Standard potato mashers are generally a bit awkward in terms of sizing. They’re long with broad heads, so storing them in your standard utensil drawer might not be the perfect fit. We recommend keeping a potato masher in a jar or container that houses spoons, basting brushes, or other utensils that are too long for drawers. These tools are generally extremely light, but strong enough to handle the repeated pressure applied when pressing down often with force. Standard potato mashers are most commonly found in 2 distinct models, wave shaped and perforated.

Wave Shaped

Prices last updated on 2021-05-13

As the name implies, the head of these mashers are generally wave shaped, allowing the user control and the ability to rotate the tool to grip round foods and slippery objects. These potato mashers are light weight and best suited for light work; they may struggle with effectiveness when trying to mash a large quantity of products. We recommend making sure that the fruit/vegetable is properly heated up to provide less resistance and stress on the wave shaped masher. Additionally, these mashers tend to be more prone to bending and warping, as they have less surface area and don’t handle tension as well as other models.

Perforated

Prices last updated on 2021-05-12

These potato mashers generally have a wide, circular face with holes in the middle. They handle larger work loads well, and allow for for the user to exert more pressure when crushing. These potato mashers are generally sturdy and durable, and ideal for crushing larger quantities or harder vegetables and roots. These mashers can be slightly more difficult to clean due to the smaller and more numerous holes found on the head of the device.

Potato Ricer

Prices last updated on 2021-05-12

Besides the standard potato mashers mentioned above, models now exists that help to enhance the quality of the mash. These potato mashers are generally handheld, but shaped like a nut cracker, with 2 handles feeding into a masher on the end. These ricers can handle heavy duty fruits and veggies, so you won’t have to use a cutting board or tabletop surface for balance and support. They allow you to take the food of your choice and place it directly in the potato masher, usually in an attached container, and use the force of your hands to crack apart the food.

The end product is generally mashed to perfection and separated into a compartment that can be removed and cleaned separately. They’re easy to use, but generally more expensive than the standard potato masher models. These models are also versatile; generally they come with other features such as potato ricers which allow you to change settings and filters to choose the grade of mashing available. If you’re looking for settings to help make fluffy mashed potatoes, these might be the way to go. While generally more expensive than standard mashers, their versatility and multi-purpose use makes them ideal for professional grade chefs and cooking enthusiasts.

Love hash browns or finely shredded, thin slices of potatoes? These devices are for you.