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As the leaves start turning and temperatures cool down, it's time to think about what autumn promises for our tables—and our apples. Apple pies, apple cobblers, apple crunches, apple butters, apple preserves, and apple chutneys will all be great choices for seasonal fare. But what about all the work involved? Peeling, coring, and slicing apples can be either a chore or a pleasure, depending on the day and your mood. But like anything in the kitchen, there’s usually a way to make it easier, and this selection of the best apple peelers, corers, and slicers will help you find ways to do just that. Here’s to fall, to time well spent in the kitchen, and always to more apples.
Best Overall: KitchenAid KSM1APC 5-Blade Spiralizer with Peel, Core, and Slice
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 is sturdy and hardworking. It’s also dishwasher safe. The parts include a fine spiralizer, a medium spiralizer, a spiral slice (small core), a spiral slice (large core), and a peeler.
The measurements are 5.8 x 12.4 x 2.9 inches and it includes a one-year manufacturer's warranty (though in general, it should last much longer). For serious cooks, the KitchenAid mixer and its attachments are one of the best investments you can make.
Best for Small Spaces: PL8 Apple Peeler & Corer Machine
If you're looking for a modern design with compact storage ability, this is the model for you. The base is a creamy white and soft grey matte thick plastic and the details and blades are shiny stainless steel. The ergonomic base and non-skid feet hold the peeler up at an angle for easier use, and you can set it to peel, core, and cut, or to “peel only” or “slice and core only." The size is 11 1/2 x 4 3/4 x 6 inches, with legs that fold in for storage. To clean after use, just put it in the dishwasher and you’re all set.
Best Traditional Table Clamp: Amco Apple Peeler Table Clamp
This corer/peeler packs a lot of power in a well-designed package. The red cast iron body and wooden handle have an old-fashioned look reminiscent of American farmhouse kitchens, and the C-clamp that attaches the peeler to the edge of a tabletop or counter offers sturdy protection against heavy use. The Amco brand has been designing classic kitchenware since the 1970s, and this popular classic has stood the test of time.
It can also be used for pears or potatoes. The shaft is chrome and the blades are stainless steel. It measures 10 inches long with a height of 7 3/4 inches (including clamp), and weighs 2 pounds, 4 ounces. Hand wash only.
Best Suction Cup: Matfer Bourgeat Stainless Steel Apple Peeler, Corer & Slicer 215155
The Matfer Bourgeat brand originated in France in 1814, and for the last 30 years, its USA subsidiary has been creating high-quality kitchenware for professional, as well as home kitchens. One of the interesting facts about this company is its “commitment to the permanent reduction of our environmental impacts” within its stated goal of sustainable growth. This top-rated apple peeler has a well-made suction cup that allows it to be used anywhere, in addition to its optional sturdy table clamp. Made from commercial-grade materials, it peels, slices, and cores simultaneously.
Best Handheld: Microplane 2-In-1 Apple Core and Peel 34145
Keeping it basic with style and strength is what the Microplane corer and peeler is all about. The reason this model works better than the usual handheld corer/peeler is the Microplane engineering technology, developed in the 1990s, which creates a surgical-grade chemically-etched blade. This handheld tool has a straight-edge blade for peeling and a sawtooth blade for coring and is 10 1/2 inches long. Microplane is a division of Grace Manufacturing Inc., and this corer is made in the USA by an employee-owned and managed company. It also comes with a protective cover and is dishwasher safe.
Best Electric: TOPCHANCES Electric Automatic Rotating Apple Peeler
This is a contemporary redesign of the classic apple peeler. It takes up less space and works on four (AA) batteries rather than the usual hand crank. This makes it incredibly helpful on an everyday basis for people with arthritis or tendonitis in their hands who like to cook “from scratch,” but for whom active peeling of fresh fruits and vegetables can be a painful task.
Apples as well as potatoes and many other fruits can be peeled by this machine, but it does not core or slice. The body of the unit is plastic, and the knife is stainless steel. The dimensions are 6.44 x 6.24 x 10.92 inches, and it weighs slightly under 2 pounds.
Best Lightweight: Farberware Apple Peeler, Slicer, and Corer
With a traditional-looking design, this red countertop suction model features an aluminum blade and makes quick work out of peeling, slicing, and coring apples. It's made by Farberware, the well-known and respected kitchenware company started on the Lower East Side of New York City in 1900, which has now become one of the largest producers of cookware in the United States. It peels, cores, slices, and does spiral slices. It’s sized at 4.13 x 12.2 x 7.48 inches, with a very light overall weight of 0.2 pounds, making it one of the lightest apple peeler/corers on the market.
For a seriously hardworking tool that peels, cores, and slices bushels of apples at a time, the Matfer Bourgeat Stainless Steel Apple Peeler, Corer & Slicer is going to be a pleasure to use for many years to come. However, If you only pare and cut a few apples once in a while, the Microplane Apple Corer and Peeler is a fantastic choice.
What to Looks for When Buying an Apple Peeler
Electric or manual: Between electric and manual, the former is not only more convenient, but 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.
Countertop or handheld: Handheld peelers are lightweight and you can take them pretty much anywhere, unlike countertop peelers, which are typically much bulkier and heavier. 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.
Material: 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.
Corer: Do you want to peel and slice or core your apples? If so, look for a hybrid tool.
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Karen Resta is a former pastry chef and writer specializing in food culture and history, cooking, pastries, and restaurants. She now spends a lot of her free time baking at home and recommends quality within your given budget. Having the right tools available and knowing how to use them well (it can take practice, like anything else) makes all the difference, and she curated this list with that in mind.