If you’re not sure whether the spiralizer life is for you (it is), the SpiraLife Vegetable Slicer is the best option for newbies and skeptics. Out of all our favorite spiral slicers, the SpiraLife is the cheapest, smallest, and easiest to clean. And though spiralizers at this price point require a little more elbow grease, the SpiraLife was the easiest to work with during our testing and came with practical accessories to boot.
Direct comparisons aside, spiralizers generally fall into two camps: handheld or tabletop. Handheld models tend to be more budget-friendly and take less space in the kitchen, while tabletop models are easier to use and accommodate bigger and more nutrient-dense vegetables that rarely need to be trimmed to size.
So if you want to spend the bare minimum and have zero interest in spiralizing, say, butternut squash, the SpiraLife is a no-frills option that’ll get the job done. Its dual stainless-steel blade allows cooks to switch between wide ribbons and spaghetti-like noodles. The way it works is simple: Just insert the vegetable and give it a twist (kind of like a pencil sharpener). As you turn it, the veg goes through the blade and long, curly strands fall out. You’re also left with the vegetable’s core, which can vary in size depending on the make of the slicer. Of the spiralizers we tested at this price point, we found that the SpiraLife gave us the smallest core and gave us more “zoodle” for our buck.
Now, if you keep tabs on the exciting world of veggie noodles, you may be familiar with the most famous handheld spiralizer of all: the as-seen-on-TV Veggetti. The Vegetti might — infomercial voice — “make unforgettable garnishes in seconds,” but we prefer the SpiraLife for a number of reasons, and not only because “SpiraLife” is slightly less embarrassing to say than “Veggetti.”
While some handheld slicers we tested have blades that simply aren’t sharp enough to produce consistent, springy noodles, the SpiraLife cuts veggies without a hitch. Zucchinis and cucumbers take under a minute to spiralize, while heftier vegetables like carrots take a little longer, depending on their size. The only downfall? You’ll need to slice oddly sized veggies to fit into the SpiraLife’s two-and-half-inch mouth. So forget squash or turnips. This model is designed for softer fruits and vegetables.
Having said that, using the Spiralife does take a bit of effort. You’ll need to push and twist with both arms to make it happen, especially if you are spiralizing something other than a zucchini. Overall, the effort is minimal, but folks prone to wrist, hand, or arm pain might think about investing in one of our other winners. The slicer does come with a grip cap that you can affix to the vegetable so you can get a better grip, but we didn’t need it.
The SpiraLife also comes with some bonus items. For around the same price as other handheld spiralizers, you also get a peeler, a scrub brush, and a carrying case. Sure, the tools may not be restaurant-grade quality, but they’re useful — especially the brush, which you’ll need to get veggie bits and pieces out of the blade. Luckily, the whole thing is dishwasher-friendly, so you don’t have to worry too much about cleanup.
All in, the SpiraLife is a great option for anyone who wants to add a little spiralized variety to their cooking. It’s incredibly simple to use and produced the most noodles out of all the models we tested. And because of its compact size, it’ll fit neatly in any drawer in your kitchen. Just don’t make it the junk drawer.