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Best Garlic Presses

Updated August 2018
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    We purchase every product we review with our own funds — we never accept anything from product manufacturers.

    Why trust BestReviews?
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We buy all products with our own funds, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers.
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We buy all products with our own funds, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.

    Shopping guide for best garlic presses

    Last Updated August 2018

    If you don’t have the best knife skills – or the most patience – mincing garlic can be quite a chore. First, you have to peel it. Next, you have to crush it; most cooks use the edge of a knife to crush the clove. Then, you have to use that knife to mince the small, uneven garlic into minute slivers. That’s a lot of steps for one little garlic clove. As they say in the infomercials, “There’s got to be a better way!”

    Enter the garlic press. This little contraption allows you to pop in a clove – peel and all – and squeeze a handle. This forces a piston to press the garlic (hence the name) through a grid of tiny holes with the peel left behind. The result is a gooey garlic paste that you can easily pop into a skillet or saucepan, no knife needed.

    Garlic presses have been around for a fairly long time – they’ve been used commonly in both restaurants and home kitchens for decades – so there are plenty out there to choose from. But which one is the best? At BestReviews, you can count on our impartiality, since we never accept free samples from manufacturers. We compile our results by doing our own research, asking the experts, and listening to the people who actually own the products.

    To see our top picks, take a look at the matrix above. To learn how we decided – and why a garlic press might be for you – keep reading.  

    Using a garlic press instead of mincing with a knife will keep your cutting board free of pungent, garlic odor.

    Pressed garlic vs. minced garlic

    If you have a good palate, you might be able to detect a difference in flavor between garlic that has been put through a press and that which has been minced with a knife. Some tastemakers claim that pressing garlic releases more of the clove’s oils for a pleasantly intense flavor. Others claim that minced garlic has a “purer” flavor that’s superior to its pressed counterpart.

    In truth, garlic presses produce more-than-suitable flavor with very little effort. One drawback that critics of garlic presses point to is that they are one-dimensional tools that take up valuable kitchen space. But modern garlic presses are small enough to easily fit into a drawer and hide away amongst your can opener and your microplane.

    It all comes down to personal preference. If you like the taste of minced garlic enough to whip out the knife and do the work, then by all means, have at it. But if you like the flavor of pressed garlic better – or you simply can’t tell much of a difference – then a garlic press is the way to go.

    How a garlic press works

    Almost all garlic presses have the same design. They consist of two handles attached via  a hinge. At the end of one handle is a bin with holes cut into one of its sides. At the end of the other handle is a block, also called a piston, that fits squarely inside the bin when the handles are pressed together and the hinge is closed.

    Using a garlic press couldn’t be easier. First, you open the hinge and place a garlic clove (or cloves) inside the empty bin. Then, you simply squeeze the handles together. The block crushes the garlic in the bin and passes the puree through the holes. Thus, the garlic is broken down and ready for use much faster than if it were minced by hand with a chef’s knife.   

    Garlic press materials

    While most garlic presses have similar builds, they can be made from a variety of materials.

    • Stainless steel

    • Die-cast zinc

    • Aluminum

    • Plastic

    • Wood


    Stainless-steel garlic presses are the most coveted on the market, due in large part to their sturdy construction and unmatched durability. Presses made from die-cast zinc are also durable, but they’re usually a little pricier and harder to find. Aluminum and plastic garlic presses cost less, but they tend to break more easily. Most wooden garlic presses have a metal piston or block to force the garlic through the perforations in the bin. These wooden presses can be aesthetically appealing if you are looking for a rustic design.

    EXPERT TIP

    Some garlic presses disassemble into pieces to make cleanup easier.


    Garlic press prices

    Most garlic presses range in price from $5 to $45, but they can be more expensive. Here’s what you can expect to get for your money.

    • $5 to $15: You can purchase a no-frills garlic press in this price range. Many are plastic or aluminum, but you will find some made of stainless steel, as well.

    • $15 to $30: You get a few more bells and whistles in this price range. For example, garlic presses with silicon cleaning brushes, ergonomic handles, and stylish designs are found here. Most are made of stainless steel, but you will find some that are made of heavy plastic.

    • $30 to $45: Most garlic presses in this higher price range are made of stainless steel and are engineered to require less user force. You’ll also find many with beveled holes and stainless-steel sieves that swing out for easy cleanup.

    • Over $45: For more than $45, you’ll get a little more convenience and a lot more style. These top-of-the-line garlic presses are typically dishwasher-safe, require almost no effort to use, and come in a variety of shapes, designs, and colors.
    DID YOU KNOW?

    You can use a garlic press to make fresh ginger juice.

    Cleaning your garlic press

    Some garlic presses are dishwasher-safe for utmost convenience, but if yours isn’t, don’t worry; these helpful tools are still relatively easy to clean.

    If your garlic press came with a silicon brush, use that to scrub the debris stuck in the bin and jammed in its holes. If you don’t have a silicon brush, a toothbrush or pastry brush will also get the job done.

    For stubborn residue, try scraping it away with a toothpick. To make cleanup easier, think ahead and lightly coat the inside of the press with a flavor-neutral cooking spray before you use it.

    Tips

    • Garlic presses made of stainless steel are preferable because they help neutralize the garlic odor.

    • Some nontraditional garlic presses are cube-shaped and come with a bin to collect the pressed garlic. Most of these are made of plastic, and users have reported durability issues.

    • Choose a garlic press with a large hopper or bin so it will be easy to load the garlic.

    • Passing garlic through a press ensures consistent texture, which results in an even distribution of flavor in whatever you’re cooking.

    • A garlic twister is not the same as a garlic press, so don’t be fooled. A garlic twister is made of two detachable parts that rotate and cut – not press – the garlic. You might as well use a knife.

    The pasty texture of pressed garlic is ideal for use in salad dressings.

    FAQ

    Q. How do I know if I need a garlic press?
    A.
    It’s estimated that garlic is used or called for in almost one-fourth of all recipes. So, if you’re an avid home cook, a garlic press will really save you time over the long run. If you prefer the flavor of minced garlic – or if you just want to work on your knife skills – a garlic press probably isn’t right for you.  

    Q. What should I look for when buying a garlic press?
    A.
    Search out a press with handles that feel comfortable in your hand. Also, make sure the hinge opens and closes easily. If you don’t care for any of the dishwasher-safe models available, look for a garlic press that can be disassembled for easy cleaning.

    Q. Does garlic have to be peeled before it is put through a garlic press?
    A.
    No. One of the most convenient aspects of using a garlic press is that it removes the peel and leaves it in the hopper while the garlic itself is squeezed out through the perforations.

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      Editor
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