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 Just Cooking Tools, 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:
- Best Overall Mandoline: Swissmar Slicer Borner V-1001 V-Slicer Plus Mandoline
- Best Value Mandoline Slicer: Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Adjustable Mandoline
- Best Mandoline Slicer for Professionals: Benriner Japanese Mandoline
- Best Mandoline Slicer for Beginners: Oxo Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline
- Mandoline Slicer with Safest Hand Protector: Pampered Chef Simple Slicer
- Best Stainless Steel Mandoline Slicer: Oxo Good Grips Chef's Mandoline Slicer 2.0
- Most Versatile Mandolin Slicer: Mueller Austria V-Pro Multi Blade Adjustable Mandoline
- Best Compact Mandolin Slicer: Urban Trend Mistral Mini Mandoline Slicer
- Best Mandolin Slicer for Storage: Microplane Adjustable Slicer
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.
This mandoline offers the versatility of a French mandolin, but the efficiency of a Japanese one. Plus, it has v-shaped blades, which we found snag less than than some single blades. It includes three blades that allow for thick and thin slicing and shredding, as well as julienne cuts. Grips on the feet help secure the base, while the small foot on the opposing end angles it a bit for easier use. It also comes with a hand protector/food guard and a storage caddy.
- Offers only two thickness levels
Simple is often best, especially in professional kitchens. This no-frills mandoline slicer has one straight blade and adjusts to four different thickness levels, ranging from .5 mm to 3 mm. The blade is made from ceramic, which is known to hold its sharpness longer than other materials. Its hand guard is small, but does the job. The handle is basic as well, but allows you to get a more natural hold than competitors with straight handles and it also lies mostly flush with the mandoline's body so you can store it in a drawer.
- Stores easily
- Hand protector is a little small
Professional chefs around the world love the Benriner mandoline's super lightweight and no-frills design. Its narrow slicing surface easily cuts through tomatoes, potatoes, and there are additional blades for fancy cuts like julienne and waffle. Just be cautious when slicing as the hand guard isn't the most useful; it's small with short prongs that don't hold food the best.
- Hand protector is small and tricky to use
This OXO stands out for its safety features. Its V-shaped blade allows you to quickly slice without risking a knick, and the texture runway keeps food from sticking (a major safety hazard). It comes with a hand guard that securely holds food and protects fingers, plus the rubberized legs to keep it stable on your countertop.
- Sturdy and stores flat
- Thickness levels are clearly labeled and easy to adjust
- Blades can be tricky to insert, detach, and store
This handheld mandoline is the only one we've seen where the round part of the hand protector comes off while the guard remains on the slicer so you can pop in ingredients without worrying about the food falling off the prongs or coming in close contact with the blade. The guard also has two walls on the front and back of it, so you can hold it in place when adding the fruit or veggie, and then protect your fingertips when slicing. The blade adjuster and storage lock is located on top, right near the handle, so you can easily adjust with one hand – another unique feature.
- Protective hand guard
- Can adjust thickness leves with one hand
- Only slices
Stainless steel mandoline slicers aren't the easiest to use and often feel bulky and rough around the edges. This one from Oxo is wrapped in plastic where it matters and has an easy-turn dial makes it simple to select from 17 thickness settings, which range from millimeter to 9-millimeter slices in half millimeter increments. Plus, it can make straight, crinkle, julienne, and waffle cuts. The large oversized handle makes for easy gripping, and the stand is wrapped in silicone for less potential slippage. The feet are also wide for a more secure stance.
- Stainless steel design feels sturdy
- Large grips and feet keep it in place during use
- Hand protector is hard to grasp
Five cutting blades set this mandolin apart from others on the market. Options include a standard slicer, a wavy slicer, two shredders and a grater. The attachments are grey while the body is white to help you better differentiate the blade from the body. The body has a finger hole positioned away from the sharp side of the blade, designed to more safely remove the blades. The hand protector's knob is a bit small, but has space to protect your fingers and hand. Reviewers say it is easy to use and clean. It comes with a storing case for the blades as well.
- Includes many blades
- Large and sturdy
- Many pieces to store
Urban Trend's Mistral Mini Mandoline measures under 9 1/2 inches and folds flat for storage. It's also super versatile thanks to a double-sided stainless steel serrated blade that cuts in two directions; just be sure to use caution because that means it works twice as fast. It has settings for slicing or julienning in three different thicknesses and may be used directly on the prep surface or upright in a hand-held vertical position.
- Cuts in two directions
- Short cutting surface makes it harder to use
Unique to space saving handheld models, the Microplane Adjustable Slicer comes with an attachable julienne blade. With the slicing blade, you can create uniform slices of tomatoes to top burgers, then switch to the julienne blade to cut potatoes for a side of fries. It's the best of both worlds!
- Includes a julienne attachment
- Handheld design makes it hard to use at times