Measuring spoons and cups may not be the sexiest tools in the kitchen, but boy are they essential. Take down any cookbook from the shelf and flip to a random recipe and it's almost guaranteed that it measures something in cups, tablespoons, or teaspoons. A serious baker may tell you that measuring by weight is the way to go, but cups and spoons are the go-to method for most of us (myself included).
With a myriad of sizes, shapes, and materials on the market today, it's hard to know where to get started! We were determined to find out which factors mattered the most, so we gathered six sets of measuring spoons, dry cups, and liquid cups. After putting them to the test, we found Cuisipro Stainless Steel Measuring Spoon Set(available at Amazon for $14.95), Bellemain Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Pyrex Prepware 2-Cup Glass Measuring Cup were our favorites.
These are the best measuring spoons we tested:
Cuisipro Stainless Steel Measuring Spoon Set
1Easylife Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Spice Jar Measuring Spoons
RSVP Endurance Stainless Steel Spice Spoons
Wilton Scoop It Measuring Spoons
Farberware Color Measuring Spoons
These are the best measuring cups we tested:
Bellemain Stainless Steel Measuring Cup Set
KitchenMade 6-Piece Stackable Measuring Cup Set
Norpro Stainless Steel 5 Piece Measuring Cup Set
Good Cooking Collapsible Measuring Cup Set
Norpro Grip-Ez Measuring Cup Set
OXO Good Grips Measuring Cups with Magnetic Snaps
These are the best liquid measuring cups we tested:
The Cuisipro Stainless Steel Measuring Spoon Set was one of the least expensive sets on our list, so we were thrilled when it came out on top. 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. These were our favorite to use and also earned top marks on the tests, solidifying their spot as our pick for best measuring spoons.
The heavy-duty Bellemain Stainless Steel Measuring Cups aced all of our tests. 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 didn’t bend easily when scooping brown sugar. These cups were the least expensive stainless cup option on our list but they out-performed all of the more expensive sets, making them a no-brainer for our top choice in the best dry measuring cups category.
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).
When we removed water and honey from the cup, they easily poured through the spout without dribbling down the sides. When you consider that this measuring cup is the least expensive in the batch and also the best performing, it’s easy to understand why this rose to the top of our best liquid measuring cups list.
Hi, I’m Lindsay Mattison, a trained professional chef and recipe developer. When I'm writing recipes, I depend on the accuracy of my measuring spoons and cups. After all, if you can’t trust that my recipes will result in a tasty meal, you’ll stop following them! So, I was determined to find the best and most accurate measuring spoons, dry cups, and liquid measurers on the market.
We selected six measuring spoons, dry cups, and liquid cups in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. Our tests were designed to assess accuracy, ease of use, durability, and storage.
As a recipe developer, I know how important it is for your measuring tools to be accurate. This is especially true if you’re baking, which requires a scientific precision of ingredients. We measured 1 cup of sugar to see if it weighed 198 grams, 1 tablespoon of water for 15 grams, and 1 cup of water in the liquid cup to make sure it registered 240 grams. All measurements were taken after pouring them from the measuring containers.
In addition to accuracy, your measuring tools have to be easy to use. We tested each dry cup and spoon in its ability to scoop and sweep flour and sugar. After assessing whether they would fit in common ingredient containers (like spice jars and oatmeal tins), we poured honey into each measuring tool to see how easy it was to scoop out.
Next up, we tested durability by trying to bend and break the spoons and cups by scooping dried-out brown sugar. If the tool bent, we noted it! We also poured cups of boiling water into each instrument to make sure it didn’t warp or melt.
Finally, we assessed each instrument on ease of storage. These measuring tools don’t do you any good if they take up too much room in the drawer and can’t be located at a moment's notice.
Why You Need Dry and Liquid Measuring Cups
If you don’t have separate sets of liquid and dry measuring cups, you should definitely invest in them. You could use one in place of another, but that’s like using a sauté pan to make soup instead of a stock pot (it'll work, it just might be really messy). Don't know when to use which type? A good rule of thumb is to use a dry cup for anything you'd want to scoop (not just flour and sugar, but yogurt and nut butters too). After you sweep the excess off of the top, you’ll feel pretty good that you measured the right amount. For fluids (which includes pourable ingredients like kinds of honey and syrups), it’s much easier and precise to measure in a liquid cup. The good ones also compensate for the slight amount of liquid that remains at the bottom of the cup after you pour it out.
Other Measuring Spoons We Tested
1Easylife Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons, Set of 6
The 1Easylife stainless-steel spoons have the classic, round shape and they measure with accuracy. They’re bound together by an easy-to-remove clasp and (in addition to the normal measurements) the set includes precise measurements like 1/2 tablespoon and 1/8 teaspoon. The U.S. teaspoon and European milliliter measurements are etched on the spoons instead of printed, and overall, they performed well enough on each test to earn our recommendation.
OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Spice Jar Measuring Spoons
Like most of OXO’s products, its Good Grips Spice Jar Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons feature a comfortable synthetic handle. We wish the clasp was a bit less cumbersome (which makes storage a little bulky) but they pop off the handle easily enough. The spoons are shaped nicely to fit inside small spice jars, but unfortunately they bent easily while scooping out hard products.
We liked the narrow, rectangular shape of the measuring spoons from RSVP Endurance until we got to the honey tests. The small space made it incredibly difficult to scoop out thick or syrupy ingredients. They also weren’t the most accurate spoons in the group.
The Wilton Scoop It spoons are a fun purple color, but that’s where our enthusiasm ends. They’re bound together by a large, bulky ring and their shape made it awkward for scoop and sweep operations. They weren’t accurate because sugar stuck to the plastic inside the spoon. We suggest spending a few more bucks for a stainless set.
Unfortunately, the Farberware Color Measuring Spoons broke during our testing. While they measured accurate amounts, the spoons were too large for common spice jars. When we scooped brown sugar, the spoon snapped straight in half. Because of that, we really can’t recommend this set.
The KitchenMade Stainless Steel Measuring Cups were almost identical to our top pick, the Bellemain. In fact, I had to keep looking at the etched-on brand name of each cup to keep myself from getting confused! The Bellemain cups were slightly more accurate, but we would be happy to have a set of these if our top pick sells out. It does have one nice added feature–half measurements, which are etched on the outside of the cups.
Because the Norpro Grip-Ez measuring cups bended easily in the brown sugar and the lip prevented smooth sweeping motions, these cups fell behind our top contenders. We liked their oblong shape and the easy pour spouts on each side, but those small aesthetic features weren’t enough to place these on the top of our list.
You would think the Good Cooking Collapsible Silicone Measuring Cups would take up significantly less storage space (thanks to the collapsible model), but they actually stacked just as high as the competition. The silicone material held on to grains of sugar and made it impossible to pour out all the flour. We didn’t hate this set, but we didn’t love it, either.
This plastic measuring cup set includes some uncommon measurements (like 3/4 cup and 2/3 cup), but the long handle and extra cups actually made these plastic measuring cups from Norpro harder to store. In addition, these cups were slightly too large for common containers. When the results came together, we just wouldn't make these our first choice for measuring cups.
I usually like OXO products, but this set just missed the mark. The Good Grips Stainless Steel Measuring Cups are held together by magnetic “snaps” at the base of the handles. Sadly, they barely worked unless you had everything perfectly lined up, which caused them to topple over from the magnet’s weight. They didn’t sweep very smoothly, either, landing them a bottom spot on our list.
The Anchor Hocking Fire-King 4-Cup Glass Measuring Cup came in a close second to the Pyrex, our top pick. It was just ever-so-slightly edged out by the Pyrex because the etched-on measurements are a little bit harder to read and the spout dribbled slightly when we poured. These are tiny objections, though, and we’d be happy to use this measuring cup on the regular.
We love how easy it is to read the OXO Good Grips 2-Cup Angled Measuring Cup. The measurements can be seen from the side, or you can simply stand over the cup and take in a birds-eye view. It has a nice comfortable handle and it was nearly as accurate as the glass measuring cups. We just wish the measurements were etched on because they may fade over time in the dishwasher.
OXO Good Grips 2-Cup Squeeze & Pour Silicone Measuring Cup
The idea behind the OXO's 2-Cup Squeeze & Pour Silicone Measuring Cup is good–it should be easy to store or make a convenient travel measuring cup. In practice, though, the lack of a handle makes it hot to touch when working with warm liquids, and we’re concerned that the silicone could warp over time (making the readings less accurate).
These Vremi plastic measuring cups were the most inaccurate in the group we tested–measuring a full 25 grams under the intended measurement. The cups did nest nicely for storage purposes, but that’s the only good thing we have to say about the set.
We had some trouble with the Emsa Perfect Beaker. Its unique shape made it hard to store and harder to read. It was decently accurate, but without a handle, it could get too hot to use. After testing, we think we’ll stick with the traditional measuring cup shape!
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