Why do people use mandolins over food processors
these mandolins were out when I was younger and I understand have been vastly improved
Can someone tell me if they have used them and how much better or worse are they compared to other slicing gadgets
Precision, mainly. I use one for small amounts when I'm fussing about uniformity. My KA processor, like most others, is great at many things, but precision slicing isn't among them. Seems to be a baked-in problem. Besides, I'm sometimes too lazy to fuss with the set-up and clean-up chores a processor involves.
I'll usually use a small, inexpensive mandolin for small jobs (like slicing a few potatoes for a gratin) because it only takes a couple of minutes and can be cleaned in seconds instead of lugging out my processor, setting it up and then having to clean all the parts.
I use a mandolin for fine slicing of different thicknesses because a food processor cannot give me the control that I need. I rarely use my food processor for savory dishes because it is so much easier to accomplish the task with a sharp knife when I'm cooking for 2-3 people.
A mandolin is also much faster to clean up than a food processor.