Best Apple Peelers

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Apple pie, apple sauce, apple cider, apple butter. Storing apples is a great way to enjoy your favorite apple dishes all year long. For most storing methods it helps to peel your apples first. Here are a few of the best apple peelers. The best is the VKP Johnny apple peeler. It cores your apples at the same time and saves your hands with its innovative handle peeling mechanism. 

Best overall

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VKP Johnny Apple Peeler

The best way to peel

This spiralizer apple peeler is the fastest and easiest way to peel apples without putting a lot of strain on your hands. 


  • Quick peeling 
  • Less hand strain 
  • Built to last 


  • Expensive 
  • Bulky 

This apple peeler is large and bulky, but it is built to last and will peel apples very quickly compared to the small handheld ones. The three prongs at the end of this spiralizer hold your apples in place, but also help cut out the center, or core, of your apples. As your apple is held in place, turning the lever moves the blade up against the fruit and turns the apples in just the right way to remove the peel. Your apples will have complete, unbroken peels and you don’t have to worry about slipping or bruising as you work. You will invest more money into this type of peeler, but overall it is a great choice if you peel apples often. 

Best value

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Great Home 3 Peeler Set

Lots included with this peeler set

You can peel more than apples with the Great Home three peeler set. The peelers include a melon baller and a lifetime warranty. 


  • Three peeler set 
  • Stainless steel blades 
  • Covered by a lifetime warranty 


  • Awkward to use at first 
  • Blades difficult to sharpen 

This Great Home set comes with three different handheld peelers with blades for peeling apples and other fruits, vegetables, and cheese. One end of each peeler has a small melon baller and all three come with a lifetime warranty. Each stainless steel blade is an inch long and creates a different peel shape when used. One is for peeling, one is for slicing and one is for Julienne. The U-shaped handles feel more natural in your hand to create less strain on your hands. When done, you can wash these peelers in your dishwasher without a problem. These peelers will need to be sharpened every once in a while, which is tricky because of their shape. Also, be careful when using for the first time as the blades are sharp and will cut you if they slip. 

Best handheld peeler

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KitchenAid Classic Peeler

Stick with a classic

The KitchenAid Classic peeler features a stainless steel blade and a comfortable design. It is dishwasher safe. 


  • Stainless steel blade 
  • Ergonomically design 
  • Dishwasher safe 


  • Doesn't peel quickly 

This is simply a classic peeler for removing the skins of apples and other fruits and vegetables. It doesn’t have a lot of extras, but because it is made by KitchenAid you can be assured it is high quality. The double blade is made from rust-resistant stainless steel and stays in place while in use. The handle and blade are both ergonomically designed for comfort so you won’t need to hold it too tightly as you peel. A plastic blade cover is included to keep the blade clean in between uses, and the whole thing is dishwasher safe. You won’t peel as quickly with this classic peeler as you would with a spiralizer, but it is cost-effective for those on a budget. 

Best swivel peeler

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OXO Good Grips Peeler

A twist on a classic

This apple peeler features a moving blade head to make it easier and softer on your apples as they are peeled. 


  • Swivel blades reduce bruising 
  • Dishwasher safe 


  • Blades dull unevenly 

The OXO Good Grips peeler works like a classic one, but the twin blade head swivels a bit as you peel. This makes it much easier to peel around the curves of your apples and create more of a continuous peel rather than having to break and start again, which also cuts down on possible bruising as you peel. But it also tends to dull the blade quicker and more unevenly. The handle of this peeler is extra-large, which for some users is more comfortable compared to the smaller handles of the standard peelers. The handle has a large hole in it for storing, but OXO doesn’t provide any way to store it using that hole. You will need to get a metal ring or a hook if you don’t want to store this peeler in a kitchen drawer. 

Best Y peeler

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Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler

A different shape for an easy peel

This y-shaped peeler can be used by both right and left-handers. The blade is made of carbon steel and stays sharp longer. 


  • Multi-direction blades 
  • Extra sharp blades 


  • Prone to rust 
  • Not dishwasher safe 

The Kuhn Rikon peeler’s two blades can be easily used to peel apples in two directions instead of just one. It is also a great tool for households with both right-handers and left-handers. The blade is made of carbon steel rather than stainless steel. This keeps the blades sharper longer, but also isn’t as rust-resistant as stainless steel. The handle is designed for comfort as you peel and comes in eight fun colors. This peeler is not dishwasher safe and should be dried quickly after being hand washed. 

The final cut 

There are a lot of peelers on the market and most people tend to grab a classic, handheld style. But the VKP Johnny apple peeler is the best one to get, especially if you peel lots of apples for canning or baking. This peeler is a spiralizer. The prongs at the end keep your apple in place while you turn the handle to move the blade. Peels are made in one single strand and your hands won’t feel the strain of peeling several apples one after another. While the entire peeler is a bit bulky, it is built from stainless steel, so it will last a long time.  

Nikki Johnston
Special Projects Writer

Nikki writes for multiple Future Publishing brands covering topics from antivirus to kitchen appliances to SAS. She has over 15 years of research and writing experience, including eight years of testing and reviewing consumer products. Nikki earned bachelor’s degrees in both English and Political Science with a focus on empirical research. In her spare time, Nikki serves as a member of several school councils and volunteers for a local arts board.