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Garlic Press Reviews

Updated on September 18, 2014

Garlic Press Reviews: My Favorite Garlic Pressers

I cannot imagine my life in the kitchen without this amazing kitchen utensil: the garlic press. Over the years, I tested quite a few different models (mine and others!) and came to the conclusion that they are not made equal. So here are some of my garlic press reviews. I'll highlight some of my favorite garlic press as well as some model you should avoid.

Reason why I love my garlic press - Keep reading for the garlic press reviews

  1. No stinky fingers! No garlic juice, no smelly fingers.
  2. They work fast
  3. It's an inexpensive kitchen utensil

Why do I need one, I don't even use garlic - Ok, fair enough. But not loving garlic is not a good excuse not to own a press. Here's why:

  1. A garlic press looks cool.
  2. Having lots of kitchen utensils make you look like a great chef!
  3. It may incite you to try garlic
  4. It is the best kitchen utensil to fight vampires with. Garlic cloves are great, but freshly pressed cloves are even better.

Garlic Press Reviews - Choose One Of These Garlic Press: Tried tested and true!

I have either owned or tried these 3 presses:

OXO SteeL Garlic Press
OXO SteeL Garlic Press

I tried many, but this garlic press is the one I currently use. I got this one many years ago for Christmas. I annoyed everyone for one after having seen it at my aunt's place. It is still working like a new one, after thousands and thousands of uses.

Non-slippery grip, heavy duty press. I can do about 2 to 3 cloves at a time. Easy to clean with its built-in cleaner that pushes out garlic pulp. It is dishwasher safe as well. I can't see how it can ever break. It is made out of stainless steel. Looks cool. Quality for a very reasonable price. If you use garlic a lot, this would be my choice. You won't beat this Oxo press.

Trudeau Garlic Press, Black
Trudeau Garlic Press, Black

Trudeau is a reputable Canadian company, well known for its quality kitchen utensil. Most of their products are guaranty.

Another non-slippery grip, heavy duty garlic press. This is the one my mom uses, but she doesn't cook with garlic as much as I do. I tried it a couple of time and it woks extremely well, as good as my Oxo garlic press. BUT as I said, she doesn't use it much and I read many many complains about the fact that it breaks quite often. It has a 4 years guarantee on it, so no problem, but if you are an heavy garlic user you may want to try the OXO one instead. Otherwise, for casual use, this is still a great garlic press.


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Garlic press to avoid - Bad garlic press reviews

It's hard to really go bad with a press, but you should stay clear from these unless you want to trow away your money:

  1. Designer's garlic press at 100$ (or around) a pop. Come on, it's a press not a gold ring. You want something that press garlic, not something that looks cute. You can have a great presser for under 20$, use the rest for charity.
  2. Plastic garlic press. It's plastic, it won't last, it will break sooner or later (probably real fast). Plus plastic is bad for you and the environment. Avoid any garlic press with plastic handles as well.
  3. Any electric gizmos, you don't need them. Pressing garlic is real fast with a good solid press. You will waste time plugging, unplugging, washing and putting away the gizmo.
  4. Cheap "dollar store" ones. You don't know how or where they are made. There is a good reason why they are cheap. They won't last.
  5. Enameled garlic press. Same as above, unless you buy a quality one. I had twice enameled garlic press and both time the enamel cracked and chiped off

© 2011 Nathalie Roy

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      Susan 4 years ago from Texas

      Have five in my drawer right now, although two are the OXO one. After using and breaking many a cheap one, totally agree with your recommendations. I want a press that can handle the huge bulbs and doesn't require me to peel my garlic first. The OXO fits the bill, although the others in my drawer are reasonably good.

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      KitchenExpert LM 5 years ago

      I used to, but I ended up breaking mine because I was using it so much!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @savenlives: I love love love my pampered chef garlic press but last night when I used it, the garlic came out black/gray. I hought the garlic was mouldy but after several attempts, realized that the aluminum has come off. Tried cleaning it and will try again but thinking it's done. It might have been put away wet by mistake. Comments? The press is as strong as ever and it's one of the best presses I've ever used.

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      Diana Grant 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Sometimes, sometimes not - I hate washing it up even in the dishwasher, because you have to scrape it clean first

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I used to, but it was aluminium and quite quickly corroded, so I stopped in case it was dangerous. I hate chopping garlic, but if you hit it with the flat blade of a knife it is easier to peel. Incidentally the more you bruise garlic, the stronger the taste and the more health benefits you get from the allicin! :)

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      tammikibler 6 years ago

      Yes, I love my garlic press. Much easier than mincing.

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      savenlives 6 years ago

      I have a Pampered Chef garlic press that I love, does unpeeled garlic hence no stinky fingers!!

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      cocktailsexaminer 6 years ago

      Agreed! I hate trying to chop garlic into tiny pieces

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      smithlights 6 years ago

      I have the OXO one, and I love it!