Make quick work of any mash.
Potato mashers may seem like kitschy, one-use products, but they're actually the secret to making soft, melt-in-your-mouth potatoes that aren't sticky. Some can double as a meat tenderizer and pound chicken cutlets to make mouth-watering chicken breasts and can mix up egg salad, guacamole, hummus, baby food, pie fillings, refried beans and anything else you might reach for a fork for.
Do you need a masher? "Their large heads and long handles make them easier and faster to use than a fork," says Nicole Papantoniou, Senior Testing Editor of the Good Housekeeping Kitchen Appliances Lab. "They also help prevent overworking your potatoes, like a food processor or mixer would, which causes potatoes to get gummy."
In the Good Housekeeping Institute, our experts test hundreds of kitchen products a year, from chef's knives to meat thermometers and hundreds of other kitchen gadgets. We leaned on our expertise and hundreds of hours of categorical testing to round up the best potato mashers you can buy. Though we haven't formally tested potato mashers in the Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab, our experts weighed in on what makes a great masher, considering things from each masher's construction to its ease of cleaning and special features to make mashing any number of foods easier.