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The Best Spatulas of 2022

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

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
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
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
Editor's Choice Product image of Ateco 1385 4.5” Offset Spatula
Best Frosting Spatula

Ateco 1385 4.5” Offset Spatula

We loved the size of this offset spatula, which made lovely designs in icing while also sliding into the nooks of a brownie pan. Read More

Pros

  • Good size for versatility
  • Narrow blade

Cons

  • Not dishwasher safe
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

If there’s one kitchen gadget you already own in some for or fashion, it’s a spatula. Useful for everything from scooping cookies off a baking sheet to scraping down a bowl of batter, you may even have a few different models. A good spatula, like our favorite Wusthof Gourmet Offset Slotted Spatula (available at Amazon for $65.00) , is worth keeping within reach.

In fact, we’d argue that having a few different types of spatulas handy is worth giving up the drawer space to store them. At the very least, you’ll want a great flat cooking spatula, like the Cutco Turn n’ Serve (available at Cutco for $59), and an awesome baking spatula, like the Di Oro Large Silicone Spatula (available at Amazon for $12.97). There’s no better feeling than knowing you have the right tool on hand to flip a pancake, cook a perfect over-easy egg, and get the last bit of brownie batter out of your bowl. From flat flippers to silicone baking scrapers to thin, slotted fish turners, you can find the best tool for any particular kitchen task. Each spatula serves a different purpose, so we set out to find the best one in each category.

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.

Best Spatulas: Best Overall
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

This sleek fish turner is the best spatula we tested.

Best Overall
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, tofu, and fish fillets, 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 found, the Wusthof reigned supreme.

Like its fellows, this delicate turner features a slight curve to the head and an angled end. Unlike others, the Wusthof also has an extra angle right at the tip to more easily slide under delicate tofu skin and lightly set eggs. This makes it especially wonderful for handling over-easy eggs and other delicate foods. The best part? It also works 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've used it to move a cake and it works 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 performs incredibly well in the kitchen. 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 a 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
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

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 batter and then scraping down the sides of bowls. 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 bowls.

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 workes wonderfully, and I’m now considering buying yet another baking spatula for my kitchen.

Pros

  • No pieces to come apart

  • Head has one curved and one straight side

  • Medium to large head

Cons

  • Nothing we could find

Best Spatulas: Icing
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A good frosting spatula needs to be thin enough for detail work.

Best Frosting Spatula
Ateco 1385 4.5” Offset Spatula

The most niche of the spatula categories is the offset baking spatula, which works best for frosting cakes and cupcakes, and cutting/removing brownies from a tray. That said, they also work well for flipping pancakes and sliding cookies off a tray, so don’t write them off as a unitasker!

The small Ateco offset baking spatula is delicate and perfectly shaped, ideal for spreading frosting—and for making interesting textures and patterns if you’re into decorating. The narrow blade is perfect for getting into corners when spreading batter in a pan, and the spatula itself really feels like an extension of your fingers.

The only downside is that it has a wood handle, so you do need to wash it by hand. (Which, to be honest, takes all of about 60 seconds.)

Pros

  • Good size for versatility

  • Narrow blade

Cons

  • Not dishwasher safe

This spatula can turn, stir, sauté, and more.
Credit: Material

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.

Pros

  • Sleek design

  • Easy to clean

  • Comfortable to hold

  • Feels sturdy

Cons

  • Head is on the small side

Product image of GIR Ultimate Spatula
GIR Ultimate Spatula

This sturdy silicone spatula was a close runner-up to our baking winner, and for good reason. It’s very similar in size, shape, and material to our top pick. The biggest differences are a slightly narrower and more flexible head, and a handle that is ever-so-slightly shorter. The shape of the head is also slightly different, and we found it didn’t scrape bowls of batter quite as well. That said, this GIR spatula is still a quality product.

Pros

  • All silicone

  • Dishwasher safe

Cons

  • Head shape less than ideal for scraping bowls

Product image of Wilton 9 Inch Angled Spatula
Wilton 9 Inch Angled Spatula

Similar to the Ateco, the Wilton offset baking spatula is overall a bit bigger than its winning counterpart. This wider, longer blade and larger handle make it less ideal for precision icing work. It performed well in the kitchen, but can't beat out more delicate versions available. The upside is that, because it’s entirely plastic and metal, you can throw it right in the dishwasher when you’re done.

Pros

  • Dishwasher safe

Cons

  • Slightly too big for intricate jobs

Product image of Tovolo Flex-Core Stainless Steel Handled Spatula
Tovolo Flex-Core Stainless Steel Handled Spatula

The Tovolo steel-handled spatula is a heavy duty hunk of a tool. It has some heft to it, which is certainly useful for stirring thick brownie batter full of chocolate chips. The edges of the head don’t bend well, though, making it less useful for sneaking into nooks and crannies. Additionally, the metal base and the silicone head detach from each other—meaning you do run the risk of eventually needing to clean it in two different pieces. Fortunately, it’s dishwasher-safe.

Pros

  • Sturdy handle

  • Dishwasher safe

Cons

  • Head and handle come apart

  • Edges of the head don't bend well

Product image of GDYorKitchen Fish Spatula
GDYorkitchen Fish Spatula

Rather nondescript, this fish spatula is larger and less comfortable than others. It's able to slide under eggs and tofu fairly well, but loses points on comfort because of the way the metal bends around the back. The handle itself is comfortable, but when held closer to the head of the spatula to maneuver under some food, you may run into problems.

Pros

  • Nonslip grips on handle

Cons

  • Uncomfortable when gripping close to spatula

Product image of KsenDalo Wide Thin Slotted Nylon Spatula
KSENDALO Kitchen Nonstick Fish Spatula

Typically, fish spatulas are made of metal so they can be thin and delicate enough to slide between a fish and its scales. However, this makes them impossible to use with nonstick cookware. So, we decided to test the KSENDALO Kitchen nonstick fish spatula and see how it compared.

It does well enough, working just fine for cookies, burgers, and pancakes. However, you can tell that it lacks the same edge as other metal spatulas when it comes to sliding under eggs and tofu. It’s a great option for a nonstick pan, but it just can’t beat the delicate edge of its metal counterparts.

Pros

  • Can use with nonstick cookware

  • Sturdy enough for many cooking tasks

Cons

  • Non-metal edge makes some tasks difficult

Product image of Rubbermaid Commercial 9.5 In. High Heat Scraper
Rubbermaid Commercial 9.5 In. High Heat Scraper

If you’re using a massive bowl, this Rubbermaid spatula works like a dream. However, it’s not compatible with smaller bowls. This spatula is huge, more than an inch longer and almost a half inch wider than the next longest baking spatula on our list. This made it tough to use, and it becomes a bit unwieldy. We also find the hard, rigid plastic handle a tad uncomfortable at times, knocking this further down the list.

Pros

  • Ideal for use with large mixing bowls

Cons

  • Uncomfortable plastic handle

  • Too large for many tasks

Product image of GIR Mini Flip
GIR Mini Flip

Much like other baking spatulas, this tiny turner is entirely silicone. This makes it comfortable to hold and easy to clean. However, it is tiny. The head of this spatula—while perfect for silver dollar pancakes and fine for small cookies—struggles with the large burgers.

The angled edge of the head works well for slipping under foods, though it may occasionally struggle. (GIR does sell a larger version of this spatula, though we haven’t tried it ourselves. It may work better for some tasks, though it might also suffer from the same issues the other flat spatulas did in terms of being too flexible.)

Pros

  • All-silicone design

  • Dishwasher safe

Cons

  • Tiny size limits its versatility

Product image of Castle Cookware Silicone Spatula
Castle Cookware Silicone Spatula

Overall, the Castle Cookware flexible silicone turner is a good size and a solid spatula. It doesn't struggle too hard with kitchen tasks, with the exception of moving a cake (which it is simply too flexible to manage). That said, it doesn't wow us either. It’s comfortable and wouldn’t be the worst to own, but we suggest making sure to have a few other spatulas on hand, too.

Pros

  • Flexible yet solidly constructed

  • Comfortable handle

Cons

  • Not sturdy enough for heavy lifting

Product image of Ateco 1387 7.75” Offset Spatula
Ateco 1387 7.75” Offset Spatula

While its smaller sibling runs off with the prize, the larger Ateco spatula just can't hold up. The sides of the wooden handle feels rather rough, and the blade itself is enormous. So while this works well enough for frosting a large cake, it struggles with anything requiring precision or a delicate hand.

Pros

  • Large blade good for frosting cakes

Cons

  • Rough handle

  • Too large for many jobs

Product image of Norpro 917 Nylon Turner
Norpro 917 Nylon Turner

This tiny plastic spatula is no-frills, affordable, and great at flipping eggs. It's a good enough shape for burgers, too, albeit a bit small. The Norpro Turner could be a good option for you if you really don’t want to spend much on a spatula, but don’t expect it to be able to do every task perfectly.

Pros

  • Affordable

  • Sturdy

Cons

  • Small

  • Feels disposable and cheaply made

Product image of OXO Good Grips Large Silicone Flexible Turner
OXO Good Grips Large Silicone Flexible Turner

Although the handle of the OXO Good Grips turner is the same length as the Castle Cooker spatula, the head on this one is enormous. More than an inch longer and an inch wider than the next largest flat spatula we found, the OXO literally dwarfs the competition. Unfortunately, this makes the spatula difficult to use. It crowds a pan full of pancakes, and is too floppy to help with moving a cake. Overall, this behemoth just couldn’t hold up to its counterparts.

Pros

  • Good handle

Cons

  • Too large

  • Not sturdy enough for heavy lifting

Product image of Rachael Ray Nylon Turner 2-Piece Set
Rachael Ray Nylon Turner 2-Piece Set

These spatulas come in a set of two, with a 10-inch and a 12-inch model. The larger option handles eggs like a dream, while the smaller one is better served tackling small cookies and silver dollar pancakes. When it comes to tofu, these spatulas aren't the best since they're made of nylon. That said, we're surprised with how easily the larger of two flips full-sized pancakes. They’re dishwasher-safe and relatively cheap, but you definitely get what you pay for.

Pros

  • Available in fun colors

  • Comes in a set of two

Cons

  • Flimsy

  • Slippery

Best Spatulas: All
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

There are at least four types of spatulas to consider when shopping.

What to Know About Spatulas

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again—it’s worth owning a few different spatulas. While there is some overlap in their usage—both a fish turner and a flat spatula are great for flipping eggs and pancakes—each type of spatula serves essentially a different function. There’s nothing better for scraping down a bowl of batter than a baking spatula, and an offset baking tool can really up your frosting game. If you like to bake in particular, having a few different utensils of this sort on hand can be a godsend.

However, if you only want one or two cluttering up your drawers, we recommend a flat spatula and a baking spatula. That way you have something to flip pancakes and scoop cookies with, but also something to scrape down the side of your bowl or pot with.

A few things to look out for when you’re considering spatulas: Depending on what you plan to use them for, make sure your spatula matches your pans. It goes without saying that you should never use a metal spatula on a nonstick pan or a cast iron skillet. As well, if you’re planning on using your baking spatula on the stove to mix ingredients in a hot pan, be sure that it really is heat safe (i.e. made of silicone, not plastic).

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Bethany Kwoka

Bethany Kwoka

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Bethany is a freelance contributor for Reviewed. An avid home baker and aspiring home cook, she reviews and writes mostly about kitchen gadgets (with the occasional fitness review thrown in). Her specialty might be fancy desserts, but she's never met a batch-cooked dinner recipe she didn't like.

Outside of her work for Reviewed, Bethany is a content creator working on clean energy and climate change at a regional non-profit and runs a tabletop game at her local comic book shop.

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Madison Trapkin

Madison Trapkin

Contributor

Madison covered all things cooking as the kitchen editor for Reviewed in 2021. Formerly the editor-in-chief of Culture Magazine, Madison is the founder of GRLSQUASH, a women's food, art, and culture journal. Her work has also appeared in The Boston Globe, Cherrybombe, Gather Journal, and more. She is passionate about pizza, aesthetic countertop appliances, and regularly watering her houseplants.

She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia and a Master's of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy from Boston University.

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