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The Best Cooking Utensils of 2022

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Editor's Choice Product image of Wüsthof Gourmet Slotted Spatula, 6-1/2-Inch
Best Spatula

Wüsthof Gourmet Slotted Spatula, 6-1/2-Inch

This slotted spatula is highly versatile due to its smart design. It lifts delicate tofu, flips hamburgers, and serves flaky fish, all with ease. Read More

Pros

  • Slides under delicate foods easily
  • Sleek but sturdy handle
  • Dishwasher safe

Cons

  • Not for use with nonstick cookware
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Editor's Choice Product image of Cutco 1755 Turn n’ Serve
Best Flat Spatula

Cutco 1755 Turn n’ Serve

This metal spatula is built to last a lifetime. It can lift cakes, flip eggs, and nudge brownies from a pan. But it's no-good for nonstick surfaces. Read More

Pros

  • Fantastically multipurpose
  • Includes lifetime guarantee
  • Versatile size

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Cannot use on nonstick surfaces
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Editor's Choice Product image of Di Oro Seamless Spatula
Best Baking Spatula

Di Oro Seamless Spatula

Di Oro's Seamless Spatula is a go-to option when you need a medium to large silicone option. It balances sturdiness with flexibility well. Read More

Pros

  • No pieces to come apart
  • Head has one curved and one straight side
  • Medium to large head

Cons

  • Nothing we could find
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Editor's Choice Product image of Material Soft-Edge Turner
Best Nonstick Spatula

Material Soft-Edge Turner

This sleek spatula is nicely weighted to it's super comfortable to hold, plus it's made with BPA-free silicone making it totally nonstick. Read More

Pros

  • Sleek design
  • Easy to clean
  • Comfortable to hold
  • Feels sturdy

Cons

  • Head is on the small side
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Editor's Choice Product image of GIR 11-inch Ultimate Whisk
Best Whisk

GIR 11-inch Ultimate Whisk

This balloon whisk is the best whisk we tested because it's super comfortable to hold, stylish, and mixes ingredients with ease. Read More

Pros

  • Easy to clean and use
  • Comfortable to hold
  • Stylish

Cons

  • None that we could find

Whipping up something delicious can be serious work, but having the right kitchen utensils can make it much easier. The smell of cookies baking in the oven, freshly peeled vegetables, or just grating savory parmesan cheese onto a big plate of spaghetti ought to make even a novice feel like an experienced home chef. This is true for planning a family meal, a dinner party with friends, or even if you’re just cooking for one.

Reviewed has spent thousands of hours researching and testing some of the best and most popular cooking utensils to give you a helping hand. If you’re measuring ingredients, smoothing out dough, or getting your vitamin C with a citrus juicer (our favorite is the Chef’n FreshForce Citrus Juicer), we have all the tools to keep your cooking tasks as seamless as possible.

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.

For Flipping Food

Best Spatulas: Best Overall
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This sleek fish turner is the best spatula we tested.

Best Spatula
Wusthof Gourmet Offset Slotted Spatula

A slotted spatula, or fish spatula, might seem like an odd choice if you don’t spend much time making fish—but they also make great overall spatulas. They’re best for delicate tasks like cooking eggs and tofu and fish, but can also be great for pancakes and cookies and other tasks you’d typically do with a flat spatula. And of the offset slotted spatulas we've seen, the Wusthof reigned supreme.

Like its fellows, this delicate turner features a slight curve to the head and an angled end. Unlike a few of them, the Wusthof also has an extra angle right at the tip to more easily slide under delicate tofu skin and lightly set eggs. This made it especially wonderful for handling over-easy eggs and other delicate foods. The best part? It also worked great on burgers, pancakes, and cookies.

To top it off, the handle is sleek but with enough heft to really grab onto and maneuver. And thanks to its wood-free construction, it can easily be cleaned by tossing it into a dishwasher.

Pros

  • Slides under delicate foods easily

  • Sleek but sturdy handle

  • Dishwasher safe

Cons

  • Not for use with nonstick cookware

Best Spatulas: Flat
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Our favorite flat spatula from Cutco is surprisingly versatile.

Best Flat Spatula
Cutco Turn n’ Serve

A flat cooking spatula is a kitchen staple—ideal for removing cookies from a baking tray, flipping pancakes and eggs, and any other cooking task that requires slipping under food to move it around. And the Cutco Turn n’ Serve flat cooking spatula takes the cake. (No seriously, we used it to move a cake and it worked great.)

It’s more expensive than we would typically recommend for a spatula, but this is a “you get what you pay for” situation. This spatula is pricey, but comes with a lifetime guarantee and will never send you back to your utensil drawer looking for a better tool.

The Cutco Turn n’ Serve always performs incredibly well. The flat head is thin enough to easily slide under delicate eggs and tofu, but sturdy enough to flip burgers and lift a cake from a cake turner onto a serving plate. It’s a good size as well, hitting the sweet spot between being narrow enough to fit into your brownie pan and lift out a piece, and wide enough to be useful for flipping pancakes and removing cookies from your baking tray.

The only downside we found with this spatula is that it’s metal. And while this allows it to be as thin as a delicate fish spatula, it cannot be used on a nonstick or cast iron pan. So if you only use nonstick cookware, you will have to opt for a silicone tool.

Pros

  • Fantastically multipurpose

  • Includes lifetime guarantee

  • Versatile size

Cons

  • Pricey

  • Cannot use on nonstick surfaces

Best Spatulas: Baking
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Our best baking spatula is great for mixing, folding, and spreading.

Best Baking Spatula
Di Oro Seamless Spatula

Everyone needs a silicone baking spatula, and the Di Oro Large Silicone Spatula is an excellent choice for folding flour into your batter and then scraping down the sides of your bowl. It’s a single, slick piece of silicone, so you don’t need to worry about the head snapping off. The handle is sturdy and solid, while the head is just flexible enough to scrape down tricky-to-reach areas of your bowl.

The one-side-curved, one-side-straight head of this spatula makes it excellent for reaching into different types of corners (for instance, when scraping dough from a round bowl or when smoothing brownie batter into a square tin). The medium/large spatula head means you can get the job done quickly and easily. Overall, this spatula is a great choice, and may leave you wanting to buy yet another baking spatula for your kitchen.

Pros

  • No pieces to come apart

  • Head has one curved and one straight side

  • Medium to large head

Cons

  • Nothing we could find

This spatula can turn, stir, sauté, and more.
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This spatula can turn, stir, sauté, and more.

Best Nonstick Spatula
Material Soft-Edge Turner

Material’s Soft-Edge Turner is smooth as butter thanks to its BPA-free silicone. It's great for flipping eggs so you won't have to worry about breaking a yolk, and the spatula’s non-stick surface lets food easily slide off while keeping its form. The shape of this spatula is also great for flipping tofu and pancakes, thanks to the beveled edge. Extremely comfortable to hold because of the even weight distribution—this spatula is a sturdy product, without being overly heavy or bulky, due to the reinforced nylon core.

Because it’s a nonstick spatula, cleanup is a breeze whether you’re handwashing or popping it in the dishwashe and even light colors aren't prone to staining when matched with tomato-based sauces.

While this product is a top pick, we think the head could stand to be slightly larger. That said, it’s a great size for eggs, pancakes, smaller cuts of various proteins, veggies, and most things you’d cook on the stovetop or roast on a sheet pan.

Read our full review on the Material Soft-Edge Turner.
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Pros

  • Sleek design

  • Easy to clean

  • Comfortable to hold

  • Feels sturdy

Cons

  • Head is on the small side

For Mixing Food

A person whisks together the ingredients for an omelette in a glass bowl.
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The best whisk overall that we tested is the GIR (Get it Right) Ultimate 11-inch Silicone Whisk.

Best Whisk
GIR 11-inch Ultimate Whisk

This balloon whisk is an all-around winner with a satisfying silicone grip and a featherweight lightness. The fine wire balloon is easy to clean and it breezes through recipes with flying colors.

Its shape and size make this GIR whisk incredibly versatile—plus, it made some of the quickest whipped cream I’ve ever mustered. It’s priced on the higher end for a whisk, but the quality certainly justifies the price.

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Pros

  • Easy to clean and use

  • Comfortable to hold

  • Stylish

Cons

  • None that we could find

For Measuring Ingredients

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This measuring cup is inexpensive and doesn't dribble.

Best Liquid Measuring Cup
Pyrex Prepware 2-Cup Glass Measuring Cup

For measuring liquids, you can’t go wrong with the Pyrex Prepware 2-Cup Glass Measuring Cup. It was the only cup to register a perfect 240 grams when we measured 1 cup of water, and its classic, etched-on measurements are easy to read and won’t fade anytime soon. It has a nice contoured handle (with a thoughtful thump-print indent at the top for easy handling).

Water and even honey pour easily through the spout without dribbling down the sides, making this a clean option. When you consider the price of this measuring cup as well as its performance, it’s easy to understand why this is the best liquid measuring cup for most people.

Pros

  • Accurate

  • No-dribble spout

  • Easy-to-ready measurement etchings don't fade

Cons

  • None that we could find

Best Dry Measuring Cups
Bellemain Stainless Steel Measuring Cup Set

The heavy-duty Bellemain Stainless Steel Measuring Cups ranks high on our list. With short (but functional) handles held together by an easy-to-remove chain, the cups scooped with ease and benefited from a low-storage profile. The etched-on measurements include both American cups and European milliliters (just in case you don’t want to reach for that liquid measuring cup).

In addition to the common sizes (1 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/4 cup), the set includes a 2/3- and 3/4-cup for ease of measuring. They fit inside standard flour and oatmeal containers and they don't bend easily when scooping brown sugar, making them a no-brainer for a top-notch set of measuring cups.

Pros

  • Includes 2/3- and 3/4-cup scoops

  • Etching shows both cups and ml

  • Sturdy

Cons

  • Short handles

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This set of spoons was our favorite to use

Best Measuring Spoons
Cuisipro Stainless Steel Measuring Spoon Set

The Cuisipro Stainless Steel Measuring Spoon Set is inexpensive while still reigning supreme over other measuring spoon sets. These unbendable stainless-steel spoons have a sleek, tapered look with etched-on measurements that won’t fade in the dishwasher over time. The handles are tapered so each spoon stands flat on the countertop, which is a nice (and, sadly, uncommon) feature.

The elongated, oval-sized spoons fit in most common spice jars and are held together by an easy-to-remove band for storage purposes. They come in all the common sizes (1 tablespoon, 1 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon, and 1/4 teaspoon) but also include the super-precise 1/8 teaspoon measurement.

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Pros

  • Sleek, tapered design

  • Etched-on measurements

  • Sturdy

Cons

  • Rough, sharp edges

For Peeling Vegetables

Kuhn Rikon
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This peeler has a simple design that will fit easily into any drawer.

Best Vegetable Peeler
Kuhn Rikon 3-Set Swiss Peeler

Whether you’re a pro or a beginner in the kitchen, the Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler is the perfect peeler for you. And, you actually get three: This peeler set includes a green, red, and yellow peeler! It's a great tool for peeling fruits or vegetables.

The peeler is bright and attractive with a simple, super lightweight design. Its low profile easily fits in any knife roll or gadget drawer, and when it comes to performance the Kuhn Rikon peeler with ace any test you throw at it. Its carbon steel blades are sharp and effortless to use. It moved through potatoes and lemon peels quickly and barely catches up on celeriac's awkwardly bumpy surface. Of all the peelers, this is the fastest and most comfortable you can use, earning it our top spot for vegetable peelers.

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Pros

  • Three-piece set

  • Sharp and easy to use

  • Long lasting

Cons

  • None that we could find

For Grating Food

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Best Grater
Microplane 4-Sided Stainless Steel Multi-Purpose Box Grater

It doesn't surprise us that the Microplane 4-Sided Stainless Steel Multi-Purpose Box Grater performs like a champ. Unlike traditional stamped-style models, the blades for this grater are etched into the metal using a chemical process that creates super-sharp edges. That allows this grater to perform above average on all four sides. The fine holes result in beautifully zested lemons and piles of airy, fluffy Parmesan, whereas the coarse holes offer long strands of mozzarella and potato shreds that made the best latkes in the group.

It isn't just about performance, either. The small features that make this model go above and beyond are unmatched. The fine blade panel is removable for ease of cleaning, and the wide design makes the rest of this dishwasher-safe grater simple to clean, too. The feet stay out of the way of shreds, allowing the contents to happily pile up underneath the grater without clogging up the mechanisms. As an added bonus, all the blades are made in the U.S.A.

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Pros

  • Super sharp

  • Removable blade for easy cleaning

  • Dishwasher safe

Cons

  • None that we could find

For Clipping Food

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The OXO Good Grips Kitchen And Herb Scissors were our favorite set of shears, tackling everything from hard cardboard to a whole chicken with ease.

Best Kitchen Shears
OXO Good Grips Kitchen And Herb Scissors

As soon as we held the OXO Good Grips Kitchen And Herb Scissors, we knew they would be a top-performer. They're so comfortable, that they could probably be used all day long without fatiguing our hands. The finger bows on the handles are both wide and long enough for small and larger hands, and there isn't any uncomfortable pressure from the handles as you work. The thick, squishy pads on the inside of the handles are meant to cushion hands and keep them from slipping as you work (even if your hands are wet or oily). It isn't just the handles that vault the OXO to the top; these shears are well designed all the way around. They never accidentally come apart as they're being used, but it's still simple to detach one blade from the other for easy cleaning. And other than the satisfying “click” when closing the blades, they operate smoothly and quietly.

When it comes to performance, we have no complaints about the OXO shears. The ultra-sharp shears have one micro-serrated blade that grips onto slippery food like raw chicken while the other blade slices through foods with ease. They may struggle ever so slightly to get through the breastbone of the chicken, but that isn't unusual for kitchen shears. As far as other materials go, the OXO has no problems chomping through things like cardboard, hard plastic clamshells, and twist ties, yet they still manage to cut through delicate items like herbs and kitchen twine cleanly without creating torn edges.

It’s worth noting that these shears don’t have many additional features—they do have an herb stripper for taking herbs like rosemary and thyme off the stem, but overall we don't really miss any of the extra bells and whistles from other models on the market. The OXO is a solid pair of shears that gets the job done—no matter the material—and they’re available for a value price. What more can you ask for?

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Pros

  • Comfortable to use

  • Ultra sharp

Cons

  • Limited extra features

OXO Good Grips poultry shears
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OXO Good Grips makes our favorite pair of poultry shears.

Best Poultry Shears
OXO Good Grips Spring-Loaded Poultry Shears

The OXO Good Grips Spring-Loaded Poultry Shears are the only set that we've found that hit all the marks on our list. The blades come apart for easy cleaning, and while they're spring-loaded they don’t open too far for comfort. The locking mechanism that keeps these shears closed for storage is located on the bottom of the handle, so it doesn't get in the way as you slice through things. We also love the nonstick coating on the lightly padded handles, which are both comfortable to use and keep hands from slipping when they became coated in raw chicken.

The blades themselves were equally impressive. The micro-serrated blades grip on bones, keeping them from sliding backwards between slices. These shears are sharp enough to tackle chicken backbones one-handed, and they're one of the only pairs we found that don't struggle to slice through slippery chicken skin.

While these shears are a no-brainer when it comes to chicken, they need a little more help getting through bigger turkey bones- even still, they can handle the challenge without any added fatigue to your hands.

The tension in these spring-loaded scissors is perfect, and they bounce open happily after every cut. Light and maneuverable, these shears are an overall joy to use. They are more expensive than others, but not by much. We’d definitely recommend them to anyone looking to break down chickens or spatchcocks or even a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.

See more of the best poultry shears.

Pros

  • Sharp blades

  • Comfortable handle

  • Spring-loaded blades create ideal tension

Cons

  • Pricier than other shears

These are the best pizza cutters available today.
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Composed of an 18/10 stainless steel blade, a silicone-coated handle, and a zinc cutter body, the PL8 was appealingly weighty in our hand yet perfectly in balance and comfortable to use.

Best Pizza Cutter
Progressive International PL8 Artisan Pizza Wheel

Out of all the pizza cutters we tested, the PL8 definitely has the most substantial feel. Composed of an 18/10 stainless steel blade, a silicone-coated handle, and a zinc cutter body, it's appealingly weighty in the hand yet perfectly in balance and comfortable to use. All in all, this translated to one highly efficient cutter. It easily cuts through thick, bubbled pizzas, topping-laden flatbreads, and seeded cracker dough in single, unbroken strokes.

There's even a hub on that wheel that you can hook onto a hot oven rack, which helps to easily retrieve and cut your pie. Who said pizza cutters were one-trick ponies? It also cleans easily, by either hand or machine, and has a snug-fitting blade cover—a safety precaution that, surprisingly, isn’t a common-sense addition to most pizza slicers.

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Pros

  • Efficient at cutting with stainless steel blade

  • Comfortable to handle

  • Includes blade guard

Cons

  • None that we could find

For Opening Pantry Staples

EZ-DUZ-IT and Made in USA
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The EZ-DUZ-IT (top) costs half the price of the identical Made in USA can opener (bottom)

Best Manual Can Opener
EZ-DUZ-IT Deluxe Can Opener

The unassuming EZ-DUZ-IT probably looks exactly like the can opener you grew up with—and for good reason. What it lacks in special features and flashy design it makes up for in pure power and rock-solid construction, making it our top choice for most people. The EZ-DUZ-IT easily pierces lids, stays attached to the edges, and makes its way around cans without catching or resisting along the way. Its slim rubberized handles are easy to grip and prevent hand fatigue when opening can after can. And with such an intuitive, straightforward design, there’s little room for user error.

While the EZ-DUZ-It excels in ease of use and speed trials, its durability is what pushes it ahead of the pack. It's all-metal construction makes us confident that it will survive many years of daily use, including being jostled around in drawers and dropped off the counter, and its Amazon user reviews support our theory. You could probably drop this thing off a four-story building without breaking it, but we wouldn’t recommend that. In a world of flimsy plastic levers and dulling blades, the EZ-DUZ-IT is a steadfast companion that's in it for the long haul. The only drawbacks of the opener are that it produces sharp-edged lids and is designed for right-handed people, but these are standard features of most traditional rotary openers.

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Pros

  • Exceptionally durable and well-constructed

  • Easy to use

  • Affordable

Cons

  • Produces sharp edges

  • Right-handed only

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This device easily opened every container we tried.

Best Jar Opener
Robo Twist

The Robo Twist gets our highest rating for jar openers for a simple reason: It's the only device that easily opens containers ranging from, from a wide-mouthed pickle jar to small jam jars. It even works on big pasta sauce jars that, for some reason, was mission impossible for a very similar automatic device we found.

Here’s how it works: You place the pod containing the motor and two AA batteries (not included) on top of your jar and press the big green button on top. You keep the button pressed down as two outer arms with rubber grips move in toward the sides of the jar or bottle. Then you let go of the button as two inner arms move in to place rubber grips around the lid. Once that happens, the inner arms twist and—voila, every time—the lid opens, often with a satisfying pop. Then you wait a few seconds for the arms to reset to their original position.

The manufacturer says the Robo Twist should work on lids ranging from 1.2 inches to 3.5 inches across, and everything we tried was in that size range. It does not recommend using the device on plastic items, so you may need something else for those mayonnaise and peanut butter jars. The instruction manual suggests you lightly hold the sides of small or tall jars – presumably more prone to spillage – and that seems prudent, really, with any container.

While we can't speak to the average battery life of the Robo Twist, or how long it holds up to frequent use, we do know that after more than two dozen openings it was still going strong for us.

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Pros

  • Works on lots of lids

  • No hand strain

  • Kind of fun

Cons

  • Somewhat large

  • Requires batteries

For Juicing Citrus

The best Citrus Juicer is Chef'n Freshforce Citrus Juicer
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This juicer works quickly without sacrificing the quality of the juice.

Best Citrus Juicer
Chef’n FreshForce Citrus Juicer

There's a lot to love about the Chef'n FreshForce Citrus Juicer. We immediately noticed how easy this juicer was to use, thanks to the large, comfortable handles and a gear mechanism that helps to press into the fruit without much effort. This is one of the fastest juicers we found, and it does so without sacrificing the quality of the juice. Unlike most juicers (which feature tiny little holes), the Chef'n has star-shaped slits in the bottom of the hopper. Those slits work magic, allowing the juice to pass through without any seeds and a limited amount of pulp. It's also less messy than most of the units, barely spraying any juice out the sides as you use it.

Chef'n spares no attention to detail here, including tiny feet on the bottom of the hopper that allows the juicer to sit on the counter without falling over. Not only that, but it has a small profile that easily fits into the gadget drawer and it's super simple to clean. This type of citrus juicer is a no-brainer to use, even if you only need a mere tablespoon of juice. While it wouldn't be our top choice for anyone looking to juice massive amounts of oranges (and, it's not large enough to fit a grapefruit), it performs perfectly for anyone looking to use citrus juice in cooking or cocktail recipes.

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Pros

  • Less messy than most juicers

  • Fast, without sacrificing quality

Cons

  • Not large enough to fit a grapefruit

For Smoothing Dough

J.K. Adams Plain Maple Rolling Dowel
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The simple design of this wooden pin, combined with its weight, makes it easy to control the amount of pressure you use based on what you need for your dough.

Best Rolling Pin
J.K. Adams Plain Maple Rolling Dowel

When they say there’s beauty in simplicity, they’re talking about this wooden rolling pin. It’s really just a sturdy wooden cylinder of a medium-heavy weight, nothing more, nothing less.

The simple design of this wooden pin, combined with its weight, makes it easy to control the amount of pressure you use based on what you need for your dough. For tough dough you can push a bit harder, and for soft dough you can keep a light touch. The long, cylindrical body and lack of handles also means that you'll never cut an edge through dough the way you sometimes might with smaller, handled rolling pins. This translates to an even, non-lumpy dough that's easy to shape however you want.

To top it off, flour sticks to the pin just fine, which keeps dough from sticking while in use. The pin also cleans up easily and is dishwasher safe. The only downside is that, depending on the size of your kitchen, it might be tough to put this beauty away. It's also 19-inches long, which makes it harder to tuck into a drawer.

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Pros

  • Easy to control pressure while rolling

  • Long body makes for consistent dough

  • Holds flour well

Cons

  • None that we can find

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