Billing itself as a healthier alternative to carb-heavy spaghetti, comes Vegetti. This handheld device claims you can cut vegetables such as zucchini or carrots into long, thin strips that resemble traditional pasta, but have less calories.
Vegetti is sold by Ontel Products, Inc., based in Fairfield, NJ. They are not BBB Accredited and they currently have a C rating, due to hundreds of complaints within the last 3 years. The website itself is “powered by” Liquid Focus, which is also not BBB Accredited and has an F rating.
How Vegetti Works
Vegetti is a hourglass-shaped device with 12 stainless-steel blades on both ends. You stick in your favorite long-and-thin veggie like a carrot and twist. Essentially, you are “peeling” the vegetable: one end offers thinner strips, and the other thicker. Once cut, it says you can boil like pasta and serve with your favorite sauce as well as make things like salads, garnishes, and hash browns.
Vegetti comes with:
- Vegetti Slicer
- Gourmet Recipe Guide
- Super Slicer (+ S & H)
- 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
Vegetti Pricing, Return, and Shipping
You can order Vegetti for $14.99 plus $6.99 S & H plus $1 “Web Service Fee” for a total of $22.98. If you want the “free” Super Slicer, add $6.99 for S & H for a total of $29.97. If you don’t like the product, return within 30 days (you pay for shipping) and get your money back, minus original S & H and WSF.
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Bottom Line: Is Vegetti a Scam?
First of all - you are not making “spaghetti” with this device. You are merely slicing vegetables to RESEMBLE pasta - you will not be fooled when you take a bite. That said, there is always a case for eating healthier, and this may increase you and your family’s vegetable intake. But because of Vegetti’s high cost and the lousy BBB ratings, it’s not worth it.
Came home from purchasing the Veggetti at Wal-Mart for $14.99, ripped it out of the package, twisted a fresh zucchini from our garden thru it, and Whallah!! It was perfect. I didn't read the directions and didn't really know what I was doing, but it was no-brainer. Put the zucchini in and twist.
Like all the other reviews, the only bad thing about this wonderful little gizmo is the fact that it leaves about a 2 inch stump of your zucchini that you cannot get a grip on to finish twisting it thru. The end cap/pronged "gripper" that comes with this device does not have long enough "teeth" to really get a good grip on the veggie.
Such a shame too, because aside from that, well and the fact that the little silver metal side handles feel really flimsy (but not really a big issue), this product is absolutely phenomenal! Great way to make veggies way more interesting in looks and texture. I'm buying another one from my sister and one for my friend as well!
This thing is great. I use squash/zucchini to make veggetti with this and mix it with my homemade spinach/walnut pesto. I use these vegetables because they most resemble pasta and have little taste. It's amazing. the person who wrote this article wrote: "You are merely slicing vegetables to RESEMBLE pasta - you will not be fooled when you take a bite." That's only something a FAT AMERICAN would say. You can cook a little angel hair pasta to mix with it too if you want the calories/carb intake and it's perfectly delicious.
As for the person whose "father lost a knuckle" - good for him - he didn't follow instructions. You aren't supposed to put your fingers far into it and that is clearly stated in the DIRECTIONS which you probably didn't read. Typical man. I use a fork to twist the end pieces of the vegetables since I am not moronic enough to put my fingers next to the blade.
FYI - I bought this from Bed Bath and Beyond for $14.99
I give this product a lousy review because upon destroying my vegetables by degenerating them into a mushy mess it also managed to take my father's knuckle skin with it. It is also more dangerous cleaning this death trap than a cheese grader, so be careful. I would not recommend this for anyone who wishes to pursue a life free of knuckle scuffs and disappointment.
Works as advertised, very pleased
My mom bought this product a few months ago because she wanted to participate in her own food prep but arthritis in her hands prevented her from cutting veggies with a knife. This product really delivered.
It does leave behind about an inch of vegetable, but this is not a drawback. These are saved to cut up later to steam for omeletes, rice, or add to soups.
Not easy to clean blades, so I bought a cheap toothbrush for this purpose. Now clean up is a breeze.
Terrible Phone Experience
Their automated system takes forever to get through, won't take no for answer, and is pushier than a human. It took over half an hour to get to where it finally completed the Veggetti order, AND it was still trying to sell me all sorts of other junk. (Kind of funny side story: after saying 'No' to additional units or upgrades, it would come right back at me with the same item, but for a lower price or free shipping...!?)
I still got charged an extra $6.99 for something that I didn't want or order, and now I can't get through to them by phone - they keep answering and hanging up. Save yourself the time, money and hassle - buy it from a local store.
I just made my first attempt with my Veggetti using it to add cucumber 'pasta' to my chef's salad.. I love the change in the additional texture of my salad. The cucumber seemed to have way more flavor processed into 'pasta' and served immediately!
Worth the money, very good little device
Ok, I picked up one of these at Bed Bath Beyond over the weekend. I love it.
The best part is they were right next to another brand that looked identical but came in black plastic. The other one was priced at $29.99 but the Vegetti was priced at only $14.99.
The only downside is you end up with about an inch or so of left over of whatever you're cutting that can't be pushed through. Otherwise it's awesome.
A Perfect Healthy (Low Carb) Diet Alternative to Pasta
If you're Type 2 Diabetic or you're a fan of low carb or Paleo cooking and you know how to use vegetables in your recipes, this thing is gold. Look, vegetable "pasta" isn't going to replace a true homemade pasta. The whole idea here is two fold; one, get vegetables into your diet for both that "sensation of being full" and "nutrients"...high density, low calorie.
Zucchini is my vegetable of choice and the whole idea behind this is simple, what vegetable(s) have neutral taste which whatever they're served with one change the overall taste of your meal. My first at bat was using Zucchini for a homemade chicken curry dish and it as my replacement pasta. I look forward to checking my blood sugar shortly...
Type 2s have to eat vegetable if there is any hope of them not having to take insulin via pill or injection. My life just got a whole lot easier.
I love this tool! I bought mine at Walgreens for $14.99. No one can confuse real pasta with Zucchini but if you want to get more veggies in your diet, are gluten free, or eat a raw food diet the Veggetti will be you go to tool!
I was shocked to find how well this little $14 gem worked, and I am thrilled that I can have pasta-like dishes without the calories and sluggishness you get from wheat pastas. For lunch today, I sliced a yellow squash in it, and sautéed the strands with a little olive oil, fresh garlic slices, topped it with a teaspoon of Romano cheese and grated black pepper, and OMG, was it fabulous - at a fraction of the calories of a traditional pasta plate! Last night I did zucchini sautéed in a little olive oil and fresh sliced garlic, a tiny bit of minced sautéed anchovies and a teaspoon of Romano cheese and black ground pepper, and AGAIN so fabulous. Fantastic product, I will never go without it!
This is the best "as seen on TV" we have ever purchased. Never knew how good zucchini "pasta" is. My son and are are having fun Veghetti'ing other foods for salad and sides.