Want to stop smashing your beautiful sourdough when it’s time to serve it up? Get a bread slicer for home use and you’ll have evenly cut pieces each and every time.
There are a number of choices available to you including the standard kind of machine that bakeries use, an electric knife with a serrated blade, or cutting guides that make sure every piece is of the same thickness.
When I was in high school, I worked in a bakery and was responsible for slicing and bagging the bread with a slicing machine each afternoon. These things are FAST. They can also handle a variety of foods. Cook a whole roast at home and then slice up some at a very thin level for sandwich meat and then slice thicker pieces to be used for dinners.
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But how do you decide whether to go with a manual guide, an electric knife or a slicing machine? First, figure out all the foods you need to be able to slice with this one tool. Keep in mind that the manual options handle bread but not much else. An electric knife will handle bread and is great for carving meat off the bone. A slicing machine can’t really help you carve a turkey at Thanksgiving but it will handle almost everything else.
Bread Slicer Guides for Your Kitchen
A slicer guide has slots on each side of a cutting board to help you place your bread knife and slice bread evenly. They’re easy to use and an inexpensive solution for your kitchen. Some are adjustable so you can fit even large, round specialty breads.
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Of course, if all you really want to do is slice your morning bagel with less mess, then buy a handy bagel slicer. They do one at a time but they’re about as simple as you can get.
The Bread Pal Manual Bread Slicer
The Bread Pal Bread Slicer
The Original Foldable Slicer
Sanitary – made of hardwoods – 2 thicknesses
The Bread Pal folds up so it doesn’t take a lot of space and is made of hardwood so it’s very sturdy. Your regular serrated knife just needs to be long enough to reach through the slots on each side. It’s highly rated by consumers and easy to use.
Electric Cutting Knives with Serrated Edges for Bread
Bread Slicing Machines for Home Use
EdgeCraft Chef’s Choice 610
- 7 inch, stainless steel serrated blade
- Can be set to a maximum thickness of 3/4″
- On/off switch for automatic slicing
- Safety features
- Smooth cuts
- Easy to clean
This model has topped the best selling lists for several years for a variety of reasons one of which is it’s reasonable price. It also has a relatively small footprint – 15 x 11 x 11
– and weighs only 10 pounds.
An important feature to understand before selecting a slicing machine is how thin or thick you can cut food and, when it comes to bread, having a large maximum slice thickness is best. In the under $200 range Chef’s Choice has several models that offer the largest thickness setting at 3/4″ including this one.
To put that into perspective, a slice of Oroweat’s quality sandwich bread is just a hair under 1/2″ so the 910 will cut bread up to 1/4″ larger.
The blade handles soft and hard crust breads with ease so if you make lots of artisan breads or like to buy them locally and slice them at home this will do just fine.
The 610 is more expensive than the 609 (the older model). The main differences are that the 610 has fewer plastic parts than the 609, has a flat base instead of the open space underneath the 609 and weighs 2 pounds more. Everything else – including the size of the food carriage – is the same.
Chef’s Choice 615 Slicer
- 7″ Stainless steel, serrated cutting blade
- Good sized food carriage will hold a loaf of bread
- Nice, even cuts
- Strong food pusher
- Up to 3/4″ thickness setting
- All parts remove easily for thorough cleaning
The only advantage of this model over the one above is the extra power from the motor so that’s really what you’re paying for with the price difference. That extra power isn’t going to make a big difference when it comes to cutting bread so this model is a better choice if you are also going to be slicing lots of meat and dense vegetables.
There is a non-serrated blade that can be purchased separately.
Best Bread Slicer Under $100
- Cast aluminum frame yet still lightweight at only 8 pounds
- Same size food carriage as the previous two models
- 7″ Stainless steel, serrated, removable blade
- Cuts up to 3/4″ slices
- Works great on hard and soft breads
The 609 is the older model of the 610 but it’s lower price keeps it one of the top rated choices for those who want an automatic bread slicer. It will cut as thick as the two models mentioned above, will hold the same size loaves, and cuts as nicely.
When comparing this to the other two models you’re going to save about $20-30 and in exchange you’ll have slightly more plastic parts than the 610 and less power than the 615 but if you’re only cutting bread you’re not going to notice the power difference.
The concern you might have with the added plastic is whether or not this slicer will hold up over time but after hundreds of reviews online from other consumers and several years on the market that does not seem to be a problem for this model.
None of these 3 slicers will feed bread into a bag. For that you’d need a different style and those often cost a lot more.