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Best Tools for Mashing Potatoes

Smash Hits!

Quick, easy, and oh-so-satisfying, mashed potatoes are a holiday must-have. From grandma's recipe to gourmet versions (with all the creamy-smooth and chunky-thick variations in between), a few rules and tools can make all the difference in how a mashed-potato recipe turns out. 

3 Tips for Success

1. Choose high- or medium-starch potatoes such as russet, Yukon gold, Dutch yellow, and purple potatoes. Low-starch potatoes tend to contain more moisture and can get sticky when mashed.

2. Don't overmash. Too much mashing or mixing can make potatoes gummy. Never mash potatoes in a food processor.

3. Warm up add-ins such as milk or butter before mixing them into potatoes. This keeps the potatoes piping hot and prevents overmixing.


Tools of the Trade

Potatoes can be mashed with everything from a spoon to a food mill. Here, a roundup of what each tool can do.

Tool  Wooden Spoon

Best for  Chunky smashed and skin-on mashed potatoes.

Tool  Potato masher

Best for  Fluffy mashed potatoes that still have some texture.

Tool  Potato ricer

Best for  Velvety smooth and creamy potatoes.

Tool  Food mill

Best for  Large batches of ultrasmooth potatoes. Potatoes need not be added one by one.

Tool  Handheld electric mixer

Best for  Whipped potato recipes that call for lots of added fat and liquid.

DIY: Awesome Add-Ins Whip up your own mashed potato creations with these inspired additions.  

Olive oil, truffle oil, garlic oil, nut/seed oils

Buttermilk, ricotta, cottage, or cream cheese

Prepared pesto, horseradish, or mustard

Chopped fresh herbs such as parsley, cilantro, rosemary, basil, thyme

Lemon zest

Roasted garlic

Caramelized onions

Steamed, chopped greens such as spinach, Swiss chard, kale, or cabbage

Minced chipotle chiles in adobo sauce wasabi paste