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2.0 out of 5 starsDisappointing
Reviewed in the United States on 25 May 2014
I used a mandoline at a friend's house when helping to prepare a meal a few years ago, and it easily sliced potatoes and julienned carrots and parsnips. So I was anxious to try this one by Cuisipro. This one only worked on a few softer vegetables with a couple of the blades. I had very positive results when slicing cucumbers and zucchini and the blade that made a crinkle cut and waffle cut also worked on these two vegetables. But the julienne blade wasn't sharp enough for even these items and just made mush of them or they got caught in the blades. Tomatoes just smashed up against the slicing blade as did oranges, only partially cut. Potatoes and carrots were difficult to slice. Some wouldn't slice at all, and I couldn't get the rest of them to any uniform size or shape. Most just got caught in the blades and there were a few nicked fingers trying to dislodge them. The grater blade worked on some medium hard cheeses.
The mandoline came with 2 stickers on the working surface that were so firmly attached that I had to use Goo Gone and a good amount of elbow grease to remove them. The blades store inside of the main unit which is a good space saver but they are difficult to remove except for the julienne blade. It came without a storage bag or box which really is needed, because although the blades aren't as sharp as needed for many sturdy vegetables, they are sharp enough to cut hands or fingers.
I'm disappointed in this product. I'll use it for slicing cucumbers, squash and other vegetables with that same texture, but at this price I wouldn't recommend it for those limited uses.
First impressions (will update as continue to sue) Pros: everything comes nicely stored within the mandolin--blades are slotted into the body and can be removed and pulled out as needed
Cons: • Minor complaint: it took some doing to get the paper and adhesive off the surface. A minor annoyance, but noticeable
• Stored blades: while the convenience is nice, the problem was 1) it was quite hard to get one of the blades out after we had used it and put it back in. Quite hard. 2) the force I needed to remove/return the blades was either annoying (see above) or concerning ("am I going to break it?")
• lack of feet made it less convenient/easy to use than it could have been
• Food kept slipping off the prongs--it was rare it felt strongly attached
• some of the food--potato and sweet potato especially, were extremely hard to slice. We have an Oxo mandolin and both of us used the two with the same foods. It was obvious to both of us that the Oxo was clearly much, much easier and turned out more consistent results.
I'll update with more foods, but right now, both of us were pretty disappointed.
2.0 out of 5 starsNot sure it's worth some of the hassle involved in using it...
Reviewed in the United States on 3 September 2014
I debated between a 2 and 3 star review because once I was finally ready to use it on the desired item (a potato during my first use) it seemed to do OK. But there were too many hassles involved to get to that point, and I'm not sure it's worth it. Many of these issues were mentioned by others.
First, removing the Mandoline from the packaging/clam shell wasn't easy. But that was not as irritating as realizing that stubbornly adhesive stickers had been placed directly on the Mandoline. The adhesive residue did not surrender easily, and I am still not thrilled about passing food over that spot.
My safety concerns make me the most hesitant to use this routinely. In theory, it is great to have the hand guard - but it would not be difficult to injure yourself while trying to put the food on it, or if the food falls off. While it is great to have so many blade options, removing/switching them out also presents potential dangers.
In all honesty, because of the above issues/concerns, I haven't used the Mandoline enough to truly judge how well it slices a variety of foods over time.
2.0 out of 5 starsDisappointing And Somewhat Dangerous when handling the blades and Hand Guard
Reviewed in the United States on 23 June 2014
I was hoping that the Cuisipro Hand Held Mandoline With Hand Guard would be something that would be used often in the kitchen; instead it is going in the basement with other unused kitchen items.
First of all, like other reviewers have pointed out, the manufacturer uses an adhesive for their label that does not come off and leaves a yellow-brown stain when washed. Come on guys, this has raw foods passing over the slicing surface; users don’t want it to pass over adhesive residue.
Cuisipro really needs better instructions for their mandoline. The three pages they provide are hard to follow and the diagrams take some time to figure out. The blades are difficult to remove and lock in place if you can figure out which way they are supposed to go, because the instructions sure don’t help much. Nowhere in the manual does it instruct you to press in the tabs at the end of the blade to lock them in place or unlock them. The changing blades section truly needs a picture or diagram for EACH blade, the instructions have NONE.
The hand guard can be very dangerous. The four spikes are very sharp and even then, the food tends to slip off them. It can be used as a weapon when you are not slicing anything. The blades also require a great deal of care when trying to put them in place. Since they require a bit of force to seat properly, it is easy to slip and cut yourself. A note here - all of the blades need to be removed before placing the mandoline in the dishwasher, and the blades need to be hand washed.
Although the platform does have rubber feet, I did find it sliding around a bit. Don’t bother with the Non-Slip bowl notch, every time I used the mandoline with a bowl it kept sliding out of it, tipping it over more often than staying in it.
I had various results when slicing various foods (mostly bad). The mandoline does make good julienne potatoes, but it did an awful job on grating cheddar cheese. I wound up with a bunch of mush that got caught up in the device. Perhaps better instructions may have helped that situation. I had a similar experience slicing lettuce and tomatoes. Clearly this machine works better with harder foods.
Storing the mandoline is another issue. All of the blades neatly fit into the unit, and that is great, but what about the hand guard? It was like the designers completely forgot about that piece and leave it up to the consumer to store a dangerous spikey piece in their kitchen drawer – Yikes!
I’ve been using a Chopping Box endorsed by Graham Kerr for over ten years. It basically does most of what the mandoline can do, and everything that is sliced drops neatly into the box, which also serves as storage for all of the blades and accessories. I thought maybe the Cuisipro mandoline might be an upgrade, but clearly it is not. I’m sticking with the Chopping Box.
2.0 out of 5 starsI prefer the old-fashioned way of slicing and grating
Reviewed in the United States on 21 May 2014
This is the first time I've tried a mandoline; they look easy & fun to use when I watch demos on QVC. Not so much in real-life. The English version of the instructions is 3 pages with photos but I found it hard to comprehend. SGT? I had to look that up - it means Surface Glide Technology - the platform is supposed to be slick so the veggies slide easily - maybe....after you get the label glue off.
The 3 blades are stored in the unit and you have to remove the julienne blade if you're not using that one. What a pain to do and I thought I'd cut myself. First item was a firm tomato; by the time I'd poked it 20+ times with the prongs it became mush. The grater part was OK, but I have a box grater that's easier to use. Slicing an onion: the slices were OK, but it's easier to use a knife and a knife is easier to clean. This is supposed to be a "compact" mandoline, but it takes up a lot of room in my already-crowded kitchen drawer.
Getting the mandolin ready to use is kind of a lot of work to start. First there's the lovely plastic packaging. Then there is the labels that are stuck on with some sticky substance that does not clean off well. Then there's the whole getting the right tool in the right position in the slot. The grating and slicing tools do not pop in and out easily. The julienne blades actually do, but by the time everything's ready to go, this is a bit frustrating to use.
The blades are not very sharp. The hand guard does not work with larger items that are supposed to fit the long way (as in, not in the slot with the pokey things that are supposed to hold them in place). The hand guard didn't work too well even when I tried to crinkle cut my potatoes since the potato kept slipping off the spikes. The potatoes did not slide particularly well and the blades did not cut well for julienne fries either. Cutting anything hard takes more work than it's probably worth with the Cuisipro hand held mandoline. The grater works fine, though, and is kind of nice for softer items like cheese.
Overall, not the safest of kitchen products or the easiest to use. Has it's uses, but you definitely don't get a lot of quality or ease of use with this product. If you want a mandolin, think about spending more to get a higher quality one. This isn't worth the money.