Electric Spiralizers: How to Pick the Best Automatic Zoodle Maker
Electric vegetable spiralizers are all the rage among health-conscious cooks who love to turn zucchini into zoodles and other vegetables into vegetti but hate the hassle of spiralizing foods with a manual hand-crank spiralizer. But with several companies now selling these automatic zoodle makers all over North America and the UK, how do you know what type of electric spiralizer is best for you?
Below, we take a look at some common types of motor-operated spiralizers so you can make an informed decision when shopping for an electric spiralizer in the US, Canada or the UK. In case you have trouble finding these new-generation spiralizers in traditional brick-and-mortar stores, not to worry: all of the models mentioned in this article can be purchased online, often at very reasonable prices.
Quest for the Best Electric Vegetable Spiralizer – 3 Main Types to Choose From
The stand-alone machines that only make veggie "pasta"
Many of the first electric spiralizers ever sold in North America and the UK, including the Oster Spiralizer, pictured on the right, and the Morphy Richards Spiralizer, which has been a popular choice among British shoppers, fall into this category. These automatic spiralizers typically come with two interchangeable blades: one for making noodle- or spaghetti-like vegetable "pasta" (such as zoodles or vegetti), and another one for creating slightly thicker, fettuccine-like vegetable spirals. If you don't necessarily need to have tons of different blades for producing different types of spirals and ribbons, then one of these dedicated vegetable pasta makers might be a good choice for you.
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KitchenAid spiralizer attachments
If you already have a KitchenAid stand mixer at home, you can turn your stand mixer into a multi-functional electric spiralizer by getting KitchenAid's spiralizer attachment. A great option for those who don't have space for a stand-alone electric spiralizer, this neat tool attaches to the power hub of your stand mixer and uses the motor of the mixer to turn zucchini into zoodles and other vegetables into vegetti and spiral slices. At the time of writing, there are two versions of the KitchenAid spiralizer attachment: the standard KSM1APC model, which comes with 5 blades for making different-sized spirals and ribbons, and the KitchenAid Spiralizer Plus Attachment, or KSM2APC, which comes with 7 blades. But which one of these spiralizer attachments is better? Click here to learn how these two models compare.
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The multi-purpose stand-alone units
If you are looking for a countertop kitchen appliance that not only makes zoodles/vegetti but that also has additional functions, you are in luck: some units that are primarily marketed as spiralizers come with additional blades that can be used to slice, shred and/or grate vegetables and other foods. For example, the Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 Spiralizer, pictured on the right, makes spirals, ribbons (continuous slices) and grates. Or, if you prefer a British-owned brand, check out the Tower 3-in-1 Spiraliser. It is worth noting, though, that many of these multi-blade units have only one blade for making thin, noodle-like vegetable strips. Therefore, if you want to be able to make zoodles and vegetti strips of different sizes, you will probably be better off with a dedicated zoodle maker or the KitchenAid Spiralizer Attachment.
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