Mandoline slicers are useful for getting perfectly even cuts, especially when you're trying to make them extra thin. Sure, a sharp knife will do the trick, but mandolines guarantee perfection and uniformity. They can be used for everything from potatoes for scalloped potato dishes to eggplant for parmesan or grilling. Good ones can slice ripe tomatoes well without bruising or tearing the skin.
In the Good Housekeeping Institute, we test thousands of products each year. When we test mandolines, we slice batches of ripe tomatoes and evaluate how much juice and seeds are retained, as well as how even the slices are. We also evaluate ease of use based on factors like blade assembly, thickness adjusters, non-slip feet and handles, cleanability, and storage. All of these factors contribute to overall safety, which is the number one thing to consider when it comes to mandoline slicers. Even if you're being extremely careful, mandolines can cause severe cuts. Always use the included hand protector, and don't try to slice every last nub – it's better to be safe than sorry. Take caution when inserting and removing blades, handling, and washing.
Here are the best mandoline slicers you can buy, according to testing, home use, and brands we've used before and trust:
What type of mandoline is best?
Here are the different types of mandolines you'll have the choose between:
- French mandolines are large and bulky, but secure. They take a long time to set up, and switching out the blades can be tricky. These often offer many precise thickness levels.
- Japanese mandolines have a slim design with minimal accessories. They're the mandoline of choice for professionals just looking to get the job done and pack in their knife bag. The offer various thickness levels but often rely on an unmarked dial so it's hard to replicate from job to job.
- V-Shaped mandolines have a V-shaped blade that cuts the food on either side (unlike most mandolines that have a single blade that's positioned on an angle). In our tests, we found V-shaped blades created less drag and chances for slippage, so these are our picks for most home cooks.
What to consider when shopping for mandolines
- Hand protector/food guard: These are plastic materials that protect your hands from accidentally getting sliced on the blade. They have metal or plastic prongs to secure the food so you can slice easily. Large ones that are easy to grasp and hold food will keep your hands the most safe.
- Handles and grips: Opt for large handles and mandolines with grips to help keep slicer in place when using. A secure grip minimizes potential injuries and accidents.
- Thickness indicator: Some mandoline slicers tell you exactly how thin or thick you're slicing and allow you to easily adjust, which is key for following recipes and consistent cook times.