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Best Meat Slicer of 2018 (Because Who Uses Knives Anymore?) [August 2018]

A meat slicer is one of those appliances you don't realise you need one until you get one. There is nothing more satisfying than slicing your own steaks, cutting your own bread or presenting a well garnished meal thanks to your own personal slicer. 

If you are anything like my wife, you love a good platter, and if your anything like my wives friends you like everything to be perfect. You could spend hours and hours meretriciously cutting everything perfect to impress, or simply throw everything through your slicer to get yourself in the good books.. because you know what they say. 

"Happy wife, Happy life."

Slicers may seem like a piece of equipment that will be expensive and something that you really shouldnt be spending money on, however, as you will find out below you can actually get some great meat slicers for the same price as a decent carving knife. Its time time have a think.. do I want to be using a knife.. or a slicer??  

My Picks - Top Meat Slicers of 2018

What to Look For in a Meat Slicer

Power: When buying a meat slicer you really want to make sure you are buying one that will have enough power to cut what you intend to cut. Basically, there are two different types of slicers. Gear driven, belt driven and a combination of the two.

Typically belt driven meat slicers lack the real power that you get with gear driven slicers, so if you are planing on slicing bigger slices or harder meats you should consider leaning towards the gear driven slicer.

However, if you are looking for a more simple in-home slicer, the belt driver slicer would be your go to, they are quieter and work perfectly on those softer, thin sliced meats.

Blade Type: When it comes to blades you typically have two option. A serrated blade or a smooth edge blade. 

Serrated blades are used for slicing tough meat and bread. A serrated blade can also get through most vegetables, however, can leave a messy edge. 

Smooth blades work best on vegetables (you get a cleaner cut) and lean meats. You want to steer clear of tough meat and crusty bread though. 

If you want a slicer that you want to use for everyday slicing, you would be best to get a secondary blade to switch in and out.  

Thickness: All slicers have an adjustable thickness, which is typically controlled by a knob on the machine. Generally, the higher the higher the number the thicker the slice and the lower the number the thinner slice you will get. This can differ from brand to brand though. 

Rubber Feet: Its common practice to have rubberised feet on the base of the slicer. This gives the slicer more grip on the work surface and also helps protect your work surface.

Safety Blade Lock: Blade lock functions are common these days and they are a great safety feature to have. The blade lock prevents the blade from moving unintentionally. This is a good feature if you are storing the slicer in the reach of children.

Size: Slicers are a fairly large appliance. Unfortunately, they do not break down for easy storage, so make sure before you buy that you have enough room to store the slicer.

Food Tray: No days lots of meat slicers come with a sliding food tray. This makes it incredibly easy to slice large cuts without having to stop every few slices to move them to a plate. 

Cleaning: Cleaning a meat slicer should not be a difficult or long process. As the food tray cannot be removed from most slicers the easiest way is to swing the food tray out and clean over the sink.

Dual Safety Switch: A dual safety switch prevents accidental start-ups. However, this feature can get quite annoying and inconvenient depending on the model of the slicer. If you keep vigilant with storage and where you are using the slicer this feature is not really necessary in my eyes.

Hand Guard: The hand guard is an essential feature. It protects you against accidental slips when slicing your meat. Countless times this feature has saved my hands and fingers.

How Do You Clean A Meat Slicer?

Like all kitchen and cooking equipment is essential that you thoroughly clean your slicer. This is for two main reasons.

The first is for hygiene purposes, you want to clean all meat off the slicer to prevent any food borne diseases.

The second is to prolong the life of your slicer.As technology develops meat slicers are getting easier and easier to clean, this is thanks to more and more removable parts being added.

The best way to clean your slicers is with hot soapy water, a cloth and lots of elbow grease. I would advise you to stay away from nasty cleaners filled with chemicals, this has the chance to damage your slicer and also taint your food.

How Do You Oil A Meat Slicer?

Lubricating your slicer is just as important as cleaning. You want to keep the blade well oiled so it keeps a fast, consistent rotation. You also want to stay on top of oiling so the blade doesn’t rust.

The best oil for the job is food grade machine oil. Canola and vegetable oil can turn the blade blunt and rusty. 

BESWOOD 10" Premium Food Slicer - My Favourite Slicer

Key Features

Blade Size: 10"

Weight: 33 pounds
Material:
Aluminium 
Power: 
240 Watts​
Slicing Thickness:
1 - 12mm

My Thoughts

Beswood should change their name to ‘bestwood’ after creating this meat slicer. It is nothing short of a slicing dream. If you want an all-round slicer that can make easy work of everything from roast pork to hard cheeses and tomatoes this slicer is your man.


The blade is a chromium-plated carbon steel blade which is corrosion and heat protected. With help from the genius top-mounted, double whetstones you will enjoy not needing to sharpen your blade by hand. It is actually amazing how long the blade will stay sharp for.

The double illuminated power switch is large and placed in a handy spot, perfect for stopping in an emergency situation. The 240 watt motor slices through everything from fresh fruit to large cuts of cured meat without any issues. Perfect for the home or in a commercial kitchen/ deli.

This meat slicer has a solid thickness spectrum from 1-12mm.

What I Liked

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    Double top mounted whetstones
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    Large slice range
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    Powerful motor 
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    Quiet and no vibration 
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    Non slip rubber feet
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    Safety Ring Guard

What I Didn't Like

  • Quite a heavy unit

Final Thoughts

The Beswood 10” ticks every box. Its fairly cheap, quality built, consistently sharp and easy to use.

It is a fantastic all round meat, cheese, fruit and veggie slicer that I really can not fault.

You will enjoy the ease of slicing a range of different meats. The rubber skid proof feet keep the slicer securely in one place, even on slippery surfaces.

My top pick for the best slicer on the market right now.  

KWS Premium 10" Electric Meat Slicer - The Power House

Key Features

Blade Size: 10"

Weight: 38.5 pounds
Material:
Aluminum Alloy
Power:
320 Watts
Slicing Thickness:
0 - 10mm

My Thoughts

The KWS electric meat slicer is a true powerhouse built for those home slicers who take their slicing very seriously. Its also perfect for those of you out there who own a deli, restaurant or cafe. 

It is one of the most powerful slicers out there, and boy does it love to slice! The built in sharpener keeps your 304 stainless steel blade well sharp and has no trouble slicing through bread, cheese, meat and fresh fruit and veggies. Even when your goods are frozen, they are no battle.

Easily adjust your slicing thickness between 0 - 10mm for perfectly uniform slices. Your slices will look great on a home platter, shop front window or on your customers plates. 


What I Liked

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    Solid non slip rubber feet
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    Powerful unit with plenty of slicing power
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    Sturdy stainless steel 
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    Easy adjustments
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    Very low maintanence
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    Very good value for money

What I Didn't Like

  • Smaller deck space than other slicers
  • Smaller slice range

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a slicer that will slice through anything, you can't look past this KWS slicer. 

It is perfect for anyone who takes their slicing seriously, if thats at home, in the deli or at the restaurant. It has more than enough power to slice a selection of different food types, while keeping a very consistent result.

The unit is solidly built with very low maintenance needed. The value for money is unmatched with this unit and I would highly recommend it. 

Valley Sportsman Electric Slicer - Best Value For Money

Key Features

Blade Size: 8.7"

Weight: 14 pounds
Material:
Stainless steel
Power:
180 Watt
Slicing Thickness:
0 - 14mm

My Thoughts



What I Liked

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    Removable stainless steel cover 
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    Non slip rubber feet
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    Cheap unit
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    Lightweight construction
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    Non slip rubber feet
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    Safety push mechanism 

What I Didn't Like

  • No catch at the back

Final Thoughts

Whether your are cutting cheese for a platter, meat for a quick sandwich or vegetables for a garnish  the Vally Sportsman will get the job done. It is a lightweight unit which is perfect for moving around to store, and with its removable parts is a real breeze to clean. 

The fact that it is under $100 still confuses me as it performs up there with the best of them. In my honest opinion, everyone should have one of these bad boys tucked away at home. 

Giantex Meat Slicer

Key Features

Blade Size: 10"

Weight: 36 pounds
Material:
Aluminum
Power: 150 Watt
Slicing Thickness:
0 - 12mm

My Thoughts


What I Liked

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    Fixeddevice handle for pushing  food items to be sliced
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    Blade cover for protection
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    Cheap unit
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    Built in blade sharpener
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    Non slip rubber feet
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    Semi automatic

What I Didn't Like

  • Heavy unit

Final Thoughts

Whether your are cutting cheese for a platter, meat for a quick sandwich or vegetables for a garnish  the Vally Sportsman will get the job done. It is a lightweight unit which is perfect for moving around to store, and with its removable parts is a real breeze to clean. 

The fact that it is under $100 still confuses me as it performs up there with the best of them. In my honest opinion, everyone should have one of these bad boys tucked away at home. 

Chefs Choice 615 Food Slicer

Key Features

Blade Size: 7"

Weight: 10 pounds
Material:
Aluminum & stainless steel
Power: 120 Watt
Slicing Thickness:
0 - 16mm

My Thoughts

Want high precision and even higher speed? Look no further. I feel this slicer was very accurately named. If you are a chef and this is not your choice, stand up and be herd now!

This slicer is dedicated to its craft and can produce restaurant quality paper thin slices of bacon, jerky, ham, pork or bread. 

This slicer has one of the best food pusher designs I have come across, which has a no slip grip included.
 
Although the unit is only 120 watts if give more than enough power to make super clean fast cuts and is a really nice quiet runner. Forget about bench shake or loud noises in your kitchen. 

This unit has lots of removable parts and is a breeze to clean, which is quite hard to find. 

What I Liked

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    Large food carriage
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    Non slip food pusher
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    Value for money
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    Creates consistent cuts
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    Non slip rubber feet
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    Removable parts for an easy clean

What I Didn't Like

  • The suction cup feet can come up stuck fairly easily

Final Thoughts

This unit is perfect for the home slicer who lives for convenience and a good working machine. It works with precision and has lots of features like the non slip food pusher, large food carriage and easy to clean removable parts.

I wouldn't so much recommend this slicer for commercial use because of the smaller blade and 'runway', however would fit in perfectly in any home kitchen. 

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Charlie

You will more often than not find me in my backyard. I will have one hand tightly gripped to a can of beer and the other hand tightly gripped to my spatula. Not to long ago I got obsessed with Grilling, smoking and BBQ-ing. I can't get enough.. and neither can my family!

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