Billing itself as a healthier alternative to carb-heavy spaghetti, comes Veggetti. 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.
Veggetti 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 Veggetti Works
Veggetti 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.
Veggetti comes with:
- Veggetti Slicer
- Gourmet Recipe Guide
- Super Slicer (+ S & H)
- 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
Veggetti Pricing, Return, and Shipping
You can order Veggetti 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 Veggetti 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 Veggetti’s high cost and the lousy BBB ratings, it’s not worth it.
Love this product, I use it AT LEAST 3 times a week. It can be a little dangerous (read the directions, be cautions) due to the sharp edges. It leaves a bit of unused veggie that can't be "vegettied" that I just slice up and throw into the dish. For carrots, buy the fattest ones you can or they can slip through. Overall, I haven't found a problem with the product that can't easily be overcome. Benefits definitely outweigh that issues.
Bought this at Bed Bath and Beyond. If it worked well, it's a great invention. But I made zucchini and it mushed it and wasted about half the zucchini. Very hard to use. The little amount of zucchini pasta tasted great because of the way I prepared it. But I was afraid of cutting my hand. The safety piece doesn't grab onto the veggies. I would not recommend it.
Get it cheap and use it a lot...
Get a 5 dollar coupon for Bed Bath and Beyond and the Veggetti will cost you 10 bucks. I bought 3 in the last month for my daughters and for me. We all love it and use are creativity to make delicious nutritious dinners. A great way to add a bunch of needed veggies into your body.
There are some people who cannot use a screwdriver. I would not recommend this item for them. For everybody else it's a 5 star. It adds a special texture that is pleasing to the taste buds even though it's the same veggie.
This little device is so poorly designed. To use anything small-like a carrot, you almost get hand cramps trying to twist the carrot and keep the vegetable pressed against the blade. Not an easy feat. Carrots will break easily-what to do when it's in small pieces? Small=impossible. The strange grabber lid-thing does nothing-it reaches only one-eighth of an inch into the device and, in essence, hangs onto nothing. Device became discolored with the carrot and also was not easy to clean. Impossible to use with anything smaller than 2 inches in diameter. I will send it back for a refund.
I purchased the Vegetti in CVS after my Mom kept raving about it. I thought I had nothing to lose, especially since I had a 30% off coupon, so it only cost me a little over $10.00. The first time I used it, I used a zucchini on the thin side of the Vegetti. I was amazed at how it sliced it up just like pasta! I put it in a pan with a little cooking spray and salt and pepper and cooked it until it was soft. At the same time, I boiled a small amount of angel hair pasta. When it was done, I drained the angel hair and mixed it with the cooked zucchini in a bowl. I added some pasta sauce and grated cheese. I honestly could not believe how good it was! I felt like I was eating a HUGE bowl of pasta for a fraction of the calories. I could not taste the difference between the pasta and the zucchini. I love the Vegetti. It's a great way to get your veggies, eat delicious food, and cut your calories at the same time!
I purchased this somewhat on a whim, thinking that even if I couldn't make squash taste like spaghetti the way they claim, I could make Vietnamese salad, or sharpen really big pencils or whatever.
It's amazing. The squash holds up well to pan frying, it holds up to tomato sauce, and adds a new dimension of texture. I couldn't tell I was eating zucchini instead of pasta after I stir-fried it lightly in olive oil & garlic. I haven't tried boiling it yet but I will... even if it doesn't hold up to that, I'm completely satisfied.
A word of caution- don't stick your fingers into it trying to wring the last bits out of the vegetable stub... or you'll end up with finger stubs. It's sharp in there!
Love it, love it, love it
I was looking for a Gluten Free alternative to pasta. The GF pastas I have tried are not doing it. I just tried it with zucchini and added it to a stew. OMG. How good. The next night I sautéed the spiraled zucchini and lightly sautéed it in oil and garlic. Again, OMG. Will be trying potatoes and carrots this weekend. I agree that there is an inch or so at the end that can't be used, but I can live with that. I found it easy to clean with the accompanying brush. Left the brush out to dry last night and my cat took off with it and hid it. May have to buy her her own brush.
Best little tool in the kitchen
I bought this tool today because I have a friend on an eternal low carb diet. I invited her over to my house for spaghetti with eggplant and I knew she would be resistant until I told her about my plan to make noodles with zucchini. My plan worked and she will be coming over for supper! This tool has saved my social life !
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.