I have a Chefs Choice and like many others on this forum, I have found it to be be very reliable and it does a nice job in the kitchen as long as you do not have expectations that it will perform as well as a 12 inch commercial slicer. WOOT often has the Chefs Choice slicer on sale at a ridiculously low price but they sell out in hours, if not minutes.
Just to add to your enjoyment, Kitchener has a slicer. Now, a lot of folks here have and enjoy the Kitchener grinder and I cannot remember any complaints. Here is their 9 inch, 200 watt belt driven slicer; maybe some folks can comment on it if they have one. You can check the Kitchener site for more details.
Yeah picking a slicer took a little bit of research for me as well.
To me it all comes down to 4 factors:
1. Does it do the job of slicing well
2. Is it easy to clean (seriously do not down play on this factor)
3. Does it fit the budget
4. Size/weight - can I move it and store it well enough or is it a beast
I know the Chef's Choice is good on 1,2, and 4 here and it's not a total wallet killer.
The Nesco slicer seems to hit on 1,3, and 4. I don't know about#2 because I don't own one but I'm sure some owners here can attest to how easy/difficult it is to clean.
Good choice. Check woot daily, ridiculously low pricing when they have it. Just the other day, they were selling open boxes for $79.99. Amazon has the slicer plus the smooth blade and 2 tube of lubricant for $209 and free shipping with prime; Pleasant Hill Grain has the slicer for $159.99 and the smooth blade for $29.99 and free shipping. No lube. Good Luck and enjoy!
I gave the wife the 615A Chefs Choice and non serrated blade to get me for Christmas... with the caveat that I can have it by thanksgiving to slice the smoked turkey breasts I am making. I see no need to wait till 12.25.