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Meat Slicers Buying Guide

A comprehensive guide that will give you all the information you need on how to buy a meat slicers.

Getting Started

Small appliances can perform large tasks. Take the tears out of chopping onions with a food processor or mini-chopper, mix dough with your food processor, make fresh smoothies in the blender, deep fry your favorite fish - the list is endless. For advice on selecting the perfect small appliance check out our quick reference guide to small appliances. If you need further assistance contact our Gourmet Shop Sales Associates at 888-228-5800.


The slicer is one of the most valuable prep machines in the kitchen because it slices a variety of foods more evenly and uniformly than can be done by hand. There are many different types of slicers available with a variety of options.

Slicers are available in manual and automatic models. With manual models you have to move the food back and forth to slice product. Automatic slicers move the carriage with an electric motor, saving you the time and labor. You also have an option of switching off the automatic function and operating the slicer manually. Most automatic slicers have a single operating speed.


Slicers are most often classified according to the size of the cutting blade. The cutting blades range from 9-14 inches. 9” blades are limited to light duty use, and 12” and 14” are the most common and good for all-around use.

Another thing to look for is a size of the carriage. Most models hold products that range from 7.5-12 inches in diameter. If you intend to slice large product, it would be good to confirm that the slicer’s carriage will accommodate it. Another important factor is the degree of the angle at which carriage is situated. A steeper carriage angle is preferable as it facilitates self-feeding of the product.

The motor ranges from ¼ to ½ horsepower. The motor output combined with the size of the blade and carriage will determine the overall capacity of the unit.

Safety is a big factor when it comes to selecting a slicer. Each unit has various features so it’s highly recommended to check the safety and cleaning instructions on a particular model. 

Considerations for all small appliances:

  • Determine your cooking needs and wants - both current and future. Is your family growing or growing up and moving out? Are you interested in increasing your culinary endeavors? Are you wishing to simplify and reduce time in the kitchen?

  • Evaluate your kitchen counter space. Where are you going to put all those new small appliances?

  • Check the height of the appliance compared to the height of your cabinets.
    Appliances that mount under the cabinet are available.

  • Decide on the color of your new small appliance. 

  • Determine the appliance capacity. The number of speeds and settings on an appliance usually increases with the size of the machine. Those who have large families or like to entertain may choose to buy larger appliances.

  • Decide whether you want corded or cordless appliances.

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