We Tested 11 Spatulas (Turners) for Nonstick Pans—Here Are Our Favorites

Our top pick is the OXO Good Grips Silicone Flexible Turner.

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the lineup of spatulas on a wooden cutting board

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Straight to the Point

Our top pick is the OXO Good Grips Silicone Flexible Turner. It’s nimble, sturdy, and versatile—pretty much everything we want a nonstick turner to be.

If you cook frequently, you probably have multiple spatulas in your arsenal. But, the perfect spatula depends on what you’re cooking. There are soft flat spatulas for scraping bowls, metal spatulas for flipping fish, burgers, and the like, and nonstick food turners for delicate pans and surfaces (like that of our favorite electric griddles). 

While we seldom recommend using nonstick cookware, it can be helpful in certain situations, like when cooking eggs or keeping delicate fish filets in one piece. The catch is that these pans can wear out easily, and scratches will compromise the integrity of the pan. One of the best ways to extend the lifespan of your nonstick cookware is to use gentle (and also nonstick) utensils. 

We last tested nonstick-safe turners in 2017. But, since then, more turners have hit the market and we wondered how our favorites held up. Like with our previous testing, we focused on silicone food turners. Silicone is heat-resistant to higher temperatures (around 600°F or 315°C) compared to nylon (under 400°F or 200°C), When nylon melts, it becomes less nonstick and things like eggs tend to get hung up on its frayed edges. Nylon spatulas are also generally thicker and inflexible. Of course, silicone turners can have their issues, too: they can be too floppy (not reinforced properly) and can crack and retain odors. That being said, there are some great ones out there.

To find the best nonstick turner spatulas, we tested 11 models. We wanted ones that were comfortable to hold and strong enough to steadily lift a hearty burger, while still being maneuverable enough to flip delicate foods like over-easy eggs.

The Winners, at a Glance

The Best Nonstick Spatula: OXO Good Grips Silicone Flexible Turner

OXO Small Spatula

Also available at OXO and Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

This repeat favorite features a razor thin wide head and would make any cook happy. It flipped food with ease and we think its "small" size is still plenty big enough flipping pancakes. 

The Best Longer Nonstick Spatula: GIR Mini Flipper

Also available at GIR.com.

The GIR Mini Flipper features a solid piece of silicone, a fiberglass core, and a relatively thin edge that packs a ton of strength into a small design. This food turner is small enough to work well in frying pans as well as on the griddle.

The Best (More Expensive) Longer Nonstick Spatula: Material The Soft-Edge Turner

material white turner

This is about as beautiful as a nonstick turner gets. The spatula head has just the right amount of flex, and its relatively thin, tapered edge scooted under food easily. The extra-long handle makes this product versatile and well-suited for flipping foods in deep pans. 

The Best Slotted Nonstick Turner: Tovolo Silicone Slotted Turner

Tovolo grey spatula

Also available at Target.

A slotted food turner allows for a little grease drainage, like if you’re searing a burger or cooking bacon an electric griddle. We liked the Tovolo’s tapered edge; it flipped pancakes with ease and didn’t budge under the weight of a heavy burger patty. 

The Tests

Flipping pancakes on an electric griddle.
A good nonstick spatula is nimble enough to fit under (and flip) delicate pancakes.

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  • Durability test: To test for durability, we bent and flexed each food turner, checking for warping and evaluating any seams.
  • Over-easy eggs test: To test for maneuverability, we made two over-easy eggs on a nonstick griddle. We evaluated how well each food turner could lift, flip, and keep an egg intact. We also checked to make sure the griddle remained unscratched.
  • Burgers test: To test for strength, we used each food turner to flip 1/2-pound burger patties. We evaluated how well the spatula could handle the weight and size of a large patty. 
  • Pancakes test: To further test the maneuverability, we evaluated how well each food turner could lift and flip five pancakes made on an electric griddle. 
  • Usability tests: Throughout testing, we considered the overall comfort and feeling of the food turner. 
  • Cleanup tests: After each test, we washed the turners by hand. At the end of testing, we cleaned the turners in the dishwasher.

What We Learned

Durable, Sturdy Turners Are Best

For a tool that lasts a lifetime, check the seams. One-piece models like the GIR and Material spatula had no Achilles heel or weak spots. Other turners feature flimsy silicone heads attached to metal handles. If we were able to easily warp the spatula by hand, it was a no-go. And, ultimately, these too-bendy tools buckled under the weight of heavy foods like burgers, and the weak seams made us question their long-term durability. 

However, other spatulas with multi-piece/material construction fared better. The OXO and Tovolo, for example, were much sturdier. They snapped back into place after being bent, rather than warped. And they easily managed a half-pound burger patty.

Thin, Tapered Heads Were Nimble

the oxo spatulas sliding under an egg on a griddle
We liked the nimble, super thin head on the OXO nonstick spatula.

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Many turners are designed with a head that is thicker in the center and becomes gradually thinner toward its edges. These tapered edges easily slide under food, but the thickness mattered as well. Models like the ones from Material, GIR, and Tovolo had thicker heads, but more sharply tapered edges. Others, like our favorite from OXO, has, have super-thin head. Both of these designs were able to scoot under and lift up delicate foods, so it’s more of a mater of personal preference/spatula length.

What didn’t work well, though, were nonstick turners that had thicker edges and a more gradual tapers. These ended up pushing food around rather than easily picking it up.

Bigger Isn't Always Better

a spatula beins used to lift a pancake off a griddle to flip it.
We preferred smaller spatulas (usually less than 11 inches in total length) since they were easier to maneuver in various skillets and griddles..

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A large spatula might look powerful and appealing, but it’s not necessarily better. If the spatula was too large, it made it hard to retrieve food in a 10-inch skillet and maneuver around a crowded electric griddle. We generally preferred turners that were less than 11 inches long.

We also found that spatulas with too small heads were fine for lightweight foods like pancakes and eggs, but not bigger items like burgers, which wobbled and threatened to fall off. Spatulas with heads that were about two-and-a-half inches or less just weren’t large enough to be super versatile. Conversely, too wide also wasn’t good. One spatula we tested was six inches wide—far too large to be nimble.

The Criteria: What to Look for in a Nonstick Turner

Annotated nonstick turner spatula featuring OXO with notes that it is nimble; flexible yet strong; and has a thin, tapered edge.

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The best nonstick silicone food turners are nimble, yet strong. They should have thin or sharply tapered edge. The head should be small enough to isolate a single egg in a frying pan, but large enough to balance larger items like burger patties or pancakes. They should have a little flex that allows them to bend slightly when sliding under food, but should be sturdy enough to retain their shape.

The Best Nonstick Spatula: OXO Good Grips Silicone Flexible Turner

OXO Small Spatula

Also available at OXO and Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

What we liked: This basic turner was one of our favorites from our 2017 testing, and it did just as well five years later. The thin edge scoots under food easily. It’s also a little sharp (but not sharp-sharp), which makes it useful for separating, say, two pancakes or eggs that have run together. This two piece design features a silicone head and a stainless steel handle, but it snapped back into shape even after rigorous bending. 

What we didn’t like: It’s more bendy than single-piece spatulas, making it less ideal for scraping up fond or loosening up stuck-on items. Its multi-piece design can trap bits of food more readily. 

Price at time of publish: $12

Key Specs

  • Heat-resistant: Up to 450ºF
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Materials: Silicone and stainless steel
oxo spatula on a wooden cutting board

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The Best Longer Nonstick Spatula: GIR Mini Flipper

Also available at GIR.com.

What we liked: The GIR Mini Flipper is extremely sturdy and constructed from a single piece of silicone with a fiberglass core.. It nearly 11 inches long, it’s fairly long, but it has a small (2.56-inch head), which made it nimble and easy to maneuver around any cooking surface. It’s also a good option if you’re looking for a turner for scraping, stirring, and sautéing. Whether cooking on a crowded griddle or in a small frying pan, the thin tapered edge and small surface area can isolate and lift any food. Though the head is small, the GIR Mini Flipper has a fiberglass core that packs a lot of strength into this small tool.

What we didn’t like: While its small size can be a boon, it can also be too small for bigger food items—such as omelettes, burgers, and extra-large pancakes.

Price at time of publish: $9

Key Specs

  • Heat-resistant: Up to 550ºF
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Materials: Silicone with a fiberglass core
gir spatula on a wooden cutting board

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The Best (More Expensive) Longer Nonstick Spatula: Material The Soft-Edge Turner

material white turner

What we liked: The Material soft-edge tuner performed well in all of our tests. It featured a thick head—measuring 7mm in the center—but this was offset by its sharply tapered edge, which allow it to seamlessly scoot under and pick up eggs and pancakes. The width of the head provided extra strength for flipping large burgers. At 7.5 inches, this turner had the longest handle of the winners, making it good for stirring or scraping in a deeper pan. As a bonus, this beautifully designed food turner would look lovely displayed in a cutlery crock. 

What we didn’t like: Over time, the light-gray silicone could discolor. At $20, this is the most expensive food turner we tested. 

Price at time of publish: $20

Key Specs

  • Heat-resistant: Up to 450ºF
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Materials: Silicone with nylon core and stainless steel cap
material spatula on wooden cutting board

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The Best Slotted Nonstick Turner: Tovolo Silicone Slotted Turner

Tovolo grey spatula

Also available at Target.

What we liked: This sturdy spatula is nicely proportioned and picks up food well. The thick head features a nylon core for added strength, and measures 5.2 mm in the center, creating a sturdy platform for holding foods. The Tovolo’s two-piece construction has solid seams that showed no signs of giving even after rigorous bending. If you’re set on a slotted spatula, give this one a go. 

What we didn’t like: The tapered edge is slim enough to slide under food, but is blunt. If two pancakes run together, it takes a decent amount of pressure to separate them using the spatula’s edge.. 

Price at time of publish: $19

Key Specs

  • Heat-resistant: Up to 600ºF
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Materials: Silicone and stainless steel
tovolo slotted spatula on a wooden cutting board

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The Competition

FAQs

Are nonstick spatulas dishwasher-safe?

All of our favorite nonstick spatulas are dishwasher-safe. And most nonstick spatulas will likely be dishwasher-safe, however, you should always check with the manufacturer's care instructions to be sure prior to cleaning.

Can nonstick spatulas melt?

Any kind of spatula can melt with a high enough temperature. Nylon spatulas are more prone to melting if placed near a burner or used in a screaming hot pan. Our favorite nonstick spatulas are made from silicone, which is much more durable and heat-resistant.

Can you use a nonstick spatula with a cast iron or carbon steel skillet?

Nonstick spatulas are safe for use in nonstick pans, cookware, and bakeware, but they can also be used in cast iron or carbon steel skillets. However, if you frequently cook in cast iron or carbon steel, we recommend investing in a fish spatula as well.

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