The Best Tools that Whizz and Whip
Whether you need to beat eggs for a breakfast scramble or make whipped cream to top a decadent dessert, tools that whip and whizz are handy to have around. Of course, there is the traditional whisk—our favorite works quickly thanks to its 10 wires—but there are also a few specialized tools that are worthy additions to your crock. Our favorite flat whisk is perfect for making sauces and gravies, and our recommended dough whisk makes mixing sticky dough and thick batter a breeze. Prefer to whip and whizz with a little electric power? We’ve got you covered with top-rated hand blenders, immersion blenders, and even a milk frother.
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Testers thought this whipper’s shorter stature, rubber grip, and responsive lever made for effortless control, and both novices and pros easily piped fluffy, uniform rosettes. Grips on the handle and neck made refilling and cleaning speedy.
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With a handle made from grippy TPE (a plastic-rubber hybrid material) and tines that had good rigidity and spacing, the OXO flat whisk aced our sauce tests and was relatively comfortable to use for longer periods. While this whisk had one of the longer handles in our testing, an additional inch would have made it even more enjoyable to use.
Faster and easier than a rubber spatula, wooden spoon, or whisk, this simple 15-inch wooden tool with a thick, stainless steel coil makes mixing sticky dough and thick batter a breeze. The coiled wire resists batter clumps and is easy to clean; the long, sturdy wooden handle provides excellent leverage.
This blender’s two speeds were well calibrated and were all we needed to bounce from task to task with ease. It was the easiest to maneuver—light and slim, with a grippy body. It had a whisk for perfect whipped cream and a blending cup that contained splatter. We downgraded it a wee bit for leaving small, precise bits of kale in its (still perfectly drinkable) smoothie.
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With an ergonomic Santoprene rubber handle and a balanced, lightweight feel, this whisk was like an extension of a hand. It whipped cream and egg whites quickly, thanks to 10 wires that were thin enough to move through the liquid quickly but thick enough to push through heavy mixtures and blend pan sauces to smoothness.
This felt like the sports car of the group: light, maneuverable, and efficient. Its five speeds were powerful and well calibrated, nicely covering the range called for in recipes.
Tipping the scale at just over 2 ounces, this whisk was sturdy and well balanced yet didn’t weigh us down. Its flexible, thinly coated wires were firm enough to mix a roux but maintained a bounce that went naturally with the whisking motion in aerating eggs. Although its handle was a little short for testers with the largest hands, for most of us it was just right.
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