Since every sector requires specific machines, it’s not possible to declare one as the absolute best professional meat slicer. However, we can examine how different models meet the various needs of grocery stores, supermarkets, delicatessens, hotels, bars and the food service industry.
That’s not to say that there aren’t any versatile slicers capable of slicing fresh meats, cured meats, cheeses and vegetables with excellent precision and without generating product waste.
The Smarty 250 IX, the best versatile meat slicer for the food service industry
The compact and versatile 250 IX Smarty is an inclined meat slicer that provides excellent results for all types of products, guaranteeing perfect cuts and reduced operator fatigue.
Thanks to its versatility, it’s particularly well-suited to the food service industry, where a wide variety of small products need to be sliced every day.
This machine features a built-in sharpener, a folding tray for quickly cleaning the machine after use, and various removable parts to facilitate thorough washing operations. Specifications:
- blade diameter: 9-13/16 in.
- blade speed: 286 rpm
- dimensions: 20-7/8 x 17-1/2 x 16-5/16 in.
The best professional meat slicer for cured prosciutto fiocco or boneless prosciutto
Certain types of cured meats, such as cured prosciutto, require special professional meat slicers that are capable of holding large pieces of meat. The Kolossal model 300 VK BV, for example, is equipped with a product locking mechanism and a tilting and specially-shaped pusher, which adapts to the shape of the product to ensure a precise and uniform cut.
This meat slicer is equipped with a gear transmission, and has the following specifications:
- blade diameter: 11-3/16 in.
- blade speed: 200 rpm
- dimensions: 28-3/8 x 24-11/16 x 20-1/4 in.
The same product locking mechanism is also found on the 350 VK BV and 370 VK BV models, which are designed for larger cuts of cured meats, such as whole cured prosciutto.
The best professional meat slicer
For small-sized meats, a slicer to be evaluated is undoubtedly the 300 VK VE, equipped with:
- 300 mm diameter blade 300 mm
- blade speed: 200 rpm
- dimensions: 680 x 597 x 515 mm
The 350 VK TC Dual model, which is widely used by butchers’ shops and supermarkets for slicing fresh meats, is certainly among the best professional meat slicers available: in fact, the support device is even designed to cut extremely thin slices, without generating product waste. It can be requested with a built-in or separate sharpener, and with belt or gear transmission, depending on the requirements.
- blade diameter: 13-3/4 in.
- blade speed: 230 rpm (belt) or 200 rpm (gear)
- dimensions: 32-1/8 x 28-3/4 x 22 in
Another element to be taken into consideration when choosing the best professional meat slicer for your needs is whether you require an automatic or electric machine.
Meat slicers for small shops
Electric meat slicers are powered by belt or gear motors. In both cases, they require an operator to move the piece holder upon which the product to be sliced is placed, while the electricity controls the blade’s rotation. The motor must naturally be powerful, and must allow for the machine’s continuous used without overheating.
The best for large retailers
Large supermarkets need to slice large quantities of product in the shortest possible time frames, and with minimal effort on the part of the operator. In this case, the best choice is a professional meat slicer like the 330 IK model, which is specifically designed for serial operation, such as the repetition of the same number of slices with the same type of product.
Meat slicer specifications:
- blade diameter: 13 in.
- blade speed: 200 rpm (gear transmission)
- dimensions: 29-7/8 x 23-5/16 x 30-7/8 in.
Choose your professional meat slicer from among those offered by Manconi