Whether you're on a version of the Atkins diet, paleo diet, or ketogenic diet, one thing's for sure ― you want to cut back on or eliminate carbs from your diet. While it can be tough to skip pasta, zoodles ― zucchini noodles ― can be a tasty replacement.
Spiralizers cut zucchini and other hard vegetables and fruits into noodle-like shapes so that you can make your own zoodles at home quickly. Here are some of the best options of spiralizers available.
Best Overall: OXO Good Grips
The Oxo Good Grips spiralizing machine has three blade attachments to produce thick noodles, thin noodles and ribbons. The attachments are color-coded and store away in a covered compartment. The sharp blades cut through both soft vegetables and hard fruits and vegetables with ease. When it's time to use the Good Grips cutter, it attaches securely to a countertop with suction cups.
Best Value: Spiralizer Seven-Blade Vegetable Slicer
This seven-blade vegetable slicer has more blades than the Oxo Good Grips model, letting you cut thick and thin noodles and ribbons as well as finely and coarsely shred vegetables. To store the blades safely when you aren't using the tool, it has storage slots in its base, and each slot can store two blades at once.
Best Runner-up: Paderno World Cuisine 4-Blade Pro
The Paderno World Cuisine 4-Blade Pro slicer has a lot in common with the Oxo Good Grips model and the five-blade model. It's a hand-crank design with suction cup grips on the bottom. Like the five-blade model, it stores blades securely in the base. Its four blades can cut ribbons, angel-hair style veggie noodles, thicker noodles and spaghetti-style noodles.
Best for Hard Veggies: Mueller Spiral-Ultra Multi-Blade Spiral Slicer
Most spiral slicers make short work of turning soft vegetables, like cucumbers and zucchini, into zoodles. But when it comes to hard veggies, like beets and sweet potatoes, you can forget it. That's not the case with the Mueller Spiral-Ultra Multi-Blade Spiral Slicer. The eight-blade cutter has a vertical alignment, meaning you exert downward pressure on your vegetables as you slice them.
Best Blade Selection: ZLEW 10-Blade Vegetable Slicer
If you're looking at three, four- or five-blade models and thinking that's not enough, the ZLEW 10-Blade Spiral Slicer might be just right for you. Its 10 blades will transform hard and soft vegetables into lasagna-like noodles, fettuccini-like noodles, angel hair, ribbons, curly fries and more. It has a suction grip to attach it to your countertop securely. You activate the suction by raising and lowering a lever.
Best Space Saver: OXO Good Grips Handheld Spiralizer
The OXO Good Grips Handheld Spiralizer is perfect if you want to add a spiral slicer to your kitchen-gadgets collection but don't want it to take up space. The slicer measures about 3 inches across and 3 inches tall, meaning you can tuck it away easily in a drawer. This handheld tool is simple, as it has a single blade that cuts thick noodles or curly fries.
Best Multiblade Handheld: OXO Good Grips 3-Blade Handheld Spiralizer
Want a handheld spiral cutter but also want more than one blade option? The OXO Good Grips 3-Blade Handheld model has you covered. It's the same style as the handheld design, with the addition of two extra blades. The blades stack together for easy storage. In addition to a 1/8-inch noodle cutting blade, you get a 1/4-inch noodle cutting blade and a ribbon-cutting blade.
Best Attachment: KitchenAid Spiral Slicer
Using a spiralizer attachment isn't exactly a reason to run out and buy a KitchenAid mixer. But if you already have a KitchenAid, the KitchenAid Spiral Slicer is a useful attachment. The device screws into the power hub on the top front of your mixer. Turn the mixer on, and it will make short work of turning vegetables into noodles or ribbons.
Best Adaptable: Kuhn Rikon Click-N-Curl Set
If even a handheld spiral cutter seems too big for your tiny kitchen, there's still hope. The Kuhn Rikon Click-N-Curl Set transforms julienne and Y-shaped vegetable peelers into petite spiralizers. The set comes with two peelers and two spiral-cutting cones. The Click-N-Curl works best with narrow vegetables, such as carrots and small zucchini.
Best for Clumsy Folks: Joyce Chen Saladacco Spiral Slicer
Worried that you'll cut yourself using a spiralizer? The Joyce Chen Spiral Slicer is a handheld model that also happens to have a hand crank so that your fingers stay far away from the blades. You can hold the tool over a salad bowl to catch the vegetables as you cut them or use the attached compartment to catch and store the cut vegetables.