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Best Spatula of 2020

We tested some of the best spatulas of 2020 to help you make the most informed purchase.
By Matt Rowe ⋅ Review Editor
Thursday September 17, 2020
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Looking for the best spatula of 2020? We researched over 25 options in a range of styles & materials before buying and testing 10 models side-by-side. Our culinary experts and novices worked together to assess these products. We flipped dozens of eggs & pancakes, pounds of hamburgers, and scooped up a few batches of cookies off of hot baking sheets to see which turner handles the most and feels the best in our kitchens and in our hands. Each kitchen tool is critiqued based on key features like their rigidity, versatility, and expected longevity. After several days of flapjacks and pan-fried fish fillets, we can recommend the right utensil to add to your kitchen.

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Best Overall Spatula


OXO Good Grips Nylon Square Turner


Editors' Choice Award
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$6.99
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Material: Nylon | Length: 13.6 in
Sturdy construction
Rubberized handle
Useful on all surfaces
Low heat resistance

The OXO Good Grips Nylon Square Turner is the best overall because it is the most effective tool for turning things over in a pan or skillet. It is understated without looking cheap, and the handle is not only comfortable but ensures a good grip. The thinner profile of its head allows it to slide under food easily without pushing it around on a pan or baking sheet. Being made of plastic, it won't scratch up your nonstick and can take a ride in the dishwasher without damage.

As is the case with all nylon turners, the OXO showed the slightest bit of fraying at the edge after a week of being scraped repeatedly over hot pans. It is not as delicate or fun to use as the metal utensils, but if you could only have one model for your kitchen, the OXO would be the one to pick up.

The OXO Good Grips is our recommendation for the best model for the most people.
The OXO Good Grips is our recommendation for the best model for the most people.

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Best Metal Model


Toadfish Ultimate Fish


Editors' Choice Award
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$28.00
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Material: Stainless Steel | Length: 14.25 in
Beautifully crafted
Rubberized handle
Finger ridge keeps head off surfaces
Dishwasher safe
Longest, heaviest model
Scratches non-stick pans

The Toadfish Ultimate Fish model is an elegantly crafted kitchen instrument that is both a great turner and feels nice in the hand. The one-piece stainless steel utensil is ergonomically designed with the majority of the weight in the handle and with a clever resting block that eliminates the need for a spoon rest. The rubber grip is the same bright teal found on most Toadfish products. It is smoother than OXO's rubber grip but still ensures a secure grip.

Examining all of the contenders, the Toadfish clearly has the nicest design and is made to use and to last. But if we were looking for a single best spatula for our kitchen, we would need something that wouldn't scratch our nonstick pans. Even the best metal turner in the world will do that. If you do all of your cooking on cast iron or an outdoor grill, the Toadfish is easily the best tool for the job.

The long length of the Toadfish keeps a cook's hand away from hot grease when searing meat.
The long length of the Toadfish keeps a cook's hand away from hot grease when searing meat.

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Best Bang for Your Buck


KitchenAid Classic Slotted Turner


Best Buy Award
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$6.99
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Material: Nylon | Length: 13.6 in
Rigid and sturdy
Stylish
Dishwasher safe
Thicker head

The KitchenAid Classic Slotted Turner is a solid choice. It is the biggest of the nylon turners we tested, and like all the plastic contenders we tested, it is great for flipping and serving food. It also comes with several color options for the handle to personalize your choice utensil. Its functionality combined with its low price makes for strong value.

The head of the KitchenAid is slightly thicker, and we found ourselves occasionally pushing a cookie around the baking sheet trying to get under it. While the handle does have nice color options, it's smooth plastic, which we found less appealing after testing models with rubberized grips. Still, this nylon model keeps costs down and suffices for a variety of kitchen utensil needs.

The KitchenAid Classic Slotted Turner makes a great griddle companion.
The KitchenAid Classic Slotted Turner makes a great griddle companion.

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Best Wooden Model


Totally Bamboo Angled Bamboo Utensil


Top Pick Award
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$9.99
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Material: Bamboo | Length: 14 in
Sustainable materials
Doubles as a mixing/serving spoon
Dishwasher safe
No angle
Less effective as a spatula

The Totally Bamboo Angled model is our choice for best wooden turner because it's dishwasher friendly and more useful for flipping food than the other wooden model we tested. Furthermore, we found ourselves frequently reaching for the Total Bamboo for kitchen tasks not related to our testing metrics. Sautéing vegetables and making stir fry? A nice serving spoon to adorn the salad bowl? Totally Bamboo.

Wood was our least favorite choice of materials we tested when it comes to passing the primary test of turning food. Our wood options gave us more trouble performing the fundamental task of getting under eggs and cookies. The Totally Bamboo is more like a mixing spoon with an edge. Yes, it can technically flip pancakes and hamburgers, but if it was the only turner in our kitchen, we'd pick up a plastic backup for anytime we needed to actually flip an egg.

The Totally Bamboo Angled Spatula doubles as an effective mixing spoon.
The Totally Bamboo Angled Spatula doubles as an effective mixing spoon.

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Most Versatile


Westmark Non-Stick Thermoplastic


Top Pick Award
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$10.49
(5% off)
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Material: Thermoplastic | Length: 11.8 in
Angled edge
Ergonomic shape
Thin yet strong
Dishwasher safe
No more heat resistant than others

The Westmark Non-Stick Thermoplastic model turned out to be capable of quite a lot due to its comfortable and functional shape. Its shape seems like a hybrid of many of the positive features of the other kitchen utensils we tested. This angled turner resembles a fish spatula and easily slid under all the food we tested it with. Its shape is similar to the wooden Eddington model we tested and functions quite well as a mixing spoon. It's as dense and strong as the KitchenAid, barely flexing while holding 8 stacked burgers on its turner.

Thermoplastic, the material the Westmark is made of, is described as a 'high-quality heat-resistant polyamide,' which is technically true. What's also true is that its heat resistance is functionally extremely similar to the nylon OXO Good Grips and slightly less than the nylon KitchenAid. Nylon is a polyamide, and both are simply a synonym for plastic. Our team focused on the performance we experienced and ignored the marketing. The Westmark is an excellent multi-purpose utensil and a great addition to your kitchen.

The Westmark is an all-around great choice for a go-to kitchen spatula.
The Westmark is an all-around great choice for a go-to kitchen spatula.

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A Top-Tier Silicone Turner


DI ORO Chef Series Standard Flexible Silicone Turner


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$11.97
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Material: Silicone, Stainless Steel, Rubber | Length: 12 in
Heat resistant to 600 F
Well-made & durable
Rubberized handle
Dishwasher safe
Silicone is flimsy

The Di Oro Chef Series Standard Flexible Silicone Turner is a great addition to your kitchen because of its quality construction. One of three tested with a nice rubber grip for fewer slips, the Di Oro was the model we reached for to spread oil on the griddle for cooking the dozens of pancakes and eggs tested for this review. It's great for non-stick pans and flexible as advertised, easily able to slip under all the foods we tested. What's more, the Di Oro showed no signs of wear compared to nylon counterparts.

While the Di Oro is exceptionally heat resistant and durable, it's not the best tool with food stuck to pans. Whereas a metal model can easily loosen foods scorched to the pan, the flexible Di Oro isn't as helpful in a jam.

The Di Oro Silicone is great tool and easily gets cookies off the baking sheet.
The Di Oro Silicone is great tool and easily gets cookies off the baking sheet.

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Quality, Affordable Fish Spatula


New Star Food Service Wood Handle


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$7.97
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Material: Stainless Steel, Wood | Length: 6.5 in
Simple, elegant design
Easily storable
Scratches non-stick pans
Needs hand-washed

The New Star Food Service Wood Handle model is an excellent, compact choice for someone in search of a fish utensil. There is something about a fine steel instrument that made us feel like professional chefs when testing this piece. Despite its delicate feel, it is constructed of stainless steel and gets right under anything you are trying to flip without damaging it — provided you are not working on non-stick cookware.

The shorter the turner, the closer the hand to the skillet. Grease splatter is something to be aware of when cooking fatty meats with a short spatula like the New Star or the Sabatier. We recommend handwashing, as the finish on the wood handle dulled a little after running through the dishwasher. And — like all metal tools — it will scratch your non-stick pans.

The New Star's thin profile easily gets under pancakes on the griddle.
The New Star's thin profile easily gets under pancakes on the griddle.

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Beautiful Wooden Kitchen Piece


Eddington 50008 Italian Olive Wood Wide


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$9
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Material: Italian Olive Wood | Length: 12 in
Attractive wood grain
Multi-purpose
Handmade
Not dishwasher friendly
Not a useful turner

The Eddington Italian Olive Wood Wide Pierced utensil is a functional piece, handmade in Europe. Like the Total Bamboo model, the Eddington is durable and rigid, but its grain is somewhat more attractive than its bamboo counterpart. It is useful for stirring and serving as well as flipping food.

The Eddington is the least effective flipper of the tested turners in our experience. Its thickness made it difficult to get under food, particularly cookies and pancakes. Its nice finish will dull if cycled through a dishwasher, but it's a sturdy kitchen tool and the wood grain is quite nice.

The Eddington Italian Olive Wood had an easier time flipping burgers than some of the other foods we tested.
The Eddington Italian Olive Wood had an easier time flipping burgers than some of the other foods we tested.

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Sturdy Steel Flipper


Sabatier Triple Rivet Stainless Wide Turner


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$9.99
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Material: Stainless Steel, Plastic | Length: 9.7 in
Largest head in our test fleet
Thick full tang steel
Nice styling
Scratches non-stick pans

The Sabatier Triple Rivet Stainless Wide Turner is a heavy duty steel flipper for turning food. It looks like something you might see a hibachi chef use, and we love the way it feels in our hands and how easily it scoops up pancakes and gets under eggs. Its sleek appearance is sealed with a black gryphon stamp.

The Sabatier is slightly longer than the New Star fish turner, but not long enough to keep wrists and hands away from aggressive grease splatter. While it looks nice, the black plastic handle is not heat resistant. And naturally, as a metal turner, the Sabatier is strictly suitable for grills, griddles, and cast iron cookware that won't be scratched by the steel.

The Sabatier Triple Rivet Steel Turner could scoop delicate cookies as easily as turning large cuts of meat.
The Sabatier Triple Rivet Steel Turner could scoop delicate cookies as easily as turning large cuts of meat.

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Affordable, Functional, and Basic


Norpro Nylon 13-Inch Slotted


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$5.04
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Material: Nylon | Length: 13 in
Functional on all surfaces
Least durable
Looks cheap

The Norpro Nylon Slotted checks all the boxes for an effective kitchen turner. It performed perfectly, out-flipping several of the more expensive items we tested. The Norpro's head is slightly smaller than the other turners, but it functions well and stores easily.

The Norpro looks cheap next to the rest of the items we tested. Like the other nylon turners, it is heat-rated to 400 degrees F, but it showed a bit more wear on the edge comparatively. It's not stylish, but it's not an eyesore, and it certainly worked fine across our tests.

Nothing stood out as impressive with the Norpro  but it flips eggs with the best of em.
Nothing stood out as impressive with the Norpro, but it flips eggs with the best of em.

Why You Should Trust Us


Head tester Matt Rowe has been a food lover and amateur chef for two decades. He started cooking at age 18 on his first WOOFing excursion and spent his college years working in restaurants as a prep cook and waiter. In 2010, he took up baking as a hobby, focusing most of his creative energy in the kitchen on pies and fresh bread. He particularly enjoys utilizing freshly foraged ingredients from the garden and meat supplied by members of his family who are better hunters. Despite transitioning into different professional fields, he maintains a love of cooking and a dedication to preparing food at home for himself, family, and friends.

Our review process started with our lead tester and editorial team researching the top models available today. Then, we bought 10 of the top styles and brands to test out head-to-head. Once the spatulas arrived, we decided on a series of tests designed to bring out the best and the worst in each of the products. First and foremost, these utensils had to demonstrate versatility by effectively flipping a standard variety of foods. We turned over a minimum of 3 eggs and pancakes on a seasoned cast iron griddle per test model. We tested getting them under soft chocolate chip cookies hot off a metal baking sheet, and flipping burgers on a cast-iron grill pan. We tested for quality and durability by carefully assessing all construction features and materials, purposefully dropping them off our counters, and scratching them hundreds of times on cast iron pans. We tested ease of maintenance and storage by cleaning them over and over by hand and through the dishwasher. Finally we tested their strength and rigidity by stacking up to eight 1/4-lb burger patties on the end of each utensil to see how sturdy they felt loaded up.

Each of the spatulas we tested would make a great addition to your kitchen.
We reached for wooden spatulas like the Totally Bamboo for kitchen tasks that didn't always involve flipping.
We cooked and flipped more than two dozen eggs in our spatula testing.

Analysis and Test Results


As we developed the criteria to judge each product, it became clear that different models would have specific advantages and disadvantages. Nylon, plastic, and silicone utensils can get the job done without damaging our non-stick cookware and go straight into the dishwasher for cleanup, while metal and wood models are better suited for specific and sometimes different tasks. The spatula best suited for your kitchen depends not only on your pans but what you enjoy cooking. We dissect the key performance areas for these utensils below and highlight top performers in each area.

Versatility


Testing versatility is more than knowing a metal spatula will scrape your non-stick pan, but we did give points to our non-metals for being able to work on common surfaces. We test each product to make sure they scoop hot cookies off baking sheets, burgers off grill pans, and turn pancakes & eggs on a hot cast iron griddle without breaking them (we broke some in the process). We also took into account how certain models' shape make them more well-suited for sautéing and serving vegetables or functioning as effective mixing spoons.

Synthetic turners such as the OXO Good Grips and Di Oro Chef Series will serve your kitchen well, especially if you don't find yourself cooking on cast iron often. Like other nylon turners, the Westmark works wonders on all cooking surfaces. Its unique shape and hardness allow it to function as a mixing spoon as efficiently as the wooden options we tested. We did the majority of our fry and saute testing on cast-iron surfaces, but we prepared a lot of meals in our kitchen and nylon was what we usually reached for.

Nylon turners like the Westmark are the obvious choice for non-sticks.
Nylon turners like the Westmark are the obvious choice for non-sticks.

Quality and Durability


After determining which turner will likely get the most use in your kitchen, an equally important factor is how well they are constructed and how they hold up to heavy use on hot pans. Testing for this metric involved assessing all construction features and materials. We dropped each model off of our counters, scratched them 200 times across a cast-iron griddle, and noted the durability issues. We ran all of them (even those designed to be handwashed) through several cycles in the dishwasher to see how it actually impacted their finish.

All the nylon turners began to show slight signs of edge wear after a short time in the kitchen, while the silicone turner on the Di Oro Chef Series seemed unaffected by hot pans and sizzling griddles. The metal and wood models had mixed results. The Toadfish Ultimate Fish utensil not only has a comfortable handle but is sturdy enough to outlast non-stick pans.

Nylon turners show a little wear after a few weeks of use.
Nylon turners show a little wear after a few weeks of use.

Cleaning and Storing


We measured ease of cleaning by noting how easily these utensils cleaned through several cycles in the dishwasher and in the sink after submerging them in hot soapy water. We compared lengths of the flippers and whether or not they have holes from which they could be hung. Though a variety of lengths and widths, all the spatulas fit easily into our kitchen drawers or utensil crocks.

New Star recommends hand-washing to preserve the finish of the fish spatula's the wooden handle.
New Star recommends hand-washing to preserve the finish of the fish spatula's the wooden handle.

Only three of our turners have wood that is not recommended for a spin in the dishwasher. The lovely grain of the Eddington Italian Olive Wood did dull after a couple of cycles, and the company recommends a thin application of mineral oil to restore it. For the metal models, we didn't experience any signs of rust during our weeks-long testing period. With no slots, the Sabatier is easy to clean in the sink and its small size means it fits anywhere in the dishwasher.

The Norpro  Totally Bamboo  and Di Oro all have holes from which they can be hung on hooks.
The Norpro, Totally Bamboo, and Di Oro all have holes from which they can be hung on hooks.

Rigidity


We wanted to ensure these turners didn't warp, crack, or break in two when flipping and serving larger cuts of meat. For this metric, we stacked eight 1/4-lb beef patties on the head of each turner to observe how it handled the weight.

The OXO Good Grips, Westmark, and the KitchenAid Classic are nylon turners that held strong. The Norpro bent severely and had difficulty balancing. Despite being different wood types and thicknesses, both of the wooden spatulas were rigid enough to hold up all the burgers with no issue. Of the metal models, the New Star felt like it could warp if it held that weight for long, but the Sabatier could easily handle the weight.

The Sabatier Wide Turner holds plenty of weight without flexing.
The Sabatier Wide Turner holds plenty of weight without flexing.

Conclusion


We researched and tested the best spatulas of 2020 to ensure you could make an informed decision on which turner will best suit your kitchen. We found that each utensil tested performed their essential functions. Some are simple stove workhorses that get the job done, others are elegantly crafted tools with slightly specialized uses, but all of them offered a helping hand fixing and flipping food on a variety of cooking surfaces.

Our picks for some of the best spatulas of 2020.
Our picks for some of the best spatulas of 2020.

Matt Rowe