Vegetable peelers are just the type of small kitchen gadgets that are easily lost, damaged or accidentally dropped down the garbage disposal. For that reason, it's nice to have a few on hand. The highly rated Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler, which usually comes in a set of three, has a Y-shaped, plastic handle that holds the blade in a horizontal position. Reviewers at Chow.com and SeriousEats.com say this style is easier to hold than a straight peeler and peels more precisely, which users with arthritis may appreciate. The Kuhn Rikon peeler is also better for creating ribbons of carrot or chocolate, users say. If you prefer a cushioned handle, the Oxo Good Grips Swivel Peeler (*Est. $8) is top-rated among straight peelers for its stainless-steel, swivel blade.
The blade on the Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler is made of carbon steel, rather than stainless steel. Although reviewers say it's sharp, owners warn that it will rust if placed in the dishwasher. The manufacturer recommends drying it immediately to prevent oxidation. This vegetable peeler has a plastic gouger at one end of the blade for conveniently removing potato eyes and blemishes on fruit. Available in an assortment of colors, this Y-peeler is most often sold in a three-pack.
We found no shortage of expert reviews of the Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler. Gourmet magazine includes it in their comprehensive review of 12 Y-shaped peelers. We also read recommendations at SeriousEats.com, a food enthusiast blog, and by culinary expert Scott Leibfried at Tibesti.com. We balanced expert opinions with owner-written reviews at Amazon.com and Cooking.com.
Editors at Gourmet magazine test 12 Y-shaped veggie peelers on potatoes, squash, eggplants, apples, lemons and tomatoes. They describe the lightweight Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler as "another darling of our test kitchen" and applaud its sharp blade.
Review: Testing for Perfection: Vegetable Peelers, Editors of Gourmet magazine, March 2007
Executive editor J. Kenji Lopez-Alt says she likes the angle at which you can hold this Y-shaped peeler and its accuracy. She says its "cheap and sturdy" but "very sharp."
Review: Guide to Essential Kitchen Hand Tools, Part 3, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, May 2010
At Amazon.com, about 30 owners post opinions about the Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler. Most say they are happy with how it peels, but a few say the blade rusted after being washed in the dishwasher.
Review: Kuhn Rikon 3-Set Original Swiss Peeler, Red/Green/Yellow, Contributors to Amazon.com
The Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler receives an average rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 from about two dozen owners at Cooking.com. Owners agree it's easy to hold and is sharp enough to peel the tough skin on squash, but they say the blade is prone to rusting.
Review: Original Swiss Peelers, Contributors to Cooking.com
Culinary expert Scott Leibfried names the Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler among his top five veggie peelers for its lightweight design and sharp blade. He calls it "the best peeler available," although there's no indication of how (or whether) he compared the Kuhn Rikon peeler to the other four peelers he recommends.
Review: Best Vegetable Peelers & Potato Peelers, Scott Leibfried