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The best garlic presses of 2024

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Garlic-loving home cooks, rejoice! These are the best presses and crushers for your favorite culinary bulb.

Garlic is quite possibly the most beloved allium in the culinary universe. And it’s no wonder! Even a tiny bit of it adds fantastic flavor and dimension to pretty much any dish, whether we're talking stir-fries, soups, stews, marinades, you name it. But peeling and mincing the beloved bulb can be a chore, especially if you plan on using a lot of it (as you should!). That’s where garlic presses and crushers come in. They let you prepare a cluster of cloves all in one go — sans chef’s knife or cutting board — saving you serious prep time.

Quick overview

We asked experts for their fave garlic gadgets, referenced Amazon reviews and tried out several for ourselves in order to compile our own A-list based on functionality and ease of use. For more information on how to use them, plus the difference between presses and crushers, be sure to check out wind-up down below.

The Epicurean (we even love the name!) is made of solid stainless steel and has a powerful lever that'll crush those cloves with minimal effort, even if they're unpeeled. We also love it for its ease of cleaning.

$50 at Amazon

This Kuhn model proved to be our number-one overall stainless steel garlic press. The sturdy weighted handle makes for maximally easy mushing, and an inner lever flips out for easy cleaning of excess garlic. Oh, and it's dishwasher-safe too. I've owned one myself for nearly a decade, so I can attest to its durability.

Michael East, a veteran chef based in Colorado, concurs: “This small garlic press is great. It’s easy to use, the garlic cloves simply need to be placed on the grooves and then press down on the smooth end to easily crush the garlic. This one is my personal favorite, as it’s much easier to clean than a traditional garlic press.”

And here's a five-star rave from a regular ol' Amazon reviewer. "The all-metal construction is not going to snap, like my old plastic-handled one did," they reported. "This garlic press is extremely easy to clean and extract the garlic skin from. The chamber is actually made from the side of the handle and a hinged plate that swings all the way up. So when you swing the plate up, all the bits come up with it, where you can blast it with water from all sides or get a brush or scrubber in there easily."

OXO: Not a winning strategy for tic-tac-toe, but a stalwart ally to have in the kitchen — this press is proof. 

$17 at Amazon
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$18 at Sur La Table$18 at Macy's

This new-and-improved OXO press is best if you're feeding a crowd. It has the largest-capacity chamber of the presses we’ve tested; we were able to do three to four cloves in one go. We also like the soft and comfortable nonslip handle, which absorbs pressure while squeezing. The results weren’t quite as good as that of the Kuhn Rikon — the yield seems lower overall — but it’s still a solid, solid choice.

“From my experience as a chef, I find the OXO Good Grips garlic press to be the most effective product currently on the market,” said Jenna Moran, a professional chef and founder of Whimsy and Spice, an online culinary hub. “This is because its soft rubber handles make it much easier to squeeze the ingredient without needing too much force. On top of this, the garlic ‘basket’ in the press is large enough to fit at least three cloves, which saves a lot of time when prepping.”

This baby's built to last. With professional-grade stainless steel and heavy-duty construction, it'll mince and grind your garlic in seconds without it, or you, breaking a sweat. It's available in a variety of colors, and it comes with a silicone garlic peeler too.

$16 at Amazon

Another better-than-decent choice is this Orblue press. We like its robust and durable stainless steel construction, plus, it's dishwasher-safe. We especially appreciate that it comes with an additional silicone garlic peeler in the box. That said, we didn’t particularly like the handles, compared to the others'; it was a little harder to grip and squeeze compared to the OXO and Kuhn Rikon.

“One of the best garlic presses on the market is the Orblue garlic press,” said Christen Costa, CEO of Gadget Review. “It’s stainless steel, easy to use, and its simple design makes cleanup a breeze. It’s also very reasonably priced.”

This Amazon shopper loves it too: "I wouldn't normally get excited over a garlic press. However, this set was a head-turner. ... First, the garlic press is of great quality and easy to use. The post-smashed cloves left in the holder are very thin compared to the last cheap press I had, so more of the garlic is actually used. Next, and, sadly, most exciting, the rubber roller is THE BOMB at peeling garlic. ... Holy crap, this thing actually works!"

Here's a garlic gadget — with a twist! (Sorry; couldn't resist.) Simply place in your cloves and, well, you know, to produce perfectly minced garlic. It’s also great for creating a fine mince with ginger, herbs and nuts.

$23 at Amazon

If you want a multifunctional kitchen tool whose skills extend beyond the garlic-verse, then this is for you. We found it fairly easy to use — simply place peeled garlic cloves inside, and twist the unit back and forth for the mincing teeth to do their work.

Of all the presses we tried, the Garlic Twister produced results that are the closest to traditional knife work. Instead of a slightly pasty consistency, it turned out good 'ol minced garlic. We also tried it with ginger, and though it was a little more difficult — ginger tends to be tougher than garlic, of course — it still works surprisingly well. However, we didn’t like that you had to meticulously dig out the garlic and ginger from the Twister’s crevices, which is why we still tend to prefer traditional options, as the process is a lot faster. The good news is it’s dishwasher-safe.

“When pressing garlic, I always prefer a twisting press to a standard press,” said Isabella Flint, a professional chef and founder of Fanatically Food, a culinary site for home chefs. “Not only is it less straining, but you often get a more evenly pressed garlic, and you don’t have to scrape big lumps off of the inside.”

This reviewer says it also helps avoid leaving a stubborn garlic odor on your fingers: "I cook a lot, and I need minced garlic frequently. But I hate mincing it with a knife. My knife skills aren't great, but mainly I wanted to avoid smelly hands from cutting garlic. This Twister works exactly as described and makes the job a breeze. As recommended, I always rinse it before any garlic bits dry on it. Then I wash it on the top rack of the dishwasher. My only regret is that I didn't know about this a long time ago. I highly recommend it."

A brand so nice they named it twice! We can't help but like the quirky design and methodology here: The bowl shape collects the crushed garlic, which you can then easily scrape into the pan. Rock on!

$18 at Macy's
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$20 at Amazon$20 at Sur La Table

Another method of crushing garlic is with a garlic rocker, like this one from Joseph Joseph. It’s simple to use — just rock it back and forth. Unlike a press, you can actually use this atop multiple cloves, as it’ll all gather in its bowl-shaped reservoir.

We found this very satisfying to use but didn’t think it was any easier than using a regular press. Additionally, the results were a little chunkier than what we would like on the first pass — we found that we needed to rock it over the cloves a few times, to get a finer consistency.

“The Joseph Joseph Garlic Rocker is a compact design that requires little to no effort to crush the garlic,” said Eric Sornoso, a co-founder and recipe developer at Mealfan, a meal delivery service. “Worry no more if you dread cleaning after peeling and crushing garlic cloves. This rocker-style machine is easy to use. All you need to do is wiggle your wrists and get minced or pastelike garlic.”

“However, it’s not the same as a garlic press,” he continued. “Those are much more refined than a simple rocker machine. So, you may experience inconsistency in the squeezed garlic. But you don’t need to worry about stinking up your cabinet. The garlic [rockers] don’t absorb the smell.”

Many Amazon shoppers were tres impressed. Here's what one of them had to say: "This is probably the best garlic press tool there is out there. I have used mine now for over a year and liked it so much I bought another one for a friend. I used a Steel Spatula to smash garlic out of their husks and then in no time at all have pressed garlic, in like five minutes. Tool is very easy to clean."

What's the difference between a garlic press and a garlic crusher? What about a garlic twister?

A garlic press is a kitchen gadget that extrudes a garlic clove through a grid of fine holes, typically by squeezing two levers together. A garlic crusher, on the other hand, usually has a curved shape and has to be rocked back and forth over the garlic cloves. There's also a third category called a garlic twister, which uses a twisting method to chop up garlic.

Why do people like garlic presses or crushers?

The convenience! Chopping up garlic by hand can be tedious, especially if you have to deal with a whole bunch of cloves at once. Garlic presses and crushers on the other hand, let you mince or chop a lot of garlic with minimal effort. Plus, you don't have to worry about your hands smelling like garlic all day.

Are they better than using a knife?

It depends on how you define "better." If you have patience and excellent knife skills, then yes, using a knife is certainly cheaper than using a garlic press. The resulting minced or chopped garlic might also not be as smashed up as it might be with a garlic press. But if you just want garlic in a sauce or soup, then the consistency of the garlic doesn't matter, as it'll blend in with the rest of the meal anyway. Plus, garlic presses are pretty affordable, and the savings in time and energy more than make up for the cost.

What to look for in a garlic press or crusher?

There are a few important criteria to look for in a high-quality garlic press or crusher. First is how well the item presses the garlic. You generally want the garlic to be minced finely, but not to a paste. Additionally, you want the press to "press" as much garlic out of the clove, leaving as little skin behind as possible. You also want it to feel comfortable in the hand. You should not have to squeeze super hard for the press to do its job. Just a simple squeeze should be enough. As for a crusher, you should also choose one that fits your ergonomic needs.

Do you need to peel the cloves?

If it's a really good press, no! Our top pick, the Kuhn Rikon, does not require it, and neither does the OXO. However, the rest of the selections above do recommend removing the peel before using the gadget on unpeeled cloves of garlic.

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.