Dexas Turbo Fan Salad Spinner-Dryer review:
A Better Salad Spinner Through Physics?
Heavy-duty materials and a large capacity.
The Turbo Fan's main feature—dual-action drying from air intake and centrifugal force—doesn’t dry any better than a standard spinner does. Water leaks out of the vents in the bowl. The handle is uncomfortable.
The same performance as a standard salad spinner, and at the same price, but with a few inconvenient features.
Salad spinners are the example that high school physics teachers trot out to explain centrifugal force: Furiously spin a mass of wet leaves in a basket, and the droplets will fly like pond water from a shaking dog. The Dexas Turbo Fan operates on the principle of centrifugal force–plus: all the droplet-flinging of a standard salad spinner with the drying action of a centripetal fan—a design that allows air to be sucked into the spinner. In theory, the Turbo Fan has dual-drying action, drawing air in to dry wet lettuce as the flying basket drives water out. Dexas doesn't actually claim that the Turbo Fan dries better than a conventional spinner (the packaging merely notes that it provides "100% more air movement than other spinners"), though it's easy to infer that.
Texas-based Dexas has come up with a four-part, 5-quart capacity spinner that looks nice: a heavy-duty white bowl, with a lid that combines lime-green components with a see-through rim. It has a soft-touch brake to stop the spinning, and a vented ring around the rim that draws in air, with four openings at the bottom of the bowl for expelling it. The fanlike blade assembly under the lid removes easily for cleaning, and if everything gets mucky you can toss the bowl and basket in the dishwasher. The Turbo Fan is assembled in the United States.
We dried three items to test the Dexas Turbo Fan: delicate baby arugula (to test for bruising); butter lettuce; and—because Dexas says the spinner dries more than salad greens—fresh raspberries. We did the same tests side by side with a conventional OXO Good Grips spinner, giving each load exactly the same number of spins (20).
Baby arugula: Only slight bruising (same as from our conventional spinner), nothing objectionable. After 20 spins, the leaves were mostly dry. Our standard spinner gave identical results. Score: B-.
Butter lettuce: After 20 spins, the leaves emerged mostly dry, with lingering water in folds and hollows, exactly the same as the leaves we dried in a standard spinner. Score: B-.
Raspberries: After 20 spins, they were nice and dry (same results as with our standard spinner) with only two bruised berries (exactly the same as with our standard spinner). Score: A-.
Overall: The Turbo Fan dried the same as a standard spinner that relies solely on centrifugal force. Since it has vents at the bottom of the bowl, it’s less convenient than a standard spinner—we couldn’t fill the bowl with water for washing, and we had to use the spinner in the sink or set it on a kitchen towel to catch escaping water. And the knob is a little too short for us—our knuckles made contact with the lid during spinning.
Photos by Chris Rochelle