The OXO Tot Food Masher fits a niche for families wanting to mash food for their toddlers while on-the-go. This manual product is small in size, compact, and sports a lid. You can toss it into a diaper bag or luggage bag for your next adventure, without worry that it will take up space. Plus, it is easy to clean. Keep in mind this product will not create smooth purees like machines, and certain foods may require some effort to mash. However, it is portable and inexpensive, a couple of perks that others do not provide and features you may be hoping to find.
OXO Tot Food Masher Review
Pros: Minimal, small in size, compact, lid included, easy to clean, inexpensive, portable
Cons: Below-average puree quality, small amounts, requires effort, lid may pop-off, staining
Manufacturer: OXO Tot
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Our Analysis and Test Results
Founded in 1990, OXO is an American manufacturer of housewares and kitchen products, with a mission to create tools that make everyday tasks easier.
The OXO has one of the lowest scores for puree quality. It will not produce silky-smooth purees for a beginner baby, and it cannot remove skins or seeds. But, this product is not designed to achieve similar quality to electric machines. It is essentially a glorified fork and bowl, with a lid, to be portable and aid in mashing food on the go.
We recommend this product for an advanced eater or toddler who can manage texture and some pieces. It did a fair job mashing bananas, avocados, pasta, and broccoli.
The OXO struggled the most with kale and raw carrots, followed by chicken, which appeared tuna-like, and blueberries, which had many medium-size skins still present.
Ease of Use
The trade-off of simplicity is no features, and the OXO is one of the few muscle-powered products in the review.
As a small and compact product, the OXO can easily be packed. The masher dismantles into two parts and nests within the bowl. The bowl's capacity is about 8-10 oz, which will yield one or two servings. The lid can cover leftover food to transport home and store in the refrigerator. Take note that some users report the lid pops-off in a diaper bag; however, during testing, we did not experience this issue.
Health and Safety
The OXO receives a high score for this metric, primarily due to its simplicity, which limits the potential for harm and concerns. For instance, it does not have a steam tank or sharp blades, plus there are no nooks or crannies for yuck to grow.
The product is made from polypropylene plastic #5 (recyclable) that is phthalate, BPA, and PVC free. The soft, non-slip grip is Santoprene (a type of rubber), which contains no chemicals.
Ease of Cleaning
The OXO is dishwasher safe, but handwashing is a breeze, too, and we strongly encourage handwashing to prolong the product's use. The bowl is white, so some foods, not all, may stain. During testing, we noticed that carrots are one of those foods that may stain, regardless of how quickly it is washed after use.
The masher doesn't have holes to prevent food from getting trapped. It should be inspected for food build-up and be thoroughly cleaned regularly.
— Molly Bradac