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4.0 out of 5 starsHandy Time Saver For The Kitchen
Reviewed in the United States on 27 May 2014
I didn't even know what a mandoline is before I got this Cuisipro model. I had missed my long-gone Veg-O-Matic, but this unit does nearly everything the Veg-O-Matic did, with the added advantage of being hand-held. With the Cuisipro, you can slice, crinkle cut, waffle cut, julienne in two thicknesses and grate, using the appropriate snap-in attachments.
I found that the Cuisipro did its job quickly and easily. Thanks to the multi-language Owner's Manual, I was prepping for supper in no time. The included hand guard and plunger device holds your food item as you slice. Use a quick downstroke, and lift slightly on the up stroke for best results. Also, it's best to use only the freshest and firmest vegetables, as riper, softer ones will not slice as well. Slice thickness is adjustable from 1 to 6 millimeters. Parts are said to be dishwasher safe, but hand-washing of the blades is recommended by the manufacturer.
The Cuisipro, designed in Canada, is made in China. It's mainly plastic, but the blades and slicing platform are stainless steel. The soft-grip handle is comfortable to hold, and the non-slip feet have a Bowl Notch for slicing over a bowl. I wish the handle had a hole at the end for hanging, but that is a minor point. Though the blades are quite sharp and overall construction seems study enough, I do wonder about the Cuispro's long-term durability. Maybe I shouldn't, because this device carries a 25-year warranty. In any case, this relatively inexpensive kitchen device is versatile, and will save you a great deal of prep time when preparing meals. I recommend it.
4.0 out of 5 starsWorks great on some foods. Some upgrades that are good. Great on Onions!
Reviewed in the United States on 2 June 2014
This is definitely an improvement from the previous versions of this device, but there still are so many things that are better cut when using a knife. I have found that this more improved version has some nice upgrades. Here they are:
1) This version gives you a place to put the three interchangeable blades for slicing, crinkle & waffle cutting, grating and julienning You can now store, and lock them inside the device itself. This is nice. Not fun looking for blades in a drawer!!
2) Great to use on onions, carrots, and zucchini. Potatoes work well to julienne. And the cheese grater is fine. The food does move effortlessly on the grooved stainless steel slicing platform, and there is a hand guard too.
3) The five cutting options and six thickness settings is a plus. You turn a knob on the side of the device to change that.
4) There are soft coated handles that are easy to grip and non-slip, and it is made much better than the last version. The plastic is thicker, and much safer.
5) Clean up is easy. Rinse and go pretty much. But the white part was stained by my carrots the first time I used it.
I still use a knife on many things.... but I will now ALWAYS use this on onions! That is a plus.
4.0 out of 5 starsOnce you figure this mandoline out, it works really well, however I fear that it will end up lost in a cluttered kitchen drawer
Reviewed in the United States on 27 May 2014
While once you figure this mandoline out, it works really well, however I fear that it will end up lost in a cluttered kitchen drawer of lemon squeezers, and turkey lift forks and other kitchen contraptions that never get remembered. Your instincts are going to take you back to simply grabbing a knife out of the drawer than the production of this slicer. If however using a mandoline is nothing new for you, this is a quality made one, and I had fun trying it on carrots, potatoes, cucumbers, and cheese. It really does exactly what it says it will and does it well. You have to pull out the little trays of cutting surface and slide in the next for whatever cut/grate you want. You turn a knob to raise and lower the blade for slicing. It also comes with a round knob with prongs to stick into whatever item you are slicing to hold it while you slice so you don't get down to your fingertips. I didn't have much luck using that tho, seemed added time and work, and just was a big girl about being careful about where my fingers were. The handle is very sturdy and no cheap flimsy feeling at all. Again, if this is something you feel you would use and familiar with cooking with one, this one is really an asset. If not....naw...you are going to go back to basics I think.
LOOOOOOVE the julienne blade -- best one I have seen on an inexpensive mandoline. The thing that could make this a deal breaker for me is the rounded pusher. It has the prongs that you push the vegetable on, like potatoes, cucumbers etc... the problem is when about half the veggie is sliced we have hit the end of the prongs and half of the potato is left and I must finish slicing the potato by hand. SCARY because of that sharp blade coming at my hand on every stroke, Sharp, yes. Does slice and grate and julienne , and waffle as well as I had hoped. Worst feature -- you have to use your hand more than you can use the food pusher which means full focus on slicing so to avoid gettin cut. It does save time and it does some of the hard and tedious jobs that add to a pretty presentation . The julienne feature alone is worth the price to me, the ruffle blade makes a pretty presentation of fruits and veggies. Carrots are a bearcat to cut just because they are so hard to push and thus increase the risk of a slip and a cut to the fingers or hands.
4.0 out of 5 starsWorks well, but make sure to store it securely.
Reviewed in the United States on 11 June 2014
Cuisinpro Mandoline is a decent choice to help you slicing in the kitchen if you do not want to buy any of those bulky machines that use electricity or if you want to distance yourself from knives. It has numerous settings at your disposal and customization. After a few uses, you should get consistent results. Hand guard is a must! Please do not use without the hand guard to avoid some nasty results, which brings me to safety: There isn't much. Those blades on the board seem to be exposed no matter how you store it, which could create hazardous situations, especially with children running around. Make sure to store it in isolated plate. However as you might've guessed it: the blades are very sharp and should last you a long time.
PROS: Sturdy construction Blades self-contained in the mandoline Simple adjustment for thickness of cut 5 different blades Comfortable hand guard on hopper
CONS: Individual blades are hand wash only (the body is dishwasher safe, though) No safety cover when storing Course and fine grating results are not much different
The Cuispiro Hand Held Mandoline is a reasonable iteration of this simple type of kitchen device with a couple featues that make it stand out in the field.
Mandoline slicers are simple kitchen devices that basically use a slant board and a reverse mounted blade to help yo quickly slice fruits and vegetables into uniform slices with little effort. The food is placed in a hand held hopper so that you don’t accidentally slice your finger as you are trying to slice the food. Different conformations of blades can be placed on the slantboard to cut or grate food to order. Handheld slicers llike this seem to work best for quick, small to medium sized jobs. If you are looking at doing your slicing in bulk, it probably makes more sense to bring out the food processor or similar device.
The Cuisipro has a large, easy to grip, rubberized handle. It has rubberized feet that do not slip on the countertop and a notch at the base so that it is easy to use over a bowl. Blades are conveniently stored on the mandoline itself. This is a nice feature as you don’t have to worry about losing a blade, but it does limit the number of blade choices that may be used. The blades are engaged by slipping them into the active slot and do not require any complex snapping or mounting procedure. This is a nice touch, as mandoline blades tend to be quite sharp and many an injury can occur snappinga blacde in and out of a device. There are 3 blades that can be configured for basic slicing, crinkle cutting, waffle cutting, French fry cutting, julienning (thinner than a fry cut), and grating. The blades comfortablly snap in and snap out and the way it works there is little risk for injury. There is a knob on the side to adjust the thickness of the cut, which is also a nice tough.
The hopper is oversized and has three metal prongs that keep your food in place. The grip is easy to hold and, once a vegetable is secured, it is easy enough to cut. That said, some things work better in the hopper than others. Potatoes and apples seemed to work the best for me. Carrots and parsnips are difficult to slice, unless you are slicing the thicker bases, as they aren’t held all that well by the three metal prongs. Onions were a mixed bag. If you are trying to slice an onion that is on the mushier side, forget it. A crisp, firm Vidalia, though, worked just fine for me.
The actual slicing worked really well for potatoes, sweet potatoes, and apples. Anything large and crisp seemed to work the best. The blades are razor sharp and you can quickly slice through a large, crisp veggie easily and get nice uniform slices no matter what the setting. Things like carrots and parsnips are generally too narrow to work in the hopper. You can easily do them if you forgo the hopper; this is not recommended, however, as it is all too easy to slice your finger. Once again, less crispy vegetables and slightly soft onions did not work well at all in this system and should probably be done in a food processor.
The grating attachment has two sides. One for a fine and the other for a more coarse grate. I didn’t see much of a difference in the size of the final product. The mandoline works better with hard cheeses but will have a more difficult time grating softer varieties. The blades themselves appear to be well made. It’s hard to say, of course, how well the blades will hold up over time.
One issue I had with this mandoline is that there is no cover for the blades when storing the device. Most of the blades are safely stowed on the machine but there is always on exposed in the cutting position and there should have been a safety cover on this for storage. Cleaning the blades must be done by hand and is something that you will have to do in a very careful manner, as the blades are very sharp. It would have been nice if the blades could be cleaned in the dishwasher.
This is not the most advanced mandolin device on the market and only has limited number of blades. However it does work as expected and is quick and easy to use kitchen tool.
Ok, so my favorite feature about this product is that I can now have perfectly shaped. consistently cut fries just like McD's. The mandoline is a little different from others I've used but I had no trouble figuring it out, using it or cleaning it. It doesn't feel super high end, but it is adequate. I really like the way this one grips the veggies. I do find myself turning the position of it of its track but it helps me get more of the veggie sliced. It's also important that you remember to keep the slicer tilted a good bit. This makes the slicing go much more smoothly. This would be a handy wedding gift or housewarming present. It's a kitchen must-have and I recommend this particular one. As I said, the best part for me is the fry cutting. It's not as easy as other mandolines that have separate whole blades instead of these interchangeable ones on the board, but you don't get the perfectly cut fries with most of those either.