When cooking with
nonstick cookware, you shouldn't use a metal spatula. While top-of-the-line stainless steel spatulas are durable, sharp metal kitchen utensils can scratch the coating of nonstick pans, thus shortening the life of your pots and pans. That's why the best spatulas for nonstick pans are typically made out of silicone.
As a material, silicone offers
more heat resistance, stick resistance, and durability than other non-metal alternatives like wood or plastic. However, because silicone is expensive to manufacture, it can be expensive to buy. For entry-level cooks or shoppers for whom price point is a major consideration, you'll also want to look into cheaper options, like nylon.
Full disclosure before you opt for the upfront savings of a nylon spatula: Nylon has a lower melting point than silicone and, as a type of plastic, may also contain BPA, a chemical that, in high doses, is
linked to health risks.
As for wooden spatulas, keep in mind that wood is generally
more porous, prone to bacterial growth, and harder to clean — so you're better off with a nylon or silicone spatula in the kitchen.
With that said, scroll down for my picks for the best spatulas for nonstick pans.
1 The Overall Best, All Things Considered Di Oro’s silicone turner spatula can withstand some serious stirring and scraping due to a strong reinforced steel core, which extends into the head of the spatula. But there’s no need to stress about your nonstick cookware, because the head is covered in a flexible silicone that slides right under whatever you’re cooking and can withstand heat up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. This spatula is loaded with smart features, including a comfort thumb grip that helps you get a sturdy hold while flipping. Should your spatula become less than flawless, you can get a replacement with Di Oro’s lifetime warranty. One fan’s take: “It seems weird to have a favorite spatula, but this is mine. It's a seemingly simple thing but ergonomics are so important, and this spatula has it nailed down. I especially like the flexible and soft nature of the blade. It's the perfect width, and I don't worry about it scratching up my pans like with stainless steel spatulas. It also can bend a little, which can make getting the sides of pans easier.” 2 The Most Affordable
Norpro slotted spatula is one of the most affordable kitchen tools out there. This nylon spatula is heat resistant up to 410 degrees Fahrenheit, dishwasher safe, and has a nonslip handle, making it a solid option for price-conscious shoppers. While you might not have this one forever, for the price, you won't find a better deal on a spatula that won't scratch your nonstick cookware. One fan’s take: “Excellent spatula for nonstick pans. It's completely made of nylon, which I prefer over others that have a metal center portion that can scratch nonstick surfaces. It's stiff enough to lift pretty much any food, and the slightly curved edge of the blade doesn't bother me at all. For the price, it can't be beat - and actually is higher-quality in my opinion than many much more expensive models.” 3 The Largest Blade
When it comes to flipping omelets, pancakes, and grilled cheese, having a wider spatula makes things easier. That's what makes this
Di Oro Living spatula so appealing. It's over 12 inches long and has an extra-wide, 5-by-6-inch blade that's ideal for flipping. It's made of a high-quality, BPA-free silicone material that’s heat resistant up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. Plus, this spatula boasts an easy-to-grip, nonslip handle and a lifetime warranty. And, best yet: It's easy to clean. Simply toss it in the top rack of your dishwasher once you've finished using it. One fan’s take: “This is a nice big spatula. I like how flexible it is. Great for pancakes and bigger jobs. Impressed with the non stick surface. Used it for French toast and scrambled eggs and the eggs didn't stick to it!” 4 Editor’s Pick: A Super Sturdy Nylon Spatula
nylon spatula’s short, wide handle gives you better control when flipping foods like grilled cheese sandwiches. “I replaced some exceptionally cheap, melted nylon spatulas with this still-cheap nylon spatula from Farberware, and it blows its competition out of the water,” Bustle editor Kori Perten explains. “The spatula is super sturdy and has some real weight to it, despite it being inexpensive. The handle is comfortable to grip, and I like knowing it's heat-resistant up to 450 degrees. I use it all the time on my nonstick pans; it hasn't melted or flaked apart, and it's never once scratched my pans." Plus, the BPA-free spatula has a raised head that won’t touch the countertop when you set it down, cutting down on messes. It’s also dishwasher safe for convenient cleaning. One fan’s take: “This is a joy to use. The handle is unbelievably comfortable and long enough to keep all parts of the hand from the flames. The turner part, while small, is smooth and gets under stuff nicely.” 5 The Fan-Favorite
With more than 13,000 reviews and a 4.7-star overall rating, this
OXO silicone spatula is a fan-favorite on Amazon. The turner spatula is available in small and large sizes and has a flexible silicone head that’s heat-resistant up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. The metal accent is made from durable stainless steel, and the nonslip handle offers a comfortable grip while you’re flipping and sauteeing food. Plus, the spatula is easy to clean in the dishwasher when you’re done. One fan’s take: “The tip and edges are flexible enough to slide along the curved surface of skillets, scraping up all the bits of egg or whatever. But it's also sufficiently stiff that it is still effective on more stubbornly adhesive foods, too. The very tip is cut at an angle so it can easily slide under foods. It's a breeze to clean up and hasn't warped or melted against the edge of the pan when I accidentally rest it there for several seconds.” 6 The Spatula Set With A Near-Perfect Rating
silicone spatula set is backed by an overall 4.8-star rating after more than 21,000 reviews, and it comes with four utensils to help with various kitchen tasks. The set includes large and mini spatulas, a spoon spatula, and a narrow spatula that’s great for getting ingredients out of jars or spreading icing on a cake. All of the dishwasher-safe spatulas have nonslip handles and are heat-safe up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. Choose from six colors, including black, teal, and red. One fan’s take: “Work great and very heat resistant. Saved our nonstick pans from my roommates. Highly recommended if you get a set of nonstick pans that you don't want scratched up. 7 The Best For Fish
The long, thin blade of this
fish spatula is great for flipping filets and other delicate foods. It’s made from durable stainless steel with a silicone head that can withstand temperatures up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. The handle has a soft texture that’s easy to grip even with wet hands, so you can turn foods with ease. And when it’s time to clean up, you can just place this spatula in the dishwasher. One fan’s take: “Perfect for large omelets and fish...very thin on end so that it easily slips under the food in frying pan...GREAT investment in protecting my ceramic non-stick coated frying pan.” 8 A Multi-Functional Spatula That Saves Space
multipurpose kitchen utensil is more than just a spatula. It’s actually five tools in one: spatula, slotted spoon, solid spoon, turner, and cutting tool. The space-saving utensil is made from nylon that’s heat-resistant up to 480 degrees Fahrenheit. The soft handles are easy to grip while cooking, and it’s dishwasher safe. One fan’s take: “I have been surprised how handy this tool is. I use it almost every meal now. Works great for sautéing. I was really surprised when I made breakfast for a crowd and was able to make a ton of over easy/sunny side up eggs and didn’t pop a single yolk. Considering that a huge win. Also works great for scooping rice or cleaning/scraping the bottom of pans when food gets cooked or burned on.” 9 The Spoon/Spatula Hybrid That’s Ideal For Stirring
Let us introduce you to the “
spoonula.” Made from a solid piece of strong silicone that can withstand heat up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit, this spoonula is seamless, so there’s nowhere for small bits of food or bacteria to hide, making this a hygienic choice. The spoon shape at the end of this spatula is ideal for stirring sauces, sautéing veggies, and folding scrambles eggs. This endlessly useful tool is available in red, teal, and gray to match the rest of your kitchen decor. One fan’s take: “This spatula is exactly what I was looking for: silicone; stiff edge that can scrape up the fond to deglaze the skillet or pan; soft enough to cleanly scrape the corner of a mixing bowl of cake batter or frosting; sturdy handle without ridges or inserts that irritate the fingers when constantly stirring (e.g., making roux or risotto); does not pick up color or smell from food; and, has a spoon shape to maximize stirring, blending and folding. I cannot think of a single complaint about this tool.” 10 A Utensil Set With Stylish Wood Handles
five-piece utensil set includes spoons and spatulas, both slotted and solid. The heads are made from silicone, while the handles are made from acacia wood, giving these a stylish edge. The silicone parts are heat-resistant up to 464 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the wood handles are not dishwasher-safe, so these utensils should be hand-washed. This highly-rated set is available in four colors: gray, black, blue, and red. One fan’s take: “I love how heat resistant the silicone is. It hasn't melted or chipped at all, even in my cast iron pan. The spatulas scrape mixing bowls beautifully. I find that these are very easy to clean and the wood handles stay beautiful.” 11 A Spatula That’s Great For Adding Jarred Ingredients To The Pan
Want to scoop an ingredient from a jar or bowl and stir it into your nonstick pan using the same utensil? This
jar spatula will do the trick. The slim silicone head is perfect for reaching into wide-mouth jars and it’s heat-safe up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. Plus, the dishwasher-safe spatula has a nonslip handle that’s easy to maneuver, which is why it has an astonishing 4.9-star rating on Amazon. One fan’s take: “Slim, with just the right balance of sturdiness and flexibility. It can reach the deep corners and get all the batter out. A lot of spatulas are too bendy, so it's hard to remove the goods. This OXO can get into those corners easily.”
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This article was originally published on
Feb. 21, 2019