Like many people out there, I had trouble trying to find a quality bread slicer with a guide, so I posted this article to help anyone else in a similar situation! There are quite a few different kinds on the market, so how do you actually decide what is good product and what isn’t? To help you out we will discuss some of the features you will need to consider before you decide on a suitable model. After that we will look at some of the top rated models you can currently get. Should you already know what sort of model you want, you can head over to the recommended models section using.
What features should you look for in a slicer?
Like many people out there, I was easily enticed into buying a cheap quality model at first. I intended to use this with a bread maker I was given over xmas, however was left sorely disappointed with my new slicer. To avoid making that mistake again, I did some research and found out what kind of qualities you need to look for in a slicer.
The first and foremost thing you will need to consider is what type of material you intend to invest in. The cheapest and most readily available kinds are the plastic models, which is I initially bought. However this was a mistake for two very obvious reasons, none of which I had considered before I bought it. The first reason is that the entire unit was so flimsy that I was not able to slice a loaf of bread evenly. The particular one I bought had four parts that snapped together to form the slicer, but once I tried to cut any bread the slots tended to move as soon as I put any pressure on them, which created uneven slices. The entire unit was simply not tough enough to handle the simple task of slicing bread.
Aside from the flimsiness, there was another issue that I never anticipated. Since the model was made out of plastic, there were times when plastic shavings would come off the sides of the unit and go into the bread. My bread knife is very sharp, but it just went to show what this wasn’t even a durable type of plastic being used with this model. I would strongly recommend that you avoid plastic slicers altogether to be honest. They simply are not strong enough for this type of work, and you will likely end up with plastic bits in your food! You will also find bamboo slicers available, but from the reviews I have seen, these are almost as weak as the plastic ones. There are some decent wooden slicers out there, so we would recommend that you look for a wooden slicer to avoid the above mentioned issues.
Looking back at my not-so-impressive plastic slicer, there was another issue – the sizing of the slices. This particular slicer only had one size, which was a little too thin for my liking. If I tried slicing using two slots instead, it came out too thick. So we were kind of stuck since I wanted the size in between the two. In hindsight I should have read about what sizes it made, but I simply assumed it made store bought thickness slices. To avoid running into this problem yourself, you should check out what size slices the bread guide you are interested in makes. Cheaper slicers will only make one thickness, while the more decent ones will do a range of sizes. I learned this the hard way unfortunately, but at least someone else might benefit from this knowledge!
The last issue I ran into was that our slicer was not wide enough to accommodate our home made bread. It could only just fit in standard store bought loaves, but anything wider would not fit. I ended up trimming some of our home made loaf simply to fit it in the slicer, which is very wasteful. To avoid this same mistake, you should always check the dimensions of the slicer to make sure it will accommodate whatever size bread you intend to slice. It seems most of the cheap units are made as small as possible to skimp on production costs, so remember to keep an eye out for this.
These are some of the tips I think you should take into account before you make a purchase. Hopefully someone out there will benefit from this! Now lets take a look at some of the top rated bread slicers you can currently get.
What are some of the better models?
We have two models to recommend, and it’s a tough choice between the two models as both are a good buy. Keep in mind that you will need a long knife to use with these. A 10″ knife should be fine, so we would recommend the Chicago Cutlery 10″ bread knife as it is affordable and a good quality product.