tl;dl version: Not great, Bob. But not terrible, either.
DISCLAIMER: Brieftons sent me this unit in exchange for an honest review.
This device has nearly 1000 reviews and a 4.5 star rating on Amazon. Most people love it. I didn’t. I didn’t hate it, either. I was perfectly ambivalent. And, currently priced at less than $25, maybe I don’t need to be impressed.
Don’t get me wrong, the spiralized veggies were great. They cooked up nice and it was really like having veggie pasta. The cleanup was a little harrowing. Maybe I made it harder than it needed to be, disassembling the unit. Really, though, even if it does take up less space than a traditional spiralizer, I don’t have room for it to stay out on my countertop or in my cabinets.
I’m perfectly willing to admit that my negative impressions may be mostly based on unfamiliarity with vegetable spiralizers in general. Maybe it’s not the Vertico’s fault, I’m just not equipped to appreciate it. Perhaps the Breifton’s Vertigo Spiralizer really is much better than other options on the market. It sure takes up very little space and it actually does create usable, spiraled veggies. However, I’m still giving it 3 stars, mainly because there were at least 3 manufacturing defects with the unit I received — which is indicative of some quality control issues at the factory that produced this units.
Other reviewers have noted that what I saw as “waste” was actually a safety measure to prevent the mechanism from getting caught in the blades. In fact, the “waste” was cut up and eaten, so it wasn’t really waste. However, there was 1/2 worth of uncut vegetables out of everything we spiraled — 2 inches total out of 2 zucchini. There was also a lot of seepage from the container that’s supposed to catch the spirals; simply designing the back of the tray so that it was a half inch taller than the other two sides would have stopped that.
At any rate, it’s not bad. I just wan’t impressed. I wanted to be. Maybe I had my expectations set too highly. Maybe the problem is me, not you.
You can read more of the positive 5-star reviews and buy your own Verico Spiralizer here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015Q7ESF4?m=A2PQTWPWP4OTEY&ie=UTF8&keywords=spiralizer
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