I will carefully fold up the corners, start spinning.
I’m Dan and I’ve been designing kitchen gadgets
for 40 years.
I’m gonna test some salad gadgets
and see if I can find a way to make them better.
Come up a bit here, maybe a little bit more narrow,
flare these up a bit.
These are the products I’m going to test.
The Chef’n Salad Dressing Emulsifier,
the Mueller Austria Premium Quality V-Pro Multi Bladed
Adjustable Mandoline Cheese Vegetable
Slicer, Cutter, Shredder,
the Vegetable and Salad Spinner with Pouring Spout,
the Zyliss Easy Pull Food Processor,
the Brieftons Express food chopper.
Chef’n Salad Dressing Emulsifier,
its purpose in life is to mix oil, vinegar,
and whatever else you wanna add to your dressing,
so it looks like you bought it in a store.
Let’s see how well this works.
Cap off, I’m really curious about this shape.
Welcome to my laboratory.
Vinegar, olive oil, let’s add some time, drop it right in.
Let’s add some pepper, salt, and let’s add some honey.
Or let’s add some honey, okay cap back on,
and let’s give it a squeeze.
And yes, sure seems to be mixing
it up well, mission accomplished.
Squeezing is a little hard than I would have expected,
it takes a little bit of force to do it.
Let’s see how that compares with using something
that you may already have at home,
like for instance, a bottle.
I gotta say it was a little bit easier than squeezing.
In terms of effectiveness on a scale of one to five,
I would give it a three.
It actually does it, it just takes a little more effort
than I would have expected.
Question is, is there any more effective
than a Twist Top Cap?
Let’s try the left handed oil test.
Now this is a test that I do to challenge myself
by making my non-dominant hand slippery.
If you really wanna see how well something works
in your hands, put your hand at a disadvantage.
Let’s see if I can unspin this,
and it worked okay,
although the top wasn’t on very tight I will say.
Now let me try.
Okay, so I’ve gotta say tightening is a bit tricky.
Boy with my left hand, I can push against the lever,
my right hand just wants to spin.
So I can’t get the top on very tight.
When I’m squeezing it, it doesn’t quite wanna stay in place,
I don’t know if you can see that lift in my hand,
I cannot get a third finger around it.
So I feel a little less control, maybe a lot less control.
In terms of usability now, I would give it a two,
because I think with a couple of simple changes,
the problems I’m having now could have been easily resolved.
So let’s think about a redesign.
When you wanna squeeze something hard,
what you really wanna do is get this to land
in the middle segments of your finger,
not on the fingertips.
So the stretch is a little
wider then I would desire.
So I would do something a little differently,
because of where the hinge is placed.
If I really put all four fingers on the lever,
my index finger is doing nothing.
You really wanna press the lever down below
the point where it hinges.
I would see if there is a way to work out this mechanism,
so that all four fingers can be held up top.
Which means the index finger, middle, ring and pinky finger
would all be moving in the direction
that would allow this to pump.
The other thing I would watch
is because the shape of this bottle was spinning
when you try to open this or tighten it.
That’s just very difficult with a slippery hand
to do that.
I would try to make this an oval,
because with an oval, it would be much less prone
to slipping in your hand
when you’re putting the cap on or taking the cap off.
The other thing I would watch is that, as you squeeze this,
because of the angle of this bottle,
my thumb really wants to work its way up.
I would take the skinniest part of the bottle
and raise it closer to the pivot of a lever.
Another feature of this bottle is that,
this bat can lift up, it’s got a,
it looks like silicone gasket here to keep the oil in place
if you wanna just store it as it is in the refrigerator.
It’s a little fuzzy to get your fingers under that spout.
So maybe I would make that just a little more generous.
Come up a bit here.
It’s okay as it is but I think I would enhance
that a little bit, add a little more space.
For a buy rating on a one to five scale,
I would give this a solid two.
It does have an entertainment value,
just needed a little more thinking design wise.
So yeah, I’ll give it a two.
The Mandoline, and it’s got several different attachments.
Its purpose is to slice, dice, julienne.
It does a number of things,
we’re gonna put it through its paces.
Let’s test its effectiveness on these cucumbers.
So I’m gonna start by changing
from this cheese grater attachments, to the slicer.
And this is being a little fussy in wanting to pop out.
Okay, got it.
I’m going to place this back in the empty slot
and put these slicing attachments in place.
I think I’m gonna start by just holding this by hand
and slicing it.
See how those look.
So yeah, it requires holding this thing pretty steady,
that could be the case with any Mandoline,
so I won’t hold that against it.
This comes with an attachments, when you get it little low.
so I’m gonna to cut to the chase
and start with a smaller piece.
So this attachment will slide into some tracks here.
No that just wants to hang up,
we’re not having fun there at all.
Let me try a different technique,
instead of this rounded edge I’m gonna try a flat cut.
So these slices are pretty even.
Seems a little fuzzy,
including the way these attachments
are inserted and extracted, and it sounds kind of cheap too.
Mandoline blades can be sharp,
so you have to be really careful.
But boy, the way your finger gets under here
and wants to pull that out and just doesn’t wanna give,
its not actually feeling pleasant,
it actually kind of hurts.
Now it doesn’t seem to be clicking in.
Boy I don’t think the Austrians at Mueller
got the click science down.
Let’s say God forbid you don’t have
the Mueller Austria V-Pro, let’s try it with a knife.
Felt that went pretty quickly and pretty smoothly.
In terms of effectiveness,
I would give it a solid two and that’s being generous.
So let’s try the Mueller Austria Premium Quality V-Pro
Mandoline slices, shredder, dicer, et cetera,
with a slippery non-dominant hand.
I want to remove the grater that’s in place now.
I gotta tell you that took some work.
This lip is a little on the shallow side,
I am going to start with just the full cucumber.
Yeah, same as before I’m getting very uneven slices,
it’s very thin on one end thick on the other ends.
Use a smaller slice.
So let me try the attachment.
Boy am not feeling super confident.
Okay, I feel that maybe my techniques
is getting a little better,
but boy, it still seemed a little awkward.
I will say what it has going for it
is once you get the technique down,
every slice is consistent.
But you got a little bit of cleanup to do here,
once you’re done as opposed to just use a knife,
not in, and then you have that problem.
In terms of usability, I would rate this a two and a half,
I think there are better mandolines out there,
I’m just not loving it.
I may talk myself down to a two.
Let’s see how I would redesign this.
Boy the way this clicks in and out,
there is just not a good introduction to a product
when you can’t get these pieces out.
Or when you pull them out,
they actually sounds like something just broke.
I would re-engineer that click mechanism
and try to get it to sound better.
That could be a matter of using a better quality plastic,
Of course now I can’t tell which pieces is which.
But if they were marked out here some way,
that would be at least a bit of an improvement.
To start with, let me outline this shape,
and it’s symmetric back and front.
So let me do this as well.
But this can get switched pretty easily,
you only wanna use this Mandoline in one direction,
you wanna go down in the curve,
but also because of the way the blades fit in.
You can see I’m struggling already to get this in.
I think this may be a little bit more narrow,
and a little wider, then symmetric,
so that it clearly only fits one way.
So I would work with that shape.
The other thing I would look at,
is the way this track fits in,
it was just way too fussy before.
I don’t know if you can see this track here,
but it’s a straight shot.
You draw this way, here’s the track part,
here’s the groove.
You wanna try to get it into this middle part,
I think I would flare this up.
That way you have a more forgiving lead in
when you start to get this part into the track.
There’s a rubber piece here and a rubber piece here,
which should act as feet,
but because of the height of this plastic part,
that back foot is not touching the table at all.
So, that seems like somebody’s mistake,
probably the same people who engineered the click.
This piece actually now that I look at it more closely,
seems to pop out,
but the purpose of doing that is pretty unclear to me.
So yeah, I think there are a lot of things
that I would tackle here in a redesign.
I should have probably tell I’m not sure where to start.
As a buy rating, I would give this a one,
I don’t think I would recommend this to anyone.
It’s just too big and bulky and clumsy and cheap feeling.
I would hate to recommend this to someone
and see them again the next week.
Vegetable and Salad Spinner with Pouring Spout.
It knows how to do two things,
it knows how to wash lettuce and it knows how to dry it.
Let’s see how effective it is.
I’m gonna start with some romaine lettuce.
And to begin I’m gonna slice it into
just about one inch pieces.
Let’s filler up and let’s get some water in there
and some water on the table.
Okay, let’s try the wash cycle.
The one thing I’m a little concerned about here already
is that, this looks a little dangerous.
Actually, if you get your finger down there,
and you could certainly get your finger caught,
but let’s pour it out.
Okay that’s done, time to dry, let’s do the dry cycle,
and see what we got.
It seems pretty acceptable.
This lettuce is dry, it’s certainly to a point
where it’s ready to be used.
Imagine in your wildest dreams
that you don’t have a Salad Spinner.
I’m gonna use this bowl on the table,
I would assume you would use a sink to do this.
I don’t know if the spinner is doing any better job
at washing the lettuce than I am doing here.
Of course, if you had a colander,
you would already have it drained.
But I’m gonna try this with the bowl,
I’m gonna lay out the towel,
I’m gonna put my lettuce on the towel,
I will carefully fold up the corners, start spinning.
Whoa, first of all they look much happier going that way.
I do think the Salad Spin is more effective,
but boy as a workaround,
give it a shot, it’s a little more fun.
In terms of a rating for that, I would give it a three,
I wasn’t loving it.
it was a little awkward to spin
and again that hole in the top.
The chances of a pinch accident seem rather high.
I’m gonna try this now, by making my left hand slippery,
but to let us back in, let’s fill it with water.
Whoa, I’m tripping.
Cap back on and let’s give it a spin.
Just hoping my thumb doesn’t slip.
This piece is not feeling well,
the way it’s molded I feel some flash here,
I’ve felt it before too.
I think if I owned this,
I would literally get some sandpaper and smooth this edge
because they did not do it in the manufacturing process.
It takes a little effort to spin this.
In terms of usability, let’s give it a three and a half,
boy it just feels cheap.
Let’s talk about a redesign.
I think to start with,
I would start with a better quality plastic.
You can just tell from the way it’s molded
and parts are rippled,
and it’s just not high quality molding.
This seems relatively breakable,
and I’m sure you’ve had things like this
where these fins break rather easily.
I believe these flip tabs can be redesigned.
And I think the way I would do that
is to flare these up a bit, just a little bit,
just so you have a little bit better chance
of getting your finger under there
without breaking a finger.
My big concern here as mentioned, is this hole.
Boy this just seems so precarious,
and you just don’t wanna get a thumb or a pinky
or any kind of skin in there.
I don’t really see a good reason for this.
It’s possibly there to fill with water
as you’re cleaning it out.
But boy, I think it’s overkill,
or at the very least, they could have used
the same grate here that they use here,
so that you can still get water through the grate,
but your finger doesn’t have a chance of getting in there.
For this hole, I would do a very similar thing.
Just put something there to prevent your finger
from falling in unexpectedly.
Of the handle, it doesn’t feel good when it spins.
As this is spinning, it gets some momentum
and it gets a little bit wobbly,
so you really wanna hold this down.
But the other thing that would help
would be maybe not make this so slippery and smooth
and curvy on this side,
it may help to flare this up a little bit.
So from this angle, and here’s the hole,
so maybe when we shape it in three dimensions,
when this comes up here,
maybe make this a little bit more of a spout
so that it’s a little more accurate when it’s pouring out.
It’s not really the pouring out
though that’s the issue here,
that the issue is actually stabilizing it
with your opposite hand.
I think that this flares up a little bit,
you’d be a little bit better off at stabilizing it.
One of the thought is that I would think
I would make this a little more storable.
Right now you may wanna get rid of this height,
as you store it in the cupboard or draw,
and as you turn around, it just seems a little wobbly.
So it could be designed to invert and be more stable,
so it’s not doing this.
It just needs to be in the thought process
when someone is designing their step.
This is one of its uses, is in storage.
So in terms of a by rating,
I would give it no more than a two.
I think it’s saving grace it probably,
it’s inexpensive compared to some of the other ones,
but that has its drawbacks
and that it’s also very breakable and once it breaks
it’s actually more expensive.
Zyliss, easy pull food process.
Its purpose in life, it’s reason to be
or raise on the extra, is to process food.
Hold on, stand back because you use the same action
on your lawn mower when your grass needs cutting.
So we’re gonna give it a try,
we have a bowl full of shelled pecans.
The blade is already in place,
as am pouring the pecans in, and stand back, let’s go.
Whoa, one pull and boy I feel the power.
So not only is this great exercise,
but boy five or six pulls
and these pecans look pretty evenly chopped.
If I kept going I could have just kept turning it into dust.
I think it is ready for the salad.
Okay, let’s compare the Zyliss Easy Pull Food Processor
to a knife.
In terms of effectiveness on a scale from one to five,
I would give it a five.
More impressive than I expected and boy it’s really quick.
Let’s make my left hand slippery,
I’m going to lift the top
and there’s not a great way to lift the top
with slippery hands.
I’m going to place the blade back where it belongs
and let’s give it a couple of pulls,
Okay this is about what I did last time,
and it is not looking too shabby,
it looks like it’s pretty well crushed.
I did notice a few additional issues with it,
but boy, it wasn’t really an issue of usability.
In terms of usability, I’m not gonna give it a five,
but I would, I guess I would give it a four
in terms of usability.
There were a couple of things
that I think I would recommend on a redesign.
One of them would be an easier way to remove the top.
So in this direction,
where this top comes around like this,
and I’m gonna do the full thing here.
I would come out a little more here,
or put in a shape that’s gonna allow fingers
to get onto here,
so it’s gonna be just a little bit easier to lift.
Another thing I will look into is
why the handle itself is not a problem.
I think just to make it a little more finger friendly,
I think I would give the inside of the handle,
just a little more of a belly.
It really just fits the shape of your fingers
a little better.
Something else I would consider though,
and I noticed this especially when my hands are slippery,
is that, as I’m pulling in one direction,
I really need to stabilize it.
And what’s gonna happen as you’re pulling,
it’s going to wanna tip the entire product forward.
I think I would give this like a bit of a lip
or a tail that comes up.
Still keep the groove for the handle,
but just flare it so that as I’m pulling,
I’ve got something to resist that pull force.
As a buy rating, I would give it a five,
I would recommend it, I would say it’s a keeper.
Brieftons Express Food Chopper,
its purpose is to chop food.
It’s got a three prong blade,
and as I start spinning, spins like a top,
it should need chopping.
Let’s give it a try.
I’m gonna put it in the whole onion.
Let’s see what it does,
if I don’t even bother chopping the onion in half.
Pretty well chopped, it’s very even I’d say.
I think a better technique may have been
to chop those onions in half,
but I just wanted to see what it would do
with a whole onion.
It got through it pretty well.
Okay, so I’ve got two red onions,
we’re gonna go at this with a knife.
I think I would go with the Food Chopper over the knife.
Compared with using a knife,
I would rate the effectiveness at a five
so much less crying involved.
I’m gonna try this again, but this time
I’m going to make my non dominant hand slippery.
Let me open this up, left handed, I’m gonna drop in
the whole onions like I did before.
I am going to push,
and it’s a little hard to get started.
There we go.
Notice I had two hands in there anyway,
I just need the power to get through the full union.
So it takes some work, and because I’m right handed,
I can really feel a little more effort using my left hands,
just I’m not as strong.
That being said, it looks pretty consistent,
and I thought it worked pretty well.
I think we’re okay.
In terms of usability, I don’t think I’ll give it
a five out of five, I think I’ll drop it down
to four and a half.
I don’t think I would recommend it for everyone,
because it does take some work.
And if you are in the kitchen,
and you didn’t have that upper body strength
or the weight to push down on it,
and I think you would wanna get some help.
So let’s think about a redesign
or at least some design updates,
or recommendations on how to improve this design.
I think one of the things I would look into
is the ratio of how fast the blades spin compared to
how hard you have to push.
So if the ratio was a little bit different,
I think it would take a little less effort
to spin those blades,
and you may be able to cut with a little more ease.
I’m not sure you need this excessive speed,
and I think that can be an improvement.
That’s a mechanical improvement
more than a physical design improvement.
And then in terms of
the way it’s chopping, or the way it’s stable,
or the shape of how this fits on,
I think that’s all okay.
I think storage is a little tricky,
so I just don’t think it wants to easily store away.
You can certainly store it like this,
or you can store these two parts separate,
but for storage, this is ends up kind of tall.
I think if anything, I would probably make the lock
a little bit easier.
Whoa, a little bit easier to slide
because it’s just got a couple of ripples here
and I think instead of these very fine ripples,
I’m just gonna draw that part of it here.
I would really go whole hog
and make this thing really pushable side to side.
For a buy rating I would give it
a four and a half, its chops pretty well.
I don’t think it’s for everyone unless you have
the upper body weight or strength to operate it.
And a special bonus, the Evian Cherry Olive Pitter
Okay, guess what,
we’ve got a super secret extra bonus gadget
that we’re going to evaluate.
Let’s see how it works.
I am going to load a olive
and it’s in line, give it a squeeze.
And that was pretty good, the pic came out,
the Olive stayed mostly intact.
Actually, the inside came out a little bit
but still it’s reasonable.
If you’re willing to lose little bits of the olive,
or you’re willing to have these end trails hanging out,
or if you wanna go back and stuff them back in,
I think this is working pretty well.
You could also as an alternative,
go to the section of your supermarket,
go to that bin that has the already pitted olives.
But if you are intent on having olives
with that pits in them when you buy them,
this is working Okay.
So let’s think about a redesign
or at least a design improvement on this.
I’m gonna trace this,
here as this piece this actually comes up
like that and around,
and this looks a little more like this, this flares up.
So the way to hold this would be like this.
And what I’m noticing is that this is a bit of a stretch,
from my thumb to my index finger.
But it’d be great if we can get a few more fingers
involved in the push force and the downward motion.
So instead of a pivot point here,
I would see if we can design a parallel action.
So the top part of it pushes and the fingers
are moving more in a perpendicular direction
as we’re squeezing it.
Now that could be a bit of a tricky mechanism,
but not impossible to design.
For a quick rating on a scale of one to five,
I would give it a three,
because I think it’s okay, i think it does was expected.
Anything that gets you closer to eating a salad
is a good thing.
Let’s see how we did by actually trying the salad.
I’m getting skinnier already.
And I definitely will be using some of these gadgets at home
I’m actually looking forward to it.