Chef’sChoice Food Slicer

Last updated date: September 10, 2021

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8.4

Chef’sChoice Food Slicer

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We looked at the top Meat Slicers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Meat Slicer you should buy.

Update as September 10, 2021:
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Overall Take

This food slicer is sturdy, thanks to a frame of stainless steel and cast aluminum. The blade cuts easily with a wide range of thicknesses available. Like most Chef's Choice models, cleaning on its many detachable components is a breeze.


In our analysis of 93 expert reviews, the Chef'sChoice Food Slicer placed 8th when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Ruggedly built of cast aluminum and stainless steel, it features a cool-running, high-torque motor for smooth, even operation and ultimate safety. Its tilted, large-capacity food carriage promotes fast, efficient slicing of large cuts of meat like roasts, ham and turkey breast. All parts remove for easy cleaning. Do not let cord hang over edge of table or counter or touch hot surfaces

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

9.3
9 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.4
1,327 user reviews

What experts liked

It has a very powerful high-torque motor which serves well to slice harder foodstuffs, with a safety cover for the blade when the slicer is not in use.
- Top Best 10 Reviews
Rugged, yet highly styled and sophisticated, chef’s choice major components are built of stainless steel and cast aluminum.
- Best 10 Choices
The primary advantage that comes with this meat slicer is the design of the cantilever. In combination with the food carriage, you can literally slice your meats or other food products directly onto your serving trays and platters to save time.
- Appliances Reviewed
When it comes to cleaning efficiency, this slicer is outstanding. Featuring removable food pusher, large food carriage and thickness guide, it means you can detach easily to facilitate cleaning.
- Do Best Products
The parts are removable making it easy to wash and maintain.
- AmaPerfect
February 23, 2019 | Full review
As it comes with removable plates, it is easy to clean the food carriage and food pusher without any trouble.
- Food Gear
It has removable parts that make it easy to clean and maintain.
- Idea Hacks
The blade can effortlessly deal with a wide range of meat thickness’ Be it deli bacon, turkey, beef steak or cheese, its 120 Watts motor creates high torque to aid a fast and seamless cutting operation.
- The Kitchennin
February 24, 2019 | Full review
This machine is well liked by pretty much everyone that uses it. The reason for that is that it doesn’t have a problem cutting your favorite meats and other foods.
- Zentiz
July 12, 2016 | Full review

What experts didn't like

The main downside to this slicer is that cutting even slices can be difficult, since it requires constant pressure to push food through the blade. Inexperienced users are bound to make plenty of mistakes before they master the exact amount of pressure needed to perform uniform cuts.
- Top Best 10 Reviews
The one issue we saw with this unit is that the cutting blade isn’t really flush with the blade housing. If your food being sliced is longer than the blade diameter, then it’s going to hit the housing and cause you problems.
- Appliances Reviewed
It does not serve the purpose of a heavy duty machine.
- Idea Hacks
The thickness adjusting knob doesn’t always work properly
- The Kitchennin
February 24, 2019 | Full review

Our Expert Consultant

Julie Chernoff
Culinary Expert

Julie Chernoff is a long-time member of Les Dames d’Escoffier (past president of the Chicago Chapter, and current co-chair of the LDEI Legacy Awards Committee), the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Chernoff is the dining editor of Better, a lifestyle website and print magazine. Her journalism started in the test kitchens of Weight Watchers Magazine. She holds a BA in English from Yale University and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She has spent the last few decades styling, photographing, teaching, developing recipes, editing, thinking and writing about food.

An Overview On Meat Slicers

There’s just something about having a meat slicer on your counter that says “chef at work.” It’s a staple on any deli counter, but it can be just as much of a time-saver at home — and no, you don’t need to be a chef to use one.

The basic design of the meat slicer hasn’t changed much over the years. Essentially, there’s a rotating steel blade with some sort of guard plate covering it. A carriage carries the meat (or other food) over the exposed sharp edge, cutting it into slices that drop on the other side. You can generally make those slices as thick or thin as you need with the use of a knob on the side that lowers or raises the carriage. Needless to say, it’s a vast improvement over the budget alternative of a simple knife, cutting board and elbow grease.

In the last few decades, we’ve seen electric slicers come into prevalence for home units as well as commercial use. Electric meat slicers make the whole process even easier, thanks to an electric motor that moves the carriage back and forth. Just put the food in, turn it on and it slices in seconds. Still, some prefer the control of a manual slicer, where the carriage is moved by hand — especially with tougher meats that might need additional pressure to cut.

While the catch-all name is “meat slicer,” these devices are by no means limited to one job. Depending on the household, meat slicing might not even be the primary use. They can be used to cut onions or tomatoes for a salad, cheese slices for sandwiches, homemade potato chips and more. You’ll get slices down to the last sliver of food, each one cut to a uniform thickness and as thin as you need. And since uncut veggies, meat and cheese cost much less than pre-sliced packages, you’re saving money as well as time.

There are some things you should consider before you buy, though. How often will you actually use it? Is it worth the time and expense, or can you use a mandolin for smaller jobs instead?

“If you do take the plunge, look for adjustable thickness control, easy cleaning, stainless steel parts, a safety guard to prevent inadvertent finger slicing and a good range of motion,” advises culinary expert Julie Chernoff, Les Dames d’Escoffier member, dining editor for Better magazine and food journalist.

The Meat Slicer Buying Guide

  • When you’re buying this appliance, the first thing you want to ask yourself is what you’ll be slicing. Despite the name, many households will use their meat slicer just as much for cutting veggies and cheese, if not more. If that’s the case, there might not be a need for a high-powered machine. In terms of wattage, meat slicers can range from a 120-watt motor to as much as 300 or more — though slicers in the latter range will be primarily for commercial use. If you’re expecting to slice roasts or ham on a regular basis, the higher wattage units might pay off in the long and short run, delivering an easier cut and higher durability.
  • The same considerations apply when selecting a blade size. Most commercial slicers have a 7-inch diameter saw. That should be fine for vegetables, cheeses and most meats, but consider a 10″ blade if you’re cutting large slabs of roast.
  • The next thing you’ll want to look at is the future home for your device. There’s no getting around the fact that slicers are fairly bulky, weighty pieces of machinery — and that’s for safety as much as anything else. But if counter space is at a premium, look for a compact model.
  • Be on the lookout for cheap materials, too. For obvious reasons, you’re going to want a surface that won’t rust or stain easily, which is why most slicers of any quality are made out of stainless steel. Some may have plastic accessories such as blade guards or handles, but ideally, those will have some kind of waterproofing.
  • Speaking of messes, you’re going to be cleaning that meat slicer after nearly every use. Make sure that process is as painless as possible, literally as well as figuratively. You’ll find that most slicers have detachable parts that might include the blade guard, blade, carriage and meat tray. Ideally, those parts can all be removed easily. If not, a sharp saw blade is not something you want to fumble with. You may also want to check which parts, if any, are dishwasher safe. It’s a feature that cuts down on hazards as well as cleaning time.
  • Cleaning aside, how safe is your slicer in general? Meat slicers can be powerful time savers, but it’s best not to forget that you’re dealing with a whirling sharp blade. A good blade guard is key, but there are other safety features to consider, especially for those with young children in the house. An often-overlooked feature is the base. Are the legs of the slicer bare metal? Rubber? Suction-cupped? A secure, non-wobbly surface is crucial – especially for manual slicers – and can make sure there are no slips while you’re pushing your food across the carriage. Many models also incorporate a safety lever to lock the carriage when it’s not in use.
  • Again, most every slicer has an adjustable thickness knob, but you’ll want a nice sharp blade for consistently thin cuts. Make sure you sharpen the blade at regular intervals, as directed by the manual. Some models include whetstones specific to their blade types.