A potato ricer can take a pot of inconsistently shaped spuds and turn them into smooth, fluffy mashed potatoes. Every ricer we’ve tried over the years has gotten the job done; the difference is in just how easy or difficult it was for the cook. Some models require a considerable amount of brute force. Our favorite offers effortless potato pressing.
Gadget name: RSVP International Potato Ricer
It looks like: A plastic, rectangular garlic press, which is no coincidence—they work virtually the same way.
How it’s supposed to work: You put the cooked potatoes in a hopper and squeeze the handles to force the spuds through a perforated disk.
How we tested it: We headed into the kitchen and whipped up some fluffy mashed potatoes.
How it actually works: The rectangular plunger remains level with its rectangular hopper throughout the process, which keeps the potatoes neatly under the plunger during the entire process, for more efficient ricing and easier squeezing.
Good to know: Its interchangeable disks neatly produce a range of fine to coarse textures.
My favorite part: A sturdy hook allows you to rest the ricer securely on a pot rim, which frees up your hands for spooning more potatoes into the hopper.
Overall: This product won our potato ricer testing several years ago, and after pitting it against new models, we’re pleased to conclude it’s still the best ricer out there.