Spiralizer Reviews: the 3-Blade or 4-Blade Paderno Spiralizer? + a Giveaway

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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!

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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.

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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  

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Spiralizer Concerns:

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).

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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.

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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.

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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!

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  1. Roni

    Thanks for this great review!
    Would the angel-hair blade made for the 4-blade spiralizer fit the 3-blade one? Or did they change the way the blade fit?

    May 22, 2015
    • Michelle Roberts

      Hi Roni, thanks for stopping by! Great question – Unfortunately the 4th blade offered on the 4-blade spiralizer is not compatible with the 3-blade spiralizer. Paderno completely redesigned the 4-blade spiralizer.

      May 23, 2015
  2. Linda Bradshaw

    My favorite veggie to spiral is carrots. I love to do all my veggies though.

    March 15, 2015
    • Michelle Roberts

      Thanks for commenting and entering the cost Linda! Carrots are definitely one of my favorite veggies to spiralized too :)

      April 15, 2015
  3. Kristine Peacock (@pudyqat)

    I don’t think my comment went thru…delete if this is a dupe.
    I think zucchini and butternut squash would be my favorites
    RAFFLECOPTER: PUDYQAT

    March 15, 2015
    • Michelle Roberts

      Thanks for stopping by Kristine! Zucchini is definitely a classic and spiralized butternut squash is so darn tasty!

      April 15, 2015
  4. Julie Clark

    I’d love to try zucchini. Looks so good.

    March 13, 2015
    • Michelle Roberts

      Thanks for entering the context Julie. Spiralized ucchini is such a classic, can never go wrong with it :)

      April 15, 2015
  5. Terri C

    I think zucchini would be my favorite thing. Because it is so versatile! Oh the things I could make!

    March 13, 2015
    • Michelle Roberts

      Thanks for entering the contest Terri! You’re right – spiralized zucchini is extremely versatile!

      April 15, 2015
  6. Aurora Lampson

    I just bought the 3 blade. Your review makes me wish I picked up the 4 blade. Hopefully I will win! Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity!

    March 12, 2015
  7. marinakatura

    Great review! I love spiralizing zucchini, carrots, and beets :) and can’t to try spiralizing some more exotic root vegetables ^___^

    March 12, 2015
    • Michelle Roberts

      Thanks for the comment Marina, feel free to send me photos of your spiralized root veggies anytime :)

      April 15, 2015
  8. raechef1

    My favorite would be cucumbers!

    March 12, 2015
    • Michelle Roberts

      Thanks for stopping by! LOVE spiralized cucumbers – so fresh!

      April 15, 2015
  9. Vickilynn Haycraft

    I must say zucchini was my first veggie to spiralize (back in 2001 when we called them “Zoodles” aka Zoodles) and it still remians my favorite gf pasta.

    March 12, 2015
    • Michelle Roberts

      Wow Vickilynn, you were really ahead of the curve with spiralizing! I’m so impressed! Do you remember how you first heard about it? I can’t believe it took over 10 years to gain such momentum

      April 15, 2015
  10. DeeDee Burns

    I own the three blade but would love to upgrade to the four blade. I like zucchini spirals and cucumber ribbons. I look forward to reading more of your posts!

    March 12, 2015
  11. emrichwithlife

    I have never spiralized! But definitely need new ways to eat more vegetables. I just can’t keep eating roasted veggies every day and need new ideas. I was recently at a restaurant where they spiralized zucchini… and something else.. and made it into a pasta dish and I loved it. Sooo I think zucchini would be great! Also hoping I can eat some other veggies that I currently dislike the taste of whole, in spiralized form!

    March 11, 2015
    • Michelle Roberts

      Thanks for stopping by!! Once you DO start spiralizing you’ll wonder where your spiralizer was all those years. I promise. You won’t regret the investment!

      April 15, 2015
  12. Sarah

    I always knew sweet potatoes were packed with nutrients, but I could never get myself to like them, no matter how many different ways they were prepared, even as fries. Enter the spiralized sweet potato noodles to the rescue!! Delicious just about every way you make it.

    March 11, 2015
    • Michelle Roberts

      I love the way you think!! I’m so glad you’ve found a way to enjoy sweet potatoes. :) That’s like me and beets – I’ll only eat raw beets if they’re spiralized.

      April 15, 2015
  13. Jennifer weil

    Wahooooo

    March 10, 2015
  14. Alyssa miller

    I love the idea of sweet potato noodles!

    March 10, 2015
    • Michelle Roberts

      Thanks for stopping by Alyssa – sweet potato noodles are the bomb! Tricky to cook, but worth it 100%

      April 15, 2015
  15. Teddi

    Right now, I just have a little hand-held spiralizer, so these reviews were great! Definitely helped me pick which one I’d like to upgrade to!

    March 10, 2015
    • Michelle Roberts

      I’m so glad you found the review helpful Teddi! When you do upgrade spiralizers, be sure to hold on to your little handheld spiralizer for on-the-go lunches (i.e. at work) and faster clean up. I have both and love it!

      April 15, 2015
  16. Anna S

    Thanks for the review. I am shopping for a better one.. better then the dollar store one I have!

    March 10, 2015
    • Michelle Roberts

      Thanks for stopping by Anna! It still wows me that there are spiralizers at the dollar store. I am so glad they are accessible for everyone, but yes, you should definitely upgrade so you can spiralize more vegetables :)

      April 15, 2015
  17. Hayley

    Thank you for this post! I have been dying to invest in one of these and have followed you on Instagram for a while. The angel hair attachment looks so useful!

    March 10, 2015
    • Michelle Roberts

      Hayley thanks for stopping by and I appreciate your support, big time! I can’t get enough of the angel hair attachment (as is evident) and I’m glad you found the review helpful. :)

      April 15, 2015
  18. Jasmin Evans

    What a thorough review! The 4-blade spiralizer is definitely on my wish list now.

    March 10, 2015
  19. Sarah

    I just started my weight loss journey, and have enjoyed your recipes very much! I found you on Instagram and fell in love with the idea of replacing pasta with veggies. I bought the cheap handheld version because we are on a budget with 2 kids in college. Thank you for the opportunity to win the top of the line appliance!

    March 10, 2015
    • Michelle Roberts

      Thanks for entering the contest and for your support Sarah! :)

      April 15, 2015
  20. Marla

    Lately my favorite vegetable to spiralize has been butternut squash. I love how it cooks up! My daughter also insists I make her “apple spaghetti” which is simply a spiralized apple – but she eats every bite of it! Thanks for hosting this contest – I have the 3 blade Paderno but have been VERY curious about the 4-blade!

    March 10, 2015
    • Michelle Roberts

      Thanks for stopping by Maria! I’m so impressed by your daughter, you’re definitely doing something right 😉

      April 15, 2015
  21. Joy C.

    I love my #3

    March 10, 2015
  22. Hilary A

    Great review! Currently I only have a small manual hand held spiralizer and love doing zucchini and carrots. Unfortunately it not strong enough for sweet potatoes as I would love to make sweet potato noodles.My kids love seeing the veggies spiralized and eat them better! – even my husband eats his veggies better when they are spiralized :)

    March 10, 2015
    • Michelle Roberts

      Thanks for stopping by Hilary – sounds like you need an upgrade 😉 good luck in the contest! Your husband sounds like a smart guy!

      March 10, 2015
  23. Serenity

    Your blog is so inspiring! I can’t wait until I can branch out with more fruits and veggies. Right now I only have a vegetti, so zucchini is my fave. I was recently diagnosed with celiac disease, and zucchini noodles have made the transition to gluten free so much easier! I’m also enjoying cucumber for the first time in my life!

    March 10, 2015
    • Michelle Roberts

      Hi Serenity, thanks for your kind words and for stopping by! I’m so glad you bought a spiralizer, even if it’s just a small one to start. It’s such a valuable kitchen tool for celiacs, I wish everyone with celiac knew about it. Hope you entered the contest, thanks again!

      March 10, 2015