When I first saw a mandoline slicer, I thought it looked SO cool. It was probably on a late-night infomercial, and I was dying to try one. When I saw this Cuisinart mandoline while creating my wedding registry, I couldn't resist adding it, picturing myself slicing mounds of perfect tomatoes in seconds like the cool chefs on TV. My reality with the Cuisinart Mandoline has been a bit different. I just don't like using it. It's a big hassle to pull out and use and then clean. I find that I prefer to slice things just using a knife. Perhaps my slices aren't as perfect as with a mandoline, but they're just fine, and it's SO much easier. A mandoline just isn't worth the bother for me. Plus, even though I've only used the Cuisinart Mandoline a few times and I swear the blade has become dull already. Ease of Cleaning It's not like the Cuisinart Mandoline is all that hard to clean, but it's definitely a bit of a hassle, especially because it is large and bulky. I've found that it's simply a lot easier just to use and clean a knife instead. Durability I guess the Cuisinart Mandoline has been somewhat durable;it hasn't really broken or anything. However, that might be because I've barely bothered to use it. I will say that I think the blade has gotten dull after only a few uses. Design I find the Cuisinart Mandoline rather bulky. It takes up quite a bit of space sitting in my cabinet.