Veggie peelers, sometimes called potato peelers or apple peelers, come in two primary styles. Traditional vegetable peelers are straight, with the blade extending out from a cylindrical handle. Some straight peelers have fixed blades, while others are designed to swivel as you work your way around a piece of produce. Y-shaped peelers, on the other hand, have a blade suspended between two arms that branch out from a handle (they look a little like a sling shot). Both types of peelers typically have flat blades, although some models have serrated blades, which experts recommend for peeling tomatoes, peaches or other delicate fruit.
Both conventional and Y-shaped veggie peelers will get the job done, reviewers say, although editors at MarthaStewart.com say it may be wise to invest in both types, because a straight peeler's "thin blade will remove as little of the surface as possible," while a Y-shaped peeler is better at peeling thick-skinned produce and creating ribbons of cucumber or zucchini. Both types of vegetable peelers can be used by right- and left-handed people, though some lefties say they struggle with straight peelers. Y-shaped peelers, some of which have wide handles, may be easier for those with arthritis to grip. Unlike knives, veggie peelers cannot be sharpened, although some pricier models have replaceable blades.
Experts suggest looking for the following features when choosing a veggie peeler: