OXO V-Blade Mandoline Silcer
The OXO V-Blade Mandoline Slicer is a good food slicer that's gotten mixed reviews. At America's Test Kitchen, a popular show on public television, they rated this their best and highly recommended it. At Amazon, the customers either love it or hate it.
The testers at ATK likes the V blade because it sliced through things much more easily than those with straight blades. They also praised the food gripper because it was big and safe. The extra blades that let you cut different kinds of cuts are stored under the mandoline. And, the dial makes it easy to set the thickness of cuts.
The main criticism is the blade isn't as sharp as it could be. Users complained that it was hard to slice potatoes and carrots. Even some rave reviewers said they sometimes had vegetables get dragged.
Many mandoline slicers cost $200 or more, but the Good Grips V-Blade is a quality slicer that's less than $50. For the price, it's a good value for a mandoline that stands itself up. Unlike the handheld models, it has non-slip feet that stick to the counter. It comes with four blades that let you make straight slices, crinkle cuts, French fries, and julienne strips in varying thicknesses. The food holder is big and gives enough protection.
It has good and bad reviews, but one of the good ones is by a trusted group of testers. America's Test Kitchen gave it their highest recommendation, so it's worth trying it if you need a mid-priced mandoline. Most OXO products are great, so it's not a terrible risk to try this one out. If you're undecided, there's a similarly-priced mandoline that has gotten nearly all positive reviews, and that's the Swissmar V-Slicer.