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Jul 14, 2010 01:32 PM

Good collapsible salad spinner?

Anyone know of one?

I got the Progressive CSS-1 but found it has really serious design flaws. For one thing, the fiber cord on mine has frayed so badly that it will no longer contract and, consequently, won't wind up or spin any longer. Secondly, the cord got such an exhausting and, ultimately, punishing workout because the collapsible silicone sides of the inner basket didn't have any vents. There were vents on the flat bottom and about 3/4" up the side and again at the very top (where they are virtually useless) but NONE on the sides where all the centrifugal force should be expelling the water.

I have a conventional OXO salad spinner but I'm really looking to ditch it for something that doesn't take up as much space.

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  1. I don't know if there is such a product, but you may have to resort to using a pillow case, going outside, and spinning it around until you get your greens dry. A pillow case is very nice and collapsible.

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    1. re: smkit

      Yes. But a pillow case is too tightly woven. Maybe a laundry net is better. It is plastic made, so it won't absorb water and it is loosely woven.

      I suppose you can throw it in the washer in the dry cycle to spin the water out.

      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

        Even better idea with the bag variation chem, but when all is said and done, I will be sticking to my clunky but elegant Guzzini. Winter is too long here to spin salad outdoors.

        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          Yes, I guess you guys are right. That's another approach altogether and a completely effective one I had forgotten at that! Reminds me of the collapsible wire mesh baskets we used to use. Forgot about them.

      2. I am not too sure about collapsible anything. I had some time to kill at Costco so I played around with a collapsible colander they were selling. That thing would not open up! As soon as I pulled one side open, the other side would collapse. Very annoying. I finally got it all open but only after a few minutes of playing with it.

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        1. re: pdxgastro

          Yeah, I am not a huge fan of collapsible colanders. Lots of times they can be just as annoying to store (things on top of it) and that is one items that I often run for and need quickly. I also have my concerns about durability as they are by nature flexible and seem as if they would wear much more than something made out of stainless steel or a heavy duty plastic.

          1. re: pdxgastro

            Soo not my experience! I've got a large collapsible colander that has pull-out extensions that suspend it on the sink. LOVE the damned thing! Love it both for loading it up with a ton of salted eggplant and zucchini draining for ratatouille (how I broke the salad spinner as it turns out) and love it for flattening out to about 1" deep.

            IF you have a mind to give the concept a try some day, I recommend this one that's made, ironically given my complaint about the salad spinner, by Progressive. One pic is freestanding on my counter. The other is suspended in my black sink. I put a link to some other reviews at the end too. It's an excellent product, I think, and I'm happy to add that as balance for my criticism of the salad spinner.

            I also have a collapsible strainer with nice big holes for things like letting tomato juices and seeds drain off the flesh. Love it too.

            These things may take a bit of conscious handling to expand and to collapse again, but I find them very stable once in either position. And I've been giving both of them workouts for well more than a year with no signs of them failing in any way.


            1. re: rainey

              Well, I am always open to trying new things -- especially in the kitchen. Thanks for the info and pictures.

          2. It's been 6 weeks since I sent those pix to Progressive and, I'm sorry to say, they haven't even responded.

            Besides this badly designed products they have some good ones. But it will be hard to consider them knowing now that they do not support their products or their consumers.

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            1. re: rainey

              That's too bad. I have a few Progressive products, and all them still function pretty well BUT all of them also are deficient in some way. They are close to good products, but just fall short in some way -- and poor service doesn't help at all.