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Questions about mandoline slicers and spiralizers

I am debating buying a mandoline slicer, but I already have a food processor with a slicing blade. Would using this be the same as using a mandoline? If not, what is the difference? And, if I do need the mandoline, any recommendations on good ones (there seems to be a pretty big range on price with these)?



  • The mandoline is good if you don’t want to fire up the food processor (and wash it afterwards) for a small slicing job. I love my mandoline AND my processor, and I use both regularly. I got mine from Pampered Chef and it has never let me down.

  • i bought a mandoline and i never use it. i don’t have a dishwasher and i find it so much harder to clean than the food processor, so i just always use that!

    i found myself buying tons and tons of kitchen gadgets that all end up sitting around is disuse. my new rule of thumb is this: if the gadget will take longer to clean that the entire job would take conventionally, i will never use the gadget!

  • This helps. Is sounds as though the slicing disk and mandoline basically do the same thing, right?

    Another gadget I’m thinking about is the spiralizer. I love the look of zucchini pasta (right now, I just use my peeler, which is nice, but not the quite as striking). These also seem to range quite a bit in price. Any recommendations?

  • hmm… i dont have either, but I hear good things about the Chef Joyce Chen spiral slicer.

  • I just got the Joyce Chen spiralizer for Christmas, and it’s a fun toy to have. Certainly not essential, but for zucchini pasta it can’t be beat. You can also make nice wide, yet thin spirals with it too. I want to experiment with carrots and daikon next. A mandoline will make thinner slices than your standard food processor blade, and most come with additional blades for matchstick and julienne cuts. I just have a cheap one, but I’ve found it to be most useful for cutting cucumbers, carrots, etc. for sushi rolls – faster than trying to julienne with a knife!

  • I have the spiral slicer too. I like that is slices SUPER thin with beets, carrots, zucchini, etc. My food processor doesn’t slice as thin. Plus I enjoy the noodle blade as well.

    I think for as little as they cost, the spiral slicer might be a better purchase. Hope this helps!

  • I want a mandline because is slices very thin. I had a raw apple pie at a raw potluck and it was lovely and the secret was she cut the apples very thin.. almost paper thin.

  • i love my spiral slicer and so do my little grandsons.i put zucchini in the spiral slicer and they are very willing to make spaghetti noodles for me.i cann’t eat the stuff fast enough.i love my spiral slicer.i have a mandolin slicer but have not used it yet.i got one for 10$.i still need to use it.i truly love the spiral slicer.it cost me 65$.horrid huh?but it sure is nice.

  • Silly question but where can we get these in Canada??? All the websites I’ve found them on won’t ship to canada!

  • I ordered my spiral slicer from Ebay, it was pretty cheap and they shipped to canada, you could check that out.

  • Just bought a Spirooli and LOVE it!!! Fast, simple, fun, can make large batches of noodles quickly, and a breeze to clean! I did zucchini 2 days ago and did cucumbers today. I made them into noodles then with 6 chops, sliced them down to smaller pieces for on top of salad and it was so pretty and nice to have a new texture in our salads :) I also have the spiralizer, but like the Spirooli better because the noodles were larger in diameter as spaghetti vs angel hair, didn’t get as soggy as the angel hair, and you can do slices, straight noodles and curly noodles with it. Also, you can do a large batch at one time by placing a huge plate or platter in front of it and keep on going and going and going. With the spiralizer you have to stop and empty the small container in order to keep on going. I also noticed that my spiralizer got rusty around the smaller parts/screws if I didn’t dry them by hand right away. So far no hint of that with the Spirooli. I have a mandolin but was always paranoid about shaving my knuckles off, even with the protective guard.

  • Yes, the knuckle shaving is scary. Am I still vegan if I’ve eaten pieces of my fingers? :)

  • I bought the Joyce Chen Spiralizer and I really like it…I bought a mandoline $79 and to tell you the truth I didn’t feel that it really did anything magical…and I might add I thought it was a real pain in the butt.

  • They have a cheap mandoline at Walmart..try it first and if you dont like it you can always sell it in a yard sale.

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