French Whisk

  • Named for shape which comes from French culinary tradition.
  • Sometimes called a "piano" or "wire" whisk.
  • One of several whisk types.

This is a very popular and well known type of whisk. It is quite likely you have one (or many) in your kitchen as you read this.

The reason that the french whisk is popular is because it functions as a general purpose whisk that does the job well.

French vs Balloon Whisk

The two most common whisks in use are called the "Balloon" and the "French". This page is about the French whisk. Comparing them is a great way to illustrate what a french whisk is and how it differs from the other popular whisk.

Note the narrow skinny profile of the french whisk and the wide round profile of the balloon whisk.

The skinniness or long slim profile of this tool is useful for reaching the corners and edges of the pan / or container you are using. the stright profile means it is more useful when scraping the sides of a container as well.

How to use a French Whisk

  1. Gather your tools and ingredients.
  2. Place French whisk into bowl.
  3. Move it vigorously side to side until what you are mixing is the desired consistancy or fully combined.
  4. Use whisk in some clear water for easy pre-cleaning.

What to look for when you buy:

While all French whisks share a similar shape, there are many different sizes and materials used.

Whisk Sizes

  • Mini: 0 to 4 inches. Mini whisks are often toys or decorative.
  • Cocktail: 6 to 12 inches. With very small "heads" that will fit into a drink glass.
  • Small: 8 to 10 inches. These are the sizes loved by very small hands.
  • Average: 11 to 14 inches. These are the sizes found in most kitchens
  • Large: 14 to 48 inches.

Whisk Materials / Surfaces

  • Stainless Steel: French whisks are most often made of stainless steel wire tines.
  • Silicone: These are also made using silicone, creating colorful and softer tines. It should be noted that the silicone whisks are more bendy and floppy than the stainless steel wire ones. Sometimes (and usually preferable) the whisk has steel tines that are dipped or coated in silicone which provides strength and the ability to use with non stick surfaces.

Brands / Products

Oxo French / Narrow Whisk - 11 inches


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This is the tool we featured on this page. All the images in the above article are of this utensil. This is the standard 11 inch French whisk by Oxo they also offer a 9 inch version.

Best Manufacturers - French Whisk


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A popular traditional French whisk. 12 inches.

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