From durable mixing bowls to a solid nonstick skillet, these are five must-have tools for making pancakes.

Kristin Donnelly
Updated May 23, 2017

Even though pancakes don’t require much gear, it’s still nice to have exactly the right tools. Here are our must-haves for any pancake kit, perfect for yourself or as a gift for DIY brunchers.

1. Mixing Bowls
Though most mixing bowls work well for making pancake batter, you’ll never regret having a set of durable, pro-grade stainless steel bowls. $70 for a set of 4 bowls; food52.com

2. Whisk
Rösle’s silicone-coated wire whisk is the ideal shape for blending batters, and is safe to use on nonstick surfaces, should you need to do so. $24; rosleusa.com

3. Nonstick Skillet
A high-quality nonstick skillet is a worthy investment: It will never serve you wrong when cooking everything from pancakes to eggs to fish. Scanpan skillets are a great choice because they’re made from recycled aluminum and are free of harmful PFOAs. From $100; surlatable.com

4. Griddle
If you often make pancakes for a crowd, it’s worth having a cast-iron griddle on hand that’s large enough to straddle two burners. The Lodge version doubles as a grill pan. $75; lodgemfg.com

5. Spatula
Oxo’s silicone-coated stainless steel spatula is safe for nonstick pans, and it’s easy to maneuver too. From $10; williams-sonoma.com

Kristin Donnelly is a former Food & Wine editor and author of the forthcoming The Modern Potluck (Clarkson Potter, 2016). She is also the cofounder of Stewart & Claire, an all-natural line of lip balms made in Brooklyn.

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