I’ve been using the Japanese Benriner mandoline for years. It does the trick, but I can’t stand the look of the safety device. So when I saw the de Buyer mandoline in a kitchen store, it was like Audrey Hepburn staring into the Tiffany’s window on Fifth Avenue. The robust and stainless steel body (safety device also steel!) had me hooked. Here are 10 attractive and functional options if you’re looking for your first mandoline or an upgrade.
Above: The Beechwood Cabbage Plane is designed for white and red cabbage and other raw vegetables. It’s made of untreated beechwood and has three stainless steel blades; €90 ($106) at Manufactum in Germany. Above: The de Buyer Mandoline Ultra Revolution is large—freestanding on nonslip feet—and includes one double blade and three julienne blades; $199.95 at Kerekes. You can also find a newer model, the de Buyer Revolution Dicing Machine, for $199.95 at Williams-Sonoma. Above: The Rösle Adjustable Slicer has 11 different options for vegetable thickness, a stainless steel replaceable blade, nonslip feet, and a handle for hanging; $70 at Sur la Table. Above: The Bron Coucke Original Stainless Steel Mandoline is used in professional kitchens and can be used for julienne, matchstick, french fry, and waffle cuts on any vegetable; $166.79 at A City Discount. Above: A European-style kraut cutter, the Cabbage Shredder from Shed, is made of light beechwood and has a single stainless blade; $24 at Shed in Healdsburg, California. Above: A Stainless Steel Mandoline Select from Euro store Magazin, cuts vegetables with three interchangeable blades; €40 ($47) at Magazin.
Above: The Browne Mandolin Vegetable Slicer in stainless steel is freestanding and made for industrial kitchens. It comes with 38 different blades and is $163.56 at KaTom. Above: The Japanese Julienne Slicer and Bamboo Grater are both made in Kagoshima prefecture. One slicer has two types of blades for cutting carrots, daikon radishes, cucumbers, and other vegetables; the other was designed to grate daikon, onions, bread (for bread crumbs), and cheese; 1,620 JPY ($14) for the Julienne Slicer (left) and 1,620 JPY ($14) for the Bamboo Grater (right) at Envelope in Japan. Above: The Super Benriner Mandoline is the only plastic mandoline on our list but earns its ranking from being so effective (I can attest; I’ve had one for years). It comes with three blades (fine, medium, and coarse) and is adjustable for veg thickness; $65 at Sur la Table. Above: Another Bron Coucke Mandoline Vegetable Slicer has the standard slicing capabilities with the option for decorative slices. It’s all stainless and has a wood handle; €203 ($240) at Manufactum in Germany.
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