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Sure, flatware is nice, but kitchen utensils are the unsung heroes of delicious food. Spoons, spatulas, tongs, and other kitchen gadgets are the cooking tools that do all the work, and it’s worth the investment to buy a nice set.
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite kitchen utensil sets for cooking, baking, grilling, and anything else you need.
Whether you're looking for a complete overhaul, a few upgrades or an ideal housewarming gift for a friend, we’ll help you find the perfect fit for your kitchen below.
Beloved by professional chefs and home cooks alike, GIR kitchen tools have been purposefully designed down to the last detail.
“Our customers love that our products are made from the highest quality materials that offer the optimum balance between flexibility and firmness. Our best-selling Spatula blade has sufficient flex to curve around bowls and containers while still being strong enough to manipulate and control foods effectively! These truly are the tools you’ll reach for every day,” says Suze Dowling, co-founder, and chief business officer at Pattern.
“Our customers love that our products are made from the highest quality materials that offer the optimum balance between flexibility and firmness."
GIR offers more than a dozen kitchen-friendly colors and textures that can match anyone's needs and preferences. "Our slate grey color is my personal favorite: a really beautiful blue-grey neutral that complements every kitchen," adds Dowling.
Offering everything you need to cook any meal, The Fundamentals from Material won’t disappoint. With seven pieces of quality cookware and a wooden base, this set is carefully designed to look and feel amazing while lasting for a lifetime. And it’s a great choice whether you’re overhauling your kitchen or just adding a few upgrades.
The wooden base includes a magnetic inner wall for safe knife storage and is stylish enough for any countertop. The magnetic wall keeps The 8" Knife and The Almost 4" Knife properly secured when you're not using them but conveniently at your fingertips when you need them. The knives are designed for performance, made from cryogenically tempered Japanese stainless steel and high carbon with Santoku-inspired tips, making them resilient and exceptionally sharp.
The rest of the set includes The Only Tongs, The Wood Spoon, The Metal Spoon, The Slotted Spatula, and, of course, The Base. On checkout, you can choose between three colors for the handles and the wood, with the option to add on a knife sharpener and a turner spatula for a more extensive set.
Curated to include just the essentials, the Whole Grain Family set from Great Jones is perfect for upgrading your utensil collection. Made from warm-toned ash wood, the set consists of a slotted spoon for taste-testing pasta or veggies, a spatula for the perfect flip, and a ladle for oversized pours of soup.
Each utensil features a comfortable handle, mirroring the style of the ever popular Great Jones stainless-steel cookware. The handles also feature a small cutout for convenient hanging. In addition, the ash wood utensils are safe for ceramic, nonstick, glass, and stainless-steel cookware, so you can't go wrong.
Right now, the set comes with an exclusive ceramic spoon rest made by East Fork Pottery, with a signature Lapis Glaze.
If you’d like to replace what you have with everything you’ll need, The Essentials Prep Tool Set from Misen is a great place to look. This 10-piece kitchen tool set includes comfortable silicone handles and a range of tools for every task, available in three modern colors.
The set includes a silicone spatula, a silicone-edged fish spatula, a silicone spoon, a silicone slotted spoon, a silicone “spoontula,” silicone-tipped tongs, a metal whisk, a silicone ladle, a silicone pastry brush, and a Y-peeler. It’s all dishwasher safe and, apart from the metal whisk, safe for nonstick cookware, skillets, and bakeware.
Most of the metal elements are made from stainless steel, and the silicone utensils feature a sturdy nylon core to keep them sturdy.
With a professional appeal, the Cuisinart 7-Piece Assorted Kitchen Utensil Set has everything you need for a well-stocked kitchen. It features an aesthetically pleasing crock with six durable nylon utensils that are safe for nonstick cookware and heat resistant up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
"I will definitely recommend it to anyone without a doubt. It has everything anyone needs for basic cooking activities."
“[The] Cuisinart 7-Piece Assorted Kitchen Utensil Set is the best,” says Daniel P. Craig, founder of Kitchen Deets. “I have used it in the past. I will definitely recommend it to anyone without a doubt. It has everything anyone needs for basic cooking activities. Cuisinart's versatile seven-piece set includes a spatula, a slotted spoon, a ladle, a spaghetti server, and even a skimmer that can be used when frying foods in oil.”
Each utensil from this set features a soft-grip handle with stainless steel accents. You’ll receive a solid spoon, a slotted spoon, a slotted turner, a skimmer, a ladle, and a pasta spoon. From making spaghetti to deep-frying wings, this set can do it all. And if you like matching utensils, Cuisinart offers a range of other tools like this Box Grater to upgrade your kitchen.
With a balance of form and function, the Crate and Barrel White Silicone Utensils with Acacia Wood Handles set includes six beautiful utensils. Each utensil features a white silicone head and a rounded handle made from solid acacia for a modern look. As a result, you'll have everything you need for mixing, cooking, and serving without cluttering up your kitchen.
“I really like this set from Crate and Barrel. The tools are really resilient and have a nice classic look,” Charlie McKenna, Founder, and Chef of Lillie's Q, a Southern BBQ brand, told Living Cozy. “You shouldn’t need to replace these tools, with light to normal use, for at least a few years. Make sure to clean them regularly using mild soap so that they last longer. Don’t put them in the dishwasher.”
The silicone utensil heads won't scratch nonstick or ceramic pots and pans. In addition, they’re stick-resistant and heat-resistant up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Leave it to Amazon to offer an affordable, comprehensive Silicone Cooking Utensil Set with an attractive crock and 14 utensils. The silicone kitchen utensil set includes one of each: slotted spoon, solid spoon, slotted turner, solid turner, deep soup ladle, pasta server, flexible spatula, spoon spatula, spreader spatula, slotted spatula, basting brush, kitchen tongs, egg whisk, egg white separator, and utensil crock.
Each utensil is safe for nonstick and ceramic cookware, heat-resistant up to 446 degrees Fahrenheit, and dishwasher safe. The utensils are also BPA-free and feature anti-scalding silicone handles for safe cooking. Each piece has a stainless-steel core to enhance durability and prevent deformation caused by bending.
If you love wooden utensils, the Walnut Essentials Set from Williams Sonoma is a must-have. This signature wooden kitchen utensil set is designed with the philosophy of "function first" from Williams Sonoma Founder Chuck Williams.
The six-piece set is made from tumbled American Walnut wood for an ultrasmooth texture with comfortable tapered wood handles for a natural grip. The wood is FSC-certified, guaranteeing that it is sustainably grown and harvested. The utensils are safe for use with all nonstick, glass, and ceramic cookware.
“I love this set of walnut utensils because there's a ladle included. The walnut will also last for many years if taken care of properly,” says chef Crystal Reinwald.
Are you looking for a high-quality basic set for all types of cooking? The Circulon 5-Piece Kitchen Utensil Set can stir, strain, serve, or flip anything from garden burgers on the grill to a hearty soup on the stove. They feature rubberized handles for a comfortable grip and are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
The set contains a solid spoon, slotted turner, slotted spoon, ladle, and a small cleaning brush. Each utensil is made from nylon with a stainless-steel core for durability, and they're heat-safe up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
This set is available in black, chocolate brown, and merlot red, adding versatility for a range of kitchen styles. The pieces feature eye-catching stainless-steel accents with functional holes in the ends of the handles for easy hanging storage.
Another beautiful set from Williams Sonoma, this Stainless Steel Silicone Tools 5-Piece Set is available with either white or red silicone tops. The signature tools are designed with function in mind, featuring tapered stainless-steel handles that mimic the shape of paintbrushes.
This set will allow you to sauté, mix, fold, flip, and serve delicious meals from the oven, stovetop, grill, or even deep frier. It includes a ladle, slotted turner, spoon, medium spatula, and tongs. The silicone is heat-resistant, and the stainless-steel handles are hygienic, heat-resistant, and durable enough to last a lifetime. The spatula is heat-resistant to 600 degrees Fahrenheit, the tongs to 500 degrees F, and the ladle, slotted turner, and spoon to 400 degrees F. Everything is also dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup.
“This is a great set of silicone utensils,” says chef Crystal Reinwald. “They will cover almost any task without having to purchase a ton of items.”
The stylish Elevate 6-Piece Utensils Carousel Set with Tongs from Joseph Joseph will update your counter while giving you everything you need to cook almost any meal. The tools hang from a rotating utensil holder featuring a nonstick base for smart storage. The carousel wipes clean easily, and the utensils are dishwasher safe. In addition, everything is BPA-free to protect your health.
This set includes a pair of lockable stainless-steel tongs with heat-resistant silicone tips, as well as a ladle, slotted turner, solid spoon, pasta spoon, and slotted spoon. In addition, each piece features weighted handles that offer good grips with integrated tool rests for a cleaner, more ergonomic cooking experience.
The utensils are suitable for all types of cookware. Additionally, the nylon tool heads are heat resistant to 392 degrees Fahrenheit, and the silicone handles are heat resistant up to 520 degrees F.
A well-rounded kitchen should usually have a little bit of everything, but knowing what you're looking for makes kitchen utensil shopping much, much easier.
Do you want a stainless steel kitchen utensil set? Wooden handles? Maybe a nice silicone spatula set? The truth is, you likely need a mix of each to work with whatever baking tools and cookware sets you have at home.
Looking at what skilled home cooks prefer can help you refine your kitchen and hone your cooking skills. While the proper utensils won’t advance you to head chef status, they can improve the outcomes of most recipes.
“There’s an old saying, the right tool for the job. Well, that same rationale applies to matching the proper utensils with the cookware."
“I have just about every type of cookware made – stainless steel, cast iron, enameled, nonstick, copper, porcelain, etc.,” says Jessica Randhawa, the head chef, recipe creator, photographer, and writer behind The Forked Spoon. “There’s an old saying, the right tool for the job. Well, that same rationale applies to matching the proper utensils with the cookware. Stainless steel utensils match well with both stainless steel and cast-iron cookware.”
“I use either wood utensils or silicone utensils with my enameled, nonstick, copper, and porcelain cookware,” continues Randhawa. “When buying wood utensils, I tend to favor sustainably sourced thick-handled products. Never use stainless steel utensils on enameled, nonstick, copper, and porcelain cookware, as you will scratch or ruin that cookware.”
“Silicone is the best-in-class option for kitchen tools and utensils. It’s stain and odor resistant, easy-to-clean, dishwasher and nonstick safe, and nearly indestructible!"
“Silicone is the best-in-class option for kitchen tools and utensils," adds Suze Dowling, co-founder, and chief business officer at Pattern. “It’s stain and odor resistant, easy-to-clean, dishwasher and nonstick safe, and nearly indestructible! In contrast – plastic can melt on the stove and break easily; metal gets hot to touch and scratches nonstick, and wood can burn on the stove and warp in the dishwasher. The flexibility within silicone also allows you to control foods effectively, no matter whether that activity be mixing, scraping, or stirring.”
There's a wide range of options available, and it comes down to what's best for your kitchen. For example, if you favor cast iron, stainless-steel utensils are great. But if everything you own is ceramic or nonstick, you won't find much use for stainless-steel utensils and would be better with wood or silicone.
Finally, there's the question of which utensils you need and which ones you don't. Virginia Willis, a Food Network Kitchen host, and James Beard, award-winning cookbook author, elaborates on this topic below:
“Different utensils are needed for different reasons!” says Virginia Willis. “I am not certain about a ‘set.’ Cooks should have a rounded wooden spoon, a silicone rubber spatula, stainless steel tongs, a stainless metal spoon, and a stainless-steel slotted spoon. Other helpful tools would include a silicone flat spatula aka turner and a metal whisk.”
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