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 tested some and rated them on design, ease of use, performance, ease of cleaning, and overall value. We then gathered all the testing insights to determine which whisk is best suited for all your kitchen tasks.
Oxo Good Grips 11-Inch Balloon Whisk
Ergonomic nonslip handle
Works on thick and thin batters
Handle can melt
If you’re going to have one whisk in your kitchen, we recommend this 11-inch balloon whisk from Oxo. It gets rave reviews across the board...and for good reason. During testing, we found that 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. Additionally, the metal wires are strong enough to hold up to thick batters while still maintaining enough flexibility for whipping and fluffing, the nonslip ergonomic handle makes big jobs a little more comfortable, and the flexible tines of the balloon help when you are trying to get to the bottom of the bowl.
While making 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. We love the nonslip handle, which provides stability during mixing. After finishing the pie, we washed the whisk in the dishwasher and 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, but it’s not—and will melt if you leave it resting on the edge of a hot pan too long.
Price at time of publish: $11
Type: Balloon | Dimensions: 3 x 1 x 11 inches | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
Best Stainless Steel
Winco 12-Inch Stainless Steel Piano Wire Whip
Rigid wires for mixing chunky batter
Can handle thick and thin sauces
Handle can get too hot to handle
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, but 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 heavy bowls and batters, this whisk is a clear winner.
We were impressed with the heft of this whisk when it came to the heavy ingredients for the pecan pie we made. The rigid piano wire easily blended dense brown sugar, corn syrup, chopped pecans, and other ingredients smoothly. The short handle helped us get closer to the bowl, making the whisking less strenuous. In another test we made a vinaigrette and the heavy-duty design made emulsifying the 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 on this affordable, reliable whisk was that after washing in a dishwasher, the handle had a slightly cloudy appearance. We recommend hand washing to preserve the shine of the stainless steel.
Price at time of publish: $7
Type: Balloon | Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 12 inches | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
OXO Good Grips 11-Inch Silicone Balloon Whisk
Can use with fragile cookware
Flexibility works well for angled mixing
Silicone could break away from the wires
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.
We adore the versatility of this Oxo model—it handles heavy batters and light salad dressings with ease. To test it out, we mixed a homemade caramel sauce on the stovetop and were impressed with the silicone coating—nothing adhered to it while whisking, and it didn’t scratch the ceramic-coated cast-iron saucepan we used. The handle was comfortable to grip while mixing the heavy ingredients in the pecan pie like brown sugar while still being lightweight enough to stave off hand fatigue. In an oregano vinaigrette test, it was easy to angle the whisk into the bowl because of its flexibility.
After all the tests, we put it in the dishwasher and ran it through a cycle. It came out pristine and looked like it had right out of the package. The nonslip, 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.
Price at time of publish: $16
Type: Balloon | Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 10.5 inches | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
Best Flat Whisk
Rösle 10.6-Inch Stainless Steel & Silicone Flat Whisk
Can use with fragile cookware
Stainless-steel handle doesn't get hot
Good for roux and sauces
Handle isn't very comfortable
Annoying sticker left behind sticky residue
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 s good for batters, but it shines for sauces. It performed excellently while we made a stovetop caramel sauce. The silicone coating protected the 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 we whisked a roux together for gravy. We appreciated the flat shape again as we were able to get all the browned bits on the roasting pan incorporated with the butter and flour. The handle, even though stainless steel, did not get hot while pouring hot stock into the roux.
Our one complaint is the manufacturer adheres 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.
Price at time of publish: $23
Type: Flat | Dimensions: 2.5 x 0.5 x 10.6 inches | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
RSVP Endurance Stainless Steel Mini Whisk
Smaller size allows for more control
Can get lost in your kitchen drawers
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.
During testing, we 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. We 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 since it’s so small, it’s fairly easy to lose in a crowded carafe or drawer. 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.)
Price at time of publish: $6
Type: Mini | Dimensions: 0.75 x 0.75 x 9 inches | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
Best for Matcha
Rattleware Triangular 10.5-Inch Flat Bottom Whisk
Stiff wires blend coffee powder and matcha
More durable than bamboo
Limited in use
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, we found this whisk easily grabbed every bit of matcha powder in the corners of the brewing pitcher. Its slim profile made it easy to grip between fingers for maximum control while mixing. In another test, we used this whisk to mix instant espresso powder before adding to a 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 hand washing would be better to maintain its shiny finish as some water spots remained after the dishwasher cycle.
Price at time of publish: $20
Type: Triangle | Length: 10.5 inches | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
FoodVille Professional Milk Frother
Can handle small jobs
Rechargeable via USB-C
Whisk attachment is very small
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 3-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.
A full pitcher of frothed milk for morning lattes was easy for us to prepare. The frothing head was constructed with tight wires that quickly aerated a pitcher of warm milk. But this handy little gadget with two whisk heads and three speeds can also handle jobs like eggs, sauces, and salad dressings. (You probably want more power if you’re mixing batter.) The attaching and detaching of the heads is simple—it is an easy snap-in and snap-out procedure that is clearly illustrated in the instructions. Unfortunately, the whisk attachment was very small and only successfully blended a single egg, even at high speed.
This must be hand-washed, but the two heads easily came off and washed up nicely in warm, soapy water. Unlike similar items that drain disposable batteries, the battery is rechargeable using the included USB-C cord. For the affordable price tag, and small size that’s easy to store, this is a great buy.
Price at time of publish: $20
Type: Handheld | Heating: No | Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.8 x 9.1 inches | Weight: 10.9 ounces | Power: USB-C | Warranty: 3 years
For the best of the bunch, the Oxo Good Grips 11-Inch Balloon Whisk is wonderful for everyday whipping and fluffing. For a whisk sturdy enough to handle big jobs, the Winco Stainless Steel Piano Wire Whip is flexible and strong, and it was our tester's top pick for heavy batters.
How We Tested
We tested seven whisks in a home kitchen. We mixed batters with thick, sticky ingredients as well as vinaigrettes, paying special attention to efficiency and how comfortable the whisk felt in hand. For the specialty whisks, we mixed matcha and frothed milk. After thorough testing, we rated each whisk on design, ease of use, performance, ease of cleaning, and overall value. Then, we compiled all the 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 number 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 it 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 number, 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?
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.
Emily Farris, the original author, 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.
Amanda McDonald is an editor at The Spruce Eats and has over seven years of experience researching, writing, and editing about all things food — from what new products are at the grocery store to chef-approved hacks that keep tricky leftovers fresh for days. She updated this article to include the most up-to-date information.