The Best Spiralizers Aren't Just for Zoodles

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Best Spiralizers

Simply Recipes / Jacqueline Weiss

Spiralizers are popular for making zoodles (aka zucchini noodles), but they come in handy for many more uses. Transform firm veggies like squash and carrots into noodles for a pasta alternative, turn a regular potato into curly fries, or use different attachments to shred and chop veggies quickly.

Though the end results are similar, there are different types of spiralizers, such as handheld, electric, stand mixer attachments, and more. Depending on your needs, one type of spiralizer may be a better fit for you than the others. To help you figure out which one is best for you, we did the research to find some of the most popular and well-rated spiralizers on the market, and then sent these to our product tester, Jaqueline Weiss, to put to the test in her home kitchen.

She used the spiralizers on various types of vegetables and observed how well they were able to make the spirals and ribbons, how smoothly each of them operated, how easy each was to use and clean, and more.

Here, the best spiralizers for your kitchen, so you can whip up vegetable noodles whenever you please.

Best Overall: OXO Good Grips Tabletop Spiralizer

4.8
OXO Good Grips 3-Blade Spiralizer with StrongHold Suction
Courtesy of Amazon.com.

What We Love: Suction cup creates nonslip surface, folds up for compact storage, removable blade box

What We Don't Love: Suction cup can be unreliable, plastic component may not be long-lasting

Anyone who enjoys vegetable noodles will benefit from investing in their own spiralizer. If you’re looking for a tried-and-true model, the OXO Good Grips Tabletop Spiralizer is a fan favorite for good reason. It’s complete with three interchangeable blades for spaghetti, fettuccine, and ribbon noodles. To operate, simply secure food to the multi-pronged food holder and use the rotating handle to push food through the blade, yielding smooth and uniform spirals.

This spiralizer features a stronghold suction cup base for stability that won’t damage your countertops and is easy to remove when complete. The suction cup creates a nonslip environment that is safe and stable to use without assistance from others and allows you to keep two hands on the device while in use. Plus, the box of blades is easy to store within the device, so it doesn’t take up as much space in your cabinets as you may think.

Jacqueline liked the overall design of the spiralizer and enjoy that the blades are different colors, and in her testing, found that it was straightforward to use and easy to clean. She also found it easy to store because it comes with minimal parts. The only thing she would add is a button to release the spiralizing blade. OXO does recommend in the manual to remove the blade first by pulling up on it—"which requires a bit of force," says Jacqueline—and then release the base from the countertop, which could be precarious if the suction wasn't secured properly.

"Insert your desired blade and pop on your fruit/vegetable to get started, and use both hands to simultaneously move the sliding food holder toward the blade while cranking the rotating handle to spiralize." Jacqueline Weiss, Product Tester

OXO Good Grips

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Dimensions (LxWxH): 9.75 x 8.25 x 6.25 inches | Weight: 3 pounds | Number of Blades: 3 | Dishwasher-Safe? Yes (spiralizer parts and blades)

Best Budget: Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Cutter

4.5
Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Cutter

Amazon

What We Love: Easy to use, dual stainless steel blades, makes noodles as well as pricier options

What We Don't Love: Minimal barrier between hands and blades closer to the end of the vegetable, can be difficult to clean

If you’re new to the concept of spiralizing veggies and want to give zoodles a try without breaking the bank, pick up a Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Cutter: It's the ideal entryway for beginners. The design is fairly simple, compact, and easy to use. Simply manually push food through the dual blades on either end with a twisting motion.

Like more expensive models, you can spiralize many firm fruits and vegetables with the Veggetti. However, your hand does come quite close to the blade when you reach the end of your food, and the side handles are not the most comfortable to hold for an extended period of time. With proper use, you can easily spiralize fruits and vegetables without having to invest in a pricier option.

If you are okay with a relatively simple product, or you are looking to make only noodles and not any other shapes, this is a great choice, says Jacqueline. "It's compact and lightweight, so it would be a good option for small spaces that can't accommodate a large item in the kitchen," she adds.

"Pick which end you prefer for either thin spaghetti or thick fettuccine. While this won't work for particularly large vegetables, only ones that can fit into either opening, which are the same size, your average zucchini or carrot should work just fine to create long noodles fast and efficiently."Jacqueline Weiss, Product Tester

Veggetti

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Dimensions (LxWxH): 2.8 x 2.8 x 6.3 inches | Weight: 0.3 pounds | Number of Blades: 1 | Dishwasher-Safe? Yes

Best for Zoodles: Spiralizer 7-Blade Vegetable Slicer

4.3
Spiralizer 7 Blade

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Love: Strong suction cups, seven versatile blades, blades are strong and ultra-sharp, blades are clearly labeled, includes a lifetime replacement policy

What We Don't Love: Plastic base may not be as sturdy for large veggies

One of the main appeals of spiralizers is the ease with which they transform zucchini and squash into zoodles. This seven-blade spiralizer is ideal for making zoodles because it has the following versatile blades: angel hair, fine shredding, coarse shredding, curly fries, coarse wavy blend, fine wavy blend, and flat blade, so there’s bound to be a shape you're interested in trying out. And if you're not sure what to make, there's a convenient recipe booklet included with your spiralizer to get your creative juices flowing as you crank out spirals of zucchini, carrots, and more.

If you have a handheld spiralizer and want to upgrade to the countertop version, this model will allow you to (literally) crank out an endless supply of zoodles. Conveniently suction this onto your countertop so there won't be any worries about a rogue vegetable or accidental injury, simply use one hand to push forward on the lever and the other to crank. Don't love it? You're covered by a lifetime replacement policy.

"With seven different options available, there's something for everyone! I did not have any suction issues as I saw some online reviewers noted, and had no other issues. I like that there is a button to remove the blade on the spiralizer and that the blade box isn't bulky since there is built-in storage on the spiralizer."Jacqueline Weiss, Product Tester

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Dimensions (LxWxH): 12.6 x 6.7 x 9.5 inches | Weight: 2 pounds | Number of Blades: 7 | Dishwasher-Safe? No (Hand washing recommended)

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Best Handheld: Fullstar 4-in-1 Vegetable Spiralizer

4.7
Fullstar 4-in-1 Vegetable Spiralizer

Amazon

What We Love: Compact design, easy to use, storage container provided, four spiralizing options

What We Don’t Love: Buttons are not labeled, storage is small

Though compact in size and simple in design, this Fullstar 4-in-1 spiralizer makes it easy to get your favorite veggies turned into noodles without too much effort. This manual spiralizer comes complete with an easy-to-remove bottom and top on the provided storage container so you can store a small amount of leftovers for the following day with ease, or simply spiralize right over a plate for immediate eating or cooking.

There's no swapping out blades based on which shape you're looking to create, just press the appropriate button (as indicated in your manual) to make the noodles of your dreams. Unfortunately, the buttons are not labeled so it may take some time to remember which buttons indicate which noodle size.

Jacqueline loves that the Fullstar has a storage lid and that the container is big enough to fit a solid amount of extra noodles for the next day. "I definitely prefer this to the OXO option," she added, referring to OXO's similar handheld spiralizer (see "What Are the Other Options" below). Though it's a bit bigger, Jacqueline appreciated the Fullstar's four different options while the OXO only has one. She also found it extremely easy to use.

"The buttons kind of threw me for a loop at first and I was confused because it didn't come with extra blades for me to manually swap in like other options did, but it was super easy to figure out after I took a look through the manual."Jacqueline Weiss, Product Tester

Fullstar

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Dimensions (LxWxH): 3.7 x 3.7 x 10.2 inches | Weight: 2.4 pounds | Number of Blades: 4 | Dishwasher-Safe? Yes

Most Versatile: Paderno 7-Blade Spiralizer

4.5
paderno-spiralizer

Courtesy of Williams Somona

What We Love: Blade plates are easy to insert and remove, removable parts are easy to clean, seven unique blades

What We Don't Love: Short handle, manual suction feet, initial setup can be tedious

With seven different blade options available with the Paderno, there's bound to be a shape you're looking forward to experimenting with in the kitchen. These include angel-hair shredder, chipper, fine shredder, straight blade, wide straight blade, wavy blade, and ribbon blade. Though the setup and breakdown can be clunky at times, the end result is an easy and delicious product definitely worth your time.

The Paderno also contains a bonus attachable pin accessory that creates accordion cuts, which is not possible with every spiralizer model. And its large, long-handled brush means you can clean the blades without worrying about injury.

Users with limited hand mobility should note that this hand-operated countertop spiralizer has a shorter handle than comparable models which can make it more difficult to operate, especially without a second handle for added security. The Paderno spiralizer also comes equipped with powerful suction feet that provide stability on the bottom, but it requires manual application to the surface, unlike some other models that offer a lever to secure.

Still, even though it felt like there were more cons with this model compared to similar countertop models I tested, the end results still turned out well.

"The number of blades available and the diversity of options would make this a great gift for a newbie or a pro. Each blade is clearly labeled, and there is storage within the spiralizer in addition to an external blade box."Jacqueline Weiss, Product Tester

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Dimensions (LxWxH): 9.5 x 6 x 9 inches | Weight: About 4 pounds | Number of Blades: 7 | Dishwasher-Safe? Yes (top rack)

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Best Stand Mixer Attachment: KitchenAid 7-Blade Spiralizer Plus with Peel, Core, and Slice

KitchenAid 7-Blade Spiralizer Plus with Peel, Core, and Slice

Amazon

What We Love: Includes seven blades, motor-powered, storage case included

What We Don't Love: Requires KitchenAid stand mixer, pricey

If you have a KitchenAid stand mixer, this spiralizer attachment will be an exciting addition to your collection. In addition to spiralizing fruits and veggies, this attachment also peels, cores, and slices. It comes with seven quick-change blades so you can get the most use out of your stand mixer: large core slice, small core slice, peel, extra-fine spiralizing blade, fine spiralizing blade, medium spiralizing blade, and small core thin slice. 

Though it is pricier than other models, the KitchenAid spiralizer attachment is made with durable stainless steel for long-lasting performance. When attached to the stand mixer, it is powered by the motor for easy operation. After use, tuck it away in the storage case, which is designed for easy access.

"After using a cheap handheld version for years, I finally invested in a KitchenAid spiralizer attachment, and it's worth every penny. I use mine to make zucchini noodles and thinly slice apples for pie, among other tasks."Taysha Murtaugh, Editorial Director

Dimensions (LxWxH): 5.8 x 12.5 x 3 inches | Weight: 2.4 pounds | Number of Blades: 6 | Dishwasher-Safe? Yes, accessories only (top rack)

Related: The Best KitchenAid Attachments

Final Verdict

With three color-coded blades for uniform spirals, a case for storage and safety, and a suction cup base for stability, the OXO Good Grips Tabletop Spiralizer is our top choice. For a budget-friendly (and beginner-friendly) model, consider the Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Cutter, a handheld spiralizer that’s ideal for making noodles. Plus, it’s easy to clean and store.

What Are the Other Options?

OXO Good Grips Handheld Spiralizer: Every home chef should have a spiralizer on hand, but it shouldn’t have to be expensive or require ample storage space to make vegetable noodles. OXO’s handheld spiralizer—a more affordable, compact, and dishwasher-safe alternative to its tabletop model—is an ideal compromise. This model's stainless steel blade is sharp, with two and three blade models also available that aren’t much larger than the single version. The con? You’ll have to manually twist and push vegetables through the blades, which requires a lot of effort.

OXO Handheld

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Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 Electric Spiralizer: Rather than flat blades that are interchangeable, this electric model uses cone-shaped blades. These make shapes such as linguine, spaghetti, and ribbons for more variety. It turned out that the actual process of getting started with the machine proved to be more confusing than the setup process. "When I turned it on, I assumed it would start right away, but it did not," explains Jacqueline. "I was a bit confused until I applied even more pressure pushing down, and it started. Since it doesn't activate immediately, you may leave it turned on accidentally and it could cause issues or an injury," she adds. Still, while this was the most complicated for our tester to use, the results were just as good as the manual options she tried. "I do not want to write this off entirely because, for someone who is disabled or has issues with the types of handheld items we featured, this could be very useful," Jacqueline says.

Hamilton Beach

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How We Tested

We purchased our best spiralizer picks and shipped them to Jacqueline so she could put them to the test in her own kitchen. She spent a few hours testing each spiralizer, examining how sharp the blades were and how smoothly and easily she was able to spiralize both tender and tough vegetables. If there were several blades, each designed to produce a specific shape (e.g., ribbons), she looked at how evenly and precisely the blade was able to produce that shape. She then cleaned each spiralizer according to the manufacturer's instructions and noted how easy it was to clean each item and its parts and accessories thoroughly.

After her tests, Jacqueline sent us feedback about what she liked and didn’t like about each spiralizer and rated each one on the following qualities: Design, Ease of Use, Size, Ease of Cleaning, Convenience, and Overall Value. Learn more about how we test products.

What to Look for When Buying a Spiralizer

Blades 

The key to a versatile spiralizer is in the blades. If you are mainly interested in making zoodles, you may not need many blades or attachments, though they're handy for various noodle sizes. For a multipurpose model, opt for a spiralizer with three or more blades. This will allow you to spiralize, chop, peel, and more. Bonus points if the spiralizer includes a storage case, so you can easily keep all your blades in one clean, safe, and organized space.

Stability Features for Countertop Models

Slipping and sliding on countertops sounds like it’s inevitable, but this inconvenience and safety risk is preventable. Look for tabletop spiralizers with non-slip features, such as a suction cup in the base or suction cup feet. This will increase the stability of your spiralizer when used on non-porous surfaces.

Maintenance and Cleaning

Fortunately, many spiralizers are designed with dishwasher-safe parts. In many cases, the removable blades can be put on the top rack of the dishwasher, and the base can be wiped down with a cloth.

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FAQs 

How do you use a spiralizer? 

The instructions may vary depending on whether the spiralizer is manual or electric. Start by washing and cutting your produce, then cutting the ends off to create a flat edge on either side.

Handheld spiralizers that are operated manually are the most user-friendly. Simply secure it to the spiralizer, then push the vegetable down into the blades with a twisting motion. This will yield uniform spirals on the other side of the blade.

Electric spiralizers require more prep, but once the spiralizer is in motion, little to no effort is required. To use an electric spiralizer, prepare the vegetable and secure it to the spiralizer. Turn the machine on and watch your fruits and vegetables turn into fun-shaped spirals.

Can you use a food processor to spiralize?

Some food processors have spiralizer attachments or accessories. Without them, you can’t spiralize vegetables using a food processor.

What foods can you use in a spiralizer?

Fruits and vegetables are the most popular foods to use. You can spiralize zucchini, carrot, onion, apple, cucumber, beet, turnip, butternut squash, potato, and more. Firmer foods will be easier to spiralize and will hold their shape better than softer foods.

Why Trust Simply Recipes?

Lacey Muinos is a health and wellness writer with a specialty in food- and drink-related topics. Among her impressive collection of kitchen gadgets is her handheld spiralizer, which she uses regularly to transform plain old zucchini into fun-shaped zoodles.

Jacqueline Weiss is a food writer and product tester with expertise in cheese, healthy cooking, and vegan cooking. She spent a few hours each day, over the course of several days, making piles and piles of veggie noodles to test our picks for the best spiralizers.

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