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So I purchased the Kitchen mandolin. Very disappointed but decided to go to amazon and see what people were saying and find another. I came across this one. It was delivered and I was expecting to be disappointed. I was not! It came with ample blades to chose from. I used it first to make some turkey salad. I sliced an onion and viola! It slides pretty thin wished there was a paper thin setting. I loved that this thickness/thinness was adjustable. Then I used the julienne blades and slicer for the celery. It was akin to dicing.
The cons: The blade doesn't have a guard and you must exercise care. The julienne blades also need to be clean if used and they are ultra sharp and part of the slicer itself. The holder for the vegetables fits more something round so I had to move the celery back and forth myself. Again with extra care not to cut myself.
I recently started using a food delivery service (Hello Fresh) and am finding myself cutting a lot of vegetables, onions, shallots. I realized that my old OXO mandoline was too basic and not very sturdy and decided to replace it. I just tested out my new one and I love it. I like the ability to change to several slice sizes just right there with the twist of a knob. I didn't realize that it had the julienne slicer but that seems really handy. I like that the mandoline is sturdy and safe with the food holder that latches on. I like that the extra blades come in the plastic box that they do. My only ding is that it is rather bulky and I'm not sure where in my kitchen to store it.
Maybe I don't know how to use it but I found the sliding thing useless for holding and sliding fruit/veggies so I put on my safety glove and push it through myself. I am not recommending you do that but it works for me as I PAY ATTENTION to where my hands and fingers are at all times! So for that reason, I am able to use it. Seriously you could take off a finger tip or slice yourself up; It is SHARP! I love the rotating Julienne blades that you can use to make fries. I also found that I could take several stalks of celery, rubber band them tightly use the slicer blade and rotate up the Julienne blades then slice away, you get perfect small pieces of celery for salads or dressing. This is a huge time saver and the pieces are relatively uniform compared to try to food process pieces like for a chopped salad. The price is good.
Updated Review: I still don't know how to use the mandolin, however the seller contacted me right away to issue a refund and to apologize for any inconvenience. If I can figure out how to use it with more practice and YouTube video watching, I will bump this up to a five-star review.
Original Review: I wish I had remembered to return this on time. I could not get any of the attachments to work for me. This is likely because I hadn't used one before, but if you are like me and anticipated something that would work out of the box with just a small learning curve, you'll be disappointed. I ended up slicing up all the veggies by hand (not easy when I was cooking for 20, which is why I bought it in the first place). It has lived in the box ever since. On a positive note, the quality of the product was good.
I got the V-Pro 5 Blade Mandoline Slicer by Mueller as a gift. I'm very happy with it and give it 4 stars. The blade is easily adjustable for different thicknesses. It makes perfect slices of zucchini for a vegetable lasagna, the main reason I wanted a mandoline. Blades store neatly in the storage box. I have no problem popping out the blade for washing. By placing my hand underneath and gently pushing up on the corners with my fingers. The reason I’m giving this mandoline slicer a 4 star rather than 5 stars is because there is very little information as to how to use the safety guard food holder properly. The company should have a video on youtube or on their website demonstrating the various ways of using the mandoline. There is just one insert with pictures. The picture on the outside of the box shows that a juicer should be included but it was not in the box. I don't really care about the juicer but it's a bit misleading.
I bought this because I rarely use a food processor because it cuts too fast for precision so slicing things means the choice of one size and often there is too much pulpy mess when trying to grate vegetables. The Mandoline is better because you can choose several cutters and adjust the level of the blade to regulate thickness. But, it's a bit of a pain to clean and dry since it requires air drying, can't be washed in a dishwasher and it is really dangerous to use. Yes, there is a plastic handle to grab onto and push things through, but it is only truly safe if you move your hand slowly and be cautious when sliding food along the cutter base. Of all the mandolines I research, this seemed the best for me and I still think that. BUT ...
The width of the cutting area seems generous until you find yourself cutting vegetables with a knife to fit on the cutting service or end up with an inch or two of good uncut vegetable or apple that is too small to safely cut all of the way. Mandolines look easy and quick on a food show but in real life you are peeling and cutting vegetables on a cutting board so you can use the mandoline. In some instances that could be helpful but I find I am now cleaning a knife, peeler, cutting board and a mandoline and it's very sharp blades that rival my sharpest knife. In the end the time saving advantage is minimal after considering the time for prep and clean up. Frankly 90% of the time my knife skills are faster than messing with this unneeded "kitchen toy".
So...yeah. I've used mandolins before. This one is adequate and for the price, its really quite good. But the guard on it sucks. A very brief cautionary tale:
I had successfully sliced 6 onions and 4 pears for the dinner I was making, and the product was working pretty well. I got frustrated with the guard pretty quickly, because as you get to the last 2 or so slices of your food, the guard just mangles them. Perfectly clean slices all the way until those last two swipes, and then because the guard doesn't grip the food close enough to the blade, it cant cut. So inevitably, like an idiot, I took off the guard and very slowly and carefully pushed those last two slices past the blade. I was careful! And I didn't get cut from that. But if you have to remove the guard to do any of the cutting, you are probably going to remove the guard to do all the cutting. And like the moron that I am, I did just that. It wasn't long after that I really perfectly sliced a thick enough chunk of my thumb off to wind up in urgent care having my wound cauterized, with now weeks of after care.
I do not fault the mandolin or it's maker. I'm the idiot here. But learn from this idiot's mistake and know that if you want your WHOLE onion cut, get a quality kevlar glove instead of using the guard this comes with. And regardless, be careful!
**** Update 8/12/19. My issues with this still exist, HOWEVER the company quickly reached out to me, and made a more-than-fair offer to help me out. I do understand there is "no one size fits all" for everyone, and Mueller customer support has been outstanding.
While this is a good slicer with a lot of blades for different options, there are some issues.
1) There is no storage stand for this to sit upright to save counter space and stay clean, and it will not stand upright on its own. Mueller should add a storage stand/ box/ frame that is high enough to cover any installed blade. I will have to cut down the box it came in, and that is NOT the look I want for my counter.
2) The 5 different blades fit very snugly on the mandolin body, which is a good thing. The issue is the finger-hole indent to release them. It is poorly shaped and too shallow to easily pop them up, and having wet fingers makes it impossible. I need to use a tool. Eliminates anyone with hand arthritis or finger strength issues from using this.
3) The julienne blade cover underneath is also nearly impossible to release. I have the brace the slicer against something, and yank hard – and be cautious about not letting my finger slip inside too far. Also eliminates anyone with hand or finger strength issues from using this.
This could have been designed much better, starting with an included storage stand.
I wanted to like this better, the other reviews were so great. But I bought it specifically to make sweet potato chips - and no matter how small or big I make the opening, the chips get caught in the slot. I know sweet potatoes are tough/hard, which is why I got a mondolin - cutting with a knife was hard! This makes it a little easier, but is also a pain. Even this blade doesn't seem quite sharp enough to consistently cut swiftly through the SP. Also, it's staining orange from the SP... .no matter how hard I scrub it's there for life. However, this company, after reaching out to them, is offering a refund of my product. That is some serious customer service!
I was looking for something to slice my zucchini for zucchini chips. This does the job. My husband uses it for potatoes for fries. It is pretty simple to use, you just pop in the slicer blade you want to use, prop up the legs or holder(that's what I call it), adjust to the settings you want, cut the vegetable in half, put on your cutting glove and start slicing. So, let's go through this real quick. Popping in the blade you want...easy, pulling the legs/holder up...easy, adjusting the settings...easy, slicing the vegetable - well... not so easy. Maybe I am not doing it correctly, so please bear with me.
There is a slicing guard that you can poke into the vegetable and use it to slide across the mandolin, this is only useful if you cut the vegetable into 2-inch blocks, then it is ready to slice. If you don't use the slicing guard you are slicing by hand, hence the slicing glove (which I HIGHLY recommend). If it is a long vegetable like a carrot or zucchini, it is easier if you cut them in half, then slice. For potatoes, we have found slicing them on the side instead of the end gets better slicing results.
You have to move the vegetable just right or it will get caught in the blade. make sure when you do slice, it is on a clean surface because there is no catch basin, it just goes right on the counter and you really can't put anything underneath it because then your mandolin will not be on a flat surface.
It is so easy to clean. You just pop out the blade from the back and wash all the components. It is great too that the blades have a nice storage box, so you won't have to worry about leaving sharp edges out.
Overall, I am happy with this and will continue to use it, I just need to practice more so I can slice smoothly.