Tofu is a vegan staple. Everyone, even the most avid carnivore, knows about it, and many turn their noses up in disgust. The reason that so many people eat bad tofu is because they don’t know the basics of how to prepare it; and pressing it is always the first step. If you’ve been neglecting this, and you want to up your tofu game, a tofu press is a must-have.
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If the whole process of pressing tofu is becoming burdensome, it might be worthwhile to invest in a device that can do it for you. Balancing pots and pans or books on top of a block of tofu, filling things with water, and wasting reams of paper towels are all practices that can be avoided with a simple device like a tofu press. These models ensure an even press, so you’re not going to end up with an uneven block that’s cracked at one end.
Tofu is a great source of protein and a delicious addition to your diet, but the best tofu is always pressed and marinated (like this BBQ tofu recipe). Make the process easy on yourself with a machine that takes the annoyance and guesswork out of it.
There are a few differences between these models, surprisingly. Some, like the TofuXpress, can press all types of tofu: from silken to extra firm, while the others can only do firm and extra firm blocks. The Tofu Presser models both have two-year warranties (found at the manufacturer’s website here), while the TofuXpress has a one-year warranty. Some models use springs to press the tofu evenly, while some rely on you tightening the tension knobs. Some are larger than others, to fit bigger blocks of tofu.
All of the models are dishwasher-safe, and all are known to be great products that make pressing tofu easier. The model that appeals to you the most will come down to what types of tofu you eat, the time you’re willing to spend pressing, and how involved you want to have to be in the process.
The TofuXpress Gourmet Tofu Press is the top model in this list because of its versatility. Unlike the other models on this list, you don’t need to only use it with firm and extra firm tofu; instead, it’s advertised as being able to be used with silken tofu and even incredibly soft substances like yoghurt. This model’s unique design compared to the other models makes this possible; things aren’t going to squash out the sides, because it’s a contained unit, so you can press more things within it.
This model can also double as a marinating dish, which is especially helpful for tofu. After pressing, all you need to do is get rid of the pressed-out water, add your marinade, put on the included lid and leave it. Not only do you not need another container, you don’t even need to move your tofu after pressing it; and the container is small enough to fit comfortably anywhere, even a small slot in your freezer (if you want to make this amazing tofu banh mi, for example).
This model is dishwasher-safe, like all the other models, and it comes with a one-year warranty that is standard for kitchen appliances. Its only con is that it isn’t explicitly advertised as having a short pressing time; while the other models all advertise pressing times of 15 minutes or below, this does not. Therefore, it could be assumed to take longer than the other models. Given its much better versatility, however, this seems an acceptable compromise. If you’re only planning on pressing firm or extra-firm tofu, another model may be better for you.
The Super Tofu Press is an excellent tofu presser. It has four springs, so pressing is even and regular and likely to result in perfectly-pressed tofu. It comes with a two-year warranty (found at the manufacturer's website here), which is long for an average kitchen appliance, and it’s dishwasher-safe.
This model is advertised as taking under 15 minutes to press tofu, which is something that the previous model does not advertise. As a result, it’s likely to be a fair amount quicker. In addition, because of the spring action, you do not need to manually adjust this model to ensure that tension is kept up, like you do with other models – so you can just put it in the sink and leave it, coming back after you’ve prepared other parts of your meal to use it.
However, this model is not made for any type of soft tofu because of its open design. Softer tofus are likely to be squashed and fall out the sides of this model. This isn’t a problem if you only eat firm and extra firm tofu, however.
The EZ Tofu Press comes third in this lineup. It’s a great model, with a lot of smart design features to make the process of pressing your tofu easier.
Some of these are shared by the other models on this list, like the fact that it’s dishwasher-safe and has an advertised pressing time of under 15 minutes. But others are more unique, like the centering marks on the plates to make sure your tofu lines up perfectly and so will press evenly, or the fact that it’s large enough to fit both small and large blocks of tofu so you need not cut big pieces up.
Because this model doesn’t have springs, however, the tension will need to be increased manually by you twisting the tension knobs every 2-3 minutes. On the positive side, this means that there are no springs to wear out, so this model is likely to last a long time. However, it could be inconvenient if you’re trying to do other things while your tofu is pressing.
The Simple Tofu Press is a simple, stripped-back model that does the job well. It’s dishwasher-safe, and comes with a great two-year warranty (found at the manufacturer’s website here). It’s advertised to have a pressing time under 15 minutes, like two of the other models on this list, which is much shorter than many other models on the market.
However, it does come with some cons. It is not made for soft or silken tofu, so if you’re planning to press either of those tofu types it might be better to purchase an alternative model, like the TofuXpress. It also only has two springs, so if one fails more than the other over time then the press is likely to become skewed, leading to uneven presses. Models with four springs avoid this, because the other springs can compensate for the failing spring. Finally, even though it has springs, this model must be manually adjusted every 2-3 minutes by tightening the knobs to increase tension. While this isn’t too inconvenient, it is more of an encumbrance than other models.
The best tofu press on the market today is undoubtedly the TofuXpress. It can work with a wider range of tofu than any of the other top models, and its unique design means that it can also be used as a marinating dish – so it’s not a one-trick pony.
If you want to get the most out of your tofu, pressing and marinating it is the best way to go. The TofuXpress makes that very easy.
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