Best 5 Garlic Presses

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If you are reading this, you are likely looking for the best garlic press. A garlic press is one of those gadgets that I just can’t live without. In the last few years I have tried many different types, and today I can tell you about the best 5 garlic press. But why garlic press? It’s a kitchen appliance that doesn’t usually get much attention. 

Garlic is an essential part of many dishes that I prepare in my kitchen yet for many years I struggled to prepare it. For the longest time I would peel cloves and then mash them using a pestle and mortar. While it is effective, it is a time consuming and often messy process and it would add considerable prep time to my cooking. So much so, in fact, that when I had free time to spare I would mash large quantities and store in the fridge. That was until I discovered the garlic press.

It works like magic; peel the cloves, put them into the press, push the handle and hey, presto! You have crushed garlic in a matter of seconds. Compare this to the hassle of using a mortar and pestle and you will see that a garlic press is a real lifesaver. Without further ado, here are the best 5 garlic press that I have tried, they are all available on Amazon US. 

ORBLUE Garlic Press

I bought this garlic press because it was described in the most shining terms by someone who had used it and loved it. They said it did the job, was self-cleaning (wow!), rust-proof, dishwasher safe and crushed garlic really well. 

It turned out to be quite affordable so I decided to give it a spin, and I wasn’t disappointed. The ORBLUE garlic press works really well and here are some of the things that I really like about it:

  • It has a large chamber, which allows you to crush all the garlic that you need for a recipe at once. There are many good garlic presses that can only handle one or two small cloves. Not this one; you can fit in several large ones which makes food prep go even faster. 
  • You can mince more than garlic. I use mine to prepare ginger and also to crush peanuts. I wouldn’t recommend it if you are crushing a large number of peanuts, but for ginger it works wonderfully. 
  • You don’t have to peel the garlic before you throw it into the chamber. Just throw in the clove as it is and it will be peeled and crushed. 
  • The gadget is easy to clean – I rinse with running water for a few seconds and leave out on the dish-rack to dry. 
  • The ergonomic handles fit well in the hand and are easy to press.

 

Alpha Grillers Garlic Press

 

What I liked about this was that it’s really sturdy, made out of stainless steel. It has several excellent features:

  • It works with garlic and ginger and comes with a garlic peeler.
  • Has a large chamber so you can crush a lot of garlic at once. 
  • The chamber can be removed from the press for quick cleaning and it comes with a little brush for those hard-to-reach parts. 
  • It has a lifetime guarantee.

What’s not to like?

There isn’t much that’s not to like about the Alpha Grillers Garlic Press, and I am happy to include it in the best 5 garlic presses. 

OXO Steel garlic press 

 

I like the brand and have a few gadgets from OXO in my kitchen so when I saw their garlic press I couldn’t resist. It is quite good; it fits rather well in the hand and feels sturdy. I would recommend it because:

  • It has very little wastage; many garlic presses get garlic stuck in the corners that usually goes to waste. Not this one. Its design is such that most of the garlic comes out.
  • The large, non-slip handles are comfortable to hold and easy to press. 
  • Its chamber is quite big and you can get through a lot of cloves in a short time. 
  • It has self-cleaning nubs.

What’s not to like? 

The only thing I don’t like about the OXO garlic press is that the arms are hollow so after washing water gets trapped inside. It’s not a big problem though; I just shake the water out and let it dry. 

 

Culina Garlic Press and Potato Ricer

 

I bought this one because it came with a potato ricer, and I thought I could kill two birds with one stone. It’s rather different from any other garlic press I have ever owned – it has a very unique design. Here are some of the things I like about it:

  • Instead of crushing garlic you can also slice or dice it.
  • It is good for crushing, slicing and dicing ginger.
  • Although it looks rather fancy, it is quite sturdy and feels firm in the hand.

What’s not to like?

The only thing that I don’t like about this press is that a bit too much garlic is left, and it is hard to get out. I prefer it for dicing and slicing. However, the potato ricer works very well.

 

Amco Garlic Press and Slicer

 

This is an excellent garlic press and I like it because it comes with 2 chambers, one for crushing and the other for dicing. Here are some of the best features of this garlic press:

  • It’s a nice looking piece of equipment made of cast zinc – you can expect it to last a long time.
  • It’s easy to clean and has its own cleaning brush.
  • Fits well in the hand and is easy to use.
  • So long as you use it the right way it will last a long time.

What’s not to like?

There’s just one thing I wish could be different – the chamber. It is quite small and can only hold one medium-sized clove at a time. If they make one with a bigger chamber, I will definitely buy it.

 

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Heidi Hill
Heidi is a mother of three with a love of creating her own recipes. She particularly enjoys throwing themed dinner parties and is well-known among her friends for her attention to detail. When she isn't cooking up new dishes for her family and friends, she likes to dine out at newly-opened restaurants (especially tapas!) and review them in her blog posts.
Heidi Hill
Heidi is a mother of three with a love of creating her own recipes. She particularly enjoys throwing themed dinner parties and is well-known among her friends for her attention to detail. When she isn't cooking up new dishes for her family and friends, she likes to dine out at newly-opened restaurants (especially tapas!) and review them in her blog posts.