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I bought this fine piece of kitchenware as a present to my boyfriends two little sisters. We bonded while he was at work by watching season after season of The O.C., and I saw how they drooled over the genius that is the bagel slicer.
I did a lot of research, because I am 7 out of 10 poor, and this seemed to be not only cheap, but have good reviews from various websites.
It arrived promptly in a nice box, ready for me to wrap up for Christmas!
Appearance: pretty scary. I worry I might be held responsible if someone loses a finger, but actually it has a huge perspex-looking screen that covers the blade so don't worry about trapping any body part (eek) in there! Slick looking on the kitchen top! Doesn't look either cheap or pretentious, very nice design.
Bagel slicing: If the bagel is slightly too thin it slops to the side and gives you an uneven cut. It does always (pretty much) leave a nice clean cut, but not always on target. PRECISE but not ACCURATE (if there's anyone out there with a GCSE in biology, they'll know the difference) Does make you feel like you're in the O.C.
Cleaning: I don't think it's ever been cleaned to be quite honest. But the crumbs can just be tipped into the bin.
Pros: No harassment of trying to cut bagels with a knife! Very quick and easy. Makes you feel like you're on the O.C. Feels safe - though don't necessarily give this as a Christening present...
Cons: You're not really on the O.C. The perspex screen automatically strikes this off as a torture device - sorry ladies, he may have cheated on you, but his 'littleman' won't fit into this. Doesn't always cut accurately
I would recommend this to anyone. I have given it five stars because due to the differing size of today's bagels, I can't see how it would be possible to have any bagel slicer that does fit all bagels enough that they won't slide around and be cut unevenly, sometimes.
I've been wanting one of these for ages but kept putting it off because I thought it would turn out to be gimmicky and a waste of money. In fact, it's brilliant. I'm so pleased I finally bought it. I use it every day, and I just wish I'd bought it months ago!