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As a home cook, I've got decent knife skills, but it is still time consuming prepping meals.
The Swissmar Borner V slicer helps alot, especially with salads. Look up the American Kitchens review on YouTube for the details.
In summary is you can get french fries, julienne carrots, make slaws, dice onions, get zucchini ribbons, etc in seconds. The base is sturdy, change out blades is quick and its very safe to use with the handle provided.
You do need to apply some pressure and speed with harder vegetables, but I quickly got the hang of it. Like any sharp steel blades, unfortunately the diswasher is out of the question. Using a dishwashing brush is ideal for longevity.
From my homework, this is still the best mandoline on the market, very sturdy, and everyone should have one in their kitchen.
Slices and dices almost any veg. Just use the supplied holder as these blades are real sharp. Fast to use and easy to clean up. Makes more sense to use on larger quantities, but i even use it on smaller jobs when consistency of size matters.
The slicer works really well - so much easier and cleaner cuts than my expensive French mandoline - 5 stars for this.
BUT: Apart from the fact that the white plastic will be easily stained by carrots, beets etc. (which doesn't bother me) the only other limitation is the 2 slicer thicknesses and the 2 julienne slicer sizes - hence 4 stars overall.
I bought a V-Prep Slicer 40 years ago, and use it almost everyday. It makes prep work so much easier and faster for salads, chili, spaghetti sauce, potatoes - I could go on and on. It's only been this past year that I noticed that it's not cutting as well as it used to, so I ordered another one. Didn't even bother to see if there was something else out there because this one does everything I need. This is the one kitchen "gadget" that I can't recommend high enough.
I had high hopes for this mandoline, based on reviews here (plus the recommendation by America's Test Kitchen). It was purchased to slice yams to make dehydrated dog treats. It couldn't -- even the narrowest yams got caught halfway through the cut. It was then difficult, and potentially dangerous, to remove the stuck yam by sliding it backwards. Surprisingly, a previous $15 mandoline (no longer available, unfortunately) actually did the job for quite a long time before eventually breaking.