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Perhaps you’re still julienning with a chef’s knife. If that’s true, and you’re not an expert cook, it probably takes you 15 minutes to do what a mandoline could do in two minutes flat. Mandolines make quick work of potatoes and zucchini or can help you get a healthy salad whipped up for a not-sad desk lunch. But knowing which mandoline is best for you can be tricky.
Of course, having exposed blades means mandolines are inherently a little dangerous to have around. While many have handguards, more than a few of those are somewhat ineffective. One way to keep safe in the kitchen is to simply fold a clean kitchen towel, and use that to protect your fingers while you glide the food along the slicer.
From the easiest for beginners to an all-metal splurge, here are our recommendations for the best mandoline slicers.
Best Overall: OXO Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer
What We Like: Four blades, multiple thickness settings, dishwasher safe
What We Don't Like: Slightly difficult to switch out blades
This OXO Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer is a best friend for the high-volume cook, but also handily churns out neat, versatile cuts for the occasional one. When opened, it's propped up at an angle which helps with leverage and the holder keeps your fingers safe.
This OXO mandoline comes in four settings–1.5, 3, 4.5, and 6 millimeters–and comes with four blades, including straight slice, french fry, crinkle cut, and julienne. In between cuts, the blades are stored inside the runway, so you won’t be fumbling around your kitchen looking for them. Since slicing softer foods like boiled eggs, tomatoes and persimmons can be tricky with a regular straight-blade mandoline, you’ll want a v-blade mandoline. It guides the soft food into the slicer, providing two entrance points for cutting.
You should hand wash the blades, but the rest of the mandoline is dishwasher safe. We love that this has a textured surface that makes it harder for food to stain or cling to it though, which means you won’t have to scrub it prior to the dishwasher. Overall, for comfort, price, and durability, this mandoline is a star, once you get used to switching out the blades.
Dimensions (LxWxH): 15.5 x 5.5 x 6 inches | Weight: 2.5 pounds
Best Budget: Progressive International Prepworks Adjust-A-Slice and Julienne Hand-Held Mandoline
What We Like: Non-skid base, easy to change settings
What We Don't Like: Cuts can be jagged
For a mandoline slicer on a budget, this Prepworks International no-frills model is a great option. It will seem like three-mandolines-in-one due to its thin, medium, and thick slicing capabilities.
You can even julienne on it by flipping the knob up to bring up the julienning blades. It’s pretty stable, with a non-slip base and ridges to keep it in one place, but you will have to hold the angle yourself and have something underneath to collect the sliced produce. At 5 inches wide, it also has a decent capacity for wider veggies. Just keep in mind that you'll need to get a good rhythm going while slicing to avoid jagged cuts.
When you’re done, put the blade on the locked setting so you don’t have to worry about anyone or anything getting damaged during storage. You can clean this mandoline in the dishwasher as the plastic will hold up, though the manufacturer recommends washing by hand.
Dimensions: 12.8 x 5 inches | Weight: 3.5 ounces
Best for Beginners: Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Adjustable Vegetable Slicer Set
What We Like: Durable ceramic blade, four thickness settings, useful handguard
What We Don't Like: Small handguard
It can definitely be scary the first time you use a mandoline slicer. For the uninitiated, many mandolines are just an extremely sharp blade housed in plastic, and you can easily cut your hand without a handguard.
Kyocera is a savior when it comes to learning how to use a mandoline. This mandoline has some helpful safety features, like corner notches that secure on top of a bowl, meaning the mandoline is less likely to slip while you’re using it, and an easy-to-use, if small, handguard. The ceramic blade is made in Japan from Kyocera's proprietary zirconia material that stays super sharp for longer than steel blades and is resistant to acids. Our favorite feature, though, is the adjustable dial that lets you choose from four different thicknesses for your slicing: 0.5 millimeters, 1.3 millimeters, 2 millimeters, and 3 millimeters.
Dimensions: 11 x 4 inches | Weight: 3.8 ounces
Best for Kids: Joie Mini Mandoline Slicer
What We Like: Lightweight, thin slices
What We Don't Like: Only one setting
Tiny top chefs who are just doffing their toques should consider the Joie Mini Mandoline Slicer. For smaller hands, a smaller tool is a wise choice. This lightweight, mini mandoline has a holding handle for the veggies, so your child’s hand will never actually come close to the blade.
Made of aluminum and super compact at only 2.5 inches wide, the Joie Mini Mandoline really works, but be aware that larger veggies like huge cucumbers and daikon radishes won’t work on this little version. The slices come out paper-thin, but there's only one thickness setting. In a pinch or on a camping trip (trust us, a mini mandoline is easier than packing a cutting board), an adult can use it too.
Dimensions (LxWxH): 8.5 x 2.5 x 2 inches | Weight: 3 ounces
Best Professional: Benriner Mandoline Slicer
What We Like: Easy to store, four sharp blades
What We Don't Like: Impractical handguard
A Benriner is a given in a professional kitchen. It’s economically priced, tough, and easy to use. The handle doesn’t stick out, and it doesn’t take up a lot of space—in fact, it stacks nicely on a shelf or in a tub. It’s made from BPA-free plastic and can slice basically anything that a mandoline would slice. It does straight, fine, medium, and coarse cuts, and can handle smaller items with its handguard (though many find the handguard lacking and use a clean kitchen towel instead).
The key with this basic slicer is keeping the stainless steel blade sharp or replacing it, or you might wonder after a few months of heavy kitchen usage why it’s not as handy. The non-skid rubber base is perfect for stainless steel counters, and it’s wide at almost 4.5 inches. Throw it into the dishwasher when you’re done, or just rinse it off and dry it.
Dimensions: 12.75 x 4.45 inches | Weight: 7 ounces
Best for Safe Cutting: DASH Safe Slice Mandoline
What We Like: Ergonomic and safe design, multiple settings
What We Don't Like: Everything has to fit into the feeder tube
With special features that make it safer for everyone, this Dash mandoline is not your standard mandoline.
The biggest feature Dash designed into this mandoline is a special feeder tube where you place your food. Providing slight pressure with a food holder, you use your other hand for the spring-loaded slicer that automatically pops back up after every cut. At no time does the cook’s hand ever go near the blade. It creates slices of one to eight millimeters in thickness while also producing julienne, matchstick, and dicing cuts.
The minus here, of course, is that everything needs to fit into that feeder tube. Thankfully, it’s generously sized and can certainly fit larger carrots and cucumbers. Onions may need to be cut in half. A small brush is included for blade cleanup, and it’s backed by a 1-year manufacturer warranty.
Dimensions (LxWxH): 11 x 4.7 x 14 inches | Weight: 1.4 pounds
Best Splurge: Bron Coucke Original Stainless Steel Classic Chef's Mandoline
What We Like: The last mandoline you'll ever need, extra stability features
What We Don't Like: Pricey
It may seem outrageous to spend a lot on a mandoline, but a common complaint you’ll hear is that a plastic mandoline is just flimsy and won’t stay in place because it lacks heft. The Bron Coucke, on the other hand, is the semi-truck of mandolines—it’s not going anywhere, and it won’t be easily broken.
There’s a straight blade for basic slicing, along with small and large julienne blades. You can adjust the thickness from paper-thin to 0.5-inch thick. And for additional stability, there are rubber feet and a counter clip to keep this already-sturdy mandoline in place.
Need a ripple cut for chips? This mandoline is on it. Need paper-thin sliced cheese for soup or a sandwich? This Bron Coucke mandoline can do that too. This mandoline is built to last and will be with you for years, so it’s a worthy splurge investment.
Dimensions (LxWxH): 12 x 5 x 2 inches | Weight: 5 pounds
The OXO Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer (view at Amazon) is the best option for slicing both soft foods and hardy vegetables. If this is your first mandoline, you should pick up the Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Adjustable Mandoline (view at Amazon) or the Dash Safe Slice Mandoline (view at Amazon).
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Dakota Kim is a freelance writer and former restaurant owner who has tested many cookware items both for articles and for her restaurant. Since leaving restaurant life, she misses her commercial slicer and finds that her OXO Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer is a winner for slicing tomatoes, while also easily handling potatoes for her air fryer chips.