I throw out those bad reviews when the overwhelming majority are
If you go by bad reviews you'll never buy anything. Learned that when
I was building this computer over 5 years ago. Quality motherboard
(ASUS) and power supply (Corsair). I thought I would find 4-5 star
reviews. Plenty of reviews on Newegg, but enough whiners to bring
every MB and PS down to 3 1/2 stars or less.
When I realized that applied to them all, 3 1/2 became my new minimum
standard. It's still running with no issues.
Maybe dissatisfied customers are more prone to write reviews.
With computers many people don't know how to put them together, and
with meat slicers many can't operate them correctly.
Of course some parts are legitimately DOA - I've had it happen to me -
and maybe those motors failed. There's always some element of luck.
Sometimes the good reviews don't work out in the long run. I bought an
Antec Sonata case with an Antec power supply. It was very well rated and
is in fact an excellent case, very easy to assemble and none of the
razor sharp edges that leave you bloody when working with cheap cases.
When the power supply failed in a couple of years, a little research
showed that particular model had problems and the failure was very
typical. Unfortunately the reviews weren't prescient enough to predict
failure years down the road. Shit happens.
I'd still recommend Antec. The cases are excellent as are their power
supplies most of the time.
Quantity counts too. 374 reviews averaging out to 4 stars beats 3 five
star reviews in my book. That theory doesn't always work when you're
looking at new or high end products that aren't mainstream.
As I said, you have to read them. Some can be tossed out. People
downgrade reviews for the dumbest things, like it was not the color they
expected or the Ford bumper does not fit my Chevy.
I also toss the five stars that say "I got it and it worked great for
the five minutes I've used it so far" while the negative reviews state
they are bad when the problems showed after repeated use.
The other consideration is common sense. A sub $100 slicer is not going
to perform the same as a $3500 real deli slicer, nor would I expect it
And toss the 5-star reviews that say "It looks so good on my
countertop." Ideally, you want some reviews with long time use.
Unless they specifically say how they operated it, I will discount
motor failures too. I don't know how the reviewer handled it.
Some people are stupid enough to put it in the dishwasher.
Some people might try trimming woodwork with it, or constantly force
it beyond its capacity. Or it might be a genuine mfr defect.
That happens with the best of them.
But when more than 300 people are pleased, it's a good bet.
I'm kind of surprised that many people have meat slicers.
The thought of buying one never entered my mind, until now.
I'd buy a slicer if I owned a deli, then speed would be an issue. For
the amount of deli slicing one does in the typical home kitchen a
nicely honed carbon steel blade is very sufficient, takes little
storage space and cleans up in less time than the cutting board.
I bought one. I'm getting old and can't handle a knife well any more.
This unit has worked well. It takes up a lot of space, so we keep it
down the basement and only bring it up when we need to use it, which is
not that frequently.
My problem is that if you are careful when using it, it is safe. But if
your mate lacks sense of how to act safely around machinery, you don't
want to have one of these around. I was slicing some ham, and my wife
was catching the slices (I don't know why, I would just have let them
fall onto a plate). A small piece fell off and was jammed near the
blade. She reached in to remove it, without turning the machine off.
She didn't cut herself, but she sure tried. I finished the slicing and
we cleaned up the machine, which is not hard. Then I told her this was
dangerous and I didn't want it to be used unless we were both present so
I could pick up her fingers and stop the bleeding. The next day she
sliced a roast when I wasn't there. I put it into storage and told her
not to use it again.
I said *IF* I wanted a slicer, I do not.
You claim to know your way around a kitchen, use a chefs knife... how
many slices do you need to make in a week that you need a machine, and
that's a child's machine. A slicing machine isn't any good for
slicing *hot* roasts anyway, tears them to shreds... every
restaurant/deli slices hot meat by hand... a slicing machine only
works well with cold meats.
I am in UK and this is very similar to the one I have
I am sure you could get something similar.
Yeah, that's the thing when people buy equipment that exceeds
their skills or needs, they find out they have a lot more stuff
to clean up and the equipment ends up sitting in a cabinet. I
wouldn't get out an electric slicer unless I was doing turkey
and brisket for a buffet line. I don't thin slice brisket
anyway, mine is so tender you can slice it the thickness of a
pencil and it will be moist and very tender. We bought an
electric for the barbecue team but it rarely gets used, nobody
wants to do the cleanup, but at least we do have jobs big enough
for it once in a while. I'm not a big fan of electric knives and
their sawing motion either. I can make much better looking cuts
with a thin sharp slicing knife.
This is my favorite slicing knife, very thin, which can be
easily maintained with a razor edge:
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