Machine apple peelers are one of those little gadgets that once you’ve started using a good one, you will wonder how you’ve lived without it all your life.
Why not just use normal peelers? With a lot of apples, potatoes and other fruits, roots, and veggies to prepare in the kitchen, you want a machine that is fast and efficient to help you save the time for more interesting work.
The machine should also be smart enough to work on not so perfectly symmetrical produce, and not cut too much flesh out of them.
What’s more, the peeler should have a simple design and is easy to clean. No one wants a machine that can peel 30 apples in a minute, but takes 30 minutes.
Good news is, such machines exist!
Best Apple Peelers 2019
This article covers the reviews of three of the best apple peelers on Amazon as of 2019. We will talk about the pros and cons of each item, so you can pick the most suitable one according to your needs and personal preference.
While manual peelers can also do the job very well and fast, they are probably not the ideal option when you have a dozen of apples or pears to prepare.
Also, you don’t want to spend long minutes rotating a handle while there are still other work waiting for you.
The StarFrit does the peeling by itself, leaving your hands free.
The machine comes in a compact, lightweight, but sturdy body. It has a thick base and a column, where the produce holders and the cutting arm, as Starfrit calls it, are placed.
As you put your apple in between the holders and press the button on the base, the cutting arm will move slowly down, its blade doing the peeling as the apple rotates.
As you can see in the video, it can peel a potato very clean. The secret is at the really small and flexible blade, whose humble size allows it to work on really asymmetrical parts of the fruit. It will move in and out as the surface changes, and peel the big parts of the fruit as well as smaller ones without cutting into the flesh. A bigger blade would never have that accuracy and flexibility!
One thing to note, however: while the machine does peel orange, sweet potatoes, and other produces with hard peel, you may not find the result satisfying. It works perfectly on thin-skinned things, such as apples, potatoes, zucchinis, cucumbers, and the like. It leaves a little peel on the top and the bottom where the holders are, but that can be taken care of with a fast cut.
If you don’t know how to sharpen the blade, use the spare ones which is stored right in the base. That space can be used for keeping the batteries also – this machine happens to be able to run on AA batteries, which makes it a lot more portable.
The gadget does what it’s made to do: to remove the peel when you put the fruit onto the pole and rotate the arm. And it does it job with excellence.
The peeler comes with a sharp blade that peels a thin layer of skin off an apple quickly and smoothly. This blade is attached to a spring loaded arm, which you can adjust to peel both small and large apples.
There is also an alternative blade in the package. Be assured, however, that it will take a long while before you have to change the blade if you take care of it properly, which means simply cleaning it right after use and protect it with the included cover.
The Starfrit is made of plastic, which means it is very lightweight. To ensure stability while you’re using it, the base is enforced with four suction cups, which clamps easily and firmly on the table or countertop surface. With a crystal clear shell that allows you to see through, the machine is quite fun to watch when it is at work. If you’re having guests over, be prepared to hand it over to the children so they can give it a try while others awe at the turning gears.
To complete your apple prepping work, the package includes a handheld apple slicer and corer. After you peel the apple, apply the slicer and corer on it. It should not take more than 30 seconds before you have the fruit all fresh, nicely peeled and cut, ready for use.
Made of food grade ABS plastic, the machine has a nice shell with a white body and light green handle, blade, and base. It is lightweight, but is sturdy thanks to the suction cups added at the base. It looks cute and simple, takes very little space, and is easy to clean – an item with very little footprint.
The Huluwa is very easy to use. Here’s how it works: You mount the apple horizontally onto the tines, and rotate the handle. As soon as the apple turns, the blade, which is attached to a rotating disk on the base, starts to move forward to peel it. It does the job as fast as you can rotate the handle!
Since the blade is adjustable, it doesn’t cut too deep into the flesh as it peels. It works nicely on apples and pears of various sizes. However, as it is quite wide, it won’t get into the concave parts of the fruit. You will have to pick your apples carefully so they’re all asymmetrical.
As the work is finished, you turn the handle a little so the blade moves to the side, and get the apple out. The peel and any juice produced will fall right into the disk, so no mess after you’re done!
While the machine doesn’t core or slice the fruit, it comes with a slicing and coring “device” to complete your apple prepping work. If you are to prepare more than a couple apples at once, the combo will save a lot of your time!