Saturday, November 5, 2011

Salad Spinner Advice


My current salad spinner is plastic.  The lid broke some time ago so all that’s left is the colander bowl within the plastic bowl.  Not much a spinner.  Not much of a colander.  I need to retire the beat up old system to the garden shed and purchase something new.  There’s a bunch to choose from but there are a few characteristics I would like to have:

  • Dishwasher safe.  Sure.  I wash pots and pans by hand but I really would like to have the option to pop a spinner in the dishwasher.
    • The last spinner I had had the disgusting feature of holding moisture in the lid and forming spooge.  Gross. 
  • Easy to store.
    • I’ve seen collapsible types which would store fine but do those types have flaws?
  • Lid seals to bowl.
    • Being able to keep a salad fresh as long as possible will help me get the most bang for my buck for the $3.35 spent on seeds.

I’ve looked online but might want to throw some cash to a local retailer.  Any suggestions are welcome.


Sue said...

I've been checking them out and it seems the Oxo one is the best--but oh my---$30 for a salad spinner???
Of course, I blew $10 on a cheapie, and it only lasted a few weeks before the lid quit working right.....
I checked out Amazon, and it got over 600 positive reviews. Oxo is "common" enough that you should be able to find it locally.

Green Zebra Market Garden said...

I see salad spinners all the time at thrift stores. They have all been in working condition too (I have a feeling the previous owners just didn't use them much so they chucked them). Better yet, they cost like $2 each, so if they break eventually, you can just get another one.

Chiot's Run said...

I have an OXO, it's old, but I love it. It's the kind with the pump down lid that makes it spin. I always hand wash mine, but I think it's dishwasher safe. I like that it's very sturdy and has lasted quite a long time for me.

My mom has one that has the crank on the lid for spinning, but I don't like it. I find it to be too cheap.

I really want to find a vintage french one that's basically a wire basket that you use to rinse the lettuce in then you take it outside and do the old pitching spin with the arm to spin dry. But I think my chances are low of finding one of those here in Ohio.

Best of luck finding one that you like!

Anonymous said...

I just bought a kitchen Aid spinner at Costco $20. Compared the to ancient one I finally tossed this works like a dream. It has the push down type spinner like Suzy mentions above. Good luck finding the spinner of your dreams :) Robin in SoCal