Wooden spoons are one of the oldest and most basic cooking utensils and a must-have in every kitchen. The benefits of cooking with spoons made from wood—as opposed to metal or plastic—are many: They won’t scratch pots and pans and are safe to use with nonstick surfaces, they won’t melt in boiling soups, they stay cool to the touch even when left in a hot pot, and they’re sturdy enough to stir stiff batters and scrape cooked-on food from the bottom of a pot.
Solid wood spoons need to be hand-washed since dishwashers can dry them out and cause them to crack or split, but they should last for many years with the proper care. Just because wooden spoons are simple, however, doesn’t mean they’re all created equal. In general, look for spoons made of dense hardwood, like beech, maple, olive, walnut, or cherry, and from a single solid piece that won’t fall apart.
To help you find the best wooden spoons for all your kitchen needs, we sent the top-rated options to our experienced product tester. Each one was used to stir different foods, including soup and dough, and assessed on how well they performed. Then, the spoons were rated based on design, comfort, durability, and overall value.
Here, our picks for the best wooden spoons in several categories.
Best Overall: Le Creuset Revolution Solid Wood Spoon
Easy to hold and control with a light grip
Nicely shaped handle
This elegantly curved spoon, carved from solid beechwood, features a tapered handle our tester found comfortable to hold, with grooves that provide a solid grip for the thumb. The head of the spoon has a tip that’s thin enough to gather food at the bottom of a Dutch oven and minimally curved sides that make it easy to scrape along the walls of a straight-sided stockpot. Our tester found the bowl of the spoon deep enough to scoop liquids for tasting or mixing.
At 12.5 inches, the spoon is long enough to keep your hand safely away from heat while stirring. The handle has a large hole at the end so that you can hang the spoon near your stove for easy access. Our tester thought the spoon’s finish felt a little rough out of the box. As with most wood spoons, the first washing raised the woodgrain and initially made it feel a little fuzzier, but the texture smoothed out again with continued use and hand washing.
Price at time of publish: $36
Material: Beechwood | Length: 12.5 inches
“I liked how I could use the lightest grip to hold and control this spoon, a reassuring feeling when carpal tunnel and arthritis are so prevalent in today’s society. It was comfortable to hold with everything from a quick vegetable sauté to dense cookie dough.”
Best Ergonomic: Chef Craft Silicone Wooden Spoon
Comfortable to hold at any angle
Long enough for deep pots
Keeps stirring hand well away from heat
Silicone grip could be longer
This reasonably priced solid beechwood spoon is 14 inches long, so it’s great for deep pots or stir-frying at high temperatures. The rounded handle has a hole for hanging and a silicone inset for a comfortable, no-slip grip. Our tester thought both the silicone grip and the pre-oiled beechwood felt quite smooth, which was good because she naturally wanted to hold the spoon partway down the grip area, so her hand ended up partly on the wood and partly on the silicone.
Our tester found this spoon to be great for mixing stiff doughs or batters or making things that require constant stirring, like risotto or fudge. Its thick spoon head makes it less ideal when sautéing diced onions and potatoes. The long, wide bowl can hold plenty of soup to sample from the pot, but the long handle means most of the liquid tips back in before it can clear the lip of a tall stockpot.
Price at time of publish: $6.67
Material: Beechwood | Length: 14 inches
"When mixing up batter for zucchini bread, it was easy to scrape the spoon’s bowl and backside clean of creamed sugar, melted butter, and applesauce. The spoon mixed wet ingredients and folded in the zucchini well."
Best Budget: IKEA Rört Beech Spoon
Sturdy rounded handle
Simple yet comfortable design
Finish slightly rough out of the box
This well-crafted spoon in solid beechwood offers great quality for a low price. At 12.4 inches long, this spoon is a decent length for keeping your hand a safe distance from a blazing burner, and the tapered handle is rounded and thick enough for a solid grip and good leverage. The 2.25-inch bowl of the spoon is wide enough for stirring and deep enough for sampling tastes, while the end of the handle has a small hole for hanging the spoon from a hook.
Our tester found the tip of the spoon a bit thick, so it’s not as good for fine maneuvering as our top overall pick, but that’s a small tradeoff at less than a tenth of the price. The handle length was sufficient to keep her hand away from the burner of her gas stovetop when stir-frying in a wok or sautéing in a flat-bottomed pan, and the spoon head stirred quick bread batter with ease and scraped the mixing bowl clean.
Price at time of publish: $2.99
Material: Beechwood | Length: 12.4 inches
"It’s simple and basic but quite lightweight and comfortable to use. The wood texture was slightly rough straight from the box, so proper hand washing and regular oiling would probably help its longevity."
Best Corner Spoon: OXO Good Grips Wooden Corner Spoon
Quickly clears pan bottom and edges
Efficiently scrapes down mixing bowls
The broad, deep head of this solid beechwood spoon has a flat edge that tapers into an angled corner, specially designed for scraping pot bottoms and reaching into corners. It’s best for deglazing pots for making gravy, and our tester discovered it excelled at stir-frying or sautéing because the wide, paddle-shaped head can move a lot of food around quickly. She found it easy to take advantage of the head angle when she held the spoon in either hand to sauté vegetables, but it’s possible naturally left-handed cooks would find the shape of the head awkward.
The handle is sturdy, with rounded corners and a flattened top and sides, so it’s comfortable to hold in a solid grip. On the downside, it’s thicker and heavier than our other picks, making it less ideal for tasks that would require a finer tool for more precision. It has a large hole for hanging, but the handle thickness means you’ll need a good-sized hook to do so.
Price at time of publish: $6.99
Material: Beechwood | Length: 12.5 inches
"If you tend to worry about breaking or cracking wooden spoons while you use them, you might prefer this spoon’s very thick handle and overall stoutness."
Best with Notch: Jonathan's Family Spoons 11-Inch Lazy Spoon with Spoon Rest Notch
Hooks easily on various pots
Lightweight yet durable
Comes in left- and right-handed versions
Works best with a firm grip
Handmade in Pennsylvania from solid pieces of smooth cherry wood, this 11-inch “lazy” spoon features a built-in notch designed to slip over the edge of a pot. That way, the spoon can drip back into the pot when you need to set it down for a moment to get ingredients or tend to another dish, instead of leaving a mess all over your kitchen counter. Our tester had no problems hooking it over a small stockpot with perfectly straight sides or a saucepan with a flared rim. It’s a clever design that’s available in both right-handed and left-handed versions.
The craft business behind this spoon makes a large range of handle and bowl styles with and without the built-in spoon rest, and the one we tested and recommend here has a fairly short, thin handle and a small bowl. Despite the handle’s thinness, it felt quite sturdy when our tester sautéed diced potatoes or mixed a batch of cookie dough. She did need a firm grip to stop the spoon from just fanning in her hand, which may make it less ideal for someone with arthritis or very large hands.
Price at time of publish: $25
Material: Cherry wood | Length: 11 inches
"This spoon’s bowl collects enough soup for a small taste without spilling, and it’s not too thick for comfortable sipping. The small head and short handle performed well when scooping and turning a sauté."
Best Dishwasher-Safe: Epicurean Chef Series Large Spoon
Easy to clean
Unlikely to break
Handle uncomfortable at some angles
All kitchen utensils made from solid wood require hand washing because dishwashers can dry them out and quickly lead to cracking or splitting, but this unique spoon, made from Richlite, a resin-coated, BPA-free wood fiber composite, offers the look and feel of wood with the convenience of a dishwasher-safe material. It’s heat resistant up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and resistant to fading, cracking, and splitting. Because it’s non-porous, it’s less prone than wood to harboring bacteria or retaining stains or odors.
The flat handle can be more awkward to hold than a rounded one, and our tester found its beveled, trapezoidal shape really only felt comfortable in her hand at a couple of angles. The spoon’s shallow bowl was almost paddle-like, making it ideal for dry sautés and stir-fries, but it might not be your first choice for stirring and sampling a gravy or pan sauce. In exchange, the spoon is lightweight, comes in natural or slate, and carries a limited lifetime warranty.
Price at time of publish: $17.99
Material: Wood fiber composite | Length: 13.4 inches
"The shallow spoon is ideal for dry sautés and stir-fries. The overall head size fit well in a 5-quart sauté pan, and it was easy to turn and push diced or sliced vegetables."
Best Slotted: Sabatier 14-inch Olivewood Slotted Spoon
Comfortable at all angles
Attractive with a smooth finish
Spoon could bang when hung
This 13.5-inch slotted spoon from Sabatier is built from solid olivewood, which gives it an attractive, swirling grain. Olivewood is particularly dense and sturdy and less prone to splitting or cracking than softer woods. This spoon’s handle is rounded and tapered, so it’s comfortable to hold. It features a long leather loop at the end, so it can hang from a kitchen hook or rail for easy access and space-saving storage.
Our tester liked that this spoon’s finish makes it smooth and pleasant to hold out of the box. The trio of tapered slots makes it ideal for testing pasta’s doneness or grabbing a couple of extra shrimp from a pot of chowder. It could be a bit messy when serving a dish like pad thai, with its small pieces of egg, garlic, and peanuts. It was strong enough to stir zucchini bread batter or peanut butter cookie dough, where the slots didn’t matter—although they did give an excuse to lick the spoon after forming the last cookie.
Price at time of publish: $30
Material: Olivewood | Length: 13.5 inches
"The handle was long enough to stir sauce in a wide sauté pan or vegetables in a wok."
Most Versatile: Mason Cash Innovative Solid Spoon and Jar Scraper
Easy to measure liquid ingredients
Shape suitable for creaming, sautéing, and stirring
Scraper accesses measuring cup corners
Handle taper unbalanced when using scraper
This cleverly designed, 13-inch-long spoon is a real multitasker and a perfect tool for bakers. It’s made from solid beechwood and features 1-tablespoon, 1-teaspoon, and ½-teaspoon markings on the bowl of the spoon, so there’s less need to stop and search for measuring spoons while you cook. The measurements proved useful when our tester doled out lime juice and rice vinegar for pad thai. They were less useful for measuring baking soda for quick bread, since the fine powder makes the markings hard to read and the wide bowl makes exact measurements challenging.
The spoon's other end features a mini-spatula in heat-resistant silicone, ideal for getting every last bit of jam, honey, or peanut butter out of narrow jars or prep bowls, as well as for icing cupcakes or spreading sauces. It’s not the most efficient tool for scraping clean a mixing bowl, but our tester loved how she could empty measuring cups of sticky ingredients that her larger spatulas left behind. The handle is long enough that the scraper doesn’t get in the way when mixing.
Price at time of publish: $14.52
Material: Beechwood | Length: 13.5 inches
"The handle had plenty of length for various uses, including stirring a hot pot of soup, even with the jar scraper capping the end. I found it easy to measure liquids using the spoon markings if I needed approximate amounts."
Best Long-Handled: ECOSALL Heavy-Duty 18-Inch Wooden Spoon
Large, deep bowl
Sturdy, rustic look
Moves a lot of food
Awkward handle shape
If you regularly cook up extra-large batches of soup or chili, a standard-length wooden spoon just won’t cut it. This durable, heavy-duty spoon has a deep, nearly 3-inch-wide bowl and an extra-long handle that keeps your fingers safely away from blazing heat as you reach the bottom of even the deepest stockpot. Although the manufacturer markets it as an 18-inch kitchen tool, our tester measured it at 17 inches—still plenty of length for many big jobs.
The beveled handle is stout but could be awkward to hold because it’s so flat. It’s made in Poland from solid beechwood and features a rustic, handmade look with a handy hanging loop at one end. Still, our tester felt it was too large to keep in easy reach and instead would stash it with oversized kitchen gear, like a 16-inch wok, 12-quart stockpot, or full-sized canning kettle.
Price at time of publish: $13.99
Material: Beechwood | Length: 17 inches
"The bowl of this spoon was deep enough that there were no spills as I stirred and poured from it."
Best Set: Faay 3-In-1 Wooden Spoons Handcrafted Golden Teak Kitchen Utensils
Wide range of uses
Lightweight yet robust
Ecofriendly and handcrafted
Thick handles take up space when stored
This spoon set covers many sizes and uses, from a large solid spoon ideal for mixing and serving, to a 13.5-inch spoon with slots for straining and draining, to a squat, paddle-shaped spoon that can dish out rice. This attractive set is created by local artisans in Thailand. Made of teak, each spoon has a large, easy-to-hold handle but remains lightweight. The wood also gives it a smooth finish, which Faay enhances with a coating of coconut oil—and recommends you do the same occasionally.
Our tester liked that even though these spoons felt light in her hand, they were strong enough to stand up to risotto and even fairly stiff cookie dough. Because the large solid and slotted spoons are the same length and width, she could use them in tandem to toss a pan of pasta or a large bowl of spinach salad. The handles have holes for hanging, but their diameter and placement mean you’ll want a decently sized-hook.
Price at time of publish: $21.99
Material: Teak | Length: 9, 13.5, and 13.5 inches
"When stirring batter, the large solid spoon felt strong enough and didn’t seem flimsy despite its low weight. It folded zucchini into a quick bread batter and scraped down the bowl sides well."
How We Tested
Each of our selected wooden spoons was tested for hours by our product tester for the most authentic results. She used the spoons to stir foods like soup, dough, and vegetables. Then she assessed how comfortable it was to use—if the handle was long enough to keep hands protected from heat or strong enough to handle stirring through thick batters. The spoons were also tested based on how easy they were to clean and store away. Each wooden spoon was given a careful rating for design, comfort, durability, and overall value.
What to Look for When Buying Wooden Spoons
A wooden spoon should be durable enough to last for many years and not crack or split easily. Choose a wood known for its durability and high quality, such as beechwood, maple, olive, cherry, bamboo, oak, and teak.
The old familiar basic wooden spoon with the straight handle and the rounded spoon head is still around and as popular as ever, but many other designs are available. There are a number of options, from curved handles to ones with comfort grips, or from round or slotted to flat edge heads. Select the spoon, or spoons, that feel comfortable in your hand and will do the tasks you want and need it to do.
The shape and size of the head, along with the length of the handle, are key features to how well the spoon functions in your cooking environment. Is the head of the spoon big enough for tasting? Is the handle long enough to stir the food in that pot you have on the stovetop? Can the spoon scrape or get into the corners of that dish you're using? These are just some of the functions you should take under consideration when choosing a wooden spoon.
How do you clean wooden spoons?
Handwashing with hot water and mild dish soap is the best way to clean wooden spoons and other wooden utensils. You might be tempted to put them in the dishwasher, but this will eventually cause damage including cracking, splitting, and warping. Instead, washing by hand and letting your spoons air dry is the best way to clean them.
Should you oil wooden spoons?
If you see your wooden spoons looking dry or feeling rough, rub them with some food-grade mineral oil. Let them fully dry before using. Periodic oiling will help prolong the life of your wooden spoons.
When should you replace a wooden spoon?
Eventually, wooden spoons and other wooden utensils need to be retired. Toss any that are split or cracked and replace them.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
This article was written by Danette St. Onge, formerly the Italian Food Expert for The Spruce Eats and a features editor at Cook’s Illustrated magazine (part of America’s Test Kitchen). An avid kitchen appliance and utensil junkie, she spends hours combing the internet, comparing options, reading reviews, and testing to find the best tool for every job.
Julie Laing has been a writer and editor for more than 25 years and published her first cookbook, "The Complete Guide to Pickling," in 2020. When she’s not using her wooden spoons to stir pickle brine, she’s mixing up sourdough and quick-bread batters, stirring scratch-made soups, and sautéing homegrown vegetables. Julie personally tested 12 of the wooden spoons for this roundup.
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