It wasn’t a military punishment for minor infractions for nothing. And it’s not a task that elicits moans and groans from the person asked to do it for no reason.
Peeling potatoes is a real chore. Not only is it time-consuming (especially if you are making a potato-heavy dish) but it can also be dangerous if you don’t have the proper tool to peel with. And to top it all off, sometimes it’s not that easy to do!
You could always use a traditional knife for your peeling needs, but potato peelers are made for that specific purpose and will keep your hands safer and yield more potato than peels.
See below for reviews on some of the best peelers on the market right now:
Our Best Pick
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1. Norpro 50 Stainless Steel Potato Peeler
This 8 x 0.5 x 1 inch, stainless steel peeler is designed to be able to rotate and move along with the shape of the vegetable as you peel around it.
This is a great feature for a potato peeler, as you will never be peeling a potato that just remains flat. The special swivel action makes it so that you can peel continuously around without having to adjust the peeler or your hand.
The handle is made to be water tight, so you don’t have to worry about the peeler rusting from the inside out after repeated washings.
This uncomplicated peeler gets the job done efficiently without any bells and whistles.
2. OXO Good Grips Y Peeler
This 5.6 x 2.8 x 0.8 inch, stainless steel peeler is made with a comfortable rubber handle that keeps your hand relaxed while peeling, so that you don’t get any cramps from bigger peeling jobs.
It is unique in that the peeler blade itself is Y-shaped as opposed to the swiveling blade, which is not only the preferred peeler by some chefs, but since its blade is not only on one side, it is perfect for use with either hand.
3. Starfrit Electric Potato Peeler
Want to keep your hands clean? This peeler throws the whole concept of peeling a potato out the window. As long as you are able to push a button, you can peel a potato with this machine.
And you can literally peel a potato in seconds, not only saving yourself extra work, but a whole lot of extra time.
And without having to handle the peeler yourself, this method is also very safe.
This robotic peeler can be plugged in or can also be used on battery if you need to use the machine outside of the kitchen or home.
It has an adjustable arm that can accomodate any size and shape of potato. It is made from durable, ABS plastic and its base is non-slip, ensuring that it won’t move around on your countertop while in use.
The Starfrit also helps you to waste less vegetables as it’s precise in only peeling the skin off, not any extra potato. So you’ll end up with more vegetable and less mess and hassle than a hand peeler.
4. UberChef Premium Ultra Sharp Stainless Steel Julienne Peeler & Vegetable Peeler
Measuring in at 7.4 x 3.5 x 1, this stainless steel peeler comes highly touted by both its satisfied customers and also many chefs.
It is an incredibly sharp and precise tool and has an appealing, professional-looking appearance.
Because its blade is so fine, you’ll see that your peeling time is cut in half, as you’ll never have to go back over a spot to clean it up.
There is also a money-back guarantee on this peeler, so if you are not totally satisfied with its performance, you can get everything back that you paid. This is in an addition to its lifetime warranty.
Not only does this peeler take care of getting your potatoes ready to cook, but it also has a julienne side to it, making it a a dual tool for both peeling and also slicing thin strips. This purchase also includes a cleaning brush and a short eBook of recipes.
Peeling potatoes is definitely an annoying job that no one is really jumping to do, but somebody’s gotta do it, right?
And we all know that the payoff from potatoes, whether it’s mashed, fried, hash browns, pancakes or any of the other dozens upon dozens of delicious potato recipes out there, is definitely worth it. And if you’ve got the right tool to do it with, you’ll be enjoying those potatoes much sooner!
While the Norpro will definitely do the job intended, there is nothing about it that really sticks out or makes it a step above anything else.
Adding to that, the price isn’t that much cheaper than the other ones to make it the most bang for your buck.
And while the Oxo’s shape does make it unique with the added boon that its plastic handle will be easier on your hands than others, the Uberchef’s extremely sharp blade and added feature of being able to also julienne with the same tool brings it a step up above the Oxo.
However, it is really the Starfrit that goes above and beyond any of these handheld devices. It may be a bit more costly than the other peelers, but what it makes up for is convenience, ease of use, and also safety.
Bottom line: With the Starfrit, you don’t actually have to peel the potatoes yourself. And that’s just invaluable when it comes to time and avoiding cuts.