I started feeding my son table foods at 6 months and didn't need 100% smooth for very long at all. Could be your next child will be that way too. I used this:
And it worked just fine for the two months I needed it for his food. I use it for guacamole now. I think it cost me $8. My most used tool was a fork like a pp said.
Danielle, Nick, Gigi ('08) and William ('11)