TEST KITCHEN PICKS: The Best Salad Spinners
If you frequently clean bundles of greens for salad or your daily kale juice, shell out for the Pampered Chef Salad & Berry Spinner. It's spendy but solid and sturdy; the easy-to-push lever gets it spinning with just one pump, and the bonus mini basket is perfect for fresh berries. $69, pamperedchef.com
Got a small kitchen but a big family? The Turbo Fan Collapsible Salad Spinner can dry a whopping 18 cups of leafy greens. When you're done, push in the clips on the spinner and basket, and the unit collapses to only five inches for storing. $40, Dexas, amazon.com
If you're on the hunt for a basic option, look no further than this Salad Spinner. It's not fancy, but it gets the job done. The rotary handle is a breeze to turn, the no-nonsense pieces are void of buttons, and other nooks and crannies are a cinch to clean. $30, norprowebstore.com
Whether you're making a Caesar salad for one or need to clean a handful of basil, this Little Salad and Herb Spinner, complete with a no-slip bottom, was our test kitchen's favorite workhorse for small jobs. $25, oxo.com
The classic pull-cord style gets an update with the World Cuisine Manual Salad Spinner. Once it's loaded, pull the handle out to spin. The cord-free design keeps fingers safe, and a pour spout helps with easy draining. $27, Paderno, bedbathandbeyond.com
CLEAN AND CHIC
Our testers found the knob- and lever-free Presse Salad Spinner sleek and unique. Just place the bowl on the spring-loaded base, push down and the internal basket starts spinning. Press the center button to stop it cold. $40, PL8, surlatable.com
GOOD TO KNOW!
Making a lasagna or pasta salad? After draining cooked noodles, dry them off in your spinner before mixing with the fixings.
This story appeared in the January/February 2017 issue.