I’ll be honest: as someone who does most of my cooking in a non-stick skillet, I mostly stick to a good silicon spatula when I’m cooking to avoid ruining my cookware. However, sometimes you just need a good metal spatula, especially if you’re cooking in a cast iron pan, or something else that isn’t going to get ruined by metal rubbing against it.
In my last article, I went over fish spatulas and gave my picks for the best on the market, but I’m going to go more general in this article. What I’m looking for here is an overall good multi-purpose metal spatula. Thankfully, there are plenty of these on the market, so let’s look at some of the better options for smart consumers.
My Top Pick For Best Metal Spatula
Above you see the OXO Good Grips Brushed Stainless Steel Turner, which goes for about 10 bucks over at Amazon.com. As far as metal spatulas go, it’s got pretty much everything you could ask for. It’s 13 and a half inches long and made of durable but flexible-enough stainless steel and can be used for damn near anything, unless you’re using non-stick cookware, in which case it can be used for relatively little.
I typically bust out the metal spatula when I’m serving from a glass or Pyrex cooking pan, or when I’m cooking in one of my antique cast iron skillets. It’s not bad on the grill, either, though I’ll typically used a different specialized tool for that job.
One of the things I’m particularly fond of on this model is that you can lay it against your hot pots and pans, and because it’s all metal, it’s not going to melt or go all weird on you. And surprisingly, the handle doesn’t get too hot, which is another nice feature of the stainless steel.
Another Great Stainless Steel Spatula
Here is the OXO Stainless Steel Turner, which is also in the 10 dollar range over at amazon. It’s on par with the one above, though it isn’t as shiny because it’s not brushed, which isn’t a big deal. I got this one for my wife, though, because she prefers the cushioned, non-slip handle when she’s cooking.
Oh, I Also Love This One
This one’s a little bit different, and some people opt for either this style or the more typical modern-style turner I talked about above, but really, there’s room in your kitchen for both.
As you may have guessed from the name of the product, it’s great for making pancakes, but I think of it as my all around breakfast spatula because I’ll usually whip up some eggs with it, too. The blade has a nearly perfect amount of flex to it; it’s firm when you need it to be, but you’re not going to accidentally slice up your eggs or pancakes while sliding this baby under them.
So there you have it, folks, my top 3 picks for the best metal spatulas on the market for the average home user. Personally, I’d opt for one of the first 2 and also the last one, though you can probably get away with just having one in your kitchen. And of course, you don’t have to take my word for it about any of these: for more info, click on any of the links above and go read what other users are saying about these!