Best Measuring Cup
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.
2 Cup OXO Good Grips Angled Measuring Cup
AMCO Advanced Performance Measuring Cups
RSVP International Endurance 7-Piece Measuring Cup Set
Fred and Friends Measuring Matyroshkas
Norpro Stainless Steel Measuring Scoops, 4-piece Set
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 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.
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.
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 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.