Best Apple Peelers

The 8 Best Apple Peelers in 2020

If Newton had an apple peeler when the famous apple dropped, he would have been eating the apple instead of worrying about it and gravity might have never been discovered. Apple peelers are one of those things that you might not realize how handy they are until you start using one. Anyone can relate to those times when they knew that the healthiest food in the fridge to snack on was an apple but they went for the chips instead because they didn't want to go through all the troubles of peeling it. If you are a parent you can relate to the morning rush hour when you have to make breakfast for your kids, pack them lunch, prepare your own breakfast, take them to school and the list goes on. Or what about the times when you wanted to make apple pies for a big group of people or make apple jam and you were almost ready to even hire someone to help you prepare the apples because you were exhausted from the time and effort it was taking just to peel and prep the apples! All of the situations above and many more have a simple solution to them: an apple peeler. Apple peelers save a lot of time, bring out consistency in your cooking, save you from accidentally cutting your hand while preparing apples and make your life easier.

Today, there are many varieties of apple peelers and these superheroes can sometimes do much more than just peeling the apples; they might also be able to slice your apples into uniformly thick, beautiful pieces, or the ones that are called apple corers can remove the core and pips of your apple. More good news awaits you: apart from apples, you can use these tools to peel even vegetables and fruits other than apples, which means once you add an apple peeler to your kitchen, it will become your reliable helping hand in preparing all the vegetables and fruits and you will have more time to focus on more interesting aspects of cooking that requires your attention.

​In this article, we will introduce you to the best apple peelers that you can find on the market, compare them and delve into what we love and not love about them.

Best Pick

Starfrit 93209 Rotato Express - Electric Peele

The compact, sleek design and the robotic arm paired with high-quality stainless steel blade have put it at the top position on our list. If you want a reliable apple peeler that can work automatically, saving you from the trouble of having to peel the apple yourself, this is a great tool that will get your work done very swiftly and efficiently.

Best Pick

Starfrit 93013 Pro-Apple Peeler with bonus core slicer

​If you want to keep electronics in your kitchen minimized and are looking for a non-electronic apple peeler that is still easy to use and fast at the same time, this product will get your work done, while being within your budget. 


​Apart from our best pick and our budget pick we have a plenty of other products, each with their own unique features, pros, and cons, which we will walk you through, in the next section so you can have a clear comparison among them and choose the one that is best suited to your and your family's needs.

1. ​Starfrit 93209 Rotato Express - Electric Peele

Kitchen tools can sometimes come in tacky colors and designs that can upset your whole kitchen interiors. However, with this product from Starfrit, you can put that worry aside since it comes in a very modern design and color. The product having a vertical design makes it a very compact tool that will take the minimal amount of space on your kitchen counter or table. It also has a compartment at the bottom, a smart little addition to the base that allows you to store the extra blades and the thumb knife, making them quickly accessible and preventing them from getting lost.

The body is made of ABS plastic, which is durable and a better choice compared to metallic bodies if you want to avoid metal bodies that have a risk of rusting with time. The base of the peeler is also slip-resistant which means you can confidently use it on kitchen tables without having to worry about it slipping off the corners or having to hold it down to stabilize it while it is in use.

The peeler has spikes that provide a firm and secure hold on the apple’s top and bottom, which means you won’t have to use your hands to hold it while the apple is being peeled. This avoids the risk of contamination from handling the apples with unclean hands, as well as keep your hands safe from accidental cuts. The robotized arm of the peeler peels the apple very fast, making it ready to be eaten or to be processed further for cooking or to be used in your favorite apple dessert. Since the machine turns off automatically once the apple has been peeled completely, you can focus on other work after turning the switch on simply by a button and not worry about having to come back and turn it off.

​Have you ever owned an electric kitchen tool and wished you could take it out for camping or on your picnics, but could not because it needed an AC power supply? Worry no more, for this apple peeler can be run by batteries, as well as the AC supply, so you can carry it along with you to any outdoor events and peel your apples even when you are outside. Although this machine is an excellent apple peeler, you can also peel any vegetable or fruits using this.

​Pros

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    ​Stylish color and compact design adds to the interior of your kitchen, as well as saves space on your kitchen table or counter
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    ​The body is made of durable ABS plastic and the base is slip resistant
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    ​There is a compartment at the bottom which can be used to store your spare blades preventing them from being lost
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    ​The peeler is automated and easy to operate. You can turn it on by pressing a button and it turns itself off automatically once the peeling is done.
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    ​It can be powered by AC power supply or by batteries making it a very portable tool that you can carry along to picnic and other outdoor activities.
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    ​You do not have to hold the apple while it is being peeled.
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    Can be cleaned easily using a wet cloth
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    Can be used to peel vegetables and fruits besides apples

​Cons

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    ​It has pointy spikes and also an electrically rotating blade, so it has to be kept away from children’s reach.
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    It requires electricity to work
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    There is no space for the collection of the peeled skin so it might get a little messy
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    The parts cannot be washed thoroughly since it is an electric device
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    The top and the bottom ends of the apple has to be removed manually.
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    The machine might be noisy while it is in use
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    The body is made of plastic and although it is ABS plastic which is a more durable type, some users might still prefer a sturdier metallic body

2. ​Starfrit 93013 Pro-Apple Peeler with bonus core slicer

This apple peeler is a great choice for anyone looking for a non-electric yet fast and efficient apple peeler. Although it is manual, you do not have to hold the apple while it is being peeled. All you need to do is to make the apple sit on the peeler firmly and then simply turn a handle that is attached to the peeler. What we especially love about this peeler is its blade that is wider compared to other apple peelers on the market, which means the apple gets peeled faster, the resulting surface of the apple is smoother and there is less mess when the work is done. 

You will be surprised to know that this apple peeler also comes with a bonus apple core slicer, which you can use to slice the whole apple at a time.

​You might be worried about the machine slipping while you are turning the handle but the manufacturer has kept that in mind and put suction grip feet under the machine so you can peel away without worrying about slipping or toppling.

Pros

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    ​Does not require electricity
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    ​It is easy to use because all you need to do is to turn the handle
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    ​The blade is wider compared to other peelers
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    ​Suction grip feet resist slipping effectively
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    Comes with a bonus apple core slicer
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    ​Can be cleaned easily by using a wet cloth

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    ​The body is made of transparent plastic and it might appear like a toy to many users

3. Cast Magnesium Apple/Potato Peeler by Spiralizer, Durable Heavy Duty Die Cast Magnesium Alloy Apple/Potato Peeler Corer

If you are looking for an apple peeler that is of a top-notch quality, this is a great product that you could take a look into. For many users, apple peelers might be used only once a while for making apple pies, applesauce or jam for a big crowd, for which a normal home apple peeler might be enough. But there might be situations, for example at a restaurant, pastry shop or the school canteen where many apples need to be peeled fast and with consistency. In this case, the apple peeler also needs to be durable and made to endure the heavy-duty apple peeling. 

One such product that can offer this kind of durability and stellar performance is this product from Spiralizer. Its body is made of cast magnesium and which has a higher durability and strength than steel. The winding rod made of rust-proof chrome and the stainless blade add to its durability. The product is also designed to be suitable for elderly users with a rubber vacuum base that firmly holds the peeler to the table surface so that it does not lose its stability while being used.

Another unique thing that we absolutely love about this. The unique thing about this product that we absolutely love about this product is that it can remove the apple’s core, slice the apple into rings and peel the apple, all at the same time. It is great when you want to put the apples in a salad or just want to munch on the fresh apple while having to do the least amount of work.

Pros

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    ​Durable and rust resistant
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    ​Suitable for heavy-duty uses
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    ​Removes core, slices and peels apples simultaneously
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    ​Powerful rubber vacuum base holds the peeler tightly to the tabletop

​Cons

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    ​Has sharp metallic spikes that might be dangerous
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    ​The metallic parts are heavy and turning the handle might require more strength than using a plastic peeler
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    ​The apples are spiral-sliced but some users might want it to be sliced differently

4. Kitchen Basics® Professional Grade Heavy Duty Apple Peeler, Slicer & Corer

This is another great apple peeler made from highly durable and rust resistant metal parts that will be suitable for being used for heavy-duty purposes. It can slice, core and peel your apple at the same time saving you a great amount of time and effort. But if you want the machine to do only one of those three tasks, it gives you the flexibility to do so, simply by adjusting its parts.

Another great thing about these horizontally oriented apple peelers is that since the peeled skin comes off at one end, you can place a bowl or any kind of collector underneath it and avoid your tabletop from becoming messy.

The quality of this product is professional grade and it uses high-precision stainless steel blades so if you are an apple connoisseur you can confidently use this tool to obtain high consistency in peeling and slicing of your apples.

​To avoid slipping of the peeler, which can be quite dangerous while it is in use, it has a suction rubber base that will very tightly hold it down to the table surface. There is a plastic protective cap to cover the metal spikes when it is not being used, which ensures a high level of safety.

​Pros

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    ​It delivers a professional grade performance and durability
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    ​The rubber suction base and the protective plastic cap for the metal spikes ensures safety for the users
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    ​It can peel, core and slice at the same time but also allows you to choose the tasks you want it to do.
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    ​It does not require electricity and all you need to do is to turn the hand crank which
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    ​It can be hand washed

​Cons

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    ​It offers only one style of slicing
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    ​As a default, it peels, cores and slices your apple but if you want to change that for example if you want to make it to only peel the apple, you will have to manually make adjustments to the parts, which might be tedious and confusing for some users

5. Johnny Apple Peeler by VICTORIO VKP1010, Cast Iron, Suction Base

This product is another great option to go for if you want a kitchen tool that can peel, slice and core apples. Although it is quite similar to the last two products we talked about, it has some differences that might make it a better choice for you. Its body is made of enamel coated cast iron, which makes it highly durable and gives its surface a very smooth finish. One unique thing about its design is that the handle is made of wood, making it very comfortable to hold and also makes the whole apple peeler look elegant.

​You can easily make adjustments to the parts, which will allow you to choose from peeling only, or core and slice without peeling, or core and slice. This peeler is unique also due to the fact that the blade for the peeling can be controlled so that you can choose how deeply you want to peel the apple.

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    ​Sturdy enamel coated cast iron body provides long lasting durability and a polished look
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    ​The depth of the peeling blade can be adjusted
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    ​You can peel, slice and core at the same time
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    ​The rubber suction base provides high stability during use

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    ​The metallic fork at one end can be dangerous if left out in the open
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    ​The adjustments for peeling, coring and slicing option can be confusing for beginners

6. OXO Good Grips Pro Swivel Peeler

If you want the highest level of flexibility in how you want to peel the apple, the best option is to buy a handheld peeler instead of a countertop hand cranked one. When it comes to handheld apple peelers, OXO is a name that has been popular for a long time. The reason behind this is that they have focused highly on user-friendliness and quality when they first made their product. They have extensively studied what type of handle was best suited for an apple peeler and came up with the best shape and material to give a good grip, as well as maximizing the control over how the user wants to peel the apple.

This can be clearly seen in their handle that is ergonomically contoured in an elliptical shape which prevents it from rotating when it is being used, the "fins" on the either side of the handle that absorbs pressure and helps you work for extended period of time without your hand hurting, and the durable rubberized material of the handle that offers a good grip even when the peeler or your hand is wet. We are all familiar with forgetting where we have kept a small kitchen tool and never finding it when we need it the most. Keeping that in mind, the designers have allowed a hole in the handle so that it can be easily hanged in a visible part of the kitchen.

​Apart from the handle, a significant amount of thinking has also been put into making the blade as efficient as possible. The sturdy and durable blade, made from sharp stainless steel and held in position by a part made from sturdy and durable die-cast zinc, has been placed at an angle that removes only the minimum amount of peel necessary, preventing waste. As a bonus, a sharp eyer is attached to the peeler with which you can remove small blemishes on your apples.

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    ​The Ergonomic design of the handle provides the maximum amount of control and a very good grip even when the peeler is wet
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    ​The hole at the end of the peeler can be used to hang it from anywhere, preventing it from being lost.
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    ​The sharp stainless steel blade paired with the eyer is excellent for processing your apples
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    ​Small, light, portable and easy to work with
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    ​Can be washed in a dishwasher

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    ​All the work has to be done manually
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    ​Does not slice or core the apples

7. Apynta Stainless Steel Vegetable Peeler

​This is another variation of handheld apple peelers and is a good choice if you are used to peeling using the Y-shaped peelers, but are looking for a high-quality, durable product. The product is simple, yet efficient, due to its stainless steel blade that requires no extra sharpening and removes the skin off your apple without damaging the flesh of the fruit. The handle is cushioned with a rubber which makes it comfortable to hold, and also provides a firm grip while you are working. 

​The body of the peeler is made from solid and lightweight aluminum which makes it a very portable tool that you can even carry outdoors to a picnic or a camp. An eyer is also provided on the side of the peeler so you can take off any damaged part of the apple easily.

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    ​The body is made from solid yet lightweight aluminum which makes it a portable tool
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    ​The rubberized handle provides comfortable and firm grip
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    ​Apart from the peeling blade, it also offers an eyer for removing small blemishes from the apple 
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    ​Can be washed in a dishwasher

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    ​No lanyard hole to hang the peelerlarge chunks of cheese
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    All the work has to be done manually

8. Vremi Apple Peeler Corer Slicer Machine with Vacuum Suction Base

If you are looking for a professional grade apple peeler, this is a product that you can rely on. This apple peeler from Vremi can peel, core and slice at the same time. Its body made from cast iron offers high durability and will support you through all the heavy-duty apple processing, whether it be for an apple tart or for an applesauce. All you need to do is to position the apple firmly using the metal forks on the peeler and hand crank the machine. The handle has a smooth finish to it, making it comfortable to hold. 

​The product can be used to spiral-slice your apples, which the children find very attractive so it is also a great solution for making your children fall in love with eating apples which is a very healthy snack option compared to crisps or other processed food. Although we have introduced you to similar products from different makers, they mostly came in various shades of red. If you are looking for a different color to match your kitchen interiors, this product offers you the option to choose from black, white and red colored bodies.

 The peeler has a rubber suction base which provides good grip on the table surface and helps to avoid slipping while the apple peeler is in use. Another small addition that we found attractive in this peeler is the protective cap for the metal spikes, that covers the sharp edges when the peeler is not being used, which is essential for maintaining safety and protecting your children from accidental injuries.​

​Pros

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    ​Three colors to choose from: black, red or white. This will help you to match it to your kitchen interiors.
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    ​Cast iron body makes it a durable product
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    ​Easy to operate
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    ​Can peel, core and slice at the same time
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    ​The rubber suction base prevents it from slipping

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    ​Slices only in spirals
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    ​Has dangerous sharp, pointy edges
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    ​Cannot be washed in a dishwasher

Now that you have become familiar with the various types of tools for processing apples, all you need to do now is to consider a few factors that are important in making the decision of which apple peeler you are going to buy. As you have seen, apple peelers come in a diverse array of designs, functions, and sizes, it is essential to know what your specific requirements are when it comes to a peeler, and to avoid buying the wrong product.

Things to consider when buying an apple peeler:

Countertop or Handheld 

Apple peelers that are designed to sit on a flat surface are usually bigger and has a handle for cranking to peel the apples. Most of them are for heavy-duty purposes and they can do other functions like slicing or coring the apple. One thing to look out for is whether they have a good mechanism for providing a firm grip on the surface, for example, a rubber suction base since it is important for proper functioning of the tool and for safety that the machine stays grounded to the tabletop and does not slip or become unstable. However, if you have a kitchen where many chefs work together, for example at a bakery or a restaurant, it is not convenient to have one big apple peeler for each worker since that would require too much space and will not be economically efficient. In a situation like this, it is better to equip each person with a small handheld peeler. Handheld ones also give you more flexibility in how the apples are peeled and they also come with an eyer so which hare handy for removing small blemishes from the apple.

Electric or manual

Although traditionally, apple peelers have been a manual tool, nowadays electronic ones can also be found. Electronic peelers are good in the sense that they require less time and also frees your hands for other work helping you to multitask in the kitchen. Check if the peeler can be run by batteries along with the AC supply option, since it will come handy in times of power outages or if you want to take the peeler out on a picnic. Although electronic ones are great in many aspects, more care is required while cleaning them and has to be kept out of children's reach at all times.

When it comes to the manual apple peelers, there are the countertop ones that has a handle where you do not have to hold the apple while peeling it. All you need to do is position the apple on the machine and turn the handle. The other type is the handheld ones which are more suitable if you want more freedom in how the apples are peeled. It is also more portable and light compared to the countertop ones.

Functions beside peeling

Apples involve other preparation tasks besides peeling. For example, in many cases, the apples need to be sliced, and the core has to be removed. If you want all three tasks to be done, you can go for the countertop apple peelers that can core, slice and peel at the same time. Although these tools have sharp pointy parts and might be dangerous if not handled with care, the children find them very attractive because turning the handle and watching the apple getting peel is fun for them. Under the proper supervision of elders, children can take part in your kitchen activities through this and it can be a good way to spend some quality family time. The spiral sliced apples made by these tools are also popular among children and can help them choose apples for snacking over unhealthy alternatives.

Conclusion

Now that you have a clear idea of what kind of products are available on the market to help you process apples, and the factors to consider regarding apple peelers, all you need to do is to assess your specific needs when it comes to peeling apples and get yourself the best apple peeler that will become your perfect helping hand in the kitchen and will make your life much easier by saving your precious time and effort.

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