If you want to cook, you’re going to need cooking utensils. Seems obvious, right? Spatulas, spoons, slotted spoons - these are all pretty important for nearly any meal you might think of preparing.
But preparing that meal without damaging your brand new, and not to mention expensive non-stick pans? That’s another story.
Enter, silicone cooking utensils! They are a great solution to non-stick cookware, and thankfully, when it comes to buying the best silicone cooking utensils, there are also lots of options.
Here are the five best silicone cooking utensils currently on the market.
High End Pick
My pick for the all around, best silicone cooking utensils.
This 13 piece silicone cooking utensil set by Umite Chef has, quite literally, everything. There are so many individual items in this set, in fact, that I thought it would be best to list them before going into the strengths and weaknesses of this set as a whole.
- Slotted turner
- Solid turner
- Deep soup ladle
- Pasta server
- Flexible spatula
- Spoon spatula
- Spreader spatula
- Slotted spatula
- Basting brush
- Egg whisk
- Slotted Spoon
- Kitchen tongs
- Holder cup
Alright, for those paying attention, the list above adds up to 13 items, which is different from the 15 item total advertised. Not a big deal, this still includes just about everything I would want in a utensil set, but it does deserve mention.
With respect to quality of construction, this set is very sturdy. Most of the utensils start with a 18/8 stainless steel handle - great for strength, leverage and durability - and feature silicone grips and end pieces. The silicone is non-stick, non-toxic and completely BPA free, so no worries with regard to what touches your food.
Four of the items are made from a single piece of silicone, and include the spoon/spatula, the basting brush, the flexible spatula and the sperader spatula. These are the utensils where you actually want some flexibility, so the extra give that you get from silicone is a smart design decision.
And despite the silicone, these utensils are all heat-resistant, and can withstand temperatures up to 446 degrees Fahrenheit. What’s more, they’re also all dishwasher safe.
The only real downside is that the holder that comes with this set is relatively small, made from a lower quality plastic, and in my opinion, kind of ugly. But this is also the least important piece in the set, and one that’s easily replaceable and even easier to overlook.
As I have done for the previous post, we’ll start this one off with a simple list of each item in this six piece set by Rachel Ray. And while this set may be a bit sparse when compared to the rest - just six items - it makes up for it with well thought out and convenient design features.
But without further ado, here is what you get when you buy the Gatchets Six Piece Utensil Set by Rachel Ray:
- 13 inch solid spoon
- 13 inch slotted spoon
- 13 inch ladle
- 12 inch turner
- 10 inch turner
- Balloon Whisk
So let’s start with design, since it’s probably among the best attributes of this silicone utensil set. The 10 and 12 inch turners are both strong, yet thin enough to flip even the most delicate items.
I have always found thin spatulas to be critical to a lot of recipes, something with a relatively sharp edge that let’s me get under an item like fish without smushing it. Of course, there are plenty of metal spatulas like this out there, but it becomes more challenging when you move to silicone out of concern for your non-stick pans.
These turners definitely fix this problem, being quite thin themselves, and I also really like the slight angling. It’s very obvious to me that whoever designed these knew exactly what they were doing.
Movig on, I also like the angled flat edge on the ladle, something you don’t often see. So simple, but such a smart move, especially when it comes to preventing sticking on stews.
In terms of construction and materials, all of the items have an ergonomic, soft grip, including the whisk. Whisks are probably among the most important kitchen utensils to get right with respect to comfort, something to which anyone who has ever manually whipped egg whites into stiff peaks can surely attest.
These utensils are also dishwasher safe, and can withstand heats of up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, though I wouldn’t leave them on a hot surface for long, as any silicone is likely to melt at some point.
This LIANYU 12 piece silicone cooking utensil set is COLORFUL. Clearly, a utensil set this vibrant is not for everyone, and if that’s the case for you, feel free to keep scrolling. But if you’re open to a splash of color in your kitchen, these utensils are absolutely great.
But before we get into explaining exactly why this set is so great, here is a quick overview of what is included:
- 12.8 inch skimmer
- 12 inch slotted turner
- 11.7 inch soup ladle
- 10.5 inch tong
- 8.3 inch brush
- 11.3 inch spaghetti server
- 10.8 inch slotted spoon
- 10.8 inch spoon
- 10 inch whisk
- 8 inch spatula
- 7 inch utensil holder
Each of these utensils is constructed from a single and seamless piece of silicone, making them very easy to clean as well as dishwasher safe. And these utensils are solid - they won’t bend, buckle or snap during use, even when used with heavy foods. We’ve all snapped enough cheap spatulas to know the importance of strength when it comes to silicone utensils.
There are also a few convenient design features. First, the handles each have holes for hanging, in the event that you don’t want to use the utensil holder that comes with the set.
There is really only one design feature that I don’t love, and that’s the fact that the whisk has a hollow handle. It’s not really possible to get a solid piece whisk, and so I understand the construction limitations here.
That said, the handle tends to trap water, which needs to be shaken out after washing. This isn’t the end of the world by any means, but it is a small inconvenience.
The price is also just really great for a 12 piece set. Every utensil that you might need for under $20? Amazing!
I really like this set of utensils by Docgrit, so much so that I’m willing to overlook the slightly misleading description that I want to clear up right away. While this item describes itself as a “39 Piece Silicone Utensil Set,” it is in truth more like 17 unique items.
Here they all are, listed:
- Pasta server
- Slotted turner
- Food turner
- Slotted Spoon
- Serving Spoon
- Spoon spatula
- Basting brush
- Soup ladle
- Oven mitts
- 12 hooks
- Ice cream scoop
- Can opener
- Measuring spoons and cups
How did they get to 39 from there? By counting each hook, measuring spoon and cup separately. Tricky, no? But as the only real negative aspect of this set, it’s something I’m very willing to overlook.
We are buying products and not product descriptions, afterall. So then let’s get down to it.
The first thing that stands out to me is the attention to detail with regard to aesthetics. The color scheme is fantastic - the charcoal silicone, the black measuring cups and can opener, and the way those colors all contrast with the light wooden handles. It’s perfect.
And the handles are fantastic. I love the feel of wood while I’m cooking, much more so than silicone, and yet I can use these knowing that my cookware is safe, thanks to the silicone heads. It’s really a perfect combination.
Even though they counted them separately, the chrome hooks are also a really nice touch. I also really like that this set comes with an ice cream scoop and can opener - not silicone utensils by any stretch of the imagination, but pretty important items for any kitchen. Especially the ice cream scoop!
The Miusco 5 Piece Silicone Utensil Set is perfect if you don’t need much but the basics, and want to keep things classy.
I really love the minimalism of these utensils. There is nothing here that is unnecessary, and no useless add ons to justify raising the price. Just the basics, as follows:
- Slotted turner
- Slotted spoon
These utensils are made from really great materials, BPA free of course, and heat resistant up to 464 degrees Fahrenheit. Like the Docgrit utensils, I really like how the utensil heads are all silicone, while the handles are made from wood.
The Acacia hard wood is really nice. It both feels great - clearly very sturdy - and looks fantastic, with a unique wooden grain pattern on each handle. I probably wouldn’t put them in the dishwasher though, the only drawback of using such a nice piece of wood.
I also like that these come in a variety of colors. Red (really more like a burgundy) is my favorite, but the gray, black and midnight blue are equally charming. They have a rustic look to them that I think works well in a lot of kitchens.
The only downside to these utensils is the fact that the heads seem to be made from a single piece of silicone, rather than a silicone layer over harder plastic.
This, of course, can be seen as both good and bad. On the plus side, a utensil head made entirely from silicone will probably be safer for food preparation, seeing as you know exactly what is going into your food. No mystery plastics here.
That said, the problem with utensil heads that are made from pure silicone is that they’re usually just not as stiff as they should be. This is the case with these utensils, and especially the spatula. While these utensils are great for stirring, they won’t do well if you need to scrape your pan or lift any heavy food items.
In the end, selecting the best silicone utensils is not that complicated, so I’ll keep this brief. The first bit of rather straight forward advice is simply to gauge your needs, and proceed from there. This is how I approach buying nearly any kitchen set, whether it be utensils or kitchen knives.
The big sets with lots of stuff are impressive and cool, but will you use everything? Will you use most of it? Half? Where will you store it all?
I’ve also been forced to pare down my kitchen toolkit a few times over the last few years, and as a result I make sure, moving forward, that I only buy what I need. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t get a big set, but I already have a can opener, so why get another?
Next, let’s consider silicone for what it is - a solution to a problem, and an imperfect one at that. I say this because while silicone will certainly protect your non-stick cookware from scratches, it will just never perform the same way as wood or metal utensils. It’s relatively soft, and will eventually wear down.
Silicone covered plastic is, of course, an option, but one with its own problems - who wants mystery plastics hiding inside their utensils? If you’re using non-stick cookware, by all means get some silicone utensils to protect your investment, just don’t expect them to feel the same as metal or even wooden utensils.
Silicone utensils are critical, but unfortunately, they can’t do it all. Keep them as an option to turn to when you need in your ever expanding kitchen toolkit!
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