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Best Meat Slicers
Why Buy A Meat Slicer?
We spent 120 hours testing meat slicers to help you find one that suits your needs. We judged the slicers by their performance, safety features and ease of use, and based on our test results, we believe the EdgeCraft Chef's Choice 610 is the overall best model. It performed better than any other slicer and is easy to use and clean.
Another favorite of ours is the Maxi-Matic EMT-503B Elite because it has a somewhat larger blade than other meat slicers, and it works well with all kinds of foods, not just meats. We also like the Nesco FS-250, which is powerful and also has a larger blade than most meat slicers on the market.
We tested each slicer to see how well it cuts thick and thin slices of ham, pepperoni, cucumbers, bell peppers, mozzarella cheese and artisan bread, looking for an even cut across each piece of food. In addition, we measured how loud the machine was while we used it and scored each one based on how easy it was to operate and how safe it felt to use.
What to Look for in a Meat Slicer
First and foremost, you should look for a slicer that has enough power. In general, any slicer with at least 130 watts is well equipped to work with most food types. Some slicer motors are gear-driven, others are belt-driven, and some are both. Typically, gear-driven motors are slightly more powerful, making them more capable of processing non-lean meats and fibrous foods. However, they can be louder and more expensive to replace. Belt-driven motors are better for lean meats and run more quietly.
Consider what you will be using the slicer to cut and make sure you buy one with the right blade for your needs. Slicers typically come with either a serrated blade or one with smooth edges. Serrated blades are best for slicing bread and tough meat, but they can potentially leave vegetables with jagged edges instead of a clean cut. Smooth-edge blades are best for slicing through lean meats and vegetables, but they can struggle to cut tough meats or crusty breads. If you want to slice all types of foods, consider one of our top-rated slicers or buy an additional blade that you can switch out as needed.
All slicers have a numeric thickness control knob or dial. While the number ranges are not standardized across all slicers, typically a lower number means a thinner slice and a larger number means a thicker one.
Helpful Features You Might Want to Consider
The blades in food slicers are extremely sharp. That is good news for food slicing, but it also poses a safety risk. However, most units have at least a few built-in safety features.
Most slicers have a recessed power button, so you aren’t likely to accidentally turn them on while you move them around on your countertop. They also have hand guard systems, which put a barrYepier between your fingers and the blade as you make each slice. A blade-lock function prevents the blade from moving, which is handy while you store the machine or between slicing sessions. Good slicers have either rubberized feet or suction cups to keep them stable on the countertop.
Some slicers have a dual safety switch, which provides extra safety but is a bit of a hassle to use. This feature requires you to activate an extra switch for the slicer to work, and some, like the squeeze-activated ones, may be difficult to use if you have arthritis or otherwise have a hard time gripping things.
A good food slicer should be easy to clean as well as operate. On most slicers, the food carriage – the place where you sit the food as you slice it – is permanently mounted to a sliding rack bar. This means you cannot remove it to clean; however, most do swing outward, so after you unplug the machine, you can lean the carriage over the sink and scrub it.
Slicer motors produce a decent amount of noise, though all within a range of about 60 to 70 decibels (dB). That is the difference between the noise level of a conversation held in a restaurant or at work (60 dB) and busy traffic (70 dB). Some of the slicers we tested started off at about 60 dB but reached closer to 70 dB after running for five to 10 seconds, and others got louder as we sliced food and the motor worked harder. A few of them sounded really labored no matter what we sliced.
All the meat slicers have similar dimensions, but you should measure the space you want to store the unit in, since they do not collapse or condense in any way. Additionally, some meat slicers come with a food tray, which helps you collect food as it exits the machine. However, few slicers make it easy to fit a tray or plate behind the blade.
Contributing Reviewer: Linda Thomson