Well, after years of doing them the traditional way, I have discovered a newer, easier, fewer pots & pans way of making mashed potatoes. I bake the potatoes in the microwave, let cool a minute, remove skins, add the goodies and mash. Kim does the honors there, using an old fashioned potato masher.
He has the muscle to get them nice and fluffy that way...I'd have to use the hand mixer.
My Grandma White used a wooden mallet, and her mashed potatoes were creamy and fluffy as could be.
We get by with a little help from our friends