Chopsticks are quite a multi-purpose tool. Not only can they be used to eat your favorite Asian food or Asian-inspired recipe, like basil chicken chile stir-fry, but also they can be used to flip bacon in a pan, make Japanese egg recipes or can even be used for eating snacks to keep your fingers crumb-free.
wooden chopsticks work, but they're technically designed for one-time
use and can get deformed pretty quickly, splinter or grow mold. Whether
you’re looking to upgrade from those throwaway chopsticks or need a pair
to cook with, it’s important to find the right chopsticks that best
suit your needs and preferences. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes
and materials, and there are even pairs designed to help learn how to
properly use them.
Here in the Just Cooking Tools Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab, we are constantly testing kitchen appliances and kitchen gadgets such as meat thermometers, chef's knives, egg pans and more. Our picks below were tested at home and we noted how well the chopsticks picked up and held on to different foods like rice, noodles, tofu cubes and kimchi. We also noted if they were comfortable to hold, and we testing washing them according to their instructions to see if any finishes came off.
Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just beginning to use chopsticks, here's a list to find your best pair no matter if you love wood chopsticks, prefer metal or want to try fiberglass. These picks are a mix of editor favorites, highly rated online picks and those we tested at home. Here are the best chopsticks of 2021:
- Best Overall Chopsticks: Hiware Fiberglass Chopsticks
- Best Chopsticks for Beginners: Edison Friends Beginner Chopsticks
- Best Training Chopsticks for Kids: Plum Garden Training Chopsticks
- Best Cooking Chopsticks: Pearl River Mart Extra Long Bamboo Chopsticks
- Best Chopsticks with Grooves: Crate and Barrel Striped Bamboo Chopsticks
- Best Wooden Chopsticks: Muji Octaganol Lacquer Chopsticks
- Best Metal Chopsticks: Devico Metal Chopsticks
- Best Titanium Chopsticks: finessCity Titanium Chopsticks
- Best Decorative Chopsticks: Konmari Cedar Chopsticks
- Best Chopsticks to Take On the Go: REI To-Go Ware Classic Bamboo Utensil Set
With 18,900 ratings and a 4.8 rating, these are some of the most popular chopsticks on Amazon. Since these Hiware chopsticks are made of fiberglass, they're heat-resistant and can be used in hot foods like ramen. They also have a non-slip design at the tips to help grip food and are dishwasher safe. Our experts love that you get ten pairs per pack so you're never scrambling to find one. The large quantity also makes them one of the lower-priced chopsticks on this list.
- Non-slip design to help grip food
- Great value for the quantity you get
- May be too heavy for some
Rather than guessing where your fingers should be placed on the chopsticks, this set has guides that show exactly where your fingers should go. There are two removable silicone rings for the index and middle fingers, as well as small nubs to help guide the rest of the fingers and hand. The tips are also slightly serrated, which according to our Kitchen Appliances Deputy Lab Director, Sibyla Douffet, helps secure a better grip on food. They also come in both left and right-handed versions.
- Has finger placement guides
- Come in left and right-handed versions
- Takes some practice to use efficiently
If you’re looking for chopsticks for kids, try these training chopsticks from Plum Garden. They have fun animal toppers to hold the chopsticks together and three silicone rings for little ones to stick their fingers in and help guide them. As kids get more comfortable using them, each ring is removable — as is the topper, which transforms the chopsticks into the more traditional style. These have nearly 2,000 reviews with a 4.4 rating on Amazon, with many reviewers noting how much their kids love them.
- Removable rings and topper to help guide fingers
- Comes in fun colors and animal themes
- Not convenient to clean each part
These extra-long cooking chopsticks from New York City institution, Pearl River Mart, will help keep your hands and arm safe from heat and food splatter. The 13-inch long style allows for some distance while still allowing you to cook. They are made of bamboo and also have a ring pattern at the tips to help flip or grip food.
- Extra long length for cooking
- Textured tips to help grip food
- Beginners may find these difficult to use
These Crate and Barrel chopsticks have rings around the tips to keep the chopsticks from slipping our of your hands. In our road tests, we found that the textured tips also helped to pick up and hold food. They were also comfortable to hold, and the decorative stripes in different colors make them quite stylish. They come in a set of five and are made from bamboo. The downside? These chopsticks are hand-wash only.
- Textured tips to help grip food
- Hand washing is recommended
The octagonal shape of these chopsticks helps keep them from rolling off the table. They are made of Mala wood and are covered with a smooth lacquer coating, but they have enough texture to help keep food from slipping. The thin, pointy tips are also good at picking up small pieces of food or delicate pieces of fish, according to our lab experts. These chopsticks are on the shorter side at about eight inches long, but they're good for those with smaller hands. Just take note that these are not dishwasher safe.
- Textured to help keep food from slipping
- Not dishwasher safe
- Beginners may find fine tips hard to use
Unlike most wooden chopsticks, these stainless steel ones are dishwasher safe and will last for a very long time, according to our lab experts. They are hollow on the inside so they are not heavy to hold, and they have texture at the tips to help keep food in place. Nearly 1,500 online reviewers gave these a perfect five star rating and report that these chopsticks are great quality and easy to clean.
- Dishwasher safe
- Textured tips to help hold food
- Too slippery for some
If you’re looking for ultra-lightweight chopsticks, try this titanium pair. Over 1,500 reviewers gave these a perfect five-star rating and shoppers say these are the lightest chopsticks they’ve used. They also come with a metal case so you can take them with you on the go, plus they're dishwasher safe. They come in two colors, but a few reviewers say the coating has a tendency to scratch or wear off.
- Color coating may scratch off
Known for her tidying up expertise, Marie Kondo is helping “spark joy” with these stylish chopsticks. The pattern is inspired by Japan's Edo Period and the vertical blue lines represent a flowing waterfall. They are made of cedar and they're dishwasher safe. Take note, these chopsticks worked well to pick up food when we tested them at home, but because of the fine tips, they may be harder for a beginner to use.
- Stylish pattern
- Dishwasher safe
- Not for beginners
This set from REI comes with a set of wooden chopsticks, spoon, fork and knife. It’s a favorite of our Kitchen Appliances Deputy Director because it comes with its own pouch, making it easy to take on the go. The utensils are made of bamboo and claim they do not stain or absorb odors.
- Comes with a case
- Finish may wear off
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