This is our collection of the top 10 ladles this year. We wanted to finalize this list before we do more busy work in the kitchen for a variety of festivities leading up to Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. After all, a ladle can significantly cut down the time and effort required to prepare different heartwarming dishes and meals, which are quite the favorite of many during this season.
There’s a wide range of options from size to the material. We searched high and low across the most popular stores and online shopping platforms to find the ten best ladles of the year. We considered ratings and reviews left by many buyers in these portals, as well as the feedback of our friends and fellow chefs, foodies, and kitchen lovers at the social groups that we frequent. While conducting our extensive research, we invited many of them to test out these ladles. And we finalized on this list here:
Best Ladles (Soup Spoons) Review Center
|Image||Ladle (Soup Spoon)||Rating|
|#1 - Ren Handcraft Wooden Spoon Ladle||98%|
|#2 - IMEEA Stainless Steel Soup Spoon||98%|
|#3 - StarPack Basic Kitchen Ladle||94%|
|#4 - Betan/TBWHL Soup Spoon Ladle||92%|
|#5 - Zulay Stainless Steel Ladle||92%|
|#6 - OXO Good Grips Nylon Ladle||92%|
|#7 - All-Clad Stainless Steel Ladle||90%|
|#8 - CucinaPrime Soup Ladle Set||88%|
|#9 - OTOTO Nessie Family Ladle Set||86%|
|#10 - Cracov Bamboo Ladle Set||86%|
By combining the information we gathered online and the feedback presented by our test group, we were able to get a clear idea of the quality and durability of the materials used to manufacture each ladle, as well as the overall value for money that each ladle offers. We also rigorously tested ease of use and how quick to clean each product was after cooking. We summarized our findings here in our list of the top 10 ladles for 2019:
#1 – Ren Handcraft Wooden Spoon Ladle
This set from Ren Handcraft is made of 100% Acacia wood. It won’t crack nor absorb odors from other food. It’s completely free of BPA and toxins, so it’s a food-safe ladle.
There are two parts to this set. One is an extra-long 14-inch cooking spoon, and the other is an 11-inch serving spoon. As they are solid wood, they weigh 7.2 ounces (as a set).
The spoons are cut from one piece of wood so that you won’t find any glued joints. They have been sanded down so that they are perfectly smooth, and they aren’t coated. They also have holes at the end of its handle for hanging.
It’s a well-priced set of spoons. You also have a 100% money-back guarantee if you aren’t satisfied, and this product is also bundled with a warranty.
What We Like About It:
We really liked the strength of the Acacia wood that’s used to manufacture this ladle. It feels less likely to get damaged with time than other wooden ladles we looked at. The natural finish of this product is quite stunning and looks more elegant than cheaper wooden kitchen tools.
It’s really nice to have a matching set with two different sizes. The 14-inch spoon is very useful for stockpots. We found them very versatile in the kitchen, not just for soups or liquids. We also found them great for pasta salads and large leafy greens.
Because of the quality and the beautiful look of the set, we thought this would make a great present, too. Some of our testers would say they’d be willing to pay more for this product.
#2 – IMEEA Stainless Steel Soup Spoon
IMEEA has many options for your kitchen utensils. Regarding ladles, there’s a soupspoon, drizzle spoon, or a set with both. We focused mainly on the soupspoon. It’s made from 18/10 stainless steel with a reflective mirror finish.
This multipurpose spoon is ideal for soups, sauces, salad dressings, gravy, and broths. It can be put in the dishwasher and is designed to keep its original luster for a long time.
The length of the spoon is 7.5 inches, and it has a liquid capacity of 1.1 ounces. It only weighs 3.2 ounces. It’s integrated with a 1-piece form factor design, which nicely adds to its modern look, and this also makes it easier and safer to clean.
The stainless steel material used for this product makes it incredibly durable. It’s built to last a lifetime, and this is why IMEEA offers a lifetime warranty with this ladle.
What We Like About It:
We love the shape of this product. It’s still round, but with a slightly different contour to a normal ladle. This, along with the amazing mirror finish, makes this one of our favorite ladles to look at.
Our professional chefs agree with our general sentiment about this product. They felt this is a suitable option for restaurants to serve food to their clients. It really makes the table look more elegant, they said.
While it’s a little too short for stockpots, it comes in a lovely size for all of our saucepans. Some buyers at Amazon agreed that its size is also perfect for their needs.
Everybody felt that this was an excellent price for its visual design alone. With its lifetime warranty, this is a great buy.
#3 – StarPack Basic Kitchen Ladle
StarPack has a basic range of ladles, yet they have all the features you’d expect from a high-end ladle. The basic ladle is heat-resistant ( up to 480°F ).
Meanwhile, the Premium ladle is resistant to temperatures up to an impressive 600°F. This means it won’t melt if you leave them in the pot.
There are three colors to choose from. These are teal, cherry red, and gray-black. Each ladle is made from 100% BPA free solid silicone. And because of its 1-piece form factor, there isn’t any space for bacteria to thrive in.
It comes with an ergonomic handle. This has a steel core for extra strength. The head is flexible for easier serving. At the end of the handle, you’ll find a hole for hanging.
The length of the handle is 13.5 inches. It holds up to 4.5 fluid ounces. There is a “ 101 Cooking Tips “ PDF guide included. It also comes with a complete refund guarantee if you aren’t entirely satisfied, as well as a full warranty.
What We Like About It:
The colors of this product are lovely. They’re vibrant, but at the same time, they aren’t too bright to not blend in with our kitchens. Our personal favorite is the teal blue model. It’s quite unique for a ladle.
It’s integrated with hygienic features. Also, we love that it’s built with a 1-piece form factor, and it’s BPA-free, but we really like the fact that it has a non-stick coating, and we find it quite easy to wash. It even went into the dishwasher without issues.
A couple of our testers encountered issues with plastic utensils melting when they left them against the rim of their pans. So for them, this ladle is an absolute gem.
Many Amazon buyers are impressed with the design of its handle. The slim handle allows it to fit inside your utensil pot, too, they said.
We all agreed that the price was great. It was an excellent ladle for a variety of meals, especially since its BPA-free and FDA-approved. Plus, the PDF guide was actually very helpful.
#4 – Betan/TBWHL Soup Spoon Ladle
This ladle is made from premium materials. It’s high quality thickened 304 stainless steel. This is designed to last and won’t dent, crack, rust, or chip. Plus, it has a mirrored finish to add to its sleek modern look.
Its handle is thicker at the end where you hold it, providing a better grip. With the vacuum design, it’s heatless when you’re cooking. It’s 14 inches in length for better control. At the end of the handle, there is a hole, so you can hang it for storage.
It weighs 4.6 ounces, which is sufficient to feel the quality of the stainless steel and aids in having more control when stirring food. At the same time, it isn’t awkwardly heavy. It holds a maximum of 4.5 fluid ounces.
It’s possible to wash this ladle in the dishwasher. But for best results, you’re recommended to wash this by hand. Meanwhile, it can be used in commercial or home kitchens. Plus, Betan Life also has a range of other kitchen utensils, in case you’re looking for a set.
What We Like About It:
The pro chefs in our test group love the strength behind this product. They really felt its sturdiness when mixing larger ingredients like those for most stews. They also agree that it’s in just the right length.
Lots of Amazon buyers and many of our testers agree that it’s an excellent ladle when it comes to ease of use and style. It looked really elegant when hung with other utensils.
For those who have never used a vacuum designed handle, we were so surprised by how the handle didn’t get hot. This is a huge advantage for us as we love stainless steel and were quite surprised when we learned about this product’s form factor design.
This feature alone was enough for most of us to appreciate the excellent value for money that this product has to offer. When you add the high standard of the materials used for this ladle, along with its attractive design, it’s really a fantastic buy.
#5 – Zulay Stainless Steel Ladle
Here we have another option that is much more than just a soup spoon. This 18/8 stainless steel product won’t rust or corrode. It’s heavy-duty and has an attractive mirror finish, adding some shine to your utensil collection.
Its handle is 12 inches long. It goes beyond ergonomic since it’s contoured so that you have a completely secure non-slip grip. While you’re cooking your stews, pasta sauces or curries, you won’t burn your hands. Plus, its handle is heat-resistant.
You can easily rinse your Zulay ladle with hot water, or you can place it in the dishwasher. It won’t lose its luster, even after multiple cycles.
The base of this ladle is deep, and its sides are nice and high, keeping liquids securely inside. It will hold a total of 4 liquid ounces.
Not only does this ladle come with a 100% money-back guarantee, but it also comes with a lifetime warranty. This is an impressive offer, considering the price of this product.
What We Like About It:
We were surprised about how much difference a contoured handle made. Stirring and serving were much easy as we felt we had a better grip over on the handle. The chefs who took part in our testing felt the same way.
Having a 4-ounce capacity is equal to ½ a cup. So aside from being a ladle, it also doubles up as a measuring cup. This is a great benefit for adding ingredients to your meal while cooking.
Its handle is 12 inches long. We tested longer ones, but this length is still perfect for most large stockpots. It was incredibly easy to wash off with warm soapy water. We didn’t even need to put it in the dishwasher.
Overall, it’s a good, strong, solid ladle that is matched with a modern design and a unique handle design. Zulay completely trusts their product, and that was enough for us to feel the same way.
#6 – OXO Good Grips Nylon Ladle
If you choose their set of four utensils, then you can save a few dollars. We only looked at the ladle from OXO. The ladle is made from nylon. It is heat-resistant up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s also made out of BPA-free components.
There’s a metal component inside its handle, and this keeps it firm and prevents it from bending. Plus, this ladle and all other utensils in this set are integrated with non-stick material. This makes hand-washing quick and simple, and this product can also go in the dishwasher.
It has an oversized head, holding a very decent amount of 5 liquid ounces. It’s approximately 13 inches long and weighs 4 ounces.
This product is quite affordable, according to many Amazon buyers. At the same time, OXO made sure this ladle is safe to come in direct contact with your food.
What We Like About It:
We really appreciate the extra-large capacity of this ladle. When we were serving soups, we were able to fill up our bowls quicker. For many in our test group who say they often accidentally spill food when serving, this ladle kept things much cleaner for them.
The hole in the handle allowed us to hang this ladle on our kitchen hooks. Plus, some noticed that its straight handle is ideal for those who keep their utensils in a pot.
The two main advantages of the OXO ladle are its non-stick material and heat-resistant features. And during our tests, we found it to be very easy to wash off, and nobody in our test group encountered accidental burns when using this product to prepare and serve food. Overall, its price is just right for this large ladle.
#7 – All-Clad Stainless Steel Ladle
While more expensive, this particular ladle from All Clad has a 6-ounce liquid capacity. It’s made from heavy 18/8 stainless steel. It’s both durable and made out of professional-grade materials.
The ladle is 14.5 inches long and has a grooved top, so it’s comfortable to hold. There is a hole in the top to make storing it easier. It also has a slight rim in its head, which is designed to help keep liquids inside. The entire ladle has a bright mirror finish.
You’re sure to appreciate the weight and strength of the ladle. The strong stainless steel material used for this product makes it weigh 8 ounces.
Some may find this too expensive if they aren’t frequent cooks. However, its price tag is certainly justified, especially if you’re working as a pro chef. You also get a lifetime warranty against defects.
What We Like About It:
Many of the pro chefs in our test group consider this as a high-end ladle that can stand up to the demands of a commercial kitchen. Its size is ideal, they said.
And for the beginner as well as seasoned home cooks in our group, lots of them are impressed by the design of this product. They said it looks good in their kitchens. At first, they thought the groove would likely hinder its ease of use, but they were pleasantly surprised after they tested this product.
We also like the fact that it’s made from one piece of stainless steel. This makes cleaning it easier, and it’s also nice not to have any joints for food to get stuck.
The general opinion of our test group is that this ladle is great for professionals and those who cook large meals. In this context, it’s great value for money.
#8 – CucinaPrime Soup Ladle Set
This set of four has a ladle for every occasion. Each one is made of durable stainless steel and constructed with a 1-piece form factor. They’re rust-resistant, and cleaning them in the dishwasher won’t ruin its mirror finish.
There is a 2-ounce ladle with a 10.5-inch handle, a 4-ounce ladle with a 12.25-inch handle, and a 6-ounce ladle with a 12.5-inch handle. There’s also a massive 8-ounce ladle also with a 12.5-inch handle.
Rather than a hole, these ladles have a hook at the end of each handle. This means you can hang them when not in use, but they will also hook on to the rim of your pots, so they won’t slide in.
What We Like About It:
When we first saw the price of this product, we assumed that this set was going to be quite flimsy. We were very pleased to feel the weight of the box, and when we opened the box, we were surprised by its heft and quality.
Many Amazon buyers agree that this is a set that can last for a long time. We also thought CucinaPrime was very smart to engrave the liquid and dry measurements into the handles. This made adding ingredients much quicker than having to get a secondary tool.
There was no sacrificing quality for the price here. We loved that the four ladles are all in very useful sizes, designed to be quite sturdy, and packaged as a set that can be used for a range of things, from curries to punches.
#9 – OTOTO Nessie Family Ladle Set
You can buy the components of this set individually, but they seemed to make more sense once you put them together. Also, it was a great advantage in having three types of ladle-and-spoon-in-1. Plus, you save a significant amount of money when you buy everything in the set all at once.
The largest of the three options is the green Mamma Nessie Colander. Meanwhile, the other options include the purple Nessie ladle and the turquoise Baby Nessie Tea Infuser. All three models are 100% BPA-free. Plus, the colander and ladle are made out of high-grade, BPA-free plastic, while the tea infuser is made out of silicone.
They stack nicely inside one another without taking up a lot of space. While stored, its overall dimensions are 11.4 x 4.3 x 4.7 inches. On the other hand, this set weighs 5.8 ounces.
You can put the Nessie set in the dishwasher, or you can also wash it by hand. If you use a dishwasher, then you’re advised to use the top rack.
What We Like About It:
There’s something incredibly cute and adorable about this set, and many Amazon buyers feel the same way. Almost everybody in our test group loves having these on display on their countertops.
Aside from being visually attractive, this set is also quite useful. This is in an ideal size for stirring and serving soup. Plus, we found the colander really practical for draining vegetables, without having to get the larger colander out. And the tea infuser was a bonus.
The price of this product is certainly reasonable. After all, we got three utensils in 1, and they’re all practical. Being BPA-free, we also appreciate the quality of the materials that were used to manufacture this product. Lots of the home cooks in our test group said this is a great gift this Christmas.
#10 – Cracov Bamboo Ladle Set
For those trying to help the planet, the Cracoy set is completely environmentally friendly. Its three ladles are made from 100% bamboo. It’s non-toxic, and no harmful chemicals or dyes were used to manufacture them.
There are three different sized ladles, each with a unique head design. These can help you serve food with different consistencies, without making a mess.
Each handle has a beautiful design with colored fruits. They have holes at each end, so you can easily hang them up. With the spoons, you’ll also receive a bamboo dish pad. Plus, you can bring your soup to the table and not burn the surface.
The price of this set is ideal. It’s nice to see a company that doesn’t take advantage of people who want to help the planet. Moreover, there is a 30-day money-back guarantee, just in case you aren’t happy with this set.
What We Like About It:
These ladles are nice and lightweight, and this was an enjoyable benefit for many of the members at our test group who aren’t so keen on heavier stainless steel ladles. They’re also lovely and smooth, and it felt like care had been taken when making them.
We were concerned that its light color would easily stain after a month or so of using it. So we tried them for several weeks on stuff like tomato soup, and they cleaned up brilliantly. Some Amazon buyers said their sets didn’t even stain when used for turmeric.
The pattern on the handles of these ladles is intricate and quite beautiful to look at. This is another set that we would be proud to give as a gift. A well-priced set of ladles for various sizes and a unique design, if you ask most of the home cooks, foodies, kitchen lovers and pro chefs in our test networks.
There are literally thousands of ladles to choose from, along with a number of materials to select from. And in our roundup of the top 10 ladles of the year, we included everything from individual ladles to sets, from silicone to wood. Ratings and reviews from our friends and lots of buyers at the most popular shopping platforms and stores were wonderful in helping us narrow down our shortlist.
But big thanks go to our fellow home cooks and pro chefs who took part in our test group. With their help, we were able to put together our list of the ten best ladles this 2021.
But then again, it’s still challenging to pinpoint the most suitable ladle for your exact purposes. Yes, even if you have access to our selection of the ten best ones this year. That’s because you likely have specific objectives that are quite different from ours. And to help you make a more informed decision, found below is a quick checklist that can enable you to spot the best ladle for your exact needs easily.
What is Ladle (Soup Spoon)?
Some might not know precisely what a ladle is, so let’s first square that away before we dive into our roundup. In basic terms, a ladle is a spoon that’s specifically designed to prepare, cook, and serve stews, soups, and other similar recipes.
Ladles are also known as dippers, which are often called in some countries as Hannahs. The form factor design of these ladles often includes a long handle and a bowl-shaped end. Since these are mainly used for preparing, cooking and serving soups and stews or other types of recipes with lots of liquid content, the bowl-shaped ends of these dippers are usually integrated with a streamlined point where liquids and soft ingredients can smoothly flow out.
And a ladle should be part of everybody’s kitchen utensil set. It has far more utility than just for serving soup. That’s because ladles can be used for chilies, sauces, and stews. It’s also great for stirring large pots of food. Once your meals are ready, it’s a perfect solution to serving meals without spilling food all over the place.
Factors to Consider When Buying Ladle
- Material Quality & Food-Grade Design — Our collection of the top 10 ladles this year are made out of a variety of materials. Some are wood, while many are stainless steel, and a few are silicone. All these are designed to be resistant from high temperatures, as you’re expected to use these products for preparing, cooking, and serving your piping hot soups, stews, and other recipes. But another significant reason behind the decision of these manufacturers to use these materials is food-grade design. That’s because these are BPA-free, which means harmful chemicals, plastics, and corrosive substances won’t come in contact with your food;
- Size & Ease of Use — The size of your ladles should primarily depend on the capacity of your pots, pans, and serving containers. You wouldn’t want your ladles to stick out like a sore thumb when you’re preparing, cooking and serving your appetizers, main dishes, and treats, would you? After all, that’d make it more difficult for you to do what you need when your ladles don’t fit into your pots and containers, right?;
- Form Factor Design & Sturdiness — A flimsy ladle just won’t do. Imagine spilling hot soup all over the place, or worse, on your loved ones and guests. That’s likely to happen when you use ladles that can easily break or slip from your grip. And that’s also why you need to choose an ergonomically designed ladle that’s easy and comfortable to handle. This is where its overall form factor design comes to play;
- Durability & Safety Design — The durability of your ladles heavily depends on the type of materials that were used to manufacture it, along with its form factor design. And this dictates the safety measures that are integrated into its form factor. You surely wouldn’t want your ladles to crack when you dip it into your hot soups and stews, as that’d contaminate your food, right?; and
- Price & Warranty — Once you go through this standard checklist while looking closer at each product in our roundup of the ten best ladles this 2021, don’t forget to compare and contrast its price at the end of your review process. Also, keep in mind that manufacturers offer warranties based on the results of their thorough tests. For instance, a ladle that comes bundled with a 1-year warranty often means that the test results of its manufacturer point out that it can last for a year or longer even with prolonged heavy use.
So you’re advised to remember these factors while you’re going through each of the products in our collection of the top 10 ladles this year. That’s because you’ll be able to quickly and easily make a more informed buying decision when you do this.
Do You Need a Ladle?
We have yet to encounter home cooks, pro chefs, foodies, and kitchen lovers who don’t have significant use for a ladle. That’s like running into someone who doesn’t want to prepare and eat recipes with fluid content and just prefers dry food.
So the quick and safest answer to this question is yes, you’re advised to get a ladle for your kitchen. And you’re also recommended to go through our list of the ten best ladles this 2021, all while making sure to review our standard checklist as you look closer at each of the products in our collection.
How Did We Finalize Our List of the Top 10 Ladles?
Our first step was to perform extensive research. Of course, we initially needed to identify the most popular brands and models in the market today when it comes to ladles. Our intuition is that we’ll have a much better way to finalize our selection of the top 10 ladles this 2021 when we process a carefully hand-picked list of the most widely used ladles today with the highest ratings and the largest numbers of positive reviews from buyers all around the world.
And that’s what we did. We went to Amazon and a few of the world’s most popular online shopping platforms today. The best-seller lists in these Web portals provided us with the real-time data that we needed. Of course, we also consulted our friends, relatives, and our fellow home cooks, foodies, kitchen lovers, and pro chefs in the social groups and online communities where we hang out.
At this point, we learned about the most important factors that our peers kept in mind when they’re searching for the ten best ladles of the year. So we factored this into our process for developing guidelines, instructions, and evaluation procedures for the test group that we wanted to form for finalizing our roundup. And we implemented these optimized testing and evaluation systems.
Obviously, we also wanted to represent more groups when doing our tests and evaluations. So we made it a point to mix in just the right number of beginner, intermediate and expert home cooks, newbie and seasoned cultural foodies, entry-level and consulting chefs, start-up and veteran kitchen lovers in our test group. After all, we want to remain as objective as possible when finalizing our top 10 kitchen product collections.
We also tried to provide our test group with a neutral environment for performing our test guidelines and procedures. This way, they’ll be able to encounter real-world situations that would be vital for factoring their results into our overall evaluation systems.
And after careful assessment, we managed to finalize our collection of the top 10 ladles this year. And you’re also advised to go through a similar process when looking closer at each of the products in our roundup of the ten best ladles this 2021. This way, you’ll be able to add another dimension to your decision-making process, aside from our standard checklist.