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I make a lot of salads so I find the preparation gets a bit laborious. This is a great device for taking away some of the monotony of slicing vegetables and the range of 'shapes' that you can cut makes for a more attractive salad.
What I enjoy about it is the simplicity of exchanging blades to get different types of slicing and dicing as well. Very convenient. They snap in and out well leaving me feeling safe to proceed with slicing. I like how well it fits over a bowl and over its own bottom portion to catch the veggies. And l’m grateful and like the safety feature in the slicer “handle” itself. It doesn’t take up much space at all and is easy to store. It stores within itself and creates a straight/level surface, making it all the more easily stored.
The areas I struggle with and the reasons I gave it less than five stars are the following:
- The primary slicer isn’t even with the outer area of the mandolin. What happened is that when I sliced cucumber, the edge of the spacer in which the blade is snapped into was sitting higher than the blade itself resulting in a quick hard stop of each slice attempt.
- The top protector didn’t do so well with a cucumber. Only when it was super short did it work, which was nice for when getting that close to the blade. That is a positive.
- The other disappointment for me was that the slicer didn’t have varying sizes. It was just one slice width. It would be nice to have the option for varying widths of slices for the veggies. Sometimes I enjoy slicing super thin slices of onion and cucumber.
I got this for my wife who had mentioned needing something more convenient than the big food processor. We've used it for a week or so to help prepare several meals. Overall, she likes it - it is easy to use, and easy to clean, and she likes how compact and convenient it is - both to use and to store. Her first negative was that it doesn't dice - I know, that's not what it is designed to do so I didn't take any points from it for that. Where it did lose a star was for the following: We noticed that as the blades were removed from the storage slots and placed back in them, they started to get loose and no longer lock in at times. You also have to store it with one blade installed in the slicer body, we would have preferred an additional slot even though it does have a cover. Finally, it didn't do well with frozen peppers - but that was also her first attempt at using it so we don't know if it was her or because the peppers were frozen. We haven't had a chance to try with fresh peppers to see if that makes a difference or not. All in all, it's a good product with only a couple of minor complaints.
I really like this product almost gave 5 stars but I have a little bit of a hard time holding the piece that helps push the veggies. However, I absolutely love the outcome! I used it for veggies to top off my salad and they came out perfectly!! I used two different blades one for shredded carrots and another for nice thin red onion slices. Would definitely recommend based on price... I'm sure I'll get a better handle on it so looking forward to continue use!! Great value for the price!!
I was initially excited to get this, however after using it the first time i found it a bit uncomfortable and difficult. First i tried slicing (only 1 slicing thickness choice) potato it did fine but not very sturdy, needed to be sliced to fit, second shredded, not so bad, though i personally wasn't impressed. Second, carrots, slicing was near impossible with ease, it isn't a veggie i consider safe to use in any form slice, julienne or shred (one main reason i needed this )also i only did 2 carrots and it's already stained and ugly looking. Third, onions did fine shredding, slicing is another story. Over all I'm not impressed with this personally, so i will skip buying the chopper and continue as I've been doing, as for the slicing I'm still using a rather cheap crofton mandoline that works better, but can no longer find the blades so I was in need of a slicer (reason for buying this) all being said I think maybe a demonstration from the company may be beneficial, I might even change my mind given a real guide to use, for now I'm disappointed and the fact that it already looks aged after 1 time use I'm skeptical of the longevity of it. As an after thought cleaning is rather challenging too, maybe a brush or something would help, just rinsing it doesn't remove the starch or the stickiness of the vegetables and i certainly wouldn't recommend dishwasher at all but that's just my observation, personal opinion.
Really good beginner product. It comes in a easy to attire package, everything in one neat little box, all the spare blades has its own place. I tried to shred cabbage on it for Okonomiyaki, I was able to get it small enough in minutes.
Clean up was super easy, rinse under the tap, done. You can put it into be dishwasher, but mine was pretty full, so I just rinsed and dried.
There are some limitations, the blade height can not be adjusted, what you see if what you get, which is about a quarter inch thick.
Otherwise this is a great product for a beginner.
*Disclaimer, got it for free as a tester product in exchange for an honest review.
I'm knew to the mandolin world so didn't know what to expect. Disclaimer: I received this product for free to test. I've used this twice and have had mild success but feel that could be due to lack of experience.
The thick julienne option resulted in smaller pieces than I would've preferred. I used it to make sweet potato fries and when they came out of the air fryer they were like shoestring fries. I switched to the waffle cut option and that worked perfectly with the sweet potato.
I used the slicer to make potato chips and that works well until the bottom container gets full. This happened for every potato and took a bit for me to figure out why I was getting such resistance. Again, I'm assuming operator error here.
The hand guard is also a nice feature for those like me who are new to these contraptions and a bit scared of the blade. I've seen too many cooking show errors.
When cleaning I find I have to take out all the pieces to make sure it dries thoroughly. That makes it a little bit of a pain.
All in all I like this mandolin and will keep testing it out. Since I don't have a food processor or a grater it's a nice option to cover both basis and save room.
I bought it to make waffle fries. Got nice wavy fries, or chips, but not waffly. Turned the potato in all kinds of directions, but still no waffles. Also couldn't get the hand of that thing you put the potato in works. Kept sliding around so I went to basics. Potato, or whatever, in hand against the slicer. Was able to slice an onion, but my tomato turned into mush. Next time I will try a firmer tomato. Clean up was a snap, but if you don't keep the machine completely horizontal all the blades fall out. Hopefully there is a learning curve associated with the machine. I'm kind of excited about jesting.
The first few times I tried to use this- for mushrooms, bell peppers, onions- it would have been quicker to prep my veggies by hand. It's a learning curve though. It gets easier to use and then it's much faster than cutting veggies by hand.
The different blades are stored under the "cutting board" so to speak, so unless you want to wash all the pieces every time, you have to pull those out and set them aside. If you leave the blades in the storage slots while you're slicing, they get juices all up in there.
It's more practical to store the blades in a separate box and pull out the one I need.
So it's fairly easy to use once you get some practice and it's fairly easy to clean once you abandon the built-in blade storage design.