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The Best Measuring Cups for Home Cooks (and Bakers!) in 2020

published Oct 9, 2020
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Even if you’re not much of a baker, you need some good measuring cups: a set for dry ingredients and at least one for liquids. How else are you supposed to dole out one cup of rice for a grain bowl or two cups of milk for overnight oats? You may know that already, but here’s the surprising part: I’ve spent more than 10 years testing kitchen gadgets and, let me tell you, there are so many measuring cups that are not all that accurate. You clearly want a measuring cup that measures out the right amount, but you also want one that’s easy to use (no awkward scooping or straining to read). So of course, there are lots of opinions out there. We took a look to see what other food sites have to recommend and then weighed in with our own thoughts, too. These are the best measuring cups for home cooks in 2020 and beyond.

1. Simply Gourmet 7-Piece Measuring Cups Set 

The Best Dry Measuring Cups, According to Wirecutter

The folks at Wirecutter say they’ve tested 46 different sets of dry measuring cups since 2013, and they recommend this set. No, it doesn’t look all that different from countless other options out there, but they favored it because of accuracy and durability. Plus, they like that the set includes seven cups (instead of the usual six), adding in a 2/3 cup option.

2. Pyrex Glass Measuring Cup Set

Kitchn’s Pick for the Best Liquid Measuring Cups

Usually, we like to hold our recommendations until the end of these stories, but this Pyrex set needed to be front and center. Wirecutter picked the 2-cup option, Cook’s Illustrated picked the 1-cup version, and we picked the three-piece set exactly for this reason (size needs tend to vary!). Pyrex’s measuring cups are iconic, and for good reason: They’re made of high-quality tempered glass (which means they can go in the microwave), are super durable, and the markings are easy to read (even after years of use). For what it’s worth, the set is also the bestselling measuring cup option on all of Amazon with a 4.8-star rating.

3. OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Angled Measuring Cup Set

Kitchn’s Runner-Up for the Best Liquid Measuring Cups

We’re also huge fans of this plastic set from OXO because you can read it from above, instead of having to hunch down to countertop level. Let’s consider them a runner-up. We don’t recommend putting them in the microwave, though. Note: The 1-cup version was also a favorite at Cook’s Illustrated.

4. OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Measuring Cups

The Best Dry Measuring Cups, According to Cook’s Illustrated

The testers at Cook’s Illustrated tried a dozen different dry measuring cup sets before ultimately picking this one. It passed their accuracy test and testers really liked that the handles are seamless with the cup portion so it’s very easy to level off whatever they were measuring. Plus, the testers liked that the set snaps together for compact storage.

5. KitchenMade Stainless Steel Measuring Cups

Kitchn’s Pick for the Best Dry Measuring Cups

This stainless steel set has a spot on our list of essential kitchen tools, and we stand by them. They’re not from a well-known brand and they’re not exactly good-looking, but we love them anyway! They’ve got short, stubby handles, which won’t bend over time as you scoop ingredients, and embossed measurement markings that won’t rub off with use.

Do you have measuring cups you love? Tell us about them in the comments below.