Potato chips are a guilty pleasure, and deep-frying your own at home just adds an oily mess to the equation. So when we spotted a gadget that promised to turn vegetables and fruit into crisp chips in the microwave—without any oil—we were intrigued.
Gadget name: Topchips Chips Maker
It looks like: This two-part gadget comes with a mandoline-style slicer (complete with hand-guard to keep your fingers away from the blade) and a perforated, microwaveable disk that holds 15 to 20 chips.
How it’s supposed to work: Just place thin rounds of potato, sweet potato, carrot, or apple in a single layer on the silicone tray, and microwave for the recommended amount of time, based on the food and your microwave’s wattage. Just minutes later, you should be left with oil-free crisps.
How it actually works: The included slicer nimbly produced wafer-thin slices, and we were pleasantly surprised by the microwaved product: crisp, fat-free chips.
Good to know: The Topchips slicer turns out chips of the perfect thickness; our chips sliced with a traditional mandoline were slightly thicker, with a bit less crunch.
My favorite part: While we got similar results by spritzing potato slices with vegetable oil spray and microwaving them on a plate, the advantage of the Topchips product is quantity: You can stack up to three trays (a set of two additional trays is available for $19.99) to make more chips even faster.
Overall: Crispy, crunchy chips minus the greasy hands? We’re in.