Experts say standard veggie peelers, with a blade extending straight out from the handle, are ideal for peeling a wide variety of produce, from apples to carrots. The design of the Oxo Good Grips Swivel Peeler, in particular, is unmatched for the price. Experts praise the cushioned, ergonomic handle, but a few owners say it's a little bulkier than they would like.
The Oxo veggie peeler's stainless-steel blade is dishwasher-safe and won't rust, experts say. Canadian TV shopping gurus Kristina Matisic and Anna Wallner say its razor-sharp edge removes "just the right amount of peel. The blade's slight swivel makes it easy for both righties and lefties to use, and Gourmet magazine says it follows the contours of the vegetables and fruit with "smooth, even cuts." The blade isn't replaceable, like the one on the Oxo Good Grips Pro Swivel Peeler (*Est. $12), and some owners may prefer the metal eye on this more expensive model.
We found numerous expert reviews for the Oxo Good Grips Swivel Peeler as well as the slightly more expensive Oxo Good Grips Pro Swivel Peeler. The Oxo Good Grips Swivel Peeler is included in multiproduct comparisons by Gourmet magazine and Kristina Matisic and Anna Wallner, and it receives an endorsement by Bon Appetit magazine. The similar Oxo Good Grips Pro Swivel Peeler is included in the lineup at Cook's Illustrated magazine and Chow.com, a popular food blog. To find out what owners thought of their Oxo Good Grips Swivel Peeler, we consulted reviews at Amazon.com and Cooking.com.
Editors of Gourmet magazine say the Oxo Good Grips Swivel Peeler is top-rated after comparing it to 10 other straight veggie peelers by peeling potatoes, squash, eggplants, apples, lemons and tomatoes. Included in this review are 12 Y-shaped vegetable peelers as well as two other unusual designs.
Review: Testing for Perfection: Vegetable Peelers, Editors of Gourmet magazine, March 2007
Anna Wallner and Kristina Matisic, the two hosts of Canadian TV show "The Shopping Bags," enlist the help of two others to evaluate the Oxo Good Grips Swivel Peeler, Kuhn Rikon Swiss Ceramic Peeler, Chef'n Palm Peeler and an electric model. After the four testers use each model to peel potatoes, they unanimously pick the Oxo as the favorite.
Review: Vegetable Peelers, Anna Wallner and Kristina Matisic
3. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine don't include the Oxo Good Grips Swivel Peeler in their test of six veggie peelers, but they do include the similar Oxo Good Grips Pro Swivel Peeler. After evaluating the fruit and vegetable peelers for the sharpness of the blade and ease of use, editors highly recommend two veggie peelers and recommend two others.
Review: Vegetable Peelers, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, Nov. 2007
At the food blog Chow.com, Louisa Chu evaluates three styles of veggie peelers on apples, carrots, celery and tomatoes. The Oxo Good Grips Swivel Peeler isn't included in the review, but the similar Oxo Good Grips Pro Swivel Peeler beats out the Kyocera Perfect Peeler and Chef'n Palm Peeler.
Review: No Skin Off, Louisa Chu, March 2007
5. Bon Appetit
It's not clear what testing methodology, if any, was used, but editors say they prefer the Oxo Good Grips Swivel Peeler and other models by the brand. They say "a swivel-bladed peeler is more maneuverable than other types."
Review: Vegetable Peeler, Editors of Bon Appetit magazine, April 2008
The Oxo Good Grips Swivel Peeler is one of the top-rated peelers at Amazon.com, where it receives an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 from nearly 100 owners. Reviewers agree that this veggie peeler is sturdy and effortlessly pares even tough skins. Some owners say the swivel blade is fine for stalks but not for cutting rounded potatoes and apples. Some owners say they wish the handle was less bulky and the potato eyer was made of metal.
Review: Oxo Good Grips Swivel Peeler, Contributors to Amazon.com
Approximately 85 owners give the Oxo Good Grips Swivel Peeler an average rating of 4.7 stars out of 5. The 40 or so who have written reviews are enthusiastic about this veggie peeler. Owners agree that the design of the nonslip grip and sharp blade makes it easy to use.
Review: Black Swivel Peeler, Good Grips by Oxo, Contributors to Cooking.com