The 11 Best Silicone Kitchen Tools of 2022

Loved by beginner cooks as well as experienced chefs, silicone tools can bring some extra ease to your cooking.

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Best Silicone Kitchen Tools

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When it comes to your everyday kitchen tools, you can find essentials made out of silicone, wood, plastic, stainless steel, and copper. We are partial to silicone, as it’s highly durable, heat-resistant, and stain-resistant. On top of all of that, silicone tools are flexible, easy to clean, and won’t mess up your precious pots and pans like metal utensils can with ceramic and nonstick cookware.

Spatulas might come to mind first when thinking about silicone utensils (yes, they are great for scooping out every last bit of batter for whatever baked good you’re making), but there are plenty of other silicone accessories worth adding to your kitchen. Along with researching the assortment of offerings on the market, we turned to Lexis Gonzalez, a private chef from Harlem, and Justin Gaspar, the founder of and head baker at Hommage Bakehouse in San Diego, for their expert suggestions and insights. Read on to learn about the best silicone kitchen tools and what makes them the cream of the crop.

Best Spatula Set

U-Taste 600ºF Heat-Resistant Silicone Spatula Set

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Out of all the silicone spatula sets out there, this one made from BPA-free premium silicone is a favorite for a few reasons. For starters, these spatulas can really take the heat without melting or warping, as they’re heat resistant up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. They’re also comfortable to hold, so you won’t get hand fatigue while stirring your batter as you might with other products with less user-friendly designs. 

The set is good for more than just mixing though since you get a large pointed spatula, a wide spoon spatula, a narrow jar spatula, and a mini pointed spatula. Spread, scoop, scrape… you can do it all. The attractive price and variety of fun color options, like teal, red, and midnight blue, are the cherries on top.

Price at time of publish: $23

Best Value Set

Oannao Multicolor Silicone Spatula Set

Oannao Multicolor Silicone Spatula Set

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If you want to stock up on an assortment of silicone kitchen utensils, this is a great starter set. Its low price gets you nine different tools, including spatulas (in a range of shapes and sizes), a pastry brush, a whisk, and an egg separator. As affordable as the product may be, you don’t have to doubt its quality. The spatulas are made from BPA-free, food-grade silicone with stainless steel cores for extra strength. Go for the mixed colors set if you love having a rainbow of equipment in your kitchen, or stick to the all-black set if you want to keep a clean, matching look.

Price at time of publish: $14

Best Splurge Set

Core Kitchen Silicone Utensil Set

Core Kitchen Silicone Utensil Set

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For anyone willing to invest a little more money in their silicone kitchen utensils, this Core Kitchen set comes with two utensils: a slotted turner that you can use for things like flipping pancakes and moving cookies to a cooling rack, and a pointed spatula that’s great for getting into tights corners of any bowl or dish. Gonzalez’s absolute favorite silicone products are from Core Kitchen because of their durability, and she appreciates that they have spatulas that are one piece of molded silicone. “This feature makes them last longer because the top of the spatula won’t detach from the handle with continued use, like some of the wood handle and silicone base combo,” she says. “This means it’s great for the home cook as well as professionals.” Those aren’t the only reasons she loves them though. “Their colors are vibrant and make my kitchen look fun,” Gonzalez says.

Price at time of publish: $16

Best Oven Mitts

Food52 Silicone Oven Mitts

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Five Two Silicone Oven Mitts & Pot Holders

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On top of protecting you from hot surfaces, silicone oven mitts are great because they give you that extra secure grip and are easy to clean in case you have any splatters while cooking. Our testers loved these mitts in particular because they have a slim, flexible design and a plush, almost luxurious, terry interior that makes them easy and comfortable to use. Plus, you’ll notice they’re a bit longer to keep your forearms protected as well. Thanks to the magnets inside and loops on the end, you can always hang them easily within reach. And that’s fine to do because they actually look nice with their cool window-pane pattern and tasteful colors like eucalyptus and rhubarb. No sacrificing style for function here!

Price at time of publish: $40

Best Muffin Pan

Silpat Perfect Muffin Mold

Muffin Mold

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Freshly baked muffins call for a reliable muffin pan, and instead of going with a metal tray, consider this silicone muffin mold. Since this mold is lightweight, flexible, and nonstick, you can effortlessly remove your muffins once they’re done baking and cooled down. The silicone design also means there’s no need to grease or oil your muffin cups, no fussing with bits of baked goods stuck to the bottom, and a much easier cleanup when cooking is finished. We also appreciate the spacing between each muffin cup, which leaves enough room for any rising or expansion that may occur. 

Price at time of publish: $56

Best Ice Cube Tray

DOQAUS Ice Cube Trays

Ice Cube Trays

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With some ice cube trays, it can be a real pain trying to pop out a certain number of cubes. Thanks to this product’s flexible, easy-release design, you can just push up from the bottom (each compartment is separated) to get your exact amount of ice. 

If you’ve had to make that precarious walk from the sink to the freezer after filling up your ice cube trays with water, you’ll appreciate that this ice cube tray comes with a removable, easy-to-open lid, so you don’t have to worry about spillage and can stack multiple trays on top of one another for space-saving in the freezer. Speaking of spillage, each compartment in the dishwasher-safe tray has a slight amount of overhang to prevent water from overflowing between sections. 

Price at time of publish: $15

Best Baking Mat

Silpat Premium Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat

Silpat 11-5/8" x 16-1/2" Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat

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For a silicone baking mat, it’s hard to beat Silpat, the original nonstick baking mat that’s made with food-grade silicone and fiberglass mesh and is oven, microwave, and freezer safe. “Silpats have been the standard globally for professional silicone baking mats and although they tend to be the most expensive, they hold up the best time and time again,” Gaspar says. “I’ve used other brands and they work, but oftentimes they break down faster or can get permanently sticky.” Gaspar uses Silpats daily for making Kouign Amann but says they’re great for all sorts of different pastries and eliminate the need for parchment paper in many cases. “The silicone baking liner is essentially a one-stop shop to make sure whatever you are baking does not stick to the baking tray.” 

Price at time of publish: $24

Best Baking Cups

OXO Good Grips Silicone Baking Cups

OXO Good Grips Silicone Baking Cups

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By choosing reusable silicone baking cups, you can cut down on waste, eliminating the need to use new paper liners each time you bake a new batch of cupcakes or muffins. They can also help you avoid those sticky messes created by any baked goods that just don’t want to leave the pan. Not only do these silicone baking cups have a nonstick interior, but they also have little tabs on the sides so removing your baked goods is even easier. During cleanup, you can conveniently slip the cups inside out to get a thorough clean, or you can throw them in the dishwasher. The icing on the (cup)cake? The fill line inside each cup shows you exactly how high to go with the batter to make uniformly sized goods.

Price at time of publish: $12

Best Measuring Cups

OXO Good Grips 3 Piece Squeeze and Pour Measuring Cup Set

 OXO Good Grips 3 Piece Squeeze and Pour

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You may have your go-to set of measuring cups with handles for your dry goods, but this silicone set is particularly useful for liquids. Given the cups’ flexibility, you can squeeze the opening to be narrower if necessary for a more precisely sized pour, but with a flat bottom, they’re sturdy enough to stand by themselves. They also have a soft, nonslip grip, lessening the chance that the cup itself goes right into whatever you’re cooking along with the liquid itself. 

Another cool thing about these is that they’re microwave safe, so if you need to melt butter or chocolate, for example, you can do it right in the measuring cup. While the contents inside will get hot, the honeycomb pattern on the outside of the cup is designed to dissipate heat, so you can still handle it comfortably. 

Price at time of publish: $23

Best Tongs

The Original Popco Tongs for Cooking

The Original Popco Tongs for Cooking

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From flipping meat on the barbecue to tossing vegetables in a marinade to transferring food from the pan to the plate, tongs are one of those kitchen tools that prove their usefulness in multiple cooking situations. With three sizes included, these lightweight tongs not only have silicone tips, which are heat-resistant up to 480 degrees Fahrenheit, but they also feature silicone pads on the handles, which offer an ergonomic grip. We love how the tongs have scalloped edges, offering a better grip on food, and how the locking feature keeps the tongs fully closed for fuss-free storage. If you like hanging your kitchen utensils, you’ll also appreciate that the locking ring works for that too.

Price at time of publish: $30

Best Pastry Brush

M Kitchen World Silicone Pastry Brushes

M Kitchen World Silicone Pastry Brushes

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It doesn’t take long to see that this silicone pastry brush is a bit different from your standard ones. In between its two layers of bristles, there’s a grid designed to hold sauces so you can get a better, more even spread. Compared to traditional pastry brushes made with boar bristles, this sturdy product isn’t going to shed or discolor, so it stays in good shape for longer. 

You can use it when barbecuing because of its heat resistance up to 446 degrees Fahrenheit, and whether you need it for marinating meats or brushing egg wash on pastry dough, the soft, ergonomic handle makes it a pleasure to hold. When you’re done with it, you can put it in the dishwasher to clean, and then you can hang it from the hole at the end for storage. 

Price at time of publish: $5

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How do you clean silicone kitchen utensils?

    One of the advantages of silicone kitchen utensils is how easy they are to clean. Both Gonzalez and Gaspar recommend washing with warm water and soap — no special tricks or products required. Most silicone kitchen utensils are also dishwasher-safe (just double-check the manual of the product); and if you go that route, it’s recommended to put them on the top rack.

  • Is it safe to use silicone kitchen utensils?

    The quick answer is yes, depending on what kind of silicone it’s made out of. “Food-grade silicone is FDA-approved and does not cause chemical contamination of foods,” Gonzalez says.

    Gaspar uses silicone cooking and baking tools in both his professional kitchen and his home kitchen. For anyone concerned about using silicone kitchen utensils, he recommends buying the best-quality tools you can find. “Buy nice or buy twice,” Gaspar says. “A spatula could be advertised as good for cooking, but if it feels flimsy and starts to melt the moment you touch the pan, it’s not meant to be. Get something that feels like it was made with intention!”

  • Can you use silicone utensils on stainless steel?

    “It is certainly fine to use silicone utensils on stainless steel,” Gaspar says. “Some of my favorite spatulas at home are made of silicone and are rated for high heat!” While using metal utensils on a stainless steel pan or pot could leave scratches on the surface, Gonzalez says, “silicone utensils are nonabrasive, so they do not scrape the bottom of the pot while stirring. This will help to keep the pots in good condition longer.”

Our Expertise

Cindy Brzostowski is a freelance writer and avid home cook who has previous experience in cookbook publishing. Her writing has been featured in Allrecipes, Blue Apron, The Kitchn, and EatingWell among other publications. For further advice and recommendations about silicone kitchen tools, she consulted with Lexis Gonzalez, a private chef from Harlem, and Justin Gaspar, the founder of and head baker at Hommage Bakehouse in San Diego.

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