Reviewed by Fractals rule from Nevada on Saturday, November 15, 2014
The first time out I wasn't sure exactly how, so you might have to sacrifice a piece of fruit to find out. It is geared towards a medium sized fruit--make sure it's ripe. If you're tackling an expensive large Hawaiian pineapple, this will core and slice the inner part of the fruit--you may still have to surgically remove the outter flesh from the rind (if there's enough to make it worth your while). For the normal sized pineapples coming up from Mexico all winter long that you can pick up at the dollar store this is a really cool gadget. Just cut off the top and screw this thing into it--when you've reached the bottom you're done--cored and sliced fresh pineapple in a few minutes with minimal mess. It's going to be a popular gift to my friends and coworkers---maybe 3 extra isn't enough...
Reviewed by ChicagoWoman from Chicago, IL on Monday, November 10, 2014
Well...maybe this was designed to save time , but after I used it on a regular size pineapple without problem as far as cutting, it left so much behind that I had to spend twice as much time scooping the rest of the fruit from inside the skin.
As a result it was twice the mess, twice the time.
And it doesn't cut nice chunks that can be achieved with a knife . After all that inside is removed it still needs to be cut .
The " spiral" is thin and torn - so again you have to find parts that can be used as chunks /i didn't find any/
I purchase two of them with the intention of giving one to a friend - but I don't think she would be happy with it.
I know I'm disappointed.
Reviewed by MoonKatz from Texas on Monday, October 6, 2014
This makes quick work of a pineapple. Only cut off the top end, which you can grow in a pot to make your own pineapple plant. The juice will stay in the shell unless you also cut off the bottom end, in which case it dumps all over the counter in a big mess. There is some usable pineapple left in the rind with larger pineapples, but if you buy smaller pineapples you'll have less waste. My husband uses this several times a week and it has made his lunch prep really fast and easy. Washing it isn't hard at all, just rinse well and/or toss in the dishwasher.
There are two little "buttons" that you can depress on the top of the center rod. These pop the unit apart for cleaning. If you press them, they may not pop back into the space very easily to reconnect the handle. You can give it a gentle tap on the counter to pop the clip down, or use a small flathead screwdriver to kind of wiggle it down into place. I am concerned that this may be a weak point in the product, but it hasn't caused any issues yet. So far it is performing the job beautifully, and we'll consider this an excellent value for the convenience it gives.