Whether you're baking a cake or measuring ingredients for a meal, you can't get far in many recipes without a set of measuring cups. There are two main types of measuring cups, large cups with measurements printed on the sides that are designed for measuring liquids, and small, individually-sized cups that are designed for dry ingredients. For this list, we chose a cups of both styles, all of which can be used for either dry and liquid ingredients. We also chose cups with innovative designs that set them apart from the competition. Finally, we looked for measuring cups that are popular with home cooks, both for their aesthetic appeal and their functionality.
With measurements that can be viewed from the side or from above, the 2 Cup OXO Good Grips Angled Measuring Cup is an incredibly convenient tool that can be used to measure dry or liquid ingredients. This cup is made of a durable, clear plastic that's dishwasher safe, and it comes with a non-slip handle that's comfortable to hold, even when the cup is full. Read Full Review
The 2 Cup OXO Good Grips Angled Measuring Cup is one of the easiest measuring cups to use. That's because this clear, plastic cup has measurements on the outside of the cup and on the inside so they can be viewed from above while you're filling the cup. This eliminates the need to constantly bend down to check to see if your measurement is correct. This innovation has earned this cup a spot as the best measuring cup. Additionally, the OXO Angled Measuring Cup is dishwasher safe, and comes with the same soft handle that makes many of OXO's products comfortable to hold. Though we like the 2-cup size for its convenience, they also come in 1 cup, 4 cup, and 8 cup sizes.
The attractive, well-balanced AMCO Advanced Performance Measuring Cups are some of the most popular with home cooks. These stainless steel cups won't tip over if you fill them while they're sitting on the counter, and come with convenient half-measure marks so you can easily cut a recipe in half. Read Full Review
The perfectly balanced design of the AMCO Advanced Performance Measuring Cups makes them some of the best measuring cups you can buy. These cups are made from heavy gauge stainless steel and won't tip over when you're pouring an ingredient into them. They can be used to measure liquids or to scoop out level measures of dry goods, and even come with a halfway mark on the inside of each cup, taking the guesswork out of halving a recipe. This set comes with four cups, measuring 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, and 1 cup, that can be nested for easy storage.
A large set of measuring cups, the RSVP International Endurance 7-Piece Measuring Cup Set is one of our Best Picks. These cups are made from stainless steel, and each has its size stamped onto the handle so there's no mixing up the 1/2 and 2/3 measures. An attractive set, these measuring cups can be hung up through the holes at the ends of the handles, or nested and stored in a drawer. Read Full Review
Most measuring cup sets come with only the four most commonly used sizes, but the RSVP International Endurance 7-Piece Measuring Cup Set comes with 7 convenient sizes. With 1/8, 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 3/4, and 1 cup measures, it's easy to measure any amount. These cups are made from an attractive stainless steel and feature long handles that are ideal for scooping into deep flour or sugar containers. They are also perfectly level on the top and can also be used to measure liquids. To make it easy to tell the cups apart, each has the size pressed into the steel of the handle. When it's time to clean up, the cups can be placed in the dishwasher and then nested together in a drawer or cabinet.
A little showier than many measuring cups, the Fred and Friends Measuring Matyroshkas are both fun to use and perfectly functional. These cups are made from heavy-duty plastic that will hold up to heavy use. They can be used as scoops for dry goods or can be placed on the table to fill with liquid ingredients, thanks to wide flat bases on both the bottom and the top half of the dolls. Read Full Review
Many measuring cups are designed to nest so it seems only logical to design measuring cups to look like traditional Russian nesting dolls. The Fred and Friends Measuring Matyroshkas aren't just fun to look at, they're also a perfectly functional set of measuring cups in 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 3/4, and 1 cup sizes. Though the cups lack handles, they can be used to scoop into bags of sugar or flour. With flat, stable bases at both the top and bottom of the dolls, the cups can also be placed on the table while liquid or dry ingredients are poured inside. While they aren't working, the measuring-cup dolls double as an attractive display on the kitchen counter, and like any nesting dolls, if you're short on space, they can be stored one inside the other.
The streamlined design of the Norpro S/S Measuring Scoops has helped these cups land a spot as one of our Best Picks. These cups have long handles and pointed tips which makes it easy to use them to scoop dry ingredients. The set comes with 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, and 1 cup measures. Read Full Review
The pointed design of the Norpro S/S Measuring Scoops makes these some of the most useful measuring cups on the market. The point at the front of the cup and the extra long handles help make it easy to scoop dry ingredients. Though the sides of these cups are rounded, the bases are flat so they can be placed on the counter without tipping over, making them practical for wet ingredients as well as dry ingredients. This set comes with four cups, measuring 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 and 1 cup. Made of stainless steel, this set is built to last, especially if you wash them by hand with warm water and soap after each use.