I initially saw a television programme demonstrating the spiralizer and thought it would be a good addition to the kitchen - being a vegetarian I am always finding ways of spicing up salads. Having read the Amazon reviews I decided to go for this particular item and I am delighted with the results. It is a sturdy bit of kit, sits on the work top very steadily and does exactly what it says it does. Having only had it for a few weeks I have not been through the whole array of vegetables and fruit but it did slice a whole cabbage in about 15 seconds and of course courgettes and carrots are terrific as noodles. Delighted with the product but if anyone knows of a good book to go with it and the types of fruit or vegetables to avoid, I would love to hear from you. Definitely worth a try.