This ricer makes making mashed potatoes so much faster and easier than the regular potato masher. The best part is that it makes for some really smooth tasty mashed potatoes. I like that it has three different removable plates. The different sizes can make for a nice variety in presentation at lunches or dinner parties. The benefit to using a potato ricer instead of mashing the potatoes by hand is that the potato ricer achieves a uniformly smooth consistency with no lumps. And an electric mixer or food processor can overwork the starches, producing a gluey product. A ricer is definitely the way to go. It’s stainless steel and dishwasher safe which is great! I like that you can get a great grip on the handles and it has a bowl rest! Just squeeze the handle and the potato comes out completely mashed. This would also make some amazing baby foods for your little ones.