The beginnings: From knife cleaning to food slicer. Franz Ritter founded ritterwerk in 1905 in what is now the Pasing district of Munich and initially produced knife cleaning machines. After the introduction of stainless steel, he developed one of the first domestic bread slicers in the world, the “B 50”, about 30 years later. In 1968, the first electric multi-slicer followed from ritter. In the years to come, ritterwerk advanced to become a specialist for "multi slicers”. From perfect slices of freshly baked buns and bread to wafer-thinly sliced ham: Food slicers have been the core product of the traditional German manufacturer for more than half a century. Within the categories "premium", "comfort", and "economy", ritterwerk offers a wide range of these practical kitchen aids, and in various price ranges. ritter mainly focuses on high quality workmanship and functionality, a high degree of slicing performance and, of course, timeless design. And with great success, as this combination does not only seem to convince customers: Numerous food slicers by ritter have already been awarded for their conception and performance.
- Quality product made in Germany
- Quick and easy removable circular blades
- Powerful eco motor
- High quality materials and workmanship
- Long service life
- Functional design
A food slicer – it initially sounds self-explanatory. Our experiences have shown, however, that this appliance is associated with a certain need for information. In the following, we have therefore compiled everything that you need to know about the food slicer.
Which food slicer, and for whom? Whether it is bread or ham, student or family, or you're right- or left-handed: Those who want to buy a food slicer are spoilt for choice. The offering is huge, and can sometimes be confusing. It is worth thinking in advance about what the food slicer is likely to be used for and how often, however. And that is exactly why we are taking this opportunity to explain the different designs of food slicer we offer.
Electrical food slicers with a straight and/or flat contact surface often save a couple of centimetres of space when the kitchen isn't so big. It is also a matter of personal preference as to whether you want to push the food for slicing towards the blade on a straight or an inclined contact surface.
Due to the inclined position, the product slides continuously and independently without having to be pushed to the circular blade. Thus allows a perfect slicing position, making slicing possible without any major effort.
On the one hand, a food slicer with a freestanding design allows ready-to-eat slicing on a serving dish or a dinner plate, and it is convenient and easy to clean on the other.
With foldable food slicers, the focus is clearly on functionality since the device can be folded up to save space after use. Folded, the food slicers are max. 10,5 cm wide and can be stored in the cupboard – practical and space-saving. Foldable devices are thus the perfect food slicers when there's not much space available in the kitchen. The patented, divisible carriage makes sure that the food slicers are always complete, even when folded.
In contrast to food slicers with a right-handed slicing guidance, food slicers with a left-handed slicing guidance use the left hand to guide the food. This is an advantage not only - but especially for left-handers. Nevertheless, food slicers with left-handed slicing guidance are not only food slicers for left-handers. Although it is practical for them to retain their usual hand grips, these food slicers are of course also suitable for right-handers.
The hand-operated food slicers are operated manually by a smooth-running crank and therefore do not require any electricity at all. The hand-operated food slicers brings low-maintenance, economical cutting experiences into the kitchen.
Food slicers with left-handed product guide are especially - but not only - advantageous for left-handers, because with these machines the product is guided to the knife with the left hand. This is different from bread machines with right-sided product guidance, because here the product is pushed with the right hand. For this reason, however, bread machines with left-handed food guidance are not only food slicers for left-handers, even if it is practical to retain the familiar hand grips. The left-hand food guide is of course also suitable for right-handers.
if DESIGN AWARD - amano5
The hand-operated food slicer amano5 has received the iF Design Award 2021 on the basis of the points it has scored in the categories of idea, form, function, unique selling proposition and relevance. The amano5 was able to prevail and is thus one of the deserving prize winners - because only the most innovative and best are admitted to the international ranks of iF prize winners
reddot - manus3
The Red Dot Design Award stands for high design quality and is considered a seal of quality. In 2021, the manus3 hand-operated food slicer won out over products from around 60 other countries.
reddot - contura3
The red dot award is an internationally recognised seal of quality for high design quality. The design competition has already existed since 1954. An international jury only awards the coveted prize to products that clearly stand out from comparable products due to their outstanding design. In 2008 the electrical food-slicer contura3 received this renowned reward.
Deutscher Designpreis - contura3
The Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland is the highest official award for design. This award has been offered since 1969 and is conferred annually by the Federal Minister of Economics and Technology. In 2009 the electrical food slicer contura3 was nominated in the "Product Design" category.
if DESIGN AWARD - icaro7
For over 60 years, the iF DESIGN AWARD has been recognized the world over as a label of design excellence. With its superior design the full metal slicer icaro7 has won the iF DESIGN AWARD 2015.
reddot - sono5
With its outstanding design the stylish full metal slicer sono5 has won the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2015. There were totally 4.928 entries from 56 countries this year. “Red Dot” is awarded by an international team of experts and is a seal of quality recognized worldwide for outstanding design. The assessment criteria of the jury are amongst others functionality, durability, degree of innovation and ecological compatibility.
The slicing result highly depends on the polish, the shaping and the quality of the circular blade. Therefore, ritter does offer a variety of circular blades with different slicing features for perfect slicing.
The regular standard circular blade made of stainless steel is suited for every-day use. The serrated circular blade is well suited for all kinds of slicing. Both hard and soft food may be cut into appetizing slices.
The regular standard circular blade made of stainless steel is suited for every-day use. This smooth ham- and sausage circular blade does evenly cut off thin slices from soft food in particular.
The serrated circular blade made of stainless steel has been polished electrolytically by a special procedure, resulting in an extremely smooth surface and even slicing edge. The blade may be cleaned more easily. And in addition, the blade gains an elegant look of high polish.
The regular standard blade made of stainless steel is suited for every-day use. The serrated circular blade is well suited for all kinds of slicing. Both hard and soft food may be cut into appetizing slices.
The smooth ham- and sausage circular blade made of stainless steel has been polished electrolytically by a special procedure, resulting in an extremely smooth surface and even slicing edge. The blade may be cleaned more easily. And in addition, the blade gains an elegant look of high polish.
This ham- and sausage circular blade does evenly cut off thin slices from soft food in particular. This blade is not suited for bakery products, especially bread.
The blade made of stainless steel has been refined with a non-sticking coating. The sticking of soft food, such as cheese, is being reduced by the non-stick method of the coating. That is why hard foods must not be cut using this blade, because the sensitive non-stick coating may be damaged.
When buying a (new) blade, you should make sure you choose the right colour of plastic gear wheel so that you don't accidently decide on a blade which doesn't match your food slicer.
Do you have any questions about our food slicers? Here are some frequently asked questions and the corresponding answers. If your question has not been included or still isn’t sufficiently clarified, we will be pleased to assist you.
What is a food slicer?
A food slicer can be used for much more than a simple bread machine, which was mainly used for slicing bread. With a food slicer, you can cut various foods from bread and sausage to cheese, fruit and vegetables into equally appetizing slices.
How does a food slicer work?
A food slicer is used to cut food. In order to do this, guide the food to be sliced against the circular blade while the appliance is running, but only with a slight advance and without much effort. Please refer to the operating manuals enclosed with the appliance for proper use.
Where can a food slicer be used?
A food slicer can be used wherever the aim is to cut continuous and even slices. Depending on the appliance, you will need an appropriate power supply. Use the food slicer only for your private household purposes and not commercially.
Which food slicer is the best?
Every food slicer has its own features and attributes. It all depends on what you require from a food slicer.
How can I clean the food slicer?
Clean the food slicer regularly to prevent the accumulation of food residue. The circular blade must also be cleaned regularly as described below to prevent its surface from rusting. Wipe down the housing and all removed parts, including the circular blade, with a damp cloth. Give all removed parts, including the circular blade, a thorough wash in warm soapy water. Grease the circular blade’s gear wheel with a little ritter maintenance grease alternatively with a little Vaseline.
Is it also possible to cut frozen meat with the food slicer?
Our appliances are not designed to cut frozen foods. Therefore, we strongly advise you not to cut frozen foods with one of our food slicers.
What material is the food slicer made from?
Depending on the model you have chosen, our food slicers consist of different parts that are made of steel, stainless steel, aluminium, high-quality plastic and moulded rubber parts. For detailed information on the materials, please refer to the product descriptions for the appliances.
How many rounds per minute can the food slicer blade achieve?
The speed of our electrical food slicers without electronic rpm adjustment amounts to approx. 70-90 rounds/minute. In the case of appliances with electronic rpm adjustment, the speed can be reduced and/or set individually.
Is it possible to sharpen the blade of the food slicer?
No, regrinding and/or sharpening the blades is not possible. The surfaces of the blades are hardened, which means regrinding and/or sharpening them wears down the hardened surface, and the blade becomes blunt more quickly.
Is it possible to replace the blade of the food slicer?
Yes, all the blades of our food slicers can be detached and replaced. Depending on the model, our appliances have different circular blade locks.
Bayonet quick-acting lock: Fold the blade catch upwards, turn it clockwise, and remove it. Take hold of the circular blade at its rotational centre and remove it.
Bayonet lock: Open the blade catch, by turning it in a clockwise direction. Remove the blade catch.
Screw cap: The screw cap is opened with a key located behind the blade cover.
Coin-operated closure: Put a coin (2-, 1- or 0.50 Euro coin) on the circular blade lock and turn it in the clockwise direction.
When buying a (new) blade, you should make sure you choose the right colour of plastic gear wheel so that you don't accidently decide on a blade which doesn't match your food slicer.
Can I detach the blade in order to clean it?
Every blade can be detached for easier and thorough cleaning. To find out how to open which lock, refer to “Is it possible to replace the blade of the food slicer?”
Do I still have to assemble my food slicer after buying it?
With some of our food slicers, it is necessary for you to add or insert a couple of components, such as the slicing carriage or the food collecting tray.
What kind of warranty do the food slicers have?
Every ritter appliance comes with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty, starting with the date of purchase and in accordance with the EU warranty directives.
During the period of warranty, we will rectify all faults which are proven to be attributable to manufacturing or material defects free of charge. It is up to us as to whether we replace the whole of the appliance or only improve parts of it.
Can bacon/cheese/sausage/hard, crusty bread also be sliced with the food slicer?
Yes, with the food slicer, you can slice both bacon as well as cheese, sausage, vegetables and bread.
Find out more about our different blades here.
Can I also buy a ham- and sausage blade for my food slicer?
A smooth ham- and sausage circular blade is available for every ritter food slicer.
Are the accessories of the food slicer suitable for the dishwasher?
We advise against putting any parts of your food slicer in the dishwasher. We recommend that you clean your food slicer as follows:
After each case of slicing: Wipe the housing down and all of the detachable parts, including the rotary blade, with a damp cloth.
From time to time: Clean all the detachable parts thoroughly, including the rotary blade, in warm washing up water. Clean the housing behind the blade with a dry cloth/brush. Please note: Do not use any abrasive cleaning products, sponges with rough surfaces or hard brushes.
Are our food slicers non-slip?
Our appliances are only non-slip as standard on smooth surfaces. Our appliances also equipped with rubber feet on their underside. To ensure a secure grip, the rubber feet have to be free from grease and crumbs. We therefore recommend cleaning the rubber feet regularly.
Why do nearly all the food slicers have the same blade diameter?
The standard diameter of 17 cm has proven to be effective for household use. If the diameter of the blade is bigger, it is necessary to comply with additional safety guidelines.
Will the blade from my old food slicer fit on my new appliance?
The shape of the old blade and the colour of the gear wheel have to match with the shape and colour of the new blade.
For how long does the blade remain sharp?
The length of time for which a blade remains sharp always depends on the respective food - whether it is mostly hard or mostly soft. The way in which the appliance is used to slice the food also effects the sharpness of the blade. Our blades are inductively hardened in the cutting area, and their service life is considerably higher in comparison with unhardened blades. The blades cannot be sharpened!
How much does a food slicer cost?
The prices vary according to the category of product. You can choose between the categories of premium, comfort, economy and manual household appliances.
How much electricity does a food slicer use?
We are unable to answer this question for certain, BUT the higher the power rating of the appliance (as shown on its type plate) and the longer it is used, the higher the power consumption. For a number of years, most of our electrical food slicers have been fitted with eco-motors, which are 20% more economical than the previous motors. Read more about this under “eco-motor”.
Can I really slice anything with a food slicer?
Our food slicers are only designed for food products such as bread, sausage, cheese, or fruit and vegetables. Exceptions: The food slicer must not be used to slice frozen food, bones, food with large cores, meat in netting or packaged food.
What is the advantage of a foldable food slicer?
This appliance can be folded up and put away easily after use. The food slicer also takes up little space on the worktop when in use. This means that a foldable food slicer is the perfect choice in kitchens that offer a limited amount of space.
Is the food slicer’s eco-motor sufficiently powerful?
We take “Eco” to mean a high performance with a low rate of power consumption.
Step-by-step, our food slicers shall be equipped with a new, ball-bearing ECO motor. This energy-saving motor does, compared to the previous model, offer higher energy efficiency due to 20 % less power consumption at 50 % more slicing performance.
What does momentary and continuous operation mean?
There are two operating modes available: Depending on the model, for short operation either the switch is pressed to position "II" or the slide button is pushed forward until it reaches the resistor. The circular blade runs as long as the switch/push button remains pressed in this position. For continuous operation, either press the switch to position "I" or push the slide button beyond the resistor until it engages. The circular blade runs in this operating mode without the switch/sliding button being held down until the switch/sliding button is moved back to the "0" position.
What do you have to look out for when buying a food slicer?
As different as the possible uses and purposes of a food slicer are, as much do the prices differ. The price at which a food slicer is sold depends largely on the material, quality of workmanship, additional features, equipment and last but not least on the location of production. In general, there are several points to consider before buying. Knives, cutting material slides and left-over holder should be removable for easy and thorough cleaning. A criterion can also be the setting for cutting thickness and the material used for the appliance. Food slicers offer differences when it comes to minimum and maximum cutting thicknesses. Anyone who wants to cut more than bread in the kitchen must be able to vary the cutting thickness accordingly and should use a full metal appliance. In addition to magazine test results, a look at the scope of delivery and additional accessories is also helpful. If different blades can be mounted, the food slicer becomes a true all-rounder.
What safety measures are there when working with a food slicer?
All ritter food slicers meet the necessary safety regulations for small electrical appliances and EU standards for cutting machines in the household sector. The VDE confirms this with its VDE/GS mark. For proper and safe use, please pay particular attention to the safety instructions in the user manual.
What are the advantages of a ritter food slicer?
What speaks in favour of an food slicer from ritterwerk is the high level of material fairness, which ensures a pleasant and problem-free slicing experience. The name ritterwerk stands for repairability and sustainability, as worn or defective parts can be replaced by the in-house customer service workshop, often decades after purchase. In addition, all devices are "made in Germany" and are manufactured from development to completion at the site in Gröbenzell near Munich.