Best Soup Spoons

Updated September 2019
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Buying guide for best soup spoons

Last Updated September 2019

Soup is a culinary dish integral to the cuisine of many different countries around the world. The idea of having a special spoon used only for soup originated in the 18th century at a time when soup bowls were long, oval, or egg-shaped and carved from wood or animal horn. 

A small, deep spoon was required to get to the bottom of the bowl to savor every last drop of the soup.

If you are looking for a quality set of soup spoons, you have some decisions to make. The large variety of sizes, shapes, and prices is somewhat surprising considering this is but one little (highly specialized) spoon. However, there is a soup spoon for every taste and budget, and we will help you get to the bottom of your shopping so you can get to the bottom of some delicious bisques, soups, and stews.

Read on to learn more about the origin of soup spoons and the many choices you have. When you are ready to make a purchase, consider our soup spoon recommendations.

When setting a formal table, the soup spoon is placed on the right side of the flatware service to the far right of the butter knife.

Key considerations

Mouthfeel

The term “mouthfeel” is usually reserved as a descriptive word for how food feels in your mouth. However, different soup spoons interact with the mouth differently. How do you like to eat or drink your soup? Some folks prefer a tiny soup spoon so they can saver each exquisite sip. Some prefer to consume soup in large gulps with the help of a hefty scoop. Still others prefer to drink their soup from a mug.

When shopping for soup spoons, think about how the size of the spoon will feel in your mouth. Is the bowl so big that it is a poor fit for your mouth? Is it so tiny that it will take too many little spoonfuls to consume your soup? If you have strong feelings in either direction, keep this in mind, and examine the bowl size of a spoon closely before making your investment.

Presentation

If you want to ensure uniformity in your serving flatware, you may wish to purchase soup spoons as part of a flatware set. That way, you will never have to worry that your various spoons, forks, and knives match.

If you prefer an eclectic presentation and a less formal table, it's fun to amass different sizes and shapes of soup spoons for different types of soup. When purchasing soup spoons, you will find spoons specifically designed for cream soups, chunky or thick soups, and even bullion.

If you’d just like to purchase one nice set of soup spoons that can be used with all types of soup (and perhaps breakfast cereal, pudding, curry, or other dishes you like to eat), your best bet may be a standard set of stainless steel soup spoons.

DID YOU KNOW?

A U.S. tablespoon, which is sometimes (mistakenly) referred to as a soup spoon, is equal to three U.S. teaspoons.

Features

Handle design

Used to consume soup or liquid foods, a soup spoon has an elongated handle terminating in a bowl, with the bowl orientated at a slight angle to facilitate lifting liquid from the soup bowl to the mouth.

Some soup spoon handles are of contemporary design, solid and smooth. Other soup spoons have handles that are carved or ornately decorated. Soup spoon handles may be metal, ceramic, or crafted from organic materials. Some are designed with a notch in the handle to hang on the lip of the soup bowl.

Spoon material and quality

Soup spoons are made from a wide variety of materials including hardwood, bamboo, hemp, plastic, porcelain, ceramic, glass, melamine, stainless steel, copper, pewter, and silver. The quality of soup spoons can vary based on the thickness and weight of the flatware. Low-budget or extra-lightweight spoons are less than 2mm  thick. A medium-weight and medium-priced soup spoon is about 2.5 mm thick. Luxury heavy-weight soup spoons tend to be between 3mm and 3.5mm thick.

Accessories

Whether serving a casual family dinner or a festive multi-course meal for friends, an elegant presentation of the soup course is a grand way to begin a dinner party. We love the sophisticated simplicity of this white tureen from Smart and Cozy. It’s large enough to serve your family at the table or a larger group in a holiday buffet line.

If you want to serve with style with a soup ladle that complements your table service, you can’t go wrong with this stainless steel ladle from OXO. Like other handheld utensils in the Good Grips line, it sports a cozy-grip handle that will help you serve your soup with confidence.

There are lots of great soup bowls on the market, but if you’re looking for something a little different, check out these soup crocks. Available in red or white, these hearty crocks have two handles for your convenience, and they easily slide into the microwave or oven as needed.

Slurping soup can be a messy endeavor. This set of 12 cloth napkins from Utopia Kitchen comes in your choice of seven colors and makes an elegant serviette.

Whether you are serving hot and crusty bread to accompany a hearty winter soup or a presentation of crisp crackers to complement a chilled summer soup, an attractive bread basket like this unique choice from Ten Thousand Villages makes the meal. Line it with a cloth napkin and use it to serve your family and guests.

In Japan, some soups (such as miso) are consumed without a spoon. Instead, you bring the soup bowl to your lips to drink the liquid.

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Soup spoon prices

The price of soup spoons depends on the manufacturer, the brand, the merchandiser, and the material from which the spoon is made.

Budget-friendly: Budget-friendly soup spoons vary in cost, from disposable plastic soup spoons that cost pennies apiece to lightweight stainless steel spoons that cost about $1 or $2 each.

Mid-price range: In this price range, soup spoon prices range from $3 to $6 each. You will find soup spoons sold individually or in sets of 4, 8, or 12 spoons. Materials used in this price range include porcelain, ceramic, stainless steel, silicone, wood, bamboo, and hemp.

Expensive: In this price range, collectors of hand-carved or antique soup spoons can expect to pay anywhere from $20 to $200 per soup spoon.

Tips

  • Know how to wash your soup spoons. Stainless steel soup spoons can be washed in the dishwasher, while silver and silver-plated spoons should be washed by hand with soapy water, dried, and polished. Silver will tarnish over time and will require cleaning with silver polish and a soft cloth. Stainless steel silverware does not tarnish.

  • Be mindful of cracks and fissures in spoon material. If you choose to use porcelain or ceramic soup spoons, make it a habit to check the lip of the spoon for chips or cracks, which can harbor bacteria and germs.

  • Consider silicone soup spoons for children. Silicone works perfectly for eating most types of soft foods, and it will not cut tender lips or gums.
EXPERT TIP

Perfect for special dinner parties, porcelain and ceramic soup spoons — while quite beautiful — may not be practical for everyday use. These types of soup spoons are fragile and can be easily chipped or broken.


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Copper soup spoons look great with a colorful western-themed table setting. They are ideal for savoring the winning entree at a chili cook-off.


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Other products we considered

Solid, sturdy, and stylish, the stainless steel soup spoons from Hiware add flair to any table setting. The short handles make them perfect for young children, and the curved shape and smooth edges are easy to eat with. Eslite’s set of 12 round-end spoons is another excellent value. Nicely balanced with slightly curved handles, these spoons are great for soups, bouillon, chili, and stew. DOWAN’s 12-piece porcelain Asian spoon set is stackable and fully glazed with colorful ergonomic handles. The 6-inch spoons are dishwasher safe, easy on the mouth, and full of style.

Soup spoons in various cultures

We examined the types of soup spoons used in different cultures to give you an eclectic look at what’s available. You are not limited to the “traditional” soup spoon of your culture by any means, though it may be what you prefer.

  • In the states and throughout western Europe, the bouillon spoon, also known as a round bowl soup spoon, serves as the preferred spoon for clear, broth-based soups. The bouillon spoon is also the preferred spoon for chilled jellied soups such as a madrilene. A bouillon spoon is a small, round-bowl spoon rather than the traditional oval-shaped soup spoon. It is curved to accommodate the rounded edge of a soup bowl.

  • Cajun gumbo spoons, which have a somewhat shorter handle and a slightly wider and deeper bowl than a traditional soup spoon, function as popular utensils for consuming chili, stew, bisque, chowder, gumbo, and all kinds of heavy or creamed soups. Size-wise, the round gumbo or cream soup spoon’s bowl depth and handle length sit in the middle: smaller than a tablespoon and bigger than a bouillon spoon.

  • It was not until the nineteenth century that the soup spoon earned a respected place at formal table settings in dining rooms across Europe. Today, the European version of the standard soup spoon is the size of the American dessert spoon: oval in shape, smaller and deeper than the traditional teaspoon.

  • In China, soup spoons are ceramic with a distinct elongated shape. The size of this type of soup spoon varies from the size of a traditional teaspoon to the size a small sauce dish. Ceramic spoons are typically sold in sets of 8 or 12 stackable spoons. The Chinese soup spoon is approximately 5.25 inches long by 1.75 wide with a capacity of one ounce.

  • In Japan, the soup spoon boasts a thick, stubby handle extending from a deep, flat bowl. The wide bowl allows the soup liquid to cool just a bit before it touches the lips. Used for soups, loose solid foods, and other liquids, it is the primary eating utensil of Japan.

  • In India, China, and Thailand, the dawat spoon is the perfect spoon for eating soup, curry, cereal, and creamy desserts. The dawat spoon can hold up to four times as much as a traditional soup spoon without spilling.

Sustainable, recyclable bamboo soup spoons are becoming very popular. Bamboo resists odors and stains. Soup spoons made of bamboo are durable and strong yet flat and flexible.

FAQ

Q. Which type of spoon holds the most liquid: a soup spoon or a tablespoon?

A. The amount of liquid held in a soup spoon varies depending on the style of the spoon. Some soup spoons hold as much as three tablespoons of liquid, while others contain less than a teaspoon.

Q. How do you keep a soup spoon from sliding down into the bowl between tastes of soup?

A. Some soup spoons have hooks or notches in the handle designed to hook or balance on the side of the soup bowl. Alternatively, you could rest your spoon on a napkin in between sips.

Q. Is there such a thing as an edible soup spoon?

A. Yes! Some environmentally friendly bakeries are now producing soup spoons and soup bowls that are entirely edible. These are usually made from sorghum, wheat, or rice flour.

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