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Updated: 20 May 2022

Best potato mashers

We tested potato mashers from Dunelm, John Lewis, Lakeland and more, to find out which is the easiest and quickest to use to ensure smooth and creamy mash
Joey Willoughby-Rainsford

The best mash is creamy and smooth, but some mashers require much more time and effort to break down all the lumps of potato or vegetable, and they can be a chore to use and clean.

In December 2021, our researchers tested seven manual potato mashers, along with one electric masher to see how it compares. The manual mashers ranged in price from as little as £2 up to £18, and the electric masher cost £46.

Find out which masher impressed us the most, why you might want to try a potato ricer instead, plus our top tips for making the perfect mashed potato.

Pricing and availability last checked 7 March 2022.


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The best potato mashers from our test

Best Buy: Jamie Oliver Stainless Steel Potato Masher

Cheapest price: £14 available from Dunelm, also available from Amazon.

Height: 28cm

Dishwasher safe: Yes

Pros: Well-designed handle, comfortable grip, range of hole sizes reduces lumps, scraper prevents waste, easy to clean

Cons: No noticeable cons

Our verdict: A very worthy Best Buy, this potato masher from Jamie Oliver’s range of cookware impressed us with its well-designed handle and robust design that offers brilliant mashing power. 

This masher has a range of hole sizes to cut through the potatoes and squash out any lumps. While the mash wasn’t as smooth and lump-free as we could achieve with the electric Masha, it was certainly the best made by the manual mashers.

The rubber grip of the handle is very comfortable to hold, and the design is suitable for those with restricted hand movement as well. See our 'how we tested' section below to read more about how we took restricted hand movement into consideration while testing these potato mashers. 

This masher also has a useful rubber scraper on one side to help you remove any remnants of mash from the bowl.

Best Buy: Oxo Good Grips Smooth Potato Masher

Cheapest price: £14.99 available from Lakeland, John Lewis.

Height: 18cm

Dishwasher safe: Yes

Pros: Well-designed handle, comfortable grip, range of hole sizes reduces lumps, easy to clean 

Cons: Metal sides could scrape your saucepan if you're not careful 

Our verdict: A compact and mighty potato masher from Oxo Good Grips.

The shape of the handle allows you to put more weight and therefore more strength and power into your mashing. The handle is comfortable to hold, thanks to the soft rubber grip.

However, it might be more difficult for people with restricted hand movement to grip

Similar to the Jamie Oliver masher, the Oxo Good Grips masher has a range of hole sizes to create smooth mash.

When using this masher, be careful that its metal sides don't scrape or scratch the inside of your saucepan. We'd advise transferring the potatoes to a bowl before mashing.

How the rest of the potato mashers we tested fared

Here are our verdicts on the other potato mashers we tested, in alphabetical order

Dreamfarm Smood Potato Masher

Dreamfarm Smood Potato Masher

Cheapest price: £17.99 available from Lakeland, also available from Amazon.

Height: 29cm

Dishwasher safe: Yes

Pros: Good design, comfortable grip, scraper prevents waste, easy to clean 

Cons: Tiring to use

Our verdict: This spiral-shaped masher from Dreamfarm took a bit more muscle than the others to use, but did give us some very good mash. 

We liked the design of the handle, which is easy to grip and use, and the rubber scraper which helps to ensure you get every last scrap of mash and avoid scratching your saucepan. 

But this masher needed much more strength than the others to push down. While this would be doable for most people, those with restricted hand movement may struggle to use this masher.

Dunelm Essentials Stainless Steel Masher

Only available at Dunelm: £2.

Height: 24.5cm

Dishwasher safe: Yes

Pros: Easy to clean

Cons: Made lumpy mash, the handle isn't particularly comfortable

Our verdict: This potato masher from Dunelm was the cheapest in our selection, and you can really tell that from the simple design and the way it wobbles slightly when you use it. 

We found that the wavy design left us with lumpy mashed potato after one minute of mashing in our tests. Of course, in your own kitchen, you can mash for as long as you’d like, and so if you have more time to spare you’d end up with better mash.

As with all of the potato mashers in our test, this one was easy to clean. 

The handle was easy to grip for all of our researchers, but it wasn’t the most comfortable to hold.

Lakeland Everyday Potato Masher

Only available at Lakeland: £4.99.

Height: 22cm

Dishwasher safe: Yes

Pros: Comfortable grip, easy to wash

Cons: Prone to bending  

Our verdict: This cheap and cheerful potato masher from Lakeland gets the job done, but the build quality may mean you need a replacement sooner rather than later. 

We noticed this potato masher wobbled a lot when we used it, and the plastic even bent slightly so that the handle was misaligned.

That being said, it did make pretty decent mash that was almost completely lump-free, and it was also easy to clean. 

ProCook Potato Masher

Only available at ProCook: £5.ProCook

Height: 17cm

Dishwasher safe: No

Pros: Well-designed handle, comfortable grip, range of hole sizes reduces lumps, easy to clean 

Cons: Metal sides could scrape your saucepan if you're not careful 

Our verdict: This potato masher from ProCook has a very similar design to the Oxo Good Grips masher, and it has most of the same benefits and issues. 

The design makes it easier for you to put more power into the mashing process, but only if you don’t have restricted hand movement. 

The handle has a soft grip that's comfortable to hold, and the masher has both large and small holes to help create smooth mash. 

We found that the metal edges of this masher can scrape the sides of your saucepan if you're not careful.

Tala Stainless Steel Potato Masher with Nylon Head

Tala Stainless Steel Potato Masher with Nylon Head

Only available at Amazon: £6.08.

Height: 27cm

Dishwasher safe: No

Pros: Easy to clean 

Cons: Slippery handle, plastic bends, masher comes off and the plastic underneath is sharp 

Our verdict: We weren't very impressed with this potato masher from Tala and we think there are better options available. 

The stainless steel handle gets slippery easily, and the plastic part of the masher bends when you press down. 

We also found the masher’s head comes off, which isn't necessarily a bad thing and can make it easier to clean, but the plastic beneath the masher was very sharp on the model we purchased. 

There is also the possibility that over time this joint could warp or break and leave you with a lump of plastic in your mash.

We were able to make decent mash with this masher though.

Is it worth getting an electric masher?

It really depends on your needs, but our researchers found that people with restricted hand movement or who tire more quickly may benefit from an electric potato masher. 

Of course, it's great for those who can't wait for silky-smooth mash either, and it can also be used to puree vegetables and make dips - for example, houmous or guacamole. 

Masha Electric Potato Masher

Cheapest price: £40.64 available from Amazon, also available from Argos,  Currys, Lakeland.

Height: 30cm

Dishwasher safe: Yes for the detachable parts

Pros: Makes mash fast, makes lump-free and smooth mash, comfortable handle 

Cons: If used for too long the mash goes elastic, you have to keep the button pressed to use it 

Our verdict: Expensive compared with manual mashers, but could be useful for those with restricted hand movement.

This electric potato masher is essentially a hand-held blender and it was easy to use and delivered lump-free but slightly elastic mash. 

It works very fast, and you should be careful not to overmash with it, as the potatoes can easily become rubbery. We found that you’d need a minute or two for manual mashers, but the Masha does the job in around 20 to 30 seconds depending on the portion size. 

The Masha comes with two sets of plastic blades that go into the end of the masher. One blade is for mash, and the other is for making meringues, cake batter or whipped cream.

With more parts comes more cleaning, and the Masha was the hardest to clean of the potato mashers we tested. That’s not to say it was that hard to clean though - just trickier than the others. 

You need to keep pressing the button to keep the Masha in operation, which is the same design as on most stick-blenders. This was fine for people with flexible hands and fingers, but those with restricted hand movement could find this more difficult.

What's a potato ricer?

potato ricer

Instead of a masher, you could try using a potato ricer to make your mash. 

It's popular among chefs, and the process involves forcing potatoes and other foods through a sheet of small holes that are normally the size of a grain of rice. 

It's similar to a garlic press, only bigger.

Some believe a ricer delivers fluffier and smoother mash, but if you're adding extras such as herbs or cheese to your mash then a traditional potato masher should be your utensil of choice. 

How to make perfect mashed potatoes

mashed potatoes

Here are a few of our top tips to make the perfect mash:

  • Use peeled Maris Piper potatoes chopped into regular chunks.
  • Boil in salted water. 
  • Don't overboil. Boil your potatoes for between 15 and 20 minutes, but only add to the water once it's boiling. Use a fork to check how tender the potato is from about 10 minutes on. When the texture is right, take them off the heat.
  • Once boiled, drain the potatoes and leave them to steam dry for a couple of minutes. 
  • Add butter, milk, salt and pepper to the mixture once the potatoes are almost smooth. Then mash again until smooth, adding a splash more milk to loosen if needed. 
  • Taste while mashing to make sure it's seasoned to your liking.

How to upgrade your mashed potatoes

mashing potato

Melted cheese and mashed potato go together well, or you could be a bit more adventurous and try one of these interesting combinations:

  • Parsnips, swedes and carrots: For something a little sweet try adding boiled root vegetables to your potatoes and mash them all together.
  • Mustard powder: A teaspoon of yellow mustard powder can add a delicious kick to your mash.
  • Rosemary, chives and thyme: You could add just one herb or combination. This is best tried with finely chopped fresh herbs.
  • Smoked garlic: For a delicious twist, blend some smoked garlic into a purée and then mix it into your mashed potato.

How we tested potato mashers

mashing potato with cambridge glove

To bring you these results we completed the following series of tests:

Build quality

We looked at the build quality of each of the potato mashers. 

We checked the mashers for the quality of their welds and joints and looked for any manufacturing flaws or any other problems. 

The best potato mashers were both well designed and in perfect condition. Some of the worst were flimsy or appeared brittle and cheaply made.

Ease of use

First we used the potato mashers with our dominant hands, and then we used them while wearing the Cambridge simulation gloves.

These gloves limit the movement of the hand, so we can assess how easy the mashers are to use if you have restricted hand movement.

Each masher was used for one minute to mash two large boiled potatoes with a tablespoon of crème fraiche. We recorded how easy each was to use and how much effort it took with and without the gloves.

Texture of mash

We inspected each portion of mash we had made for lumps. The smoother and more lump-free the mash, the better the masher had done.

Cleaning

After each of the mashers had been used we washed them. 

Most of the potato mashers were easy to wash. 

Durability

After all other tests had been completed, we examined all of the potato mashers again and checked them for any signs of damage or bending. 

There's no point in investing in a flimsy masher that will bend or snap after a few uses.

How we choose the potato mashers we included in our test

To be included in our selection, we had following criteria:

  • We could only include one potato masher per brand.
  • The potato mashers needed to be sold by at least one major UK retailer.

To ensure our results were as unbiased and objective as possible, we bought all of the items we tested.