The Genius Garlic Cutter claims to easily dice garlic precisely and evenly. It’s a simple device that works the same way as a pepper mill – you fill the chamber with garlic, fit all parts together and twist until the chamber is emptied and you have a small pile of perfectly diced garlic.
We put it to the test with a pile of peeled garlic cloves and found it produced uniformly diced garlic with nothing left in its chamber (and only a small amount stuck in the cutting blades). But it wasn’t as quick or as easy to use as we expected, it takes lots of twisting to dice a single clove. It also requires considerable effort to twist the device, so we don’t recommend it for anyone with weak hands or wrists.
We also don’t recommend using the Genius with the storage container attached – it sits loosely on the bottom (rather than twisting into place) and can be knocked off too easily.
It’s fiddly to clean. While all parts are dishwasher-safe, the instructions advise keeping water out of the handle so we hand-washed all parts in hot, soapy water. You must be careful though as two parts have sharp, exposed blades.
Also included with the Genius is a garlic peeler and a garlic plane for finely slicing garlic. We thought the garlic peeler – a silicon tube you put cloves into then roll your palm over – was the best part of the set! It’s not a new invention though and you can easily find them at homeware stores for about $10.
We have no complaints about the Genius Garlic Cutter’s performance. It does what it says but it takes longer and requires more effort than its advertising material led us to believe. We think you can achieve similar results using a decent cook’s knife and chopping board. It might take slightly longer but cleaning up will be much quicker and simpler!
It’s available from geniusgarliccutter.co.nz and some supermarkets and kitchenware stores. We suggest buying in store to avoid the hefty shipping charge.
First Looks are written from the perspective of our product experts. Our lab-based tests offer truly objective product comparisons.
By Libby Manley.