If you’re looking to step up your baking game in 2023, you’ve come to the right place! Today, we’re going to talk about the 10 best baking tools on the market (and why you need them ASAP).
We all need to start somewhere! Whether you’re just starting to bake or you’re looking to expand your baking tool set, this is the place to start ♡
10 of the Best Baking Tools I can’t Live Without
I use everything listed here multiple times a day… every day. Simply put, these are the baking tools that I feel are a must have in your kitchen!
1. KitchenAid Stand Mixer
TBH I use my KitchenAid Stand Mixer every single day and if it ever broke I wouldn’t know what to do.
Between making homemade bagels, pizza dough, and so much more – this has truly been one of the best investments I’ve made throughout my baking journey.
With that said, it is a pretty steep price up front. However, I’ve had my KitchenAid for nearly 5 years and it has yet to malfunction or break on me! For that reason alone, it will forever hold the #1 baking tool spot in my mind.
I’ve heard really good things about the Smeg Stand Mixer as well, though I have never used it personally!
2. KitchenAid Electric Hand Mixer
Coming in at #2 on the list is the KitchenAid Electric Hand Mixer! I love using this mixer for brownies, cookies, cakes… etc. Unless, of course, I’m making an ungodly amount of baked goods and need more batter – then I’ll pull out my stand mixer.
If you’re not ready to spend as much on a stand mixer, this is truly the next best thing. I could not recommend an electric hand mixer enough.
Again, I’ve heard really great things about the Smeg Hand Mixer, but I have not used it personally.
3. Baking Trays, Wire Racks, Silicone Mats, and Parchment Paper
Instead of having each one of these in their own category, I decided to put them all together (as you’ll end up using them all at the same time).
When it comes to baking trays, I’d go with the Nordic Ware Baking Tray Set. They last forever and are incredibly reliable. Not to mention, these sets come with three sizes!
Fun fact: When baking, I’ll go for a lighter baking tray such as the Nordic Ware set. Dark pans absorb heat in the oven which can cause your baked goods to brown more frequently on the bottom whereas light baking pans reflect heat. You’d really only want to go for a darker baking tray when you’re baking crispy potatoes or roasting veggies!
After your baked goods are done you’ll need to put them on a wire rack and you cannot go wrong with these Checkered Chef Cooling Racks. They’re oven and dishwasher safe, too!
If you’re looking for a phenomenal silicone mat, the Katbite Silicone Mats are absolutely incredible. The set I linked will work perfectly with the Nordic Ware set (as it comes with the same three sizes).
Last, but not least (for this section) is parchment paper. I’ve been a huge fan of the Katbite Heavy Duty Parchment Paper Sheets. This comes in a pack of 200 and they’re non-stick and grease-proof. Literally, what more could you want?!
4. Kitchen Scale
If you’re in the market for a great kitchen scale, the OXO Good Grips Food Scale will quickly become your best friend.
When it comes to baking, a cup isn’t always a cup. However, a gram is always a gram. Simply put, if you aren’t using a kitchen scale when it comes to baking and you’re just blindly filling measuring cups with flour, there’s a chance that you’re using too much (or too little)!
For the best results, you’d 100% need a kitchen scale. Ask any baker and they’ll tell you the same thing.
5. Liquid and Dry Measuring Cups
Let’s get this out of the way immediately… yes, you need both liquid and dry measuring cups and no, they’re not the same!
When it comes to dry measuring cups, the Hudson Essentials Stainless Steel Measuring Cups have been a favorite of mine for years. They’re reliable, nest inside each other, and the stainless steel prevents them from corroding.
With liquid measuring cups, you can’t go wrong with the 3 piece set from Pyrex. This set comes with a 1- cup, 2-cup, and 4-cup glass liquid measuring cup. It’s amazing for both small and large bakes!
Another set I’d highly recommend is the Spring Chef Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Metal Measuring Spoons. These will cover your TSP and TBSP needs (and can be used for both dry and liquid purposes).
6. Oven Thermometer
Have you ever baked something at the correct temperature only to find that it comes out slightly over baked (or worse, under baked)? Maybe you’ve realized that you find that you need more or less time in the oven than the OG recipe recommends?
If so, I cannot recommend an oven thermometer enough. Unless you have a brand spankin’ new oven that’s fully calibrated, your oven temp is likely inaccurate! The Taylor Precision Oven Thermometer is built with a large dial, can be hung from an oven rack or stand on its own, and the stainless steal helps to prevent against corrosion! Never second guess if your baked goods will be over or under with this baking tool!
7. Drawer Essentials (Spatulas, Rolling Pins, and Pastry Cutter)
Rather than having each of these in their own section, I figured I’d put them all together since they’ll most likely all be sitting next to each other in the same drawer!
To start off, you’ll want to have a few good spatulas. The DI ORO Silicone Spatula Set are heat resistant, incredibly well made, and heavy duty. They’re great for both baking and cooking, too!
When it comes to frosting a cake, the Ateco Offset Spatula will be your best friend. Think of this spatula as an extension of your own hand!
If you’re after a great rolling pin, I’d recommend grabbing this French Rolling Pin – it’s about 18 inches in length and has a non-stick surface (meaning your dough won’t break apart and stick to the rolling pin at all)!
Pastry cutters are hit or miss I feel – you either love them or you don’t see a use for them! I love my OXO Stainless Steal Pastry Cutter and use it whenever I make things with super cold butter. Pastry cutters are great at breaking things up without fully incorporating the ingredients (which is essentially what you’re after when it comes to a flaky dough).
8. Cookie Scoops
When it comes to cookies, I don’t play around! I typically use the OXO Medium Cookie Scoop whenever I make cookies as it helps me to keep the cookie dough uniform in size.
If you’re after something a bit more professional, I’d recommend looking at the Jenaluca Cookie Scoop Set. It’s a bit more expensive than the OXO cookie scoop, but well worth the extra bit of money!
9. Mixing Bowls
I’m a sucker for a good mixing bowl and the Pyrex Smart Essentials 3-Piece Prepware Mixing Bowls have never let me down. This 3-piece set is microwave, dishwasher, and freezer safe. Not to mention, the high-tempered glass prevents stains and odd oders!
If you want mixing bowls that aren’t glass, I’d recommend the Priority Chef Premium Mixing Bowls. They’re great nesting bowls and each comes with it’s own lid. They’re often used for storing leftovers in my house!
10. Sifter / Fine Mesh Sieve
The Cuisinart Set of 3 Fine Set of Mesh Strainers are an absolute must have when it comes to baking. There are tons of recipes that call for sifted flour, cocoa powder, sugar, and more.
When it comes to dusting your baked goods with powdered sugar or cocoa powder, I recommend the Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Hand Crank Sifter.
A Final Note on the Best Baking Tools
There are so many more baking / kitchen tools that I’d recommend – but these are the basics that, once again, I truly believe all bakers should have in their kitchen.
If you have any questions on how to use these or want to share what you use in your kitchen, feel free to leave a comment down below! I look forward to seeing everything you bake ♡