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Where would we be without mixing bowls? We use them daily for making sweet baked goods, healthy salads, delicious pasta dishes, no-knead bread, and more—and the experience can be rewarding or terrible, depending on the bowl.
A few things are important in choosing the right mixing bowl. First, size: If the bowl isn’t big enough, it’s difficult to work without making a mess. Then, there's the material it’s made out of: If it’s not a good material, it can stain or crack. Shape also matters; for example, bowls with a lower height are easier to work with ergonomically, while higher bowls prevent splatter when working with mixers. Design details matter as well: Does the bowl have a built-in handle, a pouring spout, or a non-slip base? And of course, looks matter. Some mixing bowls are suitable to use as serving bowls on a table set for an elegant gathering, while others work only for casual events.
We’ve researched the wide variety of options available to put together this list of the best mixing bowls.
Best Overall: Gorilla Grip Mixing Bowls
These well-made Gorilla Grip mixing bowls are an all-around favorite. They’re constructed of a tough plastic that performs better than other plastic bowls on the market; they still have some give to them, though, as well as a stain-resistant surface that’s pleasant to the touch. The base of the bowls has a rubbery, non-slip surface that clings to slippery countertops until you lift the bowl, even when beating batter with the bowl tilted.
You'll also find the non-slip component on the extended grip lip at the top of the bowl. These bowls have a spout for pouring and are available in 19 different colors, they’re dishwasher-safe and have a 10-year warranty. They’re not microwavable, but we think that in all other ways they’re fabulous.
Best Budget: Pyrex 3-Piece Glass Mixing Bowl Set
This classic tempered clear glass set by Pyrex is great as a starter set, or one to add to your mixing bowl collection. It includes three bowls in different sizes: 1 quart, 1.5 quarts, and 2.5 quarts. The bowls nest together for storage and are safe to use in the microwave, oven, refrigerator, freezer, and dishwasher.
These bowls are really useful to have around for ingredients you’re preparing ahead for cooking or baking, and they can easily turn into a go-to for cooking every day of the week! This set comes with a two-year warranty, but we’ve had Pyrex sets that have lasted much longer than that.
Best Stainless Steel: Vollrath Economy Mixing Bowl Set
Vollrath manufactures professional kitchenware, and this set demonstrates the company's quality standard. The three bowls included in this set are just the right sizes to be useful in most home kitchens for cooking and baking, with 1.5-quart, 3-quart, and 5-quart bowls.
One of the benefits of the Vollrath design is the height of the bowls, which are not as high as other stainless steel bowls. This provides a more ergonomic experience overall, especially for your wrists. These bowls can handle heat or cold and can be put in the fridge or freezer—or you can use them to create a double boiler.
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Best Glass: Duralex Lys Clear Stackable Bowls
Made in France, these tempered glass bowls are available in 10 different stackable sizes, from 1 ounce to 6 quarts, which covers everything from a pinch bowl to a full-sized large mixing bowl. They’re built to last, are able to withstand heat and cold, and can be used as a double boiler. Plus, they are quite stylish, not to mention microwave- and dishwasher-safe.
The collars on the bowls are thicker than what's typically seen on other glass mixing bowls; this offers a distinctive look that can easily take the bowls from the kitchen to the tabletop as serving bowls. We’ree also fans of the Duralex Picardie glasses!
Best for Kids: Goodcook Touch Mixing Bowl Set
This set of three plastic mixing bowls can be used by both kids and grownups, but they're especially great for kids who are learning to cook. Each bowl is in a different primary color, which helps kids focus on the difference between the ingredients they put in each bowl. They’re unbreakable even if they fall on the floor, and they have a non-slip base that grips the table so they won’t go flying away while being used.
These colorful bowls each has a good-sized rounded handle on top to hang on to, as well as a spout for easy pouring. The set includes 1.5-quart, 3-quart, and 5-quart bowls, which can be used in the dishwasher (top rack) and microwave.
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Best With Lids: Pyrex 8 Piece Smart Essentials Mixing Bowl Set
These four clear, tempered-glass mixing bowls from Pyrex have matching lids for double-duty use: storing food and food prep. The bowls come in sizes of 1 quart, 1.5 quarts, 2.5 quarts, and 4 quarts. The fitted lids are made of slightly flexible, BPA-free plastic and come in four bright colors, one for each bowl.
These bowls can handle the oven, freezer, refrigerator, and microwave, and are dishwasher-safe. A bonus is that if you ever happen to lose a lid, additional lids can be purchased separately. The set comes with a two-year warranty, but we think these bowls can last for many years.
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Best Melamine: Food52 x Rosti Ultimate Mixing Bowl
This beautiful bowl was created by an award-winning Danish firm and is a part of the design collection at the Museum of Modern Art. It’s exceptionally useful for making bread doughs by hand, but it's also great to have for any other kitchen task. It’s a big-sized bowl, at 6.3 quarts, and is shaped rather wide, with sides that are low enough to work ergonomically while hand-mixing.
The bowl is made of melamine, which is a hard plastic with a nice sheen and long life. Available in either classic black or white, this bowl both makes a design statement and can withstand consistent use. It's also a pleasure to use, with its sizable built-in handle, pouring spout, and non-slip grip base. It’s safe for the dishwasher, but not microwavable.
Best Ceramic: Mason Cash Bakewell Mixing Bowl
If there’s such a thing as a mixing bowl that evokes emotion, this is it. The Mason Cash company began making glazed earthenware mixing bowls in the 1800s in England and continues to do so today. This bowl is a delight, made of chip-resistant ceramic with a distinctive raised pattern on the outside (which offers a good grip).
It’s a moderately heavy bowl, which helps with stability, and has a size of 4.2 quarts. It is dishwasher-safe and can be used in the microwave. It’s actually more than a mixing bowl: It can be taken right to the table to serve pasta, salad, or whatever you like! Available in powder blue or turquoise.
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If you’re interested in a mixing bowl that will likely become an heirloom, there’s two on our list: the Mason Cash Bakewell Mixing Bowl (view at Bed Bath and Beyond) and the Food52 x Rosti Ultimate Mixing Bowl (view at Food52). If you’re looking for a set with a lot of overall adaptability, the Pyrex Smart Essentials Mixing Bowl Set makes an excellent choice (view at Amazon).
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Karen Resta is an NYC-based writer specializing in food culture and history, cooking, pastries, and restaurants. A former executive chef who began her professional journey as a pastry chef, she currently travels around the globe as a photographer and writer, always finding the best authentic food and pastries along the way. She spends a lot of her free time in her kitchen and is passionate about finding quality within any given budget. Having the right tools and knowing how to use them makes all the difference in baking, cooking, and eating, and she curated this list with that in mind.