6 Best Garlic Presses (Crushers)

6 Best Garlic Presses (Crushers)

After 19 hours of research evaluating 41 products, we picked Kuhn Rikon Epicurean Garlic Press as our top choice.

You may have heard that you don’t need a garlic press. There are plenty of celebrity chefs willing – and more importantly able – to crush garlic just using their knives.

If you’re one of them… good for you. Most of us aren’t.

That doesn’t mean we don’t love garlic; it’s in so many favorite recipes after all. It’s just that it’s a lot more difficult to manage this ingredient without a garlic press.

Bon Appétit even ran a post, In Defense of Garlic, because there really isn’t a good reason why home cooks should try to live without a garlic press. You can do it, but it’s a pain. (Interestingly Saveur has a post by the same name – and it recommends our budget pick!)

Mincing Garlic Without a Press:

In case you’re wondering how to mince garlic without one, this is the standard knife method. This wild fork method is good in a pinch, but it takes way more effort to get it right.

Mincing Garlic WITH a Press:

Okay, we know we don’t need to tell you how to mince garlic with a press. What we are going to mention is that you don’t want a $5 garlic press unless you need it for a single meal and you truly want a disposable garlic press. They’re just not worth it. You can get an awesome garlic press for under $20 which can be used time and time again – and it will change your life.

If you’re willing to pay double that amount, you will have a garlic press that will last an entire lifetime. And, let’s face it, you probably don’t need more than one – even if you have a professional kitchen. (In which case, you may not even need one.)

Once you’ve selected a garlic press, you’ll probably wonder about the other time saving gadgets you’ve been missing. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered there too!