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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2012
I feel embarrassed to be giving this slicer such a poor review...so many others seem to like it. But compared to the Vacu Vin stainless steel slicer I had been using, this OXO slicer is a big disappointment. OXO has a great reputation, and I have a lot of their kitchen tools that I can't live without, but I don't think I'll use this slicer again.
Here's what I found:
1) Most notably, the slicer seemed to mangle the pineapple. When I finished "slicing", I was left with a big mess...nothing like the clean cut spiral shown on OXO's packaging. Part of the problem, I think, is that the slices are too thin. Perhaps this is because the slicing disc is made of plastic. Perhaps it was operator error (maybe I should have pushed harder?). Whatever the reason, I did not have this problem with the Vacu Vin slicer. With the Vacu Vin, the slices were thick and cleanly cut (and the slicer included a wedger to quickly turn the slices into chunks).
2) The "ratcheting" feature of this slicer seemed to be more of a gimmick than a convenience. Purportedly, the reason for the ratcheting handle is so that the user doesn't need to let go of the slicer between turns. However, if the slicer did a better job of cutting into the pineapple in the first place, then letting go of the slicer wouldn't be an issue: after a half turn, the slicer SHOULD be embedded firmly enough to let go...at least that was my experience with the Vacu Vin slicer.
The Vacu Vin is a bit more expensive than the OXO (nearly double the cost at the time of this review), but it is worth every penny. After getting the Vacu Vin, I immediately ordered a second one as a gift. I would NOT want to give this OXO pineapple slicer to anyone. Overall, I still trust the OXO brand, but do not recommend this slicer.