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.
- 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.
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.
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.