Updated 19 Dec 2016

Microplane

Spiral Cutter

Snapshot: The Microplane Spiral Cutter is a handheld spiraliser with 2 blades and it can be washed in the dishwasher. How does it rate?

Spiral Cutter
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$30

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Test results

Overall score
41
Performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Courgette
?/10
Carrot
?/10
Kumara
?/10

Good points

  • OK for ease of use.
  • Two chutes to accommodate different-sized fruits and vegetables.
  • Dishwasher safe.

But

  • Poor overall.
  • Poor for performance.
  • Difficult to grip fruits and vegetables (no guard or handle supplied).
  • Fits narrow vegetables only due to chute size.
  • Firm and consistent pressure required to create even spirals.
  • Cracks and crevices around blade difficult to clean.
  • A lot of wastage as there's no guard to push fruits and vegetables towards blade.
  • Inconsistent thickness when spiralising courgette, carrot and sweet potato.

How we test

Overall score includes:

  • Performance (60%)
  • Ease of use (40%)

To test performance, we put spiralised courgettes, carrots and kumara. For models that could, we spiralised apples but didn’t include it in our final score because not all models had this feature.

For each vegetable, we rated the appearance of the spirals based on evenness, length, whether the strands separated properly and whether strands broke during spiralising.

Our ease of use assessment looked at: stability on the workbench or in the hand, changing/assembling the blades, ease of storing blades, operating the levers/cranks, comfort during use, ease of cleaning and safety features.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$30
Type
Handheld

Extra test result

Apple
n/a

Specifications

Number of blades
2
Weight (kg)
0.157
H x W x D (cm)
6.0 x 13.0 x 7.5
Number of chutes
2

Features

Dishwasher safe
Exposed blades
Blade/attachment storage
not removable
Reversible blades
×

More Info

Notes
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Availability
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