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July 22, 2015

Paderno Spiral Slicer Review

paderno spiral slicer reviews

The Paderno Spiral Slicer is a plastic-construction tool that you can use to slice up vegetables and fruits in decorative ways. It comes with three plastic plates equipped with stainless steel blades and also sports suction feet to help you keep it stable when cutting. It is capable of coring and cutting vegetables and fruits at least half an inch wide and is designed with a built-in space on the side for storing blade plates that are not in use. This slicer costs just under $35.

Paderno Spiral Slicer

Features

  • BPA-free ABS plastic construction of the frame and blade plates
  • Stainless steel blades
  • 4 suction cups on the base’s corners to keep it stable during use
  • Easy-release tabs for suctions
  • 3 included blades: shredder (1/8-inch spacing), chipper (1/4-inch spacing), and straight
  • Frame has pullout storage built into the side for blades
  • 12 x 6 x 8.75 inches

Paderno Spiral Slicer

The Paderno Spiral Slicer is a nice-looking vegetable slicer for under $35.  The impact-resistant white plastic gives it a very clean look out of the box, although it will probably accumulate stains over time.  Still, if you clean it often enough, that shouldn’t be a problem, and the Paderno will not be an eyesore even if you leave it on your counter.

This is not a large gadget. A dedicated storage compartment for the spare blades right in the unit itself allows for a compact design. The compartment can only store two blade plates, as the assumption is that you can keep the other plate (there are three) loaded in the machine ready for cutting. That is reasonable enough, but it would be nice if the compartment were designed so that the juice from the vegetable/fruit being cut did not drip into it.

That aside, the Paderno is largely an example of sound design. It uses durable materials, is relatively safe to use (certainly more so than a mandoline!), and is also fairly simple to clean up. The latter is one of its best points, in fact. Save for the blades, the entirety of the machine can be popped into the top rack of the dishwasher without any problems. The blades are best hand washed—that is the truth of all blades in the kitchen, whether they are mandoline blades or knives.

Paderno Spiral Slicer 2

The Paderno also has a nice feature that adds to the overall convenience of its use: suction cups on the base. These are positioned at the four corners of the unit, like legs, and they do have a fairly good hold on a counter. They work less efficiently if the surface is wet, so be sure that your counter is dry if you want to use them.

Like all other spiral slicers, the Paderno has a lower limit on the width of vegetables or fruit it can slice. This limit is determined by the holding spikes on its corer: this is the part that grasps the item being sliced and turns it. On the Paderno, the lower limit is 0.5in. This means that only vegetables 0.5in and above can be sliced by it, as only they can be grasped by the corer.

The corer works well, being capable of gripping most items, although some vegetables do require you to load a thicker piece/cylinder into it than others. This is usually the case with really heavy, thick items that give slicers issues, like sweet potatoes. The Paderno breezes through these, though: you just have to ensure enough of the vegetable’s cross-section is grasped by the corer so it does not slip off.

In use, the Paderno is superb. It requires barely any effort, owing to the razor-edges on the blades. It also leaves very little waste after slicing, though bits of vegetable can sometimes get stuck in the metal ring above the blades. This is easily dealt with, though, as they can be knocked out with a handy kitchen implement. Avoid using your fingers; else you may have an accident.

In sum, this is an exceptional little spiral slicer that receives a 4.5 star rating. Its price renders it a fine investment if you require ribbon-cut fruits and vegetables from your kitchen. Some might not like the core it leaves behind–about 0.75in in diameter—but that core can actually be used for other dishes. It may even be more convenient to have it taken out automatically in the process, as in the case of fruit with seeds at the center.

Paderno Spiral Slicer 3

Comparison

Two competitors often mentioned in comparisons of the Paderno Spiral Slicer are the iPerfect Envy (just under $25) and the Brieftons NextGen Spiralizer (about $25). The iPerfect Envy has a closer likeness to the Paderno with its tri-blade design and very similar profiles. It also gives the Paderno a run for its money by tacking on a lifetime guarantee to its product as well as a lower price than the Paderno goes for.

Both are excellent products, and they are so similar to each other that many might think them the same item—only rebranded. The quality of construction does differ, though, with the Paderno units often having a slighter edge. Does this mean the iPerfect Envy is badly constructed? Hardly, especially with that lifetime guarantee, but there is a greater tendency for its moving parts to feel loose when being used.

The Brieftons product is a handheld spiral slicer with removable blade inserts, and thus a more portable version of the Paderno. Does that make it better? It depends: is portability more important to you than ease of use? The Paderno still operates more smoothly and takes less effort to work, but it can hardly be carried in a briefcase on a trip to the next county. Ultimately, it comes down to you deciding on your priorities.

July 22, 2015

5 of the Best Vegetable Spiral Slicer Reviews

Best Vegetable Spiral Slicer Reviews

When looking for a vegetable spiral slicer, what may suit one person may not suit another so well. That’s why this compilation reviews five instead of just one spiral slicer. Vegetable slicers can come with various features and options that may determine which you’ll choose. Options such as blade spacing, materials used, extra attachments, etc. will be important in making a decision. But whatever your specific needs are, there should be a vegetable slicer in this list for you.

Paderno World Cuisine 3-Blade Basic Spiral Slicer

Paderno Spiral Slicer

This spiral slicer comes with three blades: a 1/8in-spaced blade, a 1/4in-spaced blade, and a straight blade.  Made of BPA-free ABS plastic, it has stainless steel blades and four suctions on its feet to give you a steady working experience. There is also a handy storage compartment for unused blades. This slicer is very affordable at just under $35.

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Relatively easy to clean
  • Suction cups work well

Cons:

  • Stains easily because of the white plastic

Conclusion:

If ever there were a spiral slicer likely to make it on more than one reviewer’s spiralizer top ten list, this would be it. The Paderno World Cuisine slicer is a thing of beauty. It takes surprisingly little elbow grease to use because of the sharp blades and is easy enough to clean with a spare toothbrush.  The plastic tends to stain if you don’t clean it immediately, but that’s a given when you’re working with white plastic. It even has a storage compartment in the unit itself so that you don’t lose your blade attachments!

Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer

Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer

The Veggetti Spiral Slicer is designed specifically for cutting vegetables into pasta replacements and stir-fry pieces. It is made of BPA-free plastic and sports two stainless steel blades. With less features, this slicer is quite a bit cheaper at around $11.

Pros:

  • Very sharp blades
  • Easy to use
  • Very cheap (just a little over $10)

Cons:

  • Not exactly easy to clean

Conclusion:

This is a great handheld spiralizer, and it really does work well to create zucchini spaghetti, as its adverts boast. The only issue with it is that it can be a bit of a pain to clean after you’re done, as little pieces sometimes get stuck inside. It’s actually dishwasher-safe, but it washes best with a power sprayer. Other than that, it’s a good buy for the price. It’s probably not as versatile as the products with multiple blade inserts, but it doesn’t have to be at just $10.

Premium Slicer

Premium Slicer

This handheld spiralizer has a built-in finger guard and is dishwasher-safe and BPA-free. The blades are made of Japanese stainless steel and the bundle comes with a dedicated cleaning brush to make washing up easier. This slicer is about $15.

Pros:

  • Convenient cleaning brush is included
  • Fairly nice build
  • Very cheap

Cons:

  • Requires a bit of practice to get right

Conclusion:

This is another of the handheld spiralizers, which basically work much like your average pencil sharpener—only what comes out is in finer ribbons and is usually a vegetable. It feels great in the hand, almost ergonomic, and the blades are so sharp they do practically all of the work for you. In fact, they’re so sharp that it would be wise to go carefully when using it: even if it has a finger guard, you can still do yourself some damage if you don’t watch what you’re doing.

The cleaning brush is very useful and probably one of the best things about this package. It does take a bit of time to get used to the way it works, though. So keep that in mind when you test run yours. After a few tries, you should get the action just right.

iPerfect Kitchen Envy Tri-blade Spiralizer

iPerfect Kitchen Envy Tri-blade Spiralizer

This BPA-free tri-blade spiralizer has three 304 stainless steel Japanese blades: a shredder, a chipper and a straight blade. It also has a lifetime money-back guarantee and suction cups on the base. This slicer is a great deal at about $25.

Pros:

  • Excellent lifetime guarantee
  • Sturdy plastic and steel build
  • Easy to clean

Cons:

  • The handle mechanism could feel a little sturdier

Conclusion:

This is another good tri-blade option for those who want their spiral slicers to do a lot. It’s actually very similar to the first item on this list (the Paderno), but is a bit cheaper. That may make a difference to a lot of buyers since it and the Paderno product work pretty much the same way. It doesn’t hurt that this one also has a great lifetime guarantee with it.

The only area where this falls behind the Paderno spiral slicer is probably in the sturdiness of its handle mechanism. The Paderno’s feels quite reliable, with little play in it. This one has a handle that can wiggle a bit, and though it doesn’t seem to negatively influence performance, it’s not always reassuring. That said, the guarantee does seem to say that the company believes in its durability.

Brieftons NextGen Spiralizer

Brieftons NextGen Spiralizer

Unlike most handheld spiral slicers, this one from Brieftons offers removable blade inserts for different cuts. It has a deep-penetrating finger guard with a wider base to accommodate bigger vegetables. It also comes with a cleaning brush. This slicer is also just under $25.

Pros:

  • Removable blade inserts
  • Cleaning brush is included
  • Finger-guard/food holder cap works well

Cons:

  • Spikes in the food holder cap could be made of more durable material (they bend under hard use)
  • Could be more ergonomic

Conclusion:

This is a departure from most of the handheld spiral slicers because it has four insertable blades: 3mm, 5mm, 10mm, and flat 70mm blades. The fact that they can be pulled out of the unit makes it easier to clean, something that is helped along further by the cleaning brush that is included in the package. The big food holder is great too: most food holders on these spiral slicers are limited in the sizes of vegetables they can accommodate. This one can handle even bigger potatoes. It’s not bad looking either, although it could use a slight upgrade in materials for some parts—the handles could be rubberized for comfort, for instance.

Summary

As said earlier, individual prerequisites vary, but perhaps the best buys here are the Paderno and the Premium Slicer. Get the former if you want a tabletop option and go with the latter if you prefer a handheld/portable model. Both have good quality and are easy to handle. If you’re looking for something super simple and cheap, the Veggetti Spiral Slicer would be a good choice.