Watch any type of cooking programme and at some point a chef will bring out a spiralizer. Whether it’s to make courgette pasta ribbons or rhubarb spaghetti, they seem to be everywhere these days.
Whatever you think of spiralizers, they are a great way to get your kids to eat more fruit and vegetables, as they make them look much more appealing.
So how do you choose one? Well, if you are on your own, a hand-held model is probably the best way forward as you probably won’t need an electric device.
Vertical spiralizers use downward pressure so are easier to use for people with weak joints, whereas you can get longer vegetables into horizontal spiralizers.
Here’s our favourites:
This is a bargain as it was nearly twenty five quid at one point. A hand-held device in which you load your veggies and then turning the handle produces spirals of food that you can either cook or eat raw in salads.
You can buy this peeler individually or part of a set of three, which includes a potato peeler and a fruit zester. Lovely ergonomic handle on all three and they come in a range of colours including yellow, orange (shown) or green. Good for stir-fries or coleslaw.
This spiralizer works in the same way that a pencil sharpener does. You just pop the veg in one end and twist the device to give long pasta strands of veg. You can get two different thicknesses thanks to the steel blades and it comes with a handy brush for cleaning.
A vertical spiralizer here that has a handle for creating long strands of vegetable spaghetti. Comes with three cutting discs, two for different sizes of spirals and one for grating. Non-slip feet for stability and a removable bowl for easy cleaning.
This spiralizer works well for both long vegetables such as carrots and courgettes, and rounder ones like potatoes and beets. You might have to trim the rounder veg it if is quite big to fit inside the cap but it will make superb curly fries and spirals of beetroot for coleslaw. Takes a little manual effort so probably better for couples or single people.
This is the perfect gadget for singletons who want to get healthy. The jar comes with two lids, one has a sharp blade that you use to make the spirals, they fall into the jar, then you can simply add a salad dressing, and using the second lid secure it and take to work. Lovely simple concept. And it’s dishwasher safe.
If you are looking for a multi-tasking device then this one has eight different functions, including the spiralizer. It juices, grates, slices, dices, juliennes and much more. This vertical slicer uses gravity to do the work so no electricity or batteries required.
Great for families that are embracing the spiralling trend. This is a lovely upright model that uses incredibly sharp blades to whizz through any veg and deposits it all in the bowl. Nice design and stores away easily.