We updated this article to ensure all picks from the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Culinary Innovation Lab were in stock and reflected current pricing.
Mandoline slicers are useful for producing perfectly even cuts for everything from thick-cut french fries to paper-thin slices of veggies for coleslaw. They are designed as a ramp-like platform that helps you guide and slide foods over a fixed, inset blade to create consistent slices or julienne cuts. Sure, a sharp knife will do the trick, but mandoline slicers guarantee uniformity. They can be used to prep spuds for scalloped potatoes, carrots for a quick garden salad or eggplant for parmesan or grilling. Good ones can slice tender tomatoes cleanly without bruising or tearing the skin.
In the Good Housekeeping Institute, we test thousands of products each year. When we tested a recent batch of mandolines in the Lab, we sliced ripe tomatoes to evaluate how much juice and seeds were retained, as well as how even the slices were. During at-home road tests, we sliced up firm potatoes and thick-skinned eggplants and evaluated the ease of use based on factors like blade assembly, thickness adjusters, non-slip feet and handles, hand protector, cleanability and storage. All of these factors contribute to overall safety, which is the number one thing to consider when it comes to mandoline slicers: If you are not extremely careful, mandolines can cause severe cuts. Always use the included hand protector, and don't try to slice every last nub – it's better to be safe than sorry. Take caution when inserting and removing blades, handling and washing.
Here are the best mandoline slicers you can buy, according to testing, home use and brands we've used before and trust:
- Best Overall Mandoline Slicer: Swissmar Slicer Borner V-1001 V-Slicer Plus Mandoline
- Best Value Mandoline Slicer: Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Adjustable Mandoline
- Best Mandoline Slicer for Professionals: Benriner Japanese Mandoline
- Best Stainless Steel Mandoline Slicer: Oxo Steel Chef's Mandoline Slicer 2.0
- Most Versatile Mandoline Slicer: Mueller Austria V-Pro Multi Blade Adjustable Mandoline
- Best Mandoline Slicer for Beginners: Oxo Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline
- Best Mandoline Slicer for Safety: Pampered Chef Simple Slicer
- Best Compact Mandoline Slicer: Urban Trend Mistral Mini Mandoline Slicer
- Best Mandolin Slicer for Storage: Microplane Adjustable Slicer
- Offers only two thickness levels
This mandoline offers the versatility of a French mandolin, but the efficiency of a Japanese one. Plus, it has v-shaped blades, which we found snag less than than some single blades. It includes three blades that allow for thick and thin slicing and shredding, as well as julienne cuts. Grips on the feet help secure the base, while the small foot on the opposing end angles the platform a bit for easier use. It also comes with a hand protector/food guard and a storage caddy.
- Stores easily
- Hand protector is a little small
Simple is often best, especially in professional kitchens. This efficient mandoline slicer has one straight blade and adjusts to four different thickness levels, ranging from 0.5 mm to 3 mm. The blade is made from ceramic, which is known to hold its sharpness longer than other materials. The included hand guard is small, but it does the job. The handle is basic as well but allows you to get a more natural hold than competitors with straight handles, and it lies mostly flush with the mandoline's body so you can store it in a drawer.
- Hand protector is small and tricky to use
Professional chefs around the world love the Benriner mandoline's super lightweight and no-frills design. Its narrow slicing surface easily cuts through tomatoes and potatoes, and there are additional blades for fancy cuts like julienne and waffle. Just be cautious when slicing as the hand guard isn't the most useful; it's small with short prongs that don't hold food the most securely.
- Stainless steel design feels sturdy
- Large grips and feet keep it in place during use
- Hand protector is hard to grasp
Stainless steel mandoline slicers aren't the easiest to use and often feel bulky and rough around the edges. This one from Oxo is wrapped in plastic where it matters and has an easy-turn dial that makes it simple to select from 17 thickness settings, which range from 1 mm to 9 mm in half-millimeter increments. Plus, it can make straight, crinkle, julienne and waffle cuts. The oversized handle makes for easy gripping, and the stand is wrapped in silicone for less potential slippage. The feet are also wide for a more secure stance.
- Includes many blades
- Large and sturdy
- Hand protector's knob is a bit small
Five cutting blades set this mandoline apart from others on the market. Options include a standard slicer, a wavy slicer, two shredders and a grater. The attachments are grey while the body is white to help you better differentiate the blade from the body. The body has a finger hole positioned away from the sharp side of the blade, designed to more safely remove the blades. The hand protector's knob is a bit small, but it will protect your fingers. Reviewers say it's easy to use and clean. It comes with a storage case for the blades as well.
- Sturdy and stores flat
- Thickness levels are clearly labeled and easy to adjust
- Blades can be tricky to insert, detach, and store
This Oxo pick stands out for its safety features. The V-shaped blade allows you to quickly slice without risking a knick, and the texture runway keeps food from sticking (a major safety hazard). It comes with a hand guard that securely holds food and protects fingers, plus the rubberized feet keep the mandoline stable on your countertop. A color-coded dial lets you choose from four slice thicknesses (1.5 mm, 3 mm, 4.5 mm and 6 mm), and this slicer can produce straight, crinkle and julienne cuts.
- Protective hand guard
- Can adjust thickness leves with one hand
- Produces only straight slices
This handheld mandoline is the only one we've seen where the handle of the hand protector comes off while the guard remains on the slicer, creating a hopper that you can pop in ingredients into — no more worrying about the food falling off the prongs or your fingers coming into contact with the blade. The guard also has a lip on the front and back, so you can hold it in place when adding the fruit or veggie. The blade adjuster and storage lock is located on top, right near the handle, so you can easily adjust with one hand – another unique feature.
- Cuts in two directions
- Short cutting surface makes it harder to use
Urban Trend's Mistral Mini Mandoline measures less than 9.5 inches and folds flat for storage. It's also super versatile thanks to a double-sided stainless steel serrated blade that cuts in two directions; just be sure to use caution because that means it works twice as fast. It has settings for slicing or julienning in three different thicknesses and may be used directly on the prep surface or upright in a hand-held vertical position.
- Includes a julienne attachment
- Handheld design is not comfortable for some users
Unique to space-saving handheld models, this Microplane Adjustable Slicer comes with an attachable julienne blade. With the slicing blade, you can choose thin (1/32-inch), medium (1/16-inch) and thick (1/8-inch) slices. It's slim enough to fit in a drawer, and the handle is designed to allow hanging storage as well.
Here are the different types of mandolines you'll find for purchase:
- French mandolines are large and bulky, but secure. They take a long time to set up, and switching out the blades can be tricky. These often allow you to set or select many precise thickness levels.
- Japanese mandolines have a slim design with minimal accessories. They're the mandoline of choice for professionals just looking to get the job done and pack it in their knife bag. They offer various thickness levels but often rely on an unmarked dial so it's hard to replicate from task to task.
- V-Shaped mandolines have a V-shaped blade that cuts the food on either side (unlike most mandolines, which have a single blade that's positioned on an angle). In our tests, we found V-shaped blades created less drag and chances for slippage, so these are our picks for most home cooks.
What to consider when shopping for a mandoline
- Hand protector/food guard: These are plastic food holders that protect your hand from accidentally coming into contact with the (very sharp!) blade. They have metal or plastic prongs to secure the food so you can slice easily and smoothly. Large ones that are easy to grasp and hold food steady will keep you the most safe.
- Handles and grips: Opt for large handles that will give you firm, comfortable control when using. A non-slip grip minimizes potential injuries and accidents. Non-skid feet are also a strong safety feature.
- Thickness indicator: Some mandoline slicers let you easily dial or select settings that indicate exactly how thin or thick your slices will be, which is key for following recipes and consistent cook times.