Spiral cut vegetables can make a tasty and fun addition to salads and work in place of grain-based pasta.
If gluten or carbohydrates are a concern, try a veggie spiralizer to expand your palate and make food preparation a bit more enjoyable!
In this guide we will look at vegetable noodle makers to make zoodles and pasta out of veggies and help you find the best spiralizer in our model comparison chart and spiralizer reviews.
Top 5: Best Vegetable Spiralizers
OXO Good Grips Spiralizer
The OXO Good Grips spiralizer is our favorite spiralizer overall.
It has a lever-driven vacuum system to stick to the counter and removable blades for easy cleaning.
It's sturdy and has color-coded blades to make selecting the right thickness easy.
The locking suction grips mean that there's absolutely no slide, even when working with hard vegetables like carrots or finicky vegetables like onions.
While the unit doesn't have a container to deposit sliced vegetables in, you can place whatever bowl or cutting board you want on the business end to give you as much volume as you need.
Like other horizontal crank spiralizers, there's no feeding tube, so it's not too much trouble to put eggplant, cabbage or potatoes into this bad boy.
OXO has included a case for storing extra blades, but it's not conveniently tucked under the unit like the Paderno.
You'll have to find space in a drawer somewhere. You also have to manually change blades, unlike the Inspiralizer, but we think that the ability to remove them for cleaning more than makes up for this. Every part is dishwasher safe.
We think this OXO Good Grips Spiralizer is the one to consider. The Inspiralizer and Paderno are pretty similar in terms of functionality, so they're definitely worth considering if they're cheaper or easier for you to get.
The Paderno has an extra thickness of noodle and the Inspiralizer is a bit safer for kids to use. Otherwise, this OXO is a clear winner to us.
Paderno World Cuisine Spiralizer Pro
The Paderno World Cuisine spiralizer is a horizontal, crank-driven spiralizer.
It includes a straight blade for accordion cuts and blades for three thicknesses of noodles.
The entire unit is compact and functions as its own storage container, making it much easier to store than most of its competitors.
The Paderno attaches to your countertop with four suction cups at the corners of the unit. They don't stick to wood too well, but they do fine on just about every other countertop surface. You'll have to release each sucker individually when it's time to move the unit.
There is a bit of drift while the spiralizer is in use, especially when you're using it on hard vegetables, but it's not too bad.
Spiralizers tend to be a pain to clean, but Paderno has dodged this by making its blades dishwasher safe.
We recommend a quick rinse or soak after you've used them before throwing them in the dishwasher. You'll loosen the bits of vegetable stuck in the little crannies and help the high-pressure water in your dishwasher do its job.
If you want angel-hair vegetable strands with easy cleanup, this may be best model for you. The Paderno Spiralizer Pro offers an additional blade for thinner noodles compared to the OXO Good Grips spiralizer and is easier to clean than the Inspiralizer.
However, both of the other units may stick to the counter much better.
Gourmia Electric Spiralizer
Unlike the crank-driven horizontal spiralizers, this outputs vegetable noodles to an internal container with a fairly small volume. When making large dishes, you'll have to empty this container out multiple times.
We think that this minor addition of labor is more than fair for not having to crank.
One thing to note is that you have to spend a few seconds prepping each vegetable before feeding it into this spiralizer. There's a handy push tool included with the unit.
In order to keep vegetables from rotating, you need to trim the ends so that the push tool can hold them in place. This doesn't take any longer than preparing a vegetable for use with any other spiralizer, but it is a bit different.
The biggest downside to this model over an open, hand driven one is the limited size of the feed tube. You might have a difficult time with anything bigger than a zucchini.
You can use crank spiralizers with onions, potatoes, and cabbage without too much hassle. There's no good way to feed them into the Gourmia.
While you can't use big vegetables or ones with weird shapes, the Gourmia Electric Spiralizer may be ideal for spiralizing cucumbers, zucchini, and other similar vegetables.
Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer
The Veggetti functions like a pencil sharpener. You push in a vaguely pencil shaped zucchini and a fixed blade slices off spiral shaped sections.
The Veggetti is one of those midnight tools as seen on TV.
As far as handheld spiralizers go, it's durable, has sharp blades, and it's about as easy to clean as they get. If you don't have room for a crank model, this is a fine choice.
Handheld spiralizers fall short of crank models in two major ways.
One, they're slow. You have to feed vegetables in by hand. Most people are much better at cranking than twisting, so the actual work goes much slower than with a crank model.
Two, they only really work with soft vegetables that are shaped like zucchini. This means you can only spiralize zucchini, cucumbers, and Japanese style eggplants.
If size or cost is an issue, the Veggetti is certainly a viable alternative to a larger, more expensive crank model.
However, if you're going to use your spiralizer often, we think the speed and versatility offered by a crank model easily offsets the increased cost. See our full Veggetti review for all models offered.
Inspiralized The Inspiralizer
The Inspiralizer offers the same vacuum clamps that the OXO does. It has four blades, giving you three thicknesses of noodles and one ribbon cut to choose from.
Unlike the other crank spiralizers, the blades are permanently attached to the device. In order to change them, you simply move a lever and a different blade is brought into the cutting position.
On the positive end, this allows Inspiralized to construct the unit with less blade area exposed.
The Inspiralizer is much more kid-friendly on the crank end. It's a bit scary to have kids around the other crank driven spiralizers where big razor sharp cutting edges are exposed from both sides a few inches away from the crank.
The drawback here is that it's trickier to clean the Inspiralizer than units with detachable blades. You can't just pull the blades out and throw them in the sink or dishwasher.
The unit itself is remarkably well engineered, with very few places for vegetable bits to get stuck, but we think detachable blades are kind of a big deal.
The Inspiralizer has great suction for stability and the lever switching means you don't have to store your extra blades. For those who are worried about losing parts or causing injury, consider the Inspiralizer for making noodles and zoodles at home.
What Is A Spiralizer?
A vegetable spiral slicer will cut vegetables in long, narrow threads like pasta. Instead of cubing carrots for a salad, you can spiralize them into long tendrils for garnishes and pretty salads.
Spiralized Zucchini = Zoodles (an alternative to wheat based pasta)
Broccoli stalks can be peeled and converted into fresh flavor for pasta dishes. Zucchini noodles can be quickly prepared with a bit of olive oil and a little lemon into a low-carbohydrate, high fiber side dish.
Changed your mind? Check out our guide to the Best Pasta Maker here.
How Do I Choose A Spiralizer?
The functional difference between spiralizers is handheld vs counter top. Both units work by inserting the vegetable into the slicing end and twisting or cranking to produce the long slices of veggie pasta.
Handheld spiralizers are easy to manage and to wash. They will take a bit more elbow grease to create the long slices of vegetables you need to make your dish.
For example, the OXO handheld spiralizer is a manual spiralizer with a food gripping plate covered in small spikes. On the back of this plate is a handle for easy twisting.
Depending on the size and density of your vegetable, you can handle it manually until it becomes too small to hold near the blades.
It's most effective on vegetables one and half inches in diameter and less than six inches in length. This spiralizer is very easy to handle, wash and store.
The Veggetti offers twelve different cutting blades for a variety of sizes in your vegetable cuts. All the blades are stainless steel and the tool is easy to clean.
Just push the vegetable through one end of the cone, turn the tool with your other hand and soon you're producing crisp ribbons of vegetables. When you're finished, just rinse it and run it through the dishwasher.
Like other handheld spiralizers, the Veggetti is easy to store and won't need a lot of space in your cupboards. It will take more elbow grease to use than a crank spiralizer.
For smaller vegetables like summer squash, cucumbers, carrots, radishes and broccoli stalks, the Veggetti is an excellent tool.
Larger and denser vegetables including potatoes, turnips and large zucchini may not fit in the Veggetti as it can't process vegetables larger than two and a half inches in diameter.
Depending on your spiralizing needs, a cranking tool may be a better choice.
Crank Style Spiralizers
Crank spiralizers work by clamping the vegetable between the holding plate and the blade. As you turn the crank, the vegetable is forced through the blade.
The holding plates on crank spiralizers really expand your options as you build your dishes because they're covered with spikes that will hold the vegetable against the blades with little handling.
For example, messy vegetables like beets are more easily spiralized in a crank tool because you don't need to handle them once locked in, and large potatoes are easy to slice into long ribbons because of the consistent pressure that is applied on them.
The most user-friendly crank-style spiral slicer tools have a solid base with rubber feet. This means that no matter how much force you apply, your vegetable slicer will not need to be chased across the counter as you crank.
Best Vegetables To Spiralize
Depending on which vegetable noodle maker you purchase, you can slice almost any vegetable that is firm enough and small enough to fit through the blades.
Great To Spiralize
Fruits/Veggies To Avoid
White Potato & Sweet Potato)
For a list of more foods to spiralize, check out Inspiralized.
It's important to note that not all vegetables should be eaten unpeeled. Broccoli stalks can have a woody outer covering, and turnips can be unpleasantly waxy.
Once you've peeled your vegetables, they may be a bit slippery, so handle with care as you get close to the blades!
Depending on your reasons for buying a spiralizer, the vegetables you process may vary. For fans of the Paleo Diet nearly all the recommended vegetables except asparagus and avocados should be easy to spiralize.
If you're spiralizing to reduce the gluten exposure of grain-based pastas, zucchini squash spaghetti is a delicious option.
Finally, if you're a fan of crisp fried potatoes, a veggie slicer can help you slice both white and sweet potatoes to an ideal thickness for homemade chips.
Carrots, cucumbers and zucchini are fairly straightforward. Peel or wash as you prefer, trim the stems and greens, and run them straight through.
Potatoes, peeled or unpeeled, may take some slicing to fit them through the tool. Small radishes will require a holding tool and are not recommended for safety reasons.
Bell Peppers can easily be spiralized with a bit of trimming.
Don't Forget Fruit!
There are also several fruits that spiralize well and can add a bit of sweetness to salads. Apples, pears and jicama can be a terrific source of fresh sweet crunchy garnish for any dish, hot or cold.
You'll want to confirm your spiralizer is BPA free. Making sure the blades are stainless steel and dishwasher safe reduces the worries of corrosion and the fuss of trying to hand wash sharp blades.
There are many recipe ideas out there for paleo-friendly, gluten-free dishes. Spiral sliced produce offers plenty of surface area to add a boost of fresh flavor. Adding a spiralizer to your kitchen tools will increase your enjoyment of food from preparation to dining.
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