Product Type: Kenwood electrical appliances
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Should slice food prep time in half ~ yet doesn't!
Kenwood SL250 Food Slicer
Member Name: SoadFan
Kenwood SL250 Food Slicer
Advantages: Can be used to slice many types of foods
Disadvantages: Has to be washed and cleaned after each use
~The Kenwood food slicer~
The Kenwood SL250 Food Slicer that I had in use was something that I picked up secondhand for a fraction of the original selling price of the item. I thought at the time that it would be a useful addition to the range of kitchen gadgets I had as I didn't have anything else that could potentially slice its way through a variety of food items like slicing through butter in such an even way. In use I found that the food slicer was quite good at cutting a range of food items in to nice even slices, although I found that the trade off for that was the amount of time it took to clean the slicer when switching from one food item to another.
~Appearance and ease of use~
The look of the food slicer is neat and clean with a simple and mainly functional appearance which was what I would have expected from an item like this. The main body of the slicer has a nice white finish that doesn't look out of place in modern kitchens (although its very plasticy!) and the part of the food slicer that holds the food you want to slice works as it should. The cutting blades still looked really sharp and ready for action even though it wasn't new when I had the slicer and in use I found that it worked well with many foodstuffs when needed. The food pusher that comes with this is easy to handle, is shaped to fit and sits in place well enough, I also found that it was solid and strong when in use.
When setting this up for use I generally had to wrestle it out of the cupboard as it wasn't something that I had on show on a kitchen work top. The slicer weighs just under 3 kilos so it isn't all that light to carry around when wanting to set it up ready for use. There are non slip feet on the slicer which are there to help stop it sliding about, which I feel worked well enough as it stayed put once it was set to work. There is an easy to use thickness selector which can be used in order to choose how thick or thin food items need to be cut and I found this easy enough to use. Once you have switched on the machine and set the cutting blade in motion you simply slide the food tray backwards and forwards keeping the food pusher firmly in place at the same time.
The slicer is meant to save you the time and effort that it would take to create nice thin or thick evenly sliced cuts of meat, rounds of bread, slices of cheese etc and whilst the results were most often really quite good, I found it took ages to wash and clean the parts of the machine that came in to contact with food which was more time consuming in the end than simply cutting things with a knife. In the end very often I found that I didn't use the slicer much at all, as it was so much quicker to use a knife to cut slices of meat or cheese with as it took far less time to clean up afterwards. I feel that this is the downside of the slicer as it isn't the quick fix you might hope it would be due to the fact that you simply cannot use this type of gadget without washing it after each and every use.
Over all I feel that this food slicer is something that would be very useful to anyone who needed to slice and cut larger amounts of food items on a regular basis rater where it would be more suited to being set to work, rather than for occasional use in the home. When you slice cooked meats etc, you cannot then go on to use the machine to slice other food stuffs without washing and drying the equipment you have used first, meaning that if you want to slice more than one type of food item it can be a little too time consuming in my opinion. The cost of the slicer when new can be as much as £40 which I feel is more than I would have wanted to pay for this item as there is too much faffing around when you want to use it. My rating for this is gadget 2 stars due to the fact that it is time consuming to have to keep washing and cleaning the parts of the slicer after use. I also resented the fact that it wasn't a gadget that you can leave set up ready for use on a kitchen worktop.
Summary: Not as quick and easy to use as it ought to be
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