Spatulas are one of those essential kitchen tools we all have. But there’s a difference between a pancake flipper and a tool for the grill. There’s even a spatula, called the offset, that’s made entirely for icing your baked goods.
Oddly enough, the kitchen tool is a little like a tennis racquet or a lacrosse stick. There actually is a method to the structure and materials. A short handle gives you more control. Use a long handle and it keeps your hand away from the heat – but that egg over easy can swiftly become scrambled in the frying pan.
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Metal is better than silicone because it can be thinner and slide more easily under the food and not just push it around. However, no-stick pans demand non-metal spatulas that could abrade the surface. A small blade is better for small pans and gives you more control. A large blade lets you pick up more food at once and keep things like pancakes and fish filets in one piece. Slotted blades let fat drain out as you remove the food from the pan.
What are the best spatulas for your kitchen arsenal? Here’s some flipping hot choices.
Best silicone spatulas:
If you're making a roast, or a stew, this is the spatula you need. It's a combo of glass-filled nylon and silicone, and is safe up to 482 degrees.
Naturally, one of our go-to cookware brands has also elevated the spatula game. Because it’s arched, you can easily use this spatula to flip heavy foods and scoop them out of pots.
One Fatherly editor has had this silicone spatula for going on five years now, and it still looks brand new. After near-daily use.
This silicone spatula has a scooped shape, so it’s ideal for mixing and scraping foods. You’ll end up with perfect scrambled eggs every time. It’s heat-resistant up to 450 degrees and is safe on all cookware.
Non-stick cookware is a godsend for the cooking (and dishwashing) dad – and it requires a spatula that won’t scratch the surface and ruin the finish. This is the spatula to get for your nonstick pan.
This spatula is from a dependable brand, has strong grip and easy to clean silicone head, and is a great tool for flipping pancakes and burgers.
The baker’s choice, this colorful spatula is stiff when mixing dough, and supports high temps up to 550 degrees so it won’t fall apart quickly, like some other silicone or plastic utensils.
Customers actually write love letters on Amazon about this spatula. Sure it comes in a variety of colors but it’s the fact that it’s a kitchen workhorse and dishwasher safe that gets consumers to buy it in every size and shape. The premium silicone is just the right level of firmness with flexibility.
Best offset spatulas:
This is a well-designed professional grade narrow spatula that makes icing cakes a breeze and has a long narrow blade that allows the cook to access more surface area at once.
Rumor has it that this is the ultimate tool for spreading the ideal amount of PB&J right to the very bread crusts. With a wooden handle and stainless-steel blade, it’s also a great size and weight, which makes it a go-to kitchen tool. It’s also great for leveling dry ingredients and, of course, cakes.
The stainless steel blade on this offset spatula provides control while preventing breakage, making this the perfect tool for icing cakes and cupcakes. It has a nonslip handle.
The blade on this spatula is bent, meaning you can frost all your baked goods without any dents, and it keeps frosting off your countertops.
Best metal spatulas:
Every kitchen requires that perfect spatula, and this is it. It has a slotted head design to help drain away grease, oils, or sauces, and is just thin enough that you can slide it under the most delicate cuts of meat and fish.
This stainless steel spatula will last forever, and it’s dishwasher safe for headache-free cleanup.
No more fear of fish flopping with this fish spatula, from the folks who also make great Swiss army knives.
This spatula features rugged construction and is built to last for a long time if well-treated – so hand washing is a plus. And it’s the perfect size to flip salmon on the grill or off.
This metal spatula is big, bold and has a great grip – just what you need to wrestle a big piece of meat on the grill.
Brawny, sturdy and sizable, this metal spatula is perfect for when you need to slide it under the food on the grill. Short handled for maximum control. Buyers say it’s worth the few extra Benjamins – and it has a built-in bottle opener on the handle.
Best wood spatulas:
Want your kids to eat more vegetables? Then whip up a veggie stir-fry with this wooden spatula.
High quality, sturdy and a perfect size, the wood spatula can also be used for other purposes like stirring boiling candy and scraping the bottom of the pot. And, unlike some other woods, bamboo doesn’t absorb sauces or cleaning fluid.
The bad news: You need to hand-wash this spatula. The good news, however: This spatula is ideal for stirring, mixing, dividing, tasting, turning, and serving food. It's made in Europe from Italian olivewood. It's light yet durable, and won't scratch cookware surfaces. Plus, it doubles as a salad server.
This 12.5 inch spatula is pretty enough to use when serving up food, yet hardy enough to do the actual cooking.
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