April 4

Best Meat Slicers for Home and Commercial Use (2020)

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I remember the first time I sliced meat with a truly sharp knife. Up until that point, I had been using cheap, knock-off brands and applying tons of pressure to each cut. I couldn't believe what I had been missing out on. But even with all the perks of a sharp knife, there are some slicing jobs that require a little more size. 

Larger quantities of food require larger equipment, and while the market has supplied commercial meat slicers for quite some time, a new market has opened up. Meat slicers have now been designed for home use and thankfully, sell for a fraction of the price. 

Below I've outlined the 11 best home use and commercial meat slicers of 2020. This includes the top rated meat slicers, unique feature lists, customer pros and cons list, a quick summary, and our overall rating. I've also included a complete guide to choosing the right meat slicer for your particular needs. 

Enjoy!


Recommended Products

#1

Best 7" Blade Meat Slicer


Chef'sChoice Food Slicer

  • Price: $$
  • Warranty: 1 Year Limited
  • Blade Diameter: 7"
  • Power: 100 Watts
#2

Best 7.5" Blade Meat Slicer (Budget Item**)


Chefman Food Slicer

  • Price: $
  • Warranty: 1 Year 
  • Blade Diameter: 7.5"
  • Power: 180 Watts
#3

Best 7.5" Blade Meat Slicer


Cusimax Electric Food Slicer

  • Price: $$
  • Warranty: 18 Month
  • Blade Diameter: 7.5"
  • Power: 200 Watts
#4

Best 8-9" Blade Meat Slicer


Valley Sportsman Food Slicer

  • Price: $
  • Warranty: 1 Year Limited
  • Blade Diameter: 8.7"
  • Power: 180 Watts
#5

Best 10" Blade Meat Slicer (Budget Item**)


F2C Semi-Auto Meat Slicer

  • Price: $$$
  • Warranty: Unknown
  • Blade Diameter: 10"
  • Power: 240 Watts
#6

Best 10" Blade Meat Slicer


Beswood Carbon Blade Meat Slicer

  • Price: $$$
  • Warranty: 1 Year Limited
  • Blade Diameter: 10"
  • Power: 240 Watts
#7

Best 10" Blade Meat Slicer (Commercial)


KWS Commercial Electric Meat Slicer

  • Price: $$$
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Blade Diameter: 10"
  • Power: 320 Watts
#8

Best 12" Blade Meat Slicer


KWS MS-12NS Commercial Electric Slicer

  • Price: $$$
  • Warranty: 1 Year Limited
  • Blade Diameter: 12"
  • Power: 420 Watts
#9

Best 13" Blade Commercial Meat Slicer (Manual)


Hobart Edge13-11 Manual Food Slicer

  • Price: $$$$
  • Warranty: 1 Year Limited (Commercial Use Warranty Only***)
  • Blade Diameter: 13"
  • Power: 480 Watts
#10

Best 13" Blade Commercial Meat Slicer (Automatic)


Hobart HS9N-1 Automatic Food Slicer

  • Price: $$$$$$
  • Warranty: 1 Year (Commercial Use Warranty Only***)
  • Blade Diameter: 13"
  • Power: 672 Watts
#11

Best Meat Slicer For Jerky


Weston 07-3801-W-A Manual Jerky Slicer

  • Price: $$
  • Warranty: Unknown
  • Working Capacity: 13"
  • Power: Manual


Things to Consider Before You Buy

I know it can be tempting to click on the first product you see on a review site and hope for the best. Let me tell you, you will be much happier with your buy if you take the time to find a product that fits your lifestyle seamlessly. Here are the major factors to consider before making a purchase.

-Commercial or Household Use?

Which direction you decide to go completely depends on how extensively you will use the meat slicer. If you plan on using it multiple times a week for large quantities of meat, go with a commercial meat slicer (models 9 and 10). Commercial meat slicers were designed to take a beating and their parts will hold up against the extensive use.

If you need a meat slicer for infrequent use (once a month or less), I would suggest a household meat slicer (Models 1-6) These are far cheaper, yet the higher quality models get the job done effectively.

If you think you fall somewhere in between the two, there are a few meat slicers below that are considered both commercial and residential (models 7-8). These are a little more versatile, allowing you to do both bigger and smaller jobs without issue.  

-What Size Blade?

This runs in parallel with the question above. What will you be using this meat slicer for? Most of the smaller blades (7"-9" diameter) will get regular household food-slicing jobs done, like veggies, fruits, and deli meats. 

I will say that the 10 and 12" blade models received the highest reviews because they were in-line with buyer expectations. If you want more versatility, go with a bigger blade. 

13" blades are usually for commercial use. A sharp 13" blade , accompanied with a powerful motor, will cut just about anything.

*** I've placed the meat slicers in order, starting with the smallest diameter blades and ending with the biggest.

-Other Qualities to Consider

All of us will have a different idea of how a meat slicer will perform. My hope for you is that you do the proper research to make as educated a buy as possible. Here is a list of things you should consider in your search.

Serrated or Smooth Blade?
Serrated is better for rough meats and smooth is better for fruits, veggies and deli meats. Some models have will have both options. 

Safety?
Look for models that have a retracted power button, easy cleaning reviews, blade covers, protecting hand guards, etc...

Noise?
Are you sensitive to loud sounds or will you be cutting in a public place? Quieter machines will run you a little extra but it may be worth the investment. Models 7-10 seemed to outperform others in quietness.

Thickness Range?
How thick will you be cutting your meat? The smaller units can get surprisingly thick cuts, but for perfect, uniform deli cuts, the bigger blade models are usually superior. 

Dimensions? 
How much room do you have? Where will you be storing the meat slicer? All dimensions are listed below each model.

Built-in Sharpener?
Do you want to buy your own sharpener, hire someone to sharpen it, or have a built-in sharpener so you don't have to worry about it? Models 5-10 have built-in sharpeners. 

Ease of Cleaning?
If the Pros list (displayed under each model) has "easy cleaning" then there were multiple customer responses regarding the ease of cleaning. Easy cleaning is important to make sure food borne illness is avoided, especially if you plan on cutting uncooked meat!

Frame Material and Weight?
Heavier meat slicers will have a lesser tendency to move while operating They will, however, be more difficult to transport and store.


1) Chef'sChoice 607 Electric Food Slicer (7" Blade)

  • Cost: $$
  • Warranty: 1 Year (Have to Register) 
  • # Reviews: Over 30 Amazon reviews

Dimensions

  • 7" Diameter Blade
  • 10 Lbs
  • Dimensions: 11.8 x 16.2 x 10.2 inches

Features

  • Food Carriage
  • Gear Driven
  • Rubber Feet
  • Cord Storage Compartment
  • Thickness Control Knob
  • Food Pusher

Common Positive
Customer Responses

  • Great for Cheese
  • Easy to Clean
  • Only 4 Parts to Wash
  • Smooth and Quiet
  • Good for Small Spaces
  • Versatile; Works on diverse list of foods

Common Negative
Customer Responses

  • Lightweight
  • Only Smaller Food Items
  • Engineered in USA, made in China
  • Household use only
  • Moves if not held against wall
  • Plastic Parts (Plastic gears)

Summary:

The most unobtrusive way of adding a food slicer into your kitchen.  

A food slicer doesn't have to be that big giant metal block taking up precious kitchen real estate. There are food slicers that offer portability for a cheaper price, without compromising quality. If you're just looking for a simple food slicer to make life a little easier without breaking the bank, the Chef'sChoice would definitely be my first place of interest. 

Customers were really satisfied with how this food slicer performed. In the face of a vast market of meat slicers, to have one so reasonably priced that executes its job so well is a breath of fresh air. The most common complaint with this model was the plastic parts. This is what you're paying for though. A cheaper model will be made with cheaper parts. So if you're looking for a more heavy duty model, continue on down the list. 


2) Chefman Die-Cast Electric Food Slicer (7.5" Blade)

  • Cost: $
  • Warranty: 1 Year (Have to Register) 
  • # Reviews: Over 450 Amazon reviews

Dimensions

  • 7.5" Diameter Blade
  • 9.46 Lbs
  • Dimensions: 14.5 x 12.5 x 9 inches

Features

  • Suction Cup Feet
  • Gear Driven (plastic)
  • Blade Safety Guard
  • 48" Cord Length
  • Thickness Control Knob
  • Food Pusher

Common Positive
Customer Responses

  • Blade attached with one simple locknut
  •  Sturdy and Stationary when "ON"
  • Sharp, Serrated Blade
  • Easy to Use
  • Better for Veggies and Fruit 

Common Negative
Customer Responses

  • Thickness Dial a little Cheap
  • Pretty Noisy
  • Slower than More Expensive Models
  • Cuts thin, but not deli thin 
  • Cuts meat sufficiently, but cuts veggies/fruits better

Summary:

The first and smallest budget item on the list.

The Chef-Man electric food slicer is perfect for those who are looking for a smaller unit to perform some of the more monotonous kitchen tasks. While many of us find great solace in chopping mountains of fruit and vegetables, we aren't all so enthusiastic. This is  a cheap, well reviewed food slicer that can make life a little easier with the day-to-day. Let's go over some of the drawbacks of this unit.

Although this unit seems to be well crafted for simple cutting jobs, if you're looking for deli thin meat, you may want to look elsewhere. The Chef-Man food slicer cuts meat with ease, but there is a threshold of how thin it will go, and it's not always uniform. Many responded with how sharp the blade was, but how it failed to slice as thin as they would have liked. Thicker slices (like 1/8") seem to come out just fine. Any thinner and you may want to think about going down the list a bit more. 


3) Cusimax Electric Food Slicer (7.5" Blade)

  • Cost: $$
  • Warranty: 18 Months (Have to Register) 
  • # Reviews: Over 250 Amazon reviews

Dimensions

  • 7.5" Diameter Blade
  • 10.55 Lbs
  • Dimensions: 15.8 x 11 x 10.8 inches

Features

  • Dishwasher Safe parts
  • Bearing and Belt Driven
  • Up to 3/4" Thick Slices
  • Anti-skid Sucking Pads (feet)
  • Non-serrated Blade
  • Easy Detachable Blade

Common Positive
Customer Responses

  • Low Noise
  • Sharp Blade
  • Thin and Even Slices
  • Blade easy to disassemble
  • Great for Partially Frozen Meat
  • Simple to Set-Up

Common Negative
Customer Responses

  • Not Commercial Grade
  • Slower than More Expensive Models
  • Food gets in crevices 
  • Suction feet not totally Effective 

Summary:

Alright, so we have two 7.5" blade food slicers on this page. What separates them? Well, this unit runs about $40 more, but it offers some features that could potentially make it worth your while. 

The Cusimax Food Slicer:

1) Has an 18 month warranty period. Even the more expensive units usually max out at 1 year warranty. 

2) Proficiently cuts meat "deli thin."

Cusimax stands behind their product and it shows. People were really happy with the way this food slicer performed. I have nothing bad to say about it. Just make sure your expectations are reasonable. It's still a home (not commercial) food slicer, so don't expect it to be a butcher shop workhorse. 


4) Valley Sportsman Food Slicer (8.7" Blade)

  • Cost: $$
  • Warranty: 1 Year (Have to Register) 
  • # Reviews: Over 200 Amazon reviews

Dimensions

  • 8.7" Diameter Blade
  • 14 Lbs
  • Dimensions: Unknown

Features

  • Gear Driven
  • Cuts up to 9/16" Slices
  • Nonslip Feet
  • Carriage Cover
  • Thickness Control Knob
  • Retracted Power Switch

Common Positive
Customer Responses

  • Works great for cheese, veggies, meats, etc.
  • Exceptional for the Price
  • Easy Cleaning
  • Easy to Use
  • Performs well with Jerky
  • Basic but gets the job done

Common Negative
Customer Responses

  • Not great for thin slices 
  • Difficult to get Blade on After Removing
  • Can only use 10 minutes at a Time
  • Better on Cooked Meat (not Raw)
  • Gives off a Smell when Overworked

Summary:

Similar to the Chef'sChoice model above, this unit is cheap and well-reviewed. The only difference being that the blade is a little over an inch bigger (and yet the price is a little smaller). 

Always set your expectations appropriately. The Valley Sportsman Food Slicer is NOT something to be held up and marveled at. It is not a top of the line, precision cutting, superior food slicer. It is, although, a food slicer created to do its primary job well. It has all the basic components of a proper food slicer, and the most common customer response is, "Excellent for the price."

I think that statement speaks for itself. Again, if you're looking for a cheap, simple, easy to clean food slicer to bring into the kitchen, I highly recommend looking into the Valley Sportsman Food Slicer. 


5) F2C Semi-Auto Food Slicer (10" Blade)

  • Cost: $$$
  • Warranty: Unknown
  • # Reviews: Over 80 Amazon reviews

Dimensions

  • 10" Diameter Blade
  •  35 Lbs
  • Dimensions: 21 x 16 x 16 inches

Features

  • Gear Driven
  • Cuts Up to 3/4" Slices
  • Rubber Feet
  • 8" by 7" Tray
  • Waterproof Power Button
  • Built-in Sharpener

Common Positive
Customer Responses

  • Heavy and Solid Construction
  • Very Sharp Blade
  • Consistent Slices
  • Hidden Blade
  • Great Longevity
  • Quiet and Precise

Common Negative
Customer Responses

  • Unclear Manual
  • Sharpener not Great
  • Difficult to Clean Behind Blade

Summary:

The F2C is the ultimate compromise between the cheap and expensive extremes of meat slicers models. Offering you some of the advantages of the heavy duty slicers without the high price. 

I think this Amazon customer summed up the consensus fairly perfectly, "It feels a lot like a professional unit. Very heavy and solid construction. You can cut something paper thin if you like. Very consistent as well. I left one star out only because It's pretty hard to clean. This should not be a deterrent though, as all of the slicers that seem to be at this price point to upwards of 400 dollars are of the same design. All in all, I am very pleased with this unit."

Honest, right? This company created a product with qualities similar to the higher-end models and they sell it for a fraction of the price.  


6) Beswood Carbon Blade Food Slicer (10" Blade)

  • Cost: $$$
  • Warranty: 1 Year Warranty
  • # Reviews: Over 400 Amazon reviews

Dimensions

  • 10" Diameter Blade
  •  33 Lbs
  • Dimensions: 20 x 17 x 14.8 inches

Features

  • Belt Driven
  • Blade Ring Guard
  • Rubber Feet
  • 2 Stone Blade Sharpener
  • Aluminum Body
  • Chrome Plated Carbon Blade

Common Positive
Customer Responses

  • Sturdy (no Cheap Plastic)
  • Great Customer Service
  • Great Longevity
  • Cuts Like Butter (extremely sharp blade)
  • Can be Used Commercially or for Household Purposes
  • Easy to Clean

Common Negative
Customer Responses

  • Clean Properly According to Manufacturer (metal coating can rub off)
  • Blade is Dangerously Sharp when Cleaning (Kevlar gloves recommended)
  • Need a Good Amount of Storage Space (look at dimensions above)

Summary:

Alright, the facts? This is the best meat slicer on the market.

Taking into account price, material used, safety features, ease of use, ease of cleaning and blade sharpness, this unit (in my very humble opinion), outcompetes all of its opponents. While I would never advocate to buy anything impulsively, if you were forced to make a last minute decision, I would undoubtedly urge you towards the Beswood Meat Slicer. 

Yes, it has all the perks of a commercial food slicer without the enormous body and price tag, but what really sold me was the impressively long list of positive customer reviews. With over 400 amazon reviews, this food slicer has trumped the Amazon system by somehow maintaining a 4.6 / 5 star rating (as of 03/30/2020). A truly commendable feat. 


7) KWS Commercial Electric Meat Slicer (10" Blade)

  • Cost: $$$
  • Warranty: 1 Year Warranty
  • # Reviews: Over 100 Amazon reviews

Dimensions

  • 10" Diameter Blade
  •  37.5 Lbs
  • Dimensions: 20.1 (L) * 18.5 (W) *15.5 (H)

Features

  • Belt Driven
  • Stainless Steel w/ Teflon-Coated Blade
  • 0-0.4" Thick Cuts
  • Aluminum Alloy Base
  • Built-in Dual Whet Stone Sharpener
  • High-Quality Copper Motor

Common Positive
Customer Responses

  • Good for Large Quantities
  • Extremely Sharp Blade
  • Very thin Slices if Desired 
  • Quiet and Smooth
  • Quiet Motor
  • Serious Longevity

Common Negative
Customer Responses

  • Screws on Blade super Tight
  • Cleaning is not Straightforward (Youtube apparently helps here)
  • Not great for Infrequent Household Use 
  • Bacon May be Too Long for Range of Machine 

Summary:

Let's define who this meat slicer is for, and who it's not for. 

If you cut food frequently (more than once a month), cut larger quantities of meat/cheese/veggies/etc., and need uniformly thin slices, then I would highly recommend the KWS electric meat slicer. It has quality parts intentionally chosen for longevity and if the size fits the bill, you can't go wrong. 

But...

If you're looking for a household meat slicer that will fulfill the needs of your annual charcuterie party, you can probably do with a cheaper model. That's not to say this model wouldn't do the job (and do the job well), but there are cheaper models that will do the job with similar quality. 

 


8) KWS MS-12NS Commercial Electric Meat Slicer (12" Blade)

  • Cost: $$$
  • Warranty: 1 Year Warranty
  • # Reviews: Over 50 Amazon reviews

Dimensions

  • 12" Diameter Blade
  •  60.5 Lbs
  • Dimensions: 24.8 x 20.9 x 18.5 inches

Features

  • Belt Driven
  • 304 Stainless Steel Coated Blade
  • 0-0.6" Thick Cuts
  • Aluminum Alloy Base
  • Built-in Dual Whet Stone Sharpener
  • High-Quality Copper Motor

Common Positive
Customer Responses

  • Good for Large Quantities
  • Extremely Sharp Blade
  • Very thin Slices if Desired 
  • Comparable to High-End Commercial Slicers
  • Quiet Motor
  • Serious Longevity

Common Negative
Customer Responses

  • Screws on Blade very Tight
  • Cleaning is not Straightforward (Youtube apparently helps here)
  • 20 mins average cleanup time
  • Assembling is a little difficult

Summary:

This is essentially the same model as the one above. The only difference being that it has a bigger blade, a bigger body and does not have the teflon coating on the blade (usually not a deal breaker, the blade has still gotten some seriously positive feedback).  

I would advise people similarly with this model. If you're looking for a high quality meat slicer without spending thousands of dollars on a Hobart, the KWS Food slicer will fulfill all of your typical food-slicing needs.       


9) Hobart Edge13-11 Medium Duty Commercial Food Slicer (Manual)

  • Cost: $$$$$
  • Warranty: 1 Year Warranty (ONLY COMMERCIAL USE)
  • # Reviews: Not very many (People usually buy in-store)

Dimensions

  • 13" Diameter Blade
  •  88 Lbs
  • Dimensions: 26516" x 2318" x 2178

Features

  • Belt Driven
  • Chrome Plated Carbon Steel Blade
  • 0-9/16" Thick Cuts
  • Anodized Aluminum Base
  • Top Mounted Ceramic Sharpener
  • Removable Carriage

Common Positive
Customer Responses

  • Highest Quality 
  • Extremely Reputable Company
  • Get what you pay for

Common Negative
Customer Responses

  • Expensive
  • Warranty only covers Commercial-Use

Summary:

I specifically placed this item here strictly for those who plan on using this machine commercially. 

Hobart has long been known for making some of the highest quality commercial food technology in the industry. Their business name continues to get incredible feedback from companies around the globe. One of the amazon customers reviewed this product quite accurately:

"It works perfectly, you get what you pay for."

An expensive product no doubt, but a product that will continue to provide quality cuts for years down the line. Keep in mind, I've been reassured that the warranty only covers the product for commercial use, not residential.

    


10) Hobart HS9N-1 Heavy Duty Commercial Food Slicer (Automatic)

  • Cost: $$$$$$$$$$
  • Warranty: Unknown
  • # Reviews: None on Amazon, very few on other sites

Dimensions

  •  142 Lbs
  • Dimensions: 30.3" x 24.6" x 27.2"

Features

  • Belt Driven
  • 30 Second Shut-off
  • 0-9/16" Thick Cuts
  • Anodized Aluminum Base
  • Top Mounted Borazon Stone Sharpener
  • 4-Speeds

Common Positive
Customer Responses

  • Highest Quality
  • Extremely Reputable Company
  • Get what you pay for

Common Negative
Customer Responses

  • Very Expensive
  • Warranty ONLY covers commercial use

Summary:

Again, Hobart is an extremely well known company that has continually proven to make versatile, quality products.

This is essentially the bigger, heavier, automatic version of the Hobart model above, with a few minor adjustments. Here's the spec sheet if you're interested.

If you're looking for a commercial meat slicer, I highly recommend you do some serious research. Avantco, Globe Chefmate, and Berkel are also great commercial meat slicer companies. 

    


11) Weston 07-3801-W-A Manual Jerky Slicer

  • Cost: $$
  • Warranty: Unknown
  • # Reviews: Over 900 Amazon Reviews

Dimensions

  •  9.3 Lbs
  • Dimensions: 6 x 13 x 17.8 inches

Features

  • Cuts meat up to 1.25" thick and 5" Wide
  • 32 Stainless Steel Blades
  • Stainless Steel Combs to Prevent Jamming
  • C-Clamp up to 2" wideness
  • Aluminum Body
  • Cuts meat into 15 1/4" thick strips at once.

Common Positive
Customer Responses

  • High ratings with a lot of reviews
  • Easy to Pull Apart and Clean
  • Heavy Duty and Well-Made
  • Cuts Prep Time in Half
  • Makes Meat Very Tender

Common Negative
Customer Responses

  • Warranty nowhere to be found
  • Difficulty with the Screws
  • Meat can get stuck to Blades (have to fish them out)
  • Better at cutting 3/4" meat than 1 1/4"

Summary:

If you're looking for a meat slicer that cuts meat specifically for jerky, stew and stir fry, I highly recommend the Weston Manual Jerky Slicer.

With over 900 amazon reviews, this jerky meat slicer has maintained a 4.5 star rating (as of 4/2/2020). This is pretty outstanding considering the vast number of critics we have on the web. Definitely do your research, but customers were overall very pleased with the quality of this product. 

Just take into consideration what you plan on using this meat slicer for. With this weston jerky slicer, your options will be limited to meat cuts that are pretty thin. If you want more versatility, you're better off going with one of the other meat slicers on our list. That way you can have all the meat slicing options (including jerky slicing).    

Frequently Asked Questions


-Should I Go Cheap or Expensive?

It's always better to go a little more expensive if you're going for versatility and longevity. There weren't always times where you could buy a meat slicer for under a thousand dollars. Just remember to justify the price with what the slicer will offer you. 

-Will a Meat Slicer Cut Frozen Meat?

Frozen meat can be extremely tough on the blade. A lot of manufacturers claim their product can slice through frozen meat, but this can't be good for the meat slicer long term. Let the frozen meat thaw (wait until it is no longer an ice brick) and then cut. Your cuts will be better and your meat slicer will last longer. 

-How do you Slice Meat Super Thin?

Put your meat in the freezer for a few hours ahead of time. When you take it out, the meat should be able to slightly bend, but not fold like it usually does. Cut the meat into the desired thickness. This method works extremely well for red meat.  

-How Do I Clean a Meat Slicer?

Unfortunately, no two meat slicer cleaning techniques are alike. Each requires its own steps. I highly recommend seeking out the owners manual and validating the cleanup procedure with youtube videos. 

-Can a Meat Slicer Cut Through Bone?

No, get a bone saw. 

-How Often should I Clean my Meat Slicer?

Clean thoroughly after each use. The FDA recommends food surfaces be cleaned every 4 hours. 

-Will a Meat Slicer Cut Cheese?

You bet it will. Most meat slicers will slice just about anything your knife will. This includes veggies, fruits, bread, etc.

In Conclusion


Having a quality meat slicer in your arsenal gives you options in the kitchen. It is the ultimate instrument to make the monotony of cutting less of a chore. I hope this guide was helpful. My goal is to expedite the research process by giving you the best of the best at face value. 

But the rest is up to you. I highly suggest you do your own research to find the perfect model for you.

Cheers,

Michael

Founder of Robust Kitchen


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Michael spends his days eating, drinking and studying the fascinating world of food. He received his Bachelors Degree in Food Science and Technology at the University of California, Davis and spent much of his time at the school brewery. While school proved to be an invaluable experience, his true passion lies in exposing the hidden crannies of food for the cooking laymen.

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