Kenwood launches first electric spiralizerAre electric spiralizers better than manual?
02 July 2016
Kenwood has launched the first electric spiralizer in the UK, just ahead of the Spiralizer Express from Morphy Richards, which goes on sale early July.
Looking like an electric grater, the machine stands at 36cm tall, has interchangeable stainless steel cutting cones for creating thick or thin spirals, and a 100W output power, which claims to help it make light work of spiralizing root vegetables.
The Spiralizer FGP200WG costs £49.99 so, whilst not cheap, is a similar price to an expensive manual machine, the £40 Gefu Spiralfix.
Our experts are currently trying out the Kenwood spiralizer and will soon be able to let you know how easy it is to use, as well as whether it impresses us more than any manual models from our pick of the top manual spiralizers.
Electric versus manual spiralizers
Hot on Kenwood's heels is the Morphy Richards Spiralizer Express. Like the Kenwood machine it retails at £49.99, has two interchangeable blades - including a dedicated spaghetti blade - and easy storage. With KitchenAid also now offering a spiralizing attachment for its food mixer, it seems electric spiralizers are here to stay.
All of the manual spiralizers we've reviewed require you to put the work in yourself. Okay if you are just feeding yourself, but if you are cooking for a family of four, a manual spiralizer could cause more than a little arm ache, so an electric one could prove an attractive choice.
Could spiralizing save you money?
At £2.00 for a bag of courgetti for two, ready-made spiralized courgettes can seem like a fairly inexpensive buy. But, is it worth forgoing the shop and making it yourself? The answer is an emphatic yes. We found some supermarkets charging the equivalent of £5.00 a kilo for carrot spaghetti or ‘carrotetti’, compared to just 45p for a kilo of loose carrots.
So if you don't fancy paying 10 times as much for someone to spiralize your carrots for you, then we've got recommended manual spiralizers from around £15 that will easily do the job of turning vegetables into noodles, quickly.
Can I make more than just courgetti?
Spiralizing so that you can use vegetables in place of pasta in your favourite dishes doesn't have to be limited to courgettes. There are plenty of tempting spiralizer recipes around on the web, but our experts recommend trying celeriac noodles with a bolognese sauce, spiralizing fennel for coleslaws and deep-frying thin potato noodles for a crunchy side dish.