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Mandoline slicers make quick work of cutting slices of vegetables and
fruit. They function by sliding the food across a blade. They are
faster than using a knife and excel at creating uniform slices and
julienne cuts both thick and thin. Mandolines generally have multiple
blades, thickness settings and a hand guard for safety.
We love the convenience of mandoline slicers for prepping vegetables
for making sushi. They excel at making julienne cuts from fine to thick,
which are perfect for sushi rolls.
Used properly, a mandoline slicer can be a safe kitchen utensil. It
is common, and appropriate to be a bit scared to use a mandoline. The
blades are extremely sharp and you are passing your hand over the blade
with some force.
A good hand guard is the most important safety feature to prevent
cutting yourself on the blade. It is more common to cut yourself washing
the unit than when slicing.
Important features in a good mandoline are sturdy stainless steel
blades with easy thickness adjustment. Better models have multiple or
adjustable blades for a variety of cutting and slicing tasks. Rubberized
non-slip feet and an excellent and safe hand guard are nice for safety.
And a runway surface that lets food glide smoothly.
V shaped blade mandolines are our preferred style. They generally
slice easier, with less effort (and therefore we think more safely),
than straight blade slicers. With angle blade slicers, the food will
tend to be forced over to the side of the slicer which adds friction and
binding, hindering smooth and easy cutting. However, there are some
very excellent angle blade mandolines.
Hand held mandolines are a tad more convenient - quick to pick up and
use, fewer parts to wash and clean, smaller unit to store. However they
will lack some of the thickness settings and variety of blades of
standing models. Most hand held units do not include julienne blades or
capabilities which we feel is necessary for sushi making.
Because safety is a priority, a quality mandoline with great blades
and design is most important. Therefore, avoid cheap mandolines with
flimsy blades and construction. And pay careful attention to the hand
The best are large, easy to grip handle, and have a large base to
shield your hand. Ones to avoid are small, difficult to grip or hold
such as the classic Benriner Japanese mandoline hand guard.
This is our favorite for overall best value and safety. It has
perhaps the best hand guard of any slicer, and the rubber handle and
feet keep the unit securely in place. The v-blade is excellent and has a nice four thickness adjustment knob that includes a setting to lock the blade closed when not in use.
It comes with both a straight v-blade, a wavy v-blade, and two
julienne inserts. Finally, the fold-in feet hold the unit at a nice
See the OXO V-Blade Mandoline on Amazon
While not a v-blade style slicer, the OXO Chef’s Mandoline has
excellent safety features with wonderful Japanese stainless steel
blades. It has a 17-position dial thickness adjustment, integrated
julienne blades that pop-up for use, and stainless steel runway.
The non-slip handle and feet keep the unit in place and has one of
the best hand guards. This is perhaps the most versatile mandoline on
the market today and can create straight slices, waffle cuts, julienne
and french fry cuts.
See the OXO Chef's Mandoline on Amazon
The PL8 Professional Mandoline shares some similarities to the OXO
Chef’s Mandoline: dial adjustment, integrated julienne blades, stainless
steel runway, large hand guard and rubber feet at a slightly lower
It lacks the extreme variety of thickness adjustment and wavy blade.
However it has an integrated cubing blade that is rare to find. An
excellent quality unit that is pleasing to use.
See the Progressive PL8-1050 on Amazon
The convenience and safety features of the KitchenAid hand held
mandoline make it tops on our list for slicing. It has no julienne
It has rubber feet to keep the unit from sliding, an excellent
v-blade with five thickness settings, and a very good, easy to grip hand
guard. It is so convenient (for slicing only) that you may want one of
these in addition to a standing model.
See the KitchenAid Hand-Held V-Blade on Amazon
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