If you like making curly fries, zucchini pasta or vegetable noodles, then you need a vegetable slicer that will produce the spirals or noodle shapes you want.
Here are the best spiral vegetable slicers on the market:
Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicer
This slicer is relatively inexpensive because it is made from tough BPA-free plastic rather than from metal.
It comes with three blades – a straight blade for ribbon cuts, and blades with 1/8 inch spacing (to make noodles) and 1/4 inch spacing (to make curly fries).
All you do is place the vegetable on the prongs, and turn the handle to push the vegetable towards the blade. There are suction feet underneath the machine to hold it still while you operate it.
It comes with a one year warranty.
Spiralizer Tri-Blade Vegetable Slicer
This slicer is made from stainless steel and reinforced BPA-free plastic.
It has three stainless steel blades (straight slicing blade, small noodle blade and large noodle blade). The blades are sharp and slice through the veggies very quickly. In my opinion this is a better buy than the Paderno shown above.
This machine is dishwasher safe. It comes with an unconditional three year warranty and for a limited time they are including a spiral vegetable recipe book.
GEFU SpiralFix Spiral Cutter
This cutter is made from stainless steel and ABS plastic.
The picture shows the cutter being used over a platter but it actually comes with a detachable container that you can fit underneath so the whole thing stands on the container and you operate the handle from above.
It does a spiral cut across the vegetable, as well as noodle cuts where you can adjust it to cut 3 mm, 6mm or 12mm using the adjustable wheel to select how thin or chunky you want to cut (i.e. four different types of cuts in total). The slicer itself has two blades, controlled by the adjustable wheel, and they work so that there is very little wastage, most of your veggies get cut.
This machine comes with a five year warranty.
Which vegetables work best in a vegetable slicer?
The best noodles and spirals come from firm vegetables – so choose potatoes, carrots, zucchini and apples. You can also make lovely spirals from cucumber, which makes salads look that bit more exotic.