Updated: June 8, 2015
Mandoline Reviews:For those that enjoy cooking and preparing foods in their kitchen, a mandoline can be a very handy tool to have around in helping to get vegetables and fruits sliced up in seconds. Food slicers have been around for quite a while and they allow for precise cuts with your foods. Some say the adjustable platform mandolines are more difficult to operate than the traditional platform designs. In reviews owners say the Bron Professional is definitely the most versatile mandoline they have used, but takes some time getting used to. Others say the Matfer mandolines are easier to use and therefore better based on price. The cheaper Swissmar Borner V-Slicer Plus sold on Amazon.com gets ranked as the most popular mandoline and reviews support this ranking. The most expensive model we could find was the Shun Mandoline which retails for around $400 on the Sur La Table website and in their stores. It's a beautiful product that truly does slice foods exquisitely and easily, but many consumers note in online forums that other, cheaper models do the exact same thing. No matter your budget, it appears that there are multiple mandolines for all types of home cooks.
Buying Guide - What features should you be looking for in a mandoline? To begin with, there are 3 main types of mandolines - the flat board, platform insert, and adjustable platform varieties. An example of the flat board mandolines are the Benriner Mandolin ($39.95) or the Kyocera Ceramic Slicer With Guard ($19.99) that comes in black. Both are relatively inexpensive and will do basic slicing. The next line of mandolines are the platform insert variety that tend to be mid-range in price. The Zyliss Safety Rail-Guided Mandoline ($49.99) is a good example of a mandoline that comes with inserts. On the Zyliss mandoline you get 1/8" and 1/4" stainless julienne blade insert and 1/32, 1/16, 1/8, and 1/4 inch slicing inserts. The high end adjustable platform mandolines are often made with stainless steel, the blades are made from high carbon stainless steel, and the safety guards protect your hands and fingers while pushing the fruits and vegetables across the blades. If you are someone who entertains quite often and needs a sturdy, reliable mandoline, then perhaps buying a more expensive model makes sense since some of the hard plastic mandolines just don't hold up with heavy use. The Bron Professional Stainless Mandolin is a great choice and is priced around $150 or maybe you've even considered the Shun Mandoline (noted above). In online reviews, we found that owners say you should avoid models like the Oxo Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer since they claim the design is flawed. It's difficult to assemble and operate. That brings us to our next point. Your slicer may have all the gadgets and accessories but if they are hard to switch in and out, then using it will become a hassle and it will sit in your kitchen draw unused. The Zyliss Easy Slice 2 Folding Mandoline is less than $30 and gets great reviews since it's easy to operate. Always remember that the blades on the mandoline are sharp and you should use safety guard whenever possible. We read comments from owners that said they were very cautious when using it but often cut themselves when cleaning it and had a momentary lapse of judgement when they should have been careful. Some units are dishwasher safe while others require a good hand washing, especially the stainless steel models. If you are looking for head to head reviews of mandolines and comparison charts, you'll have to settle for straight feedback on several cooking related websites that offer excellent pros and cons for several of the top models. We found the forums on Cooking.com to hold vast amounts of valuable information on mandolines and slicers. Also, the Discusscooking.com website has user forums that discuss kitchen tools like mandolines. The Chowhound message boards on Chow.com are loaded with chefs comments on the top mandolines and why they like them. Lastly, Amazon.com literally has 100's of owner reviews that get posted after consumers buy a product and hopefully use it for a while. These comments should definitely point you in the right direction. One review was posted online by CookingCache.com HERE. We did find that the highest prices were at stores like Williams Sonoma and Sur La Table so try finding the same items in discount stores. As for the top brands, look for Borner, Bron, Zyliss, Shun, Oxo, Benriner, Pinzon, Kyocera, Matfer and Cuisinart. Don't expect to spend less than $20, but you should find something very reasonable for around $40 to $60. Unfortunately our favorite source, Consumer Reports, has not had an article on mandolines that we could find, so their unbiased opinions can't be noted in this article. To see the best selling mandolines on Amazon go here.