May 6, 2021

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The 8 Best Silicone Cooking Utensils

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Whether you’re caramelizing onions or flipping pancakes, the best silicone cooking utensils are comfortable to hold while keeping nonstick coatings and other surfaces safe. Silicone utensils are usually made from a rigid core covered partially or entirely in silicone — a one-piece all-silicone utensil can be easier to clean since it lacks seams, nooks, and crannies, but a stainless steel core covered partially in silicone is ultra sturdy for tasks like lifting or scraping and may simply feel more comfortable if you’re used to metal kitchen tools. If you don’t feel strongly that your utensil should be entirely covered in silicone, you might prefer handles made from a non-silicone material for reasons of price, aesthetic, or comfort.

There are many types of silicone cooking utensils, and you should always choose the one that makes sense for your kitchen, whether that’s a spoon, whisk, spatula, tongs, or a utensil set. While food-grade silicone generally handles high temperatures better than nylon or plastic, some types can have a higher heat resistance than others — manufacturers often give a specific temperature rating for the cooking end of a utensil, if not the handle (though the temperature rating should be the same for a one-piece design). You’ll definitely want to make sure the handle is designed to handle high temperatures if you plan to leave the utensil in the pan while your food is cooking.

If you’re looking to build out an entire set of silicone utensils, you can either buy a pre-assembled set or build your own. Buying a bundled set can be more cost-effective and convenient when you need several utensils at once, but buying individual utensils a la carte allows you to customize your collection to ensure all your bases are covered.

Whether you need a full set or just a couple of tools to complete your collection, check out these silicone cooking utensils that will seriously level up your cooking game.

1. A One-Piece Silicone Turner Spatula

With an overall rating of 4.6 stars from more than 1,300 Amazon reviewers, the StarPack premium silicone turner is a popular choice thanks to its simple one-piece design. While some one-piece designs can be too soft and thick for scraping pans or getting under food, the StarPack turner has a sturdy, steel-reinforced core and a tapered edge that make it incredibly functional.

This spatula is resistant to temperatures up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit, meaning it shouldn’t melt where it’s touching a hot pan, and the handle shouldn’t get too hot to the touch. When you’re done cooking, you can just throw it in the dishwasher. But if you prefer to hand wash, the one-piece design means there are no crevices or joints where food can get trapped, making the task a little easier.

This silicone turner comes in three different colors to better coordinate with your other kitchenware.

According to one reviewer: “We needed to replace some plastic / nylon turners that were fraying […] This one is nice and heavy because of the metal frame inside – it feels substantial in your hand – it doesn’t scrape in a way that would damage the bottom of nonstick pans but it is easy to move foods around in the skillet or on the flat iron as well as to get the leading edge underneath an omelet/egg or flapjack. I love the red color and the slots and the durability of it […] so far it’s fantastic and makes me realize that we should’ve replaced the old ones a long time ago.”

2. A Fan-Favorite One-Piece Silicone Scraper Spatula

With more than 2,600 (and growing!) reviews on Amazon and an overall rating of 4.8 stars on the site, it’s clear that this di Oro spatula is a joy to cook with. The moderately flexible blade is supported by a steel-reinforced handle, which makes the spatula sturdy enough to use for stirring batters or folding in ingredients. The one-piece design means there’s no detachable head that can accidentally come off, even when you’re mixing extra-thick dough.

The dishwasher-safe, stain-resistant silicone can handle temperatures as high as 600 degrees Fahrenheit without melting. It has a convenient hanging loop at the end of the handle for easy storage and comes in eight different colors.

According to one reviewer: “The silicone has taken anything I throw at it without flinching. It is also just flexible enough to serve as a bowl scraper, without being too flimsy to do something like remove cookies from a cookie sheet. That alone is wonderful. It is exceptionally easy to clean, even if left out overnight and has handled every task I have asked of it. It has become one of my go-to tools in the kitchen. For the price, its a no-brainer.”

3. A Silicone-Coated Whisk

Metal wires coated in silicone give you a nice balance of structure and flexibility in this balloon whisk from OXO Good Grips. The rounded handle is comfortable to hold and offers a textured surface that won’t get slippery, even after you’ve been whisking over a hot pot for what feels like hours. The silicone’s 600-degree Fahrenheit heat resistance means you can whisk sauces on the stove for as long as you need without worrying about melting.

While silicone whisks aren’t the best choice for whipping cream or eggs, this medium flexibility whisk is a great tool to have for whisking a roux, stirring sauces, or blending dressings, especially considering that the silicone-coated wires won’t scratch your nonstick cookware or damage your ceramic or metal bowls. It’s also dishwasher safe, and the well-spaced wires ensure food won’t get trapped in the top.

The whisk comes in two different colors and in 9- or 11-inch sizes. Customers can also buy it in a set with either a basting brush or a potato masher. If you’re looking to round out another basic set with a couple of specialized tools, these package deals can help you keep costs down while getting the tools you need.

According to one reviewer: “Nice whisk. Needed a silicone one for my non-stick pans. This works well, doesn’t bend or feel flimsy. Feels well balanced in the hand. Happy with my purchase.”

4. A One-Piece Silicone Mixing Spoon

This mixing spoon from StarPack has a firm spoon head for stirring and scooping and a textured, ergonomic handle with a strong steel core so no matter what you need to mix, this spoon has got you covered — even if you’re stirring thick batter or polenta. The spoon’s durable, all-purpose design has earned it a 4.7-star overall Amazon rating after more than 1,800 reviews.

The silicone mixing spoon is heat resistant up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit (even the handle) and has a solid, one-piece design. While the spoon is dishwasher safe, the one piece design means there’s nowhere for bits of food to get caught, making cleaning easier.

Choose from three gorgeous colors. The spoon also comes in a slightly more flexible nylon core version, which isn’t quite as resistant to heat but is slightly cheaper.

According to one reviewer: “The utility spoons are sturdy, have a good grip, and are very easy to clean. They are somewhat heavier than my old plastic ones but I feel much more confident using them for bread dough stirring. The high heat resistance is an added bonus, I don’t have to worry while stirring hot contents.”

5. A Silicone-Coated Turner Spatula

The OXO Good Grip Silicone Flexible Turner has all the functionality of a metal turner, but with a protective layer of silicone that keeps your cookware safe. While one-piece designs are handy for things like flipping pancakes or stirring veggies in a pan, the super thin, flexible edge of this silicone-coated steel turner is ideal for tasks like cleanly detaching a cake from the cake pan, cutting and serving a casserole, or scraping burnt bits of food from a skillet.

With a heat resistance of 600 degrees Fahrenheit and a silicone-coated grip that stays cool, this turner can definitely stand the heat. However, several Amazon reviewers note that the silicone on the handle is not as heat resistant as the head and can melt if left to rest inside a hot pan.

You can get this dishwasher-safe turner on its own, in two different sizes, or in combination with some other essential cooking utensils like a spatula set or more specialized turners.

According to one reviewer: “This thing is built solid, and is study enough to flip heavy steaks, and smooth enough to flip omelets. I cook a lot of food on my Lodge cast iron skillet and this spatula holds up, not a single sign of wear, damage, or melting from heat. I’ve even used this spatula to scrape out burnt on stuff from the skillet while its still on the stove, and it was fine. Every other non-metal spatula I have is melting, peeling, or chipping a little bit at the tip, but not this one. It can handle high heat without a problem, and can handle high heat in the dishwasher without warping. I strongly recommend you buy this spatula, its the best one out there by far.”

6. These Silicone-Coated Tongs In 2 Different Sizes

With a stainless-steel frame and firm silicone-coated tips that are heat resistant up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, this two-piece set of large and small tongs is great for the grill or the stove, boasting a 4.8-star overall rating on Amazon after more than 16,000 reviews. Textured silicone with a scalloped edge provides a gentle yet secure grip on your food. The silicone panels in the handle help provide a nonslip grip so you have more control when maneuvering food. However, there is still some exposed metal, so make sure you don’t set them down too close to the heat or else they can become too hot to touch. While the tongs are dishwasher safe in a pinch, the manufacturer recommends hand-washing to better preserve the silicone. When not in use, a pull-tab lock keeps the tongs shut.

You might not think you need two different sizes of tongs, but the different sizes are better suited for different tasks, so the two-piece set gives you a wide range of uses. It comes with a 12-inch pair of tongs that’s perfect for flipping steaks or roasts and using over a grill where you want your hand far from the heat. The smaller pair of tongs in the set is 9 inches long and offers the precision control you need for smaller or more delicate tasks like turning veggies, grabbing pasta without crushing it, or even serving delicate salad greens.

Choose from a bunch of different color options.

According to one reviewer: “I really love these tongs and they are heat-resistant. I use them for fried chicken and they didn’t melt even slightly even after I left them in the oil for a few seconds. The locking mechanism is a simple pull to open them and push to be able to snap up items. They’re also really easy to clean and they don’t retain stains!”

7. A Budget-Friendly 15-Piece Set Of Silicone Cooking Utensils

When you want to be prepared for absolutely anything, and you want to do it on a budget, this 15-piece silicone utensil set from Umite Chef is the way to go. You get 14 dishwasher-safe utensils, all with heat resistant up to 446 degrees Fahrenheit, and a utensil holder to store them in, all for around $30. The package includes spatulas, a whisk, a ladle, and mixing spoons that are essential to any kitchen, as well as all the specialized extras like a pasta fork, tongs, and a basting brush. You also get a range of flexibility with softer, more bendable spatulas and rigid turners and mixing spoons.

While many of the utensils are stainless steel coated in silicone, they feature silicone grips so that you can still use them over a hot stove without worrying about an overheating handle. Plus, they come in six different colors, including a fun multicolor set. With such a wide range of tools and styles, it’s no wonder the set boasts a 4.7-star overall rating based after more than 8,000 Amazon reviews.

According to one reviewer: “We couldn’t be happier with this utensil set. The variety of pieces covers all needs. The angle of the spatulas is just right, as is the slope of the edge. They clean easily without greasy residue left anywhere.”

8. A 5-Piece Set Of Silicone Spoons & Spatulas

Whether you’re completely replacing all your cooking utensils or just building your first set of kitchen tools, this gorgeous silicone and acacia wood set from Miusco will make a great foundation. The five-piece set is a popular pick among shoppers, featuring a 4.7-star overall rating based on more than 5,400 Amazon reviews. It comes with a selection of spoons and spatulas: a firm mixing spoon, a flexible spatula, a semi-flexible spoonula (yep, that’s a cross between a spoon and a spatula), a slotted spoon, and a turner with a tapered edge. While it doesn’t include everything like tongs or a whisk to round out the set, these are items you can easily add on as needed.

The all-silicone heads come in three color options, all of which are durable and heat resistant up to 464 degrees Fahrenheit. The acacia wood handles provide a heat-resistant ergonomic grip that also looks beautiful in your kitchen.

Admittedly, these tools are a little higher maintenance than the others on this list, since the wood handles aren’t dishwasher safe and may crack or warp if soaked in water so you need to hand wash and dry them promptly after use. However, reviewers report that they’re easy to hand wash and that it’s worth it for the balance of beauty and functionality the set provides.

According to one reviewer: “I’m really enjoying my cooking utensils – the handle is a nice solid thickness where I feel like I can get a good hold on it and the silicone is flexible but seems durable. The one flat spatula is ingenious in terms of its shape. I can use it for anything!”

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