Who knew whisks could be such a polarizing kitchen utensil?! Chefs expound on what makes a great whisk, citing things like number of wires, flexibility, grip comfort. If you’re a casual cook and making gravy once a year, like Thanksgiving, you’ve probably only given your whisk a passing thought!
Whisks are an essential Thanksgiving utensil and our pick pulls double duty for gravy and whipped cream!
How to pick the right whisk
The wires should be different sizes and remain separate at the end of the balloon.
At the same time, make sure the wires are closely spaced.
It’s about balance: you need wires that are stiff enough…without being too stiff. Think flexible but strong enough to mash potatoes.
Material matters: silicone-coated wire whisks are better than nylon whisks, and good quality metal whisks have their handle sealed at both ends.
Consider the use and match the size of the whisk to the size of the container.
The best whisk for Thanksgiving
The OXO 11-inch Stainless Steel Balloon Whisk is our pick for Thanksgiving prep. It meets all the criteria and is less than $10! The wires are properly spaced, slightly flexible, and the stainless steel makes them firm enough for scraping the bottom of the roast pan while making pan gravy.