I’m going to start this review by getting straight to the point: the Russell Hobbs stainless steel potato masher is weak and flimsy, don’t buy it.
I bought mine from a local B&M store but these mashers are also available from many other outlets. If you can’t find a local high street supplier, you will find plenty of options for buying this Russel Hobbs potato masher online.
In addition to offering it as a standalone item, some suppliers distribute the Russell Hobbs potato masher bundled with other items as a stainless steel kitchen utensil set. Based on my experience with the potato masher, I advise you to stay away from the company’s other stainless steel kitchen utensils too.
B&M stores have several different potato mashers on sale but all the other ones I saw were made of plastic. I try and avoid buying plastic items as much as possible so, although I had a few doubts about the design, I bought the stainless steel version made by Russell Hobbs.
As for the price, I only paid £2.99. That’s not expensive but it’s still a waste of money when you discover your purchase is crap.
The fact that the base of the masher wasn’t maintaining a 45° angle did not inspire confidence. It turns out I was right to have my doubts. The first time I used it to make some mash, it bent. The second time it bent some more. The Russell Hobbs stainless steel potato masher is a worthless piece of kit.
I should point out, I normally mash a combination of potatoes and carrots and, every time, I cook them well. Neither the potatoes nor the carrots are unusually hard. My previous potato masher was made of plastic and it never let me down. It got lost during a recent house move and it seemed like a good chance to upgrade to a metal option instead. Some upgrade!
In the interest of fairness, I have sought out a few reviews written by other people who have experience using the Russell Hobbs stainless steel masher, It turns out many other people are saying the metal bent during use and terms like “flimsy” and “cheaply made” turn up a lot.
Russell Hobbs is a British manufacturer that’s been around since the 1960s. When I was growing up, it was a household name and, from what I can remember, it was a respected brand.
So, what has gone wrong? The answer may not surprise you. It certainly didn’t surprise me. When I did some research, I discovered Russell Hobbs has stopped supplying products that are “made in England” in favour of ones that are made in East Asia. The quality is no longer there.
I’ll end this Russell Hobbs stainless steel potato masher review by repeating what I said at the start. It’s weak and flimsy, don’t buy it. The masher won’t stand up to regular use and, based on my experience and the comments I’ve read online, is not fit for purpose.