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You've probably heard that spiralizers are key to making the best zoodles (zucchini noodles), but they're so much more. Spiralizers are versatile, making them a great tool to have in the kitchen. The various models available today can help with everything from speeding the process of shredding carrots, to making cutting vegetables more precise, to making it easier for you to add more vegetables to your diet. Bonus: spiralizers offer fun, new ways for you to get creative in your cooking—curly fries or colorful garnishes, anyone?
Here, we looked at factors such as the effort required, cutting and spiralizing options, and ease of cleaning to make our list of the best spiralizers.
Best Overall: Paderno World Cuisine 4-Blade Spiralizer
Compact, folding design
Four included blades for different cuts
Minimizes food waste
Shorter handles require more user effort
If you’re looking for a spiralizer that will serve all your needs, try this one from Paderno. It has four different blades for cutting a variety of thicknesses, from as thin as angel hair to wide ribbons. This model cuts the entire vegetable, so there’s no “core” removed from the center. The coreless cutting is great for vegetables that don’t have an undesirable core, like carrots, beets, or young zucchini, but it’s not as great for fruits with a seedy core, like apples or cucumbers that have a soft core that might not cut well. Furthermore, "the thinnest angel hair blade had trouble with softer produce," our tester notes. Still, the other blades cut equally well on all the produce she tested.
The blades store under the spiralizer and the entire unit folds up for storage in one compact box. This makes it a great choice for kitchens that are short on space as well.
Since this is a hand-crank unit, it takes a little bit of effort and a little practice to get the right rhythm to produce uniform noodles, but it’s not strenuous work. This unit is dishwasher safe, but also easy to clean by hand.
"Hands down, the highlight of this spiralizer is its folding design." — Sharon Lehman, Product Tester
Runner-Up, Best Overall: OXO Good Grips Tabletop Spiralizer
Extra sturdy suction base
Easy and comfortable to use
A bit more expensive than other models
If you want to spend a bit less, this spiralizer from OXO is a great choice. It includes blades for small and larger “noodles” as well as a blade for wide ribbons. When cutting, a small “core” of the fruit or vegetable is left uncut, which is great when it’s desirable to discard the core. If that center is usable, you can still cut it with a knife or set it aside for another recipe. Our tester found the tool very easy and smooth to use, adding, "I never felt like we were having to use force to get tougher vegetables spiralized."
The blades store in a separate case which attaches to the spiralizer for storage. The blades are different bright colors, for ease in telling them apart, and let’s face it, it’s just more fun than an all-white gadget. For stable cutting, this has one large suction cup on the bottom that attaches firmly to smooth countertops.
This unit is dishwasher safe, but also easy to clean by hand, using a small brush to clean the blades.
"It didn’t take much effort to advance my food through the tool—everything glided smoothly." — Sharon Lehman, Product Tester
Best Budget: Zyliss Vegetable Spiralizer
Blade is reversible
Spiral cuts are very small
If you’re not sure you’ll love spiralizing, it makes sense to start with a modestly priced tool. This one comes with two blades, so you can cut either ribbons or spirals, and it’s just about foolproof. Just insert the vegetable in the top and twist the pusher. The body and the pusher are both threaded, and the pusher follows the threads on the holder, so there is no need to push while turning. Our tester does warn that she needed to grip the holder tightly for the pusher to engage with the threads on the holder.
This design leaves a lot less uncut vegetable bits than some other spiralizer designs, and it also keeps your fingers safely away from the sharp blades during use. For storage, both blades fit inside the spiralizer, so you won’t have loose parts to keep track of. All parts are dishwasher safe.
"Once I figured out that the teeth needed to be very firmly inserted and I had to grip the holder tightly, I had more consistent results." — Donna Currie, Product Tester
Best High-End: KitchenAid Spiralizer Plus
Blades are dishwasher safe
Great for peeling bushels of apples
Multiple blades for different uses
Lopsided fruits might be hard to position
If you’ll be spiralizing large quantities of everything in sight, this attachment to KitchenAid stand mixers can take most of the work out of the task. It includes three spiralizing blades and three ribbon or slicing blades in different thicknesses, as well as a peeling blade so you can peel and cut produce at the same time—or just peel, if that’s all you need. Our tester was momentarily concerned that she'd made more work for herself using the peeler, but she didn't need to worry: she found that the peeled section was one long string that was simple to remove.
Since it’s powered by the mixer, there’s not much effort required aside from putting fruits and vegetables onto the unit. When cutting, a small “core” of the fruit or vegetable is left uncut. The blades are dishwasher safe; the body should be wiped down by hand.
For a slightly lower price, there is a unit that includes just two spiralizer blades and two ribbon blades, along with the peeler. If you’ve already purchased the four-blade unit, you can purchase the two thinnest blades separately.
This spiralizer comes in a box to help organize and store all the pieces safely.
"Longer foods, like larger zucchini, had to be trimmed or cut in half to fit the machine, but it was still simple." — Donna Currie, Product Tester
Best Compact: OXO Good Grips Handheld Spiralizer
Three different blades
Twists together for storage
Vegetables have to be the right size
Can be tiring for large quantities
If you want to use spiralized vegetables as salad ingredients or as a garnish rather than making them a regular part of the main course, this little hand-held spiralizer can make quick work of a zucchini or cucumber. If you’re planning on spiralizing a family’s worth of zoodles for dinner on a regular basis, it could get a little tedious cutting that much by hand all the time.
Since it’s small, this gadget stores easily. The blades are recessed into a cup-like section, and there’s a handle that grips the food, so fingers can stay safely away from the blades during use, and the handle acts as a cap for the spiralizer during storage, keeping the pieces together and the blades protected. Our tester also liked that the tool didn't leave a lot of waste behind.
This has one spiralizing blade, but there are pricier versions that come with two or three blades if you want to upgrade. It’s dishwasher safe, but easy to clean by hand.
Best for Kids: Joyce Chen Spiral Slicer
Cutting mechanism is enclosed
Easy to use and store
Not as versatile as some other models
Top is tricky to attach properly
For those with kids who like to help out in the kitchen, this spiralizer is one of the safest since the cutting mechanism is fully enclosed during operation. It also has an attached container for catching the fruit or vegetable noodles once they’ve been spiralized. It cuts the entire vegetable with no center core.
There are only two cutting options, with spiralizing blades on one side of the cutting surface, and a ribbon-cutting blade on the opposite side of the cutting surface. It’s not as versatile as other units that come with multiple blades, but it’s fine for making zoodles if that’s all you’re interested in, and it can be stored fully assembled, so there are no loose parts to lose. Several reviewers like how easy the tool is to use and the fineness of the noodles it produces.
Vegetables need to be cut to about 3 1/2 inches long prior to spiralizing to fit into the cutting area and positioned properly for optimal cutting. And since the container isn’t huge, it might need to be emptied several times if you’re planning on slicing a lot of vegetables. The top can be a little fiddly to attach properly, so this isn’t a unit younger kids could use completely unsupervised.
The unit is dishwasher safe, but easy to wash by hand.
The Paderno World Cuisine Spiralizer Pro takes the top spot because of its variety of cutting blades, its small footprint, and the low waste it produces. If budget is not a concern and you spiralize a lot, we recommend the KitchenAid Spiralizer: our tester had a lot of fun spiralizing different types of fruits and vegetables.
What to Look for in a Spiralizer
By Sarah Tane
Ease of Use
It’s important to consider the level of effort that you’ll need to put in based on which kind of spiralizer your choose. Spiralizers are available in both manual and motorized versions. If you’re only spinning out a few spirals for a garnish or a kid’s meal, the hand-powered models are more than sufficient. If you're going to be using the spiralizer frequently for big-batch cooking, occasions, meal prep, or large gatherings, it’s going to require a whole lot of elbow grease to power you through a task like that. In these cases, a motorized version will help save you plenty of time and effort in the kitchen. A crank spiralizer would also be a great way to take some of the strain out of your hands, but would still not be as efficient as motorized. That said, regardless of the model, pretty much all spiralizers require vigorous and diligent cleaning. Even though some are dishwasher-safe, you’ll likely still need to get into the blade with a brush.
Size and Storage
Spiralizers come in all sorts of funky shapes and sizes, some of which can prove to be quite the storage headache. Of course, handheld spiralizers are the smallest option, so as long as you have a little extra cabinet space to spare, you shouldn’t have any issues. The stand mixer and food processor spiralizer attachments are also quite compact—if you get several different blade options, they can start to take up some space, but for the most part, these attachments are not a huge space occupier. The largest spiralizers are the countertop hand cranks and countertop motorized versions. Committing to these models means committing to sacrificing some serious storage and counter space. These types of spiralizers make the most sense if you’re going to be spiralizing often or if you’re not worried about storage space.
Blade Options and Quality
The most important piece of any spiralizer is, of course, the blade. You want to make sure that the blade is super sharp, easy to clean, and durable. If having a wide variety of blade options is important to you, then make sure you’re seeking out a model that offers several blades that you can switch out depending on what shape you’re going for. The most basic cuts that spiralizers offer are a thin cut, a thick cut, spaghetti, fettuccine, and wide, flat ribbons. There are also blades that can peel veggies—a great time saver if you need to peel a bunch of apples for a pie, for example. If you’re looking for a quick tool that will jazz up the way you cut vegetables or a garnish, then the extra blades will be just one more thing you’ll have to store.
You want to keep your spiralizer blades just as sharp and as clean as they were when you bought them, which is a little easier said than done given that food can very easily get stuck in the holes. In addition to the blade getting bits of food trapped in it, you also need to be diligent about cleaning the plastic body of the spiralizer, which can easily get permanently discolored if it isn't immediately washed after coming into contact with veggies like beets or squash. Rinsing the blades in warm, soapy water and using a small brush to free up any remaining food bits are good habits to get into. If the blades can be cleaned in the dishwasher, this is another great way to make sure that the blade is clean—just make sure the dishwasher isn’t dulling the blade. If you do opt to use a dishwasher to help clean the blade, be careful when removing the parts after they’re cleaned.
Spiralizers can cost you anywhere from $15 to $80, so it’s important to understand the difference in models before you invest in a piece you don’t need or buy a tool that’s not sufficient for the task you’re trying to accomplish. The models on the lower end of the price spectrum are typically single-blade, handheld models, which are great if you’re planning to infrequently spiralize a low volume of vegetables. The pricier spiralizers are either motorized or attached to a motorized appliance, which take the manual work out of making veggie noodles—a great perk if you’ll be spiralizing frequently and for a crowd. The hand-crank models fall in the middle of the price range, making them a nice compromise between the motorized and manual handheld options.
Types of Spiralizers
Handheld vs. Hand-Crank Tabletop
There are two main versions in the realm of manual spiralizers. First, there are compact, handheld spiralizers. These are typically dishwasher-safe and come with a few blade options that you can switch out. They require the most elbow grease of any model, so they’re best for a person that is going to be spiralizing a small amount of food pretty infrequently. They are also not very forgiving when it comes to the size of the vegetable, so you may need to trim it before you can send it through the blade.
The second manual spiralizer option is a countertop hand crank. While this is still a manual operation, it’s much easier to churn out large batches of veggie noodles with this apparatus than it is with a handheld model. The hand cranks take up a good amount of counter and storage space, but they’re very easy to use and clean. They also come with a wide variety of blades that can usually be stored safely in the body of the spiralizer. Some hand cranks operate from a vertical standpoint, but keep in mind that this limits how much space your spiralized noodles have to go. This is why a horizontal crank is preferred. Another aspect to consider about these hand cranks is the suction piece at the bottom of the base—because you will be applying a fair amount of pressure while cranking, you want to make sure that the suction is strong enough to keep everything in place.
If you’re looking for a little bit of an easier spiralizing process, then electric models will help cut down on a lot of time and effort. Similar to the hand-crank countertop models, these take up a good amount of space (like a juicer or a blender would). That said, should this be the route you take, you’re basically just a button and a gentle press of your veggies away from endless veggie noodles. Keep in mind that you’ll need ample storage space and access to an outlet. The device still requires a hand wash.
The final category of spiralizer models is an attachment. This can attach to your stand mixer or food processor; just make sure it is compatible with the appliance you own before purchasing. By securing said attachment onto your appliance, you now have a motorized setup to spiralize your ingredients. This setup is best if you're going to be spiralizing frequently and prepping large volumes of vegetables. It’s also ideal if you already own a KitchenAid stand mixer or Ninja food processor so that you don’t have to make an additional investment. There is a wide variety of blade options for stand mixers, and most food processors offer a two-blade setup. Not to mention, the attachments are rather compact, so they don’t take up a ton of storage space.
This is a great budget option for someone interested in spiralizing. Its handheld model (with only one blade) is a great starting point, and its hand crank is also another (slightly pricier) option.
If you already have a stand mixer from KitchenAid, then it might be in your best interest to go the attachment route and buy a corresponding spiralizer. These products are durable and also come with a warranty.
Another popular product among people buying online, this brand sells a four-blade, hand-crank model that can efficiently slice through veggies and fruits of all shapes and sizes.
For a vertical hand-crank spiralizer, this brand makes a very approachable and budget-friendly option. This would be a great intro piece for a novice spiralizer or a fun tool to get young kids excited about veggies and cooking.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Cookbook author Donna Currie is also a product tester and writer for The Spruce Eats. She loves the cost-effectiveness and DIY nature of making her own veggie noodles. Having reviewed three of the six tools in this roundup, she appreciates a spiralizer that is easy and comfortable to use—and gives bonus points if it's also fun.