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Slicing foods evenly is a skill that chefs learn in school and perfect over time. Some home cooks can handle a knife skillfully, though most don’t have as much practice as professional chefs, so their cuts are less likely to be identical. While uniform cuts make food look more presentable, it also means that the food will cook evenly, so some bits won’t be soft while others are still crunchy. A mandoline replaces a knife for making those perfectly even cuts, and it’s particularly useful for making super-thin cuts for potato chips that are difficult with a knife.
Many mandolines come with additional blades for making wavy and waffle cuts, and others have blades for cutting the food into julienne strips. Most mandolines come with a food holder that serves as a hand guard for safety—mandoline blades are sharp and the cutting is most effective when done briskly. If a food holder seems awkward, there are cut-resistant gloves that can be purchased for use with the mandoline. Some mandolines have legs that hold the cutting surface at a comfortable angle (but they usually can also rest across a bowl with the legs folded). Hand-held models are designed to be used with the end resting on the work surface, or they are used while resting across a bowl to catch the cut pieces. With those tips in mind, here are the best mandolines on the market.
If you don’t need a lot of fancy options, this inexpensive mandoline will make short work of vegetables. It adjusts to three different thicknesses and has julienne blades that pop up for cutting zucchini, carrots, and other vegetables for salads and stir fry. This comes with a hand guard. It is dishwasher safe, but it might be easier to hand wash to clean all the nooks and crannies.
This single unit does everything you’d want a mandoline to do—straight cuts, waffle and wavy cuts, small julienne cuts, and larger French fry cuts. In total there are 17 different thickness cuts ranging from 1 millimeter to 9 millimeters, in half-millimeter increments. There is a straight blade for cutting through hard foods like carrots or potatoes, and a serrated blade that’s better for tomatoes, bell peppers, and onions. The cutting thickness is adjustable with the turn of a knob, and the julienne and French fry cutters stay covered when out of use.
This model is made of angled Japanese stainless steel, so it’s built to last, comes with a hand guard for safety, and has sturdy legs to hold it at a comfortable angle while slicing. The blades are easy to remove for cleaning. Handwashing is recommended.
This hand-held mandoline adjusts to three different thicknesses for slicing fruits and vegetables. It has a non-slip handle, and the non-slip “foot” on the end keeps it from slipping around on the work surface. Since part of the mandoline is clear, you can see slices below so you know how much you’ve cut. It is dishwasher safe and comes with a hand guard. Unlike other models, this one does not make julienne, wavy, or French fry cuts.
Produced by the company that created the original mandoline, this can make straight, wavy, and julienne cuts from paper thin to 1/2-inch thick. There are additional blades available separately for making julienne cuts of different sizes. This is a large, sturdy unit that weighs 5 pounds, so it might be a little bit too large for some folks who want a more compact unit. The sturdy legs fold flat for more compact storage.
The included hand guard is made from stainless steel and rides on rails on the mandoline, so it’s very safe. However, if you want to make waffle cuts, you can’t use the guard since you can’t turn the vegetable to make the second cut, so extreme care should be taken or cut-resistant gloves should be used. Since this is stainless steel, it should be dishwasher safe, but hand washing is likely to be easier.
Kyocera is one of the recognized names when it comes to ceramic knives, so it’s no surprise it also makes a variety of mandolines with ceramic blades made from its proprietary zirconia material. This one is adjustable for cuts of .5, 1.3, 2, and 3 millimeters for wafer thin slices for homemade potato chips, or thicker slices for sautés and salads. The ceramic blade starts off ultra-sharp for easy cutting and it will maintain its edge for longer than similar metal blades. It’s also rustproof and resistant to acids, so it will look good and work well for a long time.
The mandoline includes a hand guard that grips food, keeping fingers away from the sharp blade for safe cutting every time, and the handle is easy to hold for comfortable slicing. A hole at the end of the handle means this can be hung on a hook for convenient storage, or it can fit in a drawer easily.
Not just a mandoline, this can also chop, grate, spiralize, and store, so it’s a great tool for cooks who love their vegetables. There are five interchangeable blades and an easy dial that adjusts the cutting thickness, so the vegetables are the right size, whether they’re for salads, soups, or stews. The standalone spiralizer can cut large or small julienne strips or ribbon slices, while the dicer blades offer two different sizes. The mandoline can do julienne cuts or straight cuts, along with grating.
The mandoline and dicers fit on top of a catch tray inside a nonslip base that keeps it stable during cutting. The catch tray is removable and can be used for storing foods that have been prepped ahead. When cutting is done, all the parts are top-rack dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
If you’re more likely to cut large potatoes, melons, eggplants, or even small cabbages, this wide-bodied mandoline will be able to handle those large vegetables with ease on its 6 ½-inch wide cutting surface. It is made from plastic with a stainless steel blade and includes a hand guard. It has a fixed straight blade that makes thick slices. If you need more versatility, Benriner also makes similar mandolines with multiple blades and adjustable cutting thicknesses, but they aren’t this wide. This is top-rack dishwasher-safe.
This V-slice mandoline has reversible blades for two different slicing thicknesses as well as different blades for julienne and French fry cuts. V-slicers tend to be better at cutting softer foods, like tomatoes, than mandolines with straight blades, but they work well for other types of food as well. This mandoline is made primarily from plastic with stainless steel blades. It includes a hand guard but does not have legs. All four of the pieces fit together in a compact holder for easy storage. It should be washed by hand.
Most mandolines have an exposed blade that the food travels over for cutting, but that can be dangerous if cooks forget to use a hand guard. This mandoline is designed differently, with a feed tube that leads to the blade and a push-handle that moves the blade against the food. The handle pops up automatically, thanks to a spring, ready for the next slice, and a pusher that fits into the tube makes sure the food makes correct contact with the blade.
The cutting can be set for thicknesses from .5 to 8 millimeters, so it’s great for salads, slaws, soups, and stews. A julienne knob and a matchstick knob engage those blades, offering even more versatility. A catcher container holds the cut food, keeping the work surface neat. A small brush is included for safe and easy cleaning of the blades, but it is also dishwasher safe if desired. The legs lock into place during use and fold down for compact storage in a drawer or on a shelf.
There’s no need to keep track of separate pieces when this slicer has done its job. A shield covers the blade so it’s safe in a drawer or on a shelf, while the extra blade and oversized pusher nestle neatly under the mandoline so everything stays together. The legs fold down for storage and fold up easily to keep the mandoline at a comfortable angle for cutting.
This mandoline cuts both straight and julienne slices in five different thicknesses: 1/16 inch, 1/8 inch, 3/16 inch, 1/4 inch, and 5/16 inch, so you’ll always have the right size for salads, soups, and stews. The slicing table and blades are cutlery-grade stainless steel for long life and an attractive appearance. While the julienne storage case and blade cover should be washed by hand, all the other components are top-rack dishwasher safe for easy cleaning when their job is done.
Fixed vs. variable thickness The simplest mandolines are set for just one thickness, which is great if it’s exactly the thickness you want. Other mandolines allow you to adjust the thickness, but you’ll need to check it every time you use the machine and adjust accordingly.
Additional blades Are you just looking for something to slice potatoes to make chips, or would you rather have a device that does more than that? Some mandolines include blades for making julienne cuts or wavy cuts as well as the standard straight slices. For mandolines with multiple options, consider whether there's easy storage so you won’t lose pieces in your gadget drawer.
Dishwasher-safe Like fine knives, some mandolines have blades that should be washed by hand, while others are completely dishwasher-safe. However, even if the one you choose is dishwasher-safe, you might want to wash the blades by hand to eliminate the risk of injuries when reaching into the dishwasher.