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Zyliss Easy Spin Salad Spinner, Large, Green
Color Name: GreenSize Name: 4-6 ServingsChange
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194 of 198 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2005
Color Name: White/TransSize Name: 4-6 Servings
This is my favorite salad spinner, and I've tried several over the last couple years. It dries my lettuce very well, and has some useful features that I haven't seen in other spinners.

Like the old Zyliss spinner, you pull on a handle to spin the basket. But with this one the more you pull, the faster it spins, kind of like revving up a top or something. It spins much faster than those 'crank' spinners or the 'push down' type -and faster spinning means more water off your veggies.

As for the new features, here are my top five:

1) The lid is clear, so you can see the veggies spinning around in there and make sure you're not overfilling the spinner, the lettuce isnt bunching up in one corner, etc. OK, it's also just mesmerizing to watch your food spin round and round. Kind of like watching your clothes roll around in the dryer.

2) There is a brake! So after you've whipped your veggies into a frenzy, you can slam them to a stop -which also helps get more water off. This works better on the small sized spinner, since there is less weight to stop, but even on the big spinner it works very well. I have seen a brake on another spinner, but this one works much better.

3) The cord pulls itself back in -and gently: I disliked how the old 'string' spinners would yank on your arm, and if you didn't respond just right the string wouldn't pull in at all: it ends up just sitting there in a pile. You'd have to take the lid off and wind it up yourself! This new design winds the cord up every time.

4) The basket is smooth on the inside -that's something I defintely have not seen before. It's a subtle feature, but very helpful: it helps make sure little bits of your lettuce dont get stuck in the basket when you're cleaning it out.

5) You can stack things on top of it, both in the fridge and in the cupboard, because the top is mostly flat. The handle even sits in its own little pocket in the lid so that it's not in the way. In my house fridge space is valuable and I appreciate being able to stack this spinner like I do with my tupperware.

So, overall I am impressed with this spinner (so impressed that I've also given it as a gift!). It does its job very well and has thoughtful extra features which make it more helpful around the kitchen.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2005
Color Name: White/TransSize Name: 4-6 Servings
I was at first very excited with my new Zyliss salad spinner - it looks great, and it's much easier to spin than the older string-pull version (not to mention the old-school "pump" versions, which required a lot of effort). However, as another reviewer mentions, it simply does not get your greens very dry. I've been surprised and disappointed by the amount of water left on lettuce after spinning, and spinning, and spinning.
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58 of 66 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2004
Color Name: White/TransSize Name: 4-6 Servings
While this salad spinner has a fairly large capacity and is relatively easy to operate, I feel it does not spin the lettuce as dry as the one I previously owned. (It broke and I can't find the same one.) As a result, I need to spin the lettuce several times and there's still water clinging to the leaves. Because of this my salad dressing is sometimes watered down (which I really dislike). I'm disappointed in this item and I'm considering ordering another salad spinner from another manufacturer. This item is definitely over-priced and does not perform the way I'd expect a Zyliss product to perform.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2008
Color Name: GreenSize Name: 2-3 Servings
I have both large and small Zyliss spinners. They are the greatest, except that the pull mechanism eventually gives out. On the larger one, the string pull got out of whack, and somehow i got it working again, but the with the smaller one, it just seems to be out of commission for good.

It's too bad, because they improved the design by making the lid two-piece, so you can pull it apart to clean it. But it was too much to pay to have to fiddle with it to get it to work, and then eventually have it stop working entirely.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Color Name: GreenSize Name: 2-3 ServingsVerified Purchase
this is the perfect size for spinning lettuce for two people or for drying herbs, seeding tomatoes etc. It spins really fast and is very easy to use. My only complaint is that it is awkward to hold on to when spinning.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2007
Color Name: GreenSize Name: 4-6 Servings
I'm really happy with this salad spinner. I chose it because it was a reasonable cost and my favourite colour. I love it for a million other reasons: It holds an entire head of lettuce (I've tried romaine and green leaf) with the perfect amount of necessary wiggle room. I use the parts separately while I do my initial lettuce rinse. I eat salads every day for lunch, and it is great to just grab my lettuce and go, instead of going through the tedious tasks of tearing, washing, drying every single day. Likewise, I love how economical and sanitary it is - no more paper or cloth towels! The spinner dries the lettuce extremely well. The "sudden stop" button is a must - that lettuce has some serious momentum! I call this my "salafuge." I have no complaints whatsoever. :)
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2008
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I have the large version of the Zyliss spinner and love it. Wanted the smaller version because I make an individual salad everyday and the size is perfect. The spinning action is great! The only complaint I have is that the parts of the cover do not come apart for cleaning as they do in the larger version. I recommend this spinner over other brands which I have tried and returned, as they spin only minimally compared to this one, thus not drying your lettuce as efficiently.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2008
Color Name: GreenSize Name: 4-6 ServingsVerified Purchase
I purchased the pretty green Zyliss salad spinner at the end of last year. I've used it weekly since then. At first use, I couldn't figure out how to spin it and not have the top move. It is all in how you place the other hand, a bit difficult at first, but I've got it now! Really, really like the product. I wash the romaine in the bowl first, drain and then spin the whole bag at one time. Excellent results!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2007
Color Name: White/TransSize Name: 4-6 Servings
I purchased this salad spinner because I had used a Zyliss at a friend's house, and was really impressed with how well it worked: it spun super-fast, and got the lettuce really dry. I was very disappointed, however, to find that this newer model--which features some nice improvements, like a non-skid base and a nearly flat top for stacking--doesn't seem to perform as well as the older ones do. Like other reviewers, I felt it didn't dry the lettuce as thoroughly, and doesn't seem to spin as fast as my friend's model. The worst aspect of the new design, however, is that the lid tends to fly off when you pull on the cord! The lip doesn't seem deep enough to hold it in place. The design of the earlier models encouraged you to pull out, not up, but even doing so, the lid on the newer example is prone to coming off. These problems were vexing enough that I traded mine in for a older model Zyliss that I found on eBay. I am much happier with that, although I find it is awfully large to store. The perfect salad spinner for me doesn't seem to be out there yet!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2006
Color Name: White/TransSize Name: 4-6 Servings
This spinner gets out more water than the previous Zyliss one I had. The lettuce also lasts much longer before getting brown. I only use Romaine heads, I don't buy precut bags, and in the previous spinner the lettuce would brown in two-three days. The best lettuce is when you chop it and spin it and put in the fridge for an hour or more before using. If you eat it right away it seems soft and soggy, just like the other spinner. And the lettuce knife is worthless, smashes the leafs.
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