Measuring cups are a must-have for most bakers, used to measure ingredients such as oil, sugar and flour, when the amounts required exceed 50 millilitres or grams. Anyone following American recipes will be familiar with the 'cup' measurements, which is their standard unit of measurement. Having a set of cups will save you precious time and plenty of frustration trying to calculate the metric units for an American half cup of sugar or milk.


Below are our favourite measuring cup sets, certain to inspire a spell in the kitchen, baking cakes, biscuits and more. Ranging in material, colour, design, functionality and price, they all provide accurate measurements and a fuss-free baking experience.

Best measuring cups to buy at a glance

  • Best overall measuring cups: Joseph Joseph nest measuring cup set, £12
  • Best classic measuring cups: OXO Good grips set of four, £29.62
  • Best measuring cups with comfortable handles: Ipow silicone handled set of five cups, £11.83
  • Best conveniently shaped measuring cups: KitchenCraft universal measuring set, £7.39
  • Best measuring cups on a budget: Tala white plastic set of seven, £5.99

Best measuring cups to buy in 2023

Joseph Joseph nest measuring cup set

click lock colourful measuring cups

Best overall measuring cups

From innovative brand Joseph Joseph, these measuring cups have metric, imperial and cup measurements, with a click-together design for easy storage. The ‘opal’ set is sleek and aesthetically pleasing and would make a great addition to anyone’s kitchen. The set isn’t too pricey and would make a nice gift for any budding chefs or bakers.

OXO Good grips set of four cups

Stainless steel

Best classic measuring cups

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With magnetic handles and thick stainless-steel bodies, these cups will add a professional touch to your kitchen. They'd make a great gift for a keen baker looking for high-quality equipment, as well as accurate measurements.

Available from:
Amazon (£29.62)

Ipow silicone handled set of five cups

metal measuring cups with coloured handles

Best measuring cups with comfortable handles

In need of some heavy-duty, stainless steel measuring cups? These fit the bill and are even colour-coded. The set has clear handle engravings of metric and cup measurements, suitable for both dry and liquid ingredients, and are very easy to clean. They're stackable and have a large connecting ring, perfect for neat hanging.

Available from:
eBay (£11.83)

KitchenCraft universal measuring spoon set

black plastic measuring cups with coloured handle tabs

Best conveniently shaped measuring cups

With a great range of measurements, from a quarter of a teaspoon to one cup, this 10-piece set is uniquely shaped for easier access to jars and pots. They have clean edges for accurate measuring, and are also BPA-free, easy to clean and durable.

Tala white plastic set of seven

white plastic measuring cups

Best measuring cups on a budget

This retro set of white measuring cups has seven different cup sizes, a handy egg separator and an ingredient scraper, featuring a useful measurement chart on the back for precise number conversions. The plastic is BPA-free and easy to clean. The cups can be hung on their ring or stacked in a cupboard.

How to choose the best measuring cups

Most measuring cups are made of strong, durable plastic or stainless steel, for that easy-clean and hard-to-bend quality. The best measuring cups, like measuring spoons, will give a range of standard measurements, from one cup to a half, quarter and third. They have sharp edging to ensure precise measurements. Read on for our picks of the best measuring cups to buy.

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