This review is for the OXO good grips mandolin slicer. Most of my comments are contained in the accompanying video review, however I have briefly summarised them below.
THINGS THAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS MANDOLIN SLICER:
* The safety guide - this was one of the key things that made me decide to purchase this model
* The large chunky handle on the guide - as I am getting older my hands are not as able to grip things as they used to be. I find that this handle is comfortable to hold even when exerting pressure onto the item that you are slicing
* The safety blade position - this means that I can store my mandolin in my tools drawer and not worry about cutting my fingers
* The three different cutting positions. These are great as I am able to slice things almost paper thin on the lowest setting up to a decent sized slice for potato dauphinoise.
* The blade is extremely sharp which results in a very neat, clean cut
* There is hardly any wastage left after slicing
* It is easy to clean, just swill it in hot soapy water
THINGS THAT I WASN'T SO KEEN ON:
* Due to the height of the item you are slicing the guide can't be slotted onto the mandolin at the outset. It only gets close to the edges of the mandolin after you have almost completed your slicing. Because of this I have found that I can end up slicing in all directions as my hand and the guide move around.
* The spiky grips in the handle don't 'spear' the item you are holding as well as they could and it can come loose whilst being sliced.
MY OVERALL CONCLUSION:
This has been a great addition to my collection of kitchen gadgets. The blade is sharp enough to produce excellent and consistently good results. I find it comfortable to use and I particularly like the safety hand guide. I would happily recommend this to anyone who is looking to purchase a mandolin for home use.