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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2005
Now, you can get the Rotato which is a hand cranked operation or the Rotato Express which is an automatic gadget. I prefer the Rotato because the wiring tends to get misplaced in my gadget loving household. Here's the deal... if you (and/or your family) loves potatoes (fried, diced, mashed... you get the idea), then you really must have a terrific potato peeler. And quite frankly, there is none finer. The hand cranked variety of the Rotato will last you through thousands of potatoes; and you will look like a whiz kid. This is a great thing to give for xmas-- a sort of generic xmas present that will be loved long after this xmas is over. Also, it comes with extra blades (because they do wear out) that you can locate in its base. I bought an extra set (at a very reasonable price) because I have broken a few of the blades along the way.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2008
I bought one the first year they came out. My arm that the blades went on finally wore down , so that new blades wouldn't fit. So I had to get a new one , since I couldn't live without one! Hard to believe but the new design is even improved to be better. The weighted base is better & the black color is nice , too. The blabe on it when it comes is a dummy one , so be infomed to put on a new one. P.S. The new blades are in the under base.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2005
My mother has a touch of arthritis in her hands and peeling potatoes was a a bit of a chore for her. My sister bought this device for her several years ago and it's worked very well. You still have to manually peel a small portion of the top and bottom of the potato, but the Rotato has made the potato peeling job quicker and easier for her.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2009
I love, love, love this peeler. As a mother of 7 and now a still expanding family of approx. 26, this peeler is fantastic. I've had it about 4 years. I use it only for large gatherings. For Thanksgiving I peeled 10 lbs. of potatoes in approx. 15 min. I load a potato and while thats peeling I do the finishing work on the already peeled potato...which is literally a couple swipes of a hand peeler. I've never had to change the blade, it's sharp as ever. I have decovered it works a lot more efficiently if your potatoes are relatively clean. Last year I had some that I bought at a roadside stand and on peeling them the rotato clogged a couple times and I just had to take a toothpick and unclog it. The clean bag of potatoes I purchased this year went through perfectly.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2005
I received this item as a gift, and i have used it to peel not only potatoes, but carrots and apples too. The blades break easily though, so make sure you buy additional blades. Cleaning is easy to do. Great product. I would have preferred the rotato express though.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2009
I have 3 rotatos... 2 manual & 1 battery operated. When it is time to make applesauce, mashed potatoes for 50 people, or peel any kind of fruit & vegetable (I even do carrots!) this is the machine to use!

I have had 2 of them for many years & only gone through 2 blades each... Love it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2010
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I got this thing about 2 weeks ago. it is well made for a $15 item which is cheap plastic but if you treat it right you wont have a problem. The problem is that when it peels the skin off of any vegetable, it cuts deep enough into the fruit that it wastes a substantial amount of good food under the skin. It substantially reduces the size of any vegetable. It should come with different radius cutting blades for different things. A shallow blade for potato and cucumber, a medium blade for kiwi and potato with lots of imperfections, and a deep blade for oranges and lemons. when I try to peel over ripe fruit, the arm has enough pressure that it wont go down, it just cuts deeper and deeper. the tension of the arm should be adjustable, but it isn't.

The good:
Innovative design
Built to last at least a few months
Much faster then hand peeler
Makes it possible to peel 10 to 30 lbs potato in 15 to 45 minutes. just a bit time consuming.
Makes lots of scraps for your rabbits

The bad:
Wastes a substantial amount of food
Could and should have better ergonomics

If you have a large family and use lots of potatoes, this is going to be worth getting. I only recommend this if you don't mind wasting about 1/16 of each potato to scraps.

I might be updating this review some time.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2008
I received the Rotato from my husband due to my constant groanings regarding having to peel so many potatos for both Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners. What a waste of time and money. The Rotato worked terrific for the first three potatos....then the blade became too dull to do any more. We replaced the blade assuming that it wouldn't happen again, but we were wrong. We were able to peel no more than three potatos at a time before the blade became dull; and these were TINY potatos! Also, we disliked that we lost SO much of the potato when we peeled it. If we peeled a smaller potato, it wasn't even worth our time because we lost so much of it that there was hardly anything left of the potato to cook. The makers of The Rotato should be ashamed of themselves for selling such a worthless product.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2013
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I ordered this item through Amazon.com and they had WhatAmericaBuys fill and ship the order. When it arrived, it was not what I ordered. I ordered the manual Rotato Potato peeler. I am very disappointed. I called Whatamericabuys.com and they gave me the run around at first. They said this is what I did ordered, and it is not. They finally said that if I sent it back at my expense that they would give me credit back. It is not what I ordered so I don't feel that I should have to pay to ship it back. I have ordered things through Amazon.com before and have been satisfided, but not this time.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2008
I love to cook, and this little machine has served me well for years. I purchased 2 times in my lifetime the more expensive apple-peeler-corer, and each time, the blades and mechanism somehow wear down, the apples slip, it's cumbersome to set up, and I end up throwing them away well before their time. I saw this Rotato on an infomercial years ago and got one for $10. The blades (original w/ the machine are as sharp as ever). Though I might have to core myself and peel the ends, I have found the reliability of this machine, the ease of getting it set up and out, the ease of cleanup, and the sharpness of the blades lasting a long time to be the true reasons why my family gets apple pies/cobblers and homemade mash potatoes and other potato dishes so often. I hate manual peeling, and this machine cuts the time incredibly. I wanted to get a couple for my grown children, and I just got online thinking that it might not be made anymore. I am so glad it is. It's worth far more than the minimal price it goes for!
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