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OXO Tot Food Masher Review

A travel-friendly, manual food maker that mashes, but does not puree like machines
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Price:   $10.00 List | $9.99 at Amazon
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
By Molly Bradac ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 17, 2020
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#5 of 7
  • Puree Quality - 35% 3
  • Ease of Use - 30% 6
  • Health/Safety - 20% 8
  • Ease of Cleaning - 15% 9

The Skinny

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.

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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.

Performance Comparison

The OXO is manual  and the masher has teeth and groves  plus the bowl has similar grooves  all of which help the mashing process.
The OXO is manual, and the masher has teeth and groves, plus the bowl has similar grooves, all of which help the mashing process.

Puree Quality

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.

partially frozen peaches

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.

green peas

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.

The masher can dismantle into two parts.
The masher can dismantle into two parts.

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.

The OXO has non-slip grip on the masher and on the lip of the bowl. This type of rubber contains no chemicals.
The OXO has non-slip grip on the masher and on the lip of the bowl. This type of rubber 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.

The masher's grooves should be inspected from time to time.
The masher's grooves should be inspected from time to time.

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