Keto, Paleo, low-carb, raw, vegan, gluten-free—no matter your dietary needs, switching up your normal dried pasta routine with a bowl of tender, green zucchini (or sweet potato or butternut squash) noodles is never a bad thing.
And with so many different spiralizing machines just a click away, there’s never been a better time to incorporate a little fresh veggie action into your spaghetti and meatballs. Check out these five models that are the best spiralizers out there, all with their own unique features, designs, and advantages. Time to get spinning.
OXO has made a name for itself by making kitchen tools that seamlessly merge utility, safety, and style—and this straightforward tabletop cranker is case in point. Three stainless steel blades—1/8-inch spaghetti, 1/4-inch fettuccini, and thin ribbon-style—come freshly sharpened, slide into the simple contraption with ease, and arrive in a plastic three-slot storage container that locks neatly into the unit.Another plus is the sturdy suction cup base that affixes to your countertop with the turn of a lever so you never have to worry about dangerous mid-slice slippage.The veggie holder is dotted with spiky teeth, making it great for firmer items like potatoes, squash, beets, and carrots but a bit trickier for less structurally solid foods like cabbage or watery cukes, depending on the blade. All that and it’s dishwasher safe, to boot. ($39.99; amazon.com)
The tabletop spiralizer that started it all remains a force to be reckoned with. Made with 100-percent BPA-free, durable food-safe ABS plastic, this veggie noodler is compact and a cinch to use with five high-carbon stainless steel blades cut for a variety of shapes, sizes, and densities.The base, long enough to handle fruits and vegetables as long as 10 inches, is anchored by four suction-cupped feet to minimize sliding. The best feature, though, is the super-handy elevated, sloped lip beneath the blade for catching and funneling the fresh spirals onto your plate or cutting board.($22.99; amazon.com)
This standout device has all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a trusty tabletop spiralizer (BPA-free reinforced plastic, four solid stainless blades), but what really sets it apart is its sleek vertical design and remarkable versatility. The cranking arm is stationed at the top of the unit, allowing gravity to help you thread your spiral-of-choice down through the blade and into the removable plastic container below. No muss, no fuss.Lefties will be particularly pleased with this feature since the top-down setup doesn’t favor right-handers. And get this: Not only can you spaghetti-fy the usual suspects to your heart’s content, but this contraption can also pull double duty as a juicer, grater, and mandolin. Fresh Parm on your zoodles, anyone? ($24.99; amazon.com)
Short on kitchen space? Go with this smart and colorful handheld number. About three and a half inches wide and five inches long, the hard plastic cylinder functions kind of like a souped-up pepper grinder.To work it, you sandwich your veggie between the grippable, non-slip spiked cap and one of the cup’s three screw-on blades, then turn it clockwise and watch the beautiful zoodles pile up onto the surface below. Easy as pie. And when you’re done, everything stacks securely together into one sweet little package for the ultimate in space-saving spiralization.($24.99; amazon.com)
In stark contrast to the palm-size spinner above stands this 100-percent hands- (and effort-) free option. It’s set up like a standard, horizontally fed tabletop model, but that’s about where the similarities end.For one, there’s no cranking involved: All you do is set your prepped fruits and veggies (fewer than six inches) to the rod’s metal teeth, turn the knob on the built-in blade rotator until your desired cut slides into place, flip a switch and watch the beast whirr to life, transforming your zucchini into a whole mess of tasty strands in seconds.As if that weren’t magical enough, it’s also equipped with an auto-stop feature that cuts the engine when your veggie’s whittled down to a half-inch nub. ($39.97; amazon.com)