The Best Silicone Spatulas for Home Cooks, According to Testing
Anyone who loves to bake frequently knows that they'll reach for a silicone spatula at least once or twice for almost every recipe. Whether you need it for mixing brownie batter, folding in egg whites, or just scraping everything off the sides of the bowl—there's a spatula out there to get the job done. A great tool can only improve your favorite recipes, from the finest cakes to properly folded cookie dough. A good heat-resistant silicone spatula is also essential for stovetop cooking and for protecting nonstick pots and pans.
We did our research and selected seven different silicone spatulas to put to the test, noting elements like mixing ability, heat resistance, and how easy they were to clean. We found our hands leaned the most towards the U-Taste Silicone Spatula Set. The set of four is equipped with a spoon, jar, large, and mini spatula with a sleek silicone design. Another set that impressed us was the Oxo Good Grips 3-Piece Silicone Spatula Set, with a flat-edge head and two pointed ones. Read on for the full list of silicone spatulas best for making the sweet treats you love.
Our Top Picks
The ideal silicone spatula is more based on personal preference—what you're most comfortable with, the material you like, and what it will be used for. For a variety of head shapes, comfortability, and heat resistance, we love the U-Taste Silicone Spatula Set. We also love the Oxo Good Grips 3 Piece Silicone Spatula Set for more versatility and covering all the basic needs when baking.
Factors to Consider
Mixing batters and ingredients can be a workout for your arms and hands, so comfort is a must. Find a material that is most comfortable for your hands such as wood, bamboo, rubber, or silicone. Size also comes to play. For example, the longer the spatula is, the more area you can cover. If a spatula is too short, you may strain your arms and hands more than needed. How does the spatula feel in your hands? Can you find yourself mixing things for long periods of time with it? Ergonomics are just as important as the material itself.
Depending on how you're planning to use the spatula, you may not have to consider this. However, it is still good to know just in case you're in a crunch and have to reach for it. Not all spatulas react well to heat and may even burn when exposed to extreme temperatures. Make sure to find one that works at high temperatures that won't discolor, warp, or even melt.
Shape and Versatility
Spatulas have more uses than just mixing. They fold batter, scrape pans and bowls, and much more. Find a spatula with a certain head shape that can do more than just one task. For example, spatulas with a curved and tapered edge are more optimal for scraping and mixing whereas spatulas with a flatter head are more ideal for scooping.
Another thing to keep in mind is the structure and size of the head. If it's too big, it may be too clunky to use in small bowls or scraping small corners. The structure plays into the functionality—it has to have the right balance of firm and flexible to grab ingredients and mix things correctly.
Ease of Cleaning
A majority of silicone and rubber-based spatulas are dishwasher-safe, while wooden ones aren't. Ingredients also have a tendency to stick onto spatulas so making sure that it comes off easily and does not leave any residue is very important. Some spatulas that have a silicone head and a wooden handle detach from one another for cleaning, which may not be suitable for some people as food can easily get stuck in the space between.
After researching a variety of silicone spatulas in leading brands, we compiled a list of seven spatulas in different sizes, shapes, and construction to put them to the test. We tested them based on versatility, comfort, heat resistance, and if they were easy to clean.
For versatility and comfort, we used each spatula to mix brownie batter in a regular mixing bowl, then recorded how comfortable the spatula felt in our hands and how well it worked for mixing. We also transferred the batter into a square baking pan using the spatulas to test how well they scraped the batter out of the bowl. We also tested out their shape by also emptying the batter from a measuring cup to see how well it worked reaching into small corners and spaces.
To test out heat resistance, we made homemade caramel over the stove. We first looked at the manufacturer's recommendations for how high of a temperature each spatula can handle and took it from there. We paid attention to whether or not the handle got hot and if the tool was warped or melted in any way afterward.
Pro Panel Q+A
What are silicone spatulas used for?
As previously mentioned, spatulas are used for more than mixing ingredients together. They are used to fold batters, creams, or any other wet ingredient when you have to fold in something airy and light such as egg whites. You can even use them to fold omelets and crepes. Spatulas are also perfect for scraping things out of a bowl when transferring them to another container—making sure you get every last drop.
What are spatulas usually made of?
Spatulas come in a variety of forms. The handle can be made of plastic, wood, or silicone. For a more heat-resistant option, silicone from top to bottom is the way to go.
What Didn't Make the List
Maia MaGill is a former Michelin-star line cook working in restaurants such as Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles and Tail Up Goat in Washington, D.C. She currently works as a production assistant in our testing labs. For this piece, she researched a variety of silicone spatulas across the market and did hands-on testing using her five years of culinary experience and time at The Institute of Culinary Education in Los Angeles.
Lauren Musni is a Food & Wine fellow with an associate degree in culinary arts from The Culinary Institute of America. She wrote this piece based on our test results, her personal experience working in restaurants, and her love for baking and cooking.