, countertop footprint, stability, ease of use, versatility, ease of setup, noodle quality and ease of cleanup. Three spiralizers are Recommended, with one of the three earning overall winner status, one is Recommended with Reservations, and three are Not Recommended.
In this thorough roundup, Lesley Stockton, an experienced cook, puts in more than 40 hours of research and evaluates nearly 60 popular mandolines. Winners are chosen based on their performance slicing potatoes, medium-sized heads of fennel, beets, carrots, lemons, and tomatoes. One overall winner and two runners-up are chosen, including one mandoline for professionals.
TheSweethome.com tests spiralizers and discusses their findings in a separate review from mandolines. They spent more than 20 hours researching nearly 20 spiralizers, putting five standing models, three handheld spiralizers, and a KitchenAid mixer attachment to the test by spiralizing several pounds of vegetables. One overall winner is chosen, as well as a runner-up and a budget pick.
Sarah Karnasiewicz tests seven spiralizers, evaluating each on ease of use, ease of cleaning and storage, sharpness and variety of blades, and performance – including consistency and smooth cutting action – on a variety of foods, and the overall sturdiness and size of each spiralizer. One overall winner is chosen as well as a compact budget pick.
Editors at TastingTable.com evaluate "an array of slicers at various price points," testing each mandoline slicer's performance using different blades to slice various foods. Four winners are chosen based on their performance slicing different types of foods with different blades, as well as how comfortable and easy they are to use. Both pros and cons are noted, although they don't disclose how many mandolines were tested overall.
TheKitchn.com puts three spiralizers to the test, two handheld models and one countertop spiralizer. Testers offer feedback and describe the pros and cons of the spiralizer they tested, including ease of use and cleaning, cost, ease of assembly and storage, and more. Overall, none of the three models are completely free of hassles, although all three testers say they'll use their new kitchen gadget again.
The Good Housekeeping Research Institute tests two dozen mandolines and slicers in this report, giving each model a star rating of up to 5 stars. Actual testing methods aren't given, but editors say the scores are a combination of lab tests and they incorporate consumer feedback. Details on each mandoline includes a list of pros and cons and a short write-up. Although this is an older roundup, most of these mandolines are still popular and widely available.
Daniel Gritzer "ordered every mandoline-style slicer sold through Amazon for $50 or less," as well as one that costs slightly more, and tests them by cutting multiple types of fruits and vegetables. His results factor in cutting ability, mechanical function, ease of use and safety. He chooses three winners, all of which have safety settings that keep the blades locked in position while in storage.
Thousands of mandolines, slicers and spiralizers are available at Amazon.com, and quite a few get hundreds or even thousands of reviews. Mandolines also tend to get very good ratings overall. Several mandolines and spiralizers earn ratings of 4.2 stars or better in thousands of reviews. This is the best resource for how a mandoline or slicer performs over time, and in real-world use as a prep tool.
Editors at Fine Cooking test a dozen mandoline slicer products, assessing each for ease of use, construction, performance and safety by slicing a variety of vegetables on different thickness setting. Overall, three slicers are recommended, although the top pick has since been discontinued and the runner-up has been replaced by an upgraded, albeit similar, model.
Williams-Sonoma's online outlet offers an assortment of mandolines and spiralizers, although options are fairly limited and most products only garner a handful of owner reviews. The top brands include Paderno, OXO and de Buyer. Reviewers can specify the "ability level" required for a given product and can also state whether they would recommend the product to a friend.
BedBathandBeyond.com only offers about a dozen different mandoline slicers, but some products do feature useful reviews. Reviewers can rate the quality and value of the product and say whether they would recommend it to a friend. A few mandolines and handheld slicers earn good ratings in a few dozen reviews.