Spiralisers

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Spiralisers turn courgettes, carrots and other long skinny vegetables into piles of curly “noodles”, which can replace pasta or add crunch and texture to salads. Some spiralisers can also take on round fruits and vegetables such as apples and beetroot.

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Types of spiraliser

We had three types of spiraliser in our test:

  • Basic handheld spiralisers are light and portable and work much like a giant pencil sharpener. Handheld spiralisers require more manual effort to twist vegetables. Maintaining pressure to ensure uniform results can be difficult. They often come with reversible or interchangeable blades but may be too narrow to spiralise round fruit and vegetables like apples and beetroot.

  • Benchtop spiralisers have a “crank” handle and usually come with interchangeable blades to make different spiral sizes. Rubber or suction feet help to stabilise the unit and a comfortable crank handle with a good grip makes it easier to exert even pressure during operation.

  • Electric spiralisers – either a stand-alone appliance or an attachment for a compatible food mixer. They require less exertion due to the largely automated process and come with interchangeable blades.

For all types, you may need to trim fruit and vegetables to fit, which can be a hassle and results in wastage.

Features to look for

If you're thinking of buying a food processor, here's what to consider:

  • Blade types: The descriptions of blade types will vary depending on the brand of spiraliser, so consult the instruction manual. Some experimentation may be required to find out which blade is best for your particular fruits and vegetables. We've seen blades described as shoestring, spaghetti, thin or fine julienne, coarse, linguine and ribbon.
  • Safety: The blades on spiralisers are razor sharp, and the blades on most models are exposed blades during use. Care must always be taken, but instructions on use and cleaning can vary, so always use your common sense.

  • Price: We've seen huge differences between recommended retail prices and in-store prices so it pays to shop around.

About our test

To test performance, we 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.

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