There is a lot to like about the somewhat pricey Leifheit 23200 Signature Salad Spinner. Sturdy design, attractive appearance, effective drying mechanism, a container that doubles as serving bowl, and a mesh cage that can also drain hot pasta. The primary feature is a lawnmower-like pull mechanism that takes a little practice to get the hang of. It isn't intuitive and both of my children (ages 7 and 11) were not able to make it work without overextending the cord. This forced me to rewind it manually by removing the inside lid cover over the pull mechanism; easy enough but a hassle.
The operation of the 23200 is not as idiot proof as OXO's salad spinners' push rotation mechanisms. Where the 23200 has an advantage over the OXO design: the cord is pulled to spin the mesh bowl and as it retracts, it immediately halts the bowl's rotation; dispensing more water from the lettuce. The next pull sends the inner bowl spinning in the opposite direction, and so on. This is a very effective way to dry lettuce, and ours comes out virtually free of water after several pull cycles. The rubber grips on the bottom of the smoke-tinted bowl help keep it in place during this operation, though a firm hand pressing down on the lid is a must. It would have been nice if some English directions were included on the box, but I was able to figure things out fairly easily.
The 23200 Signature Salad Spinner seems well made and comes with a 3 year warranty, but the jerking of the cord mechanism causes me to doubt whether it will last that long. The Leifheit is a German designed product, made in China.
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Leifheit's Comfortline salad spinner has a unique left/right spinning mechanism for gentle cleaning of salad. The spinning mechanism dries the wet salad. The sieve is heat-resistant making it suitable for draining pasta and vegetables. The spinning mechanism is removable for easy cleaning. 3-year warranty. Color: white w/ translucent smoke bowl.
Large capacity allows it to trap all extracted water
The cord pull works automatically in both directions.
Easy to remove plastic cover under the lid.
Well-designed bowl without sharp point in the centre
Highly effective way to dry off salad.
Outer bowl can also be used as a salad bowl.
Hygienic: Underside of the lid can be cleaned.
Basket can also be used to strain hot dishes.
Capacity: 5 litres
EAN: 40 06501 23200 7
Capacity: 5 litres
Items shipped: 1
Features the cord pull works automatically in both directions, plastic cover under the lid, well-designed bowl without sharp point in the centre, sturdy basket Characteristics highly effective way to dry off salad, outer bowl can also be used as a salad bowl, hygienic: underside of the lid can be cleaned, basket can also be used to strain hot dishes, dishwasher-safe Capacity 5 litres Manufacturer's Warranty three years Type Salad Spinner