The spirals or vegetable spaghetti They are an original, fast and healthy way to consume more vegetables and eliminate the craving for pasta, considerably reducing calories and adding many more vitamins and fiber. Although they are already easy to find in the supermarket, it will be much cheaper to make them homemade with a spiralizer, and we can also choose from a wide variety of vegetables making the most of their freshness.
Back in 2013 we already presented in Direct to the Palate a recipe for “fake pasta” with zucchini ribbons, so this supposed new trend isn’t really all that new. Cut the vegetables into thin julienne strips, strips or ribbons that can mimic the look of pasta Italian or Asian is something that professional chefs have been doing for a long time, playing a bit with the concept of trompe l’oeil, textures and presentation.
Yes they have become more fashionable as a healthy, light and fit for cut down on refined carbohydrates or enjoy more fun vegetable dishes, or, at least, more original to the routine ones. Although it is possible to imitate the shape of vegetable pasta with a knife, a vegetable peeler, or a mandolin, the spiralizers they are a much more practical and faster tool, with more precise results.
Invented the contraption for the first time in Japan, today we find all kinds of models, sizes and prices, with a multitude of different functions. Choosing a spiralizer with so many offers can be a bit dizzy, so we hope that this guide will help you find the model that best suits your needs -and budget-.
What to consider before choosing a spiralizer
Design. There are more compact and manual, pencil sharpeners, much simpler, more comfortable and less mess, although less versatile. The more bulky models are also more complete, with more sets of blades and cutters, and they usually promise to be able to cut a more variety of vegetables, taking more advantage of the product; These consist of a mechanism with a crank, like old apple peelers, placing the fixed piece between two ends.
Size. Derived from the previous point we will have larger or more compact spiralizers. There is a risk of forgetting the utensil in a closet if it is too bulky and it is difficult for us to get the desire to use it, while the reduced models fit in any drawer and are more attractive to use, although they offer less versatility.
Stability and solidity. This is a crucial aspect in large models with a fixed base, as the idea is to be able to position the vegetable and cut it by turning a crank. If it is not strong, solid and stable, it will be difficult for us to remove the spirals from the hardest products, running the risk of breaking even the device. The more stable it is, the more regular and uncut spirals it will also be able to produce with long strips and without wasting pulp.
Materials. They also influence that solidity, although in general all these contraptions use a hard plastic body and stainless steel blades. If they offer special guarantees on their quality and finishes, they will score points. Flimsy or very light plastic does not offer many guarantees of withstanding continued use over time.
Electric or manual motor. An electric spiralizer will be bigger, more expensive and more cumbersome, but also more efficient and much simpler and more convenient to use. They also usually have a storage tank, although some models do not have the capacity to adapt to certain very fibrous vegetables or soft fruits, and they usually require smaller pieces.
Ease of use and cleaning. Such a specific device needs to be easy to handle so that we do not banish it to the storage room. Its operation should be intuitive and simple, that it does not present risks of cuts or accidents, and also easy to disassemble and clean. It is an aspect in which they tend to fail, since they often force to disassemble all their parts to wash them by hand, since bits of food remain on the blades or tanks.
Ambidextrous use. Obviously we will not care if we are right-handed, but left-handed people should take into account that not all spiralizers adapt to both uses, and can be really complicated to use if they are only aimed at a right-handed user.
Multifunction. While different blade sets are welcome, don’t be blinded by a glut of extra accessories. In the end, the most interesting thing is the spiral or noodle cut, the exact thickness being somewhat irrelevant at the end of the day. Unless we are really creative and love the added features, or are looking for a very specific format, it is not a relevant aspect to consider.
Different options that we find in the market
Adoric 4 in 1, the best seller
Amazon’s best-selling spiralizer costs only 10.99 euros, which also has numerous positive reviews. Compact and for manual use, logically without a tank, this model has four interchangeable blades.
Highlights the blade quality, made of resistant stainless steel with high reinforced carbon content, as well as the general solidity of the whole body and the wide mouth to be able to insert large pieces. It includes three buttons to switch blades and a non-slip grip on the top.
Adoric 4-in-1 Vegetable Cutter Vegetable Grater Zucchini Pasta Vegetable Spiralizer Veggetti Slicer Cucumber, Zucchini Spaghetti, Manual Spiral Cutter (Green)
OXO Good Grips
The popular brand OXO always receives very positive ratings in the reviews and expert tests in Anglo-Saxon specialized publications, and its compact spiralizer was not going to be less. Similar to the previous model, for 23.95 euros it offers us a small, beautiful, simple and efficient gadget.
In this case it has three blades in different colors, and also includes a recipe book. The lid serves as a container for storing cut vegetables and is dishwasher safe.
OXO Good Grips 3-Blade Vegetable Spiralizer and Grater, Multicolor
Joseph Joseph 3 in 1
Another of the best-known brands in the world of culinary utensils has a very popular and inexpensive model, at only 17.59 euros. Featuring typical company styling and harmonious color palette, this spiralizer does include a larger container case to accommodate the cut vegetables or to store them.
It has three high-quality blades Interchangeable for thinner noodles, thicker noodles and a grid sheet for grating cheese and other foods. It is very easy to assemble and disassemble and is dishwasher safe.
Joseph Joseph 20105 3-in-1 Spiral Cutter, Stainless Steel, Multicolor
Already in the fixed body large spiralizer model, for larger and harder vegetables, we have this well valued model from Lurch that offers a good stability and solidity in use, for 24.86 euros, standing out as one of the best quality-price models in the economic range of these designs.
It has almost 4,000 very positive reviews among Amazon users, and it is not particularly bulky for the functions it offers. Highlights the edge of its stainless steel blades, the non-slip suction cups on its solid legs, and the three interchangeable blades that can also be stored in the appliance itself when not in use.
Lurch Spirali 10203 – Vegetable Cutter (Beige and Green Color)
This mark also usually appears on tops of spiralizers analyzed in American publications, and the model that we found in Amazon is very compact, stable and versatile, for 32.01 euros, although we can choose another more complete model for 79.51 euros.
The most basic has three sets of blades high quality, it even allows to cut hard cabbages finely and is easy to disassemble and clean.
PADERNO 49827-99 – Fruit Cutter
Cecotec SpiralChef 400 electric
If we prefer an electric model, Cecotec tells us that for 35.24 euros it presents its 80W spiralizer with four blades made of stainless steel and a one-liter container.
All parts are removable and dishwasher safeIt is made with sustainable materials and takes up very little space thanks to its compact vertical design, with a wide and comfortable vegetable intake mouth.
Cecotec Spirilizer SpiralChef 400. 80 W, 4 Stainless Steel Blades of Different Sizes, 1 L Container, Wide Inlet Channel, Removable Parts and Dishwasher Safe
Imetec SP 100 Electric Spiralizer
Also the Italian brand Imetec, famous for its juice extractors, presents its own electric spiralizer, raising the price a little more, for 66.88 euros. Very well valued by users, it has three blades made of stainless steel with the three classic pasta cut formats: spaghetti, pappardelle and noodles.
Very compact, the container cup has a 500 ml capacity and offers great stability, as well as a security system to avoid cuts or small accidents. It only weighs 500 g – empty – and has a power of 80W.
Imetec SP 100 Electric Spiralizer, Spiral Vegetable Cutting, Accessories for 3 Shapes Spaghetti, Tagliatelle, Pappardelle, Stainless Steel, BPA Free 500 ml, Safety System
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