A food & meat slicer is one of the handiest appliances in the kitchen. It offers the easiest way to make extra thin slices of various types of food, such as meats, bread, hard cheeses, fruits, and vegetables. It is also economical in the long run, as you save a lot of money buying bulk foods, as opposed to sliced foods from the grocery store.
In our head to head comparison, we feature two of the highest rated food slicers: the Gourmia GFS700 and the Cuisinart FS-75. Featuring durable stainless steel blades and high power performance, these two food slicers can work their way through any type of food. Although they are produced from different manufacturers, they are so similar that you may easily confuse one for another.
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The Gourmia GFS700 has a prime coated steel and die cast aluminum body, which is both durable and stylish. It is only composed of three main parts: the main body, the steel blade, and the sliding food carriage. It is therefore among the simplest food slicers to operate and maintain. Measuring just 9 x 14 x 11 inches and weighing only 1 pound, this device is both lightweight and compact and can comfortably fit anywhere in the kitchen. To prevent jerking and movements during operation, it has suction grip feet at the bottom.
The Cuisinart FS-75 also has the same design as the GFS700 with a premium coated steel and die-cast aluminum housing. It is also composed of three main parts, main body, steel blade, and a stainless steel food carriage. However, the FS-75 is far much heavier at 11 pounds and measures 11 x 18 x 11 inches. It also features non-slip feet at the bottom that allow stable operation.
Conclusion: Aside from size and weight, there isn’t much difference between the two food slicers. The Cuisinart FS-75 is ten times heavier than the Gourmia GFS700 and occupies a slightly larger footprint, but the difference is negligible. They both feature stylish and aesthetic stainless steel housings that are both durable and blend well with any type of kitchen décor.
Due to its lightweight, you may be tricked into believing that this machine is an average performer at best. However, the GFS700 performs beyond expectations. Driven by 180 watts of power, this device produces fast and reliable results. It has a 7.5” stainless steel serrated blade that cuts through all types of food with ease. Also, it has a thickness adjustment handle that allows you to select different slice thicknesses from super thin to 3/4” thick. With ETL certification, you can be rest assured that this device is safe, reliable and of the highest quality.
In most cases, heavier machines are usually more powerful than lighter ones, because of a larger motor. The FS-75 is the less powerful machine with a heavy-duty 130-watt motor despite being the heavier appliance. However, this does not deter it from performing at the same proficient level as the Gourmia GFS700. It also features a durable 7.5” stainless steel serrated blade and a slice control knob that adjusts from 1/32” to ½” slices of food.
Conclusion: The issue of power is not much of a concern, as both devices practically work in the same fashion. They both produce a wide range of slicing options. The Gourmia GFS700 goes a step further by including even larger slices of up to ¾” thick.
Ease of Use and Maintenance
The GFS700 does not require rocket science to operate it. To turn it on, you need to locate the On/Off switch that is located near the base. As soon as you turn it on, the sharp blade starts spinning. Behind the sliding food guide is a slice control knob that allows you to select the type of slice thickness you want. To slice the food, you have to load it on the sliding food carriage and hold it intact with the food holder. Now all you need to do is just slide the food carriage towards the blade, and it will slice through the food with the slices coming through on the other side of the blade.
Maintenance of this device is also a breeze. The blade and the foot holder are both removable, which allows for easy cleaning in soapy warm water. The other parts, sliding platform, sliding food guide, food shield and the whole housing require wiping with a soft damp cloth. It should be noted however that none of the parts are dishwasher safe. Aside from easy cleaning, this slicer has no serviceable parts, which means that you will not be required to make any servicing or replacements for as long as the device is running.
This slicer also requires a hands-on approach to operate it. It is operated in the same way as the Gourmia GFS700 and even features the same removable blade and food holder. The cleaning and maintenance requirements are also the same, and it even features the same non-dishwasher safe components. Although the sliding food carriage is permanently installed, it can be flipped on the side to allow easy cleaning of the housing.
Conclusion: Both devices require the same cleaning and maintenance practices. However, they are both metallic devices which means that they are susceptible to electrical faults when they are exposed to water while connected to a power source. Make sure therefore that the units are disconnected from a power source, before embarking on cleaning them. Also, be careful when handling either blade, as they are both very sharp.
Aside from a few minor differences, these two devices are similar. They both perform at the equal footing and are almost equally priced. You can never go wrong with either choice. They both receive our seal of approval, and they will give you value for your money. Good luck.
Gourmia GFS700 Professional Electric Power Food & Meat Slicer with Removable 7.5” Stainless steel Blade – Adjustable Knob for Thickness – Anti Slip Rubber Feet – 110/120V
Cuisinart FS-75 Kitchen Pro Food Slicer, Gray