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Mandoline Reviews

By: Kelly Burgess on May 01, 2017

Editor's note:
The OXO Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer is the best choice for most home cooks; Benriner mandolines are terrific, pro-grade slicers. Paderno still tops reviews among spiralizers. Looking for a more affordable, compact slicer? Consider the KitchenAid V-Slicer or the Kitchen Supreme Spiral Slicer Spiralizer to meet your occasional slicing needs.

Swissmar Börner V Power Mandoline
Best Reviewed

Best mandoline slicer

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 $54.95
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 $19.99
Benriner Wide-Body Slicer Review
Runners Up
Specs that Matter Number of cuts – 4 Dishwasher safe – No Safety features – Hand guard

Professional mandoline slicer

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 $38.00
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
Kitchen Supreme Spiralizer Review
Runners Up
Specs that Matter Number of cuts – 1 Dishwasher safe – Yes Safety features – No

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 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

Types of Mandolines

Basic Mandoline Slicers

Mandoline 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.

Professional-Quality Mandoline Slicers

Professional-grade slicers are similar in both form and function to the more basic slicers. These are extremely sharp, as are all mandolines, but tend to have less stable and secure hand guards. In fact, in professional kitchen settings, chefs usually remove the hand guards from their mandolines -- they shouldn't, but they do. Professional-quality slicers typically have several blades for making various types of cuts, along with the ability to adjust the height of the table to adjust the thickness of slices.

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. Spiralizers are great for people who like to stir fry, too. One professional testing organization was initially very skeptical of the need for a spiralizer, but were charmed with the results, which they said transformed ordinary fruits and vegetables into something special.

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, as well. 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 buy one that is highly rated for a safe hand guard and easy-to-change blades.

Some people are so terrified of cutting themselves that they won't even use their mandoline -- won't even store it in the kitchen, in fact. For them we recommend a pair of cut-resistant gloves; not a bad idea for anyone, really, even if you are using the hand guard. We discuss cut-resistant gloves on our page devoted to the best mandolines. And keep in mind: If you almost never slice anything, you may just need a great knife. If so, check out our separate report on kitchen knives for 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, including  Cook's Illustrated, TheSweethome.com, SeriousEats.com and Good Housekeeping, to name just a few.  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.com, BedBathandBeyond.com, and Williams-Sonoma.com. 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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