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When you think of a whisk, the classic balloon style probably comes to mind. For most home cooks, it’s sufficient; a balloon whisk can handle just about any job, from fluffing eggs to beating batter and mixing matcha tea. But even within the balloon whisk category, there are a ton of options, depending on what and how you’re cooking. Some people prefer stainless steel, while others need a silicone coating on the whisk wires to protect nonstick cookware. Lighter whisks can yield fluffier egg whites, while a big, sturdy whisk is required for thicker mixtures. Sometimes you just need an itty-bitty whisk for scrambling a single egg or mixing a specialty drink.
We sent whisks to our experienced product tester so she could test them out side by side in her home kitchen. Each one was rated on design, ease of use, performance, ease of cleaning, and overall value. Then, we gathered all the testing insights to determine which whisk was best suited for all your kitchen tasks.
Whatever your whipping and whisking needs, here are the best whisks, according to our extensive testing.
Best Overall: OXO Good Grips 11-Inch Balloon Whisk
This 11-inch balloon whisk from OXO gets rave reviews across the board, and for good reason. The metal wires are strong enough to hold up to thick batters while still maintaining enough flexibility for whipping and fluffing, and the non-slip ergonomic handle makes big jobs a little more comfortable.
Our tester loved the ergonomically-designed handle that fit comfortably in her small hands. In a pumpkin pie batter, the wide body easily incorporated pumpkin, eggs, maple syrup, and spices. The lightweight design allowed for vigorous whisking without hand fatigue, and the mixture came out smooth. Our tester also appreciated the non-slip handle, which provided stability during mixing. After finishing the pie, she washed the whisk in the dishwasher and reported it looked like it just came out of the package when the cycle was finished.
Don't be fooled by that soft handle: Though it looks like heat-safe silicone, it’s not—and will melt if you leave it resting on the edge of a hot pan too long.
"If you're going to own one whisk, this is it. The width of the balloon allows for maximum grabbing of ingredients, and the flexible tines of the balloon help when you are trying to get to the bottom of the bowl." — Carrie Honaker, Product Tester
Best Stainless Steel: Winco Stainless Steel Piano Wire Whip
If you’re looking for a sturdy stainless steel whisk to handle big jobs, look no further than this 12-inch balloon whisk from Winco. It’s big but not too heavy, strong but still flexible enough to whip and fluff, and it feels much more expensive than it is. If you’re mostly whisking a single egg or salad dressings, this might be too much whisk for you, and because it’s made entirely of stainless steel, the handle will get hot quickly if you’re using it on the stove. But when it comes to bowls and batters, this whisk is a winner.
Our tester gushed over the heft of this whisk when it came to the heavy ingredients for her pecan pie. She noted the rigid piano wire easily blended dense brown sugar, karo syrup, chopped pecans, and other ingredients smoothly. She also appreciated the short handle as it helped her get closer to the bowl, making the whisking less strenuous. In another test she made a vinaigrette and noted the heavy-duty design made emulsification of oil and vinegar a breeze. There is not as much give with this whisk, though, so lighter mixes need more turns to aerate.
The only negative our tester noted on this affordable, reliable whisk was that after washing in a dishwasher, the handle had a slightly cloudy appearance. She recommended hand washing to preserve the shine of the stainless steel.
"It whisked heavy batters better than any whisk I tested." — Carrie Honaker, Product Tester
Best Silicone: OXO Good Grips 11-Inch Better Silicone Balloon Whisk
OXO seems to have mastered the whisk—well, almost. This 11-inch whisk has the same structure as the balloon whisk, but the whisk wires are coated with silicone, making it safe for use in nonstick pots and pans. It’s also nicely weighted throughout and safe to put in the dishwasher. The handle isn’t made of heat-safe silicone, though it is heat-resistant up to 600 degrees.
Our tester loved the versatility of this OXO model. She mixed a homemade caramel sauce on the stovetop and was impressed with the silicone coating—nothing adhered to it while whisking, and it didn’t scratch her ceramic-coated cast iron sauce pan. She noted the handle was comfortable to grip while mixing the heavy ingredients in her pecan pie like brown sugar, while still being lightweight enough to stave off hand fatigue. In her oregano vinaigrette test, she reported it was easy to angle the whisk into the bowl because of its flexibility.
After all the tests, she put it in her dishwasher and ran it through the cycle. She said it came out pristine and looked like it had out of the package. The non-slip, ergonomically-designed handle coupled with the wide balloon and silicone coating of the wires, make this a great addition to a gadget drawer or utensil crock.
"It dealt with heavy batters and light salad dressing with ease. And the comfort of the grip cannot be overstated—I never felt any hand fatigue, even after hours of mixing and baking." — Carrie Honaker, Product Tester
Best Electric: FoodVille Professional Milk Frother
Most immersion blenders come with a whisk attachment for bigger jobs, but if you’re looking for a single tool without extra parts, the FoodVille three-speed milk frother is a great option. “Milk frother” is just a trendy name for a small whisk with power, and it’s especially appealing to those who want to make a coffee shop-style cappuccino at home. But this handy little gadget with two whisk heads and three speeds can also handle heavier jobs like eggs, sauces, and salad dressings. You probably want more power if you’re mixing batter, but this definitely gets the smaller jobs done. And unlike similar items that drain disposable batteries, the battery is rechargeable using the included USB cord.
A full pitcher of frothed milk for morning lattes was easy for our tester to prepare. She noted the frothing head was constructed with tight wires that quickly aerated a pitcher of warm milk. She also appreciated how simple attaching and detaching the heads was—it was an easy snap-in and snap-out procedure that was clearly illustrated in the instructions. She did report the whisk attachment was very small and only successfully blended a single egg, even at high speed. According to her, the Foodville Professional Milk Frother is adept with its intended purpose and smaller jobs, but batters and sauces will require a more high-powered option. For the affordable price tag, and small size that’s easy to store, our tester thought this was a great buy.
This must be hand-washed, but our tester said the two heads easily came off and washed up nicely in warm, soapy water.
"I did need to set it on the highest speed, but it easily frothed a full pitcher of warm milk for lattes. The design of the frothing head allows for maximum aeration when in motion." — Carrie Honaker, Product Tester
Best for Matcha: Rattleware Triangular 10.5-Inch Flat Bottom Whisk
There are bamboo whisks made especially for mixing matcha, but they often come as part of a set, and they’re really more of a specialty tool than a whisk. If you’re looking for a more standard-style metal whisk with which to mix your matcha, this long-handled, flat-bottom version is the way to go.
A favorite among baristas, its compact size and unique shape make it perfect for getting every last morsel of powder from the bottom and edges of the cup. Across five trials, our tester found this whisk easily grabbed every bit of matcha powder in the corners of the brewing pitcher. She also noted its slim profile made it easy to grip between her fingers for maximum control while mixing. In another test, she used this whisk to mix her instant espresso powder before adding to her chocolate torte and found the flat shape and stiff wires adept at blending the coffee powder and boiling water.
It washed easily in the dishwasher when finished, but she noted hand washing would be better to maintain its shiny finish as some water spots remained after the dishwasher cycle.
"This is the perfect tool for a single matcha latte. The round shape of the grip was comfortable to hold and the length made it easy to get into the bottom and corners of the stainless steel mixing pitcher I used." — Carrie Honaker, Product Tester
Best Compact: RSVP Endurance Stainless Steel Mini Whisk
At 9 inches long and less than an inch in diameter, this stainless steel mini whisk is super handy for whisking the small stuff—and it fits more easily in a utensils drawer. You can use it to mix up salad dressings, stir hot cocoa, dissolve sugar or powdered creamer in coffee, scramble a single egg, and so much more. Some people even use it to mix baby formula. It’s not meant to be your main whisk, but it’s so nice to have on hand.
Our tester found the RSVP Endurance easily whisked two eggs for an omelet, and the petite size allowed good control over whisk speed. The stiff wire of the whisk pierced the eggs readily, which made the whisking even easier. She also made a shallot vinaigrette, but found it took a lot of vigorous whisking to get the oil and vinegar emulsified.
The only drawback is that it’s so small, it’s fairly easy to lose in a crowded carafe or drawer. Our tester concluded this is an affordable option that is fantastic with small-batch whisking, but a larger model would be needed for bigger or heavier batters. This little whisk is dishwasher safe. (Bonus: The tiny hoop on the handle is perfect for pitting cherries.)
"This whisk is fantastic for eggs destined for an omelet. I whisked a single egg with milk five times and each time it easily blended the ingredients." — Carrie Honaker, Product Tester
Best Flat Whisk: Rösle Stainless Steel & Silicone Flat Whisk
Beyond the classic balloon style, there are plenty of specialty whisks. If you make a lot of sauces, a flat whisk is a good place to start. The wires are arranged in a single layer that’s perfect for scraping brown bits from the bottom of a pan while stirring béchamel, gravy, and other sauces.
This silicone-coated flat whisk from Rösle performed excellently while our tester made a stovetop caramel sauce. She reported the silicone coating protected her saucepan while the flat shape made getting the bits on the bottom incorporated easy. The handle is slimmer than others making it not quite as comfortable while whisking, but the sturdy construction helped when she whisked a roux together for gravy. She appreciated the flat shape again as she was able to get all the browned bits on the roasting pan incorporated with the butter and flour. She also noted the handle, even though stainless steel, did not get hot while pouring hot stock into the roux.
The one complaint our tester had was the manufacturer adhered the sticker to the handle. When removed, it still left a sticky residue that was hard to get off even after soaking in soapy water. But it’s also dishwasher safe for easy cleanup, and heat-resistant up to 500 degrees.
"This whisk is good for batters, but it shines for sauces. I really loved the easy cleanup of the silicone and the fact I could use it in any of my pans without worry of scratching finishes." — Carrie Honaker, Product Tester
For the best of the bunch, the OXO Good Grips 11-Inch Balloon Whisk (view at Amazon) is wonderful for everyday whipping and fluffing. For a whisk sturdy enough to handle big jobs, the Winco Stainless Steel Piano Wire Whip (view at Amazon) is flexible and strong, and it was our tester's top pick for heavy batters.
How We Tested
We sent seven whisks to our experienced product tester to try out in her home kitchen. She mixed batters with thick, sticky ingredients as well as vinaigrettes, paying special attention to efficiency and how comfortable the whisk felt in her hand. For the specialty whisks, she mixed matcha and frothed milk. After thorough testing, she rated each whisk on design, ease of use, performance, ease of cleaning, and overall value. Then, we compiled all her testing insights to determine the best whisk in a variety of categories.
What to Look for When Buying a Whisk
Size really does matter when it comes to the right whisk to use. If you're whisking up a couple of eggs or mixing up dressings, then a small whisk is perfect for the job. But the one we most likely all remember from childhood is the bigger standard size balloon whisk; this style can handle almost anything, from whipping up egg whites to whisking heavier, thicker batter. The amount and type of ingredients you're whisking will determine what size whisk you'll want to grab from the drawer.
Stainless steel whisks are the go-to for professional bakers and chefs, as they don't rust or react with acidic foods. From the handle down to the wires, stainless steel is the preferred material for a whisk if you're in the profession. If you have nonstick pots and pans, then silicone-coated wire whisks are great to use, so the surfaces don't get scratched up. The whisk's handle is another part to consider, as they can be made with stainless steel or a soft, nonslip material. Whatever type you choose, make sure that the whisk fits in your hand comfortably.
Shape and Use
There are different shapes designed for different uses. Balloon whisks are for those everyday tasks; they are still the handiest, most useful whisks to keep around since they can cover most whisking jobs—just make sure when cleaning them that you get into every crack and crevice. The flat whisk is the perfect tool for whisking up sauces and roux, and if you're into mixing up your coffee and teas at home, you'll love the triangular flat-bottom whisk.
While many of these whisks are dishwasher safe, like most utensils, they’ll last longer if you wash them by hand. The easiest way to do this is to always rinse off any debris right after you’re done using it. When you’re ready to give your whisk a more thorough wash, aggressively whisk it in a cup or bowl of hot, soapy water. Rinse well and dry immediately.
Why do I need a whisk?
Whisks make it easier to blend ingredients together. They also add air into what you're mixing by whisking or whipping the ingredients. These are great tools for whipping egg whites, making whipped cream, or smoothing a gravy or sauce.
What size whisk should I get?
The 11-inch whisk seems to be the most popular size to keep on hand, but it all depends on what you will be whisking: The amount, type, and thickness of the ingredients should all be considered. You might want to get a couple of different sizes.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Emily Farris is a food and lifestyle writer, recipe developer, and prop stylist. She obsesses over kitchen design and home decor and used to work at a kitchen store where she spent way too much time thinking about whisks. She’s also embarrassingly good at buying things online and can see straight through a fake review.
Carrie Honaker is a food writer who believes in eating dessert first. As a restaurateur and avid home cook, she has baked thousands of pastries, pies, and cakes—so she knows the importance of a reliable whisk when dealing with sauces and batters. She tested every whisk on this roundup and provided her insights.