I would like to buy a meat slicer. I love smoked top round but it is difficult to get the super thin slices with a knife. I am willing to dole out the cash for a once in lifetime purchase. What don't want is to buy a meat slicer which takes up half my kitchen. What I am looking for is the best slicer which is strong, relable and not the size of a Volkswagon. I appreciate any help or input.
First, avoid those cheap plastic or fold up or 7" toys that sell for under a hundred bucks as household items. Get a smaller commercial one around 10". I just looked on Craigs list in my area and there are 23 listed. Several of them would fill the bill nicely.
I bought a Globe 9" commercial slicer from the local restaurant supply. I've got it a spare closet so my wife doesn't get mad at me. Cost $500. We've had several Philly Cheese sandwiches and I do a beef teriyaki using the Yoshidas Grommet Sauce from Costco.
How thin do you want your slices ? I'll second the commercial recommendation, but owning one of those $100 "Toys" is not as bad as it is made out to be. They lack the precision and the power of the commercial units but they do the job. It's hard to get a consistent slice, they vary in thickness slightly, and you have to take your time with them because the motor isn't as powerful as a commercial slicer. I purchase cheese and deli meats in bulk, and slice it myself on my cheapo. About as thin as I can slice is just over a 1/16 of an inch, cheese about the size of a sandwich is the most I ever cut, and the motor bogs, but doesn't overheat and it does slice at a slower pace. I've owned it for about 6 years and at a $100 cost that's about $16.50 a year for ownership. It shows no signs of wearing out, so in the grand scheme of things, it's more than paid for itself, in the utility I've gotten out of it.
I ended up buy the proffessional varitilt which has 124 watts and can cut up any size, or so it is billed. We will see. It wasn't cheap but alot less than a commercial unless I found a good one used. It also will fit in my kitchen. Over $400 with the fine cut blade and sharpener.
Anyone familar with this slicer