A ball whisk has 10 to 12 semi-rigid wire tines which have balls at the end of them. Often there is a center tine that is shorter in length than the others with a larger ball.
- Named for the balls at the end of the tines.
- Easier to clean than other whisks that have intertwined tines.
- This is one of several whisk types.
Ball whisks look a bit odd but have many good qualities that make them a useful item for your kitchen.
They whisk very well when using a side to side motion (as is recommended for most whisks). The heavy balls really help get things shaking.
This type of whisk is great for mixing and stirring. There are no tines touching each other so it is easy to rinse off and clean.
How to use a Ball Whisk
- Gather your tools and ingredients.
- Place ball whisk into bowl.
- Move whisk vigorously side to side until what you are mixing is the desired consistancy or fully combined.
- Use whisk in some clear water for easy pre-cleaning.
What to look for when you buy:
Most ball whisks are pretty much the same design so there are two things really to consider - size and material.
There are large and small versions of ball whisks and there are stainless steel and silicone versions as well.
The silicone version is typically a "dipped" version meaning the outer layer of the balls are silicone with steel beneath. This is so they won't affect non-stick surfaces.
Brands / Products
WMF Profi Plus Stainless Steel Ball Whisk
This is a version of the tool we featured on this page. Stainless steel - 11 inches (standard size).
WMF Profi Plus Silicone Ball Whisk
This is a silicone version of the tool we featured on this page. Black Silicone coated tips - 11 inches (standard size).