The KitchenAid KSM1APC is a vegetable spiralizer. KitchenAid is a respectable brand and one of the most recognizable in kitchen products (although I’m not a big fan of their knives). Of all the products they make, the mixers are without question the most popular and proven. But the mixers aren’t great just because they are well-built and improved over decades. What also makes them great is the wide array of available attachments.
It should come as no surprise that KitchenAid created a vegetable spiralizer attachment; spiralizers are gaining popularity. I was extremely excited to review this new kitchen tool because it hits so close to home after purchasing the terrible, awful Veggetti: you can check out my Veggetti review if you are considering this cheaper alternative. Below, check out the review, and decide if this is the best vegetable spiralizer for you.
For a testament to the power of spiralizers for health and weight loss, check out inspiralized.com. There, you will meet Ali Malfucci, a food and health lifestyle blogger who is helping lots of people change their lives with the simple, yet genius spiralizer.
There is a good reason why spiralizers work so well for weight-loss. Dedicated spiralizer users are replacing a ton of carbs when they opt to use vegetable noodles instead of traditional noodles. Low-carb diets work by reducing your appetite making you eat fewer calories. And I don’t think that’s the only reason it works so well. I mean, there’s a ton of other low-carb diets out there, but I think that spiralizers can yield more sustainable and long-term success.
In my opinion, a significant part of the spiralizer success is due to it being fun and easy to use. Most customers are satisfied with the taste and texture of the vegetable noodles. There is a lot of flexibility and room for creativity in using this simple gadget; you can always mix up the veggies that you use for pasta, try different sauces, etc.
KitchenAid Spiralizer in Action.
The blades and skewers on the KitchenAid KSM1APC are dishwasher safe, but the body cannot be completely immersed in water, so you have to hand wash it. One reviewer on Amazon described this as a “pain”. I can imagine that it would be. Though I haven’t seen anything to suggest that this spiralizer attachment is any harder to clean than other spiralizers on the market.
If your KitchenAid mixer takes up permanent residence on your countertop, then I don’t think that the KitchenAid KSM1APC is any less convenient than other spiralizers.
After reading the reviews, looking at the pics and watching the video below, I think that this attachment has good performance. Not only does it make vegetable noodles, it can also be used as a peeler. This feature will probably be more important to you during the holidays when you are making very large meals. You could use the Paderno Spiralizer to do the same thing but the difference is that you would need to hand crank.
There were a few complaints about the performance however; some have said that the KitchenAid KSM1APC doesn’t work on Zucchini that is longer than 5.5 inches. Other customers complained about the condition that their package arrived in.
There are some other things that could be improved as well. Some customers claim that when you use the peel feature, the peels go into the same bowl as the usable vegetable. I could see this being a pain in the neck. Others have complained that the peeler doesn’t work very well on small veggies and fruits like apples and small potatoes. This could be a problem for you if you wanted this item primarily for the peeling function.
There are four different blades that you can use with the spiralizer attachment (click here to see them); two spiralizing blaes, two slicing blades and a peeling blade. There is a fine spiralizing blade that’s great for zucchini, sweet potatoes and beets that works on speed 4. The medium blade works on speed 6 and works well with zucchini, sweet potatoes and regular potatoes. The spiral slice blade has two options, the large core and small core. The small core works on speed 4 and the large core works on speed 6. They are both best with apples, pears, zucchini and beets.
You also get a spiral peeling blade which should work great on apples, pears, zucchini and beets.
Based on what I know about KitchenAid attachments, I believe that this one is durable. It comes with a 1-year “hassle-free” replacement warranty (you probably won’t need to use it though). The mostly metal construction is nice and durable, especially when you compare it to the plastic body construction of spiralizer alternatives. Metal is usually more durable than plastic, so you do have to consider this when deciding between spiralizers.
I believe that the KitchenAid KSM1APC is a quality attachment. This spiralizer does have competition however, and there are good reasons why you might want to consider them. For one, you may not own a KitchenAid Mixer. Also, this spiralizer attachment is expensive. The premium you pay is for the mostly metal construction and the quality that comes with the KitchenAid brand. Still, you might want to see what the competition is all about, read below.
VS Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer
The ksm1apc and the Paderno two products are very similar, they both turn vegetables into spiral noodles, and yet they are very different. When it comes to convenience, ease of use, and performance, I’d have to go with the KitchenAid KSM1APC; it is powered by the KitchenAid mixer. On the other hand, you have to manually hand-crank when using the Paderno.
The Paderno Spiralizer is a proven product. There is lots and lots of feedback for the Paderno World Cuisine A4982799. It’s been around for years and there are many happy customers. But there are certainly some negative ones. Likewise, most customers really appreciate the Kitchenaid.
I think that the KitchenAid KSM1APC is also more durable and has better construction than the mostly plastic paderno. In fact, there have been some complaints about durability and performance with the most recent version of the Paderno spiralizer. I came across scores of people that did not like the durability of the most recent version of this product.
The KSM2APC is an upgraded version of the KitchenAid spiralizer. There are 6 blades that come with this Spiralizer compared to 4 and that is the only notable difference that I can see here.
The KitchenAid KSM1APCis a new spiralizer. It offers a fresh way to scale back on carbs, and eat more vegetables. It’s also the perfect companion to help you peel those loads of potatoes during the holidays. The mostly metal construction combined with the backing of a respected kitchen accessories manufacturer makes me think this is a good buy. For the KitchenAid mixer owner looking for a spiralizer, this is the best choice for performance, durability, and quality.