If you have been on a gluten-free diet before or would like to start, you have probably heard about a magical tool called vegetable spiralizer.
Spiralizer is one of a few tools that you would want to have if you are looking for a vegetable substitute for pasta. However, there are tons of different spiralizers on the marker.
Which one to choose?
What is the best vegetable spiralizer you would want to have?
Have you heard anything about ‘zoodles’? It is a spiralized zucchini, that is used as a substitute for pasta in related recipes.
Will it completely substitute pasta? Probably not as vegetables are vegetables. However, zoodles will bring a completely different taste to a meal that you would love!
Now you could probably use a grater for that, but it is more time-consuming to prepare zoodles using the grater. And when you need to prepare a lot of meals through the day, time counts. Spiralizer will be a handy tool, that will save you a lot of time.
So let’s see how to choose the best spiralizer and what is the best vegetable spiralizer you would want to have in your kitchen?
Do You Need A Spiralizer?
Vegetable noodles are getting more and more popular, especially within gluten-free diets, that are very popular nowadays.
Most of us would like to feel healthier and become fitter. And gluten-free diets will definitely help you with that, including my favorite one, the Paleo Diet.
By eliminating gluten and sugar (that is added into most of the bakery foods), you would significantly reduce carbohydrates intake that will help your body to start burning fat for fuel instead of using carbohydrates that we usually consume in large amounts not even thinking of that.
As I mentioned earlier zoodles are only one type of vegetable pasta that you could prepare using a spiralizer. You could use an ordinary grader for that, however, it will not look as delicious as by using a spiralizer. It will also save a ton of time too.
Basically, you can ‘-odle’ any kind of vegetables, including (but not limited):
- Sweet Potatoes
- Butternut Squash
Using vegetable spiralizer even in stir-fry recipes will add a variety to your diet and for some reason, it tastes better. Summarizing, spiralizer might be a great suit for you if:
- you are addicted to pasta, but would like to cut down on carbohydrates for overall health or weight loss
- you want to have a creative way to introduce more vegetables to your diet, especially when you have picky eaters.
The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide On The Best Vegetable Spiralizer
When it comes to even as simple kitchen appliance as vegetable spiralizer, there is still quite a bit of variety on which one to choose. Here are some criteria that you would want to consider before buying one:
1. Type Of Spiralizer
Basically, there are two types of spiralizers currently available on the market:
- Handheld & Hourglass; and
- Electric & Tabletop;
Handheld usually has a form of an hourglass and is manually operated. The idea is to place the vegetable in and by rotating it creates vegetable spaghetti. It is a relatively simple device that is also cheap and can be a great addition to your kitchen.
On the downside, some users mentioned that there is quite a bit of vegetable waste left after using it.
Also, the vegetable needs to be relatively wide enough in order for it to work properly. So basically, you would be able to use it for making ‘zoodles’ but might be limited to making any other vegetable pasta (like carrots or radish).
If spiralizing your vegetables will be something you are looking to do very often and you are not limited to the kitchen space, it might make more sense to invest in the tabletop or electric spiralizer. They usually cost slightly more, but the process of spiralizing vegetables is faster and you will not be limited to certain vegetables.
On the downside, tabletop and electric spiralizers are relatively big. And if you do not have that extra space or cabinet to put it into or you are not planning to use it very often then it might be better to have a handheld version.
2. Easy to Use
As I have mentioned earlier, this is one of the main differences between the spiralizers available.
The tabletop and electric ones will be considered as the easiest to use compared with the handheld that requires more arm work to be done. Though if you do not plan to use a spiralizer very often handheld option should suit perfectly the purpose.
3. Quality of Food
The first thing you would want to make sure that you do not waste food. If you use spiralizer very often and it processes only part of the vegetables, then the rest is a waste in general and a waste of money too.
Choose spiralizer that uses the most of the vegetables so you would get the most out of your money spent on groceries.
The next thing to think about is blades, especially if you are planning to use spiralizer quite often. You would want to make sure that the blades will not go dull very fast as it will affect significantly on the final result. Also, choose spiralizers with different blade options to try to figure out which will suit the best for your needs.
4. Easy To Clean
Cleaning is one of the processes that not a lot of us enjoy doing. Depending on the construction of the spiralizer you would want to make sure that all the parts have easy access for cleaning. Some models will provide you with the parts that are even dishwasher safe.
The prices depend on what type of vegetable spiralizer you would want to buy. The handheld would cost less, so if you are not planning on using it very often and you do not have extra room to store a tabletop or electric one, it will be a great option.
However, if you are looking into making different types of zoodles, you would want to get a spiralizer with different blade options. The tabletop spiralizer provides with the most variety of the blades, that will give you more meal options at the end.
As I have mentioned earlier, if you have enough kitchen space and have extra cabinets available in the kitchen, then you would want to consider buying a tabletop. It might cost slightly more, but the convenience of processing vegetables fast and the variety of blades will pay off the cost.
Now if you are not planning to use the spiralizer very often or you do not want to have another bulky kitchen appliance in your kitchen, then handheld one will work just fine.
Top 5 Best Vegetable Spiralizers in 2018
Have you made your mind regarding getting a vegetable spiralizer? When you follow a low-carb diet it is very handy to have one as it will provide you with the variety of food options. Here we picked the best vegetable spiralizers currently available on the market.
1. Brieftons 5-Blade Spiralizer
Even though it might look big, it is actually relatively small, compared with its peers. Also, some parts are detachable, that makes it ‘flatter’ at the end and all the pieces can be easily stored in the drawer.
The spiralizer comes with 5 blades to provide you with the variety of zoodle options, including the slicer blade. All blades are stored securely in the base of the spiralizer for your convenience.
The construction also has a release button for the blade rack that adds you more comfort in switching the blades.
It also has a suction pad underneath the construction that will securely attach the spiralizer to any surface in your kitchen. The suction can be easily regulated.
The top rack pieces are dishwasher safe.
It is a fantastic tabletop spiralizer for its price and quality. It is slightly bigger that Brieftona ones, however, if you have some extra space in the kitchen it will be a great addition to your kitchen appliances.
The spiralizer comes with 5 blades that will provide you with the variety of vegetable spiralizer options. It also comes with the slicer blade. All the blades can be securely stored in the foundation part of the spiralizer.
It has 4 suction cups on each bottom side of the spiralizer that will securely fix it to any surface in your kitchen.
Unfortunately, it does not come with the release button either for the suction cups or for the blades. Though it should not affect its overall functionality.
The beauty of this spiralizer is that it also comes with 3 recipes ebooks that will also provide you with some vegetable meal ideas.
The top rack pieces are dishwasher safe.
3. Original SpiraLife Spiralizer Vegetable Slicer
The spiralizer comes with 2 blades, a cleaning brush, and a storage bag. It is also offered with 2 recipes ebooks as a special offer.
The quality of the construction is wonderful. It also promises to leave you with less food waste, unlike other handheld spiralizers.
We tried and it is true for the most part, you might be left with small pieces of vegetables which are not that critical to the overall use.
It is very comfortable to hold and you can easily twist the construction to get the vegetables processed. All the pieces are dishwashable and it also comes with the cleaning brush as mentioned earlier. Great spiralizer for its price.
4. Chefman Immersion Blender & Electric Spiralizer
This is actually an immersion blender and electric spiralizer all-in-one. If you have a blender that is quite big but would need the one that can make you mashed potatoes very fast with fewer pieces to be washed after, an immersion blender will help you with that.
It also comes with 3 blades, that will allow you not only spiralize and ribbon but also grate vegetables and cheese. However certain users mentioned that the spiralizer does not work as great as promised. All the users were happy with the blender itself and grating blade.
It is a great size device that will not occupy too much space in your kitchen and can be easily accommodated in any kitchen drawers. All detachable parts are dishwasher safe.
It will suit families who would like to have a powerful immersion blender and are not planning to use spiralizer very often but would like to have this feature if needed.
5. Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 Electric Spiralizer
It is relatively small compared with its tabletop peers. Even though it is relatively small, you still should consider a space for it in your kitchen. It is also the most expensive device compared with all reviewed above.
It is an electric spiralizer that comes with 3 types of blades that will allow you to make spaghetti, linguine, and ribbons. It also comes with a 6-cup bowl. Very easy to use, just turn it on and let it do all the work for you. However, it would be nice if this device was also coming with the slicer blade like the tabletops one.
The detachable pieces are washing washable.
This spiralizer will suit families who would like the preparation part to be faster and easier and do not want to spend too much time cooking. The device is smaller compared to the tabletop versions and will be able to process vegetables in the desired shapes very fast.