I believe I speak for most of us when I say that one can never have enough (useful) kitchen tools. Especially those that make our lives a little easier in the kitchen, right?
If you’ve never heard of a spiralizer, you are in for a treat. A spiralizer is a manual (handheld or counter mounted) gadget that makes spaghetti and other pasta shapes out of vegetables. Seriously!
Anything I can do to help me get more vegetables into our diet is great, especially when everything that gets sprialized is naturally free of gluten and grains. It’s perfect for those of us who follow a grain-free diet, need to make gluten-free meals, or just want a fun way to eat more vegetables.
You can spiralize apples, beets, broccoli, butternut squash, cabbage, carrots, celery root (celeriac), chayote, cucumbers, jicama, kohlrabi, onions, parsnips, pears, plantains, radish, rutabaga, sweet potatoes, taro roots, turnips, white potatoes, zucchini, and more!
Because I know it’s hard to see on pictures whether or not you are going to like something, my little guy (the 3 year old) and I recorded a video for you to see how the spiralizers I own compare. If anything else, you have to watch the bloopers at the end.
Another reason I love spiralizing is that I can spiralize veggies one night, store them in the fridge in a container, and have them ready to go when I need them a day or two later. Click here to see how I spiralize veggies ahead of time and store them.
Now that I have you thinking about getting a spiralizer or using yours more often, let’s compare some of the most popular models. There are tons of spiralizing units out in the market and you should know that there are quite a few imitators out there; meaning, same machine design (for the most part) different brand label.
I believe that a kitchen tool is most useful when it doesn’t have a lot of unnecessary parts and it does a great job. I’ve seen some pretty intricate things calling themselves spiralizers but they are cumbersome to use (and clean), which is why most people stop using theirs.
There are two main categories of spiralizers. Handheld and counter mounted. In those two main categories, there are lots of variations in design.
The Handheld Julienne Peeling Method
While it’s not officially a spiralizer, this inexpensive peeler cuts veggies into julienne-cut strands. My favorite is the OXO Julienne Peeler because it’s easy to grip and there is a safety cover that covers the very sharp pointed blade when not in use; this prevents you from being poked when reaching inside your kitchen drawer (it’s happened to me more than once).
The pro is that it’s inexpensive and it doesn’t take a lot of room. The con to this tool is that it takes a long time to make enough for a family. Sure, it might take five minutes to make a single serving, but I can sprialize for a entire week with another model in five minutes. Time is of an essence.
The Handheld Spiralizer, or “Vegetti”
I’ve purchased the Vegetti when it first came out after recording a podcast with my friend Aviva. She was a huge fan and got me all excited. Once I tried it, I hate to admit that my enthusiasm was quickly deflated. I watched a ton of YouTube videos on how to use it and I could never get it to work right for me. I quickly got stored in the junk drawer and I stopped spiralizing all together for months.
The pro is that it’s inexpensive and it doesn’t take a lot of room. The cons outweigh any purchase thoughts you might have. It wastes a lot of veggie that is easily used up in other models and it takes a lot of time to make enough for a family meal. This one gets two thumbs down. If it’s going be this cumbersome to get spiralized veggies on the table, I am not going to do it as often as I’d like.
The Counter-mounted Spiralizers
I first purchased a Padermo spiralizer after buying my friend Ali Maffucci’s cookbook, Inspiralized: Turn Vegetables into Healthy, Creative, Satisfying Meals. I have to admit that the counter mounted spiralizer revolutionized the speed at which I could get a veggie filled meal on the table.
Once I started having fun turning my veggies into noodles, my youngest son, Gabriel, became excited about making spiralized veggies too!
There are two drawbacks to the Padermo model; the first one is that the suction cups don’t’ stay suctioned on the counter well and I have to keep pressing the suction cup corners down. The other is that the spiralizing blades are exposed and now that my kids love to spiralize, they pose a big risk and it’s quite easy to cut oneself during spiralizing or washing. Otherwise, it does the job well.
Most recently I’ve started using and love the Spiralizer. It cuts in so many different ways, it’s by far the most useful and versatile tool!
Whichever method you use, be sure to check out my best tips on how to spiralize veggies and store for the week.
Photography: Ali Maffucci
I love the inspiralizer! My kids love cooked veggies. I was always very picky until the last 5-10 years. I slowly incorporated veggies and I know the struggle first hand. So I all my kids to at least try a bite. If they don’t like it, I understand, but they at least have to have a note of every thing.
I also have them drinking a green drink with dinner. All it has is water, salad, banana protein powder and ice. They love it and they get their veggies.
Thanks for the information Laura! I frequently find it challenging to add vegetables into our daily intake. Especially when we try to incorporate it into more than just a side dish or another salad. The spiralizer is such an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for the review! My 6yo is picky but is at least willing to try a bite of new foods. And she likes broccoli! My 2.5yo’s only veggies are sweet potatoes and carrots.
What a great appliance to have! It’s a constant struggle to get my kids to eat veggies – despite hubby and I being big veggie eaters – so it’s baby steps. Carrots, then cucumbers, now lettuce. I present different options to them all the time and pretend like they’ve never tried a particular veggie (if previously turned down).
Fantastic detailed review! A great addition to the kitchen, which gets everyone excited about vegetables at last!
My toddler is not a fan of vegetables at all but loves noodles of any kind so I think this would be a great way to get some veggies into his diet and get him more excited about meals.
I have the vegetti and it has really helped to add some more vegetables to our meals. My favorite is spiralized zucchini sautéed in olive oil and garlic and added to a grilled cheese sandwich. But the vegetti is not always easy to use and I think this Spiralizer would work even better for our family!
Wow! Wow! Wow! Just saw this at Kitchen Hardware today. Looks so good. My husband passed away in March and it’s just me and the kitty cat left now. I must admit, the cat eats well but I have neglected myself. Just anything will do for meals. This product has aroused my food senses and I am starting to think good food again. Also loved the recipe book that was on sale with it. I sure would love to be a winner….and grinner!
Thanks for sharing your hands on experience with these. I’ve been thinking about getting one since I saw a zucchini noodle recipe, and I now know where to start! I made spaghetti squash for the first time for my two daughters and was pleasantly surprised that they delighted in it. With a spiralizer, I hope to expand to other veggies.
I currently have a handheld one that takes forever to use!!! I would love to have the inspiralizer. I think if my kids help out they would be likely to try it out. Looks like it would take a lot less time!
One of the tricks we use (when we remember) is setting out appetizers of raw veggies (red peppers, carrots, zukes, etc) for my daughter while I’m cooking supper. By the time we sit down to dinner, she’s had a good amount of veggies, so I fuss less about what she eats, so it’s a win-win.
My kids eat a lot of veggies now, but it wasn’t always like that. I just kept introducing and reintroducing them. I searched for the most delicious and nutritious recipes and did not give up! Also, in order to get them to try new veggies, I serve the veggies first and make trying it a requirement before getting the next dish, which is the main meal. It works every time. I have been meaning to pick up a spiralizer for the longest time but didn’t know which one to get. Thanks, Laura.
I have a hard time incorporating veggies in lunches. He will eat them at supper, but it always a side item
I do struggle with my son who basically refused to eat anything with color. OK, maybe not sweet potato casserole – but anything else he refused. I do ask for him to eat something small. It’s a struggle, so maybe trying the inspiralizer will inspire him to eat more veggies 🙂 Thank you for the chance.
I’d love to try the inspiralizer – I actually have the handheld version and I ended up just using it once because it took me forever to get through a zucchini (and by the end it got difficult). It would be really cool if I could use it for lunches (like spiralized carrots) I’ve finally gotten my son to eat them by giving him dipping options and he really likes them cut thin so this would be great – and fun for him to do!
I am not sure which spiralizer you bought from Paderno, but I bought the four blade one and I love it. It compacts as well as does not show the blades.
I bought the regular one not the 4 blade. My biggest issue is how it doesn’t mount as well on my counter and my kids who spiralize the blades are exposed. As long as it works, awesome!!
My kids are old enough that they’re willing to try’s new veggies but I struggle with being creative instead of just microwaving something.
I kids like some veggies but I’m just interested in challenging them with new ones and making it fun! The Spiralizer would certainly help, I’m sure! I’d have fun anyway!