Zyliss Salad Spinners
I received this as a Christmas gift and I love it! I've had other salad spinners before, but this one is better. I've had those cheap plastic kinds where you turn the crank to make the basket go round, but the Zyliss spinner is loads better because the outside is constructed of a sturdy plastic. The inner colander part is flimsier but that's to be expected. I've seen the spinners that operate with a push-type mechanism, but there's just something infinitely more satisfying about pulling the handle of the Zyliss. It's sort of like starting an old-fashioned lawn-mower. And you might think that the push-type requires less force but for some reason (the physics escape me) the pull-type is easier to manage. There's also a "stop" button, which is usually standard. Lastly, the Zyliss comes in several different colors: green, orange, red and white. I got the green but the orange seems like it would be equally delicious. It also comes in 2 different sizes. The smaller is perfect for 1 or 2 servings of salad, and the larger will probably dry enough greens for 3-4 servings.
I have this nifty spinner and love it so much. It has a powerful spin but also stays in place on the counter and stops at the touch of a button. I hadn't ever used a spinner before this one but I definitely appreciate the easiness of washing and drying my lettuce now.