The Better Potato Masher gets the job done
Good, better, best? I am not quite sure why the folks over at Hammacher has called this particular device as The Better Potato Masher instead of the best, but perhaps they have their reasons. The only logical explanation that I can think of at the moment would be this – they already have another Potato Masher in the pipeline that will be able to outperform the existing one by all accounts, so the superlative adjective will be reserved for that particular model when it is finally introduced. Back to the $59.95 Better Potato Masher, this is one handheld appliance which will be able to provide an adequate amount of assistance to home chefs when it comes to producing creamy, lump-free mashed potatoes.
While mashing using a blender or a food processor would take up less time as well as physical exertion compared to a manual masher or ricer, it is rather rough on the potatoes, where it will break their starch cells, ending up as a pasty, gluey glob. With The Better Potato Masher, it will work in the same manner as that of a motorized ricer, albeit using a low-speed motor which will nudge boiled potatoes via a surrounding sieve, helping preserve their starch granules, while breaking up any lumps. This results in a smooth, fluffy batch. Cleaning up The Better Potato Masher is also a snap, since the sieve and rotor can be detached easily, and are dishwasher-safe.