Pinch and press your way to easier minced garlic.

By Melanie Fincher
Updated April 05, 2021
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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 I say 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. 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 $10.

To help you narrow down the endless garlic press options in the world, we tested the top-rated garlic presses on the market today.

Best Garlic Presses at a Glance

How We Tested Each Garlic Press

We called on Allrecipes expert product tester Rachel Johnson to test the top garlic presses on the market today. Read on for our picks of the best garlic presses that will make even your most garlicky dishes a breeze. See one you like? Click the link below each description to get your very own.

To start, we rounded up over a dozen of the best garlic presses on the market from brands like OXO, Kuhn Rikon, Joseph Jospeh, and Zyliss. 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/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 that is pressed through?
  • Overall value: Is it worth the investment?

Why Should You Invest in a Garlic Press?

If you're still feeling skeptical about whether a garlic press is a good investment, we're here to convince you that it will in fact make your life easier. Without culinary school-grade knife skills, the average home cook isn't going to 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. Not to mention, once you switch to one of these top-rated garlic presses, stinky garlic hands will never be a thing again. And cleaning modern garlic presses is a breeze with dishwasher safe parts and even built-in cleaners that "eject" the remaining garlic pieces. Basically, a garlic press makes getting food on the table faster and easier, and that's not such a bad thing.

Dozens of garlic cloves later, and our testing is complete. Read on for the list of the best garlic presses to buy in 2021.

Best Garlic Press: Alpha Grillers Garlic Press

Alpha Grillers Garlic Press
Credit: Amazon

Based on the price, you wouldn't expect this affordable garlic press to come out on top. But for just $15, this garlic press has a smart design that's comparable to even the most expensive brands on this list of the best garlic presses.

This press includes a silicone roller for easy removal of garlic skin, and a small cleaning brush. The pieces fit seamlessly inside each other for easy storage. The garlic press itself is made from sleek, dishwasher safe, stainless steel that's more resistant to scratches and that lingering garlic scent than other materials.

Rachel found the minced garlic from this press to be uniform and smooth, a happy medium between a paste consistency and a chunky, minced consistency. She said a small knife or spoon must be used to remove any excess garlic from the chamber. For the price, this garlic press from Alpha Grillers really delivers.

Buy it: Alpha Grillers Garlic Press, $15; Amazon

Runner-up: Kuhn Rikon Epicurean Garlic Press

Kuhn Rikon Epicurean Garlic Press
Credit: Amazon

The garlic press from Kuhn Rikon is on the heavier side, with an industrial-looking stainless steel finish. Rachel says, "This press does not have any flashy components or extra features, it simply presses garlic into a fine, uniform paste."

To clean this garlic press, simply flush the chamber with water and place it fully extended in the top rack of the dishwasher. This is a great option if you're looking for a garlic press that produces an extremely fine, almost paste like result. Its simple design and attractive finish make a versatile tool that will look and function great in any kitchen.

Best-Rated Garlic Press: Orblue Garlic Press

ORBLUE Garlic Press
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Don't let its price tag fool you. This $12 garlic press is beloved by a wide array of Amazon reviewers and home cooks. Indeed, with more than 13,000 ratings, this top-rated garlic press boasts 4.5 stars, better than some of the much more expensive garlic presses by far bigger names.

So if it has so many ratings and stars, what do reviewers love about this garlic press exactly? Primarily, that it's easy to clean: "It is very sturdy and does the job. Easy to clean out. The husk remover that comes with it works very well also. Can't recommend this enough," an Amazon reviewer writes.

It's also touted for its high quality and sturdy, stainless steel construction, which makes pressing garlic a snap and cuts down on prep time: "I was given a garlic press for Christmas for my birthday. I loved it so much, I gave one to my daughter. For a cook who uses garlic, it is definitely a miraculous time saver," one reviewer writes.

Buy it: Orblue Garlic Press, $12; Amazon

Most Comfortable Garlic Press: OXO Good Grips Soft-Handled Garlic Press

OXO Good Grips Soft-Handled Garlic Press
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Using a garlic press can be hard on your hands, so this press from OXO has rubberized handles for added comfort. This press is on the heavier side, but with the capacity to press a few cloves at once. This press has larger, square-shaped holes that create small, uniform cubes of garlic when pressed. It also boasts a "built-in cleaner." Simply flip the handles over to push any unwanted skin or garlic out of the press, and then fully extend and place in the dishwasher for an easy cleanup.

The functional and simple design of this product paired with the non-slip handles earn this garlic press high marks. It's a great option, especially for anyone looking to get larger, minced garlic pieces rather than a paste.

Best Garlic Rocker: Joseph Joseph Garlic Rocker

Joseph Joseph Garlic Rocker Crusher
Credit: Amazon

If the squeeze function of most garlic presses is too difficult for you, the garlic rocker might be a better option. You'll get the same minced, paste-like garlic, but you'll just rock this plate onto the cloves instead of squeezing. Scoop up the garlic from the top of the rocker, and keep rocking until you've crushed all the garlic you need.

Dishwasher safe, the stainless steel body of this garlic rock won't absorb any odors or flavors from the garlic, and if any garlic gets on your hand, the stainless steel can help remove it while you're mincing the garlic. (Talk about a win-win!)

Buy it: Joseph Joseph Garlic Rocker, $15; Amazon

Best High-End Garlic Press: Dreamfarm Garject

Dreamfarm Garject Self-Cleaning Garlic Press with Peel Eject
Credit: Amazon

For those willing to spend a little more money to get top-of-the-line design, this Dreamfarm garlic press is the way to go. Rachel says, "This garlic press cannot be beat in terms of efficiency. Load one garlic clove into the chamber, press with a reasonable amount of force, and the top handle scrapes the side of the press clean, dropping any excess garlic onto the cutting board."

The "eject" function on this garlic press uses a small lever to push the peel out of the chamber. Rachel found it took a few tries to get all of the skin out of the chamber, but it's also dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. The garlic produced from this press is uniform and paste-like, perfect for flavoring any dish. With an attractive chrome-plated zinc body and BPA-free plastic pieces, this garlic press lives up to its price point.

Buy it: Dreamfarm Garject, $50; Amazon

Best Budget Garlic Press: Joseph Joseph Helix Garlic Press

Joseph Joseph Helix Garlic Press
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At less than $12, this top-rated garlic press from Joseph Joseph (the second from this brand on our list of the best garlic presses) is an absolute steal. The body is made out of BPA-free nylon plastic, with a light texture for easy grip. The chamber, or "basket," is made out of stainless steel, with the ability to hold several garlic cloves at once. This garlic press employs a twisting action in which both handles move towards each other to press the garlic.

Although Rachel found this press to require some scraping to remove excess garlic, and the use of both hands to operate it, the garlic produced was nicely minced and uniform. For the price, this is a very handy tool for making meal time faster.

Best Dual-Purpose Garlic Press: Amco Garlic Press and Slicer

Amco Garlic Press and Slicer
Credit: Amazon

The traditional garlic press minces garlic cloves into a fine, paste-like garlic product, but slicing garlic is just as time-consuming as mincing. What will solve for that dilemma? This Amco garlic press will: the two-in-one garlic press can mince and slice.

The nonstick coated cast zinc is hefty but not overly heavy. Reviewers like that it's easy to clean (with some necessary brushing to loosen any leftover bits), and it can go straight into the dishwasher. The garlic press/slicer comes with a cleaning tool to help with any stuck-on bits, and it's stored in the handle so you don't lose it.

Buy it: Amco Garlic Press and Slicer, $26; Amazon

Editor's Choice: OXO Steel Garlic Press

OXO Garlic Press
Credit: Williams Sonoma

OXO finds itself on the list a second time with this durable garlic press. The body is made of dishwasher safe cast zinc, with rubberized handles for a soft grip (OXO's specialty). This press can hold up to three small cloves or one large clove at a time, pressing them into a fine, uniform paste.

Another feature of this press is its ability to keep the skin out of the pressed product, with a removable lever that can be cleaned separately. Although, this may require taking some extra care when cleaning to make sure no garlic residue remains. The classic steel and black color will fit with any kitchen. This garlic press receives high marks for function, looks, and efficiency.

Buy it: OXO Garlic Press, $20; Williams Sonoma

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