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So you want to know about the cost of food slicers eh? That probably means you are in the market for one then.
So before you go out and buy the cheapest model (or the most expensive), take a breath because there is more to consider than just cost.
Actually, the cost will be determined by your needs. So here are a few questions to help you get started.
By the way, I’d suggest reading our own personal review of our favorite food slicer to date. You’ll find good tips for what to look for – even if you choose a different model.
Questions to ask yourself:
1. What do you plan on using it for?
Ok smarty pants, responding with “slicing food” is not the answer I’m looking for. Think specifics.
Food slicers can do a lot more than just slicing meat into deli thin slices. It can slice fish for sushi. It can be used to slice fruit (not all fruit), lettuce, tomatoes, and even cheeses.
Some slicers come with a standard blade with a serrated edge. This type of blade is great for cutting breads – or other items that need to “grip”. So if you plan on using it alot with bread, then you need to make sure your slicer comes with a serrated blade, or you need to order such a blade.
However, it has been noted by other reviews (such as at Amazon), that there was no love lost when they decided not to buy the extra blade. Others disagree. It seemed to be if you’re undecided and budget is of concern, hold off for now and see how the smooth edge blade works with your bread. Not satisfied – then go back to Amazon and order one at that point.
Here is another point – if you plan on using it for nearly everything and anything, then choose a strong machine by a strong company. I’m partial to the Chef’s Choice 667 which provides a number of great features like the 30 degree tilt that the food carriage has – allowing for the food to slide towards the blade more evenly.
Of course this model or the 662 model have larger blades. The larger the blade – the more it can handle.
2. How much space do you have?
I bet some of you haven’t thought of this. But it’s a big deal if you soon discover your new prized purchase can’t even fit on your kitchen counter!
Some slicers are pretty small where space should be of no real concern. However, some are much bigger (and mind you heavier too).
For example, the Chef’s Choice home food slicer measures nearly 21 inches long, 14.6 inches wide and 14. 5 inches high. It also weights 32 pounds.
Remember – use your legs to lift, not your back!
Of course, if you plan on using it every day, then you’ll probably find a way to make it fit even if space is limited. If space is not an issue, then you have nothing to worry about!
3. What is your budget?
So now the serious talk begins. No more window shopping from the sidewalk, it’s time to get down to business.
Food slicers can range from $55 all the way into the thousands.
So yes, you’ll find a food slicer most likely that fits your budget – but will it fit your needs? Do you mind having a slicer that slices just a few things, nothing heavy duty like your leg of lamb for Easter?
Do you mind if it is made of plastic which is of less durable than stainless steel?
Or do you plan on using it to just slice some cheese from time to time? If that’s the case, then stick to the cheaper models.
On the other hand, if you do a lot of entertaining, the last thing you want is to be stuck with a table full of meat, and everything else waiting to be sliced and you’re out of luck.
4. How often do you plan on using it?
I’m not asking for specific dates, but if your a party guy who loves to impress the guests with big spreads of this and that – better go with the higher quality and naturally – more expensive models which are a few hundred dollars. Our Chef’s Choice model in our online review runs around $400.00.
If however, you only use it at Christmas time, hmm… well, a mid range might be better. Then again, if budget is pretty open – you might opt for quality and durability. In other words, look for ones that have big blades, and are made of stainless steel.
For more food slicer options, check out Amazon which offers a wide variety. In addition many of the models includes free shipping as a bonus.
Enjoy and good luck!