Pros: Well Built, Ergonomic
Cons: Tolerances not quite as tight as they could be
I remember years back before I really understood the issues of starches in potatoes and the danger of over working them. We were having thanksgiving dinner, and I had purchased a kitchen-aid stand mixer and was excited to offer it up for use with the mashed potatoes. The more we worked them with the paddle, the more milk and butter we added in a useless bid to bring back from the dead some semblance of creamy and fluffy potatoes.
Never again! I learned that to make the best, smooth and creamy mashed potatoes you need a potato ricer. Oxo is a brand that I feel produces consistent quality, focusing on ergonomics and practicality in their designs. The prices are about middle of the road so I feel they are a good buy.
This ricer is no exception in terms of the build quality and ergonomics. That is, the stainless has held up well now for years and the tool is comfortable, at least in my larger hands. It performs the job well, and doesn't require a tremendous amount of force. The only possible annoyance is that due to the tolerance between the plate and the sides of the ricer, you end up with residual potato. It's not a big deal because it can be pulled back out and added right into the mixture because what is able to squeak by the plate is still mashed to a smooth consistency.
I've actually found some other uses for this, albeit it as a bit of a stretch. I didn't have a food mill last year and had come into a lot of tomatoes from the garden. I attempted to make my own tomato sauce, and used the ricer as a way to press the pulp of the tomato out while leaving the skin inside the ricer. It worked to some degree but was a mess. Something more exciting that I would like to attempt is homemade couscous. It seems like using the ricer and a knife I could probably get a pretty good product.
All in all, it's a solid buy. It may not be the best on the market but I prefer stainless products as I feel they can last a lifetime. The Oxo brand potato ricer does a fine job.