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184 of 188 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2012
I admit it, for years I was too cheap to buy an apple peeler because I only make a few apple pies a year. I figured a paring knife did the job well enough for the amount of times I needed to peel them. Then this past fall came along and we had so many apple picking outings that I decided to make a lot of apple sauce. That's when I caved to the allure of another kitchen doohickey. All I can say is I should have caved sooner.

This toy looking gadget peels the apples incredibly fast. The down side to this is that I am making more apple pies then ever before and my husband says he is getting fat. I decided on this one because of the reviews and the price, and I'm really glad I took a chance on it. The peeler comes with three blades so it should last a good long while. When it is done peeling, there is only a tiny bit of skin left near the very top and bottom. As you can see from the product picture the skin that comes off is wider than the ones done from typical peelers. I prefer the wider skin because they are tastier to eat and they are great for use in candied apple peels.

The down side to this product is that the peeler looks like a child's toy and the core slicer that comes with it is on the cheap side and doesn't work well. I prefer to cut up the apple with a knife anyway, because I prefer large chunks of apples in my pies.

The handle of the unit comes off so that the peeler stores in a smaller box. Don't forget to save the plastic caps that sit on the spikes and on the blades for safer storage. Have fun baking and feel free to leave a recipe in the comments section so I have an excuse to peel more apples, my kids fight over who gets to turn the handle so I'm always looking for another use for peeled apples.

Edited to add: I uploaded a video of my oldest using the peeler, it's actually easier than he made it look - I think he was nervous being on camera. As you can see my middle guy is just insane - but in a good way.
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198 of 204 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2007
This is a really good apple peeler. The blade is wider than in standard peelers (the red ones where you put the apple sideways) so it peels the apple faster. It peels around the top and bottom of the apple, missing only the parts right above and below the core, so after coring the apple there's no skin left--no touch-ups required. It comes with a corer, a corer/slicer, two extra blades, and little plastic covers for the blade and prongs. It's easy to clean.

The cons: It looks like it belongs in a toy chest, so if you pride yourself on your beautiful Martha Stewart kitchen you're going to want to put this away after using it rather than leave it displayed. It doesn't work well at all on potatoes--even when you cut them in half first, it still misses lots of spots and carves them into apple shapes. There are four plastic suction cups on its base to keep it from moving while you're using it, and you have to wet them to make them work. It only takes a few drops of water, though, and then they work fine.

I love mine and use it all the time. For me, the cons are outweighed by the usefulness of being able to peel, core, and slice an apple in seven seconds. I'll never go back to a sideways peeler.
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160 of 167 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2007
I have had the apple peeler style with the red handle for about 12 years, and when the prongs that hold the apples started to break off, I finally had an excuse to get rid of it. It had the following problems. 1: The metal screw that twisted to push the apple got black stuff all over your hands when you touched it, which was neccessary to get the apples on and off the prongs. Not something desirable when working with food. 2: To core the apples, they had to be sliced very thinly, not optimal for pies, for example. 3: It didn't work well on small or irregularly shaped apples. This clear plastic apple peeler allows you to peel the apples, then slice them however you want. It peels apples faster than the other, and it comes with a corer that doesn't require slicing, and a corer/slicer that cuts the apples into eigths. Both work well. All the tools were effective even for odd shaped apples. I'm thrilled with it! The only small flaw was that water got inside when I washed it. This was pretty easy to get around. There are a couple of screws that allow the device to be disassembled and reassembled quickly and easily. Even if the plastic or the razor don't hold up well over time, I'll happily buy 10 of these before I ever buy another of the other kind.
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2007
I was a bit apprehensive in purchasing this item due to its whimsical appearance, but I must say I'm glad I did. It works flawlessly doing what it was meant to do, and for the price, you just can't beat it.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2008
This product works! I used the pealer on approximately 80 lbs of apples of very different sizes and shapes. On occasion due to the odd shape of the apple I ran it through the peeler a second time with great results. This is tough little machine.

I chose it because I thought that it would help my 8 yr old son enjoy helping with the apple harvest and processing ordeal we go through every year. I thought he would like to watch the gears move. Well he loved it. We all loved it. I even purchased a second unit for my Mom.

The bonus core ejector not only works as an apple corer, it is a great apple gun (similar to a potato gun, just for much older kids). The bonus slicer is also handy, how ever the slices could be smaller.

I highly recommended this product.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2010
I love this peeler.
I ordered this apple peeler the week I had picked a half-bushel of apples at the local orchard (what was I thinking!) and needed to get them peeled and processed quickly and easily. I bought it on the strength of all the 5-star reviews I found on Amazon. I was skeptical, I admit, having owned one of those expensive cast iron models. Those look good but peel away too much of the fruit, and after a couple of uses, the one I had was falling apart, I couldn't adjust the tension anymore, and I gave it the old bum's rush.
But this Starfrit gizmo redeemed my faith in crank apple peelers. It works cleanly and smoothly, removes very little of the fruit, and I was able to peel, core, slice, and freeze that whole half-bushel in little less than two hours. On a couple of the apples, the peeler didn't remove everything but I just kept cranking and it got the rest of the peel on the second pass.
I used the free included corer/slicer and it worked well too. I did not try the included core ejector.
Although plastic, the Starfrit is very solid - it doesn't look or feel like it's going to crack or fall apart.
The Starfrit comes with three blades altogether, and I only needed to use one for that half-bushel, but it was showing some pitting on the blade edge, so I'm going to order a bunch more of the blades - I always like to have enough replacements on hand.
One slight negative - the suction cup feet didn't always stay attached to the counter, and I had to hold the peeler down with one hand, so technically this item deserves only 4.5 stars.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2009
my husband is a longtime baker who's hands are starting to give out after years of peeling apples for our famous apple pies. This year he broke down and bought a peeler. He's tried several, but heard good things about this one. He was thrilled! he could peel a case of apples in about 15 minutes, which when we peel over 30 cases the week before thanksgiving, that's a huge help with his arthritic hands. thanks!!!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon October 20, 2013
After reading so many wonderful reviews, I was excited to get this peeler. We have a large apple tree and I was hoping to find a peeler that would keep up.

Pros: The peeler stays in place very well with the suction cups. It does peel the apples very fast and it peels all sizes which is great. The handle is easy to grip and the blade moves quickly over the apple. The blade is very sharp, I was able to peel boxes of apples in one day using the same blade. It does however come with a bonus blade. Also it has safety covers for the blade and apple holder, great bonus because it is very sharp!

Cons: To start off the handle falls off easily, not to big of a deal it hooks right back on. Also if the apples have bruises, it tends to get snagged on them. For the most part, I loved the apple peeler until it came time to clean it. I followed the directions exactly, but the device itself isn't sealed along the edges and the juices form the apples get inside it. I tried running it under water to get it clean, but no luck. My sister also bought one and I asked her and she had the same problem and she ended up throwing it away. It's to bad, because this is a great peeler.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2012
I was reluctant to purchase this item because it looked like a child's toy. But I thought since so many people loved it, it must be a good product. It didn't work well for me at all. If my apple was too big, too small, too soft or misshapen in any way, it skipped over the apple or bogged down. Although it claimed to have a spring loaded arm to handle any size apple, it didn't seem to be spring loaded at all, although there was a little bit of give in the peeling arm, just not enough to consistently rest against the apple. The apple just spun with the peeler not touching it for much of the apple. At best it left about a quarter of the peel to take off by hand. At worst it only removed about a three inch long strip. It may be a little bit faster than peeling by hand because it did usually remove a piece of the peel but unless you have perfect apples, you'd be better off with another model. I threw this one in the trash and purchased the Victorio VKP1010 Apple and Potato Peeler and instantly had great success peeling my apples.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Great product...however, the apple corer DOES NOT COME WITH THE PRODUCT AS STATED IN THE LISTING! Spoke with the company and they are trying to get the listing corrected.
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