These whisks beat out all the rest.
1) Oxo Good Grips Balloon Whisk
UPSIDE Rubber handle prevents slipping; wide bottom is great for whipping cream and egg whites.
DOWNSIDE Too bulbous for whisking pan sauces and small batches of salad dressing.
2) Art and Cook Cage Whisk
UPSIDE Ball-in-cage design is great for whipping cream; squishy handle is comfortable to hold.
DOWNSIDE Chunky batters get stuck in cage.
3) Zyliss Quick Blend Whisk
UPSIDE Non-touching tines prevent clumping inside whisk; works well on chunky batters.
DOWNSIDE Tines are too rigid for scraping down sides of a pan.
4) Best Standard French Whip
UPSIDE Performs well on most whisking tasks; flexible tines reach pan edges when making sauce.
DOWNSIDE Metal handle gets slippery when wet and heats up when left in pan.
5) WMF Profi Plus Flat Whisk
UPSIDE Flat shape works well for pan sauces and salad dressing; extra-long tines reach the corners of a large pot.
DOWNSIDE Can't whip cream; handle heats up when left in pan.
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*Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in September 2007