We are going to be talking about potato slicers today, and hopefully we can help you to find one that is perfectly suited to your needs.
There are many different and unique models on the market today, so how do you decide what will work best for you? To help you out, we will talk about some of the different features these models come with, and after that we will have a look at some of the top rated models you can currently get. If you already have an idea of what you intend to buy, you can head over to the recommended models section over here.
What features should you look for in a slicer?
Now before we start talking about the features, you need to think about what kind of slicer you want. Some of them are purely made for making french fries (like the one on the left side in the picture). Others like the mandoline slicer (seen on the right side of the picture above) are made to slice and dice a variety of vegetables, and some of them can make normal normal potato chips and french fries. So if you only intend to make french fries out of your potatoes, then a dedicated french fry cutter will be your best choice. If you want the ability to create both potato chips and french fries, then a quality mandoline will probably be your best choice.
Below we will discuss some of the features to look for in a mandoline, and after that we will talk about what to look for in a french fry cutter.
Features to look for in a mandoline slicer
To start off lets have a look at some of the common features to remember when choosing a versatile mandoline model. The first and most obvious feature you must look for is one with adjustable sizes. This will allow you to create a variety of thicknesses to suit your tastes in chip sizes. If you intend to make french fries too, then you must also look out for one that has a suitable julienne blade attachment. Make sure there is some reference to french fries in the manufacturer info to be sure it is the correct dimensions to make decent french fries.
The next concern should be what kind of material you want to buy. The cheaper sub $50 mandoline models tend to be made out of plastic, which is fine for most slicing jobs. The more expensive models are made out of stainless steel, and these are far superior due to the heavy duty construction on them. However these stainless steel models do come at a price, but you should be ok with a decent quality plastic model in most cases. Remember that slicing french fries puts quite a bit of pressure on the machine, so if you intend to buy a cheaper machine you should check out some user reviews to be sure the model can handle this type of usage.
Next up you should be thinking about some of the safety features of these models. Remember that a mandoline is very sharp, so safety features are an important consideration. Most newer models come with what is called a food safety holder. This is a additional plastic unit which will hold your food while you slice and dice it. You hold the handle while it is doing this, so your fingers never go anywhere near the blades. If you think you might find the food safety holder a bit cumbersome to use, you could do what many people do and invest in some cutting gloves. These generally retail for a little over $10, and they are cut and scratch resistant. This is a cheap and safe way to protect your hands. Most newer models also come with rubber feet to prevent the unit from slipping when you are using it. Other less important features to consider are units that fold up for easy storage, and easy adjustment options.
Features to look for in a french fry cutter
When it comes to choosing a french fry cutter, there aren’t as many options to consider. The most important decision you will need to make is whether to go with a stainless steel model or a plastic one. The plastic ones can go for as little as $15, whereas the stainless steel ones often cost in the $50+ range. Now it may be tempting to buy a cheaper unit, but as many people find out this is often a waste of money. The plastic frames simply cannot stand up to the pressure of forcing the potato though the slicers, and tend to break after a while. A stainless steel model is without a doubt the better and more reliable choice if you can afford it.
Another consideration is whether or not the model comes with interchangeable slicer heads. A common size you will find is a 3/8 slicer, but you also get other sizes such as 1/2″ or 1/4″. Some units come with additional sizes which you can purchase, so be sure to keep an eye out for this.
Other features to look for include mounting points. Some people like to mount these on their kitchen counters as it makes working with them easier. Certain models come with suction cups to attach the unit on the counter temporarily, so this could be a better option if you don’t want to start drilling holes into your kitchen counter!
Now let’s have a look at some of the top rated models you can currently get.
Recommended model – Bormer V-7000
If you want a potato cutter that can do thin potato chips and french fries, then the Bormer V-Power V-7000 may be what you want. Bormer is a German company, and has been making these types of slicers for over 50 years. This is their latest and greatest product, and comes in four colors of white, red, green and orange. The unit is made out of ABS plastic which is fairly strong, and the blades are made out of surgical grade steel. This comes with 3 blades, including the standard straight blade, and two julienne blades. The larger julienne blade is capable of making french fries when it is on the maximum thickness. However please note these will be thinner french fries – if you like chunky fries then you best steer clear of this model!
When not in use, you can push the plane insert all the way forward to cover the blade, and this model has rubber feet at the bottom to prevent any slippage when in use. The thickness adjustment is very easy to do, and is done by pushing the button on the side up or down. Also included is a food safety holder, and this model is very easy to take apart and clean. This is a ideal economical choice for a potato slicer, and is one of the best ones you can get for around $50. With over five hundred 5-star reviews on Amazon, this model certainly looks like a winner. You can check the current pricing and find out more about this model over at Amazon.
Recommended model – Weston French Fry Cutter
If you plan on only making french fries, then the Weston French Fry Cutter is one of the best ones you can get. The body of this unit is made out of cast iron, with stainless steel components. This creates a model that is incredibly durable, and able to withstand years of usage. It can cut french fries up to 6″ long, and 3/8″ in diameter. You can also buy 1/4″ and 1/2″ cutting plates if you want bigger or smaller chips. This model can be disassembled quite easily for cleaning, and it comes with suction cups to use on the feet. To avoid any confusion, we should add that suction cups are now included with this model (prior to 2010 they were sold separately). There are also mounting holes on the feet in case you decided to mount it somewhere. This is a strong heavy duty item, and the many customer reviews tend to agree with this! With a retail price in the range of $100, this model is certainly worth a look. You can find out more about it and read some of the many customer reviews on the Amazon product page.