Taking control of your sandwich deli meat may save you time and money, but most importantly, quality.
What is the best home meat slicer? Our top pick is the Chef's Choice 615.
In this guide we will look at and compare some of the best meat slicer models on the market for home use in our meat slicer reviews and comparison table. We’ve even included a commercial option which may be suited for serious deli meat fans.
Top 5: Best Home Meat Slicers
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Meat Slicer Reviews
Chef's Choice 615 Premium Electric Food Slicer
Chef's Choice meat slicer offers great performance while being easy to clean. While it's much easier to clean this slicer than many of its contemporaries, it's not dishwasher safe.
This slicer (and several others) comes with a built-in failure avoidance feature.
If the motor becomes overworked, a fuse will blow and prevent any damage from occurring. There's a backup fuse included in the box. Basic maintenance is simple to perform.
When using the slicer, varying the amount of pressure you use on the meat will yield slices of different thicknesses. If slicing deli meats perfectly thin is your thing, you'll have to be very careful as you feed meat into the blade.
The slices are perfectly adequate without this extra attention, but they may end up a little bit uneven.
The biggest complaint you're likely to have is the moderate size of the feeding area and catch tray.
For example, if you're slicing a batch of pork belly, you'll need to freeze 20 minutes to firm it up to prevent slices from flopping out of the tray and trim the belly down to fit on the machine.
Alternately, the entire tray can be stored and you can use the machine bare on large cuts. Of course you’ll need to us extreme caution and attention to prevent injury.
If you're not perturbed by some slight unevenness in your slices, consider the Chef’s Choice 615 meat slicing machines.
BELLA 13753 Meat Slicer
The BELLA meat slicer offers the bare minimum necessary for home use.
It's loud, easy to adjust, and cuts through meats and cheese without very much pressure required.
With a bit of care and attention, you can make even slices for party trays, cold cuts, or other culinary purposes.
The BELLA is not without its downsides. While most home slicers are hard to clean, this one is exceptionally difficult.
There are more crevices and gaps in the machine than you could shake a stick of salami at. Anything you slice will work its way into all of them.
Cleaning the device fully may take significantly longer than slicing a cut of meat.
While you're slicing, the BELLA doesn't deposit meat in a sensible place. There's no tray or catch or anything else.
It might be reasonable to expect the slice of meat itself to fall onto a cutting board, but the BELLA leaks juices and scraps all over your counter while it works. Consider placing it in a pan to minimize this dripping and set up a tray to collect the slices as they fall.
If you need a basic budget friendly meat slicer, the BELLA 13753 may be an adequate unit to consider. If you're more serious about slicing, you'll probably want to choose a different unit.
Continental Professional Series Deli Slicer
The Continental deli slicer is easier to clean than the BELLA and cuts pretty evenly. It can cut cheese, bread, and other tough materials without much fuss.
Continental slicer is not fast. It's far faster than going by hand, of course, but if you feed it cheese or even a tough cut of meat, the blade will slow down and you'll have to slow down your feeding speed to match.
While the cuts are even enough, it suffers from the same issue as the Chef's Choice. If you feed meat with too much pressure, you'll get thicker slices than you bargained for.
It's also rather noisy. If you want to slice in the morning without waking anyone else up, forget it.
Finally, for raw meats especially, it has a habit of dripping juice everywhere. This is fixable with a bit of foil to cover a small gap below the slicer, but it's a bit weird that the foil might be necessary.
If you're not concerned with going a bit slower than some of the other slicers we will mentioned, we think the Continental meat slicer is budget friendly option to consider.
Edgecraft 610 Food Slicer
The Edgecraft 610 is noisy and slow. It's quite comparable to the Continental slicer, despite any mechanical issues.
It delivers the same slightly inconsistent slices due to pressure differences caused by the operator and disassembles easily for cleaning.
Because of the adjustable motor and 7” serrated blade, you can use this food slicer for meats, fruits, vegetables and bread.
Most home slicers come with a fuse that blows if the motor is put under too much strain. The fuse in the Chef's Choice is reported to be an issue.
This is most likely due to the blade getting stuck or under extreme stress and the motor over loading itself. With a toolbox and some technical know-how you can repair it, but you'll need to order extra fuses.
To be honest, this machine competes well with similar models. If you're not fussed about slower speeds or some variance in your slices, the Edgecraft 610 meat slicer may be a machine to consider.
Best Choice 10" Commercial Meat Slicer
The other slicers we've reviewed use a 7" blade while this commercial food slicer has a 10” blade. This is a pretty big step up.
It has some major differences from a consumer grade slicer. While it disassembles, you'll need a screwdriver to take the blade off if you want to clean around it. You shouldn't need to do this often, but it’s something worth noting.
While you'll need a screwdriver and a wrench to fully clean the unit, the actual cleaning process is comparable to most of the slicers above.
To be clear, this machine slices much more quickly, quietly, and evenly than anything else on our list. The blade won't slow down at all when you feed it a tough cut or some cheese.
Since it's made of solid metal, you can't bend anything as you feed things in and vary your slice thickness.
The instruction manual is total rubbish and you should probably have a good working knowledge of slicers before considering this unit. You'll find more useful information from a competitor's manual or an internet video.
Is this the best commercial meat slicer for home use?
A professional grade food slicer for your home kitchen may be a pretty sizeable investment and may not be for everyone. However, for those who want speed and consistency, the extra hassles of a commercial grade slicer may be worth it.
Why Buy A Meat Slicer?
By slicing your own meats, cheese, vegetables and bread at home you may end up saving money by slicing cheaper cuts of meat and food that you prepared yourself.
Many deli meats are boiled concoctions with preservatives and additives, so it allows you to take control of the quality of foods you slice.
Besides, deli meat can't compare to slicing up last night's roast.
That sounds great, right? Before you dive in, ask yourself these questions:
- How often do you plan to use the tool? If you only use it once a year, it will take a long time to pay for itself.
- How much storage space do you have? Most meat slicers need a decent amount of real estate, either on the counter or in the cupboard.
- How much weight can you handle easily? These machines are not light!
- Finally, how much machine can you afford?
Features & Specifications
Types Of Meat & Food Slicers
Meat slicers come in two varieties.
- Automatic meat slicers feature an automatic carrier or platform to move food into the blade.
- Manual food slicers require the operator to move the carrier back and forth. This also means fingers are much closer to the action.
For home users, an automatic slicer is a little bit overkill. In fact, many deli clerks slice meat to order without using automatic features.
Another reason to consider a manual version is price and safety. Of course more electronics and gears increase price, but also potential dangers such as jams and binds which could potentially cause a fire or ruin the motor.
Blades & Sharpeners
Meat slicer blades are made of either hardened stainless steel or surgical stainless steel. This helps protects them from corrosion and prevent dulling prematurely.
They typically have sharpeners built in, close to the guard, so that the blade doesn't have to be manually sharpened.
For added safety, recessed power switches are usually far from the blade area.
The blades in a new meat slicer will be sharp, and they will cut whatever gets put in their way.
Many also feature a blade guard that makes it difficult for fingers to accidentally get in the way of the blade.
Many manufacturers of meat slicers strongly recommend the use of stainless steel mesh gloves to protect the user from the spinning blade of the meat slicer.
While these gloves can be expensive, they are cheaper than a trip to the emergency room and may save you a finger.
Guides & Guards
Your meat slicer should offer a guide release for releasing any jams, a thickness adjustment knob to customize your cuts, and non-slip feet to keep the slicer stable.
While these features are in place to help protect you, the operator, you will still need to use caution and not try to force anything. Many accidents include severing fingers, which we believe is preventable with patience and utilizing safety features and tools such as mesh gloves.
Body & Housing
The meat slicer body should be easy to open for the partial disassembly needed to thoroughly clean the slicer.
Per food handling experts at Boelter, shoppers should look for meat slicers with NSF certification. This certification indicates that the machine has fewer seams in the casing and should be easier to clean.
Other features designed for safe use include a built-in food tray to catch sliced meat as it exits the blade, and a cool running motor.
Cleaning & Maintenance
The most important thing to remember when cleaning your meat slicer is to unplug and clean it immediately after use.
Trying to scrape dried chunks of meat and fat off of blades that are extremely sharp and hard to handle is a recipe for disaster.
Cleaning your meat slicer will require some disassembly, so you'll want to have the instructions handy. You'll need to take the guard off of most units, which puts you in direct contact with the blade.
Always follow all instructions from the manufacturer on disassembling, cleaning, drying and reassembling your particular meat slicer.
Per food experts at SimpleItalianCooking.com, do not wash any portion of your meat slicer in the dishwasher. Dishwashers are extremely harsh environments which could lead to warping or damaging parts.
Make sure all components are completely clean by inspecting them visually, and dry everything thoroughly before reassembly to reduce any risk of corrosion.
By developing your own deli meat recipes, you can not only customize your sandwiches to your flavor preferences, but easily meet any dietary restrictions in your household.
Additionally, preparing and slicing your own deli meat can put organic selections within easy reach.
There is a learning curve to this. From set up to cleanup, meat slicing machines can be dangerous. Take the time to learn how to handle your meat slicer safely. Read the instructions!
Did you enjoy this guide? Let us know in the comments with your favorite food slicer and recipes.