It can be difficult to get in all of those veggie servings every day. That side salad or that bowl of mixed peas and carrots gets boring pretty fast! Luckily there are some fun and tasty ways to get the nutrients your body needs without the drudgery of those plain old veggie servings. A spiral vegetable slicer can be a great new addition to your kitchen appliance collection and it can help put some interesting twists in your veggie presentation. It can even make pasta substitutions a breeze. From zucchini spaghetti noodles to curly sweet potato fries, a veggie spiralizer can put some spunk into the chore of building up your healthy eating. Veggies have never been so appealing!
We discussed two typical design options in the vegetable slicer world, tabletop, and hand-held. While a tabletop spiralizer is more efficient and easier to use, a handheld spiralizer is more affordable. While a tabletop spiralizer is more versatile, a handheld spiralizer takes up less space. Since each design has its own benefits and pitfalls, it only makes sense to mention the top picks for each type of design so you can make an informed purchase based on your own personal needs and preferences.
The smart designs in OXO Good kitchen products make OXO Good a top leader in the industry and, not surprisingly, in the world of vegetable spiralizer products. That's why they have earned the top spots in performance here for both the manual tabletop and hand-held spiralizer categories.
With three separate color-coded blade inserts on this model, you can cut your veggies ribbon style, fettuccine style, or spaghetti-style in almost no time at all. It is also extremely versatile in the types of veggies that can be cut. Oblong vegetables like carrots and cucumbers are obviously a breeze but you can also cut rounder vegetables as well. A potato, a squash, an apple, or a beet will be sliced just as easily. Soft veggies like zucchini are easily curled out with this spiralizer but spiralized cuts on harder veggies like sweet potatoes can also be made with a bit of extra elbow grease on the hand crank. A strong suction cup at the base keeps the unit stable while you work so you won't have to struggle with it moving around every time you crank out those curly veggies. All of the blades are also dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
This hand-held spiralizer can come with attachments that have single, double, or triple blades so versatility is a bit higher on this model when compared to other hand-held brands. Oblong veggies like zucchini and carrots work best with this spiralizer since the entry point near the blades limits the size of the vegetables, but you can certainly use it for rounder veggies if you cut them into smaller pieces before use. Harder veggies like sweet potatoes and beets are a bit more difficult to cut since you have to turn the veggies against the blades by hand, but not impossible. Best of all, this device is 100% dishwasher safe!
When it comes to ease of use, this electric tabletop spiralizer rules them all! This model is set up the same way as a standard tabletop spiralizer but with no hand crank necessary. Simply place your veggies in position, switch it on, and watch as those beautiful spirals curl out with ease. Four blade options add to its versatility in types of cuts and an auto shut off function activates as soon as the vegetable is fully cut. So easy! One downside, however, is that this model can only accommodate a maximum length of 6 inches so you may have to trim down your fruits and veggies before putting them in the spiralizer.
While there are a few different variations of the spiralizing vegetable slicer, the functionality is relatively similar. Basically, the end of your vegetable is placed flat against a horizontal blade. The vegetable is then twisted against the blade which cuts it in a thin, spiraling fashion producing a spiraled or shaved cut, depending on the blades. Some variations of the spiralizer come with different sized and shaped blades that produce cuts of different size, thickness, and appearance. No matter the blade type, the ending results are beautiful, curled strips of veggie that are great for pasta substitutions, homemade fries, or gorgeous salad creations.
As mentioned, there are a couple of different variations of the veggie spiralizer which vary in function and price. A handheld spiralizer is the simplest form and it also tends to be more economical and take up less space in your kitchen. It typically has open blades at one end where you place your veggies. You simply press the vegetable against the blades, twist, and the spiral cut veggies come out of the other end. Easy peasy! While this type of spiralizer is cheaper and more compact, it can be more difficult to use since you are twisting by hand, and it is not as versatile with the types of veggies you can use as the entry point of the uncut vegetable is a set size. Long, thinner veggies like zucchini, carrots, or cucumbers work best with a handheld spiralizer.
Another variation of a spiral vegetable slicer is a tabletop spiralizer. This variation tends to be a bit more expensive and it definitely takes up a lot more space in your kitchen. However, the ease of use and versatility may make this a better option for you. Typically, a tabletop spiralizer has a blade on one end, a crank press on the other, and your vegetable item goes in between. You simply place the end of the vegetable horizontally on the blade, push the crank's base against the other end of the vegetable, turn the crank's handle and watch while your entire vegetable is beautifully cut with ease.
There are also some electric variations of tabletop spiralizers that eliminate the need for manual hand cranking. These certainly make the process super easy but the price points on these variations do get a bit higher.
Our two previously reviewed spiralizers are, surprisingly, relatively comparable in price. Current Amazon prices are listed below and it seems that the versatility and easy use of the tabletop pick is worth the additional $10 or so if convenience is a top priority for you. If, however, compact storage for space-saving is even higher on the list of must-have features for you, the handheld option may be a better pick. It all depends on your preferences!
$36 on Amazon
$25 on Amazon
$40 on Amazon
If you'd rather not purchase online and you'd like to browse your options for a vegetable slicer in person, Walmart and other home goods stores sell many varieties in-store. Currently, at Walmart, several brands of handheld and tabletop spiralizers are available and range in price between $10 and $50.