“Super machines.”

“Wow. Such precision.”

“It works perfectly.”

These are just a few of the reviews we’ve received on our Amazon store for our commercial slicers.

To enable you to be satisfied, we’ve put together this buying guide (See all our buying guides). With an explanation of the main types of slicers, common features, and accessories available, we’re aware we may not have answered every question. If you need more information before choosing a model or brand, please reach out. You can contact us via email, phone, or any of our social pages.

Types of Commercial Slicers

There are three basic types of slicers: Entry Level, Mid-Tier, and Premium.

Entry Level

While the most affordable option, entry-level machines are not designed for heavy use. They can be used for 1 to 2 hours a day at most. This is, in part, because of their 1/16 to 1/3 horsepower - They lack the necessary power to push through extensive use.

Another design feature that makes them the most economical option is their aluminum construction. Less durable than stainless steel, the aluminum build makes them lightweight. They have 9” to 12” blades. The material used to make the blade depends on the brand and model.

It is important to note that entry-level, economy slicers are manually operated. This requires an employee to remain by the machine, operating the slicer by hand. While this is quicker and safer than cutting products with a knife, it will still require an employees’ attention and care. This is another reason that it should not be expected to accomplish more than 1-2 hours of slicing per day.

They are best used for slicing vegetables and meat. It is not recommended for cheese or frozen products. They will tear up your machine.


Costing more than an entry-level slicer, you can expect more endurance and convenience features from a mid-tier commercial slicer. It is designed for slicing vegetables and meat. It can occasionally be used for cheese. With a 1/3 to ½ horsepower, they withstand use for a few hours a day.

Vollrath Slicer

(Image via Vollrath)

Their build and blade construction depends on model and brand. Blades are 10” to 14”. Twelve-inch blades are the most popular of all commercial slicers.


Premium slicers are almost always built with stainless steel. Many have stainless steel blades which are more durable, resists corrosion, and holds up even after slicing acidic foods. Some blades are made of chrome or special steel alloys mixed by manufacturers.

Globe Slicer

(Image via Globe Food Equipment Co.)

Blades are 13” and they have ½ horsepower. These features make them the perfect solution for businesses that require continuous use. They are adaptable, cutting cheese, meat, or vegetables. Unlike the other slicers, premium machines can be used on frozen products.

Both mid-tier and premium models can be purchased as manual or automatic.

Manual or Automatic

By manual or automatic, we mean how the machine is operated. Manual machines require an employee to be present to operate the machine. Automatic machines can be turned on and left to slice products by themselves. This saves employees time and energy.

Belt vs. Gear Driven

Another feature that will impact your slicers' endurance is if they are belt or gear-driven. Belt-driven machines are less expensive, but not as durable. Gear-driven machines are more durable but harder to repair. With these pros and cons in mind, you can more accurately gauge what your particular business requires.


Commercial slicers have accessories available that can be added to your purchase with an upcharge.

They include:

  1. Removable Knife – switchable blades
  2. Removable Carriage – protects the machine and employees while the slicer is not being used
  3. Frozen Slicer – designed specifically for frozen items
  4. Stainless Steel Knife – some brands offer the extra durability as an upcharge. Please note that some brands and models automatically come with a stainless-steel blade
  5. Meat Room Package – packaging for processing meat
  6. Vegetable Hopper – permits operators to feed the slicer fruits and vegetables more safely
  7. Slaw Tray – Collects sliced vegetables

Specialty Slicers

Specialty Slicer

(Image via Globe Food Equipment Co.)

We would be remiss not to mention specialty slicers. The most unique of all the slicers available, they produce paper-thin slices. They are ideal for bistros and delis, perfectly slicing prosciutto and other deli meats.

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