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Als Ersatz für meine defekte Mandoline einer anderen Marke, mit der ich sehr sehr dünne Scheibchen hobeln konnte, habe ich diese Mandoline erworben. Das Produkt als solches ist prima. Es hat drei Einsätze dabei, alle superscharf. Seitlich befindet sich ein Rädchen, mit dem man die Schnittstärke des Hobels verändern kann. Aber leider war keine Schnittstärke dabei, die für meine Zwecke geeignet war. Das fand ich sehr sehr schade. Der Verkäufer hat die Ware sehr schnell versand, Verpackung usw. super.
3.0 out of 5 starsA boon for the amateur cook (with some challenges)
Reviewed in the United States on 21 May 2014
I’m an amateur cook, big emphasis on the “amateur.” Slicing and julienning and grating and waffling are among my least favorite things to do. So this Cuisipro hand held mandoline appealed greatly.
First, the pros: it’s compact and flexible. There are three separate blades (slicing/ridging…julienning…waffling/grating), which are very easy to interchange. And there are also six thickness settings, which can be adjusted with a push of a dial. If you’re looking for ease and convenience, this mandoline offers both in spades.
I immediately tested it out on a carrot and an onion for a salad I was preparing. Getting smooth and consistent results took time and practice. At first, it wasn’t simple to press the food into the prongs of the hand guard (the food kept breaking loose even after the plunger rose to press into the food). Once the carrot/onion were firmly attached, I used quick downward strokes (which worked out fine), but even then, the last few strokes produced oversized pieces.
Additionally, the mandoline was a bit challenging hand rinse. I had to remove each blade, be conscious of not cutting myself, and be diligent about making sure every thin slice of food was removed. There is no platform or box for easy storage.
At the end of the day, my opinion is mixed. The Cuisipro mandolin is compact, flexible, and great for quickly slicing food. But results aren’t always consistent (without practice) and cleaning takes time. The accompanying instruction guide is a real help.
3.0 out of 5 starsWorks okay, but not worth the price
Reviewed in the United States on 25 June 2014
Having used mandolins previously, I was looking forward to checking this one out with all the features. The parts are easy enough to change and everything works in the dishwasher. There is however, a lack of direction as far as how to utilize said parts in order to effectively use them. The design itself is not the greatest. I found it difficult to get any kind of leverage when using this in a bowl as indicated on the package. It works much better just holding at flat against the table or cutting board . Even then, it was difficult to use with harder items such as potatoes or yams. Also annoying was that the packaging was glued to the board itself and even after a run in the dishwasher the glue is still kind of stuck. Overall the mandolin was okay, but I would probably research it in the future to find a more effective one
I've used this a couple of times and don't like it at all. It is easier for me to just chop with a regular knife. The potatoes kept sliding off or from one slice to the next had variable widths. I didn't like how far the gaps were on the hand part and it made cucumbers a pain to slice. I think this might be acceptable to someone looking for a madoline but if you've used a nice one before this will be a disappointment. I would rather skip the madoline and just cut everything up by hand - only thing nice on it were onions but they weren't worth the pain of using it for potatoes.
3.0 out of 5 starsI don't like it but...maybe it will work for you
Reviewed in the United States on 18 June 2014
I was excited about this, because I thought it would save me some time. Turns out it is so frustrating that I would rather not even fool with it. I think i will just do it the old fashioned way. I'm not saying that it does not work, it just doesn't work for me. Seems like I've had it nearly 2 months and I still can't get the glue off of it after several soaks.
The interchangeable parts are easy to place and replace and are sharp. It's just not for me.
I was excited at the prospect of having a mandoline that I could add my collection of cooking utensils. For the most part, this product works fine, but it will take a while to understand how it use it. It's not terribly hard, but it can be terribly frustrating. However, once you get the hang of it, you should be fine. Just be careful when handling the blades.
3.0 out of 5 starsEasy to store, takes some figuring out
Reviewed in the United States on 20 May 2014
I have another mandoline that I use, one that several parts and stores in a box. The Cuisipro hand held mandoline is nice in that everything is stored together (the three different blades for slices/ridges, julienne, waffling and grating all 'snap' into the body of the device), as well as has six settings for the size of your slices. That's pretty nice if you don't want to worry about storage space.
However, if you *do* want to worry about sharp objects, you will want to figure out a way to store the mandoline so you don't brush against any of the sharp edges/grate. Downside of the device is there are no guards or boxes to store it in. And the hand guard is separate, with nothing to snap on to, so you will want to keep track of it (and avoid getting poked by the prongs that hold on to the food you're slicing).
I used the Cuisipro on a classic - I sliced some potatoes for a gratin dish. First off, there was paper glued to the mandoline in two places, including the metal slicing area that was a huge pain to get off. Second, you need to remove the julienne slicing attachment if you're not going to use it (the grater is fine where it is, until you wash it). Third - well, maybe this is just me, but I was VERY nervous about removing and switching out any of the blades considering the force you need to snap them back into place (mine came w/ the ridge blade in place and I had to switch it to the flat blade side to make flat slices) and was very grateful to have a pair of protective mesh gloves that I always wear when using a mandoline. The pieces to this are small and I can easily see hands/fingers slipping when exchanging parts. Fourth, while you have sixth size/depth settings on this mandoline, it goes from very fine to not quite 1/4 an inch. I had the settings on '4' to get decent slices for the potatoes.
It also took some figuring out how to get smooth cuts with the blade. I had to play with holding the mandoline at a certain angle for the potato to cut smoothly on it. I don't think the blade was dull because it would often work fine, but it took a little effort to get it to work like that all the time.
If you want a mandoline that doesn't take up much space and where you don't have to keep looking for all of its parts (well, except for the hand guard) as well as might not see a lot of use, then the Cuisipro is for you. There are other mandolines in the same price range that are a bit bigger which might work out better, though.
From the description, I thought this product would replace the five or six separate graters and slicers in different sizes that I currently use. The Cuisipro is versatile, but it has some drawbacks.
First, the packaging lost a lot of points with me. I had to fight my way into the hard clamshell, and then the labels were practically cemented onto the food platform of the mandoline. It took me three cycles of GooGone, Scotchbrite, Bon Ami, and elbow grease to get them off, and now the finish is permanently stained. (I took a picture for this review, but Amazon's web form won't let me attach it.)
I started with something simple: grating carrots. The hand guard has four spikes to hold the food, so I stuck a chunk of carrot on each one and grated four at once, which went pretty quickly. (Wish I could attach another picture I took!) The hand guard fits over raised edges on the mandoline, and it has a plunger to push the food down the spikes. The plunger fit my hand comfortably, but I found it awkward to support the mandoline, keep the guard on track, and apply the right amount of pressure, all at the same time. The hand guard kept slipping off the track.
It's convenient to have all the blades stored in the main unit. Changing them is scary, though, because they fit really tightly in their storage spaces. It took me a lot of tugging to get them out, and when I did, they came suddenly. I don't like being surprised when I'm handling sharp objects.
On a different day, I tried making crinkle, waffle, and julienne veggies to dress up a salad. The adjustable thickness settings worked just fine, although I had the same difficulty changing blades. The results were attractive, particularly the waffle cut.
It's nice to have so much variety available with a single tool. Using this on a daily basis would be a nuisance, though. I'll probably continue using my old graters and cutters unless I'm doing something really fancy for company. I'm glad I didn't pay full price for the sample product, because I don't think I'd ever get my money's worth of use out of it.
When I first got this, I was excited to try it out. I guess I'm a dork, but I always wanted a mandoline. The plastic clam shell packaging was a buzz kill, and honestly, it was among the worst I've ever encountered. I'd rather wrestle a crocodile. Ugh.
That wasn't even the worst part of unboxing. The worst was the needless glue holding marketing labels in place for store presentation. I get the need for the labels describing the product, but the use of glue is ridiculous. Post-it style adhesive would have worked. Instead I have glue. It wouldn't wash off with dish soap and hot water. It wouldn't wash off in my Bosch dishwasher. It wouldn't really wash off with 70% isopropyl alcohol (it helped, but I was preturbed that I had to raid my stash for making bathtub gin). Eventually I got it off with a knife. This looses a star.
In use, it's a solid device. I wish the unit had better labeling as to what does what (embossed into the unit), but that's no biggie. The fact that the bits slide out in use is not only inconvenient, but also somewhat dangerous. I appreciate the design, as everything is contained within the unit, but the execution needs a better retention mechanism. That's another star. Otherwise it works well.
Thus a decent but not recommendable solution. Frankly one that's more frustrating than anything.
3.0 out of 5 starsDo you really need a mandoline? If so, you might find a better one elsewhere.
Reviewed in the United States on 24 June 2014
I don't want to sound like Andy Rooney... But why do companies stick labels on products that won't come off without leaving a messy residue behind? This Cuisipro mandoline has a couple big stickers on it -- and when you combine that with the fact that this gadget consists of very sharp blades, it's a recipe for disaster.
A mandoline is one of those kitchen tools that seems handy, but often ends up just stuck in a cabinet somewhere and forgotten. They're very handy for making uniform slices of foods like potatoes -- when making a gratin, for example -- but you can also do that with a knife. This is not a small gadget, nor does it come with a case/holder, so you're going to have to figure out how to store it.
This product does have a hand guard, which is nice, but I still felt like I was going to slice my fingertips off at any minute. So I have mixed feelings about this product. If they fix the issue with the labels, though, it would probably earn another star.