Tips on Evaluating Mandolines Before Making a Purchase

Mandoline Mandolines and kitchen slicers help to make our life easier in the kitchen. They are invaluable when it comes to cutting a large amount of vegetables quickly and with uniform and accurate consistency. But do you know what...

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Mandolines and kitchen slicers help to make our life easier in the kitchen. They are invaluable when it comes to cutting a large amount of vegetables quickly and with uniform and accurate consistency. But do you know what to look for and how to evaluate a mandoline before purchasing one? What you need for the job? The cost? No? Then read on!

First thing's first... what do you need for your particular situation? How much will you be cutting at a time? How many thickness options do you require in your kitchen? A good example would be the amount of use your mandoline will get. If you are buying it for a small operation (and not a personal kitchen), you might want to consider a high-end model that can take a lot of use and not breakdown.

However, if you aren't cutting vegetables for several hours a day, consider a smaller and less expensive version. Like a handheld, grater-style model for cutting more complicated cuts or juliannes. The adjustable knob makes for quick and easy thickness adjustments on the fly, and the assorted blades add provide variety (crinkle cut, anyone?). The smaller handheld models work just as well and store easily in a drawer.

Looking for something a bit more sturdy and permanent with added safety features? Then a model with a pop-out leg underneath might be more suited to your needs. Add to it an ergonomic grip for less sliding and to make more complicated cuts, as well as dishwasher safe blades, and this mandoline may be just what you're looking for.

The bottom line is that buying what best suits your personal considerations is what is most important when purchasing a new, and perhaps unfamiliar, kitchen tool. For more information on what is best for your kitchen, contact us for any questions that you may have.