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Perhaps you’ve run a silicone spatula or two in the course of your cooking and baking adventures—but what exactly sets them apart from other types of spatulas? One of the benefits of these silicone tools is that, unlike plastic ones, they are “chemically inert and stable,” according to Scientific American, so it’s less likely that they'll react with or leach into whatever you’re cooking.
Furthermore, because of their elasticity, silicone spatulas (unlike metal ones) are less likely to scratch your cookware, especially if you’re using coated ones. Plus, the best ones tend to be easier to clean than other types of spatulas. And I’d be remiss not to mention that silicone spatulas come in many fun shapes and colors.
But how is one to choose from the many options available? To help you decide, I took into consideration the shapes and sizes of the spatula heads, the feel and length of the handles, and their overall durability, flexibility, and rigidity. And, perhaps most importantly, I looked into how well they hold up to high heat.
Here is my list of the best silicone spatulas that would make fun and practical additions to your kitchen toolkit.
Best Overall: GIR: Get It Right Premium Silicone Spatula
What We Love: Lightweight, sturdy, flexible, comfortable grip, comes in many colors
What We Don’t Love: Not available in a set, not ideal for flipping
The carefully designed GIR Ultimate Spatula is exactly what you’re looking for in a silicone utensil: It’s the right balance between rigid and flexible, feels comfortable in your hands, and comes in a rainbow of colors to match any kitchen décor. The hardest part, I think, is choosing a color.
There are many things about this spatula reviewers love, including its smooth and seamless silicone construction, meaning there’s nowhere for food to get stuck (which makes for easier cleaning). Also, its durability, high heat resistance, and stain resistance make the GIR Ultimate Spatula versatile, with reviewers making everything from baked goods to scrambled eggs to kimchi fried rice with ease.
“GIR makes my absolute favorite silicone spatula. It's almost never in the drawer because it's always in the dishwasher. It has a firm core that makes it great for mixing even sturdy doughs, but the spatula part is flexible enough to get in all the corners. Plus, they come in such fun colors!” — Emma Christensen, Editor in Chief
Dimensions (LxW): 11 x 1.9 inches | Weight: 3 ounces | Heat Resistance: Up to 464°F | Dishwasher-Safe? Yes
Best for Flipping: DI ORO Designer Series Classic Spatula
What We Love: Heat-resistant up to 600°F, great at flipping eggs
What We Don’t Love: Not one piece but instead has a steel core, head is on the smaller side
Out of DI ORO’s line of turner spatulas, its Designer Series Classic is the perfect size for everyday use—great for flipping eggs, pancakes, or anything else. In fact, some reviewers say that it has just the right amount of give but is still sturdy enough to be able to really get under a fried egg when flipping (compared with fully metal spatulas, for example). The heat-resistant silicone can withstand temperatures of up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit.
The only drawback is that it’s not made with one seamless piece of silicone. Rather, it has a stainless steel reinforced core. This gives it more heft and strength, but the silicone handle may tear where it meets the metal with repeated use. But because DI ORO's spatulas come with what the company calls a Forever Warranty, it will replace the spatula for free, if you do end up using it too much. Plus, several reviewers say customer service is speedy and easy to contact.
Dimensions (LxW): 11.6 x 3 inches | Weight: 3.2 ounces | Heat Resistance: Up to 600°F | Dishwasher-Safe? Yes
Best for Baking: U-Taste 600ºF High Heat-Resistant Silicone Spatula Set of 4
What We Love: Has pieces for scraping, frosting, and baking; comes in five colors; heat-resistant up to 600°F
What We Don’t Love: Pieces not available individually, some users prefer stiffer spatulas
The U-Taste silicone spatula set includes all the pieces you would need for your baking projects. The four-piece set comes with a large spatula, a mini spatula, a spoon spatula, and a jar spatula, which doubles as a tool for spreading frosting. (The company also offers a 600°F High Heat-Resistant three-piece silicone set, which has the same pieces as the four-piece, but excluding the jar spatula.)
The one-piece, stain-proof design makes the spatulas easy to clean, and they come in an array of five different color choices. They are heat-resistant to up to 600 degrees, so it's safe to use with any oven or bakeware.
Dimensions (LxW ): 9.4 x 1 inches (jar spatula), 10.6 x 2.4 inches (spoon spatula), 10.6 x 2.4 inches (large spatula), and 8.1 x 1.6 inches (mini spatula) | Heat Resistance: Up to 600°F | Dishwasher-Safe? Yes
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Best Set: Oxo Good Grips 3-Piece Silicone Spatula Set
What We Love: Comes in three sizes, two have beveled edges for good scraping, durable
What We Don’t Love The spoon spatula is not very deep, some say the spatulas are quite small
The three-piece set has everything you need for scraping, mixing, and cooking. The beveled edge of the larger red spatula is great for nonstick pans and flipping, while the mini spatula is great for scraping down the sides of rounded bowls. Several users really like it for scraping out the last bits of pasta sauce or peanut butter out of the jar, as well. The spoon spatula is good for scooping wet ingredients—and even marinara sauce or chili, according to one user, proving how stain-resistant these are.
All three pieces are heat-resistant and strong, but the thick silicone has just the right amount of flexibility. As an added bonus, they are all dishwasher-safe, and the three spatulas are different colors, so you can distinguish among them.
Dimensions (LxW): 9.5 x 1.5 inches (small spatula), 12 x 2.2 inches (spoon spatula), 13 x 3 inches (everyday spatula) | Weight: 1.8 ounces (small spatula), 3.2 ounces (spoon spatula), 2.8 ounces (everyday spatula) | Heat Resistance: Up to 600°F | Dishwasher-Safe? Yes
Best Mini: Cuisinart Mini Spatulas
What We Love: Affordable, versatile, dishwasher-safe
What We Don’t Love: Handles are short for some users, can’t choose the colors
Cuisinart’s set of three mini spatulas comes with a standard mini spatula, a mini scoop, and a mini jar scraper. They are all made with one piece of silicone and are dishwasher-safe (though several users say to keep them at the top rack or hand-wash them if possible). They are just small enough to fit in measuring cups, little bowls, and small jars. A popular use for the scoop, according to a handful of reviewers, is efficiently getting that last bit of mayo out of the jar.
Their one-piece design makes them easy to clean and keeps them looking new after dozens of uses. Plus, the bright, distinct colors make them easy to find in your utensil drawer.
The silicone spatulas come with Cuisinart’s usual lifetime limited warranty, but they are sturdy enough to last for years of use.
Dimensions (LxW): 8 x 2 inches (scoop), 8 x 1 inches(jar scraper), 8 x 1.5 inches (standard) | Weight: About 2 ounces each | Heat Resistance: Up to 425°F | Dishwasher-Safe? Yes
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Best Budget: KitchenAid Bamboo Handle Scraper Spatula
What We Love: Made with sustainable bamboo that’s nice to look at, comfortable grip
What We Don’t Love: Not dishwasher-safe, handle may separate from the silicone head
The KitchenAid silicone spatula comes in both red and aqua colors on an environmentally friendly bamboo handle. Although it’s not dishwasher-safe, you can easily hand-wash the spatula for light use.
The silicone head is heat-safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, making it safe for high-heat cooking. The beveled, curved head makes it ideal for scraping bowls and pans. While it’s a little stiffer than some other all-silicone spatulas, this makes it ideal for stirring or mixing thicker mixtures, say some users.
Because of its wooden handle, it’s not dishwasher-safe, though the handle is sturdy and easy to grip. At the spatula’s economic price, though, you can keep several around for everyday use.
Dimensions (LxW): 11 x 2 inches | Weight: 2.9 ounces | Heat Resistance: Up to 500°F | Dishwasher-Safe? No
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GIR’s Ultimate spatula takes the top spot for its seamless design and perfect balance of rigidity and flexibility (view at Amazon). If you’re on a budget, however, and don’t mind a silicone head attached to a bamboo body, try KitchenAid’s bamboo scraping spatula (view at Amazon). Not only does the bamboo handle make it pretty to look at, but it’s sturdy and comfortable to hold, too.
What to Look for When Buying a Silicone Spatula
I like the ones that are one seamless piece since they are easier to clean (hello, dishwasher!) and are comfortable in your hands. Look for the kind that fits your style of cooking. Get them in colors that match your decor. Even the most functional of kitchen tools should also bring you visual happiness.
Shape and Size of Head
You’ll want to choose your silicone spatulas depending on its use. Big on baking? Get the ones with flexible, broad heads for scraping every last drop of the batter into your pans. Do a lot of canning? you’ll want a set of mini spatulas or a jar spatula. We like ones with stiff but flexible heads that taper off for better scraping.
Durability and Flexibility
Your silicone spatulas should last for years to come (I still have a set from my college years!). So, pay a little extra for a higher-quality silicone spatula that is stronger and more heat-resistant. Then, you won’t have to replace them as often, if ever.
If you’re a fan of high-heat cooking like I am, get a silicone spatula that is graded for up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. It makes for easy cooking in the skillet, baking, and even glazing to get every last bit off the pan for sauce or gravy.
Are silicone spatulas heat-proof?
It depends on the silicone manufacturer, but most silicone spatulas can withstand heat from 400 degrees to 600 degrees Fahrenheit, hotter than most home ovens can get.
Which spatula shape is best?
That depends on what you’re looking for. Long and thin is great for scraping the last bits of food out from a narrow jar. Broad and flat spatulas are great for making pancakes or eggs, or for any kind of pan flipping. Those with beveled edges are great for scraping the batter from bowls when baking. And the versatile spoon-shaped spatulas are great for scooping the last bits from the bottom of a pot, blending jar, or mixing bowl, as well as for stirring sauces and stews.
How can I get rid of odors on my silicone spatulas?
Although silicone is an inert material, it can sometimes take on odors. You can get rid of smells on your silicone spatula by soaking it in a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water. Just pour in enough to submerge it, and let it sit for about a minute before washing. Alternatively, you can make a solution of baking soda and warm water with a little bit of dish soap, and let your silicone soak for about a minute before washing and rinsing. Let your spatula air-dry and it should be good to go.
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