Enjoy lump-free mashed potatoes with the help of these tools.
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Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
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To make creamy mashed potatoes at home that mimic the rich, buttery kind you'd find at your favorite steakhouse or French bistro, there are a few key things to keep in mind: First, make sure you're using the right type of spud (our editors prefer Yukon golds), then get ready to add the hot milk, melted butter, and plenty of salt. But beyond flavor, there's one tool that will help you achieve a batch of luscious lump-free mashed potatoes or mashed sweet potatoes time and time again: a potato masher or ricer. These inexpensive but efficient tools help to break up cooked potatoes and turn them into the decadent purée everyone knows and loves.

The Best Potato Mashers

chefn freshforce potato ricer press
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Potato Ricer Press

For silky smooth mashed potatoes every time, this powerhouse potato ricer is the tool for the job. Cook whole unpeeled potatoes, then press them through the sturdy ricer base, creating streams of thin spuds. It's a larger, bulkier model than most, but the results it creates are well worth the space it'll take up in your drawer.

Shop Now: Chef'n FreshForce Potato Ricer Press, $33.99, amazon.com.

oxo stainless steed food mill
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Food Mill

The hand crank on a traditional food mill helps to break down cooked potatoes to create a creamy texture and consistently sized spuds. The benefit of owning a food mill is that you can also use it for other recipes, such as applesauce, fruit jam, or puréed soup.

Shop Now: OXO Food Mill, $49.99, bedbathandbeyond.com.

bellemain stainless steel potato ricer with interchangeable discs
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Versatile Potato Masher

Do you like to switch up your potatoes between smooth and chunky? This heavy-duty potato ricer comes with three interchangeable discs so you can change the texture based on your current preferences. And with over 1,400 four- and five-star reviews, you it's guaranteed to create a lump-free bowl of mashed potatoes every time.

Shop Now: Bellemain Stainless Steel Potato Ricer with Interchangeable Fineness Discs, $19.95, amazon.com.

sur la table stainless steel mini masher
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Kid-Friendly

Whether you're making a small batch of mashed potatoes or have tiny hands helping you in the kitchen, this petite-sized potato masher is one of the best in its category. It's made entirely of stainless steel, so it's dishwasher safe. And at under $10, what's not to love?

Shop Now: Sur La Table Stainless Steel Mini Masher, $9.95, surlatable.com.

hic harold import the worlds greatest potato masher and ricer
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Stainless Steel

This innovative potato masher features the best of both worlds—a wavy, stainless steel wire masher that breaks up cooked potatoes into manageable pieces, while a perforated ricer turns the lumps into a silky side dish.

Shop Now: The World's Greatest Dual-Action Potato Masher and Ricer, $14.99, amazon.com.

oxo good grips potato masher
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Wire Potato Masher

A classic potato masher, this stainless steel tool features a single wire base and cushioned ergonomic handle that makes mashing a large batch of potatoes simple and pain-free.

Shop Now: OXO Good Grips Potato Masher, $12.99, bedbathandbeyond.com.

williams sonoma prep tool potato masher
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Perforated Potato Masher

With a wide, perforated masher and soft-grip handle, create uniform mashed potatoes with this essential prep tool. It features a one-of-a-kind teardrop-shaped masher, which doubles as a serving spoon.

Shop Now: Williams Sonoma Prep Tools Potato Masher, $34.95, williams-sonoma.com.

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