- 1. Unicook 2-Piece Flexible Silicone Spatulas
- 2. M KITCHEN WORLD Heat Resistant Silicone Spatulas Set
- 3. KitchenAid Classic Slotted Turner
- 4. U-Taste 600ºF High Heat-Resistant Premium Silicone Spatula Set
- 5. Di Oro Chef Series 3-Piece Silicone Turner Spatula Set
- 6. Norpro Nylon Nonstick 13-Inch Slotted Spatula
- 7. Hotec 5-Piece Food Grade Silicone Spatula Set
- 8. Rachael Ray Nylon Cooking Utensils
- 9. StarPack Premium Silicone Spoonula
- 10. KSENDALO Thin Slotted Nonstick Spatula
- 11. OXO Good Grips Large Silicone Flexible Turner
- 12. ALLWIN HOUSEWARE Silicone Spatula 3-Piece Set
The Best Spatula
If you're a baker, chef, or home cook you'll know that a spatula is an essential tool in the kitchen. Used for flipping and lifting food that has been prepared on a flat and usually hot surface much like the chopping board, baking tray, nonstick pans, or pizza stone. They're a great handheld utensil that you'll find made of different materials like stainless steel, silicone, or BPA-free plastic and if you don't already have one, a spatula is a must-have.
The first on our line up for the best spatulas is our best choice, the Unicook 2-Piece Flexible Silicone Spatulas, a bundle with two different sizes of non-slotted spatulas. The head is slightly angled so you can keep your fingers away from the rim of a hot pan. They do work on pans that aren’t only non-stick – they are safe to use on coated heat and bakeware too. The TPE, or synthetic, handle is not as heat resistant as the head so you will need to rest it somewhere safe instead of on heat, so do remember to have a pot nearby where you can reach it when you need it again during cooking. Great price tools to have present in any home kitchen.
Excellent heat resistance
Easy to clean
TPE handle can melt
Steel core doesn’t reach end of head
Difficult to use as a scraper
Resistant Silicone Spatulas Set
Heat resistant to 480F
4 pack spatulas
Although not as highly resistant to heat as some spatulas we tested, M KITCHEN WORLD Heat Resistant Silicone Spatulas Set, a four-pack set comes at a good price and is handy for both cooking and baking. The heads are thin so can be used as scrapers where others might fail at this simple job. A good overall set for mixing, scraping, spreading, and turning with a long thinner piece for reaching ingredients in tall containers. A good set of spatulas including a spoon, jar spatula, plus a large and a small option. They are not slotted so food doesn’t get stuck in slots, but there’s a detachable join between the head and handle so food might get stuck there. Bearing this in mind they are pretty easy to clean and dishwasher safe. You can keep these in a drawer or hang up out of the way.
Good choice of colors
Flexible enough for multiple uses
Heads pop off – could do this while using
KitchenAid is a popular and very successful manufacturer and we hoped for more, although at this price we weren’t sure what to expect which is why KitchenAid Classic Slotted Turner didn’t make our budget pick. We think that you might like the fact that it comes with a limited warranty so even at its price it might be worth it. It’s slotted so takes a little bit of cleaning, as you expect with any type of kitchen utensil. We like that it comes with a small label attached (so not much waste) which means they weren’t meant it for being boxed and gifted, although you could if you wanted to. It doesn’t quite fit with the extremely high temperatures that some of our spatulas do but works brilliantly with light cooking like frying eggs or simply flipping and turning pancakes.
1 year replacement guarantee
Not thin head
Can’t handle ultra-high temperatures
The Unclutterer team loved the colors available, we had the aqua colorway which for us is a pretty timeless design that fits with any kitchen if you’re looking to mix and match with other kitchen tools. Stir, turn, and clean with U-Taste 600ºF High Heat-Resistant Premium Silicone Spatula Set. We like that they are ok with up to 660F so won’t burn or melt easily and they’re easily cleaned.
Good for turning and scraping
Not as durable as we thought
Colorways on show aren’t same as advertized
The Di Oro Chef Series 3-Piece Silicone Turner Spatula Set is a good choice as our premium pick, a good 3 piece set including 2 slotted spatulas and one flat one. The kit is dishwasher safe and heatproof to a high level. The long-armed spatula means you work without too much danger of burning your arms. We thought that the three different options gave us a chance to cook and turn eggs, pancakes, omelets, pizza, and more – only needing to take care of the heat delivered with each type of cooking (see our FAQ section for more tips).
This kit seemed easy to clean and where it’s construction is silicone/mixed they don’t scratch the most expensive hot pans. This premium pick, we think it’s going to last, and it works with ultra-high temperatures. The three spatulas you are ordering are dishwasher safe and are sturdy enough for flipping, turning, and using as a meat or fish spatula.
Easy to clean
3 choices with high heat resistance
Not thin heads
Slotted holes are quite large
Our budget pick, the Norpro Nylon Nonstick 13-Inch Slotted Spatula is a good-sized spatula with good grips and good for flipping pancakes. It’s quite thick for eggs but will pick fried eggs up perfectly, just make sure you’re using non-stick pans – it is the best spatula for our budget buy choice. We wouldn’t have used it like a fish spatula as it’s not the right type of shape nor is it thin enough, but as kitchen products go we thought it was a brilliant utensil and a good price.
Doesn’t scratch pan surface
Not the highest heat resistance
We liked that you can get a black set, multi-colored if you like a bit of a rainbow in your kitchen drawer (or to hang up and show off), and the red which is pretty popular. The Hotec 5-Piece Food Grade Silicone Spatula Set, non-slotted spatulas come in a pack of five and are ideal for multiple uses. The heads are quite thin and a little flexible so not so much for scraping like a stainless steel and solid piece but definitely more for baking, mixing, and frosting but do work with your fried egg and sausage breakfast too.
They won’t damage any non-scratch pans and work brilliantly with high heat so you might like if you are looking at a good silicone spatula then this set will fit perfectly.
100% money-back guarantee
Reports of stains/color marking on black set
The Rachael Ray Nylon Cooking Utensils come in a set of two and a number of colors to suit your decor if you want to match up. Because they’re silicone they don’t seem to stain and are easy to clean once you take your brush and remove any excess bits – we know fried egg and pancake bits can get stuck in the spaces! We like that the two that are supplied are the same design just a different size, so they were ideal for a couple of different uses like turning eggs (smaller one) or flipping pancakes and omelets (larger one). One word of advice would be, as with everything, even steel, don’t leave it in the pan and put somewhere cooler next to where you are cooking or they’ll get damaged and you risk burning yourself.
Good choice of colors
Unsure on BPA free rating
Not sure that 400F is suitable
The StarPack Premium Silicone Spoonula comes in two great bright colors and a grey/black option so there’s plenty of choice when it comes to matching or contrasting with the other colors in your kitchen. There are complimentary choices to put with this too. It’s constructed using just one piece of silicone with a solid core and no joins so there’s little risk in it snapping unless you are heavy-handed with it. Its silicone make-up will cope with heat up to 600F. That said, we wouldn’t recommend leaving it sitting on a heated pan as concentrated and high levels of heat will possibly damage it. As it says in its title it is spoon-shaped which makes it easy for turning foods in the pan and lifting from pan to plate. It comes with a refund guarantee if you are not happy with your purchase.
Matching sets available
Matching items available
Retains strong smells
Some reports on poor quality
The Unclutterer team loves the design of this KSENDALO Thin Slotted Nonstick Spatula, one of the best styles on our line up for 2020. It comes nicely boxed so makes a great gift but it isn’t a novelty item it really works nicely and the head is thin enough to pick up things like fried eggs and for flipping burgers. The manufacturer is clear about only using it on a non-stick pan as others can easily get too hot for this spatula so save this for your best pan. We like that they claim that it is made to LFGB standard – the strictest testing for European food-based items. There are other food-based utensils in the KSENDALO range too.
LFGB food grade tested
Curved and angled head
Stainless steel version available
Not for use on steel, iron or copper pans
Can melt easily subject to length of heat exposure
Needs soaking/brushing before dishwashing
The OXO Good Grips Large Silicone Flexible Turner is one spatula that is flexible enough and flat enough for flipping pancakes and omelets. It also makes a good crepe or fish spatula too perhaps due to being flat and not spoon-shaped. The head is angled too which makes it pretty easy to use. It seems to have excellent resistance to heat although we couldn’t find the actual Fahrenheit figure that it can cope with. As with all spatulas made with any type of silicone, nylon, or plastic, it is sensible to assume that it shouldn’t be left to ‘sit’ in a hot pan, only to tease, move and flip food when the time is right. It would also be good for picking up foods from an oven baking tray onto a cooling rack and is suitable enough for delicate fish.
Easy to clean
Good with ‘fragile’ foods
Handle is plastic NOT silicone
Don’t use as a scraper
Use on nonstick pans only
The ALLWIN HOUSEWARE Silicone Spatula 3-Piece Set contains spatula and two turners – the spatula has curved edges making it easy to pick up eggs and other flat foods from a non-stick pan and has good heat resistance; the two differently sized turners have a shaped 90-degree corner and a rounded one. All three pieces are used for different jobs and are flat enough to fit in a drawer or hang up using the holes in the handles. They are advertised to have a lifetime warranty. They are generic with no branding which doesn’t deter from the initial quality we found when we received them. All in all, our best value choice and an essential piece of kitchen kit. As our best value choice, your search for a silicone spatula might be over.
Complimentary products available
Almost too flexible
Do not use as a scraper
Features To Consider With Spatulas
There are lots of different spatulas that you can use for a variety of things. These might include a jar spatula which is narrow enough to reach to the bottom or a dedicated fish turner which usually have slots and are typically thinner than certain other spatulas. While we can't tell you which type to pick, knowing what you will use it for the most will help you choose the right one for the job.
Here are a few bits of advice to consider when choosing the best spatula for your kitchen collection.
Strange that most of us think a spatula is just a big flat spoon but there's more. The best manufacturers will have a variety available in different shapes and sizes. Slotted spatulas allow for liquids to drain away so they're good for use on fried and poached eggs, whilst those without slots would be great to collect up scrambled eggs for serving.
Technically designs can be used for different purposes. A fish turner, for example, will have slots and a thin, angled head but really you can find yourself using it for almost everything like lifting food from your pizza stone and should be thin enough to get under foods smoothly without breaking up delicate or fragile food.
Generally speaking, a spatula set will come in a range of designs and might include an offset spatula, fish turner, and different sized with or without slots - the best idea if you do lots of cooking and baking.
Even if a spatula you like is dishwasher proof it still might need you to put some effort into getting any stuck foods. The brush or sponge you have next to your kitchen sink should do the trick, as will soaking the spatula in warm and soapy water.
Generally, stainless steel, plastic and silicone that can tolerate high heat levels will be fine in a dishwasher, but when you search through descriptions check to see what the manufacturers' word is in this area. The best types of dishwasher safe spatulas won't be susceptible to rusting or falling to bits after a few dishwasher cycles.
You might find that soaking stainless steel kitchen utensils in vinegar and water, bringing to the boil and adding bicarbonate of soda then rinsing dry. There should be no risk of abrasion marks and this will keep the steel shiny. Avoid soaking in vinegar for too long though. We thought this was a good tip if you want to soak a number of stainless steel items together when you clean out your kitchen drawers.
You should only use spatulas at a heat level that is recommended. The majority of food-grade spatulas will come clearly with descriptions of their tested heat resistance. Do remember though that any type of natural materials will degrade at a particular temperature when exposed to heat for a length of time. Spatulas with a resistance advertised around 500 Fahrenheit could be used in hot oil which heats up to 375F but can set on fire at 500F.
With nylon spatulas being resistant to up to 400F and silicone at 600F, it is safe to say that any temperature above this will cause the spatula to begin to melt. That said, even just sitting the utensil on the side of a hot pan can cause it to melt so lazy chefs beware - nylon can melt much easier than other materials.
Spatulas need to be constructed with versatile materials and food-grade silicone is widely used. Plastics, in which BPA's can be found, will easily melt and any that are not BPA free can release toxic chemicals if the material is broken down so it's necessary to make sure that you know the materials are safe.
Stainless steel spatulas are generally very thin and can fit smoothly and snugly under foods. They can be produced much sturdier and thinner than with other materials making them ideal to pick up heavy meats or for sliding under cookies instead of moving them around the bakeware!
In summary, if you're looking to protect your favorite pots and pans from scratches then avoid metal spatulas. Even stainless steel can suffer from superficial scratches. Lighter materials that are flexible may not be good for scraping pans and steel may take off the coating from your cooking and bakeware.
Making careful choices when it comes to kitchen utensils will mean that you will save your favorite pieces from being unnecessarily damaged over time.
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