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Whether you plan to mix dry or wet ingredients for baked goods, casseroles, and more, the right bowl will help you make a dish with ease. A high-quality all-purpose mixing bowl should be nonreactive, which means it will probably be made from glass, glazed stoneware, or stainless steel. Why is this so important? Because these materials will not impact the flavors of ingredients the way a bowl made from a reactive material could. Beyond that, think about your personal preferences. You may prefer a bowl that is lighter or heavier in weight; you'll also want to look for one that's sturdy. It's also important to consider if you want a set of mixing bowls, complete with a variety of different sizes, or a bowl with a spout to make transferring contents to a cake pan, baking dish, or serving platter simple.
Once you have a general idea of what you're looking for, you can start shopping. But since there are so many different options on the market, we're sharing our favorites—across a variety of mixing bowl categories—to help you on your way.
Best Mixing Bowls of 2021
Best Stainless-Steel Mixing Bowl: Sur La Table Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl
Best Stoneware Mixing Bowl Set: Quinn Handcrafted Stoneware Mixing Bowls, Set of Three
Best Non-Skid Mixing Bowl Set: Martha Stewart Collection Set of Three Non-Skid Mixing Bowls with Measurements
Best Large Mixing Bowl: Le Creuset Large Multi Bowl
Best Glass Mixing Bowl: Martha Stewart Collection Glass Mixing Bowl
Best Tilted Mixing Bowl: Mason Cash Tilted Mixing Bowl
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Best Stainless-Steel: Sur La Table Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl
This four-quart stainless steel mixing bowl is durable and dishwasher safe. It also features a brushed finish and flat bottom for stable mixing as you blend ingredients together.
Shop Now: Sur La Table Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl, $17, surlatable.com.
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Best Stoneware Set: Quinn Handcrafted Stoneware Mixing Bowls, Set of Three
The small (2 1/4 quart), medium (3 3/4 quart), and large (5 1/2 quart) two-toned, semi matte mixing bowls in this stylish set are made from glazed stoneware. Best of all, the bowls are dishwasher- and microwave-safe.
Shop Now: Quinn Handcrafted Stoneware Mixing Bowls, $69 for three, potterybarn.com.
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Martha's Favorite: Martha Stewart Collection Set of Three Non-Skid Mixing Bowls with Measurements
Our founder loves a sturdy mixing bowl for everyday use. That's why she created this set. It has measurement markings inside each of the three bowls to make prep easier. Plus, the nearly 1 1/2-, 3-, and 5 1/2-quart bowls, are made of easy to clean, durable stainless steel with silicone bases that will help keep them stable on any surface.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Collection Non-Skid Mixing Bowls with Measurements, $69 for three, macys.com.
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Best Large: Le Creuset Large Multi Bowl
This large mixing bowl (about 10 1/2 inches in length, 10 1/2 inches width, and four inches in height) is made from stoneware and is available in white or a bright blue. It's also microwave, oven, freezer, and dishwasher safe,
Shop Now: Le Creuset Large Multi Bowl, $52, bloomingdales.com.
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Best Glass: Martha Stewart Collection Glass Mixing Bowl
Another go-to of Martha's for cooking and baking prep, this glass mixing bowl has about a sixx-quart capacity. Glass is an excellent material for a mixing bowl because you can see what's inside. It's also more suitable to do double duty as a serving bowl than say a stainless mixing bowl. Another bonus: It's dishwasher safe (making cleanup a breeze).
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Collection Glass Mixing Bowl, $25, macys.com.
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Best Tilted: Mason Cash Tilted Mixing Bowl
Some home cooks and pro chefs like to angle their mixing bowl for premier whisking. That's why Mason Cash, a British brand dating to the 1800s, created this nearly 5 1/2-quart mixing bowl with flat angled sides that'll streamline the process.
Shop Now: Mason Cash Tilted Mixing Bowl, $54, food52.com.