I use this product to slice bread. The plastic guide that is supposed to guide the slice of bread off the blade keeps bending back so that the bread slice gets mangled. This is a very poor design.
Impressive safety aspect
I’ve upgraded to the Sunbeam Cafe Series and am quite happy with the unit so far. Yes, there are some good and bad points too, yet on must remember this isn’t an industrial slicer as we see in Delis.
I have used to slice premium cheese to perfect thin slices. You are able to adjust the thickness to your preference. Personally, I haven’t sliced meat as yet, but if not pushing too much pressure whilst trying to slice, there shouldn’t be an issue. I have seen where people use pressure to use slicers, there is no need to use excess force. In cleani...
Purchased in July 2020 at Harvey Norman for $190.00.
meat rest does not line up parallel to cutting blade when in use simply applying pressure to product being cut pushes resting wall unevenly away from blade resulting in poorly cut product thickneser adjustment does not help. One good point about product is it grips the benchtop very well will not slide
Purchased in February 2020 at The Good Guys for $199.00.
hard to wash
The machine itself is ok, i used it to slice beef. It can only slice room temp beef, if I use frozen beef, it wont slice properly.
it gets messy, fluid from the meat drops eveywhere
I got quite nervous seeing the blade lol. But the machine has 2step safety so it blade wont run unless u press both buttons simultaneously. But again, even if you want to clean it or put it around somewhere, you don't want to see the blade in front of your eyes, really need to be careful with this machine around.
worst part: cleaning. the materials are mostly plast...ic, so good luck cleaning the fat from the beef, it took me 40 min to clean everything properly (still fatty and greasy on some parts) and u can't use dishwasher either. idea wise is good, but implementation wise this product can improve way better. Use stainless steel instead of plastic! for that price point they could afford to use stainless or aluminium. not plastic. verdict: it is ok if you gonna slice 3 -4 kg beef, worth the effort to set up, clean and put it back. but if you only slice 500gram, it is such a waste of time. (although I must admit that I can't slice manually, better than this machine does).
Purchased in May 2018.
The machine can’t be pulled apart to clean it. So the food stucked everywhere. Therefore it’s not very hygienic. Not very happy customer.
I purchased this slicer one year ago. I have only recently started to use it. Simple to clean, in fact so easy it is ridiculous. Slices well (meats, cheese, vegetables, bread). Great product and easy to use.
Sunbeam - poor design, badly executed.
This product is near impossible to clean, the instruction booklet (and the online version) are different from the machine, and the slicing guide has to be set on at least 3mm before it can slice at all.
This is rubbish
The cog which is attached to the blade does not have to wear much to render the machine useless. I could keep replacing the blade at $50 per time but with two gone in a short time of normal domestic use I won't bother. Each blade lasted less than a year per blade.
A professionally designed and made machine
We purchased our first Sunbeam slicer in 2001 and have been cutting our home-baked bread regularly since.
We have never had a problem with it or have had to replace any working parts.
We bought a Eurochef brand on eBay as a back-up, but it failed at first attempt because the belt drive was obviously too slack and no adjustment possible.
so returned it for credit.
We just purchased the latest model E9600 and tried it out today. Wow like a hot knife through butter!
It is a professionally designed and made machine so smooth and quiet and now ...
Having been GIVEN a machine because "it's stripped it's second cutter-gear," I ordered a new blade/gear, and while waiting for the part to arrive, did some careful inspecting and thinking.....I'm a retired farmer, and have had to repair many and varied machines over the years. Now, the problem is that the plastic flanged retaining nut for the blade is not long enough to bottom in it's hole (poor design or manufacturing mistake!), consequently when it's tightened to a reasonable tension, the subsequent rotation of the blade causes it to further ...turn and overtighten to the point of labouring the motor, lowering the revs markedly, and obviously causing great stress through the whole drivetrain! I started to add small spacer washers to the bottom of the threaded hole, and ended up with four- five allowed the blade to remain slightly loose. (this would prevent the drive gear teeth from meshing fully!) A correct thickness spacer, "4 1/2 washers" ?? thick would obviously be ideal. A small amount of Canola cooking oil under the nut's flange as lubrication can only help, too. (lubrication, including boring and cutting tools is the best use I've found for the aforementioned oil!) Obviously I can't prove a long term outcome for this, but I'm quite convinced it is THE permanent fix for this problem!
Needs more robust gears
The most important part of the machine the gears, these are made of plastic, which is hopeless, considering the rest of the machine is die cast metal. This is a like a miss representation of its robustness. I hate products that I am always having to replace the parts for at a price of $50 a pop.
poor cogweel design / material
With the good reviews of the slicer I had bought it in 2008. I had expected a reliable machine. We own a similar machine from another manufacturer overseas and had no problems whatsoever over decades. Still the same machine and working great in a multi-person house hold. We really used it for anything from bread, meat and cheese. For the Sunbeam cafe series slicer I have now the third set of cogweels and blade installed. Unfortunately it starts making the same unhealthy noises when slicing cheese. I am only waiting for the day coming soon again until it does not even cut crusted bread anymore.
Once you got in the habit of using a food slicer you do not want to miss it any more.
Unacceptibale wear of the cogweels.
Even easy food slicing
Decided to buy an Electric food slice due to problems with hands and being able to cut fine or straight, it is a very solid cafe quality unit, very sharp able to cut all types of foods, have used on meat, bread tomatoes especially good slicing Pepperone for my pizzas, its especially good slicing bread to a fine thickness
Fast, sharp, solid build, easy to use, reasonable price good replacement warranty
Cant get the blade sharpened
I bought my food slicer several years ago and have found it to be OK for slicing meats such as Spanish Jamon, salami, etc. It takes some getting used to placing the meat so that it cuts right through and does not leave bits hanging off the bottom or getting stuck on the blade. The biggest problem I have is getting the blade sharpened. It is almost useless now that it is several years old.
Does the job - once you get the hang of it.
Absolutely no instructions on getting the blade sharpened. Almost useless after a couple of years of average use.
overall a great product to have at home, its easy to use, has a safety holder that you put the food in so you dont slice your hands, stays on the bench and doesnt move as the suction cups keep it in place
this slicer looks great, slices very well as thin or as thick as you like, is very easy to use, isnt too loud, is not too heavy however does take up a bit of room but its ok, fast to use, has a safety switch with is important, is very sharp so everything is sliced with ease
there is nothing i dislike about the slicer
I expected more from it.
I purchased this to cut extremely thin slices of Steak & chicken for stir fries. It is abysmal for that purpose.
Unfortunately the gap between the meat support & the blade is too large. The slices do not go thru completely & the steak all gets stuck, half sliced underneath somewhere. Pity as they could easily tweak the design to fix that issue.
It does work great if the meat is slightly frozen. but tricky to get the level of frozen just right.
To be fair this was designed for cold meats. It does that job very well. But so does a sharp knife...
Questions & Answers
hi, what is the white grease like substance behind the blade, do I wash it off before use, or leave it, is it safe?
i think it is grease so the blade can spin properly and not overheating the motor, that is my guess but I am not a manual-reader-type-of-user lol. Too bad I don't have that grease paste to replace the existing one so whenever I wash it I try my best to leave the grease alone
Thanx so much, I was worried about ingesting it :(
How do remove the plastic cog that the blade works against? I have removed the grey casing but cannot get the old one off.
Hi Vanessa, if it is the part I think it is I use a coin. I hope that helps.
No it’s further on, once you remove the blade, you remove the grey casing which in turn exposes the plastic wheel/cog that the slicing blade connects with!
Thank you for contacting Sunbeam. So sorry , removing the blade is the farthest to go with this unit.
Kind Regards, Sunbeam
(thick and thin with a 0-23 mm variable slicing dial)
is it possible to cut 0.07mm for shabu shabu asian meat. paper thin?
Thank you for your query. The ES9600 cannot be adjusted to that low.
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