- Every kitchen needs a good whisk for whipping up eggs, heavy cream, batter, and more.
- The OXO Good Grips Balloon Whisk is our top pick with its sturdy wires and lightweight design.
Even if you only do a minimal amount of cooking, you can easily improve your kitchen experience with a whisk.
Whisks are particularly helpful for mixing up pancake batters, creating homemade dressings, preparing fluffy scrambled eggs, and breaking up salt and sugar clumps.
A wide variety of whisks are available to suit all such cooking needs, from basic everyday use to heavy-duty dense batters. We combed through hundreds of offerings to determine the best whisks for comfort, ease of use, and efficiency. Keep reading to see our picks, as well as what you should know about the different varieties of whisks to find the one that’s best for you.
Here are the best whisks of 2021
- Best whisk overall: OXO Good Grips Balloon Whisk
- Best dough whisk: Tovolo Stainless Steel Dough Whisk
- Best flat whisk: OXO Good Grips Flat Whisk
- Best ball whisk: WMF Profi-Plus Stainless Steel Ball Whisk
- Best budget whisk: Winco Stainless Steel Piano Wire Whip
The OXO Good Grips Balloon Whisk has polished stainless steel wiring, is comfortable on your wrists, and makes quick work without getting bent out of shape.
Pros: Easy-to-grip ergonomic handle, great for mixing in small bowls or containers, dishwasher safe, lightweight yet durable, satisfaction guarantee
Cons: Handle is susceptible to melting if left in a hot pot
The OXO Good Grips Balloon Whisk earned our spot for top pick because it’s almost weightless, has sturdy wires, and is great for mixing ingredients in a small bowl.
It comes in classic stainless steel or silicone, but unless you’re looking for a whisk you can use on nonstick cookware, stainless steel is preferable since it has 10 loops versus the silicone’s eight loops.
Regardless of style, OXO’s whisk has the celebrated ergonomic, non-slip handle that keeps your hands from growing tired before your task is done. The loops are strong enough to take on most whisking tasks and it’s also dishwasher safe and easy to clean.
If you do encounter any problems, OXO offers a standard satisfaction guarantee.
Best dough whisk
To thoroughly combine your baking ingredients without sticking or overmixing, the Tovolo Stainless Steel Dough Whisk has a looped design that is sure to get the job done well.
Pros: Incorporates ingredients evenly, cuts through thick dough without sticking, the looped design minimizes dough accumulation, dishwasher safe
Cons: Specialized, single-use tool
Whether you’re beginning your sourdough journey or baking your own cupcakes or pies, the Tovolo Stainless Steel Dough Whisk is a helpful item to have on hand. The classic dough hook shape can handle dry or wet ingredients alike and will ensure even mixing.
Because overmixing dough can develop too much gluten and result in a tough or chewy texture, this whisk is especially great for those who are looking to create light and tender bakes. Tovolo is equally fitting for incorporating thicker dough, too, thanks to its looped design that cuts through heartier ingredients without sticking.
When finished, you can toss the Tovolo whisk in the dishwasher, a plus with this stainless-steel baking tool.
The best flat whisk
If you need to deglaze pans or perform mixing tasks in shallow dishes, the OXO Good Grips Flat Whisk is the tool you need.
Pros: Incredibly comfortable handle, doubles as a spatula, heat-resistant wires, stores easily in a drawer, satisfaction guarantee
Cons: Somewhat small
As far as materials are concerned, the OXO Good Grips Flat Wire Whisk is the same as our top pick, OXO’s balloon whisk. The Flat Wire Whisk has four polished stainless steel wire loops in a flat configuration and the holes are sealed where the wires meet the grippy thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) handle. Notably, its flat design makes it easier to fit into hard-to-reach spots and can even be used to flip omelets making it a unique, multipurpose kitchen tool.
The flat whisk is comfortable for extended use but the handle can potentially melt after prolonged contact with high temperatures. The wires, however, are heat resistant.
The OXO whisk can be washed in your dishwasher. OXO also offers a satisfaction guarantee if anything goes awry with your kitchen tool.
The best ball whisk
The WMF Profi-Plus Stainless Steel Ball Whisk‘s unique design makes for a shorter whisking time and won’t allow bits of food to become trapped between the wires.
Pros: Reaches into tight corners, food doesn’t get trapped in the wires, dishwasher safe, reduces whisking time, great on dry and wet ingredients
The WMF Profi-Plus Stainless Steel Ball Whisk is the only whisk in our guide that doesn’t have wire loops. Instead, it features a dozen straight wires that protrude from the handle for independent movement and efficient mixing.
At the end of each stainless steel wire is a miniature ball. You can choose silicone or stainless steel balls depending on whether or not you plan on using your whisk on nonstick surfaces.
Ball whisks are great for incorporating cream into dishes and they’re very adept at mixing dry ingredients, too. When finished mixing, you can wash the tool in your dishwasher. If you’ve always been annoyed with normal balloon whisks, it’s worth trying a ball whisk the next time you bake.
The best budget whisk
For about half the price of our top pick, the Winco Stainless Steel Piano Wire Whip has 12 sturdy wire loops that will quickly combine batter and dry ingredients alike.
Pros: Affordable, 12 wire loops, dishwasher safe, sturdy wires
Cons: Handle can get slippery
Winco is mostly known for providing kitchen gear to restaurants, and their Stainless Steel Piano Wire Whip is a standout choice. The whisk is 100% stainless steel, including the lightweight yet durable wire loops and the weighted handle. The handle is sealed to prevent water and ingredients from accumulating inside.
This affordable whisk should be able to handle any kitchen task, thanks to its metal handle which won’t melt when whisking very hot ingredients. Though, it may become slippery.
Different types of whisks
Most whisks are made of stainless steel and some are coated with silicone. The silicone coating is useful when you want to avoid scratching the surfaces of a nonstick receptacle. The only downsides are that silicone is not as heat resistant as steel, and over time, the coating starts to wear. In general, the more wire loops, the more efficient the mixing. But, more loops can also make cleanup more difficult.
If you’re just starting to outfit your kitchen or need an all-purpose whisk, we recommend going with the classic balloon whisk. The teardrop shape conforms well to the curved edges of mixing bowls, too.
Bread dough and other dense batters can destroy most thin-wire whisks. For heavy-duty tasks, such as mixing and pre-kneading bread dough, choose an aptly named dough whisk. These whisks typically consist of a wooden handle with a couple of thick stainless steel loops.
The flat whisk, also referred to as a roux whisk, looks like a balloon whisk that someone flattened with a steamroller, though there is a slight angle to the head, which makes it ideal for use in shallow dishes or pans.
Ball whisks do not have any loops at all. Instead, they consist of several tines that are tipped with balls. With this design, you can reach into the corners of straight-sided pans more easily. Also, these whisks tend to be easier to clean by hand.
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