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Old 10-16-2006, 07:10 PM   #1
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Question Meat slicer?

Im wanting to get a nice meat slicer. Im looking at both the
chef's choice 610
http://www.amazon.com/Chefs-Choice-6...&s=home-garden
and the villaware
http://www.amazon.com/VillaWare-V001...&s=home-garden


Anyone have any recommendations on which one i should get?

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Old 10-16-2006, 07:50 PM   #2
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Chef's Choice 610 Premium Electric Food Slicer was on the Food Network the other day on Gotta Have It. I would like to get it they said it retailed for 79.00 so hopefully I will find it somewhere for that.
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Old 10-16-2006, 08:39 PM   #3
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Chef's Choice 610 Premium Electric Food Slicer was on the Food Network the other day on Gotta Have It. I would like to get it they said it retailed for 79.00 so hopefully I will find it somewhere for that.
To bad you don't have to so you could tell me how good it is :). The villiware unit also seems to be a very good unit. I think the chef's choice is part plastic part metal. The villiware is all metal i believe. Also the villiware comes with two blades.
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Old 10-17-2006, 12:01 AM   #4
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I was going to say beware of which parts are metal and which are plastic. The Villaware didn't have a front view - that would be key. If it was plastic too I would search for one that had a metal holder that slides the meat across the blade and can take the pushing.
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Old 10-17-2006, 12:35 AM   #5
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I absolutely, positively agree with kitchenelf. If the part that is doing the pushing (guard/holder?) of the meat into the blade is plastic, and it seems as it is in the ChefChoice, you will not have even results since it will give/bend against the pressure. I would opt for one which has metal parts.

EDIT: After looking at the pics again, it looks like the whole apparatus (both) is plastic other than the blade. I wouldnt be too keen in recommending it - see if Cooks Illustrated has done any reviews on these things... now im thinking that if they arent built too sturdy, what happens when a part snaps? I would almost guarantee that you cannot replace the part, leading to purchase a new one. In this case, I guess you get what you pay for - a slicer under $100 is exactly that.
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Old 10-17-2006, 09:12 AM   #6
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Mine is a Kenmore, which looks somewhat similar to the Villaware.


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Old 10-17-2006, 10:56 AM   #7
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Mine is a Kenmore, which looks somewhat similar to the Villaware.


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umm...and how much do you like it?
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Old 10-17-2006, 12:19 PM   #8
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A plastic "pusher" should not be your concern. They are built with enough plastic in the right places so that they do not bend, but if dropped on the floor from counter hieght, they WILL break!

What you need to watch for is the mechanism that regulates the thickness of the slices. If these gears strip, which is what happened to my Toastmaster slicer, then it renders the slicer practically useless.
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Old 10-17-2006, 12:36 PM   #9
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I have a Cook's Choice and love it. It does a beautiful job. In retrospect, if I had it to do all over again I do think I would look for one a little higher up the ladder - one that has more of a slant so that gravity helps keep the item you are slicing against the blade. But I do love the one I have.
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Old 10-17-2006, 11:07 PM   #10
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well i think.....

Well guys its pretty close to the big buying decision. Im starting to sway towards the villiware. Please anyone slap me around and call me crazy and tell me im making the wrong decision if i am. Where here is the list of the reasons i am swaying towards the villiware:

1) Bigger motor (150w vs 100w). Of course this doesn't tell the whole story but this gives me a clue. The villiware ought to be able to to cut through meat with less stress and therefor less heat. This is VERY important for a meat slicer

2) It comes with both a serrated blade and a smooth blade. You have to pay for this with the chef's choice.

3) From what i heard villiware makes pretty good products overall. Seems like most of there products are pretty good.

4) comes with a nice tray to catch whatever your slicing
the only review i could find of the villiware seems to be glowing (on amazon):
had the Rival 1050C before but this slicer blows it away!I only paid $94.00 here on Amazon with free shipping.
Things I liked about this slicer:
1. comes with 2 blades-smooth & serrated.
2. 150 watts
3. Variable speed
4. Pulse mode and regular-in the pulse mode you have to hold the switch on all the time you're slicing in the regular mode just turn on the switch and the unit stays on until you shut it off.
5. Large knob to adjust thickness
6. solid, slices evenly
7. cantilevered design to place tray under to catch slices.
8. Quiet!
There is nothing I disliked about this!

Ok now on to the things i don't like about it:
1) go to www.villiware.com.......you won't be able to find it. Well at least i didn't. Is this something villiware only sells to oem. Are the discontinuing this item? What gives?

2) Its hard to find this slicer at a reputable store....sure amazon.com sells it but its from a 3rd party...its not from them. Cooking.com does sell it but they want WAY WAY to much for it. Almost $50 more.

So let me know what you guys think about my decision.
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