Best piping bags – on test

An invaluable tool for piping buttercream or icing onto cakes, desserts and biscuits, filling doughnuts or creating pastry shapes. Discover BBC Good Food's top piping bags, nozzles and sets.

Best… Starter kit

Lakeland set7-piece professional piping set

Kimberley says: "This 7-piece kit includes a reusable bag and 6 stainless steel tips suitable for piping pastry, cream and choux, although it’s not suitable for fine pipe work. The very large nozzles make it difficult to use all of the mix, so there is a little more wastage with these tips than with smaller ones."

£13.99, from Lakeland


Best… Stand-alone bag

Wilton bagWilton large icing bag

Kimberley says: "This flexible polyester bag doesn’t come with any extras, but it was really good quality and easy to use. It has a heat-sealed edge that wont leak at the seams. It might be a little large for piping cream for cakes or choux, but that’s not its purpose."

£5.99, from Lakeland


Best… Grip

Tala piping bagTala silicone piping bag set

Kimberley says: "This bag had a lovely grip and comes with eight stainless steel icing tips that performed well. Although the very narrow neck made it tricky to invert the bag for cleaning it is dishwasher safe."

Find stockists at Tala


What Kimberley looked for…

Ease of use: A bag of decent size with high grip quality.

Quality: The durability of the bag and whether it held under the weight of the contents or split under pressure.

Usefulness of attachments: Any nozzles included in sets were assessed for practicality.

Ease of cleaning: Non-disposable piping bags should be of use again and again, so how easily can they be washed up?

More reviews from Great British Bake Off bakers... 

The best spatulas
The best flour shakers
The best pastry brushes
The best icing turntables
The best marble rolling pins
The best measuring sets
The best rolling pins
The best cooling racks
The best baking sheets

This review was last updated in June 2017. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability please get in touch at 

Put your piping set to the test by rustling up one of our delicious baking recipes. Our bakes & cakes hub should be your first pitstop... 

Comments, questions and tips

Sign in or create your My Good Food account to join the discussion.
Be the first to comment...We'd love to hear how you got on with this recipe. Did you like it? Would you recommend others give it a try?
26th Sep, 2014
Hi. Any recommendations for piping bags for mashed potatoes, ie duchesse? And any tips on how to make them, so far, I either end up with potato too stiff to get through the bag/nozzle, bag splits or I have runny mash which just collapses! All advice welcome :)
goodfoodteam's picture
15th Oct, 2014
Hi there thanks for your question. Try this recipe: then pipe onto a baking tray and grill until golden. 
Be the first to suggest a tip for this recipe...Got your own twist on this recipe? Or do you have suggestions for possible swaps and additions? We’d love to hear your ideas.