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Anyone looking for a great mandoline?

IndyGirl Jan 15, 2007 07:53 PM

I just saw one in Costco for $40. Gorgeous. Of course I picked it up. Just thought others might want to know.

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    kayakado Jan 16, 2007 08:51 PM

    I purchased three mandolines before I found the "right" one. I bought a cheap one at the outlet store that had dull blades and was next to worthless. The best one I bought was a gray fiberglass model by Matfer at WS, the blades are really sharp but it lacked a waffle blade and various sizes for julienne which I thought I needed. It doesn't have legs it sits on the bowl or has rubber feet to rest on the counter. I didn't know at the time I could have contacted Matfer and bought the extra blades. WS certainly didn't advertise it. That's one thing they do that burns me up. WS doesn't sell the Matfer any longer. I then bought the Bron Professional from WS. The blades are sharp and it has ALL the extras, but it is heavy and the legs sometimes collapse. In retrospect I'd buy only the Matfer. I'd also throw away the pusher and buy a cut proof glove. Matfer USA had a catalog and a website for awhile but I can't seem to find it. Many people really like the Benriener mandolines, but I have not tried one.

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      hasday1 Jan 17, 2007 04:47 PM

      I will second the Mafter recommendation. Sharp blades, even handles tough stuff like julienneing celery root. I received mine as a gift, so I couldn't tell you how much to pay or where to get it from. Great tip about the cut proof glove - the pusher is very awkward to work with.

    2. RShea78 Jan 16, 2007 06:20 PM

      IndyGirl;

      Details? (Brand, pictures, SKU, UPC or something to go on)

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        IndyGirl Jan 16, 2007 06:25 PM

        Brand: MIU france. Don't have pics, but there was one on Costco.com for $54--mine was only $40, so I am not sure whether it's exactly the same one even though it's the same brand. Here's the link:
        http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product....

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          grubn Jan 16, 2007 08:32 PM

          I bought that same one from Costco and I had to return it. Initially, I was really psyched about it because it seemed really heavy and solidly constructed. However, I found the blades to be dull and the julienne blades and the slicing blade do not line up properly, so food is continually catching on it, and I always felt like I was perilously close to hurting myself (even with the guard in place) due to the amount of force required to operate it. When I returned it, the person at Costco said she had done another return for a customer who said the same thing. So, I'm still looking for a good mandoline. (I've also tried a Benriner, but that did seriously injure 2 people in our kitchen, so that's not an option either.) Let me know if you have better luck with yours -- maybe I just got a lemon.

          1. re: IndyGirl
            RShea78 Jan 17, 2007 06:20 AM

            It looks disappointing from where I am sitting.

            My first impression is the frame and leg supports seem chintzy to me.

            >>""I am not sure whether it's exactly the same one even though it's the same brand.""

            Perhaps a friendly tip is in order. One can look over the box for numbers, go to an appropriate website, and generally find a match someplace. Your box should have a Model number and the website of course does near the bottom of the page.

            Price variations such as store vs web do not mean much when it comes to product identification. Now don't get me wrong, as it is a good clue to check over model numbers to confirm some features hasn't been changed. But overall either can adjust a price just to pull you into the sale. You may say in this case it worked, heck even got you to try it, but there is still a chance you may return it.

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        2. othervoice Jan 16, 2007 02:17 PM

          I bought a set of Kirkland pots & pans that were excellent for the price (around $100). Ten years old and they still look like new. I'd love to be able to afford WS but I don't think in this lifetime I will.

          1. othervoice Jan 15, 2007 10:28 PM

            Thanks, I've been looking for one, but the prices are unreal.

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            1. re: othervoice
              IndyGirl Jan 15, 2007 11:32 PM

              I know. I didn't want crap, but I couldn't afford the gorgeous ones at WS. Granted, I haven't actually used this one yet, but it feels nice. And I trust Costco's quality--never bought a dud there.

              The thing is that you can take it back even without a receipt if you don't like it.

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