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OXO Steel Salad Spinner
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2011
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I've uploaded 5 photos for your comparison. I have had one of the original OXO salad spinners for years, it might have been a wedding present over 9yrs ago otherwise it was purchased shortly after. It's seen a lot of use and is still working great. Besides using it to spin and dry salad fixing we've also used it for berry washing/drying (go easy so you don't bruise them) and I've used the bowl on it's own for everything from layered desserts to serving chex mix. While not the most attractive of kitchen utensils it is very helpful and something I'd never give up... soggy wet lettuce, besides being just gross, doesn't hold onto dressing well at all. Having nice clean but dry lettuce allows you to have more flavor from your dressings and use less of them!

Enter the stainless version, when I saw this I knew I had to have it. It seems strange to call a salad spinner beautiful but wow, it just is. Simply gorgeous bowl on this, as in leave it on the counter or table pretty. It is shorter but wider then the original, which I think leads to better spinning and allows your ingredients (we put all our other salad veggies in the spinner after drying our lettuce to mix them all together) to mix better. I love that it's stainless so that if I toss it in the freezer or fridge before adding my salad it helps keep it cooler longer and chills faster, I love crisp greens! The spinning mechanism seems easier to use (though it might be because my original is so old) and I love that not only does it have full bottom coverage of nonslip material but they added a seal around the lid!!! Now my salads (we store them in the bowl) stay fresh even longer in the fridge and it helps keep out (or in) unwanted odors.

I think my original is going to be retired to a chip bowl, absolutely love the new stainless!
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159 of 175 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2008
We had an older, plastic OXO salad spinner for many years and it worked great and was built with a very durable spinner mechanism. We "upgraded" to this version when we dropped our old one and cracked the bowl. Unfortunately we have had the same experience as several other reviewers here - the spinner mechanism broke after only a few uses. It seems that if the inner basket has any significant amount of weight (from wet greens) in it and you press firmly on the spinner mechanism there is some plastic part that snaps inside the mechanism (at least that is how it sounded when it happened).

To OXO's great credit, however, their customer service has been fantastic so far in getting us setup for a refund (not a replacement - we would just break it again I'm sure).
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74 of 84 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2008
I had a plastic version of this for many years and it worked great. I broke it and it was my fault. I had no problem purchasing a second one and I thought the steel version would be an upgrade. I was wrong. They changed the plastic spinner top to a much cheaper non-flexible plastic. It broke the same way the other reviewers said theirs broke. This is not the same quality product I purchased before, do not buy this item. I wouldn't buy the smaller one either, it has the same lightweight plastic non-flexible lid.
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66 of 76 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2008
I bought this spinner believing it would last longer than the plastic one I previously purchased, but it is poorly constructed. The spring mechanism used to "pump" the spinner broke after only two uses, rendering it completely useless. It seems to me the majority of the fabrication cost goes towards the stainless steel bowl, with only a few pennies for the functional parts of the spinner.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2009
I have to agree with the negative reviews on this product although I love the OXO line of products. I had an all plastic version of this spinner for many years and when I renovated my kitchen I thought I would treat myself to the stainless steel version. The plunger part broke within 3 months. I thought it was a fluke or that maybe I was pushing too hard so I bought another to replace it. The new one broke within 3 months. When I looked online I found that its a common complaint with the stainless steel version. I'm kind of bummed; 2 x $50= I blew $100 on salad spinners in 6 months!
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 7, 2011
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I appreciate what OXO stands for - they try to make kitchen utensils that are usable for people with fine motor issues, like arthritis. And, in the process, they've produced some fine products even for the rest of us. This, unfortunately, isn't one of them.

The premise of this spinner is simple - it translates an easy motion (pressing down on a wide plunger) into a difficult one (spinning a bowl). So far so good. And, the spinner does handle even heavy spins very well.

However - while the outer bowl is stainless, the inner basket is plastic (and the lid is clear plastic), which eliminates any "non-plastic" advantage.

Furthermore, the center post, which contains the spinning mechanism, extends down into the center of the bowl. That post isn't only plastic, it's plastic with screw and vent holes in it, and no way to take it apart for cleaning. The interior clear plastic lid can be taken off, but that's all. (And, as an added bonus, the first time I used the spinner dark shreds of plastic came out of the post into the bowl contents).

Many people seem to like this spinner. If you are the kind of person who wants to thoroughly take apart and clean a kitchen device before using it, however, or if you're trying to live a plastic-free life, this won't be suitable.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2008
I must say that I'm surprised by the negative feedback. I find this salad spinner to be atractive, well made, and reliable. The little kid in me often pushes the spinning mechanism as fast as I can for the fun of it, and after months of heavy use it hasn't faltered once. The steel bowl can be used to serve your salad, and has a very durable rubber finish on the bottom so that it's safe for a wood dinning room table, and won't slip while you're spinning (even if you go as fast as you can).
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2009
The spinning mechanism broke after about a dozen uses. The only Oxo product I have bought that has disappointed me.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2009
OXO makes great kitchen products but this one seems to have a production flaw in some of its spinners. The pump mechanism breaks/strips after just a few months of use. Bummer, because this is an expensive gadget. The serving bowl is lovely and the basket is fine, it's just the lid with the pump mechanism that fails for some customers. I want to emphasize SOME because there are some very fine reviews of this product also.
OXO customer service was very helpful and offered to send us a replacement lid at no charge. It is nice to do business with such a reputable company like OXO. Let's hope they review their production of this product.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon December 21, 2011
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I am a definite Oxo fan, and while not all of their products are 5-star, most of them are if you ask me. I would have to give this one 5 stars. This item includes a nice, fairly heavy metal bowl with a non-slip bottom that will probably last forever. The inside plastic collander bowl seems good quality, even though I would like the mesh pattern to be squares instead of the slots, as thin, leafy items can get caught or slip through, making clean up more difficult....I personally hate trying to pick pieces of lettuce out of drainers/collanders, but it's not such a big deal that I would give this item fewer stars because most lettuce and berries that I wash are big enough that they do not slip through. The spinning mechanism fits down into the basket, and then the lid fits tightly down onto all. The bowl is very balanced when the spinning starts, keeping it from getting away from you and possibly falling off the counter. With a few pushes, it spins extremely fast, and spins off much water...more than you would think accumulates into the bottom of the bowl, away from the food and below the collander, which you simply pour out. The metal bowl and collander can also be used separately...a great multi-use quality to this product. It is also very attractive and gives you the feeling of long-lasting quality when you use it, which is important to me in all my kitchen products. (My niece is often heard saying "when you pass away, I want xxxx!!" LOL!!)

I use this for lettuce, for berries, and I'm always looking for more things to spin. I haven't had any problems with the mechanism failing, and certainly hope I don't. I would think that between Amazon and Oxo, I would get a new product to replace this one if it fails, so I'm not worried for my future with this product!
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