On test: The best spiralizers and juliennes

Read our pick of the five best gadgets for creating fruit and vegetable ribbons, from heavy-duty stand spiralizers to budget-friendly julienne peelers.

Best... all rounder

Lurch spiralizerLurch Attila Hildmann spiralizer

German brand Lurch is a leading European spiralizer manufacturer, and this adaptation of the company's classic model was designed in collaboration with vegan chef Attila Hildmann. Slightly smaller than other models we tested, it has the easiest handle function and requires the least amount of pressure to horizontally feed the fruit and veg through the blade. The spiked pad has great grip, and the suction feet prevent wobble, plus it has a little ledge for catching the ribbons. It comes with three attachments that are stored in drawers in the foot of the spiralizer – ideal for those who tend to misplace little kitchen tidbits – and the ribbons come out nice and long.

£34.95, from UK Juicers


Best... hand-held spiralizer

Oxo spiralizerIf you think a hefty stand spiralizer would only gather dust in the back of your cupboard, a diminutive hand-held version is the best choice for you. Of all the ones we tested, this was most impressive. We're big fans of OXO Good Grips anyway, but this inexpensive contraption would convert the most hardened of spiralizer sceptics. The twist action makes light work of courgettes, and the spiked pad prevents finger injury peril as you get close to the nub of your vegetable. Harder vegetables take much longer to feed through than they would on a stand spiralizer, but when you're dealing with something that washes easily and has a tiny kitchen footprint, who cares? 

Around £15, from Lakeland, John Lewis and other online stockists
 

Best... affordable stand spiralizer

Lurch spiraliLurch spirali spiralizer

At under £30, this basic Lurch model is good value for money. Slightly bigger and more retro-looking than the Attila Hildmann special edition, it nonetheless creates spirals, spaghetti or slices with help from the three blades – again stored in little drawers – plus it features suction pads and a washable, removable base. As it's really intuitive to use, this is a good choice if you’re buying a spiralizer for the first time, although it's perhaps best for those with a large kitchen as it's not collapsible.

£29.95 from Kitchens Cookshop


Best... for storage

CucumboCucumbo peeler

What this bolt-shaped contraption lacks in choice of blade size it makes up for in affordability, smart design and ease of storage. Originally designed for a cucumber, you can also use this for courgettes, and while the spiral effect is thick and wide, it’s a good choice for salads, garnishes and slaw.

£6.69 from Lakeland


 

Best... bargain

Lakeland sharpeelLakeland sharpeel julienne slicer

This remarkably reasonably-priced gadget looks like your average vegetable peeler, but in fact it serves to create thin, evenly-sized strips, bypassing the need for fiddly chopping. The blades are super-sharp to allow for the precise finish, so it should be used with care, but for a thrifty, time-saving vegetable gadget, it can't be beaten. 

£3.99, from Lakeland

Buyer's advice

Why buy?

If you want to cut back on carbs, pack in your five-a-day and on occasion swap pasta, potato and noodles with ribbons of fruit or vegetables, then the spiralizing trend is for you. Find out more by reading our guide to getting the best results from spiralizing


What should I buy?

Hand-held julienne peelers require a little elbow grease but win on the price and storage front. Heavy-duty stand spiralizers are easier and quicker to use, and while imported versions from the gadget’s birthplace – Japan – can cost a pretty penny, there are now several European spiralizers on the UK market and tend to carry more budget-friendly price tags.

Spiralized salad

What we looked for:

Ease of use: In the case of stand and hand-held spiralizers, we wanted to be able to attach our fruit and vegetables easily, then use a simple lever or twist motion to speedily create ribbons without having to exert too much force. We looked for julienne peelers that were safe – open blades are necessary but are best shielded with a guard – with a wide surface area and easy-to-grip handle.

Resilience: As we were looking to shred and spiralize harder vegetables, it was important the gadgets were strong and durable – a wobbly handle or flimsy blade won't cut the mustard when it comes to creating sweet potato or celeriac matchsticks.

Ease of cleaning: We looked for stand spiralizers with removable components that can be washed in a dishwasher or with an old-fashioned manual scrub.

Ease of storage: While flat mandolines and pint-sized peelers will always have the edge when it comes to the size factor, we looked for compact stand and hand-held spiralizers than can be tucked away neatly.

Features: Any added bonuses, like different shaped blades to allow for various ribbon thicknesses, were taken into account – ideally a spiralizer can create thin spirals, slices and spaghetti shapes and has attachments that are easy to affix, remove and store.

What we tested:

6 x stand spiralizers
3 x hand-held spiralizers
4 x hand-held vegetable slicers, including two juliennes

This review was last updated in January 2017. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability please get in touch at goodfoodwebsite@bbc.com. 

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If you're looking for some extra help, check out our spiralizing video and recipe ideas.

Have you tried making courgetti yet? Will you be investing in a stand spiralizer or will a manual julienne peeler and a bit of elbow grease suffice? We'd like to hear your thoughts... 

Comments, questions and tips

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gae123
14th Jan, 2017
I invested in an electic spiraliser and use it 2/3 days a week I do stir fry and find the vegs stay nice and crisp as they don't take long to cook
Kipkatz
17th May, 2016
I bought the Oxo stainless steel mandoline for making julienne vegetables for stir fries. At £60 I then returned it for a refund as the vegetable holder part simply does not work. I am still looking for a gadget that does julienne, not ribbons as in stir fry, ribbons will dissolve or mush whereas julienne veggies such as carrot & daikon will remain crunchy. Does anyone have a gadget that works for this? I do have the peeler type but again, it makes ribbons, not julienne vegetables. Joanna
inspiredbyfood
21st Jan, 2016
The spiralizer is great for the entire family as kids love using it, which makes them more inclined to eat what they created. A great fun way for kids to eat their veggies. You can get some ideas here as well: http://www.brendafallon.com/
jezlister
17th Nov, 2015
Courgettie is a revelation to me. I first had it in a restaurant and now you can even buy it at Tesco. I make my own though and have invested in a CyberHobbit hand held Spiralizer. It's great for small occasional meals but probably not as good all round as a counter top version. There are some great reviews at http://whichspiralizer.com
Dani_C10
13th Sep, 2015
Great post. A good friend of mine had the Lurch and hers had one of the prongs break off during its first week of use. She bought this less expensive one as a replacement and it's working great! http://amzn.to/1K8bEjc
joannetta
25th Aug, 2015
I recently bought the Lurch spirali spiralizer and as I am seriously trying to lose weight it has made my life easier. Salads look more appetising ( beetroot works well with a spiralizer) and to make rosti potatoe with only a spray of oil in the pan is a good alternative to fried potatoes. So far very happy with my purchase.
boulding2
23rd Aug, 2015
I recently purchased a Lakeland sharpeel julienne and have used it quite a lot great for salads and for cucumber strips for duck pancakes. It's just the right size takes up no room and knowing me I would buy a all singing and dancing one and use it once
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iriscooksfood
19th Jan, 2017
I might get one as it's reasonably priced. Have you cut yourself on it or is it relatively safe?
vince_julienne
11th Aug, 2015
Good article, I think every job needs his own tool. If you want short matchsticks or long noodles. Second I won't buy to cheapest one. In the long run you will save money. Where you can find my comparison http://www.juliennepeeler.info/what-is-better-a-julienne-peeler-or-spiralizer/
vivian79
3rd Aug, 2015
I so need this in my life! My kids are an absolute pain when it comes to eating any form of vegetables or fruits. I am so checking out the recipes for spiralizer that they provide, I am certain zucchini and courgette spaghetti will go down well my veggie hating kids, coz they love spaghetti!! I also love the idea someone has mentioned of cucumber noodles, what a fun way to get the kids to eat some good healthy nutritious food. My recipes http://sweetandwarm.com/

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HatBorrower
28th Jun, 2015
I've noticed that there are quite a few courgetti makers that look the same when you search for them online. Has anyone tried the one called Spiral Slicer?
Dani_C10
1st Jul, 2015
I have not heard of that brand... I just received my ICO one and I'm very happy with it! Try it out: http://icotrading.co.uk/lang/184-vegetable-spaghetti-maker-and-spiralizer-with-recipe-book.html
HatBorrower
28th Jun, 2015
They look exactly the same: http://m.iwantoneofthose.com/gift-home-office/gefu-spirelli-spiral-slicer-black/clear/11089705.html Or http://www.scottsofstow.co.uk/sos/spiral-slicer-1945091
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