Traditionally, you would need a sharp knife and good technique to get consistently-minced garlic. With a mincer or a garlic press, you can accomplish the same result with less effort and no skill requirements. Getting even pieces is important so they cook at the same rate. We’ve gathered a collection of our favorite garlic tools to make kitchen prep a bit easier and faster.
OXO Good Grips Soft Handled Garlic Press (opens in new tab)
The soft grip makes mincing garlic easy on hands
Many garlic presses require a strong grip to evenly mince your cloves. OXO’s version has soft handles, so it’s easy to grip, and the pattern of holes covers more space which reduces waste. Clean-up has never been easier: flip the handles the opposite way and you can push out any leftover garlic pieces or clove skins.
Vantic Garlic Press Rocker (opens in new tab)
No tight grip needed to smash or mince your cloves
Need to mince garlic with a bit less elbow grease? This curved press with handle rocks across the garlic cloves to smash or mince them, depending on pressure. There are no tight spots to clean out since all cutting surfaces are easily accessible. Vantic has also included a garlic peeler as a free gift.
ANERONG 2 in 1 Garlic Mince and Garlic Slice (opens in new tab)
Cuts two ways so you don’t need to choose
Some pasta dishes, like spaghetti aglio e olio, are better complemented by thinly sliced garlic cloves than minced ones. This device lets you do whichever cut suits your dish or mood. A cleaning brush is included, as well as a garlic peeler, so you have everything you need to get started.
OXO Good Grips Silicone Garlic Peeler (opens in new tab)
The functional shape prevents cloves from falling out
Kitchen tools can collect dust and crumbs when they move around your drawers or counter. This garlic peeler from OXO comes with its own vented carry case, so it’s clean each time you want to use it. The shape is similar to a handlebar grip on a bicycle and allows rolling the cloves without worrying they will fall out the sides.
Kitchen Innovations Garlic-A-Peel Garlic Press (opens in new tab)
Keep minced cloves contained inside the press
Traditional garlic presses don’t catch the pieces they’re cutting. This device catches all garlic in a clear bin, so you can press several cloves and add them all at once to your dish. The cutting apparatus and bin are removable for cleaning, so the press is fresh each time you reach for it.
NexTrend Garlic Twister (opens in new tab)
Why stop at garlic when you can mince it all
To operate this garlic twister you place the cloves inside, close it, and then twist the two sides back and forth. You can use this same tool for ginger, nuts, herbs, or any small foods you want to mince. It comes in clear, as well as green, purple, and rose.
Cutting the cloves
A garlic tool will save you time when preparing a meal, and allow the evenly-cut pieces to cook at the same. For most people, we recommend the OXO Good Grips Soft Handled Garlic Press (opens in new tab) because it cuts the entire clove at once and doesn’t leave much behind. The soft grips are easy on your hands, unlike hard plastic models. There’s also no cleaning tool/brush to keep track of since it’s built in.
For home cooks and chefs that will be chopping garlic, herbs, or nuts, we recommend the NexTrend Garlic Twister (opens in new tab). The multiple ingredients it can handle makes it a tool you’ll reach for again and again. Plus, the fun colors can match or add an accent to your kitchen.