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Until I saw the Cuisipro Mandoline, my newest favorite slicer was the OXO Good Grips Complete Grate and Slicer Set. Nice, lightweight, portable, with storage for the blades inside the vegetable holder. It looked good and even though I could tell it would not last forever, I liked what it did. And then along came Cuisipro, big and brawny, handsome and up to the job. There you go: my second marriage all over again.
Anyway, I switched over to the Cuisipro and like it very much. It has Includes three cutting blades with dual surfaces. YOu can slice, make those crinkle cuts and waffle cuts, or you can grate or julienne. The weight is nice. It does not wiggle around on the counter and it's sturdy as all get out. You slide in the blade, turn the key and you're good to go. The handle is slip-proof, you get a big knuckle guard (essential for people like me who are now officially down to the bone). With five cutting options you can do a lot with the Cuisipro. Even better, you can adjust the thickness from paper thin to zoftig. I like my potatoes with a little heft to them when I make a salad, but I'm thinking of doing some home-made chips and this is going to make it possible. Because, you now, I do need that essential second source of chips. If Frito-Lay ever decides to top playing fast and loose with my arteries, I need a back up system.
Anyway, I have tried the Cuisipro on a bunch of different foods. First out was a big bowl of semi-kim chee, which is a kind of fermented Korean cabbage slaw that I didn't ferment. It had sliced onions, napa cabbage, radishes, carrots, and other stuff along with hot peppers, fish sauce and any number of other herbs and spices. It was pretty good tasting, and the Cuisipro came through the challenge with no problems. Since then, I made some carmelized apples and onions which were a cinch to slice, and the next project is a truck load of potato salad, with a cart full of onions and maybe some carrots and other things that look interesting. With bacon and mayo and vinegar and boiled eggs. Traditional plus bacon, which is the international term for "more." The Cuisipro is big and strong, does what you need it to, makes boring things like slicing your way through a ton of potatoes less unpleasant. The price is $39.95 ($10 more than the OXO, but this looks like it will last longer, so that's a wash). Storage is easy...the mandolin is flat and I put the blades in a plastic bag underneath. It will take me months to lose them all.
So, for a good looking, heavy duty slicer that is easy to use, with blades that are a cinch to install or release and sharp enough to tackle what you want to slice, I don't see how you could go wrong with one of these. On the other hand, that third marriage didn't work out so well: I tend to be an optimist.
5.0 out of 5 starsVery handy for small batch, or quick slicing.
Reviewed in the United States on 18 June 2014
My first reaction after finally getting it out of the package was "Fantastic! Finally!" Very well thought-out handy kitchen tool: The thickness is adjustable with a dial on the side. The cutting blade deck stays steady and the sliding side adjusts. The blade in the solid place moves in and out from the right side and can be reversed for julienne or straight. The second blade sitting in front of the primary, larger, blade has vertical blades with 1/4-inch spacing reversible to 1/8-inch spacing moves in and out from the left. This blade can be removed for slicing or inserted for dicing (or long strips by removing the larger flat/julienne blade). Back toward the handle a grater is hidden inside under the moveable deck. The grater can be placed in the flat/julienne blade slot or used separate from the device.
All parts remove easily for cleaning -- yeah!!! The handle and the opposite end both have a rubber coating making the handle easier to hold and the opposite end of the device safer to place on breakable containers or not scratch metal containers. It fits easily and well on a wide range of container sizes for slicing/shredding. An adjustable hand-protector that slides very nicely on the side rails of the platform is also included.
It is made with a light-weight synthetic material with metal blades. The blades are also not heavy enough to do heavy-duty cutting/shredding but are very adequate for fruits and vegetables to prepare smaller quantities. To prepare produce for canning or freezing I believe a sturdier mandolin would be more appropriate and successful for a longer term use. I could be wrong but would rather err on lighter use side and have it available for a long time. The body and hand guard are dishwasher safe; the blades should be hand rinsed and dried.
As with all things Cuisipro I have used, it is well thought-out for great function. Love it and would recommend it to anyone.
This mandoline is so much nicer than my previous one. The utensil is build sturdy, it doesn't creak or flex when in use. The grip is nice and easy to hold on to without slipping. The manner in which the blades are switched is quick, easy, and when locked into place doesn't wiggle loose. The blades are sharp and provide a quick, even cut. Overall, this is a very good mandoline that is built better and outperforms others in its price range.
I was, however unhappy with the product label they placed over the textured metal area of the mandoline. The glue was very sticky and very difficult to remove. There is no need for that level of thoughtlessness towards the consumer, especially considering the variety of strong, non-residue adhesives widely available.
5.0 out of 5 starsOne of my FAVORITE Kitchen Gadgets!
Reviewed in the United States on 7 June 2014
The Cuisipro Hand Held Mandolin with Hand Guard is one of my favorite kitchen tools! First of all, I LOVE the handle. It's got a soft, non-slip grip that is easy to hold on to while I'm cutting my veggies. The changeable blades allow me to grate, slice, julienne, make waffle fries and crinkle cuts. There's an adjustable thickness selector with six different options.
This is my favorite tool for slicing potatoes for au gratin or zuppa Toscana! And I find myself looking for veggies to slice JUST SO I CAN USE THIS TOOL.