Calphalon® Precision Mandoline Slicer
Had it for two days. Just got out of the ER, cut off part of my thumb. Nothing bad to say about the manufacturer... just that the product seems to lull the user into a false sense of security. You HAVE to pay attention if you use one of these. Either invest in a cut resistant glove or don't buy one. Have yet to meet an owner of any product like this that hasn't maimed themselves.
September 29, 2013
Bad Mandoline (don't buy it)
Whatever you do, don't buy this product. It is a major HASSLE to use. I got so frustrated that I finally just threw it in the trash. What a waste of money. First of all, it is VERY difficult to understand how to use it. Second, when you finally figure it out, the slices do not come out evenly (often the vegetable, like a potato, gets stuck in the blades). Also, the so-called "gripper" the MOST IMPORTANT component besides the blades is flimsy and you can't figure out which side to use to hold the vegetable. AND, the vegetable(s) don't stay in place with the ridiculous plastic pin-sticking parts on the gripper. I am warning you, I threw this BAD MANDOLINE in the garbage TODAY!!! I am so incredibly angry right now but I guess I will just use a sharp knife instead to make my thinly-sliced scalloped potatoes.
September 14, 2013
I bought this mandolin, thinking the money would be well spent. Within a month the rubber protector came off of the base and I injured my thumb. I am now looking for a better constructed mandolin.
July 11, 2013
Taking this back
Not impressed! Spent $80 and I was very disappointed with this product. After reading these reviews I see I'm not a lone in my feelings. I'm going to do more research before I decide what brand of mandolin to replace it with.
Bought it today, used it once, did not like, taking it back to the store tomorrow. :(
June 30, 2013
Would Not Recommend...At All
Let me start off with I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED THIS THING! I have since the days of Ron Popeil and the Dice-O-Matic items on tv as a kid. My Mom always saw it as a way for me to sever an artery while she was at work and hence, never bought it for us. In retrospect, Mother Knows Best...Read on...
Okay. I read the other reviews, then the one reviewer that actually had my 14 year old and I giggling in the store where the reviewer went back through and took apart what each other reviewer had commented on--AND THAT PERSON made us buy this, even after we read that ONE review as the only decent review.
Yes, first off, this item is sharp. It is dangerous if you don't read and re-read the instructions and you WILL cut yourself if you don't read and re-read the instructions. The instructions CLEARLY state that the item is to NEVER be used without the guard/plastic cup that holds the veggies or else YOU WILL CUT YOURSELF. End of story. Should be enough said. Not in this generation, I know, everyone wants everything handed to them. Not me. I was raised in the 1970's and you had to READ INSTRUCTIONS. Moving on.
That point being made clear, using the plastic/rubber gasket guard does NOT WORK for carrots or any other vegetable similarly shaped/skinny. If you look at this thing in the store (I didn't), you will learn one of the many reasons why I am taking this back. Skinny items, like a cuke or a carrot are NOT going to slice SAFELY on this item. Even after reading the instructions and doing it the safe way suggested in the instructions. :) I was cutting carrots, using the rubberized gasket/plastic holder to slice the cute, wavy restaurant carrots, feeling pretty safe and secure, running it pretty quickly, and then SLICE, right through the rubber gasket and MY THUMB. Nothing bad, bled off and on for an hour, but nothing warranting stitches or anything. I will live and won't be suing anyone. (but will be giving a poor review) Just know that if you are thinking "Oh, gee, I will buy this neat little gadget to slice veggies and cheeses with BUT IT CAN'T POSSIBLY BE SHARP ENOUGH TO CUT THROUGH MY SKIN, " note: skin IS THINNER and easier to cut through than veggies. :) I am returning mine based on the fact that if I am using the safety gadget to protect my thumbs/fingers and the blade cuts through the safety gadget, then I need something duller. Much duller.
The inability to slice uniformly is also an issue. The thing slices some items paper thin, some half thin/half thick, some so thin that they are cut in half and some thick...all on the same setting using the same pressure.
The thinnest setting is still too thick for a thinly sliced zucchini (zucchini chips) or potato crisps. They come out way too thick. (1/8" is what is the smallest)
Also, what the one individual said about the waffle fries falling through before you can make the second slice, is true. I tried several ways, even had my 14 year old (better at directions than his 1970's Mom) and my husband (better at directions than his 45 year old wife) and neither of them could figure out what the heck is supposed to be different. It tells you to slice down at a 45 degree angle then back up at a 90 degree angle. Um, I think, if I am not mistaken, the veggie falls through after the 45 degree angle slice, before the next "upswing", but I could have that part wrong. ;)
Yes, you do have to take the entire thing apart to clean, BUT it takes less than one minute to take apart, 2 minutes to wash and about 2 minutes to put back together *unless you are my husband who will end up throwing all of the pieces into the kitchen drawer anyway and NOT putting it back together. That is a no-brainer that it has to be taken apart, but if it takes as long as the other reviewers say, then they don't need to be handling sharp object. Just sayin'. I take anything I cook with that has pieces all the way apart to clean. That having been said, there is a stainless front portion on top of the plastic (look at the photo and it is just below a black "V" shape of plastic) and that DOES NOT come off, but has a gap in between it and the plastic. Food gets trapped in there and short of using a toothpick or a skewer to wedge it out, it stays in there, pretty tight and after a month or two will start to get yucky.
But alas, once my thumb went through the guard and it was sliced open (mainly the guard was "sliced open", but my thumb was, too), I think I will be returning this little sucker to the store and purchasing something along the lines of a butter knife to cut my veggies with.
June 24, 2013
DO NOT BUY - Worst kitchen utensil ever
This thing is totally useless. I cannot believe that Calphalon made this or even put their name on it. I do not know who performed the quality control, but it does not cut evenly. The veggies tend to get caught in the v-part of the blade. Worse yet, pieces of the harder veggies such as carrots and parsnips get caught under the bottom slide plate. At first, I thought that I was doing something wrong. I watched several You-Tube videos that demonstrate the Calphalon Mandoline Slicer, i used a lot of care to replicate their motions and technique. I could not get it to cut anything right. Onions, parsnips, tomatoes, cucumbers, all just as bad. The blade is just not sharp enough and poorly designed. DO NOT BUY this product.
April 28, 2013
Don't waste your money
I was so excited to buy a mandoline for homemade potato chips. I opted for the more expensive Calphalon over the cheaper OXO because typically Calphalon makes decent cookware. The first one I brought home had a giant gouge in the frame. It wouldn't have altered the cutting, but for $80 it shouldn't have a defect, in my opinion. So I exchanged it.
I am extremely disappointed in this product and will be returning it now that I have actually used it. Doesn't cut evenly and the slices are so thick - even on the thinnest setting - that there is no way they will ever be potato chips. More like potato hunks.
The waffle blade doesn't work at all. The slice falls through the blade before you have the chance to cut it a second time.
The protector piece folds in as you cut the veggie, and eventually you end up chopping up the rubber part of the protector with the veggie. Poor, poor design.
I don't think the blades are not sharp enough to use safely, you have to push so hard I think it is dangerous.
If I had paid $12 I wouldn't expect much. But for $80 I expected a bit more usability. It is a piece of garbage.
April 14, 2013
Great Product, Please READ THIS!
I am not a “review writer” generally. I don’t want to take the time. But I HAD to write a review for this product. If I had gone by all of the other reviews for this product I would NEVER have purchased it, but I do have a little OCD and ALL of my other kitchen things are made by Calphalon, and I love all of them. The OCD comes in because in spite of the reviews that I read, I bought this anyway so it was the “matching” piece to all my other utensils and I figured if it really was horrible I would return it. Ok, so it’s great! The blades are very sharp and they should be. I did cut my thumb, but it was my own fault. I wasn’t using the hand thing and I put my “cut proof glove” on the other hand and then switched hands without thinking about it. The cutting is easy and even. Because of the other reviews I read, I paid close attention. There were a few uneven pieces, but the unevenness was due to the shape of the vegetable and not the blade. Also, with the Julienne attachments, you do NOT need to separate the pieces once you’ve sliced them. When you put either Julienne blade in, you also need to layer it by putting the straight blade on top of the Julienne blade. People who said it doesn’t work must not have read the instructions or something (I didn’t either but it just looked to me like that was the way to do it and I was right). Also, for those who said it was a 3hour ordeal to take apart to clean – I also didn’t read the instructions, but using my brain, I was able to take it apart in under a minute, wash it and dry in in another 2 or 3 minutes and that was that. I mean, all these reviews really couldn’t be more wring about this product. I love it, and Calphalon has continued to keep me impressed with their products. Excellent, five stars, yadda yadda yadda. Don’t pay any attention to these other reviews. They are not accurate.
Just a few fun notes to the previous reviewers:
“It may look easy to use, but the precision mandoline is remarkably sharp and incredibly dangerous. The item lacks appropriate safety warnings and specific instructions to protect users.” – OK, so you are using a mandolin. Mandolin 101 is that the blade is really frickin' sharp as heck. Don’t put your fingers near the blade. End of ‘Common Sense 101’.
“There really isn't a good way to clean it except to take it almost completely apart and then put it all back together to store.” – So, this is how I generally clean all my kitchen appliances. Food processor, I dismantle it to wash it. Blender, I take it apart to wash it. I don’t wash my pots and pans with the lid on, I take it off and wash it separately. Get my point? This reviewer claims to be proficient in the kitchen but is surprised at taking something apart to clean it?! Well enough said there. Ok, not enough said. This is the same person who says that the julienne blade doesn’t work and obviously didn’t put the thing together properly with the two blades and could figure that out. So, now, enough said.
“If you need an expensive item to help injure yourself, then this is the one for you!!!” – Oh boy, here we go again! Do you know what it is you purchased when you purchased a mandolin? It’s not a Barbie Doll, it isn’t an iPad, it’s a SHARP INSTRUMENT! All mandolines should be! Jeez!
Removing upper platform for cleaning necessitated calling the company for support. It took them several tries to make it work & explain to me that the dial labeled "Remove to Clean" needed to actually be turned PAST the labeled mark...way past in order for the upper platform to be removed for cleaning. Who would have known? – I KNEW!!! I KNEW!!!! I moved the dial in the direction that had an arrow and said something like turn the dial to here to remove the thing to clean it” or maybe a more concise version of that sentence. I did that. Lo and behold, it worked! My stars! I was worried about spending hours on hold with Calphalon to figure this one out after reading this review. Luckily, I took Common Sense 101 (above) and it paid off!
March 2, 2013