The Best Apple Peelers, According to Our Tests

Peel, core, and slice for apple pies and more

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As the leaves start turning and temperatures cool down, we often think about what cooler months promise for our tables—and our apples. Apple pies, apple cobblers, apple crunches, apple butters, apple preserves, and apple chutneys are all great choices for seasonal fare. Truthfully, though, apples need to be peeled year-round whether you simply prefer to eat them unpeeled or need them for a recipe. But what about all the work involved? Peeling, coring, and slicing apples can be a chore, but like with anything in the kitchen, there’s usually a way to make it easier, and that comes down to the right tools.

Not all peelers are created alike and some are designed to be multipurpose tools. To figure out which peelers are the best for apples, we sent top-rated options to our expert home testers. They spent hours peeling, coring, and slicing apples in addition to other veggies. Then, they rated each one on design, versatility, performance, ease of use, cleaning, and overall value. We tested a wide range of options—from electric to manual and handheld to countertop—so each home cook and aspiring apple pie baker can find the right fit for their kitchen.

Here, the best apple peelers, slicers, and corers, according to extensive real-life testing.

Best Overall: KitchenAid KSM1APC 5-Blade Spiralizer with Peel, Core, and Slice

4
KitchenAid KSM1APC Spiralizer Attachment with Peel, Core and Slice
Courtesy of Amazon.com.
Our Ratings
  • Design
    4/5
  • Usability
    4/5
  • Size
    4/5
  • Easy to Clean
    5/5
  • Convenience
    4/5
What We Like
  • Easy to attach to power hub

  • Fits all KitchenAid mixer models

  • Sharp blades

What We Don't Like
  • Requires a KitchenAid mixer 

  • Difficult to remove blades

  • Peeler isn’t effective on food of uneven sizes

For serious cooks and bakers, the KitchenAid mixer and its attachments are some of the best investments you can make. If you already own a KitchenAid mixer, this attachment makes peeling, coring, and slicing apples and other fruit and vegetables a breeze. As with all of the KitchenAid attachments, this one is sturdy and hardworking. The parts include a fine spiralizer, a medium spiralizer, a spiral slice (small core), a spiral slice (large core), and a peeler.

Our tester used the attachment to peel, slice, and spiralize apples for apple crisps and found all the blades to be extremely sharp. The slicing and spiralizing functions performed extremely well in tests and will definitely save you time in the kitchen. After some trial and error, our tester was able to core apples successfully ("uniform pieces that were easy to remove"). The peeler worked well for our tester's apple crisps, but she did note that irregular shapes (like a sweet potato) can cause it to skip small sections of peel. Still, this is a particularly versatile attachment as it was able to slice any veggie or fruit our tester tried—even dense sweet potatoes.

The blades and peeler are all dishwasher safe, but the main body of the spiralizer has to be washed by hand, which is an easy task because it doesn't tend to get much food on it. This attachment also includes a one-year manufacturer's warranty (though in general, it should last much longer).

KitchenAid Spiralizer

 The Spruce Eats / Stacey L. Nash

Size: 5.8 x 12.4 x 2.9 inches | Weight: 2.2 pounds | Method of Operation: Electric | Dishwasher Safe: Yes

What Our Testers Say

"If you regularly peel, slice, and spiralize, this machine can save you time, labor, and storage space."Stacey L. Nash, Product Tester

Best for Small Spaces: PL8 Apple Peeler & Corer Machine

4.8
PL8 Apple Peeler & Corer Machine

Courtesy of Bed Bath & Beyond

What We Like
  • Sleek design

  • Easy storage

  • Sharp blades

What We Don't Like
  • Not as sturdy as some others

If you're looking for a compact, modern device that's quick and easy to use, the PL8 Apple Peeler and Corer is a great choice. It features an ergonomic base and non-skid feed to hold the peeler at a comfortable angle for use, and the stainless steel legs fold in for compact storage when you're finished.

This device shines when it comes to ease of use: Setup took our tester just 4 minutes (including reading the directions), and peeling a small apple took about 5 seconds. It features very sharp blades, and our tester reported no decrease in sharpness after lots of peeling and coring. Coring an apple is easy as well—it took around 7 seconds during testing—and it requires very little pressure on the handle. The peeler is dishwasher safe for quick cleanup.

Size: 7 x 5 x 1 inches | Weight: 1.65 pounds | Method of Operation: Hand crank | Dishwasher Safe: Yes

What Our Testers Say

“It took very little pressure to turn the handle—much less than I expected. It's surprising how sharp the blades are, given the compact size and light weight of the peeler overall.” — Karen Resta, Product Tester

Best Traditional Table Clamp: Johnny Apple Peeler Cast Iron with Clamp Base

4.5
What We Like
  • Sturdy

  • Classic look

  • Versatile

What We Don't Like
  • Requires countertop deep enough for clamp

  • Setup is lengthy for smaller tasks

This classic cast iron peeler that peels, cores, and slices is exceptionally sturdy due to its construction as well as the C clamp used to secure it to a table or countertop. With an old-fashioned feel and look, it brings a bit of nostalgia to the task of peeling apples, potatoes, and large carrots, but it’s best for peeling and slicing in larger amounts because of the setup. Our tester warned it can be a bit fussy to adjust if you haven’t used one of these before, but after it’s set initially, it’s ready to go without adjustment.

Our tester found it efficiently peeled, cored, and sliced apples (and it can perform all those functions simultaneously). The speed depends on how fast you turn the crank, but in our tests, it took around 8 seconds to peel and slice a small apple. Coring is simple as well (took about 5 seconds). Our tester also successfully peeled a large sweet potato and carrot but noted it works best for apples. Each vegetable or fruit requires a slight adjustment in terms of strength used during the peeling, and the blade has to be adjusted as well.

The handle is of the traditional wooden dowel-shaped design and the parts are engineered to work hard and last a long time. Our tester said the blade retained its sharpness after hours of peeling. Note that a Phillips screwdriver is required for the initial setup. Cleaning is fairly easy but hand washing is recommended.

Size: 12 x 2 x 8 inches | Weight: 1.65 pounds2 pounds | Method of Operation: Hand crank | Dishwasher Safe: Hand wash recommended

What Our Testers Say

"This peeler slices at the same rate it peels, which is dependent on how fast the handle is turned. It takes about 8 seconds, and it did a good job."Karen Resta, Product Tester

Best Microplane: Microplane 2-In-1 Core and Peel

4.2
Microplane 2-In-1 Apple Core and Peel 34145

Courtesy of Sur la Table

Our Ratings
  • Design
    4/5
  • Versatility
    3.5/5
  • Performance
    3.5/5
  • Ease of Use
    4.5/5
  • Cleaning
    5/5
What We Like
  • Low-tech, no setup involved

  • Great for quick and easy coring

  • Includes protective cover

What We Don't Like
  • Not great for large quantities 

  • Peeler is narrow

Keeping it basic is what the Microplane corer and peeler is all about. This is a simple, inexpensive handheld tool—there's no setup—that's well-suited for peeling or coring one apple at a time. It comes with a protective cover, is dishwasher safe, and can be thrown in a drawer unlike the larger options on this list.

This handy gadget features a straight-edge blade for peeling on one end and a sawtooth blade for coring on the other. Our tester found it really excels at coring, much better in fact than other handheld corers she's tried because of its surgical-grade blade. When it comes to peeling, the blade is a bit narrow so your peel cuts will also be narrow. It took about 12 seconds to peel an apple, and while the blade is super sharp, our tester warned it's a little unwieldy and not the most comfortable to use.

Size: 10.5 inches | Weight: 0.21 pounds | Method of Operation: Handheld | Dishwasher Safe: Yes

What Our Testers Say

“Coring an apple worked great—it took one movement and less than a second’s time. The cut was clean and it took very little pressure to push through. The core was easily discarded. — Karen Resta, Product Tester

Best Electric: TOPCHANCES Electric Automatic Rotating Apple Peeler

4.7
TOPCHANCES Electric Automatic Rotating Apple Peeler

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Super easy to use

  • Efficient peeling

  • Versatile

What We Don't Like
  • Not as sturdy as some others

  • No coring or slicing

This is a great tool for people who don’t like to manually peel apples or other fruit and vegetables. An electric peeler makes it easier to prepare the fresh fruits and veggies you might otherwise avoid because of the work of hand-peeling. We like that this model doesn't take up too much space on the counter and includes an electrical adapter that can be plugged into a normal outlet, though it will also work on four (AA) batteries.

This is definitely a multitasking tool: The robotic arm adjusts to accommodate different sizes and textures so you aren't limited to apples. Our tester found that apples, potatoes, and many other fruits and vegetables can be peeled easily and efficiently by this machine, but keep in mind that it does not core or slice. She was impressed with its speed (less than 30 seconds to peel an apple) and the quality of the peel and loved that it does all the work for you. After lots of peeling of tough veggies and fruits, she didn't notice any decrease in sharpness of the stainless steel blade, but three extra blades are included so you'll be set for a while. It isn't dishwasher safe but can be rinsed easily by hand.

If you have arthritis or tendonitis (or if you know someone who does), this is an ideal option for peeling apples because it does all the work for you.

Size: 6.44 x 6.24 x 10.92 inches | Weight: 1.5 pounds | Method of Operation: Electric | Dishwasher Safe: No

What Our Testers Say

“I love this cute little tool! It peels so quickly (and on its own!) that I can be doing other things in the kitchen.” — Karen Resta, Product Tester

Best Slicer: Kuhn Rikon Apple Slicer and Corer

4.8
What We Like
  • Easy to use

  • Compact design

  • Efficient

What We Don't Like
  • Does not peel

This strong stainless steel manual cutter removes the core and cuts the apple into ten even pieces. It’s lightweight yet sturdy, a capable tool that takes little storage space and makes life easier if you’re cutting apples for a salad or pie or crumble. It does not peel the apple, but its simplicity of design cuts down on the time other models take to assemble and prep. It's also dishwasher safe, adding to its convenience.

Our tester raved about its performance. In fact, she said it takes 1 second to slice an apple into equal segments while at the same time coring the apple. It's a very sharp tool, she warned. You'll want to be careful about how you store it because if you simply throw it into a drawer you could easily cut your hand when fishing around for it.

Size: 6 x 0.5 x 4 inches | Weight: 4 ounces | Method of Operation: Manual | Dishwasher Safe: Yes

What Our Testers Say

“This tool makes it so quick and easy to slice and core an apple for lunch or for snacking!”Karen Resta, Product Tester

Final Verdict

If you already have a KitchenAid Stand Mixer, you can't go wrong with the KitchenAid Spiralizer attachment (view at Amazon) for peeling, coring, and slicing your apples. However, If you only pare and cut a few apples once in a while, the Microplane Apple Corer and Peeler (view at Amazon) is a fantastic choice that performed well in our tests.

How We Tested

We sent seven apple peelers, corers, and slicers to our experienced food writers and product testers so they could evaluate how each performed in their home kitchens. They peeled dozens of apples of roughly the same size to compare the items side-by-side. They also tested the coring and slicing functions and used the gadgets with other fruits and vegetables when they could. Then, our testers rated each on design (including comfort of the handle), versatility, performance, ease of use, ease of cleaning, and overall value.

KitchenAid Spiralizer

 The Spruce Eats / Stacey L. Nash

Other Options We Tested

Matfer Bourgeat Apple Peeler, Corer & Slicer: Though this peeler is priced fairly high, it was surprising how poorly it performed. It looked great when first taken out of the box, but during assembly, some of the parts did not fit correctly. During use, the suction to the table was inconsistent, and when peeling apples of different sizes the results varied immensely. 

The Matfer Bourgeat brand has an excellent reputation, so why this tool performed so poorly is a mystery. Taking a look at other reviewers’ notes on this product, it’s apparent that their results vary quite a lot, from those who love the product to others who note similar problems with this peeler.

KitchenAid Spiralizer

 The Spruce Eats / Stacey L. Nash

What to Look for When Buying an Apple Peeler

Ease of Use

Between electric and manual, the former is not only more convenient, but it's easier on people with aches and pains. It's faster and more efficient, but pricier. It also requires more care. Some parts may not be dishwasher safe, so you might have to hand wash or wipe down after use. A manual peeler is most often less expensive, easier to clean, and simpler to store. Because of its small size, it can be stashed in a drawer alongside cutlery and other small tools. Plus, you can bring it with you to a picnic, for example, because it doesn't need a power source.

Handheld peelers are lightweight and you can take them pretty much anywhere, unlike countertop peelers, which are typically much bulkier and heavier. However, handheld peelers can be more difficult to use and take more work on the part of the user. Countertop peelers are great for peeling more apples at a faster rate, although having multiple handheld peelers allows other people in your household to help complete the task.

Design

To make sure your gadget works for years to come, get one made from sturdy, rust-proof material. You don't want the handle to snap off while you're prepping a pie. It's also important that the handle is ergonomic, so you can peel apples for long periods of time without becoming uncomfortable. Sharp, long-lasting blades are vital to both electric and manual peelers. If you go with a countertop tool, you'll want one with strong suction cups at the base, so it doesn't go crashing to the floor.

Versatility

Some peelers are designed to peel apples as well as other fruits and vegetables, while others are apple specific. There are plenty of multifunctional tools out there, which might be a good choice if your space is limited. Do you want to peel and slice or core your apples? If so, look for a hybrid tool.

FAQs

How do you keep peeled apples from turning brown? 

Fill a bowl with water that has added lemon juice or white vinegar at a ratio of 1 tablespoon to each cup of water, and drop apples in after peeling. Be sure all surfaces of apples are covered.

What can you do with apple peels? 

Make some Apple Scrap Jelly or Homemade Apple Pectin or help the planet by making your own in-home compost bin.

How do you use an apple peeler?

Each apple peeler is different. Some are manual and others electric, and the ways they’re secured to the base also vary. Be sure to read the directions for the one you’ve chosen before starting.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

Karen Resta is a writer specializing in food culture and history, cooking, pastries, and restaurants. She's also a former pastry chef and has traveled to Budapest, Kyiv, and Paris during their Fashion Weeks as a photographer and writer, always finding the best authentic pastries along the way. Her favorite apple recipe is Mile High Sour Cream Apple Pie with Streusel. She spends a lot of her free time baking at home and recommends quality within your given budget. She personally tested six apple peelers for this roundup.

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