These best mandoline slicer reviews are special: they cover only those products that happen to fall under $30 in price while still offering great functionality. It can be hard to imagine a fantastic mandoline slicer within that price range now, but a lot of them still do exist. It is really only the extra functions and trimmings that drive prices up on many popular models. If you only really want a mandoline slicer for its core purpose, though, you can safely buy something for less than $30 and still get stellar performance and durability in exchange. Below are some of the top picks from those we rounded up.
This vegetable noodle-maker and spiralizer is made of BPA-free ABS plastic and Japanese heat-treated blades. The package comes with a safety cap to protect the user from the blades, as well as a physical cookbook with 10 spiral slicer recipes. It also comes with a dedicated plastic bristle cleaning brush.
- Very easy to clean since it is dishwasher-safe
- Light but relatively good at dealing with big vegetables
- Lifetime guarantee
- The cap still leaves you with around 2 inches of uncut vegetable
- Not as versatile as the “true” mandolines
The Original SpriraLife Spiralizer is the only representative on this list that takes a new take on the classic mandoline: a spiral-cutting utensil that allows users to julienne vegetables into noodle-like strips as pasta replacements or as salad additions. At $16, it’s a pretty good buy if this is the type of vegetable cutter you really need. It requires very little muscle to work since the blades are so sharp and it’s definitely among the easier implements to clean, too (being dishwasher-safe helps a lot). As with nearly every other vegetable slicer, the cap tends to leave a bit of vegetables unprocessed—but then again, that’s probably better than cutting it too close and ending up with a julienned finger.
The Genius Gourmet Mandoline Slicer Set comes in a pack of 2 mandolines. One is regular (13.75 x 4.75 x 1.5 inches) while the other is a mini (9 x 3 x 1 inches): the former is for general vegetable slicing while the latter is for small garnish (like olives) and herb slicing. They have adjustable slice thicknesses and vegetable holders / safety caps.
- Adjustable blades can be set to cut to paper-thin slices
- Dishwasher (top rack) safe
- Very sharp
- Not as versatile as the mandolines that come with at least one more blade option
Yes, these don’t come with an extra shredder or cutter blade, but that hold much against them considering everything they do come with. These are splendid mandolines in that they feel strong, work beautifully, and require a minimum of fuss to keep clean. Furthermore, they only cost a low $16 for both units. The slice thickness adjustment alone makes each unit worth more than that, allowing even thinner cuts than some slicers retailing for twice the price.
This mandoline slicer has a tough ABS plastic frame into which any of the five supplied blade inserts may be mounted. The inserts are also made of ABS plastic, with the 4 bladed types having inset pieces of stainless steel. There is a 2mm julienne blade, a 3mm julienne blade, a straight slicer, a grate blade, and a grind grater. The product also comes with a vegetable holder / safety hat to protect the user’s fingers.
- Blades can be stored inside the slicer
- Cheap yet versatile
- Slim profile and easy to store
- Safety cap leaves about an inch or so of vegetable uncut
Conclusion: The only real problem with this set is also the same issue that afflicts the vast majority of mandolines out there, so it’s not that bad. On the other hand, there are a lot of good things about it. First is the price: $18. For a mandoline with five insert options, that’s definitely cheap. It feels more expensive than it really is, though, and the blades are good quality steel.
This mandoline slicer comes with a plastic storage container that can be used to store the blade frames as well as the food it processes. There are four frames in the package: a slicer, a coarse grater, a cheese grater, and a flower cutter. It also comes with a safety cap.
- Own storage container is included
- Storage container can be used as a “catching bowl” for slices
- Slicer does not allow thickness adjustment
This is the only product on the list that really approaches our limit of $30, but at $28, it’s still a good buy. It has good versatility thanks to its 4 mandoline frames and adds convenience to that with the plastic container the frames come in. The flower cutter frame is really nice, too, letting you do some garnish work. It’s too bad the slicer doesn’t allow the adjustment of slice thickness, but the default thickness (1-2cm) is fairly standard for a lot of recipes anyway.
Asilin’s mandoline comes with four plates inside a convenient plastic box that serves as storage as well as the container for the food you run through them. The plates include a grater, a cutter, a slicer, and a shredder plate. The entire set is dishwasher-safe and the container’s lid (into which the plates are inserted) has a convenient handle.
- Comfortable to use
- Dishwasher safe
- Very affordable at $20
- A bit small
This is a compact slicer that costs $20. That’s a pretty good price tag for something that has its own plastic container and the versatility of four plates. The color-coding on the plates can be useful, too, if you want to reach quickly for the plate you want out of the bunch. It’s not ideal if you prefer to work with a much bigger surface, but otherwise, it’s easily a great mandoline for just about anyone.
These are all great buys, but the best one for most users will likely be the Asilin model because of its sheer affordability and value. The Sories comes a close second for the same reasons (the plastic container is a big factor for both, of course), followed by the Genius mandoline set because of its sturdiness and slice adjustment.