Just What We Needed Dept: we were wrong about the Hutzler Banana Slicer

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Readers sometimes complain that we don't ever admit that we made a mistake. It's not true; I am going to do so now. Last year I was dismissive of the Hutzler banana slicer, calling it the kind of useless junk that fills our drawers and bloats our kitchens. But in this new world of social media and crowdsourcing opinions, you have to consider what the public says, and the reviews on Amazon are a powerful influence on people. Guy Kawasaki notes that he has rarely seen such awesome reviews of a product. A few samples:

For decades I have been trying to come up with an ideal way to slice a banana. "Use a knife!" they say. Well...my parole officer won't allow me to be around knives. "Shoot it with a gun!" Background check...HELLO! I had to resort to carefully attempt to slice those bananas with my bare hands. 99.9% of the time, I would get so frustrated that I just ended up squishing the fruit in my hands and throwing it against the wall in anger. Then, after a fit of banana-induced rage, my parole officer introduced me to this kitchen marvel and my life was changed.

Others point out that it needs to come in a left handed model.

I tried the banana slicer and found it unacceptable. As shown in the picture, the slices is curved from left to right. All of my bananas are bent the other way.

There is also the social cost, a big concern on TreeHugger.

I think we can all agree that this invention has turned the banana slicing industry on its head. Sure it is very convenient. But at what cost? What of all the workers that have clearly been displaced by this fruit processing technology? Where must those thousands of workers go now to earn a living?

Others should read instructions more carefully.

This is a banana slicer? Banana slicer?!! Really? I never read that part. Oh well, they'll be taking the stitches out soon......

But the consensus is that this is just about the greatest product ever invented. Clearly I did not know what I was talking about. Mea culpa. Read all 3,713 reviews at Amazon.

Tags: Humor | Kitchens