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Not Really Worth It
on 8 June 2012
I have three points to make about the product:
1. The slices are too thin.
Clearly, that is the point of a mandoline slicer. But I mean they are too thin on *all three settings*. There hardly appears to be any variation among the different thickness settings. Also, the thickest setting jammed a few times.
2. The handle barely works.
The handle that is supposed to hold the vegetable while you slice, to stop you removing the ends of your fingers and ruining an otherwise-vegetarian meal, has never worked for me. It is effectively a plastic disc with small (5mm?) plastic spikes protruding from it. Very few vegetables have a large, flat surface area. So not much of the vegetable is in contact with the spikes, so this makes the already-fairly-ineffective spikes less effective.
I notice that a number of other reviewers have done violence to their fingertips by having to resort to holding the vegetables. I suspect this is why they have done that. Otherwise, who wouldn't use the safety handle?
3. Is it, however, just good for occasional use?
Not really. Even though you could argue that it's relatively cheap, so even if it's not perfect, it's quite small, so you could just use it occasionally. I would suggest saving the money, in that case, and using a sharp knife and just cutting thin slices (since straight slices is all this can do anyway). This is because (i) you do not risk injuring yourself, and (ii) you may well require thicker slices than this provides.