OXO Good Grips Soft-Handled Garlic Press

Last updated date: May 19, 2020

DWYM Score
9.6


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Overall Take

Perfect for those who love a lot of garlic flavor in their meals, this press can accommodate multiple cloves. With a unique hole pattern, you’ll get a large amount of pressed garlic at every use. Cleanup is simple as this garlic press is dishwasher safe. In our analysis of 30 expert reviews, the OXO OXO Good Grips Soft-Handled Garlic Press placed 1st when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 26, 2020:
Checkout The Best Garlic Press For Kitchens for a detailed review of all the top garlic presses for kitchens.

Expert Summarized Score
9.0
2 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.4
4,429 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Very good at pressing peeled garlic. Excelled at pressing unpeeled garlic. Held more than one clove. Very easy to operate. Dishwasher safe.
- Good Housekeeping
Well designed, well built, does what it is supposed and feels great in the hand...
- Sur La Table
What experts didn't like
Didn't come clean in the dishwasher.
- Good Housekeeping
This garlic press does press, but it's more like garlic juice than garlic. After a few uses I threw it in the trash.
- Sur La Table

From The Manufacturer

The new, improved OXO Good Grips Garlic Press is now even stronger than ever. With sturdy, die-cast zinc construction and a large capacity garlic chamber, the Garlic Press crushes garlic with a simple squeeze. A built-in cleaner allows for easy cleaning; just flip the handles over to clean out excess garlic. The soft handles are slightly arched for comfort and absorb pressure while you squeeze.

An Overview On Garlic Presses For Kitchens

If you love the flavor of garlic but are not quite sure how to include it in your cooking, using a garlic press can simplify the process. Instead of spending time peeling and finely chopping each clove, a garlic press can do the job in no time. This kitchen utensil minces and crushes garlic cloves by pressing them through a grid of small holes. An excellent alternative to mincing garlic with a knife, a garlic press ensures that you have even garlic taste throughout your dish. In fact, many cooks have found that garlic from a garlic press has a more intense flavor than if you were to manually mince it with a knife.

When shopping for a garlic press, one of the most important things to look at is the size of the holes. If you prefer a stronger garlic taste with larger pieces of garlic in your food, then you’ll want to look for a garlic press that has large holes. However, if you want a more delicate flavor and want finer pieces of garlic in your meal, then look for a press with small openings.

When you buy your garlic, be sure not to keep it in the fridge. It will have the best flavor and scent if kept at room temperature. In most garlic presses, you don’t need to peel the clove first before pushing it through with the piston. However, if you do need to peel your garlic, use the flat edge of a knife and push the clove until it makes a cracking sound. After that, you can just peel the skin away with your hands.

While it may seem odd to press the garlic with the peel on, in some cases this makes the press easier to clean afterward. The peel remains within the garlic press while the clove gets pressed out, so you don’t have to worry about getting garlic peel in your food.

DWYM Fun Fact

While a garlic press is a useful kitchen item, it can be tricky to clean. Many garlic presses come with a special brush that has bristles that fit in directly to the holes of the press. This is a good way to get out any bits of garlic that are stuck inside. If your garlic press doesn’t come with its own cleaning brush, you can use an old toothbrush instead. This will help clean the surface of the garlic press. If you have any small pieces stuck within the holes, use a toothpick to push them out. Then you can wash your press with hot water and soap. Many brands can also be placed in the dishwasher.

If you want to avoid your garlic sticking to the press in the first place, use cooking spray on it before you press the garlic. This will ensure no garlic gets stuck to your gadget.

The Garlic Press For Kitchens Buying Guide

  • When you’re in the market for a garlic press, you’ll want to note what kind of material it’s made out of and how durable it is. Because it has a moving mechanism, you don’t want it to break after just a few uses in the kitchen. Look for a garlic press that has sturdy die-cast zinc construction or is made out of stainless steel. Be sure to get one that is rust proof, as it will be getting washed frequently.
  • Depending on how much garlic you use in your meals, you may be looking for a garlic press that can crush more than one clove at a time or can accommodate large cloves. This can help you save time in the kitchen.
  • The handles of the garlic press should offer both control and comfort. You don’t want to get a garlic press for your kitchen that hurts your hands when it’s being used. Aim for a garlic press with an ergonomic handle that is easy to hold and doesn’t require too much pressure when crushing the garlic.
  • One of the key benefits of using a garlic press is that your hands don’t smell like garlic after you’re done cooking. When you’re using a knife to finely chop or mince your garlic, you can end up with a lot of garlic on your fingers, and it can be difficult to get rid of the smell, even after washing with soap. With the garlic press, you can minimize the number of times you actually touch the garlic with your hands.
  • If you do end up with garlic on your fingers, be sure to wash your hands with soap a few times. A pro trick for neutralizing the smell is to rub your hands on a stainless steel item, like your kitchen sink faucet or a metal spoon. This will actually help to reduce the stubborn garlicky smell.