Before you reach for the best potato mashers for herbed mashed potatoes and even before you grab the best graters for easy potato latkes,
you need a potato peeler. The right peeler will make it a breeze to
tackle a ton of taters, as well as as assortment of other ingredients,
from apples and carrots to butternut squash and more unusual suspects
like cheese and chocolate.
How we test potato peelers
In the Just Cooking Tools’s Kitchen Appliances Lab, we tested more than a dozen potato peelers by peeling over 20 pounds of produce: carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and apples. We evaluated 8 data points including the thinness of the peeled skins and the smoothness of the peeling process. We also noted whether the peeler was comfortable to hold and use as well as able to swivel around all shapes quickly and easily. The most efficient peelers made our list of the best potato peelers to buy in 2021:
- Best Overall Potato Peeler: Swissmar Peeler Scalpel Blade
- Best Value Potato Peeler: Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler
- Best Traditional Potato Peeler: OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler
- Best Y-Shaped Potato Peeler: OXO Good Grips Prep Y-Peeler
- Best-Selling Potato Peeler on Amazon: Spring Chef Premium Swivel Vegetable Peeler
- Best Electric Potato Peeler: Starfrit Electric Rotato Express
- Best Sleek Potato Peeler: Linden Sweden Fruit and Vegetable Peeler
Round white potatoes, bumpy sweet
potatoes, long Russet potatoes — this peeler took them on without
breaking a sweat. In our test, the super sharp stainless steel blade
glided through skin, allowing us to work quickly. It swiveled to handle
irregularly shaped produce, and has a built-in eyer to remove
imperfections. In addition to being a potato pro, this peeler also took on squash, carrots, apples and even tomatoes with ease. It’s lightweight with a long handle, which helps reduce strain, and is dishwasher safe.
- Sharp and smooth on a variety of produce
- Eyer is a little large
Don’t let the low price and
simple design fool you: This peeler is a mainstay in professional
kitchens. It's even a favorite in the Just Cooking Tools Test
Kitchen! In our test, the super-sharp swiveling carbon steel blade and the lightweight design allowed for speedy peeling. It
also removed a thin layer of skin, which minimizes food waste. The
eyer scoops out blemishes without gouging the produce, and the compact
shape is easy to store. It was a close runner-up for our favorite, but
you must hand-wash and thoroughly dry the blade to avoid rust. Fun
little bonus: This peeler comes in a ton of colors.
- Sharp, fast and lightweight
- Not dishwasher safe
The simple but practical design makes this Oxo peeler a top-seller. It's handle is wide and slightly flattened, so it won’t spin in your hand while you work. It’s
also non-slip and designed to absorb pressure. The sharp stainless
steel blade swivels well, which is helpful for getting around curves and
navigating odd shapes. The eyer on this model removes imperfections
without damaging the produce. It’s dishwasher safe.
- Wide, non-slip handle
- Dishwasher safe
- Plastic around the blade is a little thick and makes it hard to see
This flat, non-slip peeler is very comfortable to hold, and we noted that its sharp swiveling blade navigated bends and bumps to keep prep speedy. This peeler is also sold as part of a three-piece set
that we recommend, which includes a stainless steel serrated blade for
tender and soft-skinned produce as well as a julienne peeler. It has a
built-in eyer that didn’t gouge produce — though it was sometimes a
little small for larger blemishes. It’s small and dishwasher safe
for easy cleanup.
- Sharp blade and non-slip handle
- Dishwasher safe
- Eyer was a bit shallow
This peeler has a 5-star rating
on Amazon and over 14,000 reviews. The sharp, swiveling stainless steel
blade has drawn the rave reviews, with users saying that it glides over
bumpy produce. We agreed: It navigated multiple types of produce with ease and was nicely sharp, producing thin peels for less waste. The non-slip handle is designed to be ergonomic, with a molded shape that helps your fingers stay secure.
- Sharp and handles curves well
- Dishwasher safe
- Molded grip dictates your grip, which may not suit all users
This electric peeler is great for large or small batches and helpful for people with varying dexterity. Simply insert the potato onto the bottom prongs and then align the upper food holder so the top prong holds the spud in place. The arm peels from the top in one continuous motion, stopping automatically when the peeling is complete. (It’s so satisfying to watch it spin and peel.)
It comes with a thumb knife for removing the eyes and blemishes, so
it’s perfect for potatoes, but because it can adjust to accommodate any
produce up to 5½ inches (you can trim or halve larger items to fit), it
can also peel apples, citrus, mangoes, zucchinis, cucumbers and even
tomatoes. You can use the cord to power the peeler or operate it with
batteries. The non-skid base keeps the unit secure, and it includes two
- Hands-free peeling
- Works with both AC and battery power
- Not compact for storage
This slim, simple peeler
performed well on potatoes, carrots and apples. It was particularly
noteworthy for being successful when you peel toward you: If you
prefer the motion of paring — rather than sliding the peeler away from
you — you might find this peeler most comfortable. It does not have a bridge over the blade, which makes it easy to clean. Linden Sweden makes an all-stainless steel version as well.
- Sharp and smooth when peeling toward yourself
- Dishwasher safe
- Sometimes stutters when peeling away from yourself
- Style: There are two main types of potato peelers to consider: manual and electric. With manual peelers, you have the traditional style, which features a double blade positioned parallel to the handle and is better at getting around curves and edges, says Sibyla Douffet, Kitchen Appliance Lab’s Senior Testing Editor. You also have Y peelers, which have a double blade that lies perpendicular to the handle and "are good for long, straight ingredients," says Papantoniou. At the end of the day, it all comes down to personal preference: Either can be used for all types of peeling. And then there are electric peelers. These run on a motor and save you time and effort. Some are self-contained and run on their own power, while others are attachments for appliances like a stand mixer. They generally spin the produce against a blade to remove the skin in a continuous strip. They're helpful if you're facing a big batch or if you can't use manual peelers.
- Blade: Potato peelers come with straight or serrated blades. After putting both to the test, we recommend straight blades for potatoes and most ingredients and serrated for delicate items with thin skins, like tomatoes. Straight blades produce clean cuts, while serrated leave behind ridges that are not ideal for presentation.
- Material: Blades are generally stainless steel or carbon steel, though there are ceramic-bladed peelers. Stainless steel holds a sharp edge and is also usually dishwasher safe. Carbon steel is very sharp but can rust over time if not washed and dried thoroughly. Ceramic blades are sharp but can stain.
- Handle: While a non-slip handle is universally helpful — you don’t want the peeler to slip and cut you — the main advice is to find a peeler that’s comfortable for you. A peeler should sit comfortably in your hand and allow you to work quickly, without fatigue.
- Eyer: This small protrusion near the blade allows you to remove imperfections without gouging the potato.