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May 3, 2011

A pinch of this and a dollop of that are fine instructions for the seasoned chef but for the rest of us (especially the precision-oriented), a good set of measuring cups and spoons are essential. We've rounded up eight of our favorites and rated how each measures up.

Matryoshkas M Cups silo

M-Cups

Put these nesting dolls to work. Designed by Carl Mitsch of Fred and Friends, the set of six measuring cups store one within another and open up to measure 1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup, and 1 cup as well as the less common 2/3 cup and 3/4 cup. Store them in the cupboard or set them out for all to enjoy.

Sleekstor pinch and pour by chefn

Sleekstor Pinch+Pour Cups

These measuring cups are attention-grabbers when in use but happily yield the limelight when the cooking is complete: They fold down flat for easy storage with a smart, space-saving design. Good for liquids as well as dry ingredients, the cups feature built-in pour-spouts for additional ease of use.

Mee Me Measuring Cups Zak for Conran Shop

Mee Me Measuring Cups

The kitchen is often where color can take the spotlight and these measuring cups by Zak Designs bring with them a burst of excitement (though you can tone it down with a white set if you want). Made of melamine, each cup (in 1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup, and 1 cup sizes) is dishwasher safe for a quick cleanup after the meal is served.

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Mix and Measure Set

Don't dirty all your dishes mixing together ingredients. These bowls let you measure items then stir them together without transferring them to yet another container.

oxo angled measuring cup

Angled Measuring Cup

Manufacturer OXO understands Universal Design  (especially for disabled and elderly populations) and creates items that make all of our lives better—without us really even noticing. Its Angled Measuring Cup (available in 1/4 cup, 1 cup, 2 cup, and 4 cup sizes) eliminates the need to squat down to eye level to see if you've measured enough (or need to pour some out). This is one item that should be in every kitchen.

Taylor Digital Scale and Measuring Cup by Williams Sonoma apart

Digital Scale and Measuring Cup

There are few things worse than super-specified, superfluous kitchen utensils. (Surely we can all slice an avocado without an avocado slicer.) This combo digital scale and measuring cup, exclusive to Williams-Sonoma, offers two useful tools without adding clutter to your kitchen.

Magnetic Measuring Spoons by Joseph Joseph

Magnetic Measuring Spoons

Keep yourself from scrounging through your kitchen drawers in the middle of making dinner by keeping your measuring spoons easily within reach. The Magnetic Measuring Spoons from Joseph Joseph cling to the fridge (or any magnetic surface) to be at the ready. At just $3 each, there's no excuse not to stock up.

odd size measuring spoons

Odd Size Measuring Spoons

For the exacting chef who doesn't yet trust eyeing mini measurements, these odd size spoons will come in quite handy. We wouldn't have guessed that a pinch is, in fact, less than an eighth of a teaspoon, so perhaps these would be helpful in our kitchen, too.

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