Nothing beats fresh lettuce or greens purchased at the farmers market or grocery store, but unlike their prewashed, packaged counterparts, they need a thorough cleaning and drying before use. That's where owning a salad spinner can come in handy. But, given how many models there are (more than 500 options on Amazon alone!), narrowing your selection down to the very best-rated salad spinners can make it easier to find one that is tried, true, and won't break down after a few uses.
But, there are also some other factors — besides Amazon ratings — to keep in mind as you shop. When it comes to capacity, look for a spinner with a basket that holds between 4 and 6 quarts of greens. Though some brands offer compact spinners, if you’re prepping a lot of greens, you’ll be forced to do multiple batches.
How the salad spins not only impacts how well greens get dried, but can also affect the stability of the bowl. Some models offer a crank style, while others have a pull handle or a pump. Decide which operation you prefer for comfort and ease of use.
Lastly, the most versatile salad spinners have a transparent bowl that doubles as a serving piece so you can bring your freshly washed salad greens straight to the table. And with any kitchen tool, consider the clean-ability and whether it’s dishwasher safe.