Pros: SHARP blade, wonderful angle to handle, contoured, blade cover
Cons: This thing peels so well that carrot-length peels stick behind the blade
Im building a collection of Zyliss kitchen tools. One of the most-used tools in my vegetarian kitchen a vegetable peeler. So I picked up the Zyliss Swivel Peeler to add to my collection, even though I already own an Oxo Swivel Peeler.
Appearance, Design & Features
Zyliss products have a shiny white appearance. They are packaged on a blue and white tag, and are easily recognizable.
This entire swivel peeler is white, with the exception of three things. Theres the metal blade, which is exceptionally sharp. This is my most favorite thing about this tool. Next is the tip, which looks like a frosted metal, maybe what non-stick metal looks like. The tip is designed for things like removing the eyes from potatoes. And the third part is a hole in the handle, which is reinforced with metal, and additionally stamped with the Zyliss logo. The hole allows for additional storage options, if you want to hang your kitchen items.
The Zyliss Swivel Peeler comes with a little plastic cover that snaps over the blade. I would assume that it is provided as a protective cover. This way, I can snap the cover on when I place the peeler in a drawer, and I dont have to worry that Ill peel off a fingertip!
The Zyliss website description: Automatically fits comfortably into the hand. Optimal blade width that cuts in easily and facilitates efficient work. Ideal eye-remover radius to remove potato eyes without unnecessary force and risk of injury.
The sharp blade does a wonderful job of slicing through fruits and veggies. I was truly amazed when I first tried it. Sometimes it takes several tries to break through the skin, but with the Zyliss Swivel Peeler, I have success.
In fact, the blade is so hardy and sharp, that I got lazy. I didnt even bother getting out a knife to cut off the tops of the carrots- I just used the Zyliss Swivel Peeler! How great!
There is no going over surfaces more than once. This peeler cuts thoroughly, but not so deep that theres no veggie left.
The tip is nicely designed, and I had no problem coring out potato eyes.
I find that the design of this tool is wonderful. I really like the angle of the handle, which somehow makes peeling easier. There is a slight angle between the handle and the blade, and this facilitates easier peeling.
The Fleeting Orange Carrot Stain
In my last Zyliss review, I talked about how I stained my Zyliss Slotted Turner with curry spices, where the gray surface is now permanently stained a yellow.
I figured the hard, white surface of my Zyliss tools is a better repellent of stains. However, last time I peeled carrots, there was what looked like quite a bit of orange staining on the handle. However, it turns out that I hadnt washed the peeler enough, rather than it being a permanent stain. I think the permanent stains are likely on Zyliss tools that have gray parts.
This tool is dishwasher safe. However, I find it easier to just rinse this off, especially since it never really needs a full washing. This way, little bits of peels arent left to dry on the peeler, and its ready to go back in the drawer fairly soon.
Durability & Materials
This is a well-made product. The blades are stainless steel, and are therefore rust-proof. The plastic is UV protected, and wont yellow. I hope to see this product last for years and stay in good condition.
The only thing I find irritating about this product is that long peels seem to stay behind the handle. I think the reason that it happens with this product is because the blade is so sharp, therefore yielding longer peels (like with a carrot). Instead of small peels getting thrown out from behind the blade, long peels are left hanging there. I doubt theres really any solution to this. I dont know if this could be remedied by there being a larger space behind the blade. What I end up doing is either shaking or pulling off the peel, or just peeling over it (and cutting the peel in the process). But because I enjoy using this Zyliss Swivel Peeler so much, a few stuck peels dont stop me.
Normally I would say that I like the security of Oxos product handles over others, but I dont have a problem with this one. The shape of the handle is contoured to reduce slipping, and I never find that I have any problems.
Price & Where to Purchase
I buy many of my kitchen supplies at Linens N Things, where I bought this one. It cost me around $7.00.
My other kitchen tool reviews (all recommended):
Zyliss Slotted Turner: http://www.epinions.com/content_101971234436
Zyliss Ice Cream Scoop: http://www.epinions.com/content_99935948420
Oxo Pizza Cutter: http://www.epinions.com/content_97565380228
Oxo 4-pc Measuring Spoons: http://www.epinions.com/content_88494083716
Oxo Swivel Peeler: http://www.epinions.com/content_95346200196
Banana Holder: http://www.epinions.com/content_98597113476
This Zyliss Swivel Peeler gets a ton of use in my house. I love the sharp blade, which really cuts down (hah hah!) on meal preparations. I find the angle of the handle to be quite efficient and comfortable. This is a precision tool, and Im thrilled to have it in my collection.
As a note, I do own an Oxo Swivel Peeler, which I reviewed and assigned 5 stars. The two are very different, but I would say they perform at the same level. Its comparing apples to oranges, so I use whichever one is best fitting to what Im preparing. Its nice to have the both for situations where there are several of us preparing food, and two people can peel things at once.