Royal VKB Garlic Crusher [Review]

As you might have already guessed from the recipes I’ve posted so far, my husband and I go through a lot of garlic.

Neither of us are fans of mincing garlic with a knife. The minced garlic in a jar isn’t that fresh though I confess to using it before I was married just because it was easy. And grating it using a Microplane gets old fast when you have half a dozen cloves to get through.

My husband, Artis, had picked up the habit of using a garlic press so when he moved here, we did some research and decided to buy a new one here that hopefully didn’t have the problems of his old one (separate cleaning thingie, small chamber). Unfortunately, the one we first went with broke at the hinge after only six months.

We quickly found out how difficult it is to pick a new press that wouldn’t suffer from the same problem and remained affordable. ($40 for a press seems steep to me.) Eventually, we found and settled on the Royal VKB Garlic Crusher, designed by Ineke Hans.

Even comes in a nice box, no clamshell packaging!

There are no moving parts — it’s just a solid fluted 7.5″ stainless steel rod. It takes a little more time to crush garlic cloves but it’s easy to clean and fun to use. It’s also efficient, leaving nothing uncrushed, provided you don’t miss something. And the price is on par with the mid-range presses — we paid about $20 on Amazon.

We received it a few days ago and immediately tested it out. The first reaction? “It really IS fun to use!”

Two cloves to crushThwacking the cloves to start offQuickly reduces garlic to itty bitty bitsAll that's left of two cloves is a pile of nicely minced garlic

It does take longer, but I don’t think it’s possible to break. It’s fun to whack the clove and split the skin off easily then roll around on the clove. (I disavow any knowledge of any “vroom-vrooms” or “die you garlic fiend!” outbursts.)

What I like: Crushes very efficiently and releases more garlic juices than most presses. Easy to clean. No moving parts to break. Stainless steel.

What I don’t: I keep forgetting to use this on a polypropylene cutting board (my wood board soaks up the juices). You have to clean the garlic pieces from the grooves (fingers work best) during and after crushing to get everything.

Biggest Drawback: If you’re not a fan of garlic or dislike having garlic pieces/juices on your hands, this is not the tool for you.

Final Verdict: Definitely a product I’d recommend to anyone in the market for a garlic press.

Find the Royal VKB Garlic Crusher at Amazon.com

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Why am I writing this? Because of a dearth of reviews about this very interesting garlic crusher. It would have made our purchasing decision easier if we could have seen better pictures and read more about its use than we did. Last but not least, I think this is a very cool product that deserves a mention.

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10 Responses to Royal VKB Garlic Crusher [Review]

  1. MommaCat says:

    What an cool looking garlic crusher! Simple and to the point.

  2. Claudia says:

    Thanks for the review, especially for including pictures! I was thinking of getting one of these — I can’t stand using the traditional garlic presses — so it’s nice to read about someone’s real life experiences with it.

    • Cori Rozentāle says:

      Claudia: You’re most welcome! Both my husband and I really love it, it works extremely well and is much better than the traditional crusher. I’m glad to hear that it helped and that the pics were useful (that’s what we were looking for and couldn’t find when we were deciding whether or not to take a chance on it).

  3. Faye says:

    Thank you so much for your thorough and clear review! I find it very interesting that dwr.com is selling a more expensive (obviously, its dwr after all) similar garlic crusher by the same designer. The one on dwr doesn’t seem to have the flat section with which you say you whacked the clove. What do you think of that? Is that flat part essential – is the dwr item just overpriced and not as useful? You guys are awesome. I wish there were more reviews like this for every single item I contemplate buying online. Thank you!

    • Cori Rozentāle says:

      Faye: Thank you! I’m glad you found it so useful. :)

      I took a look at dwr.com. Considering they’re saying that this is the same crusher by Ineke Hans that won the Red Dot Award, I believe that they are simply not showing the flat section. (This is somewhat deceptive in my mind. I’d hate to pay more for an identical crusher since Amazon is cheaper right now.)

      The flat section does make it easier to whack the cloves and we’ve found it useful for sticking the crusher to a magnetic knife strip. (Much easier to store this way than any other we tried, given the amount of garlic we go through!) But, if it doesn’t have a flat section, the ridges will simply cut more into the cloves. Half the time we just whack the cloves with whatever side happens to land on them — it doesn’t matter if we’re intending to crush them all the way. But if I’m trying to remove the skins and intend to put flattened whole cloves in a dish, the flat side is really useful – better and safer than a knife blade. My husband notes that he sometimes wishes that the flat section wasn’t there because it would make it easier to roll over the cloves quickly. (He’s not willing to give up sticking it to the knife strip however!)

      In short, not having the flat part would not present much of a difference other than making it harder to stick on a knife strip or flatten cloves. Still, that’s pretty important to me, so I feel it’s overpriced for what you (don’t) get.

  4. Faye says:

    Thank you! You guys rock.

  5. Gyta Nicola says:

    I’m considering buying this but what I’d really like to know is how easy it is to use for someone with osteo-arthritic hands. I had to give up using the normal crushers that you squeeze – just not enough grip these days AND it hurts. Any information gratefully recived. Many thanks.

    • Cori Rozentāle says:

      Gyta,

      If you can push down with your hands and roll, like using a rolling pin, this would probably be an excellent choice as there is no gripping or squeezing required. I use the flat of my palms to push the crusher – I do get some garlic on my hands, so keep that in mind. Considering its size and heft, I think it would be fairly easy to handle with arthritic hands. I hope this helps and best of luck to you.

  6. Kat says:

    We sell the Royal VKB Garlic Crusher in our bricks and mortar store as well as our online store (its one of our best selling items in store though that may be attributed to my personal belief it is the best crusher I’ve used in my 25+ years of cookery).

    I was looking for an independent review to print and place near my display of crushers when I happened across yours. Great review and great pics!

    There is only one thing I’d take exception to and that is what you note as “Biggest Drawback”…

    There is a trick to removing the scent of garlic (and onion) from your hands. The trick is entirely in using a stainless steel anything to rub your fingers/hands on under running water. Because the Royal VKB crusher IS made of stainless steel you simply need to take it to the sink, run the water and rub your hands/fingers on it under the water. Voila! Smelly garlic fingers taken care of!

    Just thought I’d share!

    Best,

    Kat

    • Cori Rozentāle says:

      Kat,

      Thanks for the comments. Please email me to discuss terms if you would like to use my photos or my review in your store.

      Also, I have never found rubbing stainless steel to be that particularly effective. With this crusher, the oils from the garlic seem to get everywhere, including in your cuticles and under your nails. Unfortunately, even if you believe in the stainless steel soap deal, it won’t help with removing the oils from hard-to-reach areas.

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