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Great idea! Great for children in cutting up bananas for snacks or cereal and parents not having to worry about knives and their children cutting themselves. So if you are a parent and want something your children can use safely in cutting bananas this item is the real deal...but if you are looking to air/freeze dry or prepare bananas on a large scale for food storage, camping trips, or etc...this item is clearly not for you as its Very Poor in both design and quality. I have no issues with the item being plastic (again great for kids and safety issues) but for adult uses there are significant design and performance flaws. First, the internal so-called plastic edges are nowhere sharp enough to make clean multiple banana slices. Second, as one knows bananas have a high degree of stickiness and hardness if one doesn't remove the residue immediately after use. (Dishwashers won't even remove banana residues even on metal knives). So if you leave the banana residue on the slicer for any amount of time you have to place it under hot water and scrub each plastic edge to clean it...very time consuming. Third, the design looks fun and simple to use and as I said for kids and small to mediums banana a fun and nice product but for larger bananas its just doesn't work unless you first cut the banana in half. So in closing if you want this for your kids it gets 5 STARS for cuteness, fun and safety, but if you want this for any type of professional or large banana cutting I would give it a 0 STARS...thus three stars. I should have read the item details closer. So my fault in buying it for why I needed it. I guess I was a kid for a moment and loved the concept. :-)
Got this as a wedding gift. I thought it was for sex! Boy was I wrong! We had to go to the ER on our wedding night. Three hours in the ER was not a great way to spend our first night married. But... now that we know it's a real BANANA slicer, this thing really does work!!!
I just purchased the 571 as a gift but it didn't come with any instructions? Does the Hutzler website have any instructional videos I can watch in case I'm asked for a demonstration? Please help! I don't want the person it's for to go bananas trying to figure it out.
I set out to use my new Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer this morning with great anticipation. However, I was foiled by the Hutzler's inability to handle my banana. For those of us with severely curved bananas, the advertising for this product is misleading; it is actually a two-person operation to slice such a banana. While one person carefully straightens the stiff banana without fracturing it, the other person applies pressure to the top of the Hutzler. I am giving this product three stars because the result is perfectly sliced bananas when the Hutzler is used with a friend.