Potato peelers are designed to safely peel the skin off of potatoes and other vegetables.
Peeling any vegetable, especially potatoes, by using only a knife is a mission for failure. Even if you are lucky and don't cut yourself, you are likely to waste half of whatever you are trying to peel.
Potato peelers have been in our kitchens forever. There is a reason for that. These peelers just work, and they have pretty much been the same design for over 100 years. They have been seared into our memories from our grandmothers (or whoever was in charge of your kitchen duty).
If you are going to buy a potato peeler it should last decades.
This type of peeler is so tried and true that as long as you get one from a quality brand, you should be happy and just pick one you like.
The common peeler we use to peel our potatos in America originated as a "Jonas" peeler from Sweden. The company that created the original one (and still makes them today) is called Linden Sweden.
We recommend the Linden Sweden peeler for the quality and long lasting materials they use.
The main improvements to the old type have been mostly to do with the handle. The original design did not have comfort in mind.
The peeler seen throughout this page with the grey handle is from the Linden Sweden company as well.
Other brands such as Oxo, Chef'n and others have their own take on the potato peeler as well.
This utensil is the one you see in the images on this page. It is strong, looks great and has tested well in our trials. This potato peeler is our recommended pick and should last decades.
This is the original Jonas potato peeler that is found in many a kitchen drawer. It is the long lasting and strong peeler. It is still built solidly even now.