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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
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First of all, congratulations to the design team that finished the job on the venerable apple slicer. The plastic piece that you push after you flip over the slicer really does push the apple out of the slicer. Amazing it took so long for someone to figure this out.

That said, there are two design flaws that may haunt you after you get over that giddy feeling of total apple slicing control. First, the slicing blades are made of sheet metal that are folded in at the "core" of the slicer, creating numerous small openings for apple particles to lodge in ways that are very difficult to clean, except with a toothbrush. Second the little corners of the slicing blades are exposed around the outer perimeter of the metal slicing assembly. They are very sharp. If this utensil is grabbed the wrong way, perhaps out of a sink full of dirty dishes, the potential for a nasty cut is there and could easily happen in my opinion. Pictures of these design flaws will show up if you select to "view and share related images."

So, just after the return expiration window has passed I'm throwing it out. Bummer.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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A good slicer should be a) sharp, b) easy and comfortable in the hands and c) cut through the fruit cleanly.

Typically, slicers can ace two of these - most are easy and comfortable in the hands, but the sharpest ones stay sharp by never quite going all the way through the fruit and the ones that do cut through completely dull quickly.

This slicer solves the problem rather ingeniously. You slider the sharp cutting blades straight through the fruit and then flip over the plastic lid to pop them out the rest of the way. It works on all manner of apples and pears. It's only "flaw" is that it can't magically make it easy to cut through crooked apples, but the person who figures out the solution to that problem probably hasn't been born yet.

Excellent, excellent, tool.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon May 2, 2011
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At least three times a week I core and section apples, and have done so for a couple of years. The first tool I used for this task was a simple cylindrical apple corer that is centered over the stem and pushed down separating it from the apple, leaving the flesh to be sliced, diced, etc., as desired. It worked okay, but the core remained stuck in the cylinder, creating a somewhat hazardous situation. To remove it required a finger or a separate utensil to push it through. Pulling the corer out of the apple requires strength, and the action eventually causes the handle to come off. After trying several different brands, I moved on in search of a better design.

Next I tried something similar to this tool. The convenience of coring and slicing an apple in one movement is appealing, but I found a similar design flaw to the device noted above. The core gets stuck. Additionally, the blades sometimes don't cut all the way through the apple skin so effort may be necessary to free the wedges from the cutter. Again, depending upon the sharpness of the blades, this action may be dangerous.

Since this is a utensil I use frequently, I was anxious to test out this new version. The blades are sharper than my previous model which permits it to be easily pushed down through the apple. When done, snapping the plastic bottom on causes the apple core and wedges to pop up and out of the device, so, no need to put fingers in or around dangerous blades. This is a smart design and it works beautifully.

I am a female with reasonable, but not exceptional, hand strength and found the slicer required very little effort. One slice required the removal of a seed, but the core size for the utensil is no different than others I've encountered. There is simply no one perfect size. If sized too big, too much of the flesh is cut away from the apple -- too small and seeds remain -- I don't know how this can be remedied given the variation in apple sizes. Still, the convenience outweighs the occasional bit of hand trimming of an errant seed.

In addition to popping the apple and core up and out, the plastic cover protects the blades from damage and prevents accidental cuts while it sits in the kitchen drawer. This small design change has made the task is easier and almost fun. Note that the handles are not padded, but are shaped well and comfortable to use. The tool has a quality feel. The plastic used is heavy -- and the price is reasonable. I am impressed.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon May 18, 2011
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This product has one of those twist that make you say, "Well, that just seems obvious. I wonder why no one has done that before".

The built in cover (on a hinge, so it's never lost), keeps the slicer sharper longer. It also protects other items where you keep your slicer stored.

A clever twist on a common household item. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The blades are sharp and ergonomically speaking, its pretty comfortable to use. It also looks pleasant and would probably fit right at home with your Tupperware collection. It does its job, it does it well but in the end, it really is just a different way to cut up some fruit and not necessarily a replacement for a standard knife. This would probably be better suited for jobs that require cutting and coring up a whole bunch of apples rather than digging it out just to slice up one. Plus, cleaning it takes a little more work due to the number of blades and the way the slicer is constructed.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I have the regular apple slicer (like this but without the plastic push base) and got this one to see if there was much more to it. I have to say, no.

Apple slicers are awesome and easy to use. They are great for finicky kids who don't want to do the work of biting the apple to bits (or adults for that matter). And, lets be honest, most of us ARE that lazy. I love using slicers to speed up work to make pies or have a nice PB and apple snack. The only thing I don't like about these useful gadgets is trying to clean the blades.

This model helps a bit with that aspect by dislodging the core and most of the pieces that get stuck on the bottom of the (sharp!) blades. It is somewhat like getting popcorn stuck in your teeth: you floss and brush and do all sorts of things but still end up having a piece dislodge at some odd moment a day or so later! Simple rinsing (like dental work) does not do it. It also has that bicycle spoke thing going on that leaves a small point where it is hard to scrub out the bits. Dishwasher safe, yes. Dishwasher clean, not so much.

If you're worried about cutting your finger dislodging the core or are annoyed at the bits of skin that get stuck in the bottom when you slice (apple skin, not yours), than this is a good choice. Otherwise, it is really only a tiny bit better than the older versions available. It does have a snazzy color though!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2012
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Wonderful concept and pops fruit out fine, just happens I got a dull one and it is very hard to cut into the fruit. Three other people tried it without better luck, so it wasn't just my hand weakness.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I've obtained a lot of kitchen tools over the years, and this one is one of the better ones. I make a baked chicken and apple dish about twice a month in the fall and winter months, and this gadget totally cuts my time in half -- actually more. It's easy to use, cuts very well, and is simple to clean. Previously, I'd used a corer; this is much better than that. It slices evenly and precisely, and goes through an apple quickly without super-strength. The plastic on it serves double duty -- it keeps the sharp edges from cutting you or anything else, and when pressed against the metal, it gets that last part of the apple that would otherwise be difficult to cut.

I don't make apple pies, but this little gadget is inspiring me too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I've had some apple slicers that I liked and others I hated. Some have rusted, others have too small a hole for the core leaving seeds and core pieces that have to be trimmed off.

This slicer is sturdy, easy on the hands and has really sharp blades for cutting. Once you position the slicer and go through the apple, you turn the lid over and push the whole thing down. This completes the cutting process and all the slices pop up ready to eat.

It has a good core hole but still leaves a little of the core in the slices. I'm just not sure what diameter it should be but I hate to waste part of the apple by having too large of a core hole.

A nice slicer and since it is about the same price as other quality slicers, a recommended kitchen gadget.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon May 13, 2011
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Helpful product. I've had the KidCo version without the Pop feature for several years...they are comparable in cutting ability, quality, and work exactly the same (push the slicer down over the apple and it cuts into wedges)...As they get older they dull and it gets harder and harder to pull the wedges out. The pop feature on this one works really well and will be ever more helpful as the blades dull. My only wish is that the product were made with a thicker steel that could hold a real edge and be sharpened.
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