Heads have perfect flexibility
Not molded in one piece
No color choices
There’s no doubt that spatulas are an essential kitchen tool, but would a jaded kitchen geek find true love with the OXO Good Grips Three-Piece Silicone Spatula Set? We took these three spatulas for a complete kitchen tour to find out. Were we impressed? Read on to find out.
Design: Built for work
Ooh, pretty colors. Okay, one is just white, but the raspberry and the green are different from other tools in our crock, and white is classic. We liked the colors, but we admit that other users might prefer a set that matches their kitchen’s color scheme. The black handle has an indent for your thumb, although there were plenty of times when we held the handle in different positions and didn’t even think about that indent. The end of the handle has a hanging hole, but we preferred to shove the spatulas into our crock and appreciated that while the handles are wide enough for comfort, they didn’t take up a lot of space.
The raspberry-colored spatula has a shovel-shaped head that we liked for stirring a pot of chili or soup on the stove. The end could fit into the corner of the pot to make sure nothing was burning, but it was also a great shape for stirring pasta. The slight scoop shape wasn’t quite as useful as a spoon for scooping or a ladle for serving soups, but it was great for thicker foods.
The white spatula and the green spatula are the same shape in different sizes, with the green one being the white one’s mini-me. Each head has a rounded edge and a pointy corner that made it a pleasure to use whether we were scraping our stand mixer’s bowl or getting into the corner of a skinny peanut butter jar.
Performance: Better than we expected
While we liked the two larger spatulas for cooking and for scraping larger containers, we found the small green spatula more useful. It was the perfect size for mixing a homemade salad dressing in a pint-sized canning jar. While a larger spatula would have fit, the small one had plenty of room for moving around inside the jar for more vigorous stirring, and it reached agilely into the bottom of the jar to make sure the spices were fully incorporated. Not only did the little guy do a masterful job getting the peanut butter out of the bottom of a jar, but it also made a great tool for spreading our reward onto some crackers. It also came in handy for cleaning the wires on our stand mixer’s whisk attachment.
They’re heat safe to 600 degrees, which assured us that they can be used in a hot pan.
The larger white spatula was our first choice for scraping the mixer’s bowl, both during mixing and when we transferred the mixture to baking pans. When we scraped chocolate cake batter out of a mixing bowl, we were disappointed because there wasn’t enough batter left over to sample! We had the same result with muffin batter and frosting.
While the raspberry and white spatulas are better at different tasks, there were plenty of times when we simply used the one we grabbed first, or when the one we really wanted was already being used. They performed well even though they were our second choice for stirring or scraping.
Material: Three heat-safe materials
The business end of the spatulas is made from silicone, the neck is nylon, and the handle is Santoprene, so these spatulas can handle high heat. They’re heat safe to 600 degrees, which exceeds our normal cooking needs, but it also assured us that they can be used in a hot pan. When we left a spatula in a hot pot while we were cooking, the handle didn’t get damaged where it leaned on the pot, which is a problem we’ve encountered with similar kitchen tools.
It was the perfect size for mixing a homemade salad dressing in a pint-sized canning jar.
The silicone in the head is the perfect density, with just enough bend for the edges to conform to the jar, bowl, or pot we were working in, but sturdy enough to handle dense foods, like a particularly sticky marshmallow-like frosting. The best example of why these spatulas are the perfect density is when we scooped the flesh out of cooked spaghetti squash. The spatula was tough enough to handle the squash, but gentle enough not to break the squash skin, as can happen with metal spoons. While they’re all safe for use in nonstick cookware and bakeware, they still did a great job scraping the bottom of a Dutch oven when food threatened to stick.
The nylon neck is stiff and sturdy, keeping the upper portion of the spatula from bending. The Santoprene handle offers a soft-feeling, comfortable grip that felt secure even when our hands were wet or messy.
The only downside of the three-material design is that there are joints where the materials come together. However, the joints are tight, and we don’t expect trouble with cleaning.
Cleaning: Dishwasher safe
When we were planning on using these right away, we hand washed them and left them to air dry. Cleaning was easy, even after we used them for scraping sticky batters or stirring greasy food. A rinse of hot water sent the residue running away, and then a quick swipe with soap made sure we’d gotten rid of the last bits. When we were done using the spatulas for the day, they fit nicely in the dishwasher and came out clean.
As a three-piece set, this is definitely affordable. Sometimes we gripe at sets because one piece isn’t as useful or we can’t imagine scenarios where we’ll use more than one at once. With these spatulas, we felt that all the pieces were useful on their own, and there were plenty of times all three were in use at the same time.
OXO Good Grips Three-Piece Silicone Spatula Set vs. Ipec Therapy Silicone Spatula Set
How much do you really need to spend on spatulas? The Ipec Therapy Silicone Spatula Set costs less than the OXO set we reviewed, and it has similarly shaped silicone heads. But, we have to give the nod to the OXO set because we prefer the handles and we trust the OXO brand. We expect these spatulas to be functional for years to come.
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- Product Name Good Grips Three-Piece Silicone Spatula Set
- Product Brand OXO
- SKU 1238580V1
- Price $11.99
- Color 3-piece set with raspberry, green, and white
- Material Silicone, nylon, and Santoprene