In this article we will be talking about some of the meat slicers that are suitable for home use. With such a large range of different models available for purchase, how do you end up deciding what will work best for you? In order to help you in your search, we will start off by talking about some of the important features and specifications you should pay attention to when searching for a suitable model. After that we will have a look at some of the top rated models currently available. If you already have an idea of what to buy, you can head over to the recommended models section.
What must you look for before purchasing one?
Before you rush out and buy a slicer, you must take a few important points into consideration. The first and probably the most important part you need to look into is the motor of the slicer. This feature of the slicer is the focal point of the entire machine, so careful consideration must be taken when choosing one. The motor will need enough power and torque to be able to slice through any food you want to cut. A common cause for failure on cheaper machines is the motor burning out, simply because it cannot take the strain put on it by having to cut through tougher foods. Remember to look for a reliable motor that has enough power to give you many years of good service.
Something else that can cause issues with the motor is the blade. Certain foods tend to response better to different blades, therefore you should be careful that you are using the correct blade for that particular food, otherwise you will be putting additional strain on the motor. For example, meat is cut quite easily with a non serrated blade while vegetables tend to cut quicker with a serrated blade. The bad news is that most home slicers only come with either a serrated or a non-serrated blade, but not both. Therefore if you intend to cut a range of different foods, you should see if you can buy the missing blade as a potential extra item first. They don’t really cost too much extra, so expect to budget an extra $20 on an extra blade if needed.
Something else to consider is the range of thickness that the slicer can offer you. Most will do deli style 1mm slices, and can go all the way up to 1″ slices. The thickness is often adjusted via a dial on the side of the unit, so this is fairly easy to do. If you intend to make a range of different thickness cuts, then be sure to see what the machine is capable of before you make a purchase.
Performance shouldn’t be your only consideration however. Remember that these units are quite big and bulky, therefore you want to be able to clean them. Most decent models will have the ability to unclip the main components, to make cleaning as easy as possible. Look out for a model with this option to save time on cleaning it afterwards.
Safety features should also be taken into account, as the sharp spinning blade can be very dangerous. Some units will have the ability to cover the blade with the food carriage when it is not in use. This means that if the unit gets switched on by accident by a child, or even a pet, there is no chance that they could get into contact with the blade.
Remember to get some food safe lubricant to use with your model. This will help to keep the motor and blade in top shape for many years. If you wash the machine parts after every use, then you should lube it after a couple of washes as per the manufacturers instructions.
These are some of the things you should consider before you decide on any models. Hopefully this has given you some good knowledge on what to keep an eye out for. Now lets have a look at some of the top slicers currently on the market!