OXO Good Grips 11-Inch Better Balloon Whisk

Last updated date: February 4, 2020

DWYM Score
9.7


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Overall Take

This stainless steel whisk is sturdy and flexible. The ergonomic rubber handle stays comfortable throughout long cooking tasks. It's also dishwasher safe and won't rust. In our test kitchen, it easily broke the eggs and had a noticeably comfortable handle. In our analysis of 44 expert reviews, the OXO OXO Balloon Whisk placed 1st when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 29, 2019:
Checkout The Best Whisk for a detailed review of all the top whisks.

Expert Summarized Score
9.8
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.6
1,099 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
OXO Good Grips 11-Inch Balloon Whisk is the best whisk for most people. It’s a great all-purpose whisk, equally efficient at whipping cream or stirring a pot of sauce. It’s flexible but sturdy, and its cushy, rubbery handle was the most comfortable we tried.The comfortable handle is one of our favorite things about the OXO. The bulbous end fits nicely in your palm but tapers toward the wires so you can hold it in a pencil grip.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Stainless steel wires. Nice length, but narrow enough to work well in a small bowl. Dishwasher safe. Doesn't rust. Grip is solid and comfortable in the hand. Multi-level wires. Whisks easily.
- BestReviews
OXO's whisk has the celebrated ergonomic, non-slip handle that keeps your hands from growing tired before your task is done. The whisk is effective and the loops are strong enough to take on most whisking tasks
- Business Insider
It is well constructed and has great movement, allowing you to use it at a fast speed, letting a lot of air in for an airy scramble or a wonderful meringue. On the other end of the spectrum, it can also be used at a slower speed, letting less air in and creating more dense finished products like sauces.
- Foodal
The handle is teardrop shaped for maximum comfort, principally for repeated motions. The non-slip grip makes it so that the whisk doesn’t slip from your grip even with sweaty hands.
- Village Bakery
This dishwasher friendly whisk has a wonderful handle that is comfortable and able to absorb pressure.
- The Z9
Its light weight and compact nature contribute to its sturdiness while the polished stainless steel guarantees you of zero rust or corrosion during its lifetime.
- Best Selected Products
What experts didn't like
There is one big downside to the soft, grippy handle of OXO whisks: It’s not heatproof.
- New York Times Wirecutter
This whisk has a lot of wires and can be difficult to clean if you do not rinse it quickly
- BestReviews
Handle is susceptible to melting if left in hot pot
- Business Insider

From The Manufacturer

Our Good Grips Whisks feature polished stainless steel wires and teardrop shaped handles that fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. The soft handle won't slip out of your hand, even when wet. Beat eggs, stir batter, whip cream and stir sauces in comfort. Available in 9-inch , 11-inch , 11-inch Balloon and Flat versions.

Overall Product Rankings

1. OXO Good Grips 11-Inch Better Balloon Whisk
Overall Score: 9.7
Expert Reviews: 7
3. WMF Profi Plus Stainless Steel Ball Whisk
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 5
4. HONBAY Mini Wire Kitchen Whisks
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 2
5. Kuhn Rikon 10-Inch French Wire Whisk
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 5
6. Ouddy 3 Pack Stainless Steel Whisk
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 5
7. Wired Whisk Silicone Whisk
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 3
8. Winco Stainless Steel Piano Wire Whip
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 5
9. DRAGONN Set of 3 Stainless Steel Silicone Handles
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 4
10. StarPack Basics Silicone Whisk
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 1

An Overview On Whisks

Whisks are among the ranks of kitchen tools that we don’t think about very much. Most people have one hanging out in their kitchen drawer, but they might not use it very often or even remember exactly when they bought it. 

However, whisks are far more important than their low-key reputation lets on. They stir liquids and solids, adding air in for a light and fluffy result. If you want to make perfect meringue, airy cakes and light scrambled eggs, you’re going to need a whisk. 

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Whisks come in different styles. The most common whisk is a balloon whisk, where wire hoops form a balloon shape. The curved style is designed to scrape the sides of mixing bowls. The wire hoops on flat whisks are arranged on a single side, so they can whisk liquids in skillets and shallow bowls. Ball whisks don’t have wire loops; instead, they have many wires sticking out straight with heavy metal balls attached to the ends. These whisks are better for reaching every corner of your mixing bowl, and they’re much easier to clean.

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Most whisks are made of stainless steel or other metals, but there are some silicone options that won’t damage nonstick cookware. Whisks come in a wide variety of sizes to fit into different sized bowls. 

Once you’ve decided which general type of whisk you need, read our Tips & Advice for hints on using and caring for your whisk.

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DYWM Fun Fact

Whisks are tricky to clean, but their design has improved quite a bit since their invention. The first whisks were twigs or small branches grabbed from the great outdoors. They were used in kitchens across Europe for centuries before they finally made waves in the United States. The American chef Julia Child first showed U.S. households the modern whisk in the 1960s on her popular cooking show,“The French Chef.” Stand mixers have taken over a lot of whisk’s responsibilities in recent years, but purists still hand-whisk their whipped cream.

The Whisk Buying Guide

  • Take a look at what materials your whisk is made from before you buy. Stainless steel whisks will last the longest, and they’re less likely to rust. However, they can scratch mixing bowls. Silicone whisks won’t scratch any cookware, but they aren’t always dishwasher-safe. Make sure you’re buying a whisk that works safely with your cookware.
  • In almost all cooking scenarios, whisking from side to side will give you the best results. Stirring the whisk in a circle doesn’t introduce much air. The looping motion that you probably associate with whisking is only helpful if you’re working with egg whites. The whites stick to the whisk’s metal loops, so they can still trap air when the whisk pulls them above the bowl.
  • Always check and see what your whisk is made of before you stick it in the dishwasher. Most stainless steel whisks can handle the heat, but whisks made from silicone or weaker metals might need hand washing. 
  • Try to wash your whisk as quickly as possible once you’re done using it. Batter or crumbs can harden on the metal tines and make cleaning even trickier if you wait. Soak your whisk is warm water to loosen any residue, then prepare a bowl of warm soapy water. Whisk the warm soapy water to reach every nook and cranny in between the metal tines. Let the whisk air dry when you’re done.
  • Make sure there’s plenty of space around the sides of your whisk if you store it in a drawer. If it’s smashed below some other utensils, the tines will bend out of shape. Hanging your whisk is a great way to protect it.