What is the difference between the Inspiralizer and the Spiralizer?

What is the difference between the Inspiralizer and the Spiralizer?

After perhaps the 1,000-th time I’ve received an e-mail from a frustrated “customer” chewing me out for not being able to replace their “lost spiralizer blades” or not delivering upon the promise of a free julienne peeler I “promised to send upon purchase,” I couldn’t take it anymore and had to address it on this blog. So, I apologize for those who were expecting a #livinginspiralized post today, I’ll resume next week!

I’m just so tired of getting nasty e-mails from “customers” telling me that “Inspiralized sells junk” or that we have “horrible customer service” and that we “never pick up our help line listed on the sheet included with the spiralizer.”

Why am I tired of this?

Well, because all of these e-mails are from confused spiralizer users who purchased a cheap spiralizer on Amazon and figured I had something to do with it because of my name “Inspiralized” or unfortunately, they thought they were ordering the Inspiralizer.

We don’t have losable blades because they’re all contained within the Inspiralizer, we don’t promise to send any julienne peelers (we don’t do gimmicks), and we don’t even have a help line nor do we have a sheet included, just a thorough 12 page manual. And, we pride ourselves in our customer service, it’s what we focus on all day!

Today, once and for all, I’m clarifying – what the Inspiralizer is and what a “spiralizer” is. And giving away an Inspiralizer!

What is “the” spiralizer?

First, let’s talk about the spiralizer.

First off, the word “spiralizer” is like blender. There is not ONE blender, there are many types of blenders. That is the same case for the spiralizer – there are many types of spiralizers. I sell one type: the Inspiralizer. It’s the best!

The person/company that sells “The Spiralizer” on Amazon just was savvy, saw the trend, and trademarked the word “spiralizer” before it was well known (like the word blender) so that they could be a top seller on Amazon. Their entire business is on Amazon.

However, there is not one “Spiralizer.” The person who sells “the Spiralizer” on Amazon wasn’t even one of the original “brands” of spiralizers, they popped up about 1 year and 2 months ago. There are many spiralizers out there. On Amazon, there are a lot of individual sellers selling very cheaply made “knock-offs” of some of the original spiralizer brands, like Paderno and Benriner. Then, there are bigger brands, like Cuisinart, OXO, and KitchenAid, selling their own (which, are definitely better quality than what you’ll find on Amazon.)

As far as the Internet is concerned, back in 2013 when I started this blog, the spiralizer was originally used in the raw vegan circles. If you’ve ever heard me share my story about how I started Inspiralized, you know that when I looked online, I searched “spiralizer recipes” and only about 3 recipes popped up, and they were all raw vegan. There were 2 or 3 spiralizers on the marketplace, the Paderno and the Benriner.

Actually, when I first started Inspiralized, I was using the Paderno 3-blade spiralizer. A few months later, I realized that the Paderno wasn’t doing what I wanted it to do: suction well, spiralize tough veggies like butternut squash without issues, fit compactly in my cabinets, be safe, clean easily, and of course, be easier to change between blades (I hated those clunky changeable blade cartridges!)

So, I set off to design and create my own, which became the Inspiralizer. Since March 2015, this has been the spiralizer that I have been using – I created it to be my “perfect spiralizer,” making improvements on all of the issues I had with the spiralizer I used to use. I upgraded myself!

So what’s the confusion?

Many people go on Amazon to purchase the spiralizer and they type in “spiralizer” or “Inspiralizer” and because everything is white plastic, they all look the same, and one is literally called “The Spiralizer.” Tricky! Now, I’ve included my logo above my product in my product listing on Amazon so people will know that they’re buying the real-deal Inspiralizer.

Also, Amazon often pairs my cookbooks with another spiralizer listing on Amazon, which can be confusing, because it looks like that spiralizer is part of the Inspiralized brand. For example:

This is very, very wrong! The only product I sell is the Inspiralizer, Amazon’s algorithm just loads that way.

What’s the difference between the Inspiralizer and the Spiralizer?

I am so, so glad you asked!

Most importantly, if you purchase the Inspiralizer, you’re supporting me, Ali. You’re supporting a young woman trying to build a brand. Not only me, but you’re supporting someone who supports YOU. I don’t want you to just buy the Inspiralizer for a profit, I want you to buy it because I know it’s the best and I want you to join the Inspiralized community. I want to provide you with great customer service, and I want you to have the best spiralizing experience possible! That’s one of the main reasons I wanted my own spiralizer in the first place – I wanted to be proud of the product I was recommending to so many. And I wanted people to love spiralizing as much as I did!

I’m also so bummed when people decide to save $5-$10 only to buy a product that won’t spiralize very well, offers a dead-end “help line” and is just a company that isn’t a real brand and just wants your money. That’s NOT what Inspiralized is about.

The Inspiralizer is smaller and more compact

The difference between sizes is apparent. The Inspiralizer is sleek, compact, and designed to fit in even the smallest of cabinets!

The Inspiralizer has superior vacuum based suction (no unreliable suction cups!)

Probably my biggest gripe with the first spiralizer I was using was the suction. It always came loose – those suction cups just can’t handle the pressure when spiralizing big root veggies, like rutabaga and sweet potatoes! The Inspiralizer slices effortlessly through tough veggies, thanks to the vacuum based suction levers on the bottom!

The Inspiralizer’s blades are changeable with a green knob, no need to change blades manually

There are no clunky blade “cartridges.” When you want to change your noodle shape, all you have to do is just twist a knob! Seriously. You’ll never lose a blade, because it’s impossible! They’re all neatly contained within the Inspiralizer, and conveniently labeled A, B, C, and D and correspond with the recipes here on the blog and in my cookbooks.

versus:

The Inspiralizer’s handle’s teeth are sharper, better for securing to tough veggies

I designed the teeth on the handle to come to a sharp point so that they’ll secure better into the vegetable you’re spiralizing and stay put!

The Inspiralizer comes with a 12 page thorough manual

The Inspiralizer comes with a 12 page thorough manual in the box, but of course, it also comes with a full YouTube channel of tutorials and a welcome video with extra tips. The other spiralizer came with a one-sheeter with small instructions on how to use the product. Also, when we tested the e-mail address on the one sheeter, we never heard back. Also, when we called the “customer service line”, no one picked up and it rang forever. :(

versus:

The Inspiralizer doesn’t make any fake promises or steal content

One of the most common emails I get is, “Where is my julienne peeler?!” because people think I’m the creator of Amazon’s “Spiralizer” brand. So, I’ve never tried to redeem my free julienne peeler, but based on the e-mails I get alone and the note at the bottom that it’s “based on the manufacturer’s discretion,” I’m guessing this is a cheap trick or gimmick.

ALSO, I emailed for my “Free Recipe E-Book” (advertised below) and upon downloading it, it was basically a PDF-ed word document with stolen recipes from some of my favorite food bloggers (including me!). I was shocked, disappointed, and frustrated for my fellow food bloggers.

The Inspiralizer has a smaller central coring blade, reducing veggie waste

Better for securing to small veggies (like carrots) and for reducing veggie waste, I designed the Inspiralizer with a small central coring blade!

The Inspiralizer is much easier to clean

Aside from the smaller central coring blade, the Inspiralizer is designed so that food doesn’t get jammed up in the blades, thus, making it easier to clean!

Do you have any other questions? Let me know and I’ll be happy to answer them in the comments below!

Where can I purchase the Inspiralizer?

Thank you for your support! You can purchase the Inspiralizer one of these ways:

If you decide that the Inspiralizer is not for you, that’s totally okay! All I want in the end is for you to have a satisfying spiralizing experience. You’re still part of the community, we just won’t be able to help you troubleshoot spiralizing issues related to your spiralizer.

Regardless, happy spiralizing!

Inspiralizer Giveaway

We have two giveaways for you today!

For those who decide to purchase the Inspiralizer today, you can win! THREE lucky winners will win a personally signed copies of either of my cookbooks (winner’s choice!) along with an Inspiralized sticker! Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter (all you need is your confirmation # from wherever you purchase from). Open to US addresses only, ends Friday, April 21 at 5pm EST.

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If you just don’t have the budget right now or want to win one for a friend, you can enter below to win an Inspiralizer! Use the widget below to enter to win an Inspiralizer! Open to US addresses only, ends Friday, April 21 at 5pm EST.

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Comments

  1. Jennifer Griffin :
    Sweet and sour pickeled beets!
  2. I am a very senior citizen and was curious about all the spiralizing so I watched a few videos on u tube. Not knowing if I would like it I bought a Veggetti and today I took a container of home made soup from my freezer,heated it in the microwave and spiralized a small piece of zucchini and placed it on top of the soup in mybowl. I was amazed at how it improved my soup. I would love to win an inspiralizer to add to my venture into adding more veggies to my menu. I also purchased a spiralizer cook book to whet my appetite.
  3. We all love zoodles in our family. I have an inspiralizer, so I would love to pass it on to my daughter. Thanks!
  4. I would use the Inspiralizer to make Salmon over Asian zucchini noodles in spicy broth.
  5. carrots! I bought my fakey spiralizer from sur la table and it didn't even have an instruction sheet. I even went back to check the other boxes! :( would love the one you use!
  6. I would love to spiralize a butternut squash. :)
  7. Jennifer Essad :
    I'd make a cold salad with a mix of fresh vegetables. Living in central Florida we're in abundance of vegetables and fruits right now
  8. This was the most helpful guide to the major differences between the two. Because I'll be honest I thought they were the same but clearly they aren't! And CLEARLY the Inspiralizer is by far much better! Really hope I win the giveaway!
  9. I would love to try spiralizing beets and pineapple! Crazy things :)
  10. Michelle Bingham :
    Thank you for the in depth explanation. I hope I win as I cannot afford any extras right now. Thank you.
  11. I was given an Amazon spiralizer even though I already had the Inspiralized version. What a difference. I love my Inspiralizer! The 'other' one got donated... Thank you so much for the giveaway and the blog post.
  12. I still need to try kohrabi...
  13. Butternut squash-my Kitchen aid attachment failed!
  14. River Song Bechtel :
    Pad Thai
  15. I would use it to make your recipes! I have a cheaper model, but have both your books and subscribe to my phone. Just used the link in the grocery store yesterday. Have also give your books to friends. Love your recipes.
  16. Cassandra Brown :
    I love spiralizing, but don't have the "inspiralizer." Think it's time to upgrade for more food fun!
  17. Maribeth Malachowski :
    Beet salad with walnuts and goat cheese!
  18. I would love to use the Inspiralizer to make vegetable noodles. We have a gluten allergy in our family, and it would be such a healthy way to make pasta dishes!
  19. I would inspiralize carrots. I bought a Paderno Spiralizer when I first found your blog, a few years ago, and before your Inspralizer was perfected and produced. I had fun with it, but now I want to try your improved machine. Good post, and clarification.
  20. Thank you for the clarification, I was looking at them, but had no idea they were SO different.. I want to try beets!!!!
  21. Potatoes!! I have another brand of this, and liked it, but the handle is cracking. So glad you offer yours thru amazon now!!
  22. I would use the Inspiralizer to make zoodles. I'd also like to give spiralizing beets and sweet potatoes and try :)
  23. If I won the Inspiralizer, I would use it to make those sweet potato buns! They look awesome and my mom and dad have health issues so they need to stay away from BREAD! But they pitch a fit like little kids hahaha. So I promised them sweet potato buns.
  24. Butternut squash - which really intimidates me but it's so delicious I just want to try it!
  25. If I won the Spirilazer or Cookbook I would give it to my mom who just discovered she has Diabetes. She is wanting to try going to a plant based diet to help not only her but also try to reverse some of my fathers neuropathy that he has from his Diabetic diagnosis. Thanks for all you do Ali
  26. Would love to make some of these healthy and beautiful recipes!
  27. I am IN LOVE with beets! I would start by making the spiralized beet and spinach salad with gorgonzola - that combination is my favorite. Then I would move on to make the vegetarian sweet potato rice & bean chili. I have made so many of these wonderful recipes and honestly have yet to be disappointed. I'm really hoping to gift my sister with one! We cook together all of the time and I have brought mine over to cook. She would LOVE to have one and it would mean sharing in more cooking together even in our own homes when not together. Cooking has always been a big part of my family and she's my best friend.
  28. Zoodles!
  29. I cook for my sis you is cancer survivor... It would enable us to continue with wonderful healthy food. She has beat it with her diet and faith... Thanks for all you do
  30. With summer coming and all fresh vegetables, summer salads will never get boring!
  31. I would make my favorite lo mein that has spiralized zucchini, carrots cabbage, and onions. Spiralizing makes it so fast.
  32. If I was the lucky winner of the Inspiralizer, I would give it to my friend, she loves what I cook using mine and she is on the "weight watcher's journey", as I am.....I share my food with her, but it would be fun to spiralize our food together....she lives across the street and runs a B&B.....
    • Trying to get my kids to eat more vegetables early on and have loved the model when i checked it at Sur LA Table.
  33. Ingrid Garland :
    I am curious as to how one cleans the Inspiralizer, if the blades do not slide out? Surely you can take it apart somehow to clean it--right?
    • The blades are easily accessible for cleaning with a brush. See the second image from the top, showing the end view of both the Inspiralizer and the Spiralizer. Note that the blades are clearly accessible from that side. Now scroll down to the sixth image from the top, illustrating the use of the green blade-selection knob, and you can see how accessible the blades are from the "front" side. Believe me, it takes only moments to run the Inspiralizer under hot water, using a brush to clean the blades and the pusher teeth thoroughly. Let dry in the dish drainer, replace the clear safety guard over the blades, and you're ready to store it away (its 7-5/8" height easily fits into my small apartment-sized cabinet shelves).
      • Ingrid Garland :
        OK. Thank you for taking the time to reply. I have the Paderno model, which I've had for about five years or so (Has it been that long?!?!), and I love it. I have demonstrated it to lots of my friends, and have even won a couple "converts"! I have no real complaints with it, and it shows no signs of wearing out, but if it does I will "upgrade" to an Inspiralizer, I'm sure. :)
  34. I wish I'd known before, I actually thought I bought yours!
  35. question? Does the plastic safety guard snap on the back of the blades or in the front. I have been putting it on in the back, but when reading the comments, I get the idea that it goes on the front?
  36. Ok I sent back thefake Spiralizer and bought yours (but did buy it from Amazon) I am having a terrible time with it adhering to the counter. The vacuum does not seem to work no matter what I do. Please tell me who I can contact for help with this. And what I am doing wrong.
    • Rosalie, when you put the Inspiralizer on the counter, push slightly on the machine and then adhere it to the counter, that will work for you....you have to apply a little pressure to make it work. And, be sure your counter top is clean and dry....
  37. Carol Legedza :
    Where oh where can I buy The Inspiralizer in Canada????
    • How about Amazon Canada? https://www.amazon.ca/Inspiralizer-Vegetable-Spiralizer-Inspiralized-com-Inspiralized/dp/B019351E20/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1493853779&sr=8-3&keywords=inspiralizer
      • Carol legedza :
        I messaged the Inspiralized Facebook page and was told they didn't recommend buying anything being resold on Amazon because it's not being sold directly by them.
      • That sounds rather odd, since Ali herself promotes Amazon sales of her products. This is from the Thursday, June 1 Inspiralized newsletter, verbatim: "Both of my cookbooks are on sale on Amazon! Inspiralize Everything is 40% off (for only $13.24) and Inspiralized is 50% off (for just $9.99!!) Snag them before this random Amazon sale ends!" Those words come right from Ali's mouth. Furthermore, if Amazon Canada is like Amazon US, you have 30 days to return the item. Can't you figure out within 30 days whether the item is what you expected? Just sayin'... ;-)
      • Oh, well, looks like it's moot now. Amazon Canada is now out of stock, so since you didn't purchase it in a timely fashion I suppose that you're out of luck. Sorry 'bout that...
    • Hey I'm just telling you what the response was from the official Spiralized Facebook page regarding items on Amazon Canada. Just sayin...
  38. I purchased the paderno back before you designed your Inspiralizer and then I was given the kitchen aid spiralizer attachment. I was wondering if you had a way for me to know which blades on other spiralizers might compare to the ones you provide in your recipes and cookbook (which I LOVE)?
  39. Jackie Robinson :
    I live in South Africa - do you know how much an Inspiralizer would cost to get it to me in Pietermaritzburg, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa??
  40. I've owned both the Amazon Spiralizer and your Inspirazlier, and yours is so much better! My favorite feature is that it actually secures to the counter and doesn't shuffle around like the Amazon version. I wish I had just bought yours from the get-go.
  41. And you don't ship to Canada? and HSN doesn't ship to Canada? and Amazon.com doesn't ship to canada? and Sur La Table ALSO doesn't ship to Canada? Hmmm...
  42. I purchased my the Inspiralizer thru HSN and only got the 12 page instruction manual in the box but you stated: The Inspiralizer comes with a 12 page thorough manual in the box, but of course, it also comes with a full YouTube channel of tutorials and a welcome video with extra tips. I wish it had the welcome video with extra tips. I'm a senior and need the extra help. Thank you.
    • Ingrid Garland :
      If it says there are YouTube videos, it means you have to get on the Internet (from a phone or PC) and go to www.youtube.com. The videos are on YouTube, not a hard copy tape like the old videotape movies people used to be able to rent. [This is actually better because you can access the videos any time you want and don't need a separate machine (except for your PC or smart phone, of course).] Once you go to YouTube just type in "Inspiralized Channel" in the search bar and it will pop right up. You can then subscribe to her channel and watch spiralizing videos galore. I hope that helps.
  43. Wish I could buy one. They are oi t of stock. :(

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