A Survey of Spatulas

Which spatulas belong in your kitchen?

Spatulas are some of the most-used tools in our kitchens. And there are so many different kinds: metal spatulasnonstick-safe spatulascompact spatulasgrill spatulas, and offset turners. I can’t bake without our top-rated mini offset spatula—it’s the best tool I’ve found for smoothing batter and spreading icing. And of course, silicone spatulas are must-haves for mixing cookie dough or making scrambled eggs. To store all those spatulas, plus all your whisks and wooden spoons, you need a utensil crock. Our favorite is spacious and sturdy, and it has removable dividers for easy organization.

—Carolyn Grillo, Associate Editor, ATK Reviews

This spatula was great for flipping eggs and pancakes, and the flexible silicone head was especially good at gliding in the pan—even navigating rounded sides with ease. The silicone material kept cookies stable during transport, and we liked the generous handle. The spatula’s head was an ideal length, though we found it too wide to easily scoop up brownies. And while this spatula’s flexible head was ideal for skillet cooking, it was too pliable to scrape up leftover brownie bits.

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This model can feel oversized, but the long handle offers good leverage in deep bowls and pots. The large, flat blade makes quick work of folding whipped egg whites, which would suffer from too much agitation. You may not use it every day, but it can’t be beat for certain tasks. It lost points for staining, but it eventually did come clean.

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Seamless silicone surrounds a sturdy polymer core, making this spatula easy to clean and comfortable in hand. The flexible head handily maneuvers in tight corners and edges but is strong enough to scoop heavy food. It’s also available in a mini version, perfect for petite jars.

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The long, thin handle on this spatula allowed testers to maintain a comfortable distance from the jars, and the slim head was a perfect fit for the “shoulders” of squat vessels. We would have preferred a seamless design like the winner since the tiny gap between the handle and the head trapped food, but the two pieces can be pulled apart for cleaning.

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This grill spatula aced all our tests. Its front edge is just 3 inches across, so it can fit between the most closely packed burgers on the grill, but the head then flares out toward the handle to support wider items such as grilled pizza. Its comfortable, rounded handle with a silicone grip never became slippery, and at a moderate weight of 8¼ ounces, it wasn’t fatiguing to use for extended periods of time. It lifted 10 pounds with ease and survived abuse testing looking good as new. 

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Our former winner continues its reign: Its perfectly proportioned head supported foods of all shapes and sizes and maneuvered nimbly even in tight spaces. And because it's also moderately thin and flexible, it excelled at getting under food. The head's pronounced curve provided extra leverage for prying up food and kept our hands higher above hot pans. All users found its handle easy to hold, though some wished the otherwise comfortable plastic were grippier.

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Our former favorite triumphed again. Made from a resin/fiberglass composite, this fish spatula had a relatively thin, smooth head that was long, narrow, and provided ample room for picking up food. Its straight, moderate-length handle brought our hands close to the action and was fairly comfortable to grip, if a little slicker than we preferred. Just don’t leave it on a hot pan—it melted at 450 degrees.  More on this test

With a head that was thin and flexible in the front and thick and sturdy at the back, this long, relatively broad turner was good at scooping up lots of food, smashing two burgers at a time, and securely transferring large tarts. A medium-size handle made of textured plastic ensured a secure grip and allowed it to be dishwasher-safe. One tiny quibble: Its head couldn't support a whole ham.

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We liked this offset turner almost as much as our winner, and it had many of the same characteristics and strengths, flipping and transferring lots of food, smashing two burgers at a time, and securely lifting tarts. Its handle was similarly grippy and comfortable to use. But testers didn't love the head's perforations, which sometimes caught on food and tore it, and its head couldn't support a whole ham.

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This round ceramic crock is large enough to comfortably fit 20 utensils. The removable dividers organize the utensils and allow the user to remove one utensil quickly without it getting tangled up in other utensils. A removable silicone mat sits at the bottom of the crock, giving utensils a soft place to land while minimizing noise. Because the crock is dishwasher-safe, it’s supereasy to clean when it inevitably gets splattered with food from the stove. Lastly, it’s offered in a variety of colors to match any kitchen.

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