This clever kitchen gadget makes chopping a whole lot easier

Anya Meyerowitz
·3-min read
Fed up of spending forever slicing? We've found a gadget to help. (Getty Images)
Fed up of spending forever slicing? We've found a gadget to help. (Getty Images)

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Though it might not be the first item you buy for your kitchen, a mandoline slicer is useful for getting perfectly even cuts, especially when you're trying to make them extra thin. 

Of course you could just use a sharp knife, but a mandoline ensures perfect slices every time, so it is ideal for pie making or speedy meal prep when you have guests coming over for a garden party. 

If you're thinking about investing in one then you might want to consider the OXO Good Grips Handheld Mandoline Slicer from Amazon - with over 11,000 reviews, it is popular with amateur and professional cooks up and down the country.

Why we rate it:

This mandoline is more clever than most, as rather than just having one width setting, you can choose from three different thicknesses to ensure you get your fruit and vegetables exactly as you like them. 

The transparent window shows the slices so you can keep track and, once done, it's super easy to clean as you can just bung it in the dishwasher. 

OXO also provides a safety holder to secure the vegetable you're cutting and protect your hands while in use. 

The mandoline also features a closed safety setting to help avoid accidental nicks and cuts while stored.

What the reviews say:

With 73% of customers giving the tool five-stars, there are thousands of rave reviews to scroll through. 

  • "This is amazing! It saves so much time chopping onions, cucumber, carrots etc. Brilliant kitchen gadget, I don’t know how I lived without it."

  • "My nan asked for one as she struggles with chopping her veg and so on, but absolutely loves cooking and baking. I bought her one and she said it has changed everything! she finds it so much easier now and said she couldn't imagine cooking without it."

  • "This is a life-saver when chopping vegetables for meal prep. It’s small, so it doesn’t take up too much storage space, but it will make slicing so easy. Highly recommend this tool and this brand."

  • "No idea how I lived without this before, it makes chopping vegetables so much easier and quicker."

  • "Thought long and hard about a mandolin slicer and looked at fancy ones with stands etc. This simple OXO one has been great. It does the basic task of slicing, and works well on anything like a potato, carrots and celery that have a bit of firmness to them."

  • "I bought this primarily to make sweet potato crisps and it's great. Requires very little effort if used properly. Excellent and quick on cucumbers, peppers, onions, tomatoes etc. for sandwich fillings. It's adjustable for three thicknesses, however I tend to prefer the thickest setting for most uses, even the sweet potato crisps, which will thin out when dried and cooked in the oven."

  • "Always proving itself useful - so glad I have it."

  • "Have had this for four years now - still looks as new and the blade is still sharp."

Buy it: OXO Good Grips Handheld Mandoline Slicer | £12 from Amazon

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