Chopping and slicing vegetables in the kitchen can take a lot of time and can, at times, be dangerous if you’re trying to rush it. Enter the Slice-O-Matic. When chopping lots of vegetables at the same time, it can also be a hassle to slice them at the same consistency so that they cook evenly.
The Slice-O-Matic attempts to solve this problem by creating a system of slicing that gives even, consistent slices of vegetables without getting your hands too close to the blade.
The Slice-O-Matic is a unique kitchen device that is essentially a series of blades above a container. A vegetable is placed on to the blades and slid back and forth to chop it in to whatever size needed based on the size of the blades, the slices being caught below and held safe.
The Slice-O-Matic makes a lot of promises for such a tiny kitchen device. Claiming to speed up the sliciing process and give quick, even results every time, the Slice-O-Matic makes a big name for itself in advertising. The device is supposed to be easy to assemble, simple to clean, and is allegedly to become an integral part of anyone’s kitchen.
For foodies and home cooks alike, the Slice-O-Matic sounds like a great deal. No one likes unevenly cooked vegetables because you can’t get a routine slice and, let’s face it, taking the time to chop each vegetable individually on a cutting board takes a lot of time and can be very dangerous. The Slice-O-Matic is supposed to take all the danger out of slicing veggies and other foods, and give people that are busy a few extra minutes in the kitchen.
The Slice-O-Matic costs about $20 plus shipping and handling charges from the website, coming with a set of different interchangeable blades to give different types of slices.
There is only a serious time commitment involved in using the Slice-O-Matic – the time it takes to clean the machine and to unstick vegetables from the inside after they’ve gotten caught could have just been used chopping the vegetables by hand and not fussing with such a bulky and ill-made contraption.
According to consumer reviews, the Slice-O-Matic is a mess of a product that only makes things more difficult for users in the kitchen. User complaints say that the Slice-O-Matic doesn’t really chop vegetables like the advertising says it does, breaking easily when harder vegetables like potatoes are put in to the machine and generally being ineffective because the vegetables always get caught in the machine.
Another user complaint is about the make of the product – that it breaks easily and it is a hassle to use and clean. For a product that advertises itself as helping save time and effort in the kitchen, the Slice-O-Matic does neither. It would take less time and be more effective to simply slice the vegetables by hand instead of using the Slice-O-Matic.
Final Slice-O-Matic Review
Overall, the Slice-O-Matic is one of the worst kitchen products to come out to date. The design of the product is clunky and hard to handle – cleaning it is a pain and can take longer than it would have to chop the vegetables themselves. Vegetables constantly get stuck in the mechanism and need to be pulled out and realigned, making it so that it’s not the “leave it and go” product that advertisers say it is.
Furthermore, the hole that you put the vegetable through is not large enough for all vegetables, meaning that your slicing prowess is limited, making the product virtually useless because you still have to break out the cutting board and knife for larger vegetables.
Here’s the Slice-O-Matic getting mixed reviews from new users:
While it’s true that most people in the video obviously hadn’t read the directions and therefore were not using the product correctly, its cheap construction is apparent, and it’s rather awkward and difficult to use for most people, providing only slightly good results with lots of work.
If you want our honest recommendation, stay away from the Slice-O-Matic and go buy yourself a nice cutting board and a set of knives. They are a far better investment of your money and will save you time and stress in the long run. The Slice-O-Matic is fitting example of a kitchen gadget gone bad and has no place in any modern kitchen.