Making homemade baby food is easy if you have the right tools to help you. Using a food masher is an inexpensive manual alternative to buying a food blender to create purees. A masher will mush most fruit and vegetables to a desired texture, to suit each stage of weaning.
So which one should you buy? Check out our buying guide below to find a masher which is right for you. We’ve researched the best baby food masher on the market and selected our favourites.
Let’s see what we found
Best Baby Food Masher
Annabel Karmel by NUK Masher
- Great for small portions
- Compact for travel
- Feeding bowl
This NUK mini masher and feeding bowl by Annabel Karmel is an affordable way to make your own baby food. It comes with both a masher and a feeding bowl, which can be used just like a regular baby bowl. We were surprised at how good the quality was for the price, very sturdy and durable. It’s only really suitable for single portions, but the compact size makes it supper easy to pop in your baby and take out and about.
Nûby Garden Fresh Mash-N-Feed Boy
- Bowl with lid
- Easy grip handle
- Available in blue and pink
The Nuby Mash N Feed is a great option for parents on the go. Simply mash into the bowl and pop on the lid to store the food until it’s needed. The easy grip handle on the bowl and mashers make this set very easy to use without slipping all over the place as you mash. We also the convenience of the set being microwave and dishwasher safe. You can also check out Nubys Steam N Mash range which lets you steam, mash, feed and store all with the one bowl.
Boon Mush Manual
- Create smooth and lumpy texture
- Simple pull lever
- Use as storage
The Boon mush is a mini manual food processor for preparing your babies food. Pop in some food, pull the string cord and let the metal blades do the work as you let go. The more to pull the cord, the smoother the food gets, so you can adapt the consistency to you babies weaning needs. This little workhorse can not only hand cooked fruit and veg but also cooked boneless meats it’s really compact and comes with a storage lid, making it perfect for travelling. We recommend using a dishwasher to clean if you can as the blades are fairly sharp, so be careful.
Kitchen Craft Mill
- 3 plates for texture
- Deskins and deseeds
- Easy to use
The kitchen craft food mill is perfect for making large batches of baby food. It comes with 3 plates sizes so you can create different food texture depending on how smooth you need the food. The biggest advantage of using this food mill is that is separates skins and seeds from the fruit pulp, making the food baby safe. It’s not suitable for the dishwasher but is fairly easy to clean by hand.
- Great for smooth texture
- Non slip handle
- Dishwasher safe
The Vonshef ricer is a great option for making really smooth purees. Although they take quite a bit of pressure to use, it does produce a consistent smooth puree. The handles are easy to grip with the rubberised parts, it really help your hands slipping if they are slightly wet. We recommend adding only a small amount at a time as too much can make it difficult to mash.
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Masher Buying Guide
Tools for Mashing
Mashers are fairly basic tools, usually a handle with a grid end which presses down onto the food. Mashers are best for given a lumpy consistency to food, which is great for babies around 6 months old. Best used for a single serving rather than talking large bathes of food. The simplistic design usually makes them fairly inexpensive and easy to clean.
A ricer looks similar to a gigantic garlic press. You place the food into the bowl and press down a large circular disc which strains it through the holes in the bottom. Ricers are most popular for making smooth mashed potatoes, but they are fantastic for making baby food too. The consistency is usually smooth depending on the fruit or veg used. Ricer can be a nit fussy to use, and fiddlier to clean. They are a cheaper option than electric blender and can be used to make yummy mash when baby no longer eats puree.
Like a mechanical sieve, a food mill uses a rotating top to push food through small holes. Food mill are a fantastic time saving option as they can separate pulp from tough skins and seeds. The consistency is usually very smooth but watery. Food mills can be quite messy to use, but they are great for dealing with large bathes of food.
Criteria for the best masher
There are lots of great masher options for preparing your own bay food. But how do we decide which ones are the ‘best’? Ultimately you final choice will come down to personal preference. To narrow your choices down before buying use these criteria to how well the device performs.
- Ease of Use – Consider how much effort is needed to make create your baby purees and mash. Would you prefer the machine to do most of the work for you or are you not fussed about putting in a bit of elbow grease? Consider if you need to remove skins and seeds before using or will the masher do that for you.
- Cleaning – You’ll make a lot of mess when mashing up food. Small bit of food will be everywhere, as well as the any juices. Look for a masher which rates highly for cleaning and doesn’t stain easily.
- Consistency – A baby who weans early will need food with a smooth consistency and no lumps. As your baby ages they adapt to chunkier food and lumps help them to advance with weaning. Look out for a device which as the option to create a variety of textures.
- Volume – Do you want the make your own baby food in single portions or do you want to create large batches for freezing?
- Price – Most food mashers are fairly inexpensive, expect to pay around £5- £30 for a food mashing device.
Advantages of using a baby food masher
As an alternative to using an electric blander for making purees, these are the benefits a manual masher will offer you.
Most mashing devices are fairly inexpensive to use. The cheapest options are usually mashers because you’re doing most of the work. Even the most expensive manual masher is around the same price as a very basic blender.
Easy to clean
Most mashers are very easy to clean as pretty much all the parts are suitable for placing in the dishwasher. Handwashing can be a bit tricky, but they are usually easy to rinse off and then soak in hot soapy water to remove any more food.
You never need to work about use these during a power cut or adding to your electricity bill. This also makes them very easy to use in places where there is no easy accessible power source, such as when you’re travelling or camping.
Mashers are quite compact which makes them much easier to store than a motorised blender. They are a great option if you have a small kitchen or lack of storage space.