If you spend any time at all on Pinterest, I have no doubt you've seen at least a hundred different recipes for meals with spiralized fruits or veggies. Not only is it a fun way to prep and eat your food, but spiral vegetables actually create some really unique and healthy menu options.
The best spiralizer money can buy actually doesn't cost much
We tested 10 different spiralizers, including both handheld and countertop versions, to find out which ones are actually worth buying. And we were honestly a little surprised at the winner, which turned out the be the "As Seen on TV" Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Cutter.
This handheld spiralizer costs less than $10 ($9.92, to be exact), but it outperformed all the others we tried. It's sturdy, giving you a sense of security that your veggies won't end up on the floor as you twist. You also have two noodle size options depending which end you use, and it comes with an end cap for safely getting every last ounce of 'zoodle' out of your zucchini without risking your fingertips.
This is the key to endless healthy meals
The most popular vegetable to spiralize is the zucchini. 'Zoodles' are an amazing replacement for starchy pasta. They're low carb, low calorie, and gluten free, and cook to a perfect al dente consistency in under 2 minutes. You can use them for any Italian dish, and they work great in stir-fry, soups, and side dishes.
The Veggetti is also perfect for carrots, potatoes, cucumbers, and squash, which can really open up your options for cooking healthy meals at home. Plus, if you're already buying pre-spiraled (and price-hiked) veggies at the grocery store, switching to the DIY option will save you loads of money, especially because the initial investment is only $10.
There is one catch, but it's not a deal breaker
The only real downfall of the handheld version is that you can only use it for specifically cylindrical produce. If you want to spiralize things like apples or butternut squash or large potatoes, you might want to consider a tabletop appliance.
The Paderno 4-Blade Spiralizer Pro ($34.95 on Amazon) was the best countertop option we tested. It stays put while you crank, is a bit faster than a handheld, and has four different blade styles for adding even more variety to your menu. It's a bit trickier to clean since the blades are much more exposed, and it takes up more counter/storage space. And at the higher price point, it might not be worth buying until you know spiralizing is right for you.
That's why we recommend the Veggetti for $9.92. It won't break the bank, and if you hate it or it winds up in a drawer unused, you won't feel guilty for spending money on it.
prices are accurate at the time of publication, but may change over time.