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Mandolines : Ratings of Sources

1. Cook's Illustrated
Editors of Cook's Illustrated, May/June 2014

Editors of Cook's Illustrated test nine mandolines by slicing and/or julienning potatoes, carrots, tomatoes and zucchini. Each is tested for performance, safety, and ease of use and cleaning. Two slicers are Highly Recommended, two are Recommended, one is Recommended with Reservations and four are Not Recommended.

2. Cook's Illustrated
Editors of Cook's Illustrated, May/June 2016

Experts at Cook's Illustrated tested six countertop spiralizers, along with a KitchenAid mixer spiralizing attachment. They note that all the products leave left-handed cooks at a disadvantage. The spiralizers are tested for waste, design, countertop footprint, stability, ease of use, versatility, ease of setup, noodle quality and ease of cleanup. One spiralizer Highly Recommended, two other spiralizers are Recommended, one is Recommended with reservations and three are Not Recommended.

Lesley Stockton, January 20, 2016

In this thorough roundup, Lesley Stockton, an experienced cook, put in more than 40 hours of research and testing of 60 popular mandolines. Ultimately, she chooses the KitchenAid V-Slicer as her overall top pick. She also recommends the Swissmar Börner VPower for different cutting options like julienning and dicing. In addition, she lauds the Super Benriner for its comfortable, no-frills design and consistent cutting ability.

Editors of Good Housekeeping, August 2013

The Good Housekeeping Research Institute tests two dozen mandolines and slicers in this report, giving each model a star rating of up to 5 stars. Actual testing methods aren't given, but editors say the scores are a combination of lab tests and they incorporate consumer feedback. Details on each mandoline includes a list of pros and cons and a short write-up.

Daniel Gritzer, Jan. 22, 2015

Daniel Gritzer "ordered every mandoline-style slicer sold through Amazon for $50 or less," and he tests them by cutting multiple types of fruits and vegetables. His results factor in cutting ability, mechanical function, ease of use and safety. The OXO Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer is named the best standing model for under $50 for its clean cutting and ease of use. The OXO Good Grips Handheld Mandoline Slicer comes out on top among slicers for under $25. Gritzer names the Benriner Japanese Mandoline Slicer the best continuously adjustable slicer for under $50.

Maryellen Driscoll, Not Dated

Editors at Fine Cooking test a dozen mandoline slicer products, assessing each for ease of use, construction, performance and safety by slicing a variety of vegetables on different thickness setting. The top pick is De Buyer La Mandoline V Professionnelle, which has since been discontinued. The Oxo Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer is named a Best Buy and "a solid entry-level mandoline."

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2016

Thousands of mandolines, slicers and spiralizers are available at Amazon.com, and quite a few get hundreds or even thousands of reviews. Mandolines also tend to get very good ratings overall. Top brands include Paderno, Benriner, Swissmar Borner, OXO and Kitchen Active. This is the best resource for how a mandoline or slicer performs over time, and in real-world use as a prep tool.

Contributors to Williams-Sonoma.com, As of April 2016

Williams-Sonoma's online outlet offers an assortment of mandolines and spiralizers, although options are fairly limited and most products only possess a handful of owner reviews. The top brands include Paderno, OXO and de Buyer. Reviewers can specify the "ability level" required for a given product and can also state whether they would recommend the product to a friend.

Contributors to BedBathandBeyond.com, As of April 2016

BedBathandBeyond.com only offers about a dozen different mandoline slicers, but some products do feature useful reviews. The Oxo Good Grips Handheld Mandoline Slicer and the Oxo Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer have each garnered around twenty reviews. Reviewers can rate the quality and value of the product and say whether they would recommend it to a friend.

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