We're all more than capable of wielding a kitchen knife. Still, a few can cut ingredients paper-thin and with absolute precision. That's where electric food slicers come in. These high-powered brutes are capable of churning out cold cuts and sliced cheese quickly and easily. This means you can forgo the deli and slice your meat, bread, fruit, cheese, and veggies from the comfort of your own home.
The appliance itself is relatively easy to use. You simply attach the food to the sliding tray, turn the slicer on, and push the plate towards the rotating razor blade. What's difficult is picking the best model. There are a ton on the market, and, unfortunately, not all of them are created equal.
The best slicers feature powerful motors, sharp cutting blades, and adjustable controls to determine each slice's thickness. Here are four must-have electric food slicers that will deliver deli-quality cuts in no time.
When you intend to slice high-quantity meats and cheese, you can not go past the commercial-grade food slicer from Beswood. It is equipped with a gutsy 240-watt engine, which can produce 282 blade revolutions per minute and power even through the toughest ingredients. The unit features an aluminum frame and a 10-inch carbon steel blade, which has been chrome-plated and heat-treated for improved durability and strength. Thanks to this solid construction, the blade is rarely to sharpen. The machine can slice up to half an inch from paper-thin and has a premium V-belt that minimizes noise and vibration while slicing.
Unlike the concept of Beswood, Zica's food slicer should be at home either in a commercial kitchen or at home. Powered by a 150-watt engine, it features a 10-inch chrome-plated carbon steel blade that will make anything you throw at it literally mincemeat. Although keeping abundantly sharp is certain, the computer features a built-in whetstone that makes the blade sharpen a breeze. The slicer thickness can be adjusted from 0 to 0.47 inches, depending on what type of cut you want. The slicer also features a robust base and cup suction feet to ensure it remains stable while in use. A professional-grade slicer like this one can take up a lot of space, but it will also save you time and energy in high volume slicing.
Chef'sChoice svelte food slicer is the smallest on this list and will only occupy a counter space smidgen. But their tiny size makes it no less reliable. Made of cast aluminum and stainless steel, it features a 7-inch blade that can slice a wide variety of products, from deli-thin to around 1-inch thickness. The machine is powered by a cool running, high torque 120-watt motor, and features a sizeable tilted carriage of food. This makes it ideal for extra-large slicing of roasts, hams, and other significant ingredients. It also has a slip-free, easy-to-grip pusher built to avoid accidents.
One big gripe that people have with food slicers is that they can be hard to clean. That's not the case with a clever concept from Nesco's Electric Food Slicer. It features a removable food carriage and detachable blade. This means you can get into all those hard-to-reach locations and remove any rogue meat or cheese.
Pack with high-quality 180-watt gear generator, the unit will drive all kinds of ingredients. It is fitted with an 8.7-inch stainless steel blade that is hardened and has a serrated edge for extra impact. You can crank out a variety of slices up to 9/16-inches, thanks to the thickness control knob. The system also features non-slip feet that are good on most surfaces, and stable.