The Best Potato Ricer – Unbiased Reviews

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While you may believe that you currently have a complete set of kitchen utensils, considering the benefits of purchasing a potato ricer is still a good decision. For many of you reading this, you may have already been thinking about purchasing a potato ricer – you may just not know which one is best or what to look for. On the other hand, some of you may not know what a potato ricer is. Maybe you’ve never even heard of one. Either way, there are a number of great options on the market today, and a potato ricer will prove to be fun, inexpensive, and a great addition to your kitchen.

What is a Potato Ricer?

I would imagine it could be good for the majority of you to gain an understanding of what this utensil actually is. It does not seem to be a popular item in the kitchen of most people. I cannot think of a time when I went to visit someone’s house and they pulled out their potato ricer and started to make dinner. Be that as it may, it is still a utensil that will prove its worth in your kitchen.

A potato ricer is not as it sounds. It does not somehow turn potatoes into rice, as though all of a sudden you have before your eyes a great substitute for the long grain traditional rice so often used. In one sense, it really has nothing to do with rice as you may be thinking.

Primarily a potato ricer is a device that is used to make mashed potatoes. However, these are not your normal mashed potatoes. Typically when making mashed potatoes without a potato ricer, over-mashing and over-mixing occurs, and the potatoes begin to form a dense, compact, and sticky ball. While this conventional way still works and still tastes good, it is not the best way to make them.

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The typical potato ricer is a small device that consists of a small bowl with holes in the bottom and a long handle attached to the side. Another piece contains a solid portion (with a handle as well) that gets pressed into the bowl of the first and pushes out the potatoes through the holes. If any of you have ever played with Play-Doh or have children who do, it closely resembles this children’s toy in which Play-Doh gets pushed through holes to create a spaghetti-like substance.

This way of making mashed potatoes will yield an extremely light and fluffy batch at the end of the mashing process. It will certainly impress both your family and your guests with its unique texture and taste that most have not shared in. However, there is also great diversity in the use of the potato ricer as its practical uses far surpass its name.

  • Baby Food – Some of you may have experienced challenges that can arise in finely mashing foods for your infant baby. With a potato ricer, all you need to do is insert whatever food item you would like into the bowl and force the food through the holes as you would a potato. This will quickly and easily provide you with a puree.
  • Spinach, Kale, Greens – After being cooked, food items like these need to be strained, which can sometimes prove to be stressful and a hassle. Food items such as spinach, kale, and greens can simply be placed into the bowl and strained by applying pressure.
  • Juicer – Another great benefit of the potato ricer is that it can double as a juicer of your favorite fruit items.
  • Guacamole – If any of you are looking for a new and exciting way to make guacamole, you have found it. Experience guacamole-making made easy with the potato ricer.
  • Tomato Sauce – For those of you who enjoy canning or making spaghetti sauce, your potato ricer can double as a great tool in the kitchen to mash tomatoes.
  • Be Creative – While a number of ways to use your potato ricer exist that can be found in this article or by doing your extra research online, it is also important to note the creativity that can be used by its owner. Be creative in how you use it, find foods and ways that are not mentioned, and experiment. I’m sure you’ll come up with some great ideas on your own.

10 Great Potato Ricer Options Currently on the Market


1. OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Potato Ricer



Here’s both a great looking and durable option for those of interested in a potato ricer. Its stainless steel material adds strength and also longevity of life, while it will accent many other kitchen appliances well with its silver color.

The OXO potato ricer has a great added feature that allows you to be able to fasten it onto a pot or bowl. This will certainly add to its ease of use. This non-slip knob unites the bowl and ricer into what can then be used and handled as one piece.

The handles on this piece are very nicely built and have the user’s comfort in mind. They are built with ergonomically designed non-slip plastic grips. These grips are easy to pull/push and force out whatever material you put into the bowl.

Pros

  • Durable and long lasting stainless-steel design
  • Dishwasher safe
  • 1% of sales goes toward supporting environmental nonprofits

 

Cons

  • Slightly higher priced than most of the ricers on this list
  • Does not come with added bowl straining features

 


2. Deluxe Potato Ricer



Here is a potato ricer that is on the lower end of the pricing spectrum. The lower cost may be due to the plastic body rather than stainless steel. However, at roughly $17, it is a very affordable option.

This ricer comes with two different interchangeable straining options. This will allow you a greater diversity of use for activities such as mashing potatoes, pureeing foods, and juicing fruits.

Another great benefit of this product is that towards the end of the bowl opposite the handles, the manufacturers built in an extended plastic arm. This extended piece consists of teeth or grooves. These grooves will allow you to rest the utensil snuggly on various bowls or pots and will add to its ease of use.

Pros

  • Comes with two interchangeable strainers
  • Extended piece that allows you to rest the strainer on bowls or pots
  • Affordable and competitively priced

 

Cons

  • Plastic material may lead to a decreased life span.
  • Basic design and not a lot of uniqueness/features

 


3. Norpro Deluxe Jumbo Potato Ricer



The Norpro potato ricer is a more expensive option on our list. However, you seemingly get what you pay for. A quick look at the design of it proves that it is different in shape and design from the rest.

Some important points to consider with the Norpro is that it is a larger option and the strainer is deeper and wider than the others on this list. The strainer bowl also allows you to push food through the bottom and all of its sides.

The handle feature is very strongly attached to the strainer bowl and will not break easily. The handle features a non-slip comfortable grip, and the manufacturers clearly had the user in mind as they built it.

Pros

  • Deep and wide strainer bowl that will lead to increased productivity
  • Strainer bowl with holes in the bottom and that cover its sides
  • Strong, sturdy, durable, and easy to use

 

Cons

  • This strainer is a higher-priced strainer on our list
  • Does not attach to bowls or pots but simply rests on them.

 


4. Bellemain Stainless Steel Potato Ricer



A great benefit of this ricer (and one that makes it stand out in a crowd) is the interchangeable strainer pieces that fit into its bowl. Many ricers do not come with this feature or may come with one or two strainers. However, the Bellemain strainer comes with three different strainer options. The fine, coarse, and medium straining options will be sure to add to its diversity of use in your kitchen.

Along with it being a great choice due its diversity of use, you can also expect it to last longer than many other strainers on the market. Its stainless steel design leads to this strainer being a durable option while also creating a rust-resistant utensil that can be used for years to come.

With all the great benefits, you may be wondering what the price is. Actually this ricer is very competitively priced at around $18. The price is lower than most of the utensils on this list and as a result would be great for many.

This piece of equipment also comes with a money-back guarantee.

Pros

  • Competitively priced
  • Strong and built to last
  • Comes with three interchangeable strainers
  • Dishwasher safe

 

Cons

  • The bar that pushes the solid piece of steel into the food appears comparatively thin. A lack of dispersion of force will lead to more difficulty in its use.
  • May not be a good choice if you desire to use it for making large portions.

 


5. TOPHOME Stainless Steel Potato Ricer



As with some of the others, this potato ricer is made with stainless steel and is built to last. The pricing on this item is essentially competitive and finds itself somewhere in the middle on this list.

One of the factors that makes this utensil stand out among the rest is that it is very unique in its design. The manufacturers have seemingly blazed their trail with the design of this ricer, and it has paid off.

The large bowl and design of its handles make this an easy to use option. The handles are long and the dispersed pressure points on the solid steel piece that will mash you food will make it a simple tool to use.

Like some of the others, when you are done using this piece in your kitchen, you can enjoy the benefits it being dishwasher safe.

Pros

  • Affordable and competitively priced
  • Large bowl with built-in strainers
  • Long handles and dispersed pressure on mashing piece make it easy to use

 

Cons

  • This ricer does not come with a piece to fasten to or rest it on a bowl or pot
  • Cannot interchange the strainer piece

 


6. Joseph Helix Potato Ricer



Many of you may know that it is easier to twist a screw into a wall than it is to push a nail into a wall with a hammer. The manufactures of the Helix potato ricer took this into account in this utensil’s design. For the other ricers on our list, the operating procedure consists of a pulling and pushing movement. However, the use of the Helix potato ricer consists of a twisting and turning motion. Simply put your food inside the bowl, put the top piece onto the bottom piece, and then twist to use. This twisting motion will prove to make the process easier on its user.

Another great benefit of this ricer is that it is made from nylon and stainless steel. While not entirely made of steel, it is still a durable piece of equipment and built with customer satisfaction and longevity of life in mind.

Pros

  • Unique twist-and-turn option that will add to it being easier to use
  • Durable and strong
  • Dishwasher safe

 

Cons

  • Priced higher than most of the items on this list
  • The bowl on this piece is relatively smaller than some of the others

 


7. Professional Stainless Steel Potato Ricer



Here’s another option that will prove to be a strong piece of equipment and is also rust resistant due to its being built with stainless steel. Due to the stainless steel look, it will accent other pieces of kitchen equipment well.

Once again, most of the ricers on this list come with only one or two strainer options. The Professional stainless steel potato ricer comes with three (fine, coarse, and medium). This will add to a greater diversity of use and may come in handy when switching from something like mashing potatoes to juicing fruits or pureeing baby food.

While it may not be the cheapest option on the list, it is still very competitively priced in the lower $20 range. Along with a great price, you can be assured that if you do not like it for any reason, you can return it without a hassle.

Pros

  • Affordable and competitively priced
  • Comes with three interchangeable strainer pieces
  • Durable and strong stainless steel material

 

Cons

  • Short handles may lead to this ricer being harder to use
  • While the ricer can be rested on a bowl or pot, it does not seem to have been built with this being as much of a focus like some of the other options

 


8. RSVP International Potato Ricer



Here is an extremely popular and well-rated choice. Its popularity and customer feedback leads to a comfort level in its purchase and will prove to be a wise choice for many. This ricer, while not being made with stainless steel, comes with a durable hard plastic frame.

This device can be easily washed in the dishwasher and will prove to be easy to clean as a result. Another great benefit of the RSVP International ricer is that it comes with both medium and coarse strainer plates. Like some of the others, this will add to its diversity and ability to be used in the kitchen more frequently.

Similar to the design of the Deluxe Potato Ricer on our list, this item comes with a hard plastic arm that extends from the bowl of the ricer and can be rested on the lip of bowls or pots. The arm itself is built with teeth/grooves that will secure it to the bowls or pots as well.

Pros

  • Affordable and comparatively priced
  • Backed by customer satisfaction and popularity
  • Longer handles make it easier to apply force/pressure while squeezing

 

Cons

  • Made with hard plastic and not stainless steel
  • Does not fasten to bowls and pots but rather rests on them

 


9. Stainless Steel Potato Ricer



The name may seem a little odd, but this ricer does not have a brand name available. It also does not currently have any customer ratings. However, this utensil is only about twenty cents more than the cheapest ricer on this list. With that being true, it is worthy of our attention.

Unlike the cheapest potato ricer on our list, this ricer is made entirely out of stainless steel. It is a durable and rust-resistant choice will be sure to last a long time. The handles on it are also shaped nicely, which will aid in its comfortable use and its ease of use.

Having two points of contact from the handle on the solid plate that mashes your foods will allow for easier use as the force will be distributed well. Another great benefit of this ricer is that it can also easily be placed on countertops due to the design of its bowl.

Pros

  • Extremely affordable and competitively priced
  • Durable and rust resistant
  • Handles form a convenient and comfortable grip that will also add to its ease of use

 

Cons

  • Is not dishwasher safe
  • This item is not backed by popularity or customer reviews

 


10. Jamie Oliver Potato Ricer



Here’s a product that is not made with stainless steel but is built to last. The Jamie Oliver potato ricer is very strong and solid while also being easy to use. Two long ergonomically designed handles extend out from the bowl and the pressing plate to make this a great choice for an easy-to-use potato ricer.

Extending out of the back of the bowl opposite of the handles is an arm piece with grooves that will make mashing, juicing, or pureeing into bowls or pots a breeze. Simply set these grooves on the lip of a bowl and squeeze down on the well-designed handles.

The manufacturers seem convinced of their product’s reliability, and as a result they offer a 5-year guarantee.

Pros

  • Dishwasher safe
  • Comes with a 5-year guarantee
  • Design of this item makes it easy to use and reliable

 

Cons

  • The pricing on this item makes it one of the more expensive choices on our list
  • Does not come with interchangeable strainer plates.

 


Buyer’s Guide

Well, there it is… there seems to be a lot to consider. But you may be asking at this point which one seems like the best option. I am not here to decide that for you, as you all will have some different areas to bring into consideration. However, I can help you to sort through some of the fine details.

At the top of the list is that of the pricing of the item. In making a decision, I would imagine all of us take this into consideration. A number of these ricers are around $20, while a few are around $40. Here is a list in order of the top 5 cheapest potato ricers:

1) Deluxe Potato Ricer
2) Stainless Steel Potato Ricer
3) Bellemain Stainless Steel Potato Ricer
4) RSVP International (SPUD) Potato Ricer
5) TOPHOME Stainless Steel Potato Ricer

While that list will guide you to the cheap options, it may not guide you to the best option. Another point of consideration is that of interchangeable strainer plates that will add to a greater diversity of use. Following is a list of the strainers that had either three plates or two plates:

Three plate strainers

1) Bellemain Stainless Steel Potato Ricer
2) Professional Stainless Steel Potato Ricer

Two plate strainers

1) Deluxe Potato Ricer
2) RSVP International (SPUD) Potato Ricer
3) Jamie Oliver Potato Ricer

Although some of these ricers may have multiple strainer plates the question arises, “Is it easy to use?” This is an important point to consider as you evaluate your purchase. Following is a list of ricers that will be easy to use, but which are in no particular order:

1) Jamie Oliver Potato Ricer
2) RSVP International (SPUD) Potato Ricer
3) Joseph Helix Potato Ricer
4) TOPHOME Stainless Steel Potato Ricer
5) Norpro Deluxe Jumbo Potato Ricer
6) OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Potato Ricer

Along with some of these points to consider, it can be helpful as you look for a potato ricer to consider what has been working well for others. Sometimes this can be the best way to gauge if a product will work well for you. However, there are also times that a product simply hasn’t been on the market long enough to get good ratings or possibly has not been advertised as well as another. Nevertheless the following three products are the top three rated potato ricers on our list (while also taking into consideration the number of customer reviews):

1) OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Potato Ricer
2) Joseph Helix Potato Ricer
3) Bellemain Stainless Steel Potato Ricer

Finally, another great benefit of some of these ricers is the ability to either fasten it or rest it on a pot or bowl. This adds to its ease of use and will prove to be a nice feature on your utensil. Following is a list of ricers that can be fastened to pots, and followed by those that can rest on them:

Fastening feature

1) OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Potato Ricer
2) Bellemain Stainless Steel Potato Ricer

Resting feature

1) Deluxe Potato Ricer
2) Norpro Deluxe Jumbo Potato Ricer
3) RSVP International (SPUD) Potato Ricer
4) Jamie Oliver Potato Ricer

While taking all that into consideration, it is important to note that all of these potato ricers have the ability to be put into a dishwasher (apart from the ricer listed that was declared to be an unbranded product). Also keep in mind that if you are looking into purchasing a ricer that is large and can generate a lot in a short amount of time, the Norpro Deluxe Jumbo Potato Ricer would be a good fit for you.

Without being an exhaustive list on the subject, this will be a helpful guide to set you on your way to purchasing just the right potato ricer for you.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully by now you have come to a better understanding of what a potato ricer actually is, why you would benefit from having one in your kitchen, it being a relatively inexpensive purchase, and what to look for as you invest in your own potato ricer. Needless to say, this item may not be up there with some of the other popular kitchen items like pots and pans or a mixing bowl. However, it will prove to be a fun, cost efficient, and unique way to add diversity to your kitchen and to provide meals for yourself, your family, and others.

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