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Spiralizer Comparison

My new obsession: vegetable spiralizers! My friend Cheri from The Watering Mouth introduced me to this amazing recipe for Zucchini Pasta with Creamy Avocado Sauce and ever since we’ve been pulling out all my different spiralizers that I’ve collected and we’ve finally done a really thorough comparison.

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You can get a great idea of what they all do and which one might fit your needs. Below are some affiliate links below so you can purchase one yourself if you’ve found one that you’d like to try!

Spiralized vegetables like carrots, zucchini, radishes or potatoes are a really great way to get in your vegetables in a much more creative way. (Sometimes we need all the help we can get!) You can substitute these for pasta in your favorite recipe to make a lower carb, lower calorie, more nutritious version, or you just deep fry them for a naughtier, fun treat!

Spiralizer Comparison Video

Update: Paderno just released a new spiralizer – called Paderno 4-Blade Spiralizer. Watch this video first and I’ll give you my thoughts on the new version below.

Spiralizer Product Update

10/1/14 update: The new Paderno 4-Blade Spiralizer just came out and I had a chance to demo it my Daytime TV segment yesterday. It works similarly as the 3-blade version, but comes with an extra rod that lets you make those fancy potato chip spirals that you buy at carnivals.

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  • Includes four blades that cut flat ribbons or spiral noodles in three widths, from thin angel hair spirals to thick spirals, plus a piercing rod to make accordion-style cuts

The price on Amazon is $49.95 (vs. $34.95 for the 3-blade version). This one is just as easy to use wastes less vegetable. Before, when you made zucchini noodles “zoodles” the core of the zucchini would be wasted (see in the video above).

The new 4-blade version has a different vegetable holder at the end (right next to the blade to hold the zucchini still) so there is very little waste – the core is used in the spiral. However, smaller vegetable holder means the zucchini slips out very easily. The older version has a larger holder  – it grabs the zucchini better.

Is this new Paderno 4-Blade Spiralizer worth an extra $15?

  • Do you like skinny spirals? The extra blade is the  “angelhair blade” great for carrots, daikon and cucumber to eat raw in salads or toss in a stir-fry.
  • Do you like carnival spiral potato chip thingies?

If yes, then get the Paderno 4-Blade Spiralizer.

  • If no, then one more question. Fat or skinny zucchini? If you are lucky to find fat zucchini, the older, 3-blade version holds the zucchini in place better with its wider holder (next to blade). However, the wider holder means the core of the zucchini ends up as waste (see the video above). It’s no big deal for me, I just eat it or chop the core for a salad. The core that’s wasted is about 1/2″ diameter. Get the Paderno 3-Blade.
  • If you normally use skinny zucchini (less than 2″ diameter) then it might be worth it to get the Paderno 4-Blade machine, so you don’t get any core waste.

Types of Spiralizers

The new Paderno 4-Blade Spiralizer:

The Paderno 3-Blade Spiralizer:

NEW: Mastrad Veggie Spiral Slicer
Makes thinner spirals, works just like a “pencil sharpener” but I don’t think it cuts as well as the Paderno. The zucchini noodles are wide, but too thin.

 

Yummy Spiralized Veggie Recipes

 pad-thai-zoodles-recipe-2 Pad Thai Zoodles by Steamy Kitchen

  Lemon Cucumber Noodles with Cumin from the Civilized Caveman

Screen Shot 2013-07-09 at 12.42.49 PM  Zucchini Pasta with Sweet Pepper Marinara from OhSheGlows.com

  Garlic-Zucchini Pasta from Kansas City Mamas

  Roasted Carrot Pasta with Beets from ATX Gluten Free

  Raw Pad Thai from Fragrant Vanilla Cake

  Zucchini Noodles with Pesto from Green Plate Rule

  Zucchini Pasta with Creamy Avocado Sauce from The Watering Mouth

Comments 27

  1. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

    Too bad the video is “private”, because I’d love to know your thoughts about these gadgets. I admit I bought one of the Spiroolis, but I’ve used it once and have no real desire to give it room in the kitchen. I have a mandoline that can cut julienne strips. Of course, I’m willing to be convinced that I should keep my spiralizer….

  2. FrugalCat

    I saw one it was basically a corkscrew that you insert and turn and it makes like a “slinky” out of a carrot, zucchini, etc. Does that make sense?

  3. Jessie McLaughlin

    Great video Jaden!! I am so buying the Paderno!! Thanks for sharing I have been looking for something other than my julienne peeler!

  4. Karen

    I have a mandolin that has the little tiny shreds. If you do the veggies lengthwise it works just as well, they aren’t curly but they are thin and delicate.

  5. Kristi Rimkus

    My daughter and I attended a raw cooking class a few years ago and we loved the spiralizer. It was so easy to use. She bought one, but I completely forgot about it until your post. I’m off to Amazon to pick one up. Thanks for the comparison!

  6. HrHamada

    already had the oxo, my frined just surprised me with the paderno. I wish it had an automatic advance feature like an apple corer has, but I’m getting the hang of it

  7. Signe Knudsen

    Couldn’t find a place to comment on your corn patch posting, so will comment here instead (sorry). Corn must be planted in larger groups of plants than five plants in order to get polinated. You should plant a big square patch or at least a number of rows next to each other and you’ll have better luck.
    Signe

  8. Jenn

    I actually got the Benriner spiralizer, which I think I like better than the Paderno (I don’t have that one): the Benriner “Cook Help” (or “helper”) is simple and compact, and it seems like a good spiralizer–I’ve been enjoying using it! It also doesn’t have as many parts to clean. All of the amazon reviews recommended it over the Paderno, and while I can’t compare, I’m pretty happy with it.

  9. Debbie Bashford

    Awsomeness!! After watching, I have to have one. I just went to Amazon and bought the Paderno one!!

  10. henry sena

    i have one that has differend sprial blades. t makes great onion strings. also some of the vegies i use it for makes them east to cook and serve

  11. caryl hodgdon

    Thanks saw one on open sky but it was sold out. I appreciate the time you put in to giving us a more educated choice. Love your site-the recipes are awesome!

  12. Chip Desormeaux

    I have one that’s similar to your favorite one, but it’s green plastic. I got it at an Asian farmer’s market in my town. My FAVORITE use for it is making onion rings! I use it without the spiral blade because onions are already in layers. Makes great, thin, loooooong, onion rings. Dunk them in buttermilk with black pepper, dredge in flour and fry! Yum!

  13. Diana@My Humble Kitchen

    Jaden,

    Thanks for putting this video together. I’ve been dying for a spiralizer specifically for zucchini pasta. I’m totally going for the Paderno. I love those spirals. Thanks again!!

    Diana

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    1. Kim

      Not that there’s anything wrong with it. I’m sure there are a lot of others out there:) Hope it didn’t sound weird.

  15. Quynh

    Just watched your spiralizer comparison video and bought the Paderno Spiralizer! I can’t wait to use it! Thanks for making it easier for me to pick out the right one! =)

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