This year for Mother's Day I received a mandoline slicer. I had wanted one for a while so I was very pleased! My knife skills are pretty bad so I need all the help I can get with slicing veggies and fruits. Lena (with lots of Daddy's help) got me the one that was recommended by Cook's Illustrated Magazine and was shown on an episode of America's Test Kitchen where they compared mandolines.
It's the Oxo Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer. Check it out on Amazon. The V-shaped blade was recommended by Cook's Illustrated over the straight-edged blade.
It has four different thickness settings. They range from 1/4" to 1/16". It stands up on little rubberized legs for great stability. You can also lock the blade closed when you store it.
Some of the extra blades are stored on the underside of it for convenience. It comes with like 5 different blades.
Here are a couple of things I have done with it so far.
Beautiful potato slices for my Muffin Tin Potatoes. This would have been a horrible mess if I had to slice these by hand.
It has a julienne blade too. I julienned this carrot for my Rice Pilaf.
The mandoline also does cubing, and dicing. But I haven't done those yet. I'll post pics when I get around to it.
I highly recommend this mandoline. It's so fun to use and it's only about $30. Well worth it in my opinion.
I also recommend checking out America's Test Kitchen Equipment ratings whenever you are looking for a new kitchen gadget. They have tested all kinds of things, from spatulas to digital scales. Note: You do have to register on the website to be able to view equipment ratings (and recipes). But not to worry, all you have to do is enter your email address. It's not a paid subscription. And they don't send you junk mail, so it's well worth it for the valuable information.