Although a spiralizer is generally not a huge kitchen appliance investment, it is important to pick the right one so that you don't waste your time and money. Although there are so many different brands on the market, there are generally only a few different types of spiralizers with the handheld ones being the least costly as well as the easiest to store and use on a whim. That being said, investing in an established brand such as Oxo is a great move for getting one of these spiral cutters. Check out our Oxo Good Grips Handheld Spiralizer review below to see if it is going to suit your needs
Reviewed Spiralizer: Oxo Good Grips Handheld Spiralizer
Overall Thrive Cuisine Rating: 4
Ease of Spiralizing
- Attractive, compact design
- Sharp blades
- Easy to use
- Dishwasher safe
- Limited blade fixtures
- Too small to handle really large veggies
Why Get a Spiralizer?
Substituting pasta for spiralized veggies comes with a huge array of health and weight-loss benefits, not to mention the creative freedom to try out different recipes and veggie combinations in the comfort of your own home. If you ever get stuck for ideas there are plenty of free online resources that will help get your creative juices flowing in no time, making it fun and easy to create spiralized noodle dishes that don’t compromise on flavor. One example is making pasta noodles out of zucchini like this recipe shown here.
Zucchini can be a great vegetable to make noodles
Our Oxo Good Grips Handheld Spiralizer Review: Design and Build Quality
They say great things come in small packages. The Oxo Handheld Spiralizer is compact but robust, making it a great choice for people who don’t have much storage space or who are only looking to use their spiralizer sporadically.
This spiralizer comes with a nifty little guard at the bottom so that nothing gets dirty when you're grinding down your veggies. It is also easy to clean and the compact design makes it a great choice for travel.
Blade Options and Sharpness
This spiralizer creates long, uniform noodles but only comes with 1 blade fitting meaning those of you wishing to create noodles that vary in length and thickness may want to go with the Oxo Good Grips 2 or 3-blade option, which comes in exactly the same design but with added blade fittings. It should be noted that this spiralizer only creates noodle-style veggie spirals so those wanting to make lasagna style noodles, potato chips or ribbons may wish to consider a different option.
The super sharp blades and non-slip encasement makes it easy to use and comfortable to hold without being cumbersome, however, if you only want to use one hand while spiralizing then this may not be an ideal option as you have to use both hands to twist your veggies into spirals.
There have been reports that this is not an ideal spiralizer to use when spiralizing very large vegetables so if you usually end up with lots of enormous zucchinis at the end of the summer, this device might not be able to tackle them effectively. However, if you live in a small apartment and don’t grow mammoth-sized produce you should be fine. Again, this is the ideal spiralizer for someone that may only use it from time to time rather than every day or multiple times per week.
If you're looking to prep for a massive amount of people, this is probably not going to be the best option.
This spiralizer is a great option if you are only looking to use your spiralizer every now and are not bothered about having multiple blade options. It is also dishwasher friendly and a warranty can be requested from the manufacturer.
How Does it Compare?
If you’re a die-hard veggie noodle aficionado and are looking to get a lot of use out of your spiralizer then this beauty may be just what you’re looking for. The Mueller 8 in 1 spiralizer comes with multiple blade options, which will allow you to customize your noodles to varying degrees of length and thickness.
Like the Oxo Spiralizer, there is no angel-hair blade fixture that comes with this spiralizer so if you’re looking to make super-thin noodles this one does not come with that option. The top-press design means that you have gravity on your side when spiralizing, making it easier to spiralize hard vegetables like beets and sweet potatoes than it is with side-press spiralizers.
The suction cups on the feet make it sturdy and easy to use. This spiralizer also doubles up as a grater, citrus juicer and mandolin with blades designed to cut your veggies lengthways so if you want to make lasagna-style zucchini noodles or sweet potato chips, this baby’s got you covered.
If you don’t already own a mandolin or citrus juicer then this gadget is a great option in terms of getting more bang for your buck as well as saving on storage space. Unlike other similar designs, the Mueller spiralizer comes with a 4 cup storage container at the bottom so that you can catch all your spiralized fruits and veggies in one convenient place.
As well as a lifetime warranty it also comes with phone support and detailed instructions so you know you're investing in a quality product.
The Paderno World Cuisine vegetable slicer is a side-press BPA-free spiralizer that comes with 4 blades and a nifty little storage unit in the middle which makes for safe and easy blade storage. Although this is rather a bulky spiralizer it handles heavy-duty vegetables such as beets and sweet potatoes like a charm. It also has the added bonus of suction cups on the feet so even if you’re doing really heavy-duty spiralizing it won’t budge.
The large prongs on the hand-crank make it second to none in terms of getting a good, secure “grip” on your veggies, meaning you won’t have to keep forcing your food back into place.
One of the most unique and popular features of this spiralizer is the angel hair blade, which allows you to transform your veggies into beautiful, uniform angel hair “pasta,” however this spiralizer may not be a good option if you want to make shorter veggies with a thicker cut as it does not come with this blade option.
It is easy to clean and dishwasher safe although if you are tight on storage space, this spiralizer might not be the best option.
Neat freaks take note: this spiralizer does not come with a storage cup, meaning you’ll have to provide your own plate or chopping board.
When it comes to making really great curly fries the Veggiespize 5 blade spiralizer seems to come up trumps. As well as a special curly fries blade it also features a blade that carves up paper-thin potato chips so if you’re a potato-lover then this spiralizer’s got you covered.
You can also use the potato chip blade to make lasagna-style zucchini noodles at a pinch. As well as a standard zucchini noodle blade, there’s also a blade that transforms your veggies into ribbons. It’s also got an angel hair pasta blade so creating delicate angel hair noodles is also an option, which is great if you want to emulate Asian rice noodle dishes.
Though sturdy, the Veggiespize spiralizer is also big and bulky so if you’re not planning on using your spiralizer that often or if you’re tight on space then you may wish to go with a more ergonomic design.
The Veggiespize spiralizer comes with a central blade storage chamber and features suction cups on the bottom making it sturdy and wobble-free. An added bonus is that it comes with free monthly recipes and a recipe e-book as well as a lifetime warranty. If you don’t like washing up then note that it is not suitable to wash in the dishwasher.
The large toothed prongs that hold your vegetables in place seem to be more effective than a lot of similarly designed spiralizers. This allows you to shred and spiralize large, round veggies like cabbages and lettuce, however, with only three blade options you are a little more limited than with, say, a 5-blade model.
The Aarcho Kitchen spiralizer is also strong enough to hold a whole cauliflower in place making it easy for you to whip up things like cauliflower “rice.” This spiralizer features three extremely sharp blades that make it feel like you are cutting a hot knife through wax and will spiralize hard fruits and vegetables in mere minutes.
The 3 blades will transform your veggies into spaghetti-like strands and thick tagliatelle- sized noodles to somewhere in between. If you’re looking to make super-delicate angel hair “pasta,” curly fries or zucchini lasagna this might not be an ideal choice, however, if you’re looking for something extra strong and durable then look no further than this baby.
It is also dishwasher safe and comes with a solid warranty. There is no storage cup to catch your noodles in so be sure to use a plate or a chopping board.