By Melanie Fincher

The kitchen tool you never knew you needed.

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.

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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.

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 10 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?)

Dozens of garlic cloves later, and our testing is complete. Read on for the list of the best garlic presses to buy in 2019.

Best Garlic Presses at a Glance

  • Best Garlic Press: Alpha Grillers Garlic Press, $14; Amazon
  • Runner Up: Kuhn Rikon Epicurean Garlic Press, $39; Walmart
  • Most Comfortable Garlic Press: OXO Good Grips Soft-Handled Garlic Press, $18; Amazon
  • Best High End Garlic Press: Dreamfarm Garject, $40; Amazon
  • Best Budget Garlic Press: Joseph Joseph Helix Garlic Press, $10; Amazon
  • Honorable Mention: OXO SteeL Garlic Press, $20; Williams Sonoma

Best Garlic Press: Alpha Grillers Garlic Press

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Based on the price, you wouldn't expect this affordable garlic press to come out on top. But for just $14, this garlic press has a smart design that's comparable to even the most expensive brands. 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, $14; Amazon

Runner Up: Kuhn Rikon Epicurean Garlic Press

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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. It's simple design and attractive finish make a versatile tool that will look and function great in any kitchen.

Buy It: Kuhn Rikon Epicurean Garlic Press, $39; Walmart

Most Comfortable 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.

Buy It: OXO Good Grips Soft-Handled Garlic Press, $18; Amazon

Best High End Garlic Press: Dreamfarm Garject

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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, $40; Amazon

Best Budget Garlic Press: Joseph Joseph Helix Garlic Press

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At just $10, this top-rated garlic press from Joseph Joseph 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.

Buy It: Joseph Joseph Helix Garlic Press, $10; Amazon

Honorable Mention: OXO SteeL Garlic Press

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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 SteeL Garlic Press, $20; Williams Sonoma