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Whisk handles and sizes

E_M Oct 18, 2011 12:24 PM

I am upgrading my whisks from some crappy no-name brand with flimsy handles to Best. I am having difficulty deciding on the size and handle.

1. Stainless or wooden handle? Both are DW safe.
2. 8", 10", or 12"? Have you ever thought a whisk was too big? For a balloon whisk I was going to go with the 12", but it *is* kinda big, almost overkill for 2 egg whites. For the French whisk I can't decide between the 8" or 10".

Decisions, decisions.

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  1. Jay F RE: E_M Oct 18, 2011 03:49 PM

    What sizes are the bowls you'll be using them in? I have a couple of different sizes of each, and I usually choose the right size for the bowl.

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      E_M RE: E_M Oct 19, 2011 10:35 AM

      What about handle material?

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        smkit RE: E_M Oct 19, 2011 11:28 AM

        I bought a small rubber handled one by OXO for my daughter, and I think I use that one more than any other whisk.

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          SanityRemoved RE: E_M Oct 20, 2011 04:28 AM

          I like stainless - low upkeep, less friction, no splitting or splinters.

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            Politeness RE: E_M Oct 20, 2011 05:39 PM

            E_M: "What about handle material?"

            Greetings from Portland, Oregon, home of Best. With the whole Best line to choose from, we favored the wooden handle version. It fits the hand well, and does not fatigue. And, as noted, it is dishwasher safe, though I probably would not throw the same one into the dishwasher every day after day.

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            mateo21 RE: E_M Oct 20, 2011 07:28 AM

            1) if you really want and are going to put in the dishwasher, go stainless. Wood, no matter how "dishwasher safe" it is, it'll look like junk a few years.

            2) I have 6", a 10.5" and a 12". The 12 might seem like overkill, but it beats faster than any other whisk I've used. The 10.5" is a recent acquisition filling the "gap" between the small and large. I'd echo some other posters here and buy 2-3 different sizes.

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              E_M RE: E_M Oct 20, 2011 10:18 AM

              Thanks everyone.

              I guess was just wondering about the stainless vs. wood properties. I thought the wood was much warmer and the curve was slightly more comfortable that the straight-handled stainless. So, I was wondering if after you've been beating egg whites for a while if your hand could feel the difference.

              1. tim irvine RE: E_M Oct 20, 2011 05:14 PM

                My big balloon whisk is the one I use for egg whites and it has a metal handle. No discomfort issues. My supposed workhorse/AP whisk has a wood handle, but my metal handled flat whisk has supplanted it. A very small whisk is great for small bowl jobs. Those three seem to meet most needs. I also have a silicone covered one for use in tinned pans and a Delbor for gravy made in a roasting pan. Definitely prefer the metal handles.

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                  will47 RE: E_M Oct 21, 2011 12:09 PM

                  I have a really large / heavy duty one (metal handle) and a couple of small ones (roux whisk with metal handle, and a small standard whisk with rubber handle). The large one has the style that makes it harder for the whisk to lose its shape - not sure what that's called. My advice is to get a large (but not huge) one and a medium-smallish one. Also, roux whisk comes in handy all the time. I use it as a poor man's pastry blender sometimes when cutting solid fats into flour.

                  I agree about not machine washing the wood handle ones, but I do think they look a little bit nicer than the metal ones. As far as comfort... personally, I'd break out the stand mixer if I'm going to be beating anything long enough to cause discomfort. Kitchen supply stores usually have affordable whisks with good quality, both metal and wood handle varieties.

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                    RudysEquipment_Supplies RE: will47 Oct 21, 2011 12:55 PM

                    I sell Best whips at our shop. Metal handle out sells the wood handl by far...Homeowner or restaurant.The wood is nicer looking and nicer curve to handle though.

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