Few home cooks are able to duplicate the perfect and even slices of fruit and vegetables found in a restaurant. The promise of the Slice O Matic is to have picture perfect slices, and even more tempting the ability to cut down on prep time. Perhaps the biggest interest some customers have is the ability to have Julienne carrots and fries fast and easily.
Looking for Healthier Choices
Most of us would like to add healthier choices such as raw fruits and vegetables to meals at home, but slicing and making Julienne style vegetables take time. The results of attempts to make Julienne carrots, fries or other vegetables usually aren’t even close to flawlessness of those found in magazines or online photos. After working all day, spending a messy night working around the kitchen feels like too much trouble, and opening a can of vegetables isn’t as tasty, but this is easier.
Faster and Cleaner then Knives
This slicer is promoted as being able to slice and even Julienne carrots quickly, and without any mess. Perfect slices every time is a possibility few rushed cooks can pass up, but naturally most want to know what to expect first.
The unit is well packaged, and few customers report any problem such as broken parts on delivery. Right out of the box there’s some good and bad news about this product First, the unit arrives in pieces, which need to put together. The manufacturer is very clear regarding the customer’s need to observe care around the blades. Anyone who’s chopped vegetables knows a nice sharp blade is required for crisp slices, and this is exactly what you get with this vegetable special slicer.
Two blades come packaged with the unit. One is a sharp slicing blade, and the other is the Julienne Blade. It’s stressed in the instructions not only to be careful when assembling the unit and cleaning the blades, but it’s also important to use the unit correctly. Putting the hands or fingers near the placement area for the food chute can result in serious harm. Always keep the food chute in place whenever operating the machine in order to avoid injury.
Note: All the accessories and items in this slice o matic package were included when ordering at official site. You can find different websites offering similar products but this review is about the original as seen on tv ordered at the official site.
Out of the Box and into the Kitchen
The unit is lightweight and this makes some uses of the device easier, since moving from one place to another is simple. You can also have a few choices when using the device. When you want to change the slicing thickness for you need to place the unit on a flat surface and unlock the Main Body and Catch Container. You will find the gray adjustment bar under the main body. For thicker slices you move the bar to the right and for thinner slices you move the bar to the left. It might take a few tries to discover where to set the bar to get the slices exactly the width you want.
The Good and the Bad
Slicing vegetables is a bit more complicated than it appears in the Tv commercial. Here the lightweight quality of the unit is not a plus. The food chute must be in place to slice or Julienne, and the recommendation from the manufacturer is to use only gentle pressure to push the vegetable down. Unfortunately not every piece of fruit or vegetable will go all the way the chute using only “gently pressure”, and since it’s necessary to push the arm down with one hand to keep the blades slicing, the process can become awkward. Some foods such as zucchini can cause the unit to jam. A few fruits will need to be cut with a knife to fit down the food chute.
Assembling the unit isn’t that difficult, and it stores easily. Some who purchased the Slice O Matic didn’t believe the videos or ads mention that the units aren’t dishwasher safe. In fact, while it’s not specifically mentioned not to place the product in a dishwasher, the video does mention taking the device apart to clean the blades, and shows the unit being hand washed. The instructions clearly state the device isn’t dishwasher safe.
Some customers who’ve reviewed the product weren’t satisfied with the construction.
I’ve given it several chances with different veggies and it fails miserably. Quite dangerous to change the sharp julienne blades and is NOT dishwasher safe…
It takes more effort than I thought and it’s very cheaply made and kind of a hassle to clean…
Others find it hard to operate the slicing arm for the blades while holding the food in place. A press also comes with the Slice O Matic, but this is still difficult for some users of the product.
… The item is not good for anyone with weak hands or arthritis…
Not every customer saw the unique build as awkward or difficult to manage.
I bought this for my mother, and she uses it every day. She likes to use it to slice up fruit for breakfast…
Trial and Error
All in all the Slice O Matic does deliver on the promise of evenly sliced vegetables and fruit, but for the majority of home cooks using the device will take some trial and error in getting it to work every time.