The springy, plentiful wires of the OXO Good Grips 11-Inch Balloon Whisk give it plenty of whipping power, and the bulbous, grippy handle fits more comfortably in your hand than any straight, metal handle. The whisk is narrow enough to scrape the corners of a pot when you’re making a sauce, but still wide enough to quickly aerate a bowl of cream. It’s also dishwasher safe, and well-constructed overall. But it does have one weakness: The handle isn’t heatproof, and will melt if you rest it on the edge of a hot pot for too long. If you plan to use your whisk mostly over heat, you might want to get our runner-up.
The 12-inch Winco whisk is just as springy and efficient at whipping as our top pick. Its biggest downside is the smooth stainless steel handle, which is less comfortable than the OXO’s rubber handle and can get slippery. But that’s a flaw you might be willing to overlook for a cheaper whisk (the Winco is usually about half the price of the OXO) or a whisk you can rest on the side of a hot pot (the Winco’s metal handle won’t melt, though it will get too hot to touch).