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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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
What to Look for in a Spiralizer
Effort required: Spiralizers run the gamut from manual to completely motorized. If you’re making a few spirals for a garnish, the manual models will suffice and will take up less storage space. If you’re planning on spiralizing enough zucchini to feed the whole family on a regular basis, a crank-operated or even a motorized version will save a lot of time and effort.
Spiralizing options: Many spiralizers include multiple cutting options for thin or thick spirals, as well as ribbon cuts. If you’re looking for variety, it’s wise to look for models that offer the most options. If you’re just looking for a fun way to cut carrots to garnish a salad, then the extra blades will be just one more thing you’ll have to store.
Cleaning: Spiralizer blades are sharp, and food can get caught in the holes. Hand-washing with a small brush is easy, but tossing the parts into the dishwasher might be even easier. If you do opt to use dishwasher, be careful when removing the parts after they’re cleaned.