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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 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!
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 (L) x 12.4 (W) x 2.9 (H) 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!
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!
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.
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 it’s dishwasher safe!
This is a contemporary redesign of the classic apple peeler. It takes up less space and works on four (AA) batteries rather than by 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 (W) x 6.24 (L) x 10.92 (H) inches, and it weighs slightly under 2 pounds.
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!
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 (H) x 12.2 (W) x 7.48 (D) inches, with a very light overall weight of 0.2 pounds, making it one of the lightest apple peeler/corers on the market.
The design is one of the oldest still in production today. The Reading 78 Apple Peeler is for anyone who wants an apple peeler for professionals. It peels an apple in five turns of the crank and the apple is automatically pushed off the fork. It can peel over ten apples in a minute and is made of cast iron, cast bronze, and steel with a carbon steel knife and blade. It’s 10 inches in height and it clamps to any surface up to 1 11/16 inches thick. It also weighs the most of any tool on this list at a whopping 6 pounds.
Made in Kidron, Ohio, the design is one of the oldest still in production today. Note that the Reading 78 only peels apples, it does not core or slice them. Lehman’s is a family-owned business in Ohio’s Amish country, in business since 1955.
This peeler is flexible: It can be set up with either the clamp or the suction cup (or both) and can be used to peel whole apples or core and slice them. It’s compact and solid at 10 (L) x 4 1/2 (W) x 5 1/4 (H) inches and is made from cast iron, stainless steel, and aluminum. This is a great starter model to set up on the table with a bowl of apples for a fun afternoon making apple pie and is a great idea for teaching children!
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.
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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. 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.