Does A Salad Spinner Dry A Swimsuit? (I tested it)

If you have spent any time looking for ways to dry a swimsuit fast, you may have come across the “salad spinning” hack for drying a swimsuit quickly.

I feel like I am always waiting for my swimsuits to dry since I swim every day, therefore I went on a mission to find the best and fastest way to dry a swimsuit.

I purchased a salad spinner to test this well-documented method of drying a swimsuit quickly to see if it actually works.

In summary, using a salad spinner to dry a wet swimsuit does not work well. While the salad spinner removes some excess water, I have found that this is nothing remarkable, and the swimsuit is still damp.

Compared to a salad spinner, you can remove the same amount of excess water from a swimsuit by wrapping it in a towel and gently pressing it.

In this article, I will explain what the “salad spinning swimsuit drying method” is, what I did, what I learned, and why I would not recommend this to dry a wet swimsuit.

What Is The Salad Spinning Swimsuit Drying Method?

Drying a swimsuit quickly is a top priority for regular swimmers. We want our swimming gear to be dry for the next time we get to the pool.

Finding a safe, portable, and fast way to dry a wet swimsuit without costing a fortune is tricky and as a result, many “hacks” have appeared online on how to dry a swimsuit quickly.

The most common swimsuit drying hack is the salad spinning method, which involves placing a swimsuit into a salad spinner and, well, spinning!

A salad spinner is essentially a bowl with a lid and a handle. You push the lid downwards, which creates a centrifugal force to spin the contents of the bowl, thus forcing the water out from whatever you have placed inside, be it salad leaves or a swimsuit.

This is a great kitchen item, as you can remove excess water from lettuce and vegetables.

Here is a picture of the salad spinner I purchased:

What I Did To Test The Salad Spinning Method

I placed my wet swimsuit into the spinner, and I followed the instructions I had read online about using a salad spinner to dry a swimsuit.

I spun for around 1 minute. One thing the online tutorials fail to mention is how hard it is to spin a heavy wet swimsuit in a salad spinner! After just 1 minute of spinning, my arm was tired.

At this point, it seemed that a lot of water was coming out of the swimsuit, so I continued to spin.

In the end, I used the salad spinner for 5 consecutive minutes and then stopped.

After 5 minutes of spinning, the salad spinner was no longer removing water. In addition, my arm was exhausted at this point!

The following image shows how much water was removed from the swimsuit after 5 minutes of spinning. It measured around 134ml in total.

The Results Of Dry A Swimsuit With A Salad Spinner

After five minutes of using the salad spinner to dry my swimsuit, my swimsuit was still wet.

In fact, the amount of excess water removed by the salad spinner could just as easily be removed by towel drying the swimsuit.

In conclusion, this is not an effective way to dry a swimsuit, and it is definitely not an option for drying a swimsuit fast.

After using the salad spinner, I still had to air-dry my swimsuit, which can take between 2-9 hours depending on how warm my airing cupboard is.

The extra cost and hard work of trying to use a salad spinner to dry a swimsuit is not worth it. I do not recommend using a salad spinner to dry a swimsuit.

It is really frustrating as this method is promoted as being a great life hack for swimmers, but it isn’t.

How Can I Dry My Swimsuit Fast?

The fastest way to dry a swimsuit fast is to use a dedicated swimsuit dryer which can be found in some gyms. However, this will age your swimsuit with constant use.

The best way to dry a swimsuit is to wrap it in a towel to remove the excess water and gently press it. Then dry the swimsuit flat in a well-ventilated or warm area.

Here is an image of how to roll a swimsuit in a towel to remove the excess water. This method protects the material of the swimsuit while removing excess water.

To learn more about the different ways to dry a swimsuit fast, I have covered this in more detail in this article

How Should You Dry swimsuits?

The best way to dry a swimsuit is to use a combination of methods.

Towel-drying is the most gentle and effective way to remove excess water from the material while air-drying in a warm area will help the suit dry more quickly.

To start, wrap your swimsuit in a towel to remove the excess water, then lay it flat in a warm area or hang it up in a well-ventilated space.

If you are looking for a quick-drying solution, you can use a dedicated swimsuit dryer. However, this will age your swimsuit with frequent use.

Never put your swimsuit into a regular tumble dryer, as this can damage your swimsuit, by reducing its elasticity.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, the salad spinner method of drying a swimsuit is not an effective solution and should be avoided.

The best way to dry your swimsuit quickly and safely is by using a combination of towel-drying and air-drying in a warm area. To preserve the life of your swimsuit, dry it flat in a well-ventilated area.

Using a salad spinner to dry a wet swimsuit is difficult, expensive, frustrating and just not practical.

If you are looking for a more effective way to remove excess water from your swimsuit, I recommend wrapping your swimsuit in a microfibre towel.

I use the Eono Microfibre Towel as it is compact, lightweight and absorbent… everything a salad spinner is not.

Happy swimming!

Emma Moore

Hi, I am Emma, and I am obsessed with all watersports, from swimming to surfing and everything in between. I spend my free time in the water or preparing for my next water travel adventure.

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