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OXO Tot Food Masher Review

A travel-friendly, manual food maker that mashes, but does not puree like machines
OXO Tot Food Masher
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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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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  • 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 who seek to mash food for their toddlers while on-the-go. This manual product is small in size, compact, and comes with a lid, so toss it into a diaper bag or luggage bag for your next adventure. Plus, it is easy to clean. Keep in mind this product will not create smooth purees like electric-powered machines and certainly requires some effort to mash at times. However, it is portable, inexpensive, and quick to clean—a couple of perks that other contenders in our lineup do not provide.

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Pros Minimal, small in size, compact, lid included, easy to clean, inexpensive, portableEasy to use blender that creates excellent purees, can make large batches, and is easy to cleanQuality puree, easy to clean, inexpensiveBowl scraper accessory, large quantityPortable, fairly easy to clean, low-cost, free from BPA and PVC
Cons Below-average puree quality, small amounts, requires effort, lid may pop-off, stainingNo cooking feature, takes up counter or storage space, and not portableDoes not cookBowl scraper accessory scratches bowl, plastic doesn't feel high quality, larger footprint on countertopDoes not grind all foods, blade is dull, liquid can leak, and grinds small quantities of food
Bottom Line A muscle-powered food maker that mashes food and is portable, but does not produce puree quality like machinesExcellent blender that creates smooth purees, can make large batches, but can take up kitchen spaceSimple, inexpensive, and versatile, this unit makes baby food in a snapA food processor that we don't recommend as the removable bowl scraper leaves fine scratches on the plastic bowl, an issue that hurt its puree quality scoreA portable, no-frills baby food maker with a low price-tag
Rating Categories OXO Tot Food Masher NutriBullet Blender Puree and Blend Hamilton Beach... Fresh Baby Food Mill
Puree Quality (35%)
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9
7
8
4
Ease Of Use (30%)
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8
8
6
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Health Safety (20%)
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9
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Ease Of Cleaning (15%)
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Durability (0%)
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Portability (0%)
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Specs OXO Tot Food Masher NutriBullet Blender Puree and Blend Hamilton Beach... Fresh Baby Food Mill
Capacity Not Listed 8 cups Not Listed for Food Processor, N/A for Immersion Blender 10 cups
Manual states: 2 to 3 cup max for fruits and vegetables, .7 lb for meats
1 Cup
Footprint Small Large Small Large Small
Steam No No No No No
Settings Blend, Mash Blend, Puree Blend, Puree Chop, Blend, Puree, Slice Blend, Puree
Special Features None None None None None
Included Accessories Lid Tamper, Recipe Booklet HomeMade Essentials Package Available with 1 Recipe Book, 6 Glass 4oz Storage Jars, 60 Labels, Immersion Blender with Food Processor Attachment and Pocket Guide Reversible Slicing/Shredding Disc None
Available Accessories None Yes Sage Baby Eco Steamer, Sage Spoonfuls - Simple Recipes, Healthy Meals, Happy Babies; Sage Spoonfuls Pocket Guide, Assorted Storage Jars, Pouches, Snackie and Munchie Bag Sets Crinkle Cut/Fine Shred Disc None

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

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 or expected 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
banana
pasta

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.

chicken
blueberries
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 along for travel. 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. Note that some users report the lid pops-off in a diaper bag; however, we did not experience this issue during testing.

The masher can dismantle into two parts.
The masher can dismantle into two parts.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Health and Safety


The OXO receives a high score for this metric, primarily due to its simplicity, limiting 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...
The OXO has non-slip grip on the masher and on the lip of the bowl. This type of rubber contains no chemicals.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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