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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!

You CAN'T:

(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.

You CAN:

(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.
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on 10 April 2013
Plenty of controls but have not used this much. When slicing potatoes the 'pusher' on the top tends not to work towards the last slice and one needs to push the potato into the blade. Do not do this with your fingers!
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on 5 May 2013
I have had a number of Zylis mandolins all of which have been fiddly to use and clean and have eventually broken. This mandolin, apart from being much cheaper is infinitely better and well designed. It has built in mechanisms to change slice size and to do julienne in two sizes. The extra blades for grating and crenulated slicing are an added bonus. I would highly recommend this product.
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on 10 April 2013
Was after a mandolin for ages, kept looking in the local stores and was surprised by what they cost. Did a search on Amazon and spotted this great product from Lacor. Suits our requirements to a 'T' and the handy blade storage box was a bonus as I didn't fancy storing these sharp blades in a drawer unprotected. Right I'm off to see if I can make some homemade crisps :-)
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on 30 May 2013
I like this mandoline and love the box where you keep blades as it very sharp, also happy that I can wash it in the dishwasher
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on 4 January 2013
Was a present for some one learning to be a chef, and they love it, just what they needed. ..
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on 13 December 2011
LOVE THIS , ALL WAY'S USED ONE OF THESE ,BUT GOT TO SAY THIS IS ONE OFF THE BEST,PLUS WITH ALL THE BLADES IT MAKES WORK A LOT MORE HELPFUL ,FAST, AND SO EASY TO USE,IT'S SO GOOD I HAD TO ORDER MY FRIEND ONE.
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on 23 June 2015
Finally found a mandolin/slicer that works well!!!!. Tried the Zyliss hand held but it was not brilliant and only did 3 sizes, then tried the nice ideas which was useless because the holder was so big for your hand to stretch over that you couldn't get any strength or power behind it. This one has an easy to use holder that doesn't waste food because the top pushes down as you cut using the whole veg as long as it fits in the holder. I have bought some cut resit gloves to use with larger items and have found them to be invaluable with the mandolin. Everything is now sliced easily and consistently. I haven't tried the other blades yet but I am confident they will work just as well - only used the straight one as a slicer and used with the julienne cutter blades.
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on 20 March 2016
Instructions are sparse though the mandoline is easy to use. I bought cut resistant kitchen gloves as recommended by other users and I would definitely recommend it too - you can hold the vegetable or fruit with the cut resistant kitchen gloves and slice more of it, therefore less wastage. Also, the mandoline is extremely sharp! I made very quick work of shredding a bunch of beetroots and a butternut squash.
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on 30 May 2015
really good but watch your fingers buy the recommended gloves or it will have the ends of your fingers off
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