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Best Overall
Cuisinart Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls with Lids, Set of 3

If you ask me which I prefer (glass or stainless steel bowls), I'll say stainless every time. There’s nothing to shatter or chip, making them both durable and long lasting, and their lightweight profile makes them easy to use. While they shouldn’t go into the microwave, they can be used on the stovetop as a double boiler–and the small- and medium-sized bowls in the Cuisinart Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls with Lids worked perfectly for melting butter and chocolate over a 2-quart saucepan.

In addition, this set had nice, tall edges and a comfortable rim to hold onto while whisking. Each bowl was heavy enough to keep movement at a minimum (especially when we placed a towel underneath it) but light enough to hold in one hand while scraping out batter with the other. As a bonus, the bowls come with air-tight plastic lids, so each bowl doubles as storage and transportation container. Put all this together and it's easy to see why these bowls earned our top spot as the best stainless-steel mixing bowls.


  • Sturdy with tall sides

  • Comfortable rim for gripping

  • Includes lids


  • Not microwave safe

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Best Glass
Pyrex 1123266 8-Piece Smart Essentials Bowl Set

If you prefer glass mixing bowls, it probably has something to do with their heavier weight, microwave-safe status, and ability to go from kitchen to table. The Pyrex Smart Essentials glass bowl set quickly rose to the top of our list, matching the performance of the Cuisinart bowls test-for-test. In addition to earning top marks, its heavier weight was balanced by a generous rim that made it easy enough to hold when scraping out pancake batter.

They look nice enough to use as serving bowls and the set also come with matching lids. While the lids aren't quite air-tight (some liquid contents sloshed out when held upside down), they do function as food storage vessels. Combine it all together, and this top-performing glass set easily earned our best glass mixing bowl award.


  • Sturdy with an ample lip

  • Includes lids

  • Microwave safe


  • Lids leaked in testing

How We Tested

The Tester

Hi, I’m Lindsay Mattison, a trained professional chef. You know that I’ve cooked a dinner in your home if all of your bowls are dirty! I find myself using mixing bowls for all kinds of uses, from storing chopped ingredients for mise en place to mixing together sauces and marinades. I've learned the hard way that my job as a chef is more difficult without a good set of mixing bowls, so I'm determined to find the best of the best to make your life easier.

The Tests

We chose eight bowls–five stainless-steel sets and three glass models. In addition to mixing, stirring, and combining ingredients, we looked for an all-purpose bowl that could be used as a double boiler. It earned bonus points if it was nice enough to use as a serving dish or could be used as storage. Our tests were designed to assess size and shape, stability, and whether it was comfortable and easy to use.

Mixing bowls come in a variety of sizes and shapes, so we looked at sets that had at least three bowls. We whisked vinaigrette in the small 1- to 1.5-quart bowl, prepared pancake batter in the medium 2.5- or 3-quart bowl, and tossed salad in the large 4- or 5-quart bowl. We wanted gentle, sloping sides that were deep enough to prevent splashes but shallow enough to make it easy to mix and fold in ingredients.

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Next up, we needed each bowl to have stability without compromising weight. Bowls that are super heavy (like ceramic bowls) may stay put, but they’re uncomfortable to hold and clean. We whisked up marinades three different ways–as we held the side of the bowl, placed it on a towel, and let it sit directly on the countertop–to see if the bowl moved around or tipped over during the mixing process.

Finally, the bowl had to be comfortable and easy to use. It should be lightweight enough to clean and scrape out batter without hurting your wrists. It's also nice if it has a rim to help you hold the bowl, both as you whisk and as you pour.

Other Mixing Bowls We Tested

Product image of Fox Run 4.25-Quart Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl
Fox Run 4.25-Quart Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl

Sometimes, you don’t want an entire set of bowls–that’s where Fox Run comes in handy. Each stainless-steel bowl is affordably priced, so you can fill in your collection or focus on buying the sizes you want. These bowls were amongst the lightest we tested, so they did tend to slip around a bit more when whisking hands-off. That being said, their deep shape made them well suited for mixing and that same lightweight profile made them one of our favorite to use when pouring and scraping. When nested together, they took up the least amount of storage space compared to the competition, too.

To make our set, we tested a large 4.25-quart, a medium 2.75-quart, and a small 1.25-quart bowl.


  • Super lightweight

  • Small footprint when nesting

  • Can mix-and-match sizes


  • Lacks sturdiness with hands-off whisking

Product image of Finedine Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls (Set of 6)
Finedine Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls (Set of 6)

The Finedine fell right smack in the middle of the pack. These super-lightweight stainless-steel bowls performed well on our whisking and pouring tasks, but the very wide design caused the ingredients to splash around more than we’d like. It looked a little bit cheaper than the other bowls (an assessment we confirmed when we saw some small but permanent scratches from the whisk). On the plus side: for the same price as some of its competitors, you’ll get six bowls of varying sizes–just make sure you have somewhere to store the super-wide 8-quart bowl.


  • Super lightweight

  • Includes extra wide 8-quart bowl


  • Scratches easily

  • Shape can lead to some splashing

Product image of Duralex Lys Stackable 10-Piece Bowl Set
Duralex Lys Stackable 10-Piece Bowl Set

If you’re looking for a starter mixing bowl set that can also double as serving ware, the Duralex Lys Stackable Glass Bowl Set is the way to go. It was the lightest of all three glass sets we tested, but it stayed put as we whisked and mixed. Because the bowls are short and wide, there was a lot more splashing with these bowls, and we disliked that they didn’t have a rim (making it difficult to pour out the contents). On the other hand, each bowl is etched with a lined pattern on the outside and they can become a beautiful showpiece on the dinner table. Since there are 10 sizes in the set, you'll also get five bowls that I consider small enough to be mise en place bowls.


  • Lightweight for glass

  • Good for mixing and serving

  • Smallest bowls for mise en place


  • Shape can lead to some splashing

  • Rimless

Product image of Vollrath 47935 Mixing Bowl
Vollrath 47935 Mixing Bowl

Like the Fox Run bowls, you can buy each of the Vollrath stainless-steel mixing bowls individually, allowing you to build a set with exactly the sizes you need. These bowls remind me of the very inexpensive ones we use at a restaurant–wide and lightweight enough to allow you to toss ingredients without needing a utensil. They did a fine job on our tests, but as compared to the other models, these wouldn’t be my top choice for the home cook–they don’t stay put when you mix and they discolor and scratch easily.

To make our set, we tested a large 5-quart, a medium 3-quart, and a small 1.5-quart bowl.


  • Can mix-and-match sizes

  • Wide and lightweight

  • Similar to restaurant-grade mixing bowls


  • Scratch easily

  • Not adequately sturdy for home use

Product image of Tramontina ProLine 3-Pack Mixing Bowls
Tramontina ProLine 3-Pack Mixing Bowls

Of all the bowls we tested, the Tramontina ProLine are the biggest and hardest to store. The stainless steel bowls skip the traditional 1.5- or 2-quart small mixing bowl and instead give you a 3- , 5- , and 8-quart bowl. That’s great if you are mixing up a ton of batter or bread, but we felt like it was overkill to whisk two eggs in the "small" bowl. They were heavy enough to prevent movement as you whisk and the tall edges prevented splashing, but none of them were sized right for use as a double boiler. Ultimately, we found them too large and heavy to be functional.


  • Sturdy


  • No small bowls included

  • Heavy

Product image of Anchor Hocking 4-Piece Mixing Bowls and Measuring Cup Set
Anchor Hocking 4-Piece Mixing Bowls and Measuring Cup Set

The very heavy Anchor Hocking glass mixing bowls just missed the mark for us. They didn’t quite fit into the saucepan to be used as a double boiler, and they were too heavy for everyday use. Between the weight and the lack of a rim, it was extremely difficult to hold the bowl in one hand and scrape out batter with the other. All in all, I'd rather use any other bowls than these.


  • Includes measuring cup


  • Too heavy

  • No lip

  • Don't fit standard pots for double boilers

Meet the tester

Lindsay D. Mattison

Lindsay D. Mattison

Professional Chef


Lindsay D. Mattison is a professional chef, food writer, and amateur gardener. She is currently writing a cookbook that aims to teach home cooks how to write without a recipe.

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