Garlic Presses

Wednesday, 22 November 2006 | Tags: , , , , ,

Nothing beats the spicy zest of freshly crushed garlic in a savoury recipe. An important tool in your kitchen arsenal, we put the squeeze on garlic presses to see which gave the most crush for our cloves.

The Basics

  • Garlic presses range from a very simple lever arrangement to more sophisticated systems that can peel and dice the clove inside a special chamber.

  • Garlic presses produce consistent sizes of garlic pieces so that it’s easier to cook it evenly without burning small pieces and undercooking larger pieces.

  • With a garlic press, a peeled clove is placed in the bowl mounted on one of press handles. A plunger is mounted on the other handle and fits into the bowl when the handles are closed. The holes of the grate at the bottom of the bowl, are very small. The garlic is pushed into the grate and forced through, creating a paste-like consistency.

  • Look for a press that can create a very finely-textured paste so more garlicky flavour is released.

  • Presses are typically made from aluminum, stainless steel, or strong plastic.

  • Look for a large chamber that will fit at least two cloves at a time.

  • Pressing the garlic can require a bit of strength, so make sure the grip is comfortable for the size of your hands, and is non-slip.

  • A non-stick material makes for easy clean-up.

  • Look for a simply constructed hinge so bits don’t get stuck.

  • Some come with a separate cleaning piece that pokes through the holes, but these often get lost in the kitchen drawer.

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With the help of some Greek food experts, we made some extra-garlicky tzatziki using these four different garlic presses:

  • Wal-Mart: $8
  • Starfrit: $13
  • Zyliss: $25
  • Eva Solo: $99

Press Test

  • Wal-mart’s press had bigger holes which made it easier to clean, but the crushed garlic was too coarse.

  • The Zyliss was lightweight, simple to use, and created the most consistent pressed garlic.

  • Starfrit created a smaller puree, but the extra parts made cleaning tricky.

  • The Eva Solo press was awkward and heavy. Plus the higher price tag made it a no go for us.


The stainless steel Zyliss was the most consistent, lightweight, and simple to use garlic press in our tests.


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