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. Okayyyyyyyy but you're also kind of throwing Amazon under the bus here instead of the manufacturer of the knock off spiralizer, Spiralizer. Just like Paderno is one brand, Spiralizer is too, so you ought to be blaming them, not Amazon, in all of the images in the blog post. Until Amazon comes out with their own AmazonBasics spiralizer, which is Amazon's brand, Amazon itself is just a marketplace for sellers, which you use as well. (That being said, I have the Paderno and one day plan to upgrade to the official Inspiralizer! Almost did for that special green one!)
    • I purchased the Paderno on from William Sonoma a few years ago, but when I saw yours- in bright green come up on QVC at a discounted price, I had to upgrade and let me tell you, there is no comparison...yours is truly the best. The Paderno got passed on.
    • I purchased the Paderno on from William Sonoma a few years ago, but when I saw yours- in bright green come up on QVC at a discounted price, I had to upgrade and let me tell you, there is no comparison...yours is truly the best. The Paderno got passed on.
  2. Anything with a new veggie I haven't spiralized before like kohrabi and beet
  3. Wow! Thank you for explaining the difference! I got sucked into the Spiralizer on Amazon mistake because it showed your books and I thought I was buying yours. I enjoy your recipes and posts. I own both of your books. Would love to own the real thing. I cannot get butternut squash to spiralize with the Spiralizer. ?
  4. I love zoodles!
  5. I have a Paderno from Williams Sonoma that I've had for year...I do like it but would love to try yours. I love how you don't have to switch the blades on the Inspiralizer. If I won I would try spiralizing a new vegetable I haven't tried yet!
  6. If I am lucky enough to win the Inspiralizer I plan to give it to the other foodie at my office. I have one and I just love it and I know this one will be going to a great home.
  7. I would love to try Butternut Squash noodles!!!
  8. Hi Ali!Thanks so much for clarifying. I still don't have an Inspiralizer and have been dying to get one. I did know which was yours, but wasn't aware of the BIG differences between one and the other! Thanks for sharing the info and all the great recipes you give us every week! Definitely buying an Inspiralizer soon!!!!
  9. If I won, I would definitely try sweet potatoes. I love them already, but want to try them spiralized.
  10. This was so helpful! I have a spiralizer that closely resembles "Amazon's", and it is SO difficult to clean! Plus, it's a pain to store. I've always wondered if the differences between your product and the one I have were enough to warrant ditching the one I have, and I think they are. We are in love with spiralized veggies, and I have even talked some older ladies at the grocery store into looking at your website, rutabagas in tow!
  11. I would love to win the Inspiralizer! I cook most all of my meals, I especially like weekend brunch. I would make a triple hash brown using red, gold and sweet potatoes and then season with my own spice blend. This would save me a lot of prep time! thank you for this wonderful offer,,,, PS, I like my eggs sunny side up ;-)
  12. I am moving to a whole foods plant-based diet so I would probably try spiralizing every vegetable that can be spiralized, especially zucchini, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash ... and beets of course. I could go on and on.
  13. Id make the chicken noodle soup recipe you made
  14. I would like to try celery root - something I wouldn't even consider otherwise.
  15. Suzanne Natafji :
    Hi, Ali! Thanks for all that you do, world-wide, for our spiralizing community, especially your videos , to teach people how to use your Inspiralizer - and how to spiralize in general! I have your 1st book, and that has inspired me to make up a recipe for zucchini bread. I would love to win one of your Inspiralizers to make this bread. Thanks for giving members a chance to win one.Also, thanks for writing this comparison/ contrast between the Inspiralizer and the Spiralizer. I hope that you can create an internal Dropbox or some other internal link and place it in your Amazon ad, so that customers who aren't on this blog will learn what we just did from this post.Best regards.Suzanne
  16. Sharon Miller :
    I would try vegetables I have not tried yet.
  17. I'd make most of the recipes that I do now with the Paderno spiralizer that I currently have as well as branching out with some new ones that I'm sure work well with the Inspiralizer but I haven't had much success with in using the Paderno spiralizer. I've purchased the Inspiralizer as gifts and really want an Inspiralizer for myself so I'm hoping to win this contest!
  18. I would love to try making your turkey bolognese recipe! I think it looks delicious and since my husband and I cut out pasta this would be a wonderful alternative!
  19. Now I know the difference! Thanks for the clarification. Not much kitchen storage so smaller really appeals to me. Love to spiralize veggies!
  20. Alicia Dunable :
    I would love to make sweet potato noodles for my little boy!
  21. Lisa Rothenberg :
    I would l love to spiralize beets for salads, and zucchini for the bikini bolognese. Made it last night but no zucchini- ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!!
  22. Laura Bjornson :
    I really want The Inspiralizer so I can make pho noodles, spiralize cabbage, carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes, daikon, zoodles to name a few.
  23. LENORA FINLEY :
    I would use the inspiralizer to make so many dishes. I just open up your cookbook and pick one whenever I want to make something delicious. I have to say that every recipe that I have tried in your cookbook turns out delicious even though it may not have but a few ingredients the flavor is always amazing. I've been using the spiralizer that I got from Amazon and it works but I'm always cutting my fingers on the blade ouch!
  24. Lots of veggie noodles, to be served raw and cooked! We have an historic inn and my husband is a chef, and everyone LOVES zoodles and curly fries, and basically anything that looks like a noodle! :-)
  25. I would love to include more fresh veggies and fruits into our meals to help reduce heart disease risk and health risks related to my respiratory compromise. I cook every day, but would like to reduce packaged and unhealthy foods. My husband and I are older and need to get extra weight off. I want to keep us together and healthy for many more years.
  26. Love to make your Chicken Sausage and broccoli with zucchini pasta!!!
  27. Carrot rice - my favorite!
  28. I would make the Sweet Potato Fries and also make Sweet Potato string fries....can you tell I like sweet potatoes?
  29. I want to make all of it with the Inspiralizer. A friend made me zoodles and I knew I needed to make them too. I'm trying to follow a Paleo Diet and this would be a great way to add variety to my meals. Will be following your blog.
  30. Ok, so now I'm really confused. I have a "4-blade Spiralizer" made by Paderno Model no. A4982800 which I bought from Williams-Sonoma. Is it yours?
  31. Shrimp Scampi with zucchini noodles of course!
  32. Tricia Roderick :
    I have an Inspiralizer and would love to win one for my vegan niece! She would love it!
  33. Any and all veggies I could use in place of noodles (i.e., beets, zucchini, carrots, etc.)!
  34. I would love to have spiralized veggies and meals every day!
  35. I have a handheld spiralizer and would love to have your product for my daughter and I to share.
  36. Something with apples and dessert!!!!! I have your inspiralize everything cookbook, but don't have the inspiralizer! Would love to have such a high quality product! :-)
  37. I would love to upgrade!
  38. I need an Inspiralizer. Need! A few years ago I was given some knockoff brand spiralizer basically identical to the one shown here. Yesterday I was trying to spiralize carrots and oh man...it was an epic disaster. It took forever, I could not get it to suction to any surface in my kitchen (including glasstop stove), I had to keep starting and stopping, had to keep readjusting the carrot's positioning, had to keep cleaning out the blade, and ended up with a handful of carrot spirals and the rest was shredded carrot mess. AND because it's a piece of crap and the blades are dull and it's an awkward machine that moves around everywhere when you're trying to use it, I cut my finger, too! So, all that to say I will not be spiralizing again until I have an inspiralizer, and I can't wait to use it on more "difficult" vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, etc. (And that recipe I tested yesterday ended up turning into a carrot ribbon salad haha!)
  39. I need an Inspiralizer. Need! A few years ago I was given some knockoff brand spiralizer basically identical to the one shown here. Yesterday I was trying to spiralize carrots and oh man...it was an epic disaster. It took forever, I could not get it to suction to any surface in my kitchen (including glasstop stove), I had to keep starting and stopping, had to keep readjusting the carrot's positioning, had to keep cleaning out the blade, and ended up with a handful of carrot spirals and the rest was shredded carrot mess. AND because it's a piece of crap and the blades are dull and it's an awkward machine that moves around everywhere when you're trying to use it, I cut my finger, too! So, all that to say I will not be spiralizing again until I have an inspiralizer, and I can't wait to use it on more "difficult" vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, etc. (And that recipe I tested yesterday ended up turning into a carrot ribbon salad haha!)Feel free to delete if this posts more than once, I'm getting a duplicate posting message when leaving the comment but still don't see it. Sorry!
  40. I'll use it to keep spiralizing everything! Love zucchini noodles the most - versatile and satisfying. I'll give my own "other" brand to my mom!
  41. I have purchased both of your books and if I was lucky enough to win your Inspiralizer I would be making all the veggies that just don't seem to work in my hand held veggeti. It is a wrist breaker so I tend to avoid and every month when the checks come I think may e I can get one of yours, but never quite seems to fit the budget so o ward I go. Maybe one day.
  42. Mary Beth Adler :
    I would try something with sweet potatoes if I won an Inspiralizer!
  43. Would love to have the inspiralizer to try to spiralize new veggies, had the paderno but it broke when I tried to do a sweet potato.
    • I found that if I popped the peeled sweet potato in the microwave for a minute (no longer), it would slice easier, and with Ali's Inspiralizer, I don't have to do that....with the cheapie spiralizers it just spun around. The Inspiralizer is the best -
  44. Would love to win this.
  45. My husband and I are learning to eat healthier. We recently finished the Whole 30 diet plan and your recipes were perfect keeping us in compliance. And on top of that delicious. I have purchased both of your books and love the recipes. But I am so bummed....I didn't realize that I had the Amazon Spiralizer until your article. And I agree, it is so frustrating with it slipping and sliding all over the counter when using it. I need and really want the real thing, your inspiralizer.
  46. I would spiralize a harder veggie like carrots and sweet potatoes. I have a different gadget, but it's not strong enough. I really want one that can do it all!
  47. Alexandra Robertson :
    If I won I would use it for sweet potato noodles the most!
  48. Kelsey Heathers :
    I want to make all kinds of noodles from it. Sweet potatoes, squash, carrots... you name it, I want to try it! ?
  49. Wow, This is so informative. I have a spiralizer & now know the difference. I'd love to spiraling butternut squash in an inspiralizer, which I can now not do.
  50. I made the exact mistake you showed! My daughter wanted your inspiralized for Christmas. I went to Amazon as I always do and mistakenly bought the copy machine along with your 2 books! I was so excited when she opened it.....and was so embarrassed and sad when she politely said this is not the original! I quickly corrected my mistake and because the option for a return was no longer available I ended up having to keep the impostor for myself. It didn't take long before I figured out I wanted the original. I went to HSN and ordered it. I don't blame Amazon, I made that mistake.

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