This is my first review, so I would appreciate any thoughts or help.
I received this item free, from another site, in return for an honest opinion. I have had it for several months. This is the first salad spinner I have ever owned, so I have nothing to compare it to. The first one I received, seemed like something was wrong with it, so I contacted the company and they sent me a brand new one free of charge. The second one worked more smoothly.
As you can see there is a container, a basket and a lid. I put my lettuce in the basket, which is in the container and fill with water to thoroughly rinse my greens. I lift the basket out to drain the lettuce and dump the water out of the container. I then replace the basket and put on the lid. The lever on top, goes up and down and spin dries your lettuce. I usually spin for a few seconds, and then dump the water that has collected in the container, and then spin again. I feel much safer rinsing my lettuce then using it right out of the bag. When I first got this, I thought it would be great to rinse berries, grapes, etc., but those items are too heavy for it to spin correctly, so stick with lettuce.
Just last week, something happened to my spinning mechanism. It is all plastic, so I think something happened to a gear. I don't know if I didn't have the lid on correctly or not, but it is now a little harder to spin and gets stuck in the down and locked position. I can still use it, but I think this would be much better with metal gears. I hate to contact the company again, as I did receive it for free. I will probably buy another when I can no longer use this one, but might look into other salad spinner brands.
All in all, I did love this spinner, and give it 3 stars, just because of the gear issue.
Thanks for reading and please comment to let me know what you think.