Salad Spinners: 10 of the Best on the Market

One of the problems people face when trying to eat more salad or raw vegetables is the time it takes to wash, clean and prep the ingredients.

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It’s time consuming and sometimes inconvenient to wash lettuce and greens, and you have to pat them dry with paper towels. And that’s where using a salad spinner can help.

You can quickly make a fresh and nutritious salad even when time is tight. Just throw in your leafy greens, rinse with cold running water, and spin until dry.

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Or, wash and dry an entire head of lettuce and then store it in the fridge, so it’s ready when you are for a crisp, refreshing meal anytime.

A good spinner makes salad prep time quick and easy, which means you’re more likely to get all those wonderful nutrients necessary for good health each and every day.

Salad Spinner Basics

Spinners first hit the market in the 70s, and with their quick and efficient cleaning and drying of leafy greens, quickly dispelled any criticisms of them being just another kitchen gadget.

All salad spinners have a basic design with a few standard parts: a slotted inner basket (colander) that rests on a pivot point in the center of a larger bowl, and a lid that holds the mechanism for grabbing and spinning the colander.

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The centrifugal force created by the mechanism pulls the lettuce to the edges of the inner basket, where the water is strained through the perforations and into the outer bowl for collection and disposal.

On the manual models, movement is initiated with either a hand crank, a push button or pump lever, or a pull cord. The hand crank operates through a system of gears to generate speed, the push button or lever uses a pump to create movement, and the pull cord uses friction.

Checklist

If you’re in the market for a new spinner, the following checklist will help you to find a model that’s best suited for your needs:

  • Capacity. Select a unit that will meet your requirements. To help determine the right size, use the following average ratios: 2 quarts works well for a small salad for two, 3 quarts is big enough for four to six salads, and 4-5 quarts is good for about six to eight servings.
  • A tight fitting lid. Look for a unit with a tight fitting lid to ensure proper engagement of the lid mechanism.
  • A locking lid. The centrifugal force can generate a lot of speed on some units, and if the lid isn’t secure, it may result in flying lettuce! Look for easy-snap locks.
  • BPA-free plastic. It’s so readily available in kitchen utensils today, there’s really no reason to purchase a unit that might contain potentially harmful toxins.
  • Spinning mechanism. Choose whatever style will work best to suit your personal preferences. Hand cranks take a bit more effort than push buttons or levers, but there may be a tradeoff in how fast the colander rotates – and that determines, in large part, how dry the greens will be.
  • Serving bowl. In many models, the outer bowl is designed to do double duty as a serving bowl, so look for this feature if it’s important to you.
  • Cleaning. Most manufactures advertise their products as being dishwasher safe on the top rack, but in reading numerous reviews, I found there were several complaints about warping in the dishwasher. Consider hand washing instead.

Top Rated Salad Spinner Reviews

Foodal's top rate/best in class badgeOXO Good Grips

This is the #1 best-selling salad spinner on Amazon. Made of BPA-free, food-safe plastic, this 5-quart unit features easy one-handed operation with a patented pump mechanism and brake button.

OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner

It also comes with a soft, non-slip knob that locks down for storage, and a non-slip ring on the wide base keeps the bowl steady while in use. The basket can be used separately as a colander and the elegant, clear bowl is perfect for serving.

The flat lid disassembles for easy cleaning and is convenient for stacking when not in use. Safe for the top rack of the dishwasher, or hand wash. Measures 10.5 x 10.5 x 7”.

What Others Are Saying

As is repeated in many reviews, happy customers love how easy this product is to use with its simple push button mechanism, its versatility and attractive design that allows users to “wash, spin, store and serve,” plus easy cleaning.

The durability of the materials and sturdy construction also get high marks.

On the negative side, most complaints are about a lack of necessary speed to fully dry lettuce, and there are some reports of broken pieces in the plunger mechanism. Read customer reviews now.

Brieftons

This extra-large model is made from food safe, heavy duty BPA-free plastic for safety and durability.

With a very large 7.3-quart capacity, it can still be stored neatly since the handle can be locked down, and the lid can be turned upside down for space friendly stowing.

Brieftons Large 7.3 Quart Salad Spinner

The easy pump mechanism is suitable for people of all ages, and the ergonomic pump handle requires only 2 or 3 pumps to reach its smooth and quiet maximum velocity.

It delivers a frictionless rotating action with an instant stop button, and its centrifugal high-speed technology dries leafy greens in seconds, from kale and spinach to lettuce and dandelion greens. Measures 10 x 10 x 7.5”.

What Others Are Saying

Happy customers like that the pump action is easy on the hands, its large capacity is good for a salad for 6 or more, it’s effective at removing water, and it is easy to store.

The not-so-happy customers report flimsy materials, and a few received a broken product while others report having models that broke after initial use. Read all customer comments on Amazon.

Culina

The Culina model offers robust, quality materials, and BPA-free plastic in three parts: a clear bowl, slotted basket/colander, and tight fitted lid that features an instant stop brake button.

Culina Space Saving 5-Quart Salad Spinner

It removes excess water with fast centrifugal force provided by the non-slip side action hand crank, which has been ergonomically designed for comfort. Great for rinsing and drying greens as well as for serving and storing in the fridge.

Hand washing is recommended for the lid, while the bowl and colander are dishwasher safe. Measures 9 x 10 x 11” and also comes in a smaller 3-quart size.

What Others Are Saying

Happy salad makers like the durability of materials and sturdy feel, as well as its effectiveness at drying lettuce – and many find the hand crank preferable to a push-button model, as it’s efficient and easy to use.

Complaints center on the mechanism breaking after some use, and its bulky size for storage in the fridge and cupboard. Check it out on Amazon now.

Zyliss

From Zyliss, this 4-quart model comes with an easy-pull cord and innovative glidewheel for smooth motion, and a consistent, fast rotation resulting in fluffy, dry greens – and it also has quick braking action to stop motion.

Zyliss Easy Spin Large, Green Salad Spinner

The inner basket can be used separately as a colander, and the elegant see-through bowl is useful for serving. It also comes with a see-through lid and non-slip base for stability, and all components are made of BPA-free plastic. Hand washing is recommended. Measures 10 x 10 x 5.5”.

What Others Are Saying

Satisfied customers like the fast spinning action – the more you pull the cord, the faster it goes. It removes water from greens well, is easy to use and clean, and the cord is sturdy with a smooth action.

The main criticisms are about the lid being awkward to clean, and the pull cord not recoiling properly after some use. See it on Amazon now.

Ozeri

The Ozeri Freshspin was designed in Switzerland to deliver frictionless action, with an instant stop button and ergonomic pump handle that requires no more than 2 or 3 pumps to reach its smooth and quiet maximum velocity.

Ozeri BPA-Free FRESHSPIN Salad Spinner and Serving Bowl

The unique two-in-one BPA-free design features a removable colander and bowl that doubles as a food-safe serving dish, with a non-slip base and handle that locks into place for quick storage.

The large colander holds over 4 quarts and the serving bowl up to 5.5 quarts. Measures 11 x 7.5 x 11”.

What Others Are Saying

The majority of reviewers received this product for free in exchange for an unbiased review, so they didn’t actually buy it… But, they like the pump action of the mechanism, and the quality of materials and design. However, many report that the greens are still quite wet after numerous rotations. See all customer reviews on Amazon.

Starfrit

From Starfrit, this 4-quart unit features an ergonomic side handle that turns the basket quickly and easily with a flywheel design, and it has a stop button on the lid for instant braking.

Starfrit Salad Spinner

The colander can be used on its own and the bowl makes for a suitable serving dish. It also has non-slip feet for added stability, is BPA free and food safe, and measures 11.5 x 8.5 x 11”.

What Others Are Saying

Customers who have purchased this model like the easy cranking motion of the side handle, its generous size for drying large amounts of lettuce, fast rotation, and value for the price.

Complaints are that it’s not dishwasher safe, and it will break if dropped on the floor. See more customer comments now.

Prepworks

This unit from Prepworks is a smaller sized salad dryer with a 2.5-quart capacity, ideal for prepping two side salads or one main dish salad. It features a long handle design for easier control, and pour spouts on either side make it suitable for left- or right-handed users.

Prepworks from Progressive International SALL-6 Salad Spinner with Handle, 2.5 Quart

The large knob is designed for comfort, and the basket revolves in either direction. Made of BPA-free plastic, this model measures 11.5 x 9 x 6” and is dishwasher safe.

What Others Are Saying

The positive feedback includes appreciation for the compact size, the substantial centrifugal force and resulting dry greens, smooth and easy action and high quality of materials used – and the handle for extra stability.

Most negative responses center on its small size and lettuce flying if the lid is opened before it stops revolving. See more customer reviews on Amazon now.

Xtraordinary Home Products

This unit from Xtraordinary is another smaller model with a 2-quart load. It features a convenient dressing pour hole located in cover, high speed action, and an extra strong lock-down clip that secures the cover when in use.

Xtraordinary Home Products Mini Salad Spinner

With a contoured knob for ergonomic comfort, you can turn it in either direction and the clear bowl can be used for serving as well. Measures 7 x 8 x 8”.

What Others Are Saying

The satisfied shoppers report that this model has a fast rotation for dry leafy greens, the lock-down feature works well with the high speed of the colander, and its small size is ideal for two people or for drying herbs and sprouts.

Only a few complaints, the most notable being that a screw was too short to keep the inner lid secure when using. Read more about this product now.

Progressive

This 3-quart model of BPA-free plastic collapses to half its size for compact storage, and expands to full size for use. The highly efficient inner basket doubles as a colander, and the bowl can also be used for serving.

Progressive CSS-2 Green Collapsible Salad Spinner – 3 Quart Capacity

The comfortable handle rotates the basket in both directions, and folds flat for convenient storage. To stop, simply squeeze the sides of the basket for easy braking.

The non-skid base keeps it in place when in use, and this unit is dishwasher safe. Measures 10 x 3.5 x 10”.

What Others Are Saying

Those who like this collapsible spinner appreciate its durability and ease of use, and its space saving profile for storing.

However, there were a number of complaints about parts separating after some use. Read more on Amazon now.

Dexas

This model from Dexas combines centrifugal force with the drying action of a centripetal fan, which pulls air in and blows and spins water out.

Dexas Turbo Fan Collapsible Salad Spinner, Natural/Green

It has a large 5-quart capacity, with a vented bowl for drainage and a one touch pushbutton brake to stop rotation.

Collapsible for easy storage, full measurements are 11 x 11 x 4.5”, which telescopes down to 5” for storage. The fan blade assembly under the lid is removable for easy cleaning, and this model is dishwasher safe.

What Others Are Saying

No reviews on Amazon yet (at the time of this writing), but other sites report that it’s adequate for drying salad greens, though not superior to other models.

Other comments point out that because of the vented bowl, you need to spin in the sink or on a towel to catch water, and that the knob is too small, resulting in knuckles scraping on the top of the lid.

And that wraps up our review of 10 of the best salad spinners available today. If you enjoy your salads, or want to eat more leafy greens, this utensil is well worth investing in – it’s great for saving time and serves as a very effective kitchen tool.

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About Lorna Kring

Recently retired as a costume specialist in the TV and film industry, Lorna now enjoys blogging on contemporary lifestyle themes. A bit daft about the garden, she’s particularly obsessed with organic tomatoes and herbs, and delights in breaking bread with family and friends.

42 thoughts on “Salad Spinners: 10 of the Best on the Market

  1. I ONLY buy my salads pre-washed because I find it’s a pain to wash and dry leafy greens, but that does limit my choices and as well I don’t 100% trust that they are washed properly.
    I got some extra Amazon $$ I might try one of these out!
    Great post saved me a lot of time that’s a few hours of good research. Thanks Lorna!

    • Pre-washed salad greens is the way to go jony, but I like my spinner for berries, some home-grown greens in the summer, kale etc. – it’s actually pretty handy and gets used a lot. Glad you found the post helpful!

  2. I am one who loves eating salads. I do wait for the lettuce to drain, it just is important for it to be crispy. That makes this product appealing to me. I have thought of buying one before, but never invested any time in research. I didn’t think it was worth it.

    After reading this post, I see it is worth it. I really like the innovation and design of these models too. I like my appliances to also beautify my kitchen. It is one of those things where you can see the invention is really meant to help you out in the kitchen.

    • For such a simple took, they’re very multi-functional in the kitchen aphil. And some do have cool design features as well as aesthetics.

  3. A friend recently got a great deal on a brand new Kitchen Aid Salad Spinner at a local thrift shop. I won’t be fortunate enough to stumble upon a similar deal, so I thought I’d read this review. I was unaware there was such a variety of salad spinners, or that they functioned in different ways. I do like the looks and sounds of the OXO Good Grips spinner, and I often buy their products, but there are also a few others here I might consider.

    • There is a lot of choices Diane, and some well thought out models at reasonable prices. Not as reasonable as thrift shop prices mind you…

  4. I couldn’t do wothout my salad spinner. It’s only a basic model but the spinner doubles as a serving bowl, which helps cut down on washing up. Without it, I just end up using masses of kitchen roll trying to get all the leaves dry. Spinners make light work of everything.

    • Agreed mb, I received mine as a gift a number of years ago and they’re one of the best time, and paper towel, saving hacks in the kitchen.

    • I never thought of using it as a serving bowl! Now that you mention it mine could be used as a serving bowl as well. Thanks for the tip.

  5. It’s horses for courses but I think most people have moved on from spinners. Stuff in store is a lot cleaner. But I suppose it might be a good gadget for a gardener. Personally I don’t mind a slightly damp salad either.

    • Pre-washed is certainly more convenient, but much more expensive and spinners still seem to be selling well.

  6. I was always weirdly fascinated by salad spinners when I was a child, but I still don’t own one. And I feel like I waste so many paper towels trying to get all my veggies dry, so having one would be incredibly useful to me. I’ve also read that they have many other uses. I like the designs of quite a few of these, so I’d just need to narrow down which is best for my needs.

    • Getting rid of the paper-towel-guilt alone is worth the price, and really quite useful if you eat a lot of raw fruits and veggies.

  7. I didn’t know that salad spinners came from the 70’s. I used to have a salad spinner in the past. It is nice to see that there are other models out there.

    • The basic design hasn’t changed much since then, but compared to the original ones, today’s models are pretty sleek.

  8. I used to have the Zyliss but it got lost when I was moving apartments. I miss my salad spinner. Thanks for the reminder!

  9. So glad you looked into the many MANY brands of spinners that are out there. I have been gardening like a mad person as of late & I noticed that while I am spinning my herbs it’s especially difficult to get at all the grit & dirt. I have the OXO brand & I think I might need to upgrade a tad. I have better luck with my lettuce but the herbs can get so frustrating.

    • I think a little mini device with a fine mesh colander for herbs would be a great idea. As it stands, I wash and spin herbs still on the stem and strip the leaves after they’ve dried a bit – it seems to help.

  10. I used to laugh about salad spinners. I thought they had to be a totally worthless waste of space. One day my daughter bought one, and finally convinced me that they are an awesome kitchen aid. Now I wouldn’t want to be without one! Great article about an underrated product.

    • LOL! I used to think spinners were totally lame too. I probably still wouldn’t have one if I didn’t receive one as a gift… but you’re right icecat, a very underrated tool that I use for many purposes.

    • This is so funny because I used to think the same thing. I’m very basic in the kitchen – not many gadgets. When I first heard about this tool I giggled and thought it would be a waste of money. Wow, was I wrong!

  11. Thank you for this. I have actually been thinking I need a new spinner. The one I have is a hand-me down reject from my mum. I try to spin and the basket keeps falling off the point and it doesn’t really dry anything. So frustrating. Wet salads are not good 🙁

  12. To be perfectly honest the only thing I wash when prepping a salad is the tomatoes. I have never washed the lettuce I just assume it has been washed prior to being placed in cooler for purchase. I know people that wouldn’t think of eating lettuce without washing it. The salad spinners look really helpful for those that do in fact wash produce.

    • Lettuce in clam shells is usually pre-washed, but other varieties only get a rinse from the sprayers in the cooler display. And they get handled a lot between the farm and grocery store as well.

  13. I’m 50 years old and I just discovered this awesome tool last summer of 2014. Really! Where have I been? I’m one of those people who didn’t eat many salads because I hated the prep time as mentioned. And I didn’t like wet lettuce! I was told about these handy gadgets on a popular weight loss site and fell in love with it. I purchased a large size tub so that I could make huge salads at one time.

    Recently, I discovered making salads in a jar. I wash all my goodies, spin, and then add them in a jar layer by layer. I make up about 5 jars with my favorite food items for the week. When it’s time to eat I just grab a jar, pour it in a large bowl, and then add my dressing. So convenient!

    • Spinners are perfect for many larger batches as you do Mama B, and a salad in a jar for the week is a great time saver. And at this time of year, mine gets a good workout rinsing berries as well – I dislike wet berries as much as wet lettuce!

  14. This was my kitchen task as a child in the 90’s that my mother would make me do. She had a hand-crank one and I do not ever remember it breaking. I don’t see her ever use it anymore, and I am sure she does not have that model any longer. There has been a small “anti-lettuce” movement developing because of its high water\low nutrient content, and the fact that it has to be shipped using fossil fuels and takes up valuable farm land. It does make sense even though I love lettuce. I have started to opt for other varieties of leafy greens like arugula and spinach which have more nutrients.
    I’m always worried about buying totally plastic products these days. It seems like everything that is made in Cina these days is designed to break.
    I usually wash pre-washed greens anyway just because.

    • Lettuce still has a place in my salad bowl, although I’m like you and tend to lean more towards the ‘super greens’ these days HF. Might as well get the nutritional benefits too.

      And while it’s true that a lot of plastic products out of China are cheap and disposable, quality seems to depend on the manufacturer’s standards as well. Which is why we like to offer our readers guides where the research leg-work has been done, so they can make informed decisions.

  15. I have never actually used one of these devices at home. I used to have a very low level leadership position at a company that cut, washed and dried romaine to either package or use in salads. Since I was confident enough and how it was handled I would purchase the pre-cut lettuce at times. Other times I would gently blot dry the lettuce with clean towels or paper towels after washing. I may try a home spinner though. We spun romaine in a big machine to dry it where I used to work.

  16. I just read an article about prolonging the life of greens by washing and spinning them. Finding this article was perfect timing since I’m planning to buy one in the near future! Thank you for taking the time to research and compile the top options – you saved me so much work! I also really appreciate that you only included BPA free models! I haven’t decided which one I’ll get, but I feel much more confident about making a decision now!

  17. This is a really good guide to a wonderful appliance. It’s so funny. When Salad Spinners first came out, I remember people laughing at them, and calling them silly and useless. I even remember late night comedians making jokes about them! I was skeptical myself until a couple of years ago when my daughter bought one. She sings its praises and swears she’ll never be without one again! Needless to say, I have been won over. I’m going to study this guide, and decide which one I want.

  18. I remember the jokes icecat, think I made a few myself! I too was skeptical until gifted with one, and now it’s one of my kitchen ‘must-have’s’! Enjoy your new spinner!

  19. I eat a lot of salad, almost every day. But I don’t have a spinner. Is it really necessary? I’ve only heard of them in passing, and now I’m wondering if I should reconsider and invest, but I also worry the time it would save me drying wouldn’t be worth it to clean the spinner after.

    • They’re not necessary TomiLee13, but very handy and convenient. I pooh-poohed them for years, but after using one, it’s now an essential part of my kitchen gear.

  20. Being somebody who normally spins my own salad, I found this to be a good idea. However, I’m still a bit on the fence about buying one.

    I’m pedantic about details and this is no more true than in making a salad. I feel like a salad spinner wouldn’t hold up to my standards, although I would save a lot of time?

    What do you think about it? Should I just get one and then fuss about the details later. Either way, I’m stilling having a lovely bowel of food!

  21. Some of them are surprisingly good Antonr, and versatile for much more than salad greens. I was a late comer to spinners, but glad I converted!

  22. I’ve gone thru two of the progressive salad spinners with the pull cord in less than 18 months. Stay away from the ones with a pull cord as they ultimately fray and break.

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