I am one that loves homemade mashed potatoes. I prefer those over any type of instant. Sometimes it is nice to have a splash of "different." These 2 little tricks will work well with any of mashed potato that you choose in your home.
When making your potatoes, after you have them all cooked/mashed, add in 1/2 of sour cream and fresh ground pepper to them. It will make them very smooth, creamy and full of flavor. Another trick you can do is add in 1/2 a block of cream cheese and a little garlic salt. It will give the potatoes a nice texture and a yummy hint of garlic. You can also sprinkle the top with shredded cheddar and/or chives. Oh they are both so yummy!