You wouldn't think measuring spoons would be tough to shop for, but there are actually a surprising number of factors to consider. You don't want to end up, after all, with cracked handles or rubbed-off numbers a week after your purchase. To find the best measuring spoons, you'll want to take into account the following factors:
- Material: Two of the most common materials for spoon sets are plastic and stainless steel — both of which have pros and cons. Plastic is cheaper but less durable. Plus, it's prone to picking up food flavors (especially with wet ingredients). Stainless steel, on the other hand, is more expensive but it's also tough, nonporous, and long-lasting. Slightly less common materials include silicone, which is flexible and also nonporous, and wood, which is elegant but requires a bit of extra care to maintain.
- Ease Of Use: Make sure the measurements are clearly labeled with large, easy-to-read numbers that won't rub off (bonus points if they're etched or engraved). It's also helpful if the spoons are unattached or easy to unclip from the others.
- Storage: The last thing to consider is how much space they take up in between uses. Most spoons are designed to be nesting, but it's also great to have snapping, clicking, or magnetic features that keep them from fanning out in the drawer or, if you prefer to hang them, a hook.
To help you find the right utensils for your kitchen, I've put together a list of the best measuring spoons below.