The 8 Best Garlic Presses, Tested by Allrecipes
To some, a garlic press may sound like a frivolous or unnecessary kitchen device. You can always just use a chef's knife, right? But if you're looking to save time and effort, a garlic press is a handy kitchen tool that you'll end up reaching for more than you'd think.
A handheld garlic press allows you to press or crush garlic right into your mixing bowl for when you're whipping up toasted garlic bread or simple garlic shrimp recipes. Today's garlic presses can peel, crush, and mince, making them truly multipurpose. Not to mention they're cheap: You can get a top-rated garlic press for as little as $15.
To help you narrow down the endless options available, we tested the top presses side by side, evaluating their overall feel, durability, efficiency, value, and ease of cleaning. Ultimately, we decided the Alpha Grillers Garlic Press was our favorite. Ahead are the best garlic presses on the market today.
- Best Overall: Alpha Grillers Garlic Press
- Best Runner-Up: Kuhn Rikon Epicurean Garlic Press
- Best Design: Orblue Garlic Press
- Most Comfortable: OXO Good Grips Soft-Handled Garlic Press
- Best Garlic Rocker: Joseph Joseph Garlic Rocker
- Best High-End: Dreamfarm Garject
- Best Dual Purpose: Amco Garlic Press and Slicer
- Editor's Choice: OXO Garlic Press
Best Overall: Alpha Grillers Garlic Press
Best Runner-Up: Kuhn Rikon Epicurean Garlic Press
Best Design: Orblue Garlic Press
Most Comfortable: OXO Good Grips Soft-Handled Garlic Press
Best Garlic Rocker: Joseph Joseph Garlic Rocker
Best High-End Garlic Press: Dreamfarm Garject
Best Dual Purpose: Amco Garlic Press and Slicer
Editor's Choice: OXO Steel Garlic Press
The Alpha Grillers Garlic Press is our best overall pick because of its affordable price, bonus cleaning and peeling tools, and sleek, stainless steel design. This gadget produces the perfect minced garlic consistency and can be used on peeled or unpeeled garlic cloves.
How to Pick the Right Garlic Press
You'll want to consider the chamber size and length of the handles. Some chambers can fit one clove, while others can fit two or three at once. As for the handle length, longer handles can be easier to use but will take up more room in your kitchen drawer.
Garlic presses are typically made from stainless steel, plastic, rubber, or zinc, or a combination of a few. Stainless steel is the most durable option, meaning it can be used and washed regularly without showing signs of wear and tear. Look for rubber handles if you want an extra sturdy and comfortable grip.
There are traditional garlic presses that mince garlic cloves; there are garlic rockers that mince peeled garlic using a rocking motion; and there are garlic presses that can mince and slice garlic. To choose the best garlic press for your needs, you'll want to consider which kind of motion would be most comfortable as well as what type of garlic you want to get out of your product.
About Our Tests
We called on Allrecipes expert product tester Rachel Johnson to test the top garlic presses on the market today. To start, we rounded up over a dozen of the best garlic presses on the market from brands like OXO, Kuhn Rikon, and Joseph Joseph. From simple, no-frills presses to multi-purpose garlic presses, Rachel tested them all.
To test each press, Rachel attempted to press a whole clove of garlic through each (although some could only fit pieces, while others could fit more than one clove). For each test, she considered the following metrics:
- Overall feel: What is the garlic press made of? What parts and accessories does it include? How functional is the design?
- Durability: Is the garlic press made to last? Will it show wear over time?
- Cleanup and storage: How easy is the garlic press to clean? How do you store all the parts of the press together?
- Efficiency: Is it easy to operate? How fine and uniform is the garlic after it's pressed through?
- Overall value: Is it worth the investment?
Why should you invest in a garlic press?
Without culinary school-grade knife skills, the average home cook may not be able to reach their desired minced garlic texture without the help of a garlic press. A garlic press not only gives you a very fine mince, but it also evenly minces garlic so that its flavor will be uniformly distributed throughout your dish.
Some garlic presses even allow you to skip the peeling step altogether, by placing an unpeeled clove directly into the press. Plus, once you switch from a knife to a garlic press, stinky garlic hands will never be a thing again. Basically, a garlic press makes getting food on the table faster and easier, and that's not such a bad thing.
How do you clean a garlic press?
Cleaning modern garlic presses is a breeze, as most of the options on the market (and all of the ones on this list) are dishwasher safe. Some even have built-in cleaners that "eject" the remaining garlic pieces.
Why Take Our Word For It?
Allrecipes is a community-driven brand providing trusted resources to our large network of home cooks. Melanie Fincher, an ecommerce writer, selected these garlic presses based on Rachel Johnson's product research and side-by-side testing. The products were evaluated by their overall feel, durability, efficiency, value, and ease of cleaning.