What We Like
Superior blade makes slicing a cinch
17 settings for variable thickness
Wavy blade can create waffle and crinkle-cut fries
Safety setting protects you when not in use
What We Don't Like
Protection holder only accommodates certain produce
Bulky design makes it hard to store
If you’ve ever sliced potatoes—whether to fry up for breakfast or layer into a cheesy, buttery gratin—then you understand the struggle of maintaining thin, even slices. Luckily, kitchen mandolines pose a solution to your potato- (and other produce) cutting woes. Of course, there are tons of mandolines on the market, so finding the right one can be tricky. That’s why we decided to test a handful of popular options so we could give you the lowdown on their performance and flaws. Keep scrolling to see how the OXO Good Grips mandoline held up in our kitchen.
Performance: Sharpest tool in the shed
Overall, the OXO Good Grips Chef’s Mandoline Slicer 2.0 performed super well, slicing our fruits and veggies to perfection. The blade is SUPER sharp (be careful!), so slicing things like tomatoes, apples, and radishes was a dream. It took us a minute to get the hang of the speed needed to slice harder produce—like potatoes and carrots—but once you’ve got a rhythm going, you’ll see a pile of even slices quickly accumulate beneath the blade.
The OXO mandoline also comes with a multitude of blade thickness levels—17 in just the “straight-cut” setting, in fact. Set to the standard cut, you can adjust the blade in half-millimeter increments until you get your perfect thickness.
The sheer number of settings make this device feel like a professional tool.
In addition to straight cut, the mandoline also offers julienne, french fry, and crinkle-cut settings. In order to access the crinkle or waffle-cut settings, you need to remove the straight blade and flip it around so the wavy side is visible. In order to activate the julienne feature, you simply turn the dial all the way to the right side and you’ll see several small, pointed blades appear. The sheer number of settings make this device feel like a professional tool.
Design: Sturdy but bulky
This thing is big. The OXO model towers over handheld mandolines, but that’s par for the course considering it has a stand. Instead of holding the mandoline at an angle over a cutting board, the no-slip kickstand holds the device at the perfect level and allows sliced produce to pile beneath it. If you have enough room to have a little slicing station in your kitchen, this is definitely a great choice for you. If your kitchen is more cramped, you’ll probably want to check out a smaller style.
Best Feature: Protection holder
The protection holder, or food holder, is meant to secure your food when you slice so you don’t end up cutting your finger on the razor-sharp blade. Compared to other mandolines we tried, the OXO’s protection holder was far superior. It has three prongs that lightly puncture the produce to hold it in place, and a spring within the holder adjusts as you slice, allowing you to slice the produce all the way down to a nub.
Compared to other mandolines we tried, the OXO’s protection holder was far superior.
While it performed well, there was a bit of a learning curve to mastering the contraption. If you’re not going at the right speed, it won’t hold your food correctly. The main issue with this, which is really inevitable when it comes to mandolines in general, is that it doesn’t work for all produce. It worked well for items firm enough and bulbous enough to fit in the funnel (think: tomatoes, radishes, small potatoes, apples), but skinnier produce, like carrots, put our fingers in a precarious situation.
Ease of Cleaning: Super simple
The blade is removable, making the device super easy to clean. Again, our only gripes arise when discussing the food holder. Because of the spring, it can be tricky to get food remnants out. We didn’t see this as a major issue, though, and the more we learn about the mandoline’s limits the less likely we are to slice food that will get caught in the holder.
Price: On the high end, but worth it
Like we’ve mentioned multiple times, we found the OXO Good Grips Chef's Mandoline Slicer 2.0 to be the best of the best, so we don’t think $80 is too much to pay. Anything cheaper will likely be less durable or have fewer chopping options.
OXO Good Grips Chef’s Mandoline Slicer 2.0 vs. Prepworks by Progressive Adjust-A-Slice and Julienne Mandoline
Prepworks’ $23 Mandoline offers a comparable blade and equally enjoyable slicing experience. The downside with this product is the lack of a stand, not to mention the food holder is far inferior. If you have limited space and want a slimmer device that takes up less room in your sink, though, this is the way to go.
Buy it if you’re an amateur chef.
This mandoline has a lot of standout qualities. In fact, it literally has a stand so you don’t have to hold it at an angle. It has a food holder superior to most and an incredibly sharp blade that can be set to 17 different thickness levels. If you’re just looking to slice a potato here and there or if you have limited kitchen space, we’d advise you to go for a smaller and more affordable option. Otherwise, we strongly suggest you splurge on this one.
- Product Name Good Grips Chef's Mandoline Slicer 2.0
- Product Brand OXO
- MPN 11194500
- Price $79.95
- Weight 3.4 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 3.8 x 17.6 x 7.1 in.