It’s actually a little amusing to read what professional chefs, experienced home cooks and other experts say about choosing the best mandoline slicer — because they are in complete disagreement.
Some will tell you that a good mandoline slicer should be very easy to set up, so don’t bother with those that come with a blade for every possible cut because you probably won’t use all that anyway.
Others advise that a good mandoline should be very versatile and give you the option to choose various thicknesses plus do a variety of cuts, including dice, julienne and cube.
Here’s a novel idea – how about you get the details on each of the 5 bestselling mandolines and decide for yourself?! To help you shop faster, here’s what you’ll find below: (click any link to skip on down the page)
- Easy Reference Mandolines Comparison Chart
- Brief Mandoline Slicer Buying Guide (just a few quick tips)
- Summary Reviews of the Top 5 Mandoline Slicers
Do not buy any mandoline slicer without also buying a good, heavy duty safety glove, and use it. One example is the NoCry shown at the end of this article. If you think I’m being over cautious, click any link below to go to Amazon and skim through the reviews. Over and over and over you’ll see warnings written by people who have been injured, to the extreme of ending up in an emergency room.
Mandolines Comparison Chart
Here’s a quick look at the top 5 Mandoline Slicers. For more info click “Read Review” beside any model, or just keep scrolling down this page.
|Model||Versatile||Easy Use||Safe *||More Info|
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|Benriner Japanese Mandoline Slicer|
About $22 - $30
|Swissmar Borner V Power Mandoline V-7000|
|Oxo Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer|
|KitchenAid Classic Mandoline Slicer|
|PL8 1000 Professional Mandoline|
* When it comes to mandolines, “safe” is a relative term. Some models are safer by design, and the red/yellow/green faces in the above chart are meant only to give you an idea about the hand guard. Basically the quality ranges from completely worthless to slightly helpful but still not trustworthy. No matter which model you choose, always wear a safety glove. Be sure to see The Mandoline User’s Best Friend below (at the very end)!
Mandoline Slicer Buying Guide – A Few Quick Tips
You’ll probably want to avoid any mandoline that does not have blades that are either v-shaped or mounted in a diagonal position. With a blade that runs straight across the cutting platform you have to exert a lot of force. That makes it more difficult to slice hard foods and in some cases much easier to cut yourself.
Some models are dishwasher safe, and others aren’t, but that really shouldn’t be a deciding factor. The heat of a dishwasher will dull the blades over time, and some get hot enough to warp the plastic frame, even on the top rack. Anyway, mandolines aren’t that difficult to clean.
Mandolines that have legs will “stand up” on a cutting board, and that’s a matter of personal preference. Some like having the legs because it can feel a little more stable and a little less scary. Others find legs to be annoying because you have to stop often to clear out the sliced food underneath. In the summary reviews below, “no legs” is listed as a Con simply because many people prefer to have the option to to use legs when they want to.
Finally, if you’re mainly looking for a slicer to make homemade French fries, be sure to note the maximum thickness setting. Most mandolines work fine if you like matchstick or very thin fries, but not if you prefer a chunkier cut.(Back to Top)
Top 5 Mandoline Slicers Reviews
Benriner Japanese Mandoline Slicer
Hands down, this is the most popular model. Pros and chefs love it, as do thousands of home users. It’s sturdy, compact, and available in 2 sizes, regular and extra wide. It’s the only model in this price range that is continuously adjustable, allowing you to select any thickness up to 1/4 inch. Although, note that what it doesn’t have is a measurement indicator to let you know exactly what thickness you’re using.
The 3 cross-cutting blades included are fine, medium, and coarse toothed. This Benriner does not do cube or waffle cuts, but the sharp blades produce great results for very thin slices and julienne strips.
Just beware that this may not be the best choice for beginners. The blades are incredibly sharp, and the hand guard is minimal at best — it doesn’t work well at all with most foods, nor does it provide much finger protection. Wearing a safety glove is always a good idea, but with this mandoline it’s a must.
- Sturdy, compact, and very sharp
- Blades removable for sharpening
- Allows for any thickness up to 1/4 inch
- Available in extra wide width
- Safety guard is virtually useless
- No measurement guides for setting thickness
- Does not do dice or waffle cuts
- No legs
See it on Amazon: Benriner Japanese Mandoline Slicer
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UPDATE September 2016
There is now a new version of this mandoline with an improved safety guard and a nonskid rubber base. See it on Amazon here:
Swissmar Borner V Power Mandoline V-7000
It’s easy to assemble and to use, with a push-button mechanism that lets you adjust size and thickness without having to remove the inserts. Even changing out the inserts is a simple procedure (once you get the hang of it) that doesn’t put your fingers at terrible risk.
Compared to other models it has an exceptionally good hand guard that fully protects your fingers. The only problem you might have is with smaller vegetables, so for that you may want to use a safety glove instead.
Another nice safety feature is the “0” position safety setting that recesses the blade when not in use.
This model does not do crinkle or waffle cuts, but the 3 inserts that are included will let you julienne, shred, cube, and cut basic French fries. The surgical-grade stainless steel blades cut from both angles, which makes it work well on both hard and softer foods. It creates nice even slices and tends to beat its competitors at cutting very uniformly.
This may not be the most compact unit for storage, but all of the parts snap together so it can be neatly put away in one piece.
- Excels at creating uniform slices
- Surgical grade stainless steel blades
- 4 Thickness settings (1, 3, 5 & 7 mm)
- Very good hand safety guard
- Slip resistant rubber feet
- Does not do waffle cuts
- Attaching blades can be a little tricky at first
- Blades cannot be sharpened
- No legs
See it on Amazon: Swissmar Borner V Power Mandoline V-7000, Green(Back to Top)
OXO Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer
This Oxo model is the top choice of Serious Eats and has earned 5 star ratings from hundreds of home users. Yet it does have some drawbacks to consider.
Assembly isn’t the easiest. You’ll have to read the instructions, and be extremely careful. You have to exert some force to get the inserts snapped into place, and that puts your fingers awfully close to those wicked sharp teeth. The only safe way to do it is to wear a glove or use some other very good finger protection.
Clearly, the blades are razor sharp, and the v-shape design makes them cut better and easier. The blades can’t be sharpened, but you can buy replacements. However, as long as you don’t toss your mandoline in the dishwasher, the blades should stay sharp for a very long time.
The Oxo does have a good safety grip with prongs to hold food. It works pretty well for protecting your fingers, but the way it’s designed also leaves some waste. For that you can always use gloves, which you’re going to need anyway for changing blades.
Thickness settings are adjusted with a dial that is clearly marked so you can see what you’re doing. Options are 1.5, 3, 4.5, and 6mm.
Blades included are straight, wavy for crinkle cuts, and julienne. It will not dice. You’ll get good results on crinkle cuts, but don’t expect any success with waffle. Some users find that disappointing, but in fact the manufacturer does not list that as one of its capabilities.
- Blades store neatly under unit
- Includes a locked storage setting for safety
- Legs fold for use either upright or flat
- Non-slip feet
- Changing blades requires extreme caution to keep from getting cut
- Hand safety guard causes food waste
- Does not dice or do waffle cuts
- Fries are quite thin (note maximum thickness setting)
- Blades cannot be sharpened
See it on Amazon: OXO Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer(Back to Top)
KitchenAid Classic Mandoline Slicer
Several years ago this model got high marks from Good Housekeeping. Now, it’s still a top seller, and the price has come way down … but before you race off to buy it, read on!
Setup and dis-assembly are fairly easy, which is good, but it also isn’t fancy. It doesn’t dice or do crinkle cuts. It does have straight and julienne blades, and they do a good job of making clean, uniform cuts. It can even do well slicing tomatoes, though the edges may turn out a bit ragged.
There are five thickness options that range from 1/32″ to 5/16″. Thickness is selected by turning a knob on the side of the machine, and the settings are clearly marked for easy reading.
It’s dishwasher safe, but again, that’s not a good idea if you want to keep the blades sharp, which is the whole point of a mandoline.
One drawback for smaller kitchens is that it’s a bit bulky to store. At a little over 17″ in length, this is one of the largest models. The legs fold down, but the blades are kept in a clear box (included), so count on extra room for that.
The hand guard is not the best as it has a pin that can strike the blades while your trying to slice. It will pivot out of the way, so you may prefer to move it and protect your hand with a glove instead.
All things considered, this model seems somewhat overpriced since it offers fewer features than other models that cost the same or less.
- 5 Thickness options
- Cuts uniformly
- Easy to assemble and clean
- Poor safety guard
- Does not do dice, crinkle or waffle cuts
- Quite large to store
- Priced as high or higher than fancier models
See it on Amazon: KitchenAid Classic Mandoline Slicer (Red)
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May we suggest … You may also want to check out the KitchenAid Hand-Held V-Blade Mandoline Slicer, a very basic mandoline that does straight cuts only but works exceptionally well and costs under $20.
PL8 Professional Mandoline – PL8 1000
While you may not find any professional chefs weighing in on this one, it’s one of the top 3 bestsellers on Amazon. In fact it’s a bit pricier than its competitors, but that may be justified because it’s loaded with features.
The slicing deck is stainless steel and extra wide, giving you more room for big potatoes or other large vegetables such as cabbage.
It has 4 thickness options (1, 3.5, 5.5, and 7.5mm). The included blades allow you to slice, julienne and do waffle cuts. This model gets lots of very high marks for being sturdy and having super sharp blades that make for easy slicing even on harder foods.
If there’s bad news it’s that this mandoline is big, about 16 inches long, so it’s going to cost you some storage room. On the plus side, the legs will fold up, and all blades are built in so it’s all in one piece. Also note that, to my knowledge, these blades are not replaceable.
It has non-skid feet and setting dials on the side for easier reading. The blades are integrated so they can be changed by simply turning a knob or switch. Great, one less opportunity to injure yourself because you don’t have to touch the blades to change them!
The only major complaint about this model is that the food guide may be nice for safety but has little nubs that get in the way when slicing some foods. You can get around that by removing it and using cut-proof gloves instead.
- Works well for clean, even slicing
- Wider slicing bed than most models
- Integrated blades make it easy to use (& less chance of cutting yourself)
- All one piece (no loose blades)
- 4 Thickness settings and option for waffle cuts
- Non-skid feet
- Does not dice
- Safety guard (food guide) does not work well on some foods
- Higher priced than similar models
- Blades cannot be sharpened or replaced
See it on Amazon: PL8 Professional Mandoline PL8 1000(Back to Top)
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Mandoline User’s Best Friend
These gloves are four times stronger than leather yet thin, soft, and elastic. They fit snugly for good gripping, providing lightweight, comfortable protection without all the bulk, and they’re both food safe and machine washable.
Besides all that, they only cost about $12.
No kidding, 12 bucks for a pair of ambidextrous gloves that could save you a lot of pain, or maybe even a trip to the emergency room. Do you need any other reason to buy them?
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