Pros / It is the quietest unit on our lineup.
Cons / There is no information available as to whether the motor is gear- or belt-driven.
Verdict / It is a great meat slicer all around – powerful, quiet, and easy to use and clean.
The Maxi-Matic EMT-503B Elite is a consumer-grade meat slicer that is great at slicing any kind of food for parties, dehydration or any other reason. It produces even slices without the motor or blade seeming labored. It is packed with safety features and easy to disassemble for cleaning. Additionally, it is backed by multiple great customer service options.
- Blade Diameter
With a 130-watt motor behind it, the Elite had no issue producing consistently even, visually appealing slices of all food types. The blade did not slow down, nor did the motor sound labored, even when we sliced mozzarella. All food we sliced came out even, and there were no jagged edges. Additionally, it is really easy to clean; it takes only a few seconds to detach or reattach the blade. The carriage is permanently mounted to a bar, so you can't fully remove it for cleaning, but you can tilt it outward over a sink to clean it and the area underneath it.
The blade is constructed of stainless steel and has a diameter of 7.5 inches. It has serrated edges that make it capable of cutting through tough meats and breads without destroying the crust. You can also adjust the thickness of the slices at any time. The adjustment knob is located behind the carriage area and can go up to half an inch thick. It is numeric, so you should set it to a smaller number if you want a thin slice or a larger number if you prefer a thick slice, or you can gauge the thickness by sight. The device's lock feature prevents the blade from moving when you don't want it to, which helps make it easy to remove and manage.
This food slicer weighs just 10 pounds, making it the lightest unit on our lineup. It measures 15 x 9 x 11 inches and is less bulky than most other units we reviewed. It has a black matte finish, which gives it a modern look that can blend in with modern appliances and most kitchens' decor. The blade housing is not as bulky as it is on some other units, making it easier for just-sliced foods to pass through and fall out onto a plate.
As we tested it, this slicer consistently felt very safe to use. Its rubberized suction-cup feet helped it stand still on the countertop while we sliced, never once moving around or compromising our safety or an even cut of food. The housing around the blade feels sturdy. It's also the quietest meat slicer that we tested, emitting just 61 dB while turned on, which is an advantage if you can't handle loud noises.
For added safety, it has a recessed power switch (like the Chefs Choice 610), preventing the slicer from accidentally turning on. The opening is large enough for you to reach it, but it'd be difficult for it to bump or catch on something. While slicing, you can keep your hands at a safe distance from the sharp blade thanks to the hand guard that doubles as a food pusher. It has small spiky grips that hold the food for you and push it toward the blade, preventing it from slipping because of the fast-moving blade.
Warranty & Support
The unit is backed by a one-year manufacturer warranty, which is standard for the industry. You can check out the FAQs section on the company's website as a resource if you have questions or are curious about the product. The website is easy to navigate, and all contact information is at the bottom of any page. You can contact its customer service department via email or telephone, whichever is more convenient for you.
The Maxi-Matic EMT-503B Elite meat slicer smoothly slices through any food you present it with. It has a powerful motor, and its serrated blade easily tackles tough meats and breads and leaves behind even slices, whether thick or thin. It's extremely easy to use and just as easy to clean. It is the quietest unit we featured, and its modern look and multiple customer service options are more reasons why it can be a great addition to your kitchen.