Bowl Scrapers

Published March 1, 2009. Web Exclusive.

Overview:

The best way to remove sticky, soft dough or runny batter from a bowl is with a bowl scraper—a hand-held spatula that fits between your palm and fingers. We tested five models to find one that required least amount of effort and number of scrapes to get the bowl clean. We looked for a scraper that was curved, with enough grip to scrape the bowl clean and enough rigidity to move heavy dough easily. While we tried scrapers made of plastic, metal, silicone, and combinations of these materials, our favorite models were made of contoured silicone covering a metal insert.

The winner had the best-designed contour to sweep the bowl clean, with a spring steel interior that provided a rigid construction that moved dough with ease, along with a thin straight edge that could double as a dough cutter or a bench scraper (to clean off a cutting board). It’s our new favorite bowl scraper.

The best way to remove sticky, soft dough or runny batter from a bowl is with a bowl scraper—a hand-held spatula that fits between your palm and fingers. We tested five models to find one that required least amount of effort and number of scrapes to get the bowl clean. We looked for a scraper that was curved, with enough grip to scrape the bowl clean and enough rigidity to move heavy dough easily. While we tried scrapers made of plastic, metal, silicone, and combinations of these materials, our favorite models were made of contoured silicone covering a metal insert.

The winner had the best-designed contour to sweep the bowl clean, with a spring steel interior that provided a rigid construction that moved dough with ease, along with a thin straight edge that could double as a dough cutter or a bench scraper (to clean off a cutting board). It’s our new favorite bowl scraper.

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  • Product Tested

  • Prices are subject to change.
  • Highly Recommended - Winner

    iSi Basics Silicone Scraper Spatula

    Perfectly contoured to fit the side of a bowl, this scraper had the most surface contact of all the scrapers. No dough or batter was left behind. It gained rigidity from a steel insert. Opposite the contoured side is a straight edge that doubles as a bench scraper or dough cutter, making this a multipurpose winner.

    $5.99

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  • Recommended

    Tovolo Red Silicone Scraper

    The metal plate inside this scraper made it one of the more efficient scrapers, and its silicone casing swept up traces of batter well. But its shape was a little too rounded, resulting in less surface contact along the side of the bowl than our winning model.

    $ 7.95

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  • Recommended with Reservations

    Ateco Bowl Scraper

    This inexpensive rectangular plastic scraper was stiff enough to efficiently move large quantities of dough and batter and cut dough like a bench scraper. However, it couldn’t match the iSi scraper when it came to sweeping up batter trails.

    80 cents

  • Not Recommended

    Trudeau Silicone Bowl Scraper

    This thick, floppy silicone scraper lacked the metal insert that made our first place winner so effective. It left trails of batter behind and was awkward to hold, landing it in fourth place.

    $6.95

  • Not Recommended

    Fat Daddio’s APS Contoured Bowl Scraper

    A rounder version of the classic plastic bowl scraper, its overly curved shape prevented it from having much surface contact with the sides of the bowl. And the slick plastic generated no friction with the bowl, rendering this scraper practically useless.

    $1.19

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