Mortar and Pestle Sets That Crush the Competition

Nothing replaces the flavor produced by the traditional mortar and pestle

Overhead shot of mortar and pestle
Getting a mortar and pestle is a game-changer.Unsplash/Todd Quackenbush

The components of a good mortar and pestle set depend on what you plan to use it for, but as a baseline rule, you’re better off with solid stone. (It’s the most user-friendly.) As for size, smaller mortars and pestles are great for grinding spices, whereas larger versions are better suited for grinding large leafy items and nuts, or for mashing avocados.

ChefSofi Mortar and Pestle Set - 6 Inch - 2 Cup Capacity - Unpolished Heavy Granite for Enhanced Performance and Organic Appearance - INCLUDED: Anti-Scratch Protector + Italian Recipes EBook
For those that rely on hand grinding their spices, this one is really built to last.ChefSofi

This solid, unpolished granite mortar and pestle is hefty and (literally) rock-hard. Its matte surface, combined with the stone-on-stone action, makes for particularly pleasant grinding conditions. It also puts this set in the running for the most versatile type of large mortar and pestle you can own.

EZ-Grip Silicone & Porcelain Mortar and Pestle With Non-Slip Detachable Silicone Base - NEW DESIGN - Dishwasher Safe by Cooler Kitchen
Don't let its compact size fool you. This option is a workhorse in the kitchen.Cooler Kitchen

If you’ve got fewer mouths to feed on the regular but still want a heavyweight contender, consider adding this mortar and pestle to your kitchen. The porcelain design won’t absorb strong odors and its unglazed interior won’t flake or create a powdery residue over heavy use. The easy-to-grip silicone handle and base is quite handy when you are putting some muscle behind your grind. Did we mention it’s a breeze to clean as well?

HIC Mortar and Pestle with Pour Spout, Large, Porcelain
Unlike its counterparts, this set is dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup.HIC Harold Import Co.

Maybe you’re more a porcelain mortar-and-pestle person. In that case, the best all-purpose one is arguably HIC’s mortar and pestle: large-ish but relatively light, good for big and small jobs, with a handy pour spout to boot. Pro tip: Harder items, like peppercorns, may need their surface cracked before they can be ground.

Greenco Marble Mortar and Pestle, 4.5", White/Gray
This option also has an unpolished, naturally rough interior for better grinding.Greenco

Utilitarianism never looked so good. Constructed from solid white marble with gray accents, the Greenco mortar and pestle is small yet sleek, and somewhat of a specialist: It’s better suited to crushing spices for spice mixes.

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