If you're the kind of cook who prefers "mashed" to "whipped" potatoes, this tool may very well become your next best friend. With a stainless-steel wire head, the masher tackles the task at hand, all the while reducing pressure on your hands due to the soft, rubber cushioned handle that is nonslip, wet or dry. The wire masher works as well with yams, carrots, apples, or bananas, in case you've had oral surgery or have a baby in the house. Good Grips products are moderately priced and have won the Tylenol/Arthritis Foundation Design Award. --Laurie Notaro
When it comes to mashing potatoes, turnips and other veggies you want to apply some muscle. How much nicer for you if the handle of the masher is soft, oversized and non-slip, while the business end is strong stainless steel.