Buying your own meat slicer for home use might seem like overkill at first. I’m an experienced chef, and I’m familiar with commercial slicers, but I didn’t think buying such an unwieldy appliance for home use made any sense – until I finally broke down and bought one after selling my restaurant.I missed the benefits of slicing meat the way I liked it – extra thin and piled high. I also missed the convenience of using a slicer for cutting uniform, thin slices of potatoes, tomatoes and freshly baked bread.
I quickly found that home slicers are more user-friendly, compact and useful for many kitchen tasks than I’d thought. That’s how I rate kitchen appliances – anything that has only one use doesn’t get counter space. All kitchen gadgets and appliances must be able to multitask in my kitchen.
The Best Meat Slicers for Home Use
Despite being pleasantly surprised by the utility and functionality of home meat slicers, I still believe that you need to choose the right model. The following slicers are some of the top-rated models for home use:
1. Beswood Premium Steel Blade Electric Food Slicer
If you’re going to get a slicing machine, the blade is the most important thing to consider. The Beswood Premium Steel Blade Electric Food Slicer has a 10-inch blade of carbon steelthat’s protected from corrosion by chrome plating. You won’t need to sharpen the blade as often because carbon steel holds an edge longer than other metals.
The slicer features an infinitely adjustable knob – just like commercial slicers. You can shave meats and cheeses paper-thin. The Beswood is actually a commercial slicer that you can use at home.The benefits include a heavy-duty design that’s extremely versatile in its functions.
The double illumination on/off switch requires 24 volts, so it won’t shock you when you turn on the slicer. The slicer breaks down completely for cleaning and sanitizing. You can slice meat, partially frozen foods, cheese, bread and vegetables, which saves lots of money when you buy in bulk, instead of buying deli meats precooked and pre-sliced.
Pros of the Beswood Premium Slicer
- Wider variety of food-slicing options
- Certified by NSF, FDA and ETL
- Professional slicing functions for home use
- Slicing blade that holds an edge and resists corrosion
- Long-term cutting efficiency
Cons of the Slicer
- Higher cost than other slicer models
- Heavy to move around
2. Chef’s Choice Electric Meat Slicer
The Chef’s Choice Electric Meat Slicer features a seven-inch food carriage, so you might have to cut some foods down to fit, but that’s true of almost any slicer model. The slicer comes with a stainless steel cutting blade, thickness control and a tilted food carriage that’s very easy to clean.
The steel blade cuts food thinly up to ¾-inch thick, and busy home cooks can use the slicer for long periods of time to process bulk foods. The gear-driven motor runs very cool while providing high torque to get through tough meats. Slicing tougher cuts of meat can tenderize them.
All of the slicer’s components can be removed for cleaning and sanitizing, and the slicer is relatively light for portability. The tilted, cantilever design makes it easy to slice meats quickly. The slicer is classified as a multipurpose slicer that you can use on meat, cheese, bread and vegetables.
Pros of the Chef’s Choice Slicer
- Affordable slicing machine for your home
- Sturdy aluminum and stainless steel construction
- Easy to clean
- Portable for keeping your counter clear
Cons of the Slicer
- Recommended only for outlets with three prongs
- Diminished cutting efficiency for foods other than meat
3. Gourmia GFS700 Professional Electric Power Food & Meat Slicer
Gourmia GFS700 Professional Electric Power Food & Meat Slicer has a unique design that looks like my restaurant slicer – only smaller – and the blade slices meat, bread, cheese and vegetables. Although slicing frozen foods is not recommended, you can slice semi-frozen meats for stir frying and other applications that require thin slices of raw meat.
You can slice foods very thick – up to a ¾-inch slice, which is perfect for steaks. The big benefit of this slicer is its affordability. It’s one of the cheapest slicers on the market, but it does a decent job with most foods. You can customize your blade using the universal slicing recommendations.
The sliding food carriage breaks down for cleaning, and the slicer is manufactured from prime coated steel and a die-cast aluminum housing for a lighter weight. You can adjust the thickness knob for super thin slices up to about ¾-inch thick slices. Suction grips on the slicer’s bottom hold it in place when slicing, which prevents machine slippage, a common problem of even the most advanced commercial slicers.
Pros of the Gourmia Food Slicer
- Very affordable
- Light and portable
- Easy to clean and operate
- ETL certified
- Thickness adjustment
Cons of the Slicer
- Won’t cut through solidly frozen foods
- Limited power for slicing tougher foods
Any of the above three slicers is a good choice for home use. The best part is that you can cook and season your own roasts and slice them perfectly for sandwiches and other recipes. Although it costs more, I prefer the Beswood because it’s a professional model that’s perfect for home use.
You’ll get a longer service life, more efficient cutting and greater versatility for cutting all kinds of foods on the machine’s wide, 10-inch carriage. I think that any kitchen device should handle multiple kitchen tasks, and the Beswood fills the bill admirably.