Today we will be talking about spiral slicers. These are a handy item to have in your kitchen, allowing you to slice up vegetables with ease. But how exactly do you choose a reliable model, and what features do you need? There are many available on the market, so which one will be best for you? To help you out with this, we will start off by talking about some of the popular features these models come with that you might need. After that we will check out some of the current top rated models you can buy. If you already have an idea of what to buy, you can skip to the top rated models section using.
What features should you look for?
The first consideration when looking at one of these slicers is what kind of blades it comes with. Most slicers come with several different blades to give you a good variety of different thickness slicings, so this is definitely something to consider if you intend to use the machine for a variety of vegetables. All of them will come with the standard flat blade to give you ribbon cuts, while others will also often come with a 1/4″ or a 1/8″ blade to provide some slimmer cuts.
Next up you should consider the quality of the build. Many of the very cheap units are made out of inferior plastic, and cannot withstand the pressure applied to them over long periods of time. Look for a material that is made out of harder plastic such as molded ABS. This will give you a machine that is durable enough to withstand years of usage. There are also stainless steel models which are the toughest ones you can get, but those tend to cost in the $100+ range, so are a bit too expensive for the little benefit they bring.
Another consideration you will need to think about is whether you want a horizontal model or a vertical one. From what we have seen, the cheaper models are generally the horizontal type. This kind is a bit more awkward to work with, since you need to push the slicing part forward with one hand, while turning the handle with the other hand. This sounds difficult to do, but it doesn’t really take that much effort to be honest. With the vertical kind, all you need to do is push downwards on the handle to slice up your fruit or vegetable. We have found that this is the easiest way to slice the food as it takes the least amount of effort.
What else do you need to consider?
Something else to think about is if you can get spares for the unit. Now the most obvious part that you will need to replace on these types of slicers is the blades. If you are investing in a quality model, make sure that you will be able to buy replacement blades, as these will eventually dull after years of usage. These can sometimes cost in the range of $20, so don’t let this be a major deciding point in your decision if you don’t intend to spend much.
Lastly you should think about some of the ease of use features included. Many of these products will have rubber or suctions cups on the bottom of the legs. This helps to keep them firmly in place while you are slicing up the vegetable. Another good feature to look for is a easy to swop blades system. If you are slicing a variety of foods at a time, the last thing you want to be doing is fiddling around trying to swap blades. Most decent units have blades that simply clip in and out, so keep an eye out for this kind of thing.
One last bit of advice is to make sure you clean your item shortly after you have used it, as plastic tends to stain quite easily. If you want to keep it looking in top shape, be sure to do this. Remember that the blades are very sharp, so you must take care when you are doing this. A vegetable cleaning brush can be used to clean out the blade section if need be, or even a plain old toothbrush.
Now lets have a look at some of the current top rated spiral vegetable slicers you can buy.