The main thing I was concerned about when choosing a potato ricer was the amount of potato passing through the sides of the paddle. I thought most ricers would produce a smooth consistency potato, but some I had seen in shops looked like there was quite a gap between the paddle and the sides of the potato ricer. I was not dissapointed with how smooth a consistency of potato this ricer produced. Whilst there was a little potato sliding between the paddle and the sides, it was so little it really was not a problem. Any one looking for an easy to use potato ricer which produces a smooth mash, whilst not allowing masses of potato past the paddle, and comes apart for easy cleaning, or if you are lazy like me put it into the dish washer, will not be dissappointed with this product. 5 stars from me.