Potato Masher Redesign

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Hello,
I am an Industrial Design student at the University of Alberta. I am working on a research oriented design project that requires me to choose an item (a hand held potato masher) and redesign it with the help of communication with the end user. The idea is that by designing it with specific help from the people who use an item most, a better or more suitable tool can be created. What you guys can do to help is simply answer a few questions (which I will post below) and then hopefully engage in a dialog with me as I develop and prototype an improved potato masher.

The following is a sampling of existing potato masher designs.

1

2

3

4

5




Of the five mashers shown, which is most like the one you use? If you use something completely different, please describe it or provide a link that shows yours.


Where do you primarily use it? (In a professional kitchen or at home?)


What motivated you to pick the one that you currently use? Price, feel, appearance, functionality?


Were your expectations met?


If not, what would you change or improve?


What about your potato masher do you think is good? What features are the most important to you? (Rigidity, comfort, afford-ability, safe for use on non-stick products, ease of cleaning, etc.)


Finally, what is the maximum price you would be willing to pay for the best hand powered potato masher you can imagine? Please specify which currency you are thinking of.




Thank you in advance for your time and consideration. I will keep all names and personal information private unless you give me explicit permission. Again, this is just being used for a school report.
 
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Hello,
I am an Industrial Design student at the University of Alberta. I am working on a research oriented design project that requires me to choose an item (a hand held potato masher) and redesign it with the help of communication with the end user. The idea is that by designing it with specific help from the people who use an item most, a better or more suitable tool can be created. What you guys can do to help is simply answer a few questions (which I will post below) and then hopefully engage in a dialog with me as I develop and prototype an improved potato masher.

My daughter is also an industrial designer.  I like designers who try to find out what the people who use their objects want in an object

The following is a sampling of existing potato masher designs.

Of the five mashers shown, which is most like the one you use? If you use something completely different, please describe it or provide a link that shows yours.

i use 4, sometimes 1
Where do you primarily use it? (In a professional kitchen or at home?)
home

What motivated you to pick the one that you currently use? Price, feel, appearance, functionality?
The design appealed to me (one piece that is bend like a hand with the knuckles down - i used to use one like 5 but it had two bolts on the sides holding the metal flat part (mine was metal) and it wobbled.  The number 1, though, goes easily through the potatoes, breaking them pretty efficiently.  The one i have like number 4 has bigger holes, which makes it easier to mash.  I think the holes on the one you pictured are too small and the potatoes would have a hard time passing through them.  If i had to choose from the actual ones depicted i would choose 1.  

Were your expectations met?
yeah, pretty much

If not, what would you change or improve?
I HATE all the modern handles.  They;re too thick, and so can't be easily hung, and can;t fit easily in a drawer.  Egg turners, ladles, everything now has these thick handles.  Supposed to be for easier handling i imagine, but i can't stand them up in a pot on the counter, because 4 handles already fills it up!  And the thickness of the handle makes the hole unusable.  I like the old painted wooden ones, with a hole at the end but i'm not likely to find those any more.  If metal or plastic they should be thinner.  Since a masher gets a lot of pressure on it, plastic is not a good choice.  Ok for egg turners but not mashers. 

What about your potato masher do you think is good? What features are the most important to you? (Rigidity, comfort, afford-ability, safe for use on non-stick products, ease of cleaning, etc.)
rigid, thick and  flat (very flat so that it stays flat and makes contact with the bottom of the pot over all the surface of the mashing part.  Instead, the one like number 5 in metal, was thin and so the metal bent, so it didn;t fully mash), cheap would be nice, goes in dishwasher.  Actually mashes potatoes!  (Important consideration) I I don't boil potatoes in a non-stick pot so i don't care if it's safe for non-stick.  In general, i find the tools for non-stick to be inferior quality.    

Finally, what is the maximum price you would be willing to pay for the best hand powered potato masher you can imagine? Please specify which currency you are thinking of.
10 euros, though i might be willing to splurge



Thank you in advance for your time and consideration. I will keep all names and personal information private unless you give me explicit permission. Again, this is just being used for a school report.
you can use my "name" if you want.  .  Good luck.   Just noticed the second part, female, 61
 
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I'm most likely to use the top one.  As I've fount they simply work the best and are easiest to clean.  That said I most often make mashed potatoes in a stand mixer as do most professionals.
 
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