For such a simple dish, there are a lot of ways to make mashed potatoes. Scroll down for seven of the best tools to make mashed potatoes your way. Potato ricerA potato ricer is widely regarded as the best tool for mashed potatoes that are smooth and fluffy. But Sevier says his mom breaks out the hand mixer every time she makes mashed potatoes, and they are, I’m quoting here, “the best mashed potatoes you will ever have.” Potatoes made this way are light and fluffy with a few lumps, and they come together very quickly. I think totally smooth mashed potatoes are kind of alarming and contrary to nature—too much like baby food for my holiday table.