The Iconic Peeler That Ina and Giada Love Just Got a Super-Smart Update

updated Feb 24, 2021
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You know what people say: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Well that definitely applies to the Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler. In fact, it has been a long-time favorite here at Kitchn. We love that it’s super inexpensive (you can usually pick one up for around $5!), shockingly durable (considering it’s mostly just a piece of plastic), and incredibly sharp (carbon steel blades!). We’re not the only ones who love it, either: It’s often what culinary school students are told to get for their kits and it’s a bestseller on Amazon (with more than 5,000 five-star reviews). Celebrities like Ina Garten and GiadaDe Laurentiis swear by it, and the chefs at The French Laundry use it too.

More than 40 million of these peelers have been sold since 1987 and it’s been the same basic design this whole time — until now, of course.

It’s true: Kuhn Rikon’s classic peeler has just been updated ever so slightly. It now comes with a handy little brush that snaps right into the handle. (The peeler is technically hand-wash only, so the brush will help clean off stuck-on skins.) Plus, the handle is now elongated a bit for a more comfortable grip (a common-but-small complaint of the original is that it’s not the most comfy to hold while peeling, say, pounds of potatoes.)

The new peeler comes in six fun colors (white, blue, green, black, red, and orange), is only $7, and is exclusively sold on Kuhn Rikon’s website for now. Oh, and don’t worry, the old version will continue to exist, too!

Put Your New Peeler to Good Use

Do you have the Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler? Are you excited about this update? Tell us in the comments below.