Last updated: 16/10/2022

Welcome to our large peeler test 2022. Here we present all the peelers we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best peeler for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a peeler.




Summary

  • Economy peelers are devices for peeling fruits and vegetables quickly and economically.
  • There are many different types of peelers, each of which is particularly suitable for different types of fruit and vegetables. Therefore, you should think about what you want to use the peeler for before you buy it.
  • If the right peeler is used, it will make the work much easier.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a peeler.

What is a peeler?

A peeler is a kitchen tool for peeling fruit and vegetables.

The tool consists of a handle on which a blade is mounted. Care is taken to remove only the skin and as little of the desired flesh as possible. This is why it is also called a peeler.

Peelers can be found in almost all kitchens; they are now standard kitchen equipment. (Image source: pixabay.com / carbo sardena)

There are different types of peelers, depending on which fruit or vegetables are to be peeled with them. Therefore, the individual products can look quite different.

How does a peeler work?

With the help of the blade mounted on the peeler, the kitchen helper takes the peel off the fruit or vegetable.

Depending on how the blade of the peeler is adjusted, a thin or a thicker layer of the peeled object is removed. The so-called “spacer” determines this thickness.

However, there are also peelers whose blade can be adjusted to suit the required peeling depth.

To peel, the tool is held by the handle in the hand and, depending on the type of tool, guided with the fingers or the hand or the whole arm.

What can a peeler be used for?

A peeler can be used to peel various types of fruit and vegetables.

This device is used particularly often for potatoes, carrots, apples and asparagus.

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The asparagus peeler is especially designed for fruit and vegetables where the peel is not eaten or processed and should therefore be removed. It simplifies the peeling process with the knife because it is easier to use.

It is important to note that, depending on the type of fruit or vegetable, there are peelers that are particularly suitable and others that are not. For example, the size and shape of the object to be peeled is decisive, as is the type of peel.

How much does a peeler cost?

On average, an economy peeler costs € 4 – 20, but there are also much more expensive products as well as cheaper versions.

The cost of the peeler depends on the materials used. Steel handles tend to be more expensive than plastic ones, but they are also more stable. As for the blades, those made of ceramic are on average slightly cheaper than those made of steel.

It is also important to have a good peeler to minimise the risk of injury when slipping.

For example, there are peelers that have non-slip handles to prevent this problem.

When buying peelers, you should always look for good quality and therefore avoid very cheap products. On the one hand, this is because the blades of cheap products are often not sharp, which makes peeling difficult.

In addition, they often do not sit well in the hand, which can be uncomfortable when peeling a lot.

What are the alternatives to a peeler?

You don’t need a peeler to peel fruit and vegetables, you can simply use a knife, and there are also electric peelers.

Kitchen knives are practical because they are available in every kitchen, so you don’t need a new tool.

However, you should be careful because peeling with a knife requires a lot of practice. Especially in the beginning, a lot of valuable flesh is lost and there is also the risk of cutting yourself.

Economy peelers: Because they are so easy to use, economy peelers are very suitable for beginners. Although you have to buy an additional kitchen utensil, peelers are cheap and durable.

Knives: Knives are available in every kitchen and therefore no additional utensil is necessary. However, using them for peeling requires practice and a lot of the fruit is wasted, especially in the beginning.

Electric peeler: Electric peelers work very quickly and at the touch of a button, but there are often leftovers that have to be reworked by hand. They are also more expensive than economy peelers and are usually only worthwhile if you have a large amount of fruit and vegetables to peel.

Electric peelers should also be chosen with caution, as there are some models that only really peel the middle of the peeled produce nicely and the ends then have to be re-peeled by hand.

Electric peelers are also priced much higher than economy peelers and are therefore only profitable if used frequently.

Decision: What types of peelers are there and which is the right one for you?

There are basically very different types of peelers. They differ in the following characteristics with regard to the blade:

  • Placement of the blade – crosswise or lengthwise to the handle (cross peeler or lengthwise peeler)
  • Material of the blade – ceramic or steel
  • Flexibility of the blade – movable or immovable
  • Grind of the blade – smooth or serrated or wavy

The following table provides a brief overview, whereby the material of the blades has been omitted here, as this does not play a role in the suitability for specific fruit and vegetables.

Type of peeler Suitable for Example
Cross peeler Elongated fruit and vegetables Cucumbers, carrots, asparagus
Longitudinal peeler Small, round fruit and vegetables Potatoes, kiwi, beetroot
Moving blade peeler Round fruit and vegetables Kiwi, pumpkin, potatoes
Peeler with immovable blade Elongated fruit and vegetables Cucumbers, carrots, courgettes
Peeler with smooth blade Fruit and vegetables with firm skin Pumpkin, cucumbers, courgettes
Peeler with serrated / wavy blade Fruit and vegetables with hard skin and soft fruit Tomatoes, peppers

Depending on the design of the properties, this results in different peelers, each of which has advantages and disadvantages.

In the following, we will now look at the individual types and point out their respective special features:

What distinguishes a transverse peeler and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

With transverse peelers (T-peelers or Y-peelers), as the name suggests, the blade lies across the handle. This results in different handling than with the longitudinal peeler. To peel a fruit or vegetable, the whole arm must be used.

Advantages
  • Easy to use
  • also suitable for left-handers
Disadvantages
  • Impractical for small and round fruit and vegetables
  • Requires more space

Cross peelers are particularly suitable for elongated vegetables such as cucumbers, carrots or asparagus.

Cross peelers are particularly practical because they are very easy to use, even by left-handed people. On the other hand, they are difficult to use with small and round peelings and take up more space in your kitchen drawer than a lengthwise peeler.

What distinguishes a longitudinal peeler and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

With a longitudinal peeler (I-peeler), the blade, as the name suggests, lies in the same line as the handle. Therefore, unlike the transverse peeler, the tool is guided by hand or fingers.

Longitudinal peelers are particularly suitable for small and round fruits and vegetables, such as potatoes. Very precise peeling is possible with the device and it takes up very little space.

Advantages
  • Very precise peeling possible
  • Takes up very little space
Disadvantages
  • Mostly either left-handed or right-handed models
  • Operation needs practice
  • For large peeling quantities strenuous for the hand

Caution is advised, however, because longitudinal peelers are usually made for right-handers or left-handers. They also require more practice to use than the transverse peeler and can become very strenuous on the hand after some peeling time.

What distinguishes a peeler with a movable blade and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

In a peeler (pendulum peeler) with a movable blade, the blade is mounted so that it can move within a certain range.

This is why the peeler is often called a pendulum peeler. Because of the movable blade, the peeler is particularly suitable for potatoes or other round fruit and vegetables.

Advantages
  • Adapts to the shape of the peeling object
  • Easy to use
  • Peels very thinly
Disadvantages
  • Not suitable for thick peelings
  • Not suitable for creating strips

The movable blade adapts to the peeling object and is therefore very easy to use. However, it becomes difficult if you want to remove thick peelings or create stripes with the peeler, as the movable blades usually peel very thinly.

What distinguishes a peeler with a fixed blade and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

If the blade of a peeler is immovable, it is not possible to adjust it to the peeling object. This results in the following advantages and disadvantages:

Advantages
  • Well suited for hard and thick peels
  • Peels coarsely
  • Well suited for creating stiffness
Disadvantages
  • Does not adapt to the peeling object
  • Usage needs practice
  • Wastes a lot with thin peels

A fixed blade usually peels roughly, so is good for removing thick skins and cutting strips off a fruit and vegetable, often taking too much off a thin skin.

Because the blade does not adapt to the object to be peeled, it is more difficult to peel with it and you need some practice before it works well.

What distinguishes a peeler with a smooth blade and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A peeler with a smooth blade is the standard shape. Here the blade is straight and does not contain any waves.

Advantages
  • Well suited for a firm peel
Disadvantages
  • Not suitable for a soft shell

Therefore, the peeler is suitable for fruit and vegetables with a firm skin, but not for soft skin.

What distinguishes a peeler with a serrated blade and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Peelers with serrated blades, or waves, have a different blade shape than those with a smooth blade. This makes them suitable for other types of fruit and vegetables, especially tomatoes and peppers.

Advantages
  • Well suited for fruit and vegetables with hard skin and soft fruit
Disadvantages
  • Not suitable for fruit and vegetables with hard fruit

In general, a wavy blade is good for peeling fruit and vegetables with hard skin and soft fruit, but for hard fruit it is advisable to use a smooth blade.

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate peelers

In the following, we will show you how to choose the right peeler.

The criteria that are particularly important are:

  • Material of the blade
  • Ease of cleaning
  • Resistance to rust
  • Resistance to (fruit) acid
  • Easy handling for left-handers

In the following paragraphs, we will explain to you what is important in the individual criteria:

Blade material

Depending on the material of the blade, i.e. whether it is made of steel or ceramic, there are different advantages and disadvantages.

For example, ceramic blades do not rust, but they sometimes discolour. Ceramic blades are also suitable for people who are allergic to nickel, as steel blades always release some of it into the peel.

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In contrast, steel blades are more stable and can also be sharpened when they become dull.

Depending on which properties you prefer, one or the other material is therefore more suitable.

Ease of cleaning

It is also important that the peeler is easy to clean, especially the suitability for the dishwasher.

You should clean your peeler thoroughly after every use, otherwise it can rust quickly. (Image source: pixavay.com / Capri23auto)

Most peelers are suitable for easy cleaning in the dishwasher and therefore do not need to be washed by hand. It is still advisable to pay attention to this, as it makes cleaning easier later on.

Resistance to rust

Steel blades are more susceptible to rust than ceramic blades. Of course, this is not desirable when working with food. Therefore, you should make sure that the steel blade is made of stainless steel when you buy one.

However, it can still happen that steel blades pick up rust from other products, so rust can never be completely ruled out with these blades, even if they are stainless.

Of course, you can buy a ceramic blade right away to avoid rust, otherwise it can be easily removed.

Resistance to (fruit) acid

If the peeler is also to be used for fruit or other acidic vegetables, it is important that the blade is resistant to acid. If it is not, it can be damaged.

The fruit acid of apples or other fruit and vegetables can damage the peeler. (Image source: pixabay.com / Steve Buissinne)

However, very many of the economy peelers are suitable for acidic fruits and vegetables, so it is easy to find suitable ones.

Easy handling for left-handers

If you are left-handed or work in a kitchen with one or more left-handed people, you should make sure that the peeler is suitable for left-handed use.

Left-handed peelers: transverse or longitudinal peelers for right- and left-handed people

Cross peelers are always suitable for both right- and left-handers, so less care is needed with these models.

However, in the case of lengthwise peelers, there are often different ones for right- and left-handers. When buying one, you should therefore pay attention to its suitability.

Facts worth knowing on the subject of peelers

How do I clean and care for a peeler?

Basically, most peelers can be cleaned in the dishwasher.

The blade should be cleaned under running water. This also keeps the blade sharp for longer.

However, it is still advisable to rinse it briefly after use to get rid of peel residues and to wash off acid that could damage the blade.

To avoid stains, the peeler should also be dried after washing.

How do I remove rust from a peeler?

If the peeler rusts, there are different ways to remove the rust:

  • Cleaning with lemon juice or lemon juice concentrate
  • Cleaning with Coca-Cola or a similar drink
  • Cleaning with vinegar

In all the variants, the affected part of the peeler, usually the blade, can be soaked in the liquid until the rust comes off. Afterwards, the peeler should be washed so that no residue remains on it.

You can find an example of such a rust removal in the following video:

Rust can also be easily transformed so that your blade looks like new again.

You can also take a soft cloth or a foam sponge, put some of the desired liquid on it and clean the peeler with this soaked material.

The method of soaking the peeler is especially good if the places that are affected by rust are difficult to reach.

How do I sharpen a peeler?

Ceramic blades cannot be sharpened, but steel blades can. Aluminum foil, for example, can be used for this purpose. The following steps are necessary for sharpening:

  1. Fold a piece of aluminium foil several times.
  2. Run the folded piece of aluminium foil over the blade, cutting the foil into pieces.
  3. Continue until the blade is sharp again.
  4. Rinse the peeler and remove the last of the alureste.
  5. Carefully dispose of the aluminium residue.

Watch out for sharp edges of the aluminium pieces and for small pieces of aluminium! If the aluminium foil seems too dangerous, you can also sharpen the peeler with a nail file or similar file.

As an alternative to sharpening, some peelers can also be fitted with a new blade.

Where do I buy replacement blades or replacement knives for a peeler?

If there are replacement blades for your peeler, you can buy them in the same places as the peeler itself.

However, it is advisable to look directly on the website or brand or in a shop of the brand for the desired replacement blades, as they may not be available everywhere.

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