Does our longtime favorite whisk still beat the competition?
Published May 9, 2022.
The best metal whisks really can do it all, whipping, beating, mixing, and blending wet and dry ingredients to perfection. We’ve recommended our favorite all-purpose whisk, or a version of it, for more than a decade. The OXO Good Grips 11" Balloon Whisk performs every task well, and it’s lightweight and comfortable to grip even for long periods. Interested in a whisk you can use in nonstick cookware? See our nonstick whisk review.
A good all-purpose metal whisk is an essential kitchen tool. We use one to blend dry ingredients; emulsify vinaigrettes and sauces; whip cream; beat eggs; mix batters, custards, and other thick, hot sauces; and much more. There are two basic styles of all-purpose whisk: French whisks have narrower heads, while balloon whisks have more bulbous heads. Many whisks on the market are hybrids that fall somewhere between the two styles. Ultimately, the whisk’s style isn’t the most important factor in its success; all the whisks we tested can get all the aforementioned jobs done. Instead, a few other features made certain models more effective, versatile, and durable, as well as easier to use.
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Miye is a senior editor for ATK Reviews. She covers booze, blades, and gadgets of questionable value.