354 of 366 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2010
Most of the reviews I read before I purchased my first mandoline were positive for ones that I would have to purchase on-line. I wanted a slicer within a day or two, so my first purchase was from Bed Bath and Beyond. All of the attachments were attached to the slicer and at first I thought it was neat. Then, I went to use it and realized that every time I used the slicer, all of the attachments would get dirty. I returned it without even using it. I read a LOT of reviews before I bought my second mandoline. The second slicer I purchased was from Ace Hardware. I usually wouldn't purchase something like this from Ace; however, the slicer they carry had some good reviews. I retured it after one use. The blade was so dull that it wouldn't slice through a tomato. Then I purchased the Swissmar Borner V-7000 and I am very happy with it. It is simple and easy to use. With the push of a button I can change the thickness of a slice. It has a setting where the board is pushed right up to the blade for storage so you don't get cut when shuffling the mandoline around. It is light and easy to use with rubber feet so it doesn't slide when slicing. All I have to do to use it is grab it off the counter, push the button for desired thickness and start slicing. A quick rinse as soon as I am done using it and it is clean. It is so easy to use and clean that I use it even for the smallest jobs like making a quick sandwich just for myself. I highly recommend this slicer
202 of 209 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2010
This slicer has been excellent in speeding up prep work. Ive used it to slice jicama, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes and strawberries. I use it to dice onions very quickly and consistently. The blades are very sharp, but thats kinda the point of a blade.
You definitely need to take care when using it, it will cut you if you disrespect it. If you are trying to slice something large and hard like a large potato or jicama, it has a tendency to jam which is a big problem. Reducing the size of the piece being sliced resolved this for me in every case, though it does mean no 6 inch fries will be coming out of it.
I do wish that it had a larger cubing blade and a larger fry blade. The strips are pretty much limited to small shoestring size. It will however slice from about 7/16 to wafer thin.
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It has now been two years and I still use this slicer regularly. I have purchased two others in that same period largely to deal with the shortcomings I mentioned above, but none have done better and ultimately I return to using this slicer. It still cannot do potatoes for fries well and the largest strips are just two thin for fries or vegetable sticks, but it does so very well slicing anything not quite as hard as a potato and will even slice potatoes for au gratin or such, just not quite fries. I wont slice tomatoes, onions, or strawberries without it the results are just too good.
Another year and it is still serving me well. The blades are not as sharp as the used to be, but still much more than adequate, it still slices everything very well. I have been dieting and eating a lot more vegetables lately. The slicer has been very useful in that regard. I love match-sticking carrots for my salad, so much better than the grocery match sticks, no dry white edges. The other slicers have dulled to the point they are useless, the V Slicer just continues to work. I will replace it with another when it fails or becomes too dull.
138 of 145 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2010
Let me start with saying that this is my first mandoline ever, so it's possible that the few complaints I have may exist in other slicers as well. I looked around a lot before buying, and the other Borner slicer had amazing reviews, so I decided to go with this slightly updated version, figuring it too must be great, and for the most part was pleasantly surprised.
The slicer blade itself is VERY sharp. It makes easy work of most vegetables (and fingers if you don't use the safety holder). It has 4 settings for thickness for each insert, allowing for very thin slices, and is easily changed. The inserts allow you to do strips of either very fine or small sizes, but even the largest is a bit smaller than I prefer for fries or veggie sticks (but the ones it does make are very nice). It is quick and easy to clean, change inserts, etc., and overall does its job quite well. The color options are a nice touch, as we like to have colorful kitchen gadgets/appliances to compliment their functionality. Everything washed nicely in the dishwasher (top rack), and is very easy to pop together / apart.
The safety handle grips things quite well, but as the instructions say, make sure to cut the item to be sliced down to fit in the holder, or it is not going to be easy to use, and will catch (especially with harder to slice vegetables like the previously mentioned potatoes). One downside is that there is no rail for the handle to slide along, so it shifts a little bit with use, and if someone (read in-laws) go to use it without being careful, they can scrape up the handle by running it the wrong way (thin direction) along the inserts. If it had a rail that the handle slid along, it would make the slicing easier and alleviate this problem. I did see that the handle is sold separately though, so I could replace that if the scratches really bothered me.
The other downside (maybe) is that there is only one cutting blade which does not seem replaceable. This means that when it dulls, you'll need a new mandoline, instead of only replacing the blade. According to previous reviews of other versions though, these blades last a long time, so unless you're using this daily for extended periods, it should last you a very long time. I haven't gotten there yet, so can't say for sure
Otherwise, the blade is very sharp, cuts beautifully, the inserts have a nice storage caddy, it cleans well, looks nice, and feels like it should last a while. Even with the couple of problems, it's still a pretty good product and I'm overall happy with my purchase. It saves a LOT of prep time, and keeps me from nicking my fingers as much with a knife.
67 of 72 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2011
The V-7000 takes a bit of getting use to. The button on the side that is suppose to lock the selected plate in, isn't very substantial and doesn't really lock it in completely. It's sort of a gimmick, if you ask me. But the slicer is good. It will slice wonderfully and fast. I had wondered if it would slice cabbage etc very thin. It definitely will do that well. It would be nice if they would make a stand or a bowl that will fit under the mandoline so that you don't have to hold it up in order to slice more than a few times (as it tends to get clogged up and jam if you don't lift it up to give it the space for the cut items). I also wish that the safety food pusher had some prongs that were closer together so that you can cut carrots that are longer narrower. It doesn't quite attach to, and hold secure the narrower carrots. You need at least 2 prongs in the carrot to attach securely. To remedy this: I hold the big end of the carrot and do my slicing (without the safety pusher) until I get down toward the fatter end. Then I attach the pusher to the carrot. Be careful, don't wait too long before you attach the pusher to the carrot. For carrots, I also don't go direct into the "V" part of the blade, as it tends to jam up more there. And I definetly hold the mandoline up so that the cut carrots don't pile up underneath and then begin to jam up while cutting. All and all, I do like it and will use it. If I had it to do over again, I would have gotten the older models without the "lock" button on the side.
72 of 80 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2010
Have owned 2 previous V-Slicers (Mandoline) for probably 10 years. Used one at home and another in my motorhome. They were great particularly in slicing really thin slices of tomato and onion. This newer model is adjustable, but it's difficult to change the types of blades for wide or narrow cut vegetables. Also it doesn't seem to slice as smoothly as the older model. On the plus side the blades and knob used to hold the item being sliced store very compacty. I give it three stars. Still slices better than most of the mandolines on the market.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2012
I bought this to slice fruits for my dehydrator. For this it works very well and effortlessly. Apples, pears, persimmons, pineapple all worked great. On the other hand - it was very difficult to slice sweet potatoes and regular potatoes. And forget about the french fries, the largest setting is definitely too small for fries. The chopping method is also too complicated and does'nt work well either. Much easier to slice the potatoes by hand and dice anything that you don't want to chop in a small food processor. I bought two mandolines at the same time to test them out. The other one being the cuisanart. It definetely was sharper and worked faster than the cuisanart but both had the same issue with the potatoe slices. Wish there was something better out there that can slice the hard vegetables with more ease.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2013
I bought this about nine months ago to see if it would help reduce the time and labor for slicing cabbage to make sauerkraut. This turned out to be a good move. I've been making sauerkraut for about 2 years. The first time I used 6 heads of cabbage and sliced with a knife. I tried to slice it as fine as I could and the end result was good. About six months later, I used 14 heads of cabbage to make a larger supply of sauerkraut. Using a knife again, it took me a few hours to slice them up. Again the end results were good. Now, after using the Borner V Power Mandoline V-7000 slicer, my last batch of sauerkraut consisting of 16 heads of cabbage, turned out a lot better than good, probably great. What I discovered using this slicer is that the thinner you can slice the cabbage the better. It makes it easier to extract the liquid from the cabbage after you have added salt and smashed the cabbage down. This slicer makes it easy to make thin slices and I would estimate that it took about half the time to do the job versus me using a knife.Throw in the fact that the end results are better than with using a knife, this slicer is a slam dunk. Now what I mean by better end results is that, the cabbage fermented faster with the thinner slices and you can easily manage to pile it high on a beer brat on a bun, and that's a beautiful thing!
Why didn't I give it a 5? This mandoline slices beautifully, but I had to turn it over from time to time to unjam slices of cabbage that got stuck in the outer edges below the cutters. Now I only had to do this about one time per head, but if I hadn't had to do it at all, then we would have had the perfect slicing machine.
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2014
I actually loved it when I first got it and started using it. I even have recommended it to others. However, just a couple of months after purchasing this mandolin, it has fallen apart! I've never machine washed it, only hand washed it. I'm careful when I change out the blades and only use it a few times a week. When I picked it up off my drying towel last night, the part that helps the blades slide in and out had completely fallen off, and there's no way to put it back on and fit.
I went with this mandolin, though it was quite a bit cheaper than my current mandolin, because of it's great reviews. The only thing I can think is that the reviews re coming in quickly after the purchase and not after months of use. I am very disappointed and will purchase a quality mandolin from the bad experience.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2011
I bought my first Borner Mandoline at the county fair 30 years ago. I thought I would upgrade to a better slicer and gave the older one away. Since then I have tried 2 different brands and have been very disappointed with both. I decided to go back to the Borner and find it to be better than ever. I use it every day.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2014
I've only used this slicer a couple of days and would rate it a 5 star product if it would slice all of the item being sliced. It leaves at least 1/4" of leftover, over time, a lot of food will go to waist, unless you go to the trouble to pull the knife out to finish the work.
One more star than the lowest rating because it does slice quite nicely, but I will be returning this item and looking for one that doesn't waist food.
I added a photo showing the gap where food gets waisted.