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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 and stay cool to the touch even when left in a hot pot, and they’re strong and durable, sturdy enough to stir stiff batters and scrape cooked-on food from the bottom of a pot. They’re also eco-friendly: Natural wood is a non-toxic, biodegradable material that won’t leach chemicals into your food or react with acidic ingredients, altering the taste of your recipe.
Solid wood spoons need to be hand-washed since dishwashers can dry them out and cause them to crack or split, but with the proper care, they should last for many years. Just because wooden spoons are simple, however, doesn’t mean they’re all created equal. In general, look for spoons made of a dense hardwood, like beech, maple, olive, walnut, or cherry, and from a single solid piece that won’t fall apart.
Here, our picks for the best wooden spoons in several categories.
Best Overall: Le Creuset Revolution Solid Wood Spoon
This elegantly curved spoon, carved from solid beechwood, features a tapered handle that’s comfortable to hold, with grooves that provide a more solid grip for your thumb. The head of the spoon has a tip that’s thin enough to scrape food from the bottom of a pot and slightly straight sides, which make it easier to scrape along the walls of a straight-sided Dutch oven. The bowl of the spoon is 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, and the handle has a large hole at the end so you can hang the spoon near your stove for easy access.
Best Ergonomic: Chef Craft Silicone Wooden Spoon
This reasonably priced solid beechwood spoon is 14 inches long, so it’s great for deeper pots or stir-frying at high temperatures. The rounded handle has a silicone inset (available in red, green, or purple) for a comfortable, non-slip grip, great for mixing stiff doughs or batters or making things that require constant stirring, like risotto or fudge.
Best Corner Spoon: OXO Good Grips Wooden Corner Spoon
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 would also be good for stir-frying or sautéing as the wide, paddle-shaped head can move a lot of food around quickly. The handle is sturdy, with rounded corners and a flattened top and sides, so that it’s comfortable to hold in a solid grip.
On the downside, the shape of the head means it would work best for right-handed cooks and it’s thicker and bulkier than some of our other picks, making it less ideal for tasks that would require a finer tool for more precision.
Best with Notch: Jonathan's Family Spoons 11-Inch Lazy Spoon with Spoon Rest Notch
Handmade in Pennsylvania from solid pieces of cherry wood, these 11-inch-long “lazy” spoons feature 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. It’s a clever design that’s available in both a right-handed and left-handed version.
Best Dishwasher-Safe: Epicurean Chef Series Large Spoon
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 less comfortable to hold than a rounded one, but in exchange, the spoon is lightweight and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
Best Slotted: Sabatier 14-inch Olivewood Slotted Spoon
This 14-inch slotted spoon from French brand Sabatier is built from solid olive wood, which gives it an attractive, swirling grain. Olivewood is particularly dense and sturdy and less prone to splitting or cracking than softer woods. The handle is rounded and tapered, so it’s comfortable to hold, and it features a leather loop at the end so it’s easy to hang from a kitchen hook or rail for easy access and space-saving storage.
Most Versatile: Mason Cash Innovative Solid Spoon and Jar Scraper Innovative Solid Spoon and Jar 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 markings on the bowl of the spoon for 1-tablespoon, 1-teaspoon, and ½-teaspoon measurements so there’s no need to stop and search for measuring spoons while you cook. 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.
Best Long-Handled: ECOSALL Heavy-Duty 18-Inch Wooden Spoon
If you regularly stir-fry in a searing-hot wok or 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, 3-inch-wide bowl and an extra-long, 18-inch handle that will keep your fingers safely away from the blazing heat of a wok while stir-frying or reach to the bottom of even the deepest stockpot. It’s made in Poland from solid beechwood and features a handy hanging loop at one end.
Best Set: Williams Sonoma FSC Certified Walnut Spoons, Set of 4
This handsome set of spoons, crafted in Italy from solid, FSC-certified walnut, would make a great wedding or housewarming gift and includes every essential type of spoon for a home kitchen: a large and wide 14-inch spoon, a standard 12-inch spoon, a 12-inch slotted spoon, and a 12-inch blunt-ended spoon for scraping and stir-frying. The rounded handles are tapered for a natural grip.
Best Budget: IKEA Rört Beech Spoon
This is a sturdy and well-crafted spoon in solid beechwood that offers great quality for a low price. At 12.5 inches long, this spoon is a good length for keeping your hand a safe distance from a blazing burner, and the tapered handle is smooth and rounded but slightly flattened on top, making it easy to rest your thumb on top for a solid grip and good leverage. The 2.5-inch-wide bowl of the spoon is wide enough for stirring and deep enough for sampling tastes, and the end of the handle has a small hole for hanging the spoon from a hook.
The tip of the spoon is 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.
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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.