As I mentioned, I was struggling with online shopping for home uses products.
And that the reason I create this website to help other buyers save time and choose the right product from the Internet.
Here I will show you what I did before I purchased my 4 Kitchen products.
1. Reverse Osmosis System
Here you will find my reviews on the top 5 Best Reverse Osmosis Systems.
First, let me tell you why we need and purchased for a reverse osmosis system.
Even though public water suppliers clean our tap water, there are still thousands of contaminants that appear in our water at home. The Flint water crisis in Michigan made me think about my family’s health.
Our reverse osmosis system (APEC ROES-PH75) cleans tap water far beyond what municipal systems can do. It removes all sorts of contaminants that would otherwise go right into our food and drinks.
While researching reverse osmosis systems, I discovered that this type of water filter can last for years, doesn’t need a lot of maintenance, and isn’t hard to install at home.
Best Reverse Osmosis System Reviews
APEC Water ROES-PH75
APEC’s 6-stage reverse osmosis technology removes bacteria, viruses, amoebic cysts, asbestos, metals like lead, radioactive contaminants, chlorine, and all sorts of chemicals that cause tap water to smell and taste bad.
The fact that it removes so many impurities from my home’s tap water relieves me from worrying about the municipal water supply being contaminated.
- The first stage of the filter removes rust and sediments.
- The second and third stages clear out chlorine and other volatile organic compounds often present in city tap water.
- The fourth stage gets rid of bacteria, viruses, and other tiny pollutants and particles.
- The fifth stage is a carbon filter that removes any remaining odors and tastes from the purified water.
- The sixth and final stage on the ROES-PH75 filter sends the clean water through food-grade calcium carbonate before it goes to the faucet. The calcium carbonate makes the water more alkaline and gives it a slight mineral taste.
My family prefers the flavor and it encourages them to drink more water, which is a healthy habit. That’s one of three reasons why I chose this system over the other APEC models I’ll talk about below.
A second reason I selected the ROES-PH75 is that studies show that drinking alkaline water is healthier. It can help counteract a high-acid diet and fight cancer. This helps me to protect my family from ill health.
The final reason I chose the ROES-PH75 model is that it treats up to 75 gallons a day. It refills its pure water tank swiftly. That’s important to me because I have a busy family and we use a lot of water for drinking and cooking.
Even with daily use, I’ll only have to change some of the filters once every 6 months. The main contaminant filter, or 4th stage, only needs to be changed every two to four years. The filters aren’t very expensive, so I’ll be saving money over buying bottled water.
There are a couple of other features about this system that I like. APEC only uses food-grade components and has strict controls over their production environment. Their products are made in the USA and come with a 1-year warranty.
APEC included easy-to-follow instructions so I was able to install the ROES-PH75 myself under our kitchen sink. I only needed a few tools and a drill. The package even included a stylish water faucet. The reverse osmosis system itself was very easy to put together with labeled parts and color-coded tubing. Changing the filters in a few months will be a snap.
Here’s a quick summary of the pros and cons of the APEC ROES-PH75:
- Removes up to 99% of any contaminants hazardous to health
- Works quickly to refill its tank because it’s rated for 75 gallons per day
- Food-grade parts including the lead-free faucet
- Silent operation
- Doesn’t need electricity to run
- Easy to install at home without a professional
- Made in the USA with strict quality controls
- Water tastes good and comes out slightly alkaline for better health benefits
- I’ll need to buy the ice maker kit separately to hook the filter to our refrigerator
Of course, before I purchased this reverse osmosis system, I researched other options. I’d like to tell you about four that were recommended by many other water filter users.
APEC Water RO-90 (Not RO-PH90)
The RO-90 is APEC’s top-of-the-line 5-stage filter.
This model has the coveted WQA Gold Seal Certification because it removes up to 99% of contaminants like heavy metals, bacteria, viruses, and more.
With a higher flow rate, it delivers up to 90 gallons of pure water a day.
The only thing the RO-90 lacks is the 6th stage filter that adds mineral flavor and makes the water alkaline. Although it doesn’t have the sixth stage, the fifth stage uses coconut carbon fiber to remove any remaining flavor or odor from the water.
Like the APEC ROES-75, the RO-90 is easy for an ordinary person to install. It comes with color-coded parts and simple-to-follow instructions. The included faucet is lead-free and the tubing is all NSF and FDA-certified food-grade.
Here’s a quick summary of the pros and cons of the APEC RO-90:
- WQA Gold Seal certified to remove up to 99% of thousands of impurities from tap water
- Works very quickly, cleans up to 90 gallons of water per day
- Easy to install without needing a plumber
- Food-grade parts include the lead-free faucet and tubing
- Doesn’t need electricity or batteries to operate
- Works silently
- Made in the USA
- Does not alter acidity or add flavor
If you need fewer than 90 gallons of water purified each day, and you don’t want to add flavor, you might like these other filters below.
iSpring RCC7 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis Water Filter
The RCC7 filter from iSpring can also clean thousands of contaminants out of tap water. It processes up to 75 gallons a day just like the APEC ROES-PH75 that I purchased. It’s only a 5-stage system because it doesn’t have the final calcium carbonate filter that the ROES-PH75 has. The RCC7 doesn’t alter the pH or add the taste of minerals to the water.
On the other hand, I liked the transparent 1st-stage filter. That makes it easy to see when it’s time to change it. It comes with a similar high-spout faucet like my filter system has. The whole setup appears to be just as easy to install at home, and it’s just as simple to change filters.
iSpring has achieved the RCC7 Water Quality Association (WQA) Gold Seal certification after rigorous testing. The RCC7 passes the National Science Foundation (NSF) high standards for reverse osmosis filters. Their parts are all food-grade, and the filter itself is built in the USA.
In closing, I also liked that iSpring offers a 30-day money back guarantee as well as a 1-year warranty on the RCC7.
Here’s a quick summary of the pros and cons of the iSpring RCC7:
- WQA Gold Seal certified with all food-safe parts
- The transparent 1st-stage filter makes it easy to monitor the status
- Processes up to 75 gallons per day
- Doesn’t require electricity to operate
- Easy for an ordinary person to install
- Money-back satisfaction guarantees and warranty
- No filter stage to alter pH or adjust the flavor of the cleaned water
While the iSpring RCC7 and the APEC ROES-PH75 can process up to 75 gallons a day, that might be more than you need if you have a smaller household. The filter described below is made to clean up to 50 gallons a day.
Home Master TMAFC Artesian Full Contact, TMAFC-ERP, TMULTRA
The Home Master TMAFC system filters up to 50 gallons of water each day. This may be a better choice for a small household than the large-capacity APEC filters described above.
The Artesian Full Contact modular filters avoid some of the most common problems of a traditional reverse osmosis filter system.
For one, instead of changing only an internal filter, the Home Master system has complete cartridges that simply pop into place. It’s easy to change them because you don’t have to deal with prying open a housing sealed shut by crusty hard water buildup.
Secondly, it’s more sanitary because both the filter and the filter housing are changed at the same time. It doesn’t give contaminants a chance to build up.
As a bonus, this system also makes the water slightly alkaline by adding minerals. The mineralization of the pure water happens in two stages as it flows through the system.
The TMAFC system comes assembled and ready to install with all the needed parts. Everything is color-coded and the instructions are easy to follow.
Like the other reverse osmosis filters in this review, this one comes with its own faucet and food-grade tubing.
Home Master’s filters only need a change about every 2,000 gallons, or once a year. They are push-in filters so no tools are needed.
Of course, since they are complete cartridges, both they and the TMAFC system cost a little more than the average reverse osmosis system. The filters create a little larger burden on the environment if you don’t recycle them properly.
On the upside, this system doesn’t waste a lot of water-it has a ratio of 4 to 1. That means it creates one gallon of pure water for every four gallons it processes.
The TMAFC has seven stages of filtration, and mineralization of the water counts as two of the seven steps.
Unfortunately, this system does not remove microorganisms like bacteria or amoebae.
Home Master also sells a 75-gallon version of this Artesian Full Contact water filter (TMAFC-ERP for instance) as well as their Ultra reverse osmosis systems that get rid of microorganisms (Home Master Ultra TMULTRA for example). Some of their filters are even more efficient with a waste of pure water “super ratio” of 1:1.
Here’s a quick summary of the pros and cons of the Home Master TMAFC:
- Cleans up to 50 gallons of water per day
- Slightly mineralizes the water to make it alkaline
- Easy to install without professional assistance
- Very easy to change filters
- Push-in filters come with their own housings so the system stays hygienic
- Doesn’t need batteries or electricity to function
- Efficient ratio of 4:1 doesn’t waste much water
- Works silently
- May be too slow for a large household to use
- Removes only up to 98% of thousands of contaminants and impurities from tap water, slightly less than the other brand filters
- Does not remove microorganisms
- Changing both filter and housing at once creates more waste for landfills
If you would prefer a system that removes bacteria, viruses, and other living contaminants, take a look at the APEC ROES-50 below.
APEC ROES-50 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis Water Filter System
APEC also offers the ROES-50 system that cleans up to 50 gallons a day. That may be ideal for families with fewer people. The setup fits into a smaller space as well.
The ROES-50 is a 5-stage filter that cleans thousands of different particles, microorganisms, and chemicals out of tap water just like the ROES-PH75 does. Other than the lower flow rate and smaller size, its only difference from the ROES-PH75 is that it doesn’t offer the 6th stage that lowers acidity and adds mineral flavor.
Unlike the iSpring RCC7, the ROES-50 is not specifically WQA-certified. Although APEC has achieved this high-quality standard on some of its filters, neither my system nor this one has it. But the ROES-50 still uses FDA-certified food-grade parts and offers a lead-free faucet.
The ROES-50 is just as simple to install at home with its color-coded parts and clear instructions. The filters are easy to change, and they aren’t very expensive. Just like the ROES-PH75, this system comes with a 1-year warranty.
Here’s a quick summary of the pros and cons of the APEC ROES-50:
- Cleans up to 50 gallons of water per day
- Removes up to 99% of thousands of contaminants and impurities from tap water
- Smaller size is easier to place under a sink
- Easy to install without needing a plumber
- Doesn’t require electricity to operate
- Works silently
- Does not alter acidity or add flavor
- Maybe too slow for a large family to enjoy using
All of these reverse osmosis filters have excellent features. It just depends on what you want for your home. The APEC ROES-PH75 is working very well for me.
Top 5 Comparison
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5 Criteria I Used To Find The Best Reverse Osmosis System
I came up with certain criteria to help me choose the best filter for my home. I hope that these features can help you decide which filter best meets your needs, too.
Criteria for choosing the best reverse osmosis water filter
- Removes the most common contaminants found in tap water
- Reduces pH and adds flavor to make the water healthier and more appealing
- Cleans water quickly enough so no one in the family needs to wait for the tank to refill
- Simple to install at home by myself
- Easy to change filters
To keep my family as healthy as possible, I wanted a filter that removes the most common contaminants in tap water beyond what the EPA requires for safe drinking water.
Medical studies are finding that alkaline water may fight cancer and other chronic illnesses. I wanted a filter that reduces pH and adds flavor to make the water healthier and tastier for my family. This may be a feature that isn’t as important to you. For me, it was worth the added cost.
The filter needs to clean water quickly enough that there is always pure water available throughout the day.
I wanted a reverse osmosis system simple enough to install myself at home without calling on a professional.
Then, for long-term maintenance, I looked for a system that would allow me to easily change individual filters when I needed to without hassle.
Having the best reverse osmosis system helped me feel confident that my family can drink and cook with pure water. I also feel better knowing that the filter system is simple enough to maintain that others in the family could take care of it if I wasn’t at home.
With that said, I’d like to recap what I liked about each filter system so you can decide which one is the best for you.
- The APEC RO-90 purifies up to 90 gallons of water a day, making it a top choice for large households. The WQA Gold Seal Certification proves that it is highly effective at removing contaminants. It has a 5-stage filtration system that is easy to install at home.
- The APEC ROES-PH75 can provide up to 75 gallons of pure water each day. It removes thousands of pollutants from tap water with its 6-stage filter system. Some filters will need replacing after 6 months, while others may last up to four years. Both the system and the filters are easy to install. The 6th stage makes the water slightly alkaline and adds a mineral flavor. If you want alkaline water, or prefer a mineral taste, consider getting the APEC ROES-PH75 that my family is enjoying right now.
- The iSpring RCC7 5-stage system also removes thousands of contaminants. Its big selling point is that it has a Gold Seal Certification from the WQA. It can clean up to 75 gallons a day. If you want a filter that has qualified for the WQA Gold Seal Certification, the iSpring RCC7 has achieved that standard after strict testing.
- The Home Master TMAFC Artesian Full Contact system filters up to 50 gallons of water each day. Its push-in filters come as complete cartridges with housings and last up to a year before needing a change. The two-stage re-mineralization process makes the pure water slightly alkaline.
- The APEC ROES-50 provides up to 50 gallons of water per day. It removes thousands of unwanted particles and pollutants from tap water with its 5-stage filter system. It’s easy to install and fits in a smaller space than either of the other two filter systems reviewed here.
If you have a small family, you may benefit from the APEC ROES-50 system or the Home Master TMAFC. The Home Master TMAFC has a very hygienic filter system that costs a little more but is very easy to maintain.
If you have a large family or plan to link an ice maker to your filter system, consider one of the high-capacity systems like the APEC RO-90, ROES-PH75, or the iSpring RCC7. These will refill the pure water tank quickly so there is always clean water available.
If you want a filter that has qualified for the WQA Gold Seal Certification, both the APEC RO-90 and the iSpring RCC7 have achieved that standard after strict testing.
If you want alkaline water, or prefer a mineral taste, consider getting the Home Master TMAFC, or the APEC ROES-PH75 that my family is enjoying right now.
Thank you for reading this review today. I hope it helps you choose the best reverse osmosis filter system for your home.
2. Step-On & Automatic Trash Can
I like our three new trash cans (two step-on and one automatic trash can). My family and I appreciate the fact that we don’t need to open the lids with our hands.
I’m glad I can keep the pets out of the garbage, too.
Top 4 Step On And Automatic Trash Cans In This Review
It was time to upgrade the trash cans around my house. All of our old cans had broken down in the usual ways.
While I researched my next purchases, I had certain features in mind.
First, I wanted a touchless automatic trash can. A touchless can is very sanitary, perfect for kitchen cleanup.
Then I wanted step-on garbage pails for the upstairs bathroom and for outside the house. With either kind, it’s a lot easier to not have to lift a lid when my hands are full of trash.
I would like to tell you about the garbage cans I ended up choosing for my home, and why they are the best ones for my family.
I’ll begin with my best automatic trash can in the kitchen.
Top 4 Best Kitchen Trash Can Reviews
iTouchless Deodorizer Touch-Free Sensor 13-Gallon Automatic
The iTouchless Deodorizer Touch-Free Automatic Trash Can is perfect for my kitchen.
The first feature that got my attention is its replaceable carbon filter. That helps keeps odors under control, which is necessary for the kitchen. It lasts about three months before needing a change.
The second thing that I love is that the can opens its lid automatically because of the built-in infrared sensor. All I have to do is put my hand or the garbage I’m holding within 6 inches of the top.
The lid lifts up for me so I don’t have to touch the can at all to throw away trash.
The lid waits 3 seconds and then closes quietly and tightly. It will stay open, though, if I keep my hand in sensor range. The manual on/off buttons on the front of the can also let me leave the lid propped open as long as I need.
The can itself measures 27 inches high by 9 inches wide.
The opening is 11.75 inches measured diagonally, so I can toss out larger items without having to break them down first.
For liners, I use regular 13-gallon trash bags. They stay put without sliding down because of the retainer ring inside the lip of the can.
I like that the iTouchless is water-resistant because that’s important in the kitchen.
It runs off 4 D-size batteries which can last up to 10,000 openings and closings. If you like, you can purchase a power adapter (sold separately) to run the can off household electricity.
Some customers have said that the adapter connector jiggles loose from the can.
Of course, plugging it in means limits on where you can place it. It also means you’ll be unable to open the can automatically should the power cut out.
A few years ago there were problems with the sensor and the lid. My research indicated that the problems the company had with earlier versions of this can have been solved. At this point, it’s working great in my kitchen.
It’s even easy to keep the stainless steel exterior looking shiny and nice.
iTouchless offers a 60-day money-back guarantee and a 1-year limited warranty.
- The infrared sensor tells the can when to open and close the lid automatically
- Manual override keeps the lid open when needed
- On/off switch locks the lid when the can is off
- Sensor is water-resistant
- Large opening for big items of trash
- A replaceable carbon filter keeps odors under control
- Uses regular 13-gallon trash bags that stay in place because of the retainer ring
- 1-year warranty and 60-day money-back satisfaction guarantee
- Modern stainless-steel and black exterior is easy to clean
- Can run off either batteries or household electricity
- Needs 4 D-size batteries to run, and those can be a little expensive
- Using household electricity instead of batteries requires the purchase of an adapter
While I chose the iTouchless trash can for my home, there was a different automatic trash can model that I also liked. I’ll tell you about it below.
Nine Stars DZT-50-9 Infrared Touchless
The Nine Stars Infrared Touchless Stainless Steel Trash Can use a sensor to open and close its lid automatically.
It has a couple of differences from the iTouchless.
For one, the sensor has a longer range, up to 10 inches instead of the 6-inch range on the iTouchless.
Two, it runs off three C-size batteries which can last up to 6 months.
It appears that older models of the Nine Stars automatic trash can may have been able to use an adapter for household current, but Nine Stars is not currently selling adapters for this can model.
In other ways, the Nine Stars is similar to the iTouchless. The bag retainer ring inside the can holds a 13-gallon trash bag in place and keeps the edges out of sight.
The opening is large enough to throw away paper plates and cereal boxes without having to break them down.
The stainless-steel exterior resists fingerprints.
Should you have a problem with the Nine Stars trash can, they do offer a warranty against defects. But you’ll have to pay return shipping, as well as other unspecified fees.
I decided against the Nine Stars for three reasons:
- It doesn’t have a place for an odor-fighting filter
- It’s oval in shape
- And, the warranty isn’t all that great
The rectangular design of the iTouchless suited my kitchen better.
- Infrared sensor detects movement up to ten inches away
- 13-gallon size can hold regular kitchen trash bags
- Retainer ring inside the can holds the bag securely
- Fingerprint-resistant stainless steel
- No place for an odor-fighting filter
- Warranty ends up costing the customer more money even if the product is defective
While a touchless trash can is ideal for the kitchen, I wanted step-on pails for the bathroom and outside my home.
I’d like to tell you about the ones I’m using now.
simplehuman Round Step Trash Can
I’m using other simplehuman products around my home and I’m very satisfied with them. Now I have their Round Step Trash Can in my upstairs bathroom.
The stainless-steel can with its tough black plastic lid looks very nice.
The pedal is strong, opening and closing the lid smoothly and silently. simplehuman says the pedal is made to last for 20 steps a day for 20 years.
If I lift the lid with my hand instead of pushing on the pedal, the lid will remain up. This is useful when I need to keep the can open.
While my pets can trigger the sensor on the kitchen trash can unless I remember to turn off the power, they haven’t opened this step-on can yet.
It’s holding up well under regular use from all the members of my family. If there were a problem, simplehuman offers a 5-year warranty.
The only downside to this can is its rather unique size. Although
Although simplehuman can liners fit it perfectly, 13-gallon kitchen bags are a little too big and grocery sacks are too small. But although I’m not currently using the simplehuman bags in it, the rim holds my liners in place. There is a small opening on the side where I can pull the bag’s string to make it fit snugly.
There is a small opening on the side where I can pull the bag’s string to make it fit snugly.
- Sturdy construction with easy open and silent close
- The lid can remain open if needed
- Stainless-steel and black plastic look modern
- 5-year warranty
- Hard to find bags that fit it perfectly unless you use the simplehuman liners
Now I’d like to tell you about the trash can I purchased for outside of my home.
simplehuman Slim Plastic Step Trash Can – 40 L / 10.6 Gal
The simplehuman Slim Plastic Step-On Trash Can is perfect for my backyard.
When my family has a party outdoors, we collect the trash in it. I also use it for when I weed the garden or clean up in the garage.
Its handle and two wheels make it easy to transport wherever it’s needed.
The strong plastic body is resistant to moisture and abuse. The step-on pedal has a nice feature: you can press on it once and remove your foot.
The lid opens and closes with enough time for you to throw away something. You don’t have to keep your foot on it unless you have more things to toss away.
I mentioned I have pets. One reason I really like this can is the fact that it has a slide lock. Once it’s locked, no animals can open it. It also comes with a 5-year warranty, just in case, it has any defects that keep it from working properly.
The Slim Plastic Trash Can is narrow enough to fit in a corner of my garage and big enough for the odd jobs I give it. It measures 25.2 inches tall, 19.2 inches deep, and 10.2 inches wide.
Its 10.6-gallon size lets me use regular can liners that fit just right.
- Sturdy step-on pedal and rugged plastic body
- The lid has a slide lock to keep animals out
- Two wheels and a handle make it easy to move
- Regular can liners fit
- 5-year warranty
- I haven’t found a con yet for this can
How I Decided On The Best Automatic And Step-on Trash Cans For My Home (3 Criteria I Used)
The market is full of trash cans for sale and some of them are not worth what you’d pay for them.
Before I went shopping I created a list of the most important features to help me select the best garbage cans for my home. Here is what I decided:
- Sturdy and strong
- Sanitary: a touchless automatic sensor, or step-on pedals, to open and close the lid
- Appearance fits in with my décor
All the trash cans I listed in this review are sturdy and strong, able to withstand daily use by my family. The three I bought are holding up well.
I looked for cans that had lids that opened without needing a hand to touch them. It’s much more sanitary. I preferred having a touchless automatic trash can in the kitchen and step-on pedals for cans in the other parts of the house.
Finally, I wanted modern-looking trash cans. Their appearance is nice to fit in with the way I decorate my home.
To wrap up this review, I’d like to recap the best features of each trash can.
The iTouchless Deodorizer Touch-Free Stainless Steel Trash Can have an infrared sensor that tells the can when to open and close the lid automatically.
The 13-gallon size holds a lot of trash while the carbon cartridge keeps bad odors under control. Bags fit securely under the retainer ring so they don’t slide down.
The can have a manual override to keep the lid open as well as a power off switch to lock it shut.
The Nine Stars Infrared Touchless Stainless Steel Trash Can also use an infrared sensor to open and shut its lid automatically.
Its 13-gallon size is great for the kitchen. The retainer ring holds liners in place and the steel exterior resists fingerprints.
The simplehuman Round Step On Trash Can holds 8 gallons of trash, plenty for a bathroom.
The step-on pedal is strong and it opens and shuts the lid quietly. You can also keep the lid open if needed without keeping your foot on the pedal.
The simplehuman Slim Step On Trash Can is made of sturdy black plastic with a strong pedal to open and close the lid. The lid locks shut if needed to keep animals out. The two rear wheels and handle make it easy to move.
If you’re looking for an automatic trash can for your kitchen, the iTouchless is working very well for my family. The 13-gallon size is great for a busy home and the carbon filter cartridge keeps bad smells down.
If you prefer an oval shape for your touchless trash can, consider the Nine Stars 13-gallon automatic model.
For your bathroom or office, take a look at the simplehuman Round Step Trash Can. It works smoothly and silently and is holding up well for my family.
If you prefer plastic trash can instead of stainless steel, or want one for your yard or garage, the simplehuman Slim Plastic Step-On Trash Can.
I like our three new trash cans. My family and I appreciate the fact that we don’t need to open the lids with our hands. I’m glad I can keep the pets out of the garbage, too. I hope you find the perfect trash cans for your home, too.
3. spiral vegetable slicer
As I looked for the best spiral vegetable slicer, I found three models that I liked. I chose the Paderno World Cuisine Spiralizer Pro for my home.
Top 3 Best Spiral Vegetable Slicer In This Review
I wanted to get my family to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. I found an easy way to do it with a spiral vegetable slicer.
This simple kitchen device is so easy to use and quick to clean that I don’t need to pull out the food processor all the time anymore.
Spiral-cut fruits and vegetables are attractive to eat. My family wants to include them in just about every meal now. Instead of making pasta, I can cut up zucchini to accompany a spaghetti sauce. Or I can slice an apple into an accordion shape and top it with cinnamon for a tasty and low-calorie dessert.
I’d like to tell you about it below, and then fill you in on the other two I didn’t buy.
Top 3 Best Spiral Vegetable Slicers Reviews
Paderno World Cuisine 4-Blade Spiralizer
The Paderno World Cuisine Spiralizer’s previous model with three blades was highly recommended by Cook’s Illustrated magazine. This made me curious about the four-blade model with an Angel Hair shredding blade.
I wasn’t sure I’d need all four blades until I learned what their uses are.
- One is a straight blade for accordion and ribbon cuts.
- Another is a fine shredding blade that cuts thin noodles.
- A third is the chipping blade for thick noodles.
- The fourth is the Angel Hair blade that makes even finer, thinner noodles than the fine shredding blade.
While I can’t make spiral cuts from soft fruits or vegetables like tomatoes, the spiralizer does a great job with potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, cucumbers, radishes, beets, apples, pears, and zucchini to name a few.
The maximum size it can hold is ten (10) inches long and seven (7) inches thick. Anything over that must be cut down first. Also, the minimum diameter is ½-inch.
It works like this:
First, wash your chosen vegetable or fruit.
Second, press the spiralizer firmly down on your countertop. The suction feet will hold it in place while you work.
Third, select and insert the blade you want to use. They all slide right into a slot on top.
Fourth, skewer one end of the fruit or vegetable onto the corer near the blade. Press the pronged disk by the crank handle into the other end. Then just turn the handle to spin the vegetable while gently pressing it forward. Ta-da, ribbons appear! Left-handers will rejoice because the Paderno works for them, too.
When you’re done with the Paderno, you can place the blades in the top rack of the dishwasher or wash them by hand. Cleaning it right after use is key to keeping it free of stains. Just be careful because the blades are very sharp. Although this is a tool simple enough for a child, I only let the kids in my home use it with adult supervision.
One of the reasons I appreciate the Paderno spiralizer over the other two brands I looked at is its built-in storage for the blades.
Each blade is marked on the side so you can see at a glance which one you want to grab before you pull them out. Even the upper part with the crank handle stores neatly inside this sleek container.
All the plastic parts are BPA-free.
I also love the fact that there is very little waste. The corer leaves just 1/8-inch thickness behind, and that’s easy enough to chop up or snack on.
So far, the Paderno 4-Blade Spiralizer is working great for my family. Now hardly a day passes without someone in the family making a salad, meal, or treat with this handy kitchen tool.
Should a problem arise, it’s covered by a one-year warranty.
- Makes cooking with fruits and vegetables fun and decorative
- Very simple to assemble, use, and clean
- Four sharp blades for five types of cuts
- Dishwasher-safe, top rack
- Works for right- and left-handed people
- Suction cup feet hold the spiralizer firmly in place but their tabs make them easy to pull up
- Storage container holds everything neatly and protects blades from juice drips
- Very little waste, hardly anything is left of the fruit or vegetable
- All plastic parts are BPA-free
- 1-year warranty
- I haven’t found a con yet
While I chose the Paderno spiralizer for my home, there were two other models I liked. I’d like to tell you about another below.
Brieftons 5-Blade Spiralizer
The Brieftons 5-Blade Spiralizer caught my attention at first because it has five blades, not four like the Paderno.
But then I began to study the details and found a couple of things I didn’t like as much.
One, the Brieftons has storage for blades underneath it, but only three of the five blades fit there.
Two, although it sounds good to have more blades, I couldn’t see when I would actually use them all. I couldn’t distinguish how their five blades did any better cuts than Paderno’s four.
But I liked some of the other features of the Brieftons spiralizer.
Like the Paderno, the plastic parts are BPA-free and all the parts are safe to put in the top rack of the dishwasher. Each blade is made from Japanese 304 stainless steel. This type of steel is often used in food processing. It resists corrosion and stays sharp, and Brieftons offers a lifetime warranty on the spiralizer.
The five blades included are a shredder, a chipper, a slicing blade, one for making angel hair, and one for curly spirals.
If you aren’t sure how to use the blades, they host how-to videos on their website and offer a free ebook with recipes.
Similar to the Paderno, the Brieftons is easy for both left and right-handed people to assemble and use.
Once you stick it to the countertop with its suction-cup feet, just slide a blade into place and place the vegetable on the corer. Move the rear disk forward until the spikes on it secure the vegetable in place, then turn the handle. Out come the noodles and ribbons until only a thin core of the vegetable is left.
- Very simple to assemble, use, and clean
- Blades made from Japanese steel to resist corrosion
- Dishwasher-safe, top rack
- Works for both right- and left-handed people
- Suction cup feet hold the spiralizer firmly in place on a counter
- Very little waste, only a thin core is left of the fruit or vegetable
- All plastic parts are BPA-free
- Lifetime warranty
- Not enough storage space underneath for all the blades
- Not as easy to store as the Paderno
As I searched for the best spiralizer, I found a simple one that comes in a kit. I’d like to tell you about it below.
Premium Vegetable Spiralizer Bundle by Premium V Slicer
The last spiralizer in this review has the simplest design of the three. The Premium Vegetable Spiralizer is a canister where you can insert a zucchini or carrot and turn the vegetable into noodles.
If you want a thicker ribbon, you can use the included vegetable peeler to make them.
Several users have commented that this spiralizer is a lot like a pencil sharpener. If a vegetable is too large to fit, you’ll have to chop it down to size first.
It’s made to be held in your hand while you work with it, but either left- or right-handed users can use it. The finger guard helps keep your hand from being cut along with the vegetable.
When you’re done, you can place the parts in the top rack of the dishwasher for cleaning.
This spiralizer uses Japanese steel blades like the Brieftons, and all the plastic parts are BPA-free.
The Premium Spiralizer comes with a storage bag, a vegetable peeler, a cleaning brush, and a recipe book.
Premium V Slicer offers a 60-day money-back guarantee instead of a warranty.
- Simple to use, works like a pencil sharpener
- Blades are made from Japanese steel to resist corrosion
- Plastic parts are BPA-free
- Dishwasher-safe, top rack
- Works for both right- and left-handed people
- 60-day money back guarantee
- Comes with a vegetable peeler, recipe book, storage bag, and cleaning brush
- Only makes one size of noodles unless you make ribbons by hand with the peeler
- No warranty
Choose the best spiral vegetable slicer for your kitchen
A spiral vegetable slicer will make you and your family want to eat healthy food. It turns ordinary meals into attractive feasts. Plus, it simplifies replacing carbs in your diet with delicious vegetables and fruits.
As I researched the available products, I had certain criteria in mind to help me choose the best one for my home.
- Easy to use and clean
- Variety of cuts
- Does not require a lot of storage
All of the spiral vegetable slicers in this review are very easy to use and clean. I appreciate the fact that all of them work for both left- and right-handed people. I also like that their parts are dishwasher-safe and free of toxic plastics.
I could have saved money by using a vegetable peeler by hand instead of buying a spiralizer. But the spiralizer makes slicing noodles and ribbons a lot easier and faster. Two of the three in this review offer a variety of cuts for different purposes.
Finally, like in most homes, I have a lot of kitchen tools so space is at a premium. I wanted a spiralizer that would not require a lot of storage when it was not being used. This is one of the reasons I’m glad I chose the Paderno model.
We’re coming to a close. To help you select the best spiral vegetable slicer for your home, I’ll list here the best features of the three I reviewed.
The Paderno World Cuisine Spiralizer is the one I bought for my family. It comes with four blades that make five different cuts, from angel hair to accordion-style. All the parts are dishwasher-safe and BPA-free. The four suction-cup feet stick it firmly to the countertop while you work. It can handle large fruits and vegetables without them needing to be cut down to size first. When you’re done, the whole tool neatly stores inside its own container. It comes with a 1-year warranty.
The Brieftons 5-Blade Spiralizer has room to store three of the five blades underneath its base. It makes a variety of cuts, from noodles to ribbons and more, with its sharp and corrosion-resistant blades. Like the Paderno, it sticks well to the countertop while you work. All its parts are BPA-free and dishwasher-safe, and it comes with a lifetime warranty.
The Premium Vegetable Spiralizer is a handheld slicer that makes just one size of noodles. It comes in a bundle with a peeler, cleaning brush, storage bag, and recipe book. Its parts are also dishwasher safe and BPA-free. The manufacturer offers a 60-day money-back guarantee.
If you want a simple vegetable slicer and don’t mind that it only makes one size of the cut, take a look at the Premium Vegetable Spiralizer. It’s an inexpensive introduction to spiral-cutting fruits and vegetables.
If you prefer having a variety of cuts at your disposal, either the Paderno or the Brieftons spiralizers offer up to five different sizes and types. Both models are simple to use and clean.
The Paderno’s advantage is that it is a self-contained unit that is very easy to store. It’s the one my family is currently enjoying, and it has a one-year warranty. The Brieftons comes with a lifetime warranty.
I’m glad you took the time to read these reviews today. I hope this guide has helped you to choose your new spiral vegetable slicer.
4. Fruit Bowl With Banana Hanger
I recently upgraded our old fruit bowl to one with a banana hanger. As a result, our bananas stay fresher for longer, and our family eats fruit more quickly.
I already knew that hanging bananas would keep them from going bad as soon. But I didn’t realize how much of a difference it would make to have our fruit displayed attractively.
I’d like to tell you about our new banana tree fruit bowl to see if it sounds like a useful product for you too.
DecoBros Bronze Wire Fruit Tree Bowl with Banana Hanger
The Deco Brothers Bronze Wire Fruit Tree Bowl sits in the middle of my kitchen table. The hook that extends upward is handy for hanging bananas or bunches of grapes. And the wire basket itself is large enough to hold several apples, oranges, and pears. In photos, the wire appears to be black. But in our home, you can see that it is a dark bronze color.
We’ve never had a problem with the bowl being unstable even when the hook is fully loaded, and the basket is mostly empty. The basket itself stands about 5 inches tall and measures 13 inches in diameter, so it’s a good size if you have a family that enjoys fruit.
On the plus side, the open design allows air to circulate. That way you don’t have to remember to move the fruit around so that it ripens evenly.
Finally, if you don’t buy bananas, you can remove the hook and use the bowl by itself. It has an elegant design, so I can imagine it being repurposed. For example, if you were to lay a linen napkin inside it, it would be convenient for holding bread at the dinner table.
- Elegant bronze wire design makes fruit visible
- Hanger keeps bananas from bruising so they last longer
- Hanger is removable
- Large basket holds a lot of fruit
- Stable and sturdy
- None so far
Depending on the style of your kitchen, you might prefer stainless steel over bronze. Take a look at the next fruit basket below.
Spectrum Diversified Pantry Works Chrome Ellipse Fruit Stand and Banana Holder
Spectrum Diversified’s Chrome Ellipse Fruit Stand has a banana tree that keeps your fruit from bruising and ripening too soon. The basket is built of steel wire that makes it sturdy and durable.
The overall measurements are, taking into account the banana hanger, 15 ¼ inches tall by 12 ¼ inches wide and 7 inches long. This fruit bowl can handle a large number of pears, apples, oranges, and so on. But there is one small problem.
The elliptical design of the basket means some fruit will be buried underneath others. Although air can freely circulate around all the fruit, the items on the bottom are more likely to get bruises. But if you were to load the hook with the basket empty, the bowl remains stable.
- Shiny steel wire basket is strong and looks modern
- Allows air to circulate around fruit
- Stable so it won’t tip over easily
- Elliptical form puts fruit at risk of bruising from the weight of others on top
- Cannot remove banana hanger
If you appreciate the shininess of chrome but prefer a more open design, you might prefer the fruit basket below.
Luxe Premium’s Fruit Basket with Banana Hanger
Luxe Premium’s Fruit Basket with Banana Hanger has a low-key, elegant design. The chrome basket is nearly flat, with only a slight curve to help it retain fruit.
It measures 14.2 by 10.6 inches, with the hanger standing 16 inches tall. And the small feet, while made of steel, are rounded to not scratch your countertop.
As the manufacturer points out, if you don’t love this fruit bowl, you’re protected by a 30-day money-back guarantee.
- Sturdy steel build with chrome finish
- Feet don’t scratch counters
- Air circulates around fruit to keep them fresh longer
- 30-day money-back guarantee
- None discovered
How to choose the best banana tree fruit bowl
When I began looking for a banana tree fruit bowl, I had a few specifications in mind. Here they are:
- Style matches kitchen décor
- Size is appropriate for the amount of fruit we tend to have on hand
- Sturdy and durable
When I purchase an item for my home, I want it to add beauty. The DecoBros Bronze Fruit Tree Bowl is attractive even when it’s empty. In my opinion, the dark color of the wire enhances the appeal of the fruit inside.
I also considered whether the fruit bowl would be able to hold the amount of fruit my family buys and whether it would be sturdy enough to support all of that. In the end, all three of these baskets would have been up to the task.
Since we added a fruit basket with a tree hanger, our bananas seem to last a little longer. I’m glad because I don’t like to waste food. But all of our fruit is disappearing more quickly, probably because it is easier to see.
The new fruit bowl is a useful purchase that I’m glad we made. I hope this review gives you “food for thought” about upgrading your fruit storage, too.