On test: The best measuring sets

The Great British Bake Off 2013 finalist puts measuring spoons and cups to the test.

Best… All-rounder

Amco Professional Performance 5-piece measuring spoon set

These metal spoons come in a handy teardrop shape, meaning that all spoons up to the 1 tsp-size fit into the neck of a standard spice jar. The set comes in a sturdy, durable design in the most common measurements required.

£15.50, Divertmenti

Best… For levelling off

Heston Blumenthal measuring spoons

These slick spoons are very different in style to the others. The set comprises two elongated metal scoops with adjustable plastic sliders. What I loved about these spoons was that the top of the slides extends to level off the top of your ingredients so that you get an accurate measure without needing to level it off with a knife.

£12.99, from I Want One of Those


Best… Shape

Wilton Scoop-It measuring cups

This cups set looks sleek and fresh. The handles have a non-stick coating, which is great for buttery fingers. The pointed scoop is so logical that you wonder why this design hasn’t been done before.

£8.95, from Wilton, available from Planet Bake



Buyer's advice

Why buy?

A nest of measuring devices is essential for the regular baker. Not only does it offer absolute precision – what you use to stir tea isn’t necessarily exactly a ‘teaspoon’ in volume – it also saves time and you can avoid lugging a big set of scales out of the cupboard for the sake of a few grams. While measuring spoons that scale down to minute proportions such as quarter teaspoons are a good everyday kitchen item, ideal for measuring spices, measuring cups work well when using larger amounts of flour and sugar.

What Kimberley looked for:

A sturdy finish: If you’re packing a cup or spoon full of flour, the handle needs to be able to hold it comfortably.

Aesthetics: A set of measuring devices that’s pleasing to the eye and innovative in design.

A non-stick surface: Ideal for buttery fingers and a great assistance in the washing up stakes.

A easy-to-level cup: Ideally the spoon or cup can be levelled off without having to use a knife.

A streamlined shape: Slim, tapered cups and spoons that can fit into smaller bags and jars.

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