The 8 Best Measuring Cups of 2020

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"Designed to sit upright without tipping, so you can set them on the counter to pour ingredients into them."
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Measuring cups are one of the items that are essential in just about every kitchen. Whether you’re measuring flour for a cake or broth for a soup or peanut butter for a batch of cookies, you’ll reach for measuring cups over and over again. There are two different types of measuring cups: those designed for measuring dry ingredients and those for liquids. Since you need different cups for different amounts, dry measuring cups come in sets. Since liquid measuring cups can be used for a variety of amounts, you might only need one, but it can be handy to have several, especially when you are making a recipe with more than one liquid to be measured. Here, the best measuring cups for your kitchen's needs. 

Best Dry Measures: Bellemain 6-Piece Stainless Steel Measuring Cup Set

This six-piece measuring cup set features two sizes that aren’t always included in basic sets—a 2/3 cup measure and a 3/4 cup measure. While it’s certainly possible to measure those amounts using other cups multiple times, it’s not convenient. The set also includes the more common 1/4, 1/3, 1/2 and 1 cup measures, so you’ll always have the one you need.

These are made from 18/8 stainless steel and are designed to sit upright without tipping, so you can set them on the counter to pour ingredients into them or fill them ahead of time and set them aside until you need them. For storage, they nest easily, so they won’t take extra space in your cabinet or drawer.

These have both U.S. and metric sizes etched on the wide, easy-to hold-handles, so you can see at a glance which cup you have. There are no welds, and all the edges are smooth so you won’t run into anything sharp. When cooking is done, simply toss them in the dishwasher.

Best Wet Measuring Cups: OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Angled Measuring Cup Set

When you’re using a standard measuring cup, you should place the cup on a flat surface and read the measurement at eye level. That means a lot of stooping and squatting—unless you have this angled measuring cup set. If you like reading the measures from the side, you can certainly do that, but these are designed so you can also read the measurements from the top. No more need to fill, bend down to check the amount, fill some more, and check again.

This set of three means you’ll always have the cup you need for large, medium, and small amounts, and they neatly nest for storage. Since these are microwave safe, you can measure and then heat water, juice, or milk for your recipe, but they shouldn’t be used for microwaving fats or oils.

With both standard and metric measures, you can use these liquid measuring cups for any recipe. The set includes 1-cup, 2-cup, and 4-cup measuring cups and they all have ​non-slip handles that are easy to hold onto, even when your hands are messy. For easy cleaning, just toss them in the dishwasher on the top rack.

Best Collapsible: Squish 4-Piece Collapsible Measuring Cup Set

This set of measuring cups collapses for easy storage in a drawer or other small spaces. An included loop can connect them so they can be hung on a single hook, or keep them separate to grab them one at a time. The set includes 1-cup, 1/2-cup, 1/3-cup, and 1/4-cup measuring cups. The handle and rim are sturdy black plastic, while the cup portions are cheerfully colored in green, red, blue, and orange.

The capacity is marked on each cup so it’s easy to grab the right one for your recipe. When cooking is done, these are dishwasher safe for super-simple cleanup every time. This set is also available with matching collapsible measuring spoons in 1 tablespoon, 1 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon, and 1/4 teaspoon sizes.

Best Budget Cup: Rubbermaid Commercial Products 1 Cup Bouncer Measuring Cup

This budget-friendly measuring cup won’t win a beauty contest, but it does its job with style. Measurements are easy to read, with substantial lines and clear print. Ounces and cups are in red, while metric measures are in blue.

Made from sturdy polycarbonate, this doesn’t need gentle care and won’t chip, crack, or break in normal use. It’s NSF certified for commercial use​ and can withstand boiling liquids and freezing temperatures. It is dishwasher safe.

Best Large Capacity: Pyrex Prepware 2-Quart Glass Measuring Cup

If you’ve ever measured water for a turkey brine 1 cup at a time, or if you make lemonade by the gallon, you’ll appreciate this extra-large measuring cup. It holds 2 quarts, so you’ll have your stockpot filled with fewer measures and less counting of cups.

Made from glass, this is non-reactive and won’t absorb odors, so there’s no need to worry about using it for a spicy marinade one day and a batch of ice cream base on the next day. The red graphics are easy to read, with U.S. measures on one side and metric on the other. The integrated handle is easy to grab, even when you’re wearing an oven mitt.

While you probably won’t cook in a measuring cup, this one is microwave-safe so you can use it for melting chocolate or butter or for heating liquids. It’s also refrigerator- and freezer-safe, as well as top-rack dishwasher-safe. Unlike a glass cup that is breakable if you drop it or subject it to rapid temperature changes, this one is built to last, much like the one your mom or grandmother used for many years.

Best Adjustable: OXO Good Grips 2 Cup Adjustable Measuring Cup

This one cup does it all. It holds 2 cups and is adjustable with a simple twist to align the body with the cup’s measurements. There are separate measurement marks for liquid or dry ingredients in U.S. and metric measures. For dry ingredients, you fill to the top, then level it off. For liquids, the fill mark is at a lower level so you won’t spill the ingredients on the way to your bowl or pot.

For thin liquids, just pour from the cup—the rim is designed to make pouring easy and mess-free. For sticky liquids like honey or thick ingredients like peanut butter, turn the cup over and twist to push the ingredients out. A silicone disk on the pusher scrapes the sides clean as it pushes the food out so you won’t waste a drop.

And there's no need to grab another cup for a new amount—you simply twist to set a new measurement and fill the cup again. For cleaning, just slide the two pieces apart and wash them on the top rack of your dishwasher. When washing is done, it’s easy to slip the pieces together again for storage.

Best Measuring Scoop: RSVP International Endurance Oval 1/2 Cup Measuring Scoop

Measuring scoops are great for leaving in canisters of frequently used items, whether it’s sugar, rice, or flour. No need to wash the scoop each time—since there’s no cross-contamination—just leave the scoop in the canister for the next use. If a smaller quantity is needed, the scoop makes it easy to fill a traditional measuring cup. The handle is 5 3/4 inches long, so it’s simple to dip deep into a canister, and the 18/8 stainless steel is non-reactive, corrosion-free, and completely food safe. When it needs to be cleaned or it’s time to move it to another canister, the scoop is dishwasher safe. RSVP also makes this scoop in other sizes if 1/2 cup isn’t just right.

Best Measuring Beakers: OXO Good Grips 7-Piece Nesting Measuring Beaker Set

This set of seven beakers can measure any quantity you need from 1 cup all the way down to 1/4 teaspoon. The beakers are handle-free and they nest neatly together, so the entire set stores in the same space as a drinking glass. Shaped like beakers, these have a pouring spout that makes neat, precise pouring easy, even if you’ve over-poured the vanilla and you want to return some to the bottle.

The set includes 1-cup, 2/3-cup, 1/2-cup, 2-ounce (1/4-cup), 1-ounce, 1-tablespoon, and 1-teaspoon beakers. Each beaker is marked with both American and metric measures. Since each beaker has incremental measurements, larger beakers can also be used for smaller measures, making this set great for mise en place when you need a 1/2 cup of oil and a 1/2 cup of juice that need to be added separately. When cooking is done, these are top-rack dishwasher safe.

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