Salad Spinner Materials – Steel or Plastic?

Whether you are a person who likes eating healthy or you just like to enjoy the occasional salad with your meal, salad spinners are great accessories to have in your kitchen. It is far simpler to press a button for the salad to spin instead of having to mix it using a spoon or a fork. Furthermore, these handy little inventions, inspired by the salad gods themselves, will also help to dry your green and leafy veggies so that they will be nice and crisp when they get to your plate. With so much to gain and nothing to lose by having a salad spinner, if you don’t already have one in your kitchen you should definitely be considering it.

One of the choices that you will face when you are shopping around for a salad spinner for your kitchen is what type of material should make up your salad spinner. Most spinners are plastic, but you will also occasionally find some that are made of metals like stainless steel. Those are the two materials most commonly used to make salad spinners – plastic and stainless steel. The plastic ones will sometimes be clear, almost having the look of glass, and sometimes they will be in solid colors.

Plastic Salad Spinners

The most widely used material to make salad spinners is without a doubt plastic. In fact, of the seven spinners that I reviewed there is only one, the OXO Steel Salad Spinner, that is made of stainless steel; even that one has a plastic basket inside its steel bowl. Plastic is a great material for salad spinners because it is lightweight, easy to clean, durable, and cheap.

If you go for a plastic salad spinner be sure to get one that is BPA free, as there is no sense in risking the possibility of having potentially dangerous toxins in your salad spinner. The ones that have clear plastic bowls have the advantage of letting you actually see your veggies inside them and you will be better able to see any dirt that comes off during the spinning process as well.

Stainless Steel Salad Spinners

The problem with plastic is that it can absorb odors and colors that are strong in the foods that you keep in them. A salad spinner that is made of stainless steel, however, will not get discolored by the dark green veggies that you spin in it, even after repeated use. Stainless steel is also a lot more durable that plastic, so if things get intense in your kitchen and you need a spinner that can survive rough treatment, then I would suggest you go with a stainless steel spinner for sure.

And then there is the appearance factor – it can be argued that stainless steel looks better, more sophisticated and expensive than plastic, plus it goes well with almost any décor theme. Whichever of the two materials you end up choosing, make sure that the salad spinner that you get has a non-skid bottom to help keep it in place when you are using it.

So – plastic or steel? The choice is yours; now that you have some more information on the advantages for using each type, you should be able to make a better decision as to which one will serve your needs better.