Most people have at least one spatula in their kitchen, but if you don’t, you should consider adding this multifunctional cooking staple to your arsenal of tools. A spatula can be made from a variety of materials from metal to plastic, but for non-stick and ceramic coated cookware, a silicone spatula is a must
Silicone spatulas have a high heat resistance, so they won’t melt when you’re flipping eggs or hamburgers. They can also be used to stir and blend cake batter, spread icing, and even put on makeup. You can use a silicone spatula to scrape food from a non-stick pan and it won’t scratch or damage the finish.
You can find silicone spatulas in many shapes, sizes and colors — long, short, fat, skinny, black, red, green, pink—well you get the picture. They are also affordable and within the range of even the most modest budget.
Below you will find our top recommendations for silicone spatulas. Read on to see which one suits your cooking style.
1. Top Pick: OXO Spatula
Most seasoned cooks keep an arsenal of tools to get them through meal prep, cooking and serving. One of the most frequently used items is a spatula, and because of this, many people have more than one in their kitchen. But if you’re at the point where you only want one spatula, or you want to add a different kind of spatula to your collection, then we recommend this small silicone one from OXO.
This is a great choice since it is what you’ll need for all non-stick cookware and bakeware because metal utensils will scrape and ruin a non-stick finish. This one has a solid turner with a thin, flexible edge that makes it easy to glide under and flip delicate food like eggs and pancakes. It’s also useful for lifting cookies off a baking sheet without breaking them.
The one-piece design includes a stainless steel core that gives the spatula added strength and durability. The grip is soft and non-slip and when you’re done, you can put it into the dishwasher for easy cleaning. This OXO spatula is also reasonably priced and will fit into any budget.
- Reasonably priced
- Stainless steel core
- Heat resistant up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit
- Absorbs odors
2. Runner Up: GEEKHOM Silicone Spatulas for Nonstick Cookware
If you’re like most home cooks, you have a variety of pots and pans of different sizes to suit your different needs. If this is the case, then you know how important it is to have the right sized spatula to fit the pan otherwise, you could end up making a mess.
We love this four piece silicone spatula set because it includes two different types of spatulas – solid head and slotted head – in two different sizes each, so you can be sure you will have one that fits the pan you are using at any given time.
The set includes a standard 11.8 inch by 2.07-inch spatula, a large 13.1 inch by 3.9-inch spatula, an extra large round 12.4 inch by 5.9-inch slotted turner and an extra large long 13.9 inch by 3.9-inch slotted turner. All of the spatulas can be used on non-stick cookware, are made with a stainless steel core and coated with BPA-free EU LFGB-grade silicone.
The flexible turner part of the spatulas are heat resistant up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. They all have a soft, non-slip grip with a thumb grip that makes it easy to hold. The set comes in a box, which makes it an ideal gift for yourself, or for your favorite aspiring cook.
- Dishwasher safe
- Coated with BPA free, EU LFGB grade silicone
- Non-slip grip
- Extra wide and long head design
- More expensive than other silicone spatula sets
- Plastic handle should not be left near heat
3. Best for Stirring: Moacc Silicone Spatulas
One of the fun things about silicone kitchenware is that it is available in so many fun colors. Sure, you can get black, too, but if your kitchen is decorated in a neutral palette, adding pops of color with small kitchen appliances, gadgets and tools brightens the space without being overbearing.
This set includes four 11-inch solid silicone spatulas in orange, blue, green and red. All of them are made from food-grade silicone and heat resistant up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, making them safe to use with hot foods and around the cooktop.
These standard spatulas are used for stirring, scraping and folding ingredients into batter, and are not suitable for flipping delicate foods such as fried eggs or pancakes. The solid structure is free of cracks or seams where food can get trapped. Sturdy and strong, the spatula has a stainless steel core that is wrapped in a silicone cover.
Each spatula has a hanging loop on the end so when you are finished using them, you can wash them and hang them out of the way to dry.
- Set of four
- Suitable for stirring, scraping and folding in foods
- Not suitable for flipping delicate foods
4. Best Color Variety: HOTEC Food Grade Silicone Rubber Spatula Set
A spatula can be used to perform many different kitchen tasks: flipping, stirring, spooning and spreading, but because a spatula can take many shapes, sizes and forms, it’s not possible to do everything with the same one.
This five-piece silicone spatula set gives you a nice selection of different sized and shaped spatulas that you can use for a variety of kitchen tasks. You can choose from the multi-colored set that has a red, green, purple, orange and turquoise spatula, or the red set.
These silicone spatulas are made of 100 percent non-toxic food-grade silicone that is lead-free and odorless. The smooth and flexible thin edges will not scratch or damage your pots or cookware.
The one-piece design has a stainless-steel core and the spatulas are temperature resistant from between -104 degrees to +600 degrees Fahrenheit. The set includes one medium spatula spreader, one large spoon-style spatula, one large spatula for flipping, one small spatula for stirring and one small spoon-style spatula.
- Soft non-slip handle
- Hanging hole at top
- Spatulas are small
5. Best Pack of Two: Unicook 2 Pack Flexible Silicone Spatula
Big appetites require big portions while smaller appetites need less. What does that have to do with silicone spatulas? A lot if you’re planning a barbecue and will be flipping a dozen or two big and small burgers.
This two-piece set includes a large and a small silicone spatula, both of which have an angled edge that glides easily under food and is ideal for flipping burgers, fried eggs, pancakes and other fragile foods. The two black spatulas are sturdily constructed, have a comfortable non-slip handle and a soft silicone head bonded to a flexible stainless steel core.
The head of the spatulas are heat resistant up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit and both won’t scratch your coated and non-stick cookware, bakeware and electric griddles. Easy to clean by hand or in the dishwasher, the small spatula measures three inches wide by 4.75 inches by 12 inches long and the large measures four inches wide by six inches by 13 inches.
- Flexible silicone head
- Two sizes
- Angled edges glide smoothly under food
- Handle is not made of silicone and could melt if left near heat source
6. Best Gift Set: Forc Silicone Spatula Set of 8
If you’re looking for a gift for a bridal shower, housewarming or an aspiring chef, then you can’t go wrong with a set of silicone spatulas to cover all kitchen tasks and more.
This set of eight silicone spatulas really covers the gamut of uses for these versatile kitchen tools. All the different sizes and shapes have a one-piece seamless design, so they are less prone to breaking. They are made of food-grade silicone and heat resistant to 480 degrees Fahrenheit.
The set includes one silicone spoon spatula, one large spatula, one small spatula, one straight spatula that is useful for scraping batter down from the sides of a bowl, and two long and two short mini spatulas, which can be used for everything from applying makeup to getting the last bit of jam out of the jar.
Useful and versatile, the spatulas can be cleaned by hand or in the dishwasher, and are available in a choice of five colors: black, green, orange, purple and red.
- Set of eight silicone spatulas
- Available in five color choices
- Makes a nice gift
- Not suitable for stainless steel or iron pans
- Do not leave spatulas in a hot pan
7. Best for Makeup Application: HAGBOU Beauty Spatula
Who says silicone spatulas are only for kitchen use? Not us. But seriously, this set of four colorful silicone spatulas can definitely be used in the kitchen, especially to dig deep into the peanut butter jar and spread it, along with jam, on bread or crackers.
But we weren’t kidding about the makeup. These spatulas, which come in orange, red, green and purple, are made of high-quality silicone and are three different sizes to be able to reach into jars and bottles of various sizes. There are two 12-inch spatulas and two smaller nine-inch spatulas, each of which have a very small silicone head of less than a half an inch wide. They are the perfect size for scraping the sides of containers and for applying lip gloss, eye shadow and your favorite face mask.
If you’ve never thought of using spatulas like these to put on makeup or face cream, you may want to think again. Soft to touch with a one-piece seamless design, they are easy to clean too, either by hand or you can pop them in the dishwasher.
- One-piece seamless design
- Available in bright colors
- Dishwasher safe
- Not suitable for flipping food
8. Best Splurge: MICHELANGELO Silicone Spatula Turner Set
Most silicone spatulas are really affordable; many cost less than $10, even for a set of two or three. We included this four-piece set as a bit of a splurge option because it is a bit more expensive than some other sets, but it includes a handy pair of tongs, which is a really handy tool to have in the kitchen.
In the set you’ll find an extra large solid head spatula with an ultra thin edge that measures 13.3 inches by 3.9 inches; a small solid head spatula measuring 11.6 inches by 3.1 inches; and a large slotted spatula measuring 12.2 inches by 5.9 inches. All are made from non-toxic, BPA-free food-grade silicone, with the heads being heat resistant up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. The stainless steel kitchen tongs, an ideal tool for picking up cooked pasta or turning ribs over on the barbecue, measures 13.3 inches and has silicone on the ends.
They all have hanging holes for organized storage and clean up nicely in the dishwasher.
- Set comes with tongs
- Two different sized flat head spatulas
- Silicone flipper heads heat resistant up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit
- More expensive than other silicone spatula sets
What to look for when buying a silicone spatula:
Size/shape: As we’ve mentioned, silicone spatulas come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The first thing to note when looking for one to suit your needs is the length of the handle. If you are using the spatula to flip eggs, pancakes or burgers on the barbecue, then you want the handle to be long enough to keep your hand away from the heat source. If you are using the spatula to fold or mix cake batter, then the length of the handle is less important and should mainly feel comfortable in your hand.
Once you have decided on the length of the handle, you need to consider the size of the head, the part that will come in contact with food. Silicone spatulas that have a small, narrow head are not suitable for flipping food and instead, are used mainly for baking, mixing, stirring and scraping batter from the sides of a bowl. Solid and slotted heads come in different sizes, usually small and large, and you can match it with the size of the pan or pans that you use on a regular basis. Larger sized food needs a bigger, solid head with soft edges so that it easily slips under the whole item so that the food doesn’t fall apart mid-turn.
Usage: What you intend to use the spatula for will determine, to an exent, which kind to purchase. As mentioned above, size will factor into it, but also what you are using it for. It’s not practical, or even possible, to flip a burger with a small-headed silicone spatula that is better suited to stirring batter. That’s why many home cooks often have more than one silicone spatula to handle different tasks.
Material: While all silicone spatulas are made of silicone, not all of them are of superior quality. Some people like to perform what’s called the “pinch” test. This means pinching and twisting a flat surface of the silicone spatula to see if white shows through. If it does, then it is not pure silicone and probably has fillers, so you may want to stay away from it. Instead, choose 100 percent silicone that is food-grade, BPA and lead free.
Silicone is very flexible and floppy, so most handles on these spatulas have a stainless steel core wrapped around with the silicone to make them heat resistant. However, the handles on some silicone spatulas are made from hard plastic. This is something to look out for since a plastic handle may not be as heat resistant as the silicone and end up melting if it’s kept close to a heat source for too long (like resting in the fry pan while the food is still cooking).
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