I was recently invited to review some products from The Oxo Good Grips range. I’ve used and purchased some of the kitchen utensils before, and really like the well-designed handles, which are both easy to grip and ergonomically comfortable to hold. I chose to review their mandolin slicer and an angled measuring jug.
Oxo Mandolin Slicer
One tool I’ve never used before is a mandolin slicer. I love the idea of slicing fruit and vegetables quickly and evenly but I’ve always been scared of the sharp blades, and the thought of slicing my fingers right along with the fruit and veg. Given how easy and safe I’ve found their other tools, I decided that if I was going to give a mandolin a chance, the Oxo Good Grips one would be a good one to try.
Larger than I expected, it’s a sturdy device; once the non-slip legs are folded into place it feels reassuringly robust, with no worrying wobbles. A handle at one side makes it easy to hold too, though actually, I found it didn’t have any tendency to move during operation anyway.
There are curvy and straight blades for slicing, and julienne blades for cutting sticks; the blades are easy to insert (and remove) and you can adjust how thick you would like your slices.
The food holder does a good job of holding fruit and vegetables securely and keeping your hands well away from the blades. To my delight, I found it really easy to use, not at all scary as I’d imagined, and quick to dismantle and wash too. (The blades need to be hand washed but the main body of the slicer, and the food holder are both dishwasher safe).
As it’s quite bulky, it will take up a fair bit of space in storage, even with the legs folded flat, but it’s definitely earned its place in our kitchen cupboard.
Oxo have updated their models since I reviewed this device. The Oxo Good Grips Chef’s 2.0 Mandolin is available from Amazon.
Oxo Angled Measuring Jug
The other item I chose was an angled measuring jug. Mine holds 1 litre but they are also available in smaller sizes from 1 cup to half a litre. The plastic jug has a comfortable, soft, non-slip handle and is dishwasher safe. But the clever bit is the angled measuring units. Usually I find myself setting a measuring jug onto the work surface and then bending down low to read the units on the side, as I carefully pour in the contents. The angled measurement units let me pour contents in whilst being able to easily read the volume from above. No more bending is definitely better for my back.
The Oxo Good Grips Angled Measuring Jug is available in 60 ml, 250 ml, 500 ml and 1 litre versions from Amazon.