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Excellent, but please read this if you haven't used a mandoline before!
on 17 June 2014
This is probably the best mandoline available at this price (I bought mine for £21.63 (Amazon Prime). It comes with several different blades for slicing, crinkle cuts and grating. On the cutting board itself is a toothed wheel which gives you the option of two thicknesses of vertical cut as well, so you can do French fries or julienne. It's robust and works well. It's easy to clean and it folds up nicely for storage.
Judging by comments here, however, a lot of users didn't know what they were getting into, and were expecting something a lot simpler to use.
If you haven't used a mandoline before, then please take a look at these points!
(1) Use this at high speed. Using a mandoline is exacting work which has to be done carefully. Don't expect it will be as easy as pushing the button on a Moulinex to use. Nor is it a quick-out-of-the-drawer-and-back-in-again tool. If all you need is to julienne one carrot for garnish, then leave the mandoline in the drawer and use a knife.
(2) Use this without a protective glove. You will end up cutting yourself, even with the guide. Buy at least one decent quality cut-resistant glove for whichever hand you hold the vegetables with.
(3) Slice or julienne a whole vegetable, ever. There is always going to be waste, especially if you want your slices to be uniform -- as the first cuts will be the wrong shape, and you simply can't get down to the final bit of the vegetable. You can usually slice about two-thirds to three-quarters of anything. The rest will have to be reserved for broth. So you need to have at least 25% more raw material than you need. If you want to serve 6 people French fries from one potato each, start with 8 potatoes.
(4) Use it on soft veg like ripe tomatoes or fruit. It will just mush. Only crisp, hard veg are suitable (carrots, taters, cabbage etc)
(5) Get superb results without practice. You need to be fairly experienced to get decent results. The first few attempts will be a learning curve. This is on the same level of difficulty as piping mash or carving a joint -- anyone can do it well, but it takes a little practice.
(1) Use this for very large tasks, like turning a whole sack of potatoes into French fries, making mountains of coleslaw for a wedding buffet, etc. It will get through big jobs like this in less time than using a knife. Once you get into the swing of it, it makes very short work of julienne, potato chips, etc.
(2) Get very, very consistent results -- i.e. slices all the same length & thickness for a professional look.
(3) Make very pretty shapes like crinkle cuts or waffle cuts, which are almost impossible any other way.
Conclusion -- If you are thinking of buying one of these, work out exactly what you will use it for. And if you decide to go ahead, expect to practice a bit before you get the hang of it.
After that, it's a great tool for very specific tasks.