The 5 Best Ice Cream Scoops

updated May 2, 2019
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We’re all about to partake in some serious ice cream eating. Whether you have an ice cream truck that drives through your neighborhood or you have a local scoop shop that you like to hit up on a weekly basis, we’re guessing you’re going to be doing some at-home indulging too. (Summer is hot!)

If you don’t want to work too hard to get those pretty, perfectly rounded scoops from the carton (we don’t blame you!), you’re going to need the right tool.

Here are our five ice cream scoops that will get the job done.

(Image credit: Williams-Sonoma)

Our Favorite Ice Cream Scoop
Zeroll Ice Cream Scoop, $20 at Williams-Sonoma: We’ve been recommending this ice cream scoop for years and we still think it’s the best. Classic and sturdy, it has heat-conducting fluid in its handle to help melt ice cream ever so slightly as you scoop. Note: This feature also means it’s NOT dishwasher-safe, but you can just wash it —and your sticky hands — when you’re done eating.

Great Runners-Up

  1. Rösle Ice Cream Scoop, $27 at Sur La Table: Designed in Germany and made out of super strong stainless steel, the Rösle scoop has a tubular handle and a very thin lip for digging out neat, perfectly rounded scoops.
  2. Zyliss 71372 Metal Ice-Cream Scoop, $11: This heavy scoop features a non-slip, ergonomic handle to give you great leverage. And it’s comfy for right- and left-handed scoopers.
  3. Stainless Portion Scoop #16, $19 from Fantes: What’s with the wacky name? It means you get 16 scoops per quart. (Portion control!) It works particularly well for softer ice cream — or filling cupcake liners with batter.
  4. OXO Good Grips Solid Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop, $15: There are two key things we like about this scoop: its shovel-like pointy head and the comfy non-slip grip.

Do you have a favorite ice cream scoop? Tell us!