Top positive review
45 people found this helpful
on January 12, 2012
I ordered this for my wife who very much enjoys cooking and frequently cooks with leafy vegetables. Her previous method of rinsing the leaves and using paper towels to dry them off was time consuming, wasteful, and a hassle that she dreaded. This spinner has made her very happy.
This is larger than I was expecting which is a good thing. It's just me and the Mrs. here right now, but she likes to cook as if we were a large Italian family. The size of the basket easily holds enough for three or four dinner-sized salads. She rinsed a head of kale earlier this week, and was able to get all of it through in two batches. For two or four people, this is a great size.
The basket doubles as a nice colander. The openings are narrow and it is sturdy. We use it to rinse the veggies before spinning them dry. It also rinses easily and dries quickly.
The bowl is large and may end up doubling as a mixing bowl for extra-large batches of pancakes. It has three rubber feet on the bottom that do a surprisingly nice job of keeping it in place, even at high spinning speeds. When they get wet they slide around the counter, but on a dry counter top, the bowl really sticks in place.
The lid is heavy (in a good way) and uses two clasps to lock it to the bowl. The top part shown in the picture is attached to an interior lid made of the same plastic as the basket and has holes like the strainer to make it a colander that can be turned completely upside down. The interior lid fits easily without any wiggling or adjusting necessary, and there is a hole in the lid to allow for pouring off the spun-out water while everything is still locked down. The lid also houses the spinner.
The spinner is constructed very well. I did some load testing to see how it would hold up, and was surprised by how solid it felt. I filled the bowl completely up with water, then started to spin it. It took a little bit to get going, but I was able to get it up to full speed and nothing felt like it was coming apart. I also tested it with a full basket of potatoes, but it was off balance enough that I had to abandon the attempt at about half speed. The mechanism moves easily and lets the basket get to speed very quickly. The knob is hefty, fits nicely in the hand, and is big enough to grip well.
There is no brake. Once it gets going, just let go of the knob and it'll stop eventually. It could have benefited from a a brake.
Overall, the size, form, and function meet our needs and surely exceeded our expectations.