Have you jumped on the spiralizer bandwagon yet? If not, you're missing out on a whole new way to eat your veggies. The good news is that you don't have to spend a lot of money to start making your own zoodles (that's short for zucchini noodles) — there are plenty of handheld spiralizers that won't make a dent in your bank account or take up a ton of space in your kitchen. Here are five that cost less than $20 and can be tucked away in your utensil drawer.
1. Good Grips Hand-Held Spiralizer, $15 from OXO
Leave it to OXO to have a perfectly ergonomic and safely designed spiralizer. The spiked cap grips the vegetable — be it zucchini, potato, carrot, or beet — and when you get toward the end, it protects your hand from the blade. The only downside is that this version only comes with one blade, so you can only make spaghetti-like noodles.
2. Paderno Handheld 2-Blade Spiralizer, $15 from Williams-Sonoma
Similar in design to the OXO version, this spiralizer from Paderno gives you the upgrade of two different blades. Not only can you spiralize your carrots into spaghetti-like strands, but you can also shave them into flat ribbons. The wider ribbons make for easier garnishes or make beautiful additions to salads and slaws.
3. Mastrad Deco Veggie Slicer, $13 from World Market
This spiralizer comes with three nesting cones, each with a different blade. Like all the options so far, you can make spaghetti-like veggie noodles, plus you can also make ribbons and fettuccine-like noodles that are a bit wider. While it takes a bit of time to clean out any leftover veggie bits, it is the most compact option on our list, making ideal for anyone who might be tight on space.
4. Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer, $9 from Amazon
If you can get past the silly name, this spiralizer is a great option. It has a cone-like design similar to the Mastrad version, but arranged into an hourglass with an outside grip for easier holding and spiraling. The cap also has spikes to help you grip the veggies, and you can make thin or thick noodles depending on your preferences.
5. Spiral Slicer, $10 from Amazon:
This two-bladed option is made from BPA-free plastic and will make either wide or thin noodles depending on your preference. The bonus of buying the complete bundle is that it comes with a flexible cleaning brush, which is definitely helpful when trying to get all the last bits out of the blades.