Sturdy and reliable, the OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Silicone Spatula Set is our best overall pick if you need spatulas. We also recommend the Di Oro Chef Series Standard Flexible Silicone Turner Spatula for perfectly smooth egg-flipping.
When it comes to cooking, the spatula is a must-have kitchen item. They’re useful for flipping, stirring, spreading, and so much more. That said, certain spatulas are better equipped for specific uses based on their construction, size, and flexibility.
Determining which type of spatula is right for you comes down to what kind of cooking you do regularly at home. Silicone spatulas, for instance, are ideal for nonstick cookware, whereas metal spatulas are best for grilling, so we set out to find the best ones for mixing batter, turning fish, flipping burgers, and more.
To help you find the best spatulas for all your kitchen needs, we sent top-rated spatulas to our experienced product tester. Each one was used to cook and flip different foods, and assessed on how well they performed. Then, the spatulas were rated based on ease of use, comfort, heat resistance, ease of cleaning, and overall value.
Here are the best spatulas.
OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Silicone Spatula Set
High heat resistance
One-piece design easy to keep clean
Soft, nonslip handles with hanging holes
Silicone can be torn by mixer blades
Surface can get sticky if not kept dry
Having just one spatula in your home is usually not enough, which is why we think this 3-piece set is essential for your kitchen. The various sizes allow you to use these for everything from flipping eggs to spreading dips to folding batter. Our home tester had the previous version of this set, and she loved the new updates. Before, you could pull the spatula heads off prior to cleaning, but both food bits and mold had great hiding spots from your sponge. Now, each spatula is a complete piece that's comfortable to hold, heat-resistant, and much easier to clean.
In this set, the 10-inch blue spatula is ideal for getting into food jars and other small spaces. The 12.5-inch red spatula has a rounded edge for scraping the last bits of batter and sauce out of your bowls, as well as a square edge for pushing batter into corners. The 12-inch white spoon spatula, or spoonula, is great for scooping, mixing, and tasting.
Able to handle temperatures up to 600 degrees, these silicone spatulas are great to use on nonstick cookware and bakeware. The handles are pressure-absorbing for a soft, nonslip grip. They're also dishwasher safe, and each spatula has a hole in the handle to store on a wall or rack. There is a similar 2-piece set available, but we find spoonulas to be invaluable for our everyday cooking tasks.
Price at time of publish: $21 for 3 piece set
Material: Nylon core, silicone | Handle Type: Straight | Sizes: 10 inches, 12 inches, 12.5 inches | Pieces in Set: 3
"From gently folding batters to scraping every last bit of fluffy frosting from a mixing bowl, these spatulas have become my go-to for baking." — Sharon Lehman, Product Tester
Best for Eggs
Di Oro Chef Series Standard Flexible Silicone Turner Spatula
Ultra-thin blade maneuvers easily under food
Most comfortable handle during testing
Joints of design might accumulate food residues
If you’re looking for a spatula that can flip your sunny-side eggs and omelets, this spatula was made for you. The ultra-thin, 3-inch-wide, silicone blade easily slides under food to help achieve the perfect flip even on delicate items, our home tester noted. The core and handle are made of stainless steel, which gives this spatula extra stability and strength. The handle's matte silicone texture allows for an ergonomic grip, and our tester found it to be the most comfortable out of the entire group.
This proved truly heat-resistant to 600 degrees during testing. Whether it was flipping fried eggs, pancakes, or quesadillas, the tester didn't notice any damage to the silicone from the heat and it cleaned up by hand very well. For even easier cleaning, throw this spatula in the dishwasher. As a bonus, it even comes with a "forever warranty," meaning the manufacturer will replace any damaged or defective products free of charge or will offer you a refund—no question asked.
Price at time of publish: $20
Material: Stainless steel core, silicone | Handle Type: Angled | Size: 11.8 inches | Pieces in Set: 1
"The edges of this spatula are thin enough that I used it to lift and fold the edges of my omelet inward." — Sharon Lehman, Product Tester
Best for Cast Iron
Winco TN719 Blade Hamburger Turner
Strong and sturdy for lifting heavy foods
Solid blade helps retain juices when lifting
Beveled edge maneuvers easily under stuck-on foods
Blade would scratch some cookware
Handle is too short for grilling
When it comes time for searing a steak in a hot skillet, this is the perfect spatula. Sporting a wooden handle, this sturdy 11-inch spatula comes with with a 6 x 3-inch stainless-steel blade. It's incredibly heavy-duty and the solid blade makes it easy to smash cast-iron burgers thin with little effort. Each side has beveled edges, making it simple to slip underneath to flip your food.
During testing, we found the blade to be sharp—it’s especially great for scraping the bottom of the pan—and the handle to be comfortable to hold. This could also be used on grills, though it's important to be careful of heat since the handle is very short (it's why we like it more for indoor cast-iron cooking). We would also warn against using this on nonstick or ceramic cookware, as it could scratch those surfaces. While it's not dishwasher safe and must be washed by hand to prolong its life, it’s easy to keep clean and maintain.
Price at time of publish: $7
Material: Stainless steel blade, wood | Handle Type: Angled | Size: 11 inches | Pieces in Set: 1
"The short handle offers plenty of control for maneuvering around a smaller pan. The blade is wider and deeper than other spatulas/turners, offering more surface area to flip and pick up burgers, steaks, and chicken breasts." — Sharon Lehman, Product Tester
Best for Fish
Winco FST-6 Fish Spatula
Light and agile for handling delicate foods
Knife-edge blade allows for portioning
Slotted-style blade works well for frying
Not dishwasher safe
Not useful for lifting heavy foods
If you’re someone who regularly cooks fish at home, you need to own a fish spatula. This tool has an elongated and extra thin blade that easily slips under delicate fillets. It also has long slots, which allows liquid to drain.
The Winco Fish Spatula is one fish turner that stands above the rest. With a brushed stainless-steel slotted blade and wooden handle, it has a knife-edge for the ability to also cut food while grilling. Our tester found this to be very lightweight, comfortable, and versatile, even using the 6.5-inch blade for flipping fried eggs. The size was perfect for using a standard-sized skillet, and while some food got caught on the blade, a simple wash with a scrubbing brush get everything cleaned off.
Price at time of publish: $7
Material: Stainless steel, wood | Handle Type: Straight, with gently curved blade | Size: 11.25 x 3.1 inches | Pieces in Set: 1
"I effortlessly flipped salmon filets and fried eggs in a cast iron skillet with this tool without tearing the skin away from the fish or breaking the egg yolk." — Sharon Lehman, Product Tester
Best for Pancakes
OXO Good Grips Large Silicone Flexible Turner
Strikes a balance between sturdy and flexible
Big enough to lift pancakes without overhang
Won’t scratch cookware
Material can degrade with use
Plastic handle susceptible to melting
When it comes to spatulas, sometimes you’re left to choose between sturdiness and flexibility, but not with this model by OXO. This spatula is composed of a silicone blade for pliability and a stainless steel core for stability. The silicone is heat-resistant and safe for use on nonstick cookware, while the thin blade has beveled edges that help to get underneath the most delicate of foods without tearing them.
That's not to say you can't use it with heavier items. Our tester used this to scoop portions of roasted Brussels sprouts and was very impressed by the number of cookies that can fit on the 6 x 4-inch blade. Plus, the nonslip grip made it comfortable and easy to work with while in the kitchen. This spatula is dishwasher safe, and really was very easy to clean. OXO products also come with the OXO Guarantee, which lets customers issue a return or refund if they aren't happy with their purchase.
Price at time of publish: $14 for large turner
Material: Stainless steel core, silicone, plastic | Handle Type: Angled | Size: 12.5 x 4 inches wide | Pieces in Set: 1
"The wide, flexible blade made quick and clean work of flipping pancakes and gave me ample surface area to transfer several cookies at once from baking sheet to cooling rack." — Sharon Lehman, Product Tester
Ateco 1387 Stainless Steel Blade Offset Spatula with Wood Handle
Thin, sturdy blade
Fantastic for spreading icing, condiments, or peanut butter
Narrow blade limits its lifting utility
Not dishwasher safe
For any baker, an offset spatula is a useful tool for a number of reasons. The thin blade helps to spread and smooth cake batters and loosen cakes from the pan after baking. Ateco’s offset spatula does all of this and more. Its stunning mirror-finish stainless-steel blade measures 1.25 x 7.63 inches, and the entire spatula measures about 12 inches in length. There are additional blade sizes available, as well.
Our tester was able to quickly frost a small batch of cupcakes and flatten frosting on cake. You can also use an offset spatula for removing baked goods exceedingly well from pans and cookie sheets, and for spreading peanut butter perfectly on their PB&Js. The handle is made of natural wood and is easy to hold, although it should be hand washed only.
Price at time of publish: $14 for 7.63" blade
Material: Stainless steel, wood | Handle Type: Angled offset | Size: 12 x 1.25 inches | Pieces in Set: 1
"This lightweight spatula made it easy to frost cupcakes with a light touch for a smooth finish. The wide, rounded blade tip also proved useful in reaching the last bits at the bottom of a peanut butter jar." — Sharon Lehman, Product Tester
Best for Grilling
OXO Good Grips Brushed Stainless Steel Turner
Strong and sturdy so handles heavy lifts
Sharp edge gets the crunchy bits off cast-iron grates
Joints around handle can collect food particles
Small slots are hard to get thoroughly clean
When you're working on a grill, you need something that won't melt and will keep you safe from the heat. This sturdy 13.5-inch spatula from OXO is made of brushed stainless steel and has a soft cushion on the handle’s underside to provide a comfortable, nonslip grip. It's ideal for use on a grill or cast-iron skillet due to its heft and length.
During testing, the spatula's heavy-duty nature made it easy to flip burgers in a cast-iron skillet , with the handle being long enough to keep our tester's hands away from the grease. It also worked well to scrape up the last bits of food in the skillet after cooking. The ergonomic handle was easy to hold, even when lifting a meatloaf to place on a platter. One downside was that the slots are on the smaller side, which proved hard to fully clean. It also wasn't our tester's first choice for more delicate foods—she much preferred the two Winco spatulas for that.
Price at time of publish: $12
Material: Stainless steel | Handle Type: Slightly angled | Size: 13.5 x 3.25 inches | Pieces in Set: 1
"This all-metal spatula is heavy-duty, but still comfortable to hold thanks to a non-slip grip and ergonomically rounded handle." — Sharon Lehman, Product Tester
Rubbermaid Commercial Products High Heat Silicone Spatula
Incredibly strong and sturdy
Will not scratch cookware
For scraping but not for lifting
This heavy-duty spatula is not only stain-resistant, but you also don’t have to worry about it scratching your precious cookware. Equipped with a white silicone blade and red nylon handle, the entire spatula measures 13.5 inches in length and the head is 2.5 inches wide—ideal for making big batches of cake batter and frosting.
Our tester noted that the handle is quite rigid, which is useful for mixing denser doughs, but it's too inflexible for flipping pancakes or transferring cooked eggs to your breakfast plate. The scraper features a notched blade to cleanly leaning against your mixing bowl, and keeping the blade off countertops. Another nice feature is the blade is affixed to the handle, so nothing got trapped in hidden crevices during testing. The tester did note that the handle was very uncomfortable to hold, and the size does make this a little unwieldy for small jobs.
Heat-resistant up to 500 degrees. It's available in various lengths and several bright colors, is dishwasher safe, and comes with a 1-year warranty.
Price at time of publish: $18 for 13.5" scraper
Material: Silicone, nylon | Handle Type: Straight | Size: 13.5 x 2.5 inches | Pieces in set: 1
"The extra-long, rigid handle and wide blade were perfect for folding raisins and nuts into stiff oatmeal cookie dough. This is an ideal spatula for scraping every last bit of cake batter from deep stand mixer bowls." — Sharon Lehman, Product Tester
How We Tested
Each of our selected spatulas was tested hours on end by our product tester for the most authentic results. We paid close attention to the design and comfort of the spatulas, including the construction of the blade edge and the handle's heat resistance. The spatulas were tested on omelets, fish, cookies, and more. Each spatula was given a careful rating for ease of use, comfort, heat resistance, ease of cleaning, and overall value.
Other Options We Tested
- OXO Good Grips Wooden Turner Spatula: Our original list included this wooden spatula option, but after testing, we can no longer stand behind the recommendation. Wooden spatulas are nice to look at and won't scratch your cookware, they don't offer many other benefits over silicone or metal options. The wood will become rough with wear and can stain, and will need extra seasoning with oil in addition to the regular handwashing. The handles can burn if left too close to a flame, and the spatula itself is best used for serving since it's too inflexible to be useful for cooking. With this model, our home tester found it very uncomfortable to hold, too big to fit into smaller pans, and after only a few uses, it already needed to be rubbed with mineral oil to soften the wood.
What to Look for in a Spatula
How you use the spatula is going to determine which kind you buy. Spatulas for use in baking or for making scrambled eggs, for example, are different than those you'd use to turn fish, flip a burger, or even slide a cookie off a baking sheet. Fish spatulas have a longer surface area that fans out and are usually made of thin metal, which makes it easier to retrieve fish from the pan and without it flaking.
Things like wooden spatulas used for turning foods or silicone spatulas (sometimes called a scraper) for baking are often all one piece. This makes it easier to clean and less likely to need quick replacing). Spatulas for the grill, on the other hand, need to have a longer handle (16 to 19-inches, ideally) and should be stainless steel, to resist high heat. Finally, if you're using a nonstick pan, you'll want to use a spatula that's safe to use on such a surface (wood or silicone would work here) and won't scratch the pan.
Care and Maintenance
Can you put it in the dishwasher? If it's metal or silicone, the answer is yes. Does it need to be hand-washed? Are you using one spatula for everything? If the answer is yes to the last question, you may need to invest in more than one spatula because it's not likely to last you very long. Wooden spatulas benefit from handwashing and being rubbed down with a food-grade mineral oil once a month or so, which keeps the wood in good condition.
How many spatulas should you have?
Some would say you can get away with just 3 or 4 different types, but it depends on what you cook and bake, and the demands and constraints of your cooking surfaces. If you don't cook fish, you can probably skip buying a spatula for that purpose, for example, but if you do a lot of cooking, baking, and grilling, you'll need one for each of those tasks. Furthermore, you might want to buy more than one of each so that if one is dirty, you're not constantly running to the sink to wash it.
Why do spatulas have slots?
Spatulas have slots to help with drainage, too (think about grilled or fried foods, for example) and to reduce surface tension, so you can more easily remove foods from a pan without them sticking. They are sometimes called slotted spatulas, perforated spatulas, or slotted turners.
Why is a spatula called a spatula?
The word has Greek and Latin origins; it's found in the Greek word spathe and the Latin word spatha. Both of those are terms that refer to long swords that often have broad flat blades for implements items used in practices as diverse as cooking, masonry, and medicine.
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