Choosing the right electric slicer for your commercial kitchen starts with one question: Do you slice cheese?
Electric slicers are sorted into three categories: premium heavy duty, medium duty and economy. There are some variations among each model within these categories, but this is a good start to narrow down your choices.
Premium Heavy Duty Slicers
If you slice cheese more than four continuous hours each day, you need a premium heavy duty slicer. These top-of-the-line models are also recommended if you are slicing meat continuously all day, such as behind a supermarket deli counter. Premium slicers are built for continuous operation all day long, with a gear-driven blade rated for heavy duty work. They also feature stainless steel construction, which is ideal for sanitation. There are automatic and manual options, but keep in mind that even in automatic mode, the slicer should be monitored.
Another reason to opt for a premium heavy duty slicer is the precision slicing index. This indicates the performance of the blade over time, which is higher on a premium slicer. Precision slicing helps you maintain and control food costs over time.
On the other end of the workload spectrum, if you are only slicing meat for up to an hour each day, you may start by looking at economy slicers. These models are available at much lower price points, giving you the best bang for your buck. Cheese is tough on a slicer, so if it’s on your menu we recommend a medium or heavy duty slicer, depending how much you slice per day.
Medium Duty Slicers
And then, somewhere in between are the popular medium duty slicers. These slicers are built to accommodate from one to four hours of continuous sli
cing each day, depending on the model. The specifications for each model in this category will indicate how much cheese the slicer can handle on a daily basis.
Fun Fact: The no. 1 selling commercial slicer is this Globe Medium Duty 12″ Slicer.
Other Factors to Consider in a Slicer
This typically ranges from 8” on an economy slicer to 13” on a premium heavy duty slicer. 12” is the most commonly obtained size.
Why it Matters: Make sure the size of your blade accommodates the product you are slicing.
Hubert carries only the top trusted brands in the industry including Globe, Berkel and Vollrath. For example, Globe was voted FE&S 2015 Best in Class by Consultants for electric slicers.
Why it Matters: Trusted brands have an established reputation as well strong warranty programs.
Higher-end slicers will have more features that ensure operator safety, but most injuries actually occur during cleaning. Operators should consult the manual and establish firm procedures (such as wearing a cut glove) for routine cleaning.
Why it matters: Always use caution and follow manufacturer’s instructions to minimize the risk of injury when using a slicer.