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The Best Ice Cream Scoops of 2022

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Editor's Choice Product image of OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop
Best Overall

OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop

This 8-ounce, sturdy scoop excelled at virtually every test. It has a slightly weighted feel that translates into smooth scooping abilities. Read More

Pros

  • Comfortable grip
  • Stainless steel
  • Consistently round scoops

Cons

  • None that we could find
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Editor's Choice Product image of Zeroll 1020 Original
Best Upgrade

Zeroll 1020 Original

This scoop has a heat-conductive liquid in the handle that moves heat from your hand to its head, which cut through all pints like butter. Read More

Pros

  • Perfectly round scoops
  • Easy scooping
  • Good for cookie dough

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Not dishwasher-safe
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Product image of Spring Chef Ice Cream Scoop with Soft Handle

Spring Chef Ice Cream Scoop with Soft Handle

This highly rated scoop is popular for its heavy-duty composition, comfortable rubber handle, and curved head that glides easily into ice cream. Read More

Pros

  • Comfortable handle
  • Easy scooping
  • Dishwasher-safe

Cons

  • Scoops not round/uniform
  • Not ideal for cookie dough
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Product image of Sumo Ice Cream Scoop

Sumo Ice Cream Scoop

This UK-born product comes in five vibrant colors and has a pointed tip made of stainless steel that's built to dig right into your pint. Read More

Pros

  • Comfortable grip
  • Good for scooping freezer-burned pints

Cons

  • Scoops not round/uniform
  • Ice cream stuck to head frequently
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Product image of YasTant Ice Cream Scoop

YasTant Ice Cream Scoop

This scoop has a slightly sharp edge that glides through ice cream easily and a lever that makes it easy to dispense perfectly round scoops. Read More

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Light
  • Convenient lever

Cons

  • Less-than-sturdy material
  • Difficult to grab in corners
  • Prone to rusting

A good, high quality ice cream scoop can mean the difference between quickly and easily gliding through a fresh (or freezer-burned) pint, and straining your hand muscles trying to get something merely resembling a round scoop. Luckily, we did all that heavy lifting for you, and found the best ice cream scoops for all of your dessert needs.

Our top pick is the OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop (available at Amazon for $15.99) for its unmatched performance, and the Zeroll 1020 Original (available at Amazon) made the list as a best upgrade pick for a slightly pricier option that's reminiscent of classic ice cream parlors.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

An OXO scoop digging into a pint of mint chocolate chip ice cream, with a filled ice cream cup beside it.
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop was the best scoop we tested.

Best Overall
OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Weight: 9.2 ounces
  • Lever: No
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes

This nine-ounce, sturdy scoop from OXO excelled in every way. It has a slightly weighted feel that translates into smooth scooping abilities, and its curved stainless steel head resulted in consistently round scoops that impress after every use.

It requires very little effort to glide right through even solid, straight-from-the-freezer ice cream—including old, freezer-burned pints. Plus, the comfortable non-slip handle means it's comfortable, easy to hold, and won't slip out of your hands.

This scoop is made with high-quality, solid stainless steel material, so you can toss it right into the dishwasher after use without worrying about chipping or discoloration. If you're looking for a solid scoop choice that can evenly scoop anything from sorbet to cookie dough—and will probably last you in the long run—this is a safe bet.

Pros

  • Comfortable grip

  • Stainless steel

  • Consistently round scoops

Cons

  • None that we could find

One hand holding a dripping ice cream cone, while another hand fills the cone with mint chocolate chip ice cream using the Zeroll.
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The Zeroll 1020 Original Ice Cream Scoop was our pick for the best upgrade.

Best Upgrade
Zeroll 1020 Original
  • Material: Aluminum alloy
  • Weight: 4 ounces
  • Lever: No
  • Dishwasher safe: No

The Zeroll is an upscale, designer option in this product category. It's been around since the 1930s, used by ice cream makers and food experts everywhere for its one-of-a-kind design. There's a heat-conductive liquid in the handle that moves heat from your hand to the scoop's head, resulting in even the hardest of pints being cut through like butter.

This ice cream scoop won'y disappoint, and produces some of the most round, uniform scoops with minimal effort. Best of all, ice cream doesn't get stuck in the scoop.

There are a few downsides that kicked this scoop from the Best Overall slot, though. First off, this scoop is not dishwasher-safe—and thanks to its unique design, hand washing this scoop with hot water means the entire thing gets pretty hot to the touch.

It's also hard to ignore that some Amazon reviewers reported discoloration after longtime use. (In some cases, it bled onto their hands, and even worse, the ice cream itself.)

Pros

  • Perfectly round scoops

  • Easy scooping

  • Good for cookie dough

Cons

  • Expensive

  • Not dishwasher-safe

Product image of Spring Chef Ice Cream Scoop with Soft Handle
Spring Chef Ice Cream Scoop with Soft Handle
  • Material: Zinc alloy
  • Weight: 6 ounces
  • Lever: No
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes

This highly rated scoop is popular on sites like Amazon for its heavy-duty composition, comfortable rubber ergonomic handle, and a uniquely curved head that glides easily into even fully frozen ice cream. If you're looking for a scoop that gets the job done—and don't care about things like consistently round, pretty-looking scoops—this could be the tool for you.

Scooping all kinds of ice cream and sorbet is easy with the Spring Chef, but the resulting scoops are less like scoops and more like pieces, in that they won't have any specific form.

Consequently, this scoop also isn't great for scooping things like cookie dough, since you won't end up getting traditionally shaped cookies out of it either. That said, its unique shape makes it ideal for getting stubborn remnants out of pint corners.

Pros

  • Comfortable handle

  • Easy scooping

  • Dishwasher-safe

Cons

  • Scoops not round/uniform

  • Not ideal for cookie dough

Product image of Sumo Ice Cream Scoop
Sumo Ice Cream Scoop
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Weight: 8.1 ounces
  • Lever: No
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes

If you're looking for a scoop that'll bring some color to your summer gatherings, look no further than the Sumo.

This UK-born product comes in five vibrant colors and has a pointed tip made of stainless steel that's built to dig right into your pint, regardless of how frozen it is.

And, in that respect, it delivers: The uniquely shaped head makes it easy to dig into even freezer-burned pints, and the BPA-free rubber handle makes the whole process comfortable. But getting the scoops dispensed from the handle is a different story and ice cream may get stuck more often than not.

Also, while the pointed head made digging into pints easy, it makes getting round scoops almost impossible. If scoop shapes aren't on your priority list, though, this is a solid scoop choice.

Pros

  • Comfortable grip

  • Good for scooping freezer-burned pints

Cons

  • Scoops not round/uniform

  • Ice cream stuck to head frequently

Product image of YasTant Ice Cream Scoop
YasTant Ice Cream Scoop
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Lever: Yes
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes

When you first pick up the YasTant scoop, you might be surprised by its lightweight, extra thin build. Especially in comparison to some of the others on this list, a 3-ounce scoop could feel measly (and it was, in fact, lighter than the others…by a lot).

But don't let its skimpy first impression turn you away; the YasTant is a workhorse when it comes to scooping anything from sorbet to hard ice cream and even thick cookie dough.

It has a slightly sharp edge that glides through ice cream easily (without running a risk of nicking your finger). And the lever makes it easy to dispense perfectly round scoops that are reminiscent of a classic ice cream shop experience.

It's also easy to clean, made of stainless steel, and good to toss in the dishwasher after use. It may not last you a lifetime—a few long-term Amazon reviewers claim it snapped or bent after a while, and we noticed some minor rusting around the spring and weld points after only a handful of uses. But if you're looking for a well-performing scoop and aren't fussy about longevity, this is a solid choice.

Pros

  • Affordable

  • Light

  • Convenient lever

Cons

  • Less-than-sturdy material

  • Difficult to grab in corners

  • Prone to rusting

Product image of Balci Ice Cream Scoop
Balci Ice Cream Scoop
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Weight: 11.3 ounces
  • Lever: No
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes

Similar to the Sumo, the Balci scoop has a chiseled, stainless steel head with a comfy rubber grip that makes tough-to-scoop ice cream easier to tackle. It's also the heaviest scoop of the bunch, weighing in at 11.38.5 ounces.

Because of that—and the fact that it was a bit longer than the other scoops—using this scoop is a clunkier experience than others, especially for folks who have smaller-than-average hands (ahem, me). I found my hand cramping by the end of my scooping for this reason.

That said, if you don't mind a little extra weight in your scoop, this is a great way to dig into hard-to-scoop frozen ice cream and get into those pesky corners. Just keep in mind that your scoops won't be perfectly round.

Pros

  • Comfortable grip

  • Easy to scoop corners

  • Study build

Cons

  • Long and heavy

  • Scoops not round/uniform

Product image of Gorilla Grip Original Ice Cream Scooper
Gorilla Grip Original Ice Cream Scooper
  • Material: Zinc alloy
  • Weight: 8 ounces
  • Lever: No
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes

My first impression of this scoop was how top-heavy it felt compared to the others. While the head is made of high-quality (and heavy) zinc alloy metal, it doesn't run all the way through the handle, which feels like a hard plastic material.

The handle was also not as comfortable to hold as its rubber competitors, even though the description says it's an ergonomic handle design. It also feels much more slippery when used with wet hands.

The shape of the head, however, makes it highly capable of producing perfectly round scoops, although this was more difficult with frozen, dense ice cream than it was with something like soft sorbet. It also struggles in freezer-burnt cartons.

Pros

  • Rounded scoops

  • Good sized handle

Cons

  • Slip-prone handle

  • Difficult to scoop hard ice cream

How to Choose the Best Ice Cream Scoop for You

A hand scooping into a tub of vanilla ice cream on a purple background, surrounded by rainbow sprinkles.
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

There are a few things to consider when shopping ice cream scoops.

Weight

Finding an appropriately weighted ice cream scoop is a delicate balance. Too heavy, and it becomes a struggle to handle while scooping. Too light, and it won't dig into hard, frozen ice cream pints very well.

Ice cream scoops we tested ranged from 3 to 12 ounces, but the ideal scoop will fall somewhere in between. Our top two winners weigh in at 9 and 4 ounces respectively, but one of the keys to their success is a weighted balance.

If the head of a scoop is much heavier than its handle, you'll find it difficult to successfully dig through an ice cream pint. It becomes much less comfortable for the user, resulting in a loss of control that makes ice cream scooping much more frustrating and less uniform.

Material

Stainless steel is a no-brainer when it comes to kitchen utensils, thanks to its inherent resistance to rust and chipping. But there are other durable materials that are great options for ice cream scoops.

Zinc or aluminum alloys, for example, are popular alternatives that are also strong, long-lasting, and effective at ice cream scooping. But steer clear of any non-metal scoops—like plastic—as they won't easily dig through ice cream or last quite as long.

Lever Or No Lever?

In some cases, the inclusion of a lever can take a scoop from good to great, aiding the dispensing process and assuring that scoops get dropped in the optimal shape without getting broken along the way. It's especially useful when working with something like cookie dough, which is prone to stick to a scoop even more than ice cream.

But these benefits are only true if a lever is made well. During testing, we noticed certain levers getting stuck as we pressed them, which had me believe they might have been better without that added feature.

We recommend looking into the mechanism behind the lever in a scoop. Those with a spring incorporated tend to be more user-friendly than those without, which require you to manually move the lever back and forth, and oftentimes get stuck. On the other hand, opting for a lever-less scoop with an appropriately curved head means you might not even need a lever to get your balls of ice cream easily dispensed.

What's The Best Temperature To Scoop Ice Cream?

We know it can feel impossible to wait for that instant satisfaction when your ice cream craving hits, but experts say you shouldn't try to scoop immediately after pulling a pint out of the freezer.

That's because most freezers are set around 0°F, and ice cream's high butterfat content makes it way too hard to scoop at that temperature. (Even our top scoop picks took some elbow grease to scoop at this temp.) Plus, flavor is also impacted based on temperature; that mocha chip just won't taste the same when it's still fully frozen.

It's recommended that you let your pint get up to between five and 10 degrees Fahrenheit before you start the scooping process (or whenever you notice it's starting to soften when you touch it).

To make this waiting game even longer, experts also advise letting this temperature come down slowly in the fridge (for about 15 minutes). That's because letting it sit on your countertop means it's more likely to melt unevenly, especially around the edges. Trust us—the results are so worth the wait.

Pro Tips For Scooping

In addition to making sure your pint is at the right temperature for scooping, there are a few other tricks to get the most out of your ice cream experience.

If you're a regular at ice cream shops, it's likely that you've seen employees keep their scoops in a tub of water in between uses. And yes, part of this reason is to clean any residual ice cream off before the next use—but it also helps warm the head to make gliding through tubs easier.

Plus, this trick makes releasing the ice cream much easier, as it's less likely to get stuck on the scoop when transferring to a cup or cone. So it might not be a bad idea to give yours a little rinse beforehand.

When it comes to the actual scooping, try to keep your pint leveled and flat (to avoid future patches of freezer burn). Then, aim to scoop in a clockwise motion around the circle of the pint until a spherical shape of ice cream appears, rather than digging into it like you would a bowl of mac and cheese, for example. It might even be best to twirl the pint as you scoop to make the process less strenuous.

Meet the tester

Monica Petrucci

Monica Petrucci

Senior Staff Writer, Kitchen & Cooking

@monicatpetrucci

Monica is Reviewed's senior Kitchen & Cooking staff writer. A graduate of Emerson College, she's had her work published in The Boston Globe, Culture Cheese Magazine, Modern Luxury, and more. In her spare time, you can find her making coffee, flipping through magazines, or falling down a TikTok rabbit hole.

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