Kyocera Ceramic Slicer or other mandoline
I'm looking to purchase a mandoline but I'm confused about the best one to get. I am NOT interested in spending $150 dollars on a slicer, but I also want one that will hold up well, not cut my fingers off (finger guard is a must!) and that works well with a variety of foods.
I saw this Kyocera Ceramic slicer, has anyone tried it? Or does anyone recommend theirs?
I've got several slicer/mandolines: Zyliss, Oxo and Kyocera.
The easiest to use and store is the Kyocera. Note, however, they have two styles: one that slices (can be adjusted to 4 thicknesses) and one that makes julienne cuts (your link is to the julienne one. The blade is ceramic and extremely sharp; be sure to use the hand protector or those knive gloves. It will stay sharp for a long, long time, and is very simple to use. Good points: simple to use, easy to store, easy to clean, sharpest mandoline ever, inexpensive, nice very thin slices, cuts with ease (a diagonal blade works much better than a straight across). Bad points: only does slices (no julienne or fry or waffle cuts), restricted to 4 thicknesses.
The Oxo is good too. What's good about it? It has easy adjustability for lots of thicknesses (in both mm and inch measurements), will do slices, jullienne, french fries, waffle cuts, easy to clean, it's sturdy, comes with non-slip legs to get a nice angle for you.What's not to like? Not as sharp (food doesn't slice as easily), it's bulky to store. And it costs more.
The Zyliss is as expensive as the Oxo, and slices less well. It's storage is a bit better,but it's not that much of a space savings. And the blade slices are only in mm levels (not as handy).
If I were to do it again, I'd check out the Benriner. A lot like the Kyocera in terms of simplicity and price, and it does slices, juliene and (I think) fry cuts, all in an virtually unlimited set of thinknesses.
I have a Matfer. Yes, it was expensive but ten years later it still works as well as it did when I got it. Wish I could say the same for some other things in my kitchen!
There is a Japanese brand called Benriner that makes really good ones. Simple design and sturdy construction. You can find it in the US for around 30$.
we love ours and use it constantly (I mean almost every time we cook, eg. for garlic or coleslaw or beets or whatever). A Benriner might be nicer but I got my Kyocera on eBay for about $5 and it earned its keep the first time we made coleslaw with it.
I also bought a knock-off Benriner-clone turning mandoline for making (eg.) pasta out of onions and what have you, but that is because I'm weird. Normal people don't do that ;-)
I have 3 of the Kyoceras, plain and both sizes of the shred type, truly wonderful tools. They only do a specific size and are very good at that. I use a V-slicer for larger for larger jobs/quantities.
I've used the kyoceras without the guard, it takes some practice as they are unbelievably sharp. I haven't run into anthing they don't slice.