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Best Spiralizers

By: Kelly Burgess on March 16, 2018

Spiralizers are THE hot kitchen tool

Spiralizing vegetables is a growing trend for home cooks. Spiralizers turn vegetables like zucchini, cucumbers, carrots, potatoes and lots of other produce items into long (or short) spirals. These spirals can be used to garnish a salad, as an attractive addition to any dish, or as faux noodles for those who are trying to cut back on carbs. Spiralizers are particularly popular with those who follow a low-carb or Paleo lifestyle as well as those who are gluten intolerant.

Fans of spiralizing say it doesn't get any better than the Paderno World Cuisine 4-Blade Spiralizer Pro (Est. $40), which, as its name suggests, comes with four blades: a straight/accordion blade for ribbon cuts or shredded cabbage, an angel hair shredding blade for creating angel hair strands from fruits and vegetables, a fine shredding blade, which creates medium-sized cuts similar to spaghetti, and a chipping blade for thicker strands or cuts. This spiralizer is capable of handling fruits or vegetables up to 10 inches long and 7 inches thick, with a minimum thickness of ½ inch in diameter.

Editors at Kitchn say the Paderno is easy to assemble and effortlessly spiralizes a variety of vegetables. However, they do point out that when assembled, it's not the most compact kitchen gadget and will take up a fair amount of countertop real estate. Cleanup is also not a simple, straightforward task; testers say they hesitated to put the blades in the dishwasher due to the risk of dulling them (hand washing is recommended), but cleaning around the many small openings and spikes in the blades proved a challenge too cumbersome for an ordinary kitchen sponge (a bottle brush like Dr. Brown's (Est. $5) with a smaller brush insert will definitely help).

The Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Spiral Vegetable Slicer (Est. $25) is a similar model but with three sets of blades instead of four: 1/8-inch spacing, 1/4-inch spacing, and straight blade for ribbon cuts. It comes out on top in one professional test, even beating out its 4-blade counterpart, which editors say was more awkward to use and "fussier" than the tri-blade version. Of the Tri-Blade, editors say it easily spiralizes apples, beets, potatoes and zucchini with ease, creating consistent ribbons and noodles. Additionally, it was the only spiral slicer tested capable of handling butternut squash, although they do note that the stress of this task caused the handle to crack during the last round of testing.

Both the 4-blade and tri-blade Paderno World Cuisine Spiralizers earn terrific feedback from thousands of reviewers at Amazon, and the 4-blade model is the top-rated spiralizer at Williams-Sonoma. At Amazon, reviews for the several Paderno World Cuisine Spiral Vegetable Slicers (which also includes a 2-blade basic model and a 3-blade folding model) are grouped together, so it's necessary to read reviews closely to determine which particular model a user is reviewing. In general, users say the Paderno spiralizers are super easy and even fun to use. We saw many comments about how they love making their own curly fries at home, and those who have given up noodles say their Paderno has enabled them to find an alternative that looks like pasta, but is more suited to their dietary choices.

Many note, however, that the Paderno Tri-Blade model is made for right-handed people -- you're meant to turn the crank with your right hand and push the feeder with your left. The 4-blade version, however, is adjustable for right- or left-handed use, so if you're a southpaw, that's something to consider. Components for the Paderno World Cuisine Spiralizer Pro, 4-Blade are dishwasher-safe up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit, and components for the Paderno World Cuisine Tri-Blade Spiral Vegetable Slicer are top-rack only.

The OXO Good Grips Spiralizer 11151400 (Est. $40) comes out on top in Wirecutter's tests, thanks to its sharp blades that cut both delicate and firm vegetables with ease. It produces long, sturdy noodles that don't break, editors say, and it comes with three attachments that are easily -- and safely -- stored in a covered, removable blade box for spaghetti cut (1/8th inch), fettuccine cut (1/4th inch) and ribbon cut noodles. Plus, it has a strong suction design, meaning it won't wobble during use. Food & Wine's Sarah Karnasiewicz echoes these sentiments, noting, "the crank held firmly to every sort of produce I threw at it, and it turned more smoothly and with less force."

Hundreds of reviewers on retail sites also praise the OXO Good Grips Spiralizer for its sturdy design and ease of use, although a few say that it does take a bit more elbow grease to work with tougher vegetables like sweet potatoes. The single, large suction cup is far superior to the design of other spiralizers, users say, which typically consist of several smaller suction cups that rarely stay in place. The food holder, which has sharp teeth to hold food securely while spiralizing, is dishwasher-safe for easy clean-up. You do have to use some force when cranking the handle, however, and some reviewers complain that it doesn't spiralize evenly and leaves a lot of waste.

The Spiralizer 5-Blade Vegetable Slicer (Est. $30) earns high ratings from thousands of reviewers on Amazon. The manufacturer introduced a third-generation model in 2017, which they claim is 30 to 35 percent stronger than previous models, thanks to 420 high carbon cutlery-grade stainless steel blades and reinforced ABS for handling hard, root vegetables like turnips and sweet potatoes -- foods that previously may have resulted in broken handles. It has suction cups on the bottom to keep the unit from sliding around on countertops during use.

Users say the Spiralizer 5-Blade Vegetable Slicer is surprisingly well built and a breeze to clean: its components are dishwasher-safe, although some reviewers say a good rinse with water is all that's typically necessary to clean it up after use. The Spiralizer 5-Blade Vegetable Slicer isn't included in any professional tests, although several experts recommend its predecessor, the now-discontinued Spiralizer Tri-Blade Vegetable Slicer, a model that bore many similarities to the popular Paderno World Cuisine Tri-Blade Spiral Vegetable Slicer.

Handheld spiralizers are great for occasional use

If you want to try a spiral slicer but you don't have room to store a large contraption like the Paderno or the other full-sized spiralizers listed above, consider a compact, handheld option like the OXO Good Grips Handheld Spiralizer (Est. $15), which earns praise from both experts and users. The OXO Good Grips Handheld Spiralizer has just one built-in blade and no other attachments. Experts say it produces noodles that are sturdy, consistently sized and hold their shape and, although it's not as easy to use as countertop models, it takes up less real estate in the kitchen and is easily stored in a kitchen drawer.

The OXO Good Grips Handheld Spiralizer works with elbow grease. It's basically a two-piece gadget: one end serves as a food holder, gripping vegetables with its pointed teeth while doubling as a hand guard, and the other piece contains the blade and has one open end for inserting a vegetable -- experts say vegetables at least 1.5 inches in diameter work best. Users hold the food in one hand, the base unit in the other, twisting and turning the vegetable against the blade to produce ribbons and noodles. Additionally, the food-holder end fits perfectly on the open end of the base unit and locks in place, doubling as a safety cap when not in use. Both pieces of the OXO Good Grips Handheld Spiralizer are top-rack dishwasher safe.

Because the blade is so sharp, experts say using this handheld spiralizer requires less effort than you'd think. However, we read a few complaints from reviewers who say that the turning action is painful -- if not downright impossible -- for some people with arthritis. Realistically, the same holds true for other handheld spiralizers, and even many countertop units (although possibly to a lesser extent), which users operate by manually turning a hand crank.

Another handheld option is the Kitchen Supreme Spiral Slicer Spiralizer (Est. $15), which is similar to many other models by different names, all of which function (and look) essentially the same. However, the Kitchen Supreme Spiral Slicer Spiralizer earns positive ratings in the thousands of user reviews we evaluated, far more than most similar models. One common thread among reviews is Kitchen Supreme's exceptional customer service, which users say is responsive, helpful, and courteous.

A few users compare its functionality to that of a pencil sharpener, and most agree that it's simple to use: just cut the veggie to fit inside the spiralizer's cone and twist the vegetable while exerting pressure. It's also easy to clean, either with the included scrubbing brush or in the dishwasher. It comes with two 304 stainless steel blades of different sizes: 1/16 inch and 1/8 inch. It's small -- smaller than some users expected --but it fits nicely in a kitchen drawer for storage. Overall, users are overwhelmingly pleased with this simple, yet functional handheld spiralizer.

Handheld spiral slicers can be more time-consuming to use than countertop models, but they meet the needs of people who use a spiralizer only occasionally or lack the space to store a countertop spiralizer. However, these smaller spiralizers aren't the best choice for preparing larger quantities of food.

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