10 Best Meat Slicers: Get The Perfect Cuts

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    Who doesn’t like sliced meat? A staple of every meal any time of year, the possibilities are almost endless; cold cuts, sandwiches, pasta, whatever. Going out to the deli and getting it sliced for you is all fine and good, but can get tedious, especially if you eat a lot of deli meat and need it sliced a bunch of different ways. Who wants to stand there and ask for turkey slices in three different thicknesses?

    That’s when it’s time to get your own meat slicer, so you can cut it just how you like it on demand any time you want it. Meat slicers are a handy kitchen gadget for pretty much anyone, and can save you a whole lot of time and energy in the long run.

    Buying one can be a bit tricky though, as many meat slicers hide their specs, or simply aren’t very good in the first place. This guide is here to help you choose the perfect meat slicer for you, giving you a handle on what to look for, and a few I think are the best on the market.

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    10 Best Meat Slicers Reviews

    BESWOOD 10

    This is an excellent high grade meat slicer that puts out more than enough power and performance for even the most demanding home user. The 10 inch blade is one of the more standout features, providing plenty of cutting size for all but the largest and heaviest meats. It will easily cut large (up to 8 and a quarter inches) slices of whatever your meat of choice is, as thin as you care to slice it and up to about a half inch thick.

    The bod is made of a sturdy aluminum, with nicely grippy rubber feet.

    It’s safe to use, with a nice blade guard, while remaining very powerful, at 1/3 horsepower and 282 revolutions per minute.

    This is a highly versatile model, with enough power and speed to slice pretty much anything. Not just meats, but cheeses, bread, and vegetables are all fair game as well, giving you an all purpose slicing machine for when you need to quickly crank out meals.

    The blades are a high quality chromium plated carbon steel, harder and sharper than a more standard stainless steel blade would be. Built into the top are a pair of sharpening stones, which lets the meat slicer’s blade self sharpen even while in use; you never need to sharpen it by hand.

    You’ll certainly pay a premium for it, this being one of the higher end consumer available models, but it’s well worth it for anyone that needs the best performing meat slicer you can find.

    The value of this machine can’t be understated; this is the best bang for your buck on the market.

    What We Liked

    • High quality materials in the blade and body.
    • Great power output.
    • Safe and easy to use.
    • Cuts everything; meats, bread, vegetables, cheese, etc.

    What We Didn't Like

    • High price point may not be for everyone.

    Gourmia GFS700

    If you want a small, cheap, but still solid performing meat slicer, this one packs a lot into a compact and inexpensive package.

    The blade size is small, but plenty for a lot of uses, especially slicing small, hard meats like pepperoni. This one even does hard cheeses (soft cheeses are a no go), and has a pretty good sized tray for catching and holding meat as you continue to slice. It is perfect for anything you might put on a sandwich or cracker, cutting slices as thick as ¾ inch down to very thin sizes. It even does hard breads like a soda bread.

    It has a sturdy cast aluminum body and is easy to take apart to clean. It only has two major stumbles.

    The suction cup feet are a bit of a disappointment. No slip rubber is a much better material than suction, which is unreliable and prone to slipping, and minor nicks or cuts, or even something that gets under the bottom can ruin its suction. The second is the horsepower; the blade has a really slow revolution and you need to be careful when using it; something tough or sticky (like soft cheeses) could cause it to get stuck and burn out.

    The price though definitely makes up for all its shortcoming, being a fraction of our winner’s cost and still providing plenty of power for someone who needs it for light duty work.

    What We Liked

    • Low price.
    • Sturdy construction.
    • Decent blade and tray.
    • Good cutting thickness.

    What We Didn't Like

    • Low power output.
    • Suction cups.

    OSTBA

    In a lot of ways this is similar to the above model, but is significantly less impressive to me as a low budget model due to its price point being fairly high; not quite twice the price of the above model, but close.

    The stainless steel blade is disappointing. Stainless steel is an okay material for knives, but not the best, and won’t stand up to repeated sharpening over the course of years. You’ll eventually need to replace the blade with another 7.5 inch blade for cutting.

    7.5 inches is fine, but for the price of this model, I’d hope for larger. The tray is fine, as is the sturdy but lightweight anodized aluminum body.

    Much like the above model the suction cups are not to my taste; I’d rather something not so fragile and unreliable for keeping grip on my counter.

    The safety lock is a double edged sword. It’s nice to have a safety feature but needing to hit a safety button and the power option at the same time is annoying.

    The power output is very low, 150 watts, and it has a relative lack of perfromance compared to a higher quality model. Don’t try to cut soft or tacky substances with this, like soft cheese or raw meat.

    All in all it’s hard to recommend this model when there is a meat slicer with the same or better performance and a lower price available.

    What We Liked

    • Fairly low price.
    • Durable body.

    What We Didn't Like

    • Low power output.
    • Poor blade materials.
    • Poor price point for the performance.

    Chefman Die-Cast

    If you find yourself cutting a lot of very tough meats, this is a great budget meat slicer. It’s a low price (in the ballpark range of the Gourmia model above), with an average sized (7.5 inches) blade and a very nice tray. It looks good on a countertop, with a sleek black coloring on the silver of the tray and blade.

    This feature doesn’t factor very much into my analysis, but always worth noting that an appliance won’t make your kitchen look worse.

    The body is a sturdy die cast aluminum which can last you a very long time. If there’s some kind of accident, it has a pretty good 1 year warranty attached to it.

    The serrated blade is going to be the real deciding factor on whether you want this or not. It makes this slicer significantly less good at slicing soft meats; it’s likely to tear apart lunchmeats and anything softer you put in front of it rather than slice.

    Whether you want or need the serrated blade is the real make or break of this unit. You’re paying a bit extra over the Gourmia for the privilege, and it doesn’t do much of anything else special, save have a bit of extra power (it puts out 180 watts, giving it a bit more cutting force for those tougher meats).

    What We Liked

    • Serrated blade.
    • Sturdy construction.
    • Good price.
    • 1 year warranty.
    • Nice aesthetics.

    What We Didn't Like

    • Lives or dies on the serrated blade; if you don’t need or want it, it’s a more expensive version (if only slightly) of  another meat slicer.
    • Bad at cutting soft meats; it tears them apart instead.

    VEVOR 10

    Here we have another high end model, though a bit cheaper than our winner, the Beswood meat slicer. Like that meat slicer, this has a 10 inch blade and an overall similar design, though this one is a bit more bottom focused with its handle, keeping your fingers further out of the way at the loss of a bit of pushing power for those tougher cuts that need a slight bit of oomph behind your shove to work.

    The power output is likewise similar, putting out 240 watts and achieving quite a good cuts per minute speed. The feet are a no slip rubber, very grippy on any counter top, and the overall body is likewise sturdy cast aluminum.

    Almost every thing here is the same in terms of the quality of the slicer itself, so why isn’t this one the winner even though it is significantly cheaper? The answer lies in the blade.

    A simple stainless steel blade comes bundled with this otherwise excellent meat slicer, which Is a shame. Something this good should by all rights come bundled with a nice high carbon blade, not a stainless steel model that is less rigid, holds a worse edge, and wears out much faster.

    Certainly you can buy a good carbon steel blade and put it on there…but it’s going to cost you the price difference or thereabouts anyway, so may as well save the hassle and buy the Beswood 10 inch meat slicer instead.

    What We Liked

    • Great construction.
    • Good price.
    • Excellent power output.
    • Good feet.

    What We Didn't Like

    • Poor blade drags down the entire ensemble.

    OSTBA(200W)

    This model is almost identical to the Ostba model we already covered. It has a solid anodized aluminum body that protects it from corrosion, a must when dealing with meaty substances. The tray is a good size, though the blade is a bit small compared to some other meat slicers at 7.5 inches, while also being serrated, which is a bit of a minus in my book for something that only comes packaged with a  single blade; if I had to choose one I’d take the smooth edge as it’s far more versatile.

    The suction cups I’m still not a fan of, as I’d vastly prefer no slip rubber bottoms, particularly with this model’s advantage over its weaker brother in the same line.

    The main draw of this meat slicer is its power, being a 200 watt model. While weaker than our winner or the Vevor meat slicer above, it is also significantly cheaper than either (about a third of the price) and puts out an impressive amount of power for something at the lower end of the price range.

    For this alone it’s worth recommending, as everything else is at least passable, with durable if cheap materials (like the stainless steel blade) and a high performance. The only real sticking point is that serrated blade.

    What We Liked

    • Durable anodized aluminum construction. 
    • Good sized food tray.
    • Excellent power output.
    • Good value for the price.

    What We Didn't Like

    • Serrated blade as sole option.
    • Suction cups.

    Giantex 10

    At first glance this model is pretty good. It has a 10 inch blade, great for slicing wide cuts of meat like turkey or ham, and can cut to just under half an inch in thickness, so all the perfect sizes for a sandwich or similar use for the meat.

    The handle is very good, comfortable and safe to use while still letting you put a lot of elbow into the movements when you need to. The tray is a bit small, but not too terribly so.

    The blade isn’t the greatest, but not terrible. Just an average stainless steel blade. The rubber no slip feet are excellent, as is the overall construction of this meat slicer’s aluminum body.

    It’s safe to use, and seems effective.

    The only stumbling block is the price. At first glance is appears fair; it’s a little less than the Vevor model above, which seems tempting until you check the power output: only 150 watts.

    That’s horrendous value for something of this price, and there is literally no reason to buy this over the Vevor or Beswood models above, they having only slightly more cost (the Vevor particularly is only about $20 extra) and vastly increased performance. Avoid this one.

    What We Liked

    • Solid and durable construction.
    • Grippy no slip rubber feet.
    • Great handle.
    • 10 inch blade.

    What We Didn't Like

    • Horrendous value for the price.
    • Stainless steel blade.
    • Low power output.

    Smartxchoices 10

    Here we have a model with an absolutely massive blade as its main selling point, giving you a 12 inch diameter surface to work with. This is about as big as blades get (the biggest I’ve seen is 14 inches, but those are usually on massive commercial machines), and the price for this model isn’t too bad overall, being a bit more than our winner.

    The power is likewise nothing to sneeze at, giving you a whopping 250 watts of power; a bit more than our winner.

    The rest of the construction is likewise good with a cast aluminum body and 304 stainless steel blades, a bit harder than usual. The maximum cutting thickness is a little over half an inch, letting you cut between paper thin or massive slabs of meat at your desire or need.

    Even the handle and rubber feet are as I like it.

    The only thing really holding this back from being the best is the blade. It’s a hardened stainless steel that self sharpens, to be sure…but it cannot be overstated how superior at cutting high carbon steel blades are. The difference is staggering, and after you try one you will not want to go back, whether it comes to rotary blades like this or regular high quality kitchen knives.

    This is a perfectly valid option if for whatever reason you need a large, bulky, high powered machine for your purposes, but for most people a slightly smaller meat slicer with a vastly superior blade is going to be the better value.

    What We Liked

    • Massive 12 inch blade.
    • Excellent 250 watt power output.
    • Good value for the price.
    • Durable construction.
    • Excellent overall design.

    What We Didn't Like

    • Subpar blade for such a high end model.
    • Heavy and bulky; about double what you’d expect from a meat slicer.

    Happybuy Commercial

    Let’s take a quick detour from meat to one of the other major food groups: vegetables (and fruits, technically, if you’re one of those people who insists on calling tomatoes that).

    This is a tomato slicer, though really it works on all round-ish vegetables like onions, bell peppers, a trimmed down eggplant, whatever you desire.

    It cuts your vegetables into perfect 3/16 inch slices every time; just place them in the path of the blades, pull the lever, and go.

    It’s a handy gadget to have around the house, and goes perfectly with the meat slicer of your choice, letting you slice some fresh vegetables to go on that delicious sandwich you’re building, or go in with a soup or some ramen with thinly sliced fried meat or vegetables on top.

    It’s a bit expensive for my tastes but I can’t deny its appeal; I hate slicing tomatoes and other soft vegetables, so anything that shortcuts that is welcome in my book.

    The construction is solid cast aluminum, which should give you a long lasting, lightweight, and durable body that can take a lot of abuse. There are no electronic parts to keep maintained, so as long as you keep this clean and in good condition, it will serve you well.

    A great accoutrement to keep around in addition to your handy dandy meat slicer.

    What We Liked

    • Slices a lot of tom tomatoes (2 dozen tomatoes per minute).
    • Durable and lightweight construction.
    • No power required.
    • Time saving.

    What We Didn't Like

    • A bit expensive for what it is in the grand scheme: a bunch of knives attached to a lever.
    • Doesn’t cut meat.

    SuperHandy

    This one does not endear itself to me. I get it’s meant to be a portable and collapsible model, so some leeway must be given to it in terms of the quality of its parts.

    The price though doesn’t add up. It’s about the same price as a far superior model…which is already a more expensive version of a model I didn’t like much because it was a more expensive but otherwise similar version of the Gourmia meat slicer near the top.

    So we have a unit that is overpriced and underpowered (only 100 watts), with cheap and frustratingly flimsy plastic construction, a tiny 6.7 inch blade, a terrible handle, and even a bad duty cycle (you get 5 minutes of uptime for 30 minutes of downtime, or roughly a 15% duty cycle).

    That is on top of the fact that I have a hard time figuring out who this product is meant for. Why do you need a portable meat slicer? Are you going to fire up a loud, messy product and slice some lunchmeat at your desk at work? On the bus? At a picnic? Why not just slice it before you leave?

    The entire product is ill conceived, and even were it a quarter of the price it’s actually listed at I’d have a hard time justifying its purchase except maybe as a gag gift for someone who really loves deli meat.

    As it is, and the actual price, I find myself just scratching my head in puzzlement as to who this product is meant for.

    What We Liked

    • Folds up for easy transport; meant to be entirely portable.

    What We Didn't Like

    • Low duty cycle.
    • Tiny 6.7 inch blade.
    • Terrible small and uncomfortable handle.
    • Cheap plastic construction.
    • Low power output.
    • Just plain strange and undesirable as a product.

    Final Verdict

    BESWOOD 10

    The Beswood 10 inch is hands down the best meat slicer here, with the best performance and components, and a ridiculously more effective blade than the rest of the offerings here. The only thing that really comes close is the enormous VBENLEM 12 inch meat slicer, which has a worse blade but a much larger one.

    The Gourmia model is by far the best budget model, and blows the rest out of the water by having great performance at a much better price point than the other units trying to occupy the same niche.

    If you want to slice up some nice vegetables too, the Happybuy tomato slicer is quite good as well, just don’t try to slice your lunch meat with it. In the very best case, you’re just going to get some massive slabs of meat.


    How Do I Choose The Best Meat Slicer?

    Meat slicers, overall, are pretty simple. You want a good motor, good blades, and a sturdy frame and that’s about it for the basics. The rest is gravy, with any warranties or nice little extras adding quality and giving you more bang for your buck.

    Blades

    Blades come in sizes generally between 7 inches and 14 inches, with the average for a good meat slicer being around 10 inches. You want one that can support swapping out for both smooth and serrated blades depending on what you’re doing.

    Hand in hand in many ways with the blades is the tray, set in the center, meant to catch the meat and prevent it from slinging off into the great blue yonder. Trays can also be up to 14 inches on average, and you should make sure you get a tray that fits the largest size of what you want to cut, as trays cannot typically be swapped out even on the best machines.

    Motor

    You’re looking for an absolute minimum of 1/3 horsepower, or 240 watts of power output from your motor, as this will give you greater performance. More horsepower means cutting more things faster, including slicing raw meat (which needs to be frozen) or cheese (which is surprisingly difficult to cut).

    Trying to cut something with a weak motor could lead to unexpected motor burnout.

    Also pay attention to the internals. While gears are good, and typically last a long time, once broken they’re an absolute nightmare to repair or replace. A good belt gets worn out much quicker, to be sure, but loses no performance and is easily replaced with even a basic understanding of how the motor works (and do it yourself repair tutorials are easily found).

    Materials

    Basically you want a sturdy steel or cast aluminum frame, carbon steel blades, and thick rubber stops on the feet. That’s it, for the most part.

    When looking at belts and gears, nylon is a plus. Nylon gears are very reliable and long lasting.

    A good meat slicer should last you years, even decades if well maintained. Make sure it uses materials and construction techniques that will let you keep it running properly all that time.

    Price

    Price starts low ($50 for low end models) but can quickly rise to several hundred for premium grade meat slicers. There is basically no upper limit to the pricing for commercial grade models, but we’ll typically be steering away from those for the most part, as the quality of commercial models ad whether their price is worth it is going to depend entirely on the business you’re running.

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