What every best Mandolines has:
- Sturdy construction.
- Comfortable, safe cutting guard.
- Safe cleaning options.
Reviewers rave about the high-performing Swissmar Börner V Power Mandoline, V-7000. In professional tests it excels at slicing everything from hard potatoes to delicate tomatoes, evenly and consistently. Owners love its versatility -- it slices, shreds, juliennes and cubes, and has four thickness settings that are simple to adjust. The ambidextrous hand guard makes it very safe to use, and all of its parts snap together for compact storage.Buy for $49.95
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
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 $19.99
Professional chefs turn to Benriner mandolines more than any other brand and the Benriner Wide-Body Slicer is a great pick for those who want ultimate versatility. It accommodates larger foods with ease, with a large, diagonal blade that makes smooth, precise cuts. With four blades for slicing, shredding, julienne and thick, baton-style cuts, as well as easy-to-adjust thickness settings, the Super Benriner is a versatile, sturdy slicer that can stand up to your toughest slicing needs.Buy for $47.50
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 $33.95
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 Kitchen Supreme Spiral Slicer. It works by manually twisting a vegetable against the blade at varying speeds and angles to produce spiralized cuts, a task experts say isn't as difficult as it seems. It comes with two blades to produce two julienne sizes, and it's dishwasher-safe and small enough to store in a drawer.Buy for $39.99