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Good Spinner With A Design Issue

  • Sep 28, 2011
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 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.

3.6 stars.

~ Kort
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September 28, 2011
I'm OXO all the way over here! :)
September 28, 2011
And I'm not sure what the warranty is on the OXO, but I've had mine for about six years now with no signs of it about to fall apart anytime soon!
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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.

Product Features Model details
  • Three-year limited manufacturer warranty
  • 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
  • Sturdy basket
  • 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

Technical details
  • 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
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