Each housewife's dream is exactly sliced pieces of bread, tender, thinly sliced ham or cheese. A good knife to achieve this goal is not enough, for this purpose the best electric slicer for the home. It is important that it is safe for fingers, sharp and durable. How to choose a slicer, what to look for when buying? We will help you choose the perfect model.
How to choose a slicer for home?
Only thin slices of dried meat allow you to feel its true taste, as well as provide an opportunity to enjoy the aesthetic pleasure of a beautifully decorated sandwich or a dish with cold cuts. In turn, thin slices of bread make it possible to savor what we put on it.
In addition, to cook a good steak, we must cut a thick piece of meat. Adjusting the thickness of the cut, especially a simple cooking knife, is quite difficult. And in this case, a good slicer will be useful.
What is the best home slicer? The best is the one that is chosen according to individual needs, as well as safe to use.Before you choose a slicer, you need to understand the functions, differences and features of the device. Consider them.
There are two main types of electric slicers - freestanding and built-in. In addition, there are also manual mechanical models.
This device includes:
Most of the models available in stores are universal cuts, but there are also specialized devices on the market for cutting only one type of product, for example, a bread slicer.
Freestanding portable devices may have differences in design, some of them have a hinged cover. Models vary in quality - the type of materials used, the number and type of knives.
This device is a solution for those who design the kitchen of their dreams and try not to overload the countertop with kitchen appliances.
Depending on the model, the device is placed in a cabinet or drawer.Unfortunately, such models are usually significantly narrower than free-standing ones, and prices for slicers intended for installation can be higher.
The advantage of such devices is that they are quieter than freestanding models, and they also have more security guarantees.
There are also mechanical models on the market - for eggs, french fries, lemons or onions. The offer of such goods is quite large. They are very useful, as they help cut certain foods faster than with a knife. In addition, they are economical - do not consume electricity.
The main elements of the design of the slicer are:
The quality of the device largely depends on the knife and pallet. When buying, you need to know what materials they are made of.
To be able to cut the quality of the products that we put on the tray, we need a good knife. Which one to choose?
Attention should first be paid to the material from which it is made.Of course, it should be stainless steel, titanium is also ideal, but it is better not to consider other solutions. Some professional models are equipped with a stainless chrome carbon steel rotary knife - it is more durable.
An important factor when choosing a knife type slicer is its purpose. Multipurpose devices have only one, universal knife, as a rule, with teeth. There are also models with a special knife for meat and cheese, which has a smooth edge, which makes cutting more accurate. This knife is very convenient for cutting raw ham, soft cheese, vegetables.
The market, fortunately, offers many models of slicers with an extra knife with a smooth blade.
The diameter of the knife is especially important when you need to cut into large pieces, such as meat or bread. Standard household slicers have a blade with a diameter of 17 to 19 cm. The diameter of the knife of professional equipment reaches more than 30 centimeters.
Another important element is the slicer tray. This is the tray on which the product to be sliced is placed. Many slicers are equipped with a sliding tray, also called a carriage.
Attention should be paid, first of all, to what this part of the device is made of.Steel pallets are certainly more durable, so they are useful if you need to use a slicer often.
The plastic tray is suitable for home, where the device will be used only from time to time. It is lighter, making it easier to move the device from place to place.
If you care about cutting accuracy and easier pressing of the product to the blade, it is better to choose a model with an inclined base and a knife. For example, Bosch MAS 9101 slicer.
An indispensable element of each device is a pusher that presses the product to the knife. It not only helps in precise cutting, but also protects the fingers from the knife. A model without it is better not to buy.
Deciding how to choose a slicer for the house, of course, you should pay attention to the body and the material from which it is made. Also important are its size and design.
Anyone who is looking for a practical device that does not take up much space in the kitchen or wants to use the device while traveling,can choose a folding model.
You should also pay attention to the design and size. Large and coarse slicers will not look good on the kitchen table. Fortunately, more and more models with an ergonomic and compact body appear on the market.
Slicers are divided into those, which, when turned on, work without interruption, and those whose work is regulated by pressing a button and releasing. The second solution is much safer and gives us full control over the cutting process.
Continuous work is useful if you can use only one hand to compress the product, or in a situation where, for example, you need to cut large pieces, or just cut a lot and often (holding the button for a long time can be tedious). A good solution in this case can also be a model with two modes of operation - intermittent and continuous.
Attention! When choosing home slicers, which one is better, it is important to understand that a good model should be safe. An important function of the slicer is the ability to prevent accidental operation. This is the main and very important parameter, especially if there are children in the house. This is a special security button to turn on the device.Such a solution can be found in most models, for example, in Zelmer Alexis Young 294.6, the photo of which is presented above.
A very important parameter that greatly affects the quality is the range of the thickness of the cut. Thickness adjustment is performed by a special switch. You should pay attention to the fact that the marking on the switch is clearly distinguishable, then setting the device will not cause difficulties.
Most models provide adjustment of the thickness of the cut from 0 to 15-22 millimeters. The difference in the upper limit of the range is important for people who want to cut, for example, a chop or steaks and who need a cutter that can cut thick chunks.
Professional equipment, adapted for use in restaurants and shops, has a wider range of cutting thickness, often up to 30 millimeters.
Another useful feature is the cutting speed adjustment. Unfortunately, not every model allows this. This adjustment makes the cutting process - depending on the product and needs, faster or slower and more accurate.Speed control is provided, in particular, in a Siemens 46000 slicer.
Power is not a big deal, especially if it is a device for home use. It usually ranges from 100 to 200 W
Although the main function of the slicer is obvious, manufacturers are trying to complement the device by connecting accessories, improving security, and also equipping them with features that make cutting more convenient. Below are some useful solutions that you should pay attention to when buying.
Slicers for home use can be found in the offer of manufacturers, such as:
More advanced devices designed for use in stores or at catering establishments are in the brand offer:
Prices for home slicers depend on the functionality of the device - Bosch universal slicers without any additional functions and accessories will cost about 2,200 rubles. Models with additional knives and other devices that facilitate maintenance, will cost from 4000-4500 rubles.
Here are three examples of home slicers with a description of their additional features:
When deciding how to choose a slicer for the house, you should take into account the type of product that you plan to most often cut. A smooth knife is required for sausage or cheese.You should also pay attention to the solutions used in the device to ensure safe operation:
It is very important to understand that such a device is not difficult to harm yourself!
Additional accessories will make maintenance pleasant, it is worth considering what is required and what may entail extra costs, after all, not every innovation will be attractive to every user.
We wish balanced purchases and enjoyable work.