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Which Mandoline is Right for You?

Which Mandoline is Right for You?

Words Erin Zimmer

Mandolines can seem intimidating, but they’re the best at precisely and consistently slicing fruits and veggies. Your dreams of thinly-shaved cucumber salad, a delicate French apple tart, or potato gratin will come true once you decide it’s time for a mandoline in your life. With so many mandoline sizes and designs out there, here’s a guide to point you in the right direction.


For the Garlic Fiend

Garlic Slicer ($9.99)

If you find yourself cooking with garlic all the time, but also find it time-consuming and imprecise (or downright nerve-wracking) to slice it by hand (and don’t want your fingers always smelling like garlic), this little mandoline has your name all over it. It slices garlic into delicate, paper-thin slices so you get a milder, sweeter flavor in sauces and stir-fries than you would from mincing or chopping garlic. This mandoline is also a great size for ginger or shallots. In either scenario, you won’t have to fumble around with a knife or try to keep the slippery knob or clove in place. Also nice: it tucks nicely into any kitchen drawer given its smaller size.


For Small Fruits & Veggies

Mini Vegetable Slicer ($12.99)

This mandoline is slightly bigger than the garlic slicer, so it’s a prime size for slicing radishes to layer on avocado toast or brussel sprouts to saute up with garlic. It’s safe and easy to use, and your fingers will be protected by the food holder (which comes with all OXO mandolines – safety first!). Since this mandoline is specifically designed for small fruits and veggies, the biggest thing you’ll probably get away with slicing here is a small cucumber. It’s also good for slicing strawberries, mushrooms, and tiny potatoes.


If You Have Limited Drawer Space But Still Want a Multipurpose Mandoline

Adjustable Hand-Held Mandoline ($24.99)

Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer ($14.99)
If you want a mandoline but don’t really have the drawer space for it—or don’t even know how often you’ll use it—the adjustable hand-held mandoline is the way to go. It’s not too big or bulky but gets the job done, slicing directly over a plate or bowl (without a kickstand). It comes in two sizes: the regular size and a larger one where the ramp expands so you can slice bigger veggies like cabbage. Both sizes are great for slicing zucchini, peppers, or potatoes—and once again, you won’t end up in the ER because of that plastic food holder (which you should always use, even when you don’t think you need it!).


For a Multipurpose Mandoline

Simple Mandoline ($39.99)

This is a solid starter mandoline if you’re looking for one that can handle most fruits and veggies and achieve basic slices. The simple mandoline has three different thickness options as well as a julienne setting. Just prop it up on its stand, which grips safely onto your countertop, and use the spring-loaded food holder (aka hand protector) to push zucchini, cucumbers, apples, or whatever else across the blade. Like the other mandolines, the food holder slides neatly over the blade to protect you while storing it.


For Fun Shapes

V-Blade Mandoline ($39.99)
This one can bust out all the fancy moves: wavy cut, crinkle cut, french fry-cut, and of course the classic julienne. It’s a very versatile slicer. Slice some tomatoes for your burger, fancy-shaped potato chips, or Thai papaya salad.


For Chef-Level Precision

Chef’s Mandoline Slicer 2.0 ($79.99)

Want a professional-level mandoline that can do it all? OXO sliced over 100 pounds of potatoes to test the many different settings featured in the Chef’s Mandoline 2.0. It’s an updated version of OXO’s original Chef’s Mandoline, first released in 2004. It can do anything you’ve ever wanted a mandoline to do, with 21 settings (!) from 0-9mm thickness, going up every ½ mm. If you use your mandoline pretty often and really want to show off your mandoline moves, this one is for you. Did someone say waffle fries? And crinkle cut? And julienne carrots? And all the other veggie chips of your dreams?

By Erin Zimmer

Erin Zimmer is a freelance writer and photo stylist for OXO. The former managing editor of James Beard award-winning food website Serious Eats, Erin is based in New Orleans, where she loves adventures in her canoe, evenings on the porch, and long bayou walks with her dog Lillie.

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