Spiralizer Reviews: the 3-Blade or 4-Blade Paderno Spiralizer? + a Giveaway
If you’re starting to spiralize your food into delicious, gluten-free vegetable-based meals or are simply looking to upgrade your spiralizer, you have probably already wondered what the difference is between various spiralizers on the market.
Spiralizers are sold under a couple of pseudonyms, from “spiralizer”, “spiral slicer” to “vegetable spiral slicer.” There are many brands of spiralizers and a range of qualities on the market, but I give the Paderno spiralizers my highest recommendation. Paderno is a houseware brand that has been manufacturing spiralizers for over 25 years (the spiralizer itself has been around for much longer than that though), and they also manufacture other high-quality premium kitchen products.
I personally started off spiralizing with a little handheld spiralizer, which was great and still serves its purpose, but it can’t be argued – small spiralizers only slice a handful of of vegetables (such as zucchini, carrots, cucumber, parsnips, and some potatoes or sweet potatoes). A few months later, I upgraded to the Paderno World Cuisine 3-Blade Spiral Slicer, which I used for just under a year without complaint. However, I recently upgrade to the Paderno 4-Blade Spiral Slicer and am completely blown away. Read on to learn why. Note: This post is not paid by Paderno, I have simply received a complimentary spiralizer to review. See below to enter to win a free spiralizer!
Which is better – the 3-Blade or 4-Blade Paderno Spiralizer?
If you stop reading now, my opinions can be summarized in just a few sentences:
The four-blade Paderno spiralizer is my preferred spiralizer; it is compact and offers more versatility than the Paderno 3-blade spiralizer, yielding in more possible recipe combinations and flavor profiles.
If you purchase a spiralizer, you want versatility and efficiency, right? Isn’t that the point of a kitchen tool?
Read on to learn how I came to the conclusion that I prefer the 4-Blade Spiralizer… and make sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post!
The main features of the 4-Blade Paderno Spiralizer that differentiate it from the 3-Blade Paderno Spiralizer:
- Updated design that is compact and optimizes counter and cupboard space (is smaller than the 3-Blade Spiralizer when disassembled – more on this below).
- Updated design offers “wipe and go” clean up (3 Blade Spiralizer is best cleaned if entire spiralizer is completely immersed under sink). The housing compartment for the blades are protected (another upgrade) so that the blade storage area stays clean while you spiralize
- Comes with 4 blades; 3 of which are the same as the 3-blade spiralizer plus 1 for angel hair (read on to learn more about the angel hair blade, is fantastic for smaller vegetables and different flavor profiles)
- Can create accordion spirals with a piercing rod (also unique to the 4-blade spiralizer)
- Smaller central coring blade results in less waste (resulting in a smaller leftover core) than the 3-Blade Spiralizer
- Comes with a catch tray to collect the spiralized noodles (a huge upgrade from the 3-Blade – no more searching for the perfect sized bowl to collect spiralized noodles!)
- Turn crank can be adjusted for a left or right handed user
- Can be completely disassembled for optimal storage
- Each blade is clearly labelled to indicate the ribbon type it slices
- Larger, flatter, rectangular grooves on the spiralizing lever.
Common Features of Both the 3-Blade and 4-Blade Spiral Slicer
- Highly efficient suction cups at the base of the spiralizers safely secure device to the counter during use
- Removable blade plates are easy to insert and remove
- Blade storage inside unit to house spiralizer blades not in use
- Both are BPA free and blades made from culinary metal
- Strong and sturdy handle for spiralizing
- Both come with 3mm, 6mm, and flat blades
Potential Concern: Central coring blade is larger and sturdier on the 3-blade spiralizer.
My thoughts & Suggestions: The larger central coring blade of the 3-blade spiralizer may be eaiser to stabilize vegetables on, but I had absolutely no problems with the small knob on the 4-Blade spiralizer. If you do have any difficulties latching larger vegetables onto the spiralizer, I recommend cutting them in half to reduce their weight and spiralize in two batches. Also keep in mind the benefit of a smaller central coring blade – it minimizes waste (see below photo).
Potential Concern: Design is more intuitive on the 3-Blade Spiralizer – no assembling or dissembling required
My thoughts & Suggestions: Although the design is more intuitive of the 3-blade spiralizer, the 4-blade is very easy to assemble and can accommodate both right handed and left handed users. Once assembled, the 4-Blade spiralizer can remain assembled or can be disassembled to maximize storage space. Your choice!
Potential Concern: 4-Blade spiralizer is 2” taller than the 3-Blade Spiralizer
My thoughts & Suggestions: Both spiralizer models are the same in width, the main size difference being in height. The 4-blade spiralizer takes up less space than the 3-blade spiralizer if it is disassembled. The total height of the 4-blade spiralizer is 11”, whereas the 3-Blade Spiralizer totals 9” at its highest point. However, disassembled, the 4-blade spiralizer rings in at 6.” There’s no arguing that the 4-blade spiralizer is designed to be more space efficient – but you have to ask yourself if you’ll dissemble it to save space. If shelf height is not a concern, the size differences are otherwise irrelevant.
Potential Concern: the 3-blade spiralizer has a lever that pressure can be applied to in order to control the thickness of spiralized noodles.
My thoughts & Suggestions: The 4-blade spiralizer does not have this lever. I personally miss the convenience of the lever but was able to control the thickness of the noodle by simply applying pressure directly to the stem of the turn-crank. Different means to an end.
Potential Concern: the 4-blade spiralizer has more parts and is “more to clean.”
My thoughts & Suggestions: While the 4-blade spiralizer does indeed have more components to it, it is designed so that it does not require a full wash down after every use. The spiralizer is designed so that any juices or liquids seeped from the spiralized veggies can be wiped right off the unit. For example, the spiralizer blades are encased, and both the blades and handle can be removed for quick wipe down. I actually find it easier to clean the 4-blade spiralizer than the 3-blade, and think it is very “wipe and go.” Your 4-blade spiralizer will require a periodic thorough clean, in which case yes, it is more to clean than the 3-blade spiralizer.
Summary – Which Paderno Spiralizer Should I Purchase?
Both the 3-blade and 4-blade spiralizers are extremely high quality and efficient. I personally find that the “user experience” or feel of the spiralizers is comparable, with changes or improvements to the 4-blade spiralizer that are controversial (such as the smaller center coring blade and “more components”). I do prefer the sleek, innovative design of the 4-blade spiralizer but from an objective standpoint, there really are pros and cons to both designs that are subjective and really come down to the users’ needs and preferences. However, the deal breaker for me is the angel hair blade exclusive to the 4-blade spiralizer that creates noodles similar to vermicelli. I am completely blown away how the flavor of spiralized noodles change based on the cut of the vegetable. For example, raw zucchini spiralized with a 3mm blade can be somewhat bitter. Spiralized zucchini with the angel hair blade offers a more delicate, sweeter flavor – simply because every bite is a little less potent. Furthermore, the angel hair blade makes it possible to create long strands of noodles from vegetables smaller in diameter. The angel hair blade is completely invaluable.
Not convinced? Try my Blood Orange Citrus Stack salad made with angel hair zoodle balls. Or, try making Twaffles with angel hair – tried and tested with both angel hair and 3mm noodles, spiralized waffles are much better and easier to bite through when made with angel hair!
You can purchase the 4-Blade spiralizer directly from Paderno (guaranteed no knockoffs!).
Enter the contest below to win the 4-Blade spiralizer! Open to US residents only. Contest open until Sunday March 15. Complete the tasks prompted below to increase your chances of winning! If you have any questions, by all means leave them below. Thanks for stopping by, always!
Other Spiralizing Resources:
- Twirly Bites Archive of Spiralizer Recipes
- How to Spiralize
- The Benefits of Spiralizing
- What are the 24 Spiralizeable Fruits and Vegetables?