The 4 Best Measuring Cups

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Whether you’re new to the kitchen or an experienced chef, measuring cups are practically a necessity when following a recipe. But with so many different options out there, it can be a bit daunting to select the best measuring cups for your kitchen. It’s important to consider the following:

What You’re Measuring

For accuracy and to minimize messes, dry and liquid ingredients should be measured in different types of measuring cups. Measuring cups designed for dry ingredients specify exact measurements (1/2 cup, for example) and are meant to be filled to the brim — which is a bad idea for liquids. Most measuring cup sets for dry ingredients come with 1/4-, 1/3-, 1/2-, and 1-cup measures, although sometimes you can get bonus sizes like a 3/4 cup. Measuring cups designed for liquid ingredients, on the other hand, come with extra space above the measurement lines to help avoid spilling. These measuring cups come in a wide range of sizes but have multiple markers. They are usually at least 1-cup big.

Material

For dry ingredient measuring cups, the most durable material is steel because it holds up well to washing, and is less likely to warp or bend.

For wet ingredient measuring cups, glass is a great choice because it doesn't pick up smells and is easy to clean. Keep in mind, however, that glass can easily break if dropped.

Plastic is usually a more budget-friendly option for both dry and wet ingredient cups, but a drawback is that it can absorb stains and smells. Not all plastic is dishwasher-safe either.

To help in your search for the best measuring cups, here are four highly rated options that would make great additions to your kitchen.