I love this slicer so much, I bought one as a gift for my mom. It's not as expensive as a professional mandoline slicer and you get the same effect: Perfect, thin slices. Great for apples and potatoes au gratin. My brother loves taffy apples, so I slice up the apple, pour caramel over it, and whipped cream-it's delicious! Potato dishes turn out fabulous. The handguard works so well--you can pretty much use every portion of whatever you are slicing. It's also easy to wash, easy to store. I love the look of it. WARNING: If you need thick slices, this product will not help you.