Handheld Slicers

These handheld slicers are a cut above the rest.
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handheld slicers

1) Oxo Good Grips Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer
$20, oxo.com
UPSIDE Inexpensive; compact; adjustable thickness; safety lock stores blade in base; nonslip handle and foot.
DOWNSIDE Large foods must be cut to fit; produces uneven slices; plastic body stains easily.

2) Kyocera Adjustable Slicer
$25, kyoceraadvancedceramics.com
UPSIDE Inexpensive; compact; adjustable thickness; stabilizing notched foot; dishwasher safe.
DOWNSIDE Large foods must be cut to fit; produces uneven slices; blade snags on dense foods like sweet potatoes.

3) Swiss mar V-Prep Mandoline Slicer
$40, cutleryandmore.com
UPSIDE Snap-on container collects slices; nonslip pads; blades easily slide in and out; hand guard grips foods for swift slicing; dishwasher safe.
DOWNSIDE Awkward to use without the snap-on container; plastic body stains easily.

4) Super Benriner Mandoline
$50, surlatable.com
UPSIDE Compact; adjustable thickness; extra blades; dishwasher safe.
DOWNSIDE Must use two knobs to control thickness; no storage for extra blades; base tends to slide; plastic body stains easily.

5) Zyliss Easy Slice Mandoline Safety Rail-Guided Slicer
$50, amazon.com
UPSIDE Attached storage caddy holds extra blades; safety lock and release button for switching blades; nonslip rubber feet; dishwasher safe.
DOWNSIDE Bulky blade caddy; blade snags on dense foods like sweet potatoes.

USE YOUR HANDHELD SLICER TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

Chicken Pasta Salad with Fried Shallots

*Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in June 2008.