11 Nontoxic (And PFAS-Free) Wooden Cooking Utensils For Your Kitchen
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We’ve researched and tested hundreds of kitchenware brands — these are our favorite options offering wooden utensils that are nontoxic and easy to clean.
If the saying “you are what you eat” is true (and we’re inclined to say it is), then it’s clear that we can’t only be cognizant of the foods we eat. We must keep an eye on how we prepare them, too. Many meals are prepared in plastic containers that can leach chemicals into our foods, or come with PFAS (more on that shortly) that can be a danger to our health. Plus, we want our cookware to last and most utensils run the risk of scratching our pots and pans.
That’s why we recommend switching to naturally derived utensils instead, like wooden spoons or bamboo spatulas. Not only do they make the kitchen a more beautiful place to be, but they’re gentle enough to use daily. They’re better for the planet too, nontoxic and antimicrobial, and can withstand some serious heat (since they don’t conduct it).
So that’s just part of the reason we’re pro-wooden utensils…they’re also PFAS-free.
What are PFAS — and why are they on my cooking utensils?
PFAS — or per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances — are artificial substances that have been around for almost a century. Per the CDC, they’re used as coatings and products that repel oil, stains, grease, and water. As you can imagine then, PFAS are found in all sorts of kitchenware, from food packaging to nonstick surfaces to cooking utensils.
The issues with PFAS is that they don’t break down in the environment, can contaminate water sources, and build up in wildlife. According to the EPA, PFAS exposure can affect growth and development in humans and animals so it’s best to avoid PFAS as much as possible.
Our team has personally tested, researched, and vetted hundreds of kitchenware lines to find you the best 11 brands offering beautiful and easy-to-clean nontoxic wooden cooking utensils for your kitchen. Instead of PFAS-heavy materials like plastic, these spatulas, spoons, and ladles are made from wood and bamboo. They’re hand-crafted, designed to last, and safe enough to use every day.
If you’re in the market for more nontoxic cookware, check out our guide to the best nontoxic pots and pans. 🍳
1. Made In
Best For | Multi-use spoon
Materials | Beechwood
Prices Starting At | $19 for one spoon
Praised by chefs like Mashama Bailey and Nancy Silverton, Made In’s cookware is used in high-end restaurants all over the world. The team knows exactly what constitutes quality and what doesn’t — and that’s why we love their Wooden Spoon. This 12.75” spoon was crafted by a father-and-son pair in Hungary, and it’s thoughtfully designed for mixing, stirring, and tossing. It’s gentle yet durable, and users love the long handle, ergonomic design, and elegant look. At under $20, it’s the quintessential kitchen staple you’ll use for years to come.
Review | “I never would have thought such craftsmanship would go into a wooden spoon. […] The wood is smooth with no edges to mark my skin. Sturdy with a nice balance. I also like the fact you can use the spoon as a scoop. Hands down the best wooden spoon I’ve ever owned.” – Sherri H. (Read all reviews)
2. Great Jones
Best For | 3-part set (spatula, ladle, and slotted spoon)
Materials | Ashwood
Prices Starting At | $75 for three-piece set
If you’re looking for just the essentials, Great Jones’s “Whole Grain Family” is the way to go. This trio contains an oversized ladle, spatula, and a slotted spoon, so whether you’re making soup, curry, or lasagna, you’ll have the appropriate utensil. (You can also add on a spoon rest if you prefer to round out the set!) Crafted by hand in India using warm-toned ash, these utensils beautifully balance form and function — they each come with cutouts for hanging or storage, are generously sized, and look refined on any countertop. Our editors adore them!
Review | “Practically perfect in every way. The nostalgia of cooking with my grandpa mixed with improved practicality for ease of use. We have enjoyed this set for the last month and are using daily.” – Skylar F. (Read all reviews)
3. Material Kitchen
Best For | Left-handed cooks
Materials | American walnut or European maple wood
Prices Starting At | $25 for one spoon
Left-handed friends, rejoice! While most cooking utensils are made for righties, Material Kitchen’s “The Wood Spoon” is reversible so it works for both left- and right-handed cooks. It’s designed with an angled head, too, acting simultaneously as a spatula and spoon. Choose from either the darker American Walnut or the lighter European Maple — they’re both FSC-certified. Stunning and sustainable, The Wood Spoon is a perfect gift for any budding chef, left-handed cook, or…well, yourself.
Review | “This is the nicest wooden spoon I have ever owned! It feels sleek in my hand and the color and finish of the wood are perfect!” – Linda (Read all reviews)
4. Our Place
Best For | Pairing with the Always Pan
Materials | Beechwood
Prices Starting At | $20 for two utensils
If you already own Our Place’s best-selling Always Pan, look no further — their PFAS-free wooden spatulas and spoons are just what you need. That’s because these 100 percent Beechwood pieces are customized to fit and notch into their existing cookware. The spatulas are great for nudging and flipping, and the spoons are ideal for stirring and taste testing. Plus, both come in a set of two so you’ll always have a backup. Our Place has a 100-day trial and free returns, so give these a try with your Always Pan and see how wonderfully they pair together.
Review | “I’ve never found one as good as the one I had until now. These are perfect. They are lovely to handle and have the right feel to them, perfect thickness and easy to use. They are not too flimsy but not too thick and heavy.” – Donna M. (Read all reviews)
5. Forest Decor Shop
Best For | Customized gifts
Materials | European Forest and Tunisian olive wood
Prices Starting At | $20 for two spatulas
Based in Salt Lake City, Forest Decor Shop partners with artisans and makers in the Czech Republic and Tunisia for custom wooden cookware and utensils. In an effort to be as sustainable as possible, the team uses the entire tree so no wood goes to waste. Additionally, every piece is hand-carved so no two utensils are alike. If you want personalized charcuterie kits, wood rolling pins, or engraved salad servers, FDS has ‘em all. Choose from six different custom texts and various phrases or names — gift these heirlooms for your loved ones to treasure over a lifetime.
Review | “Absolutely beautiful cutting board and keepsake to pass on to my daughter. From the ordering of the product to the delivery- all a class act.” – LAWINTZ (Read all reviews)
6. Parachute Home
Best For | Artistic look
Materials | Reclaimed walnut wood
Prices Starting At | $280 for two spoons
Stand out at your next dinner party with these quirky spoons from Parachute Home. The father-daughter team behind Steelwood Design (Alexis and Fred) hand-carve these pieces from reclaimed walnut wood and the results are full of character and charm. We also love the deep walnut color, broad base, and long handles — great for both serving and stirring! Parachute is a Climate Neutral Certified brand, so they’re even more sustainable.
Best For | Funky serving spoons
Materials | Beechwood & oil finish
Prices Starting At | $40 for two spoons
Add whimsy to any setting with Areaware’s “Serving Friends” set. Available in three unique styles (flowers, hands, and wavy), these wooden utensils bring a dose of levity to the dining table. The serving spoons are made from Beechwood and an oil finish, all clever (and functional) enough to serve salads, pastas, and stews. Designed by Serena Liu, she aims to “explore color, form, and humor to elicit joy and child-like energy” — we think she’s nailed it. (P.S. This makes a perfect housewarming gift!)
8. Vermont Spoon
Best For | Smaller condiment, salt/spice, and bar spoons
Materials | Vermont hardwoods
Prices Starting At | $24 for one spoon
Maybe you have enough ladles already. Or maybe you’re looking for something smaller for your bar cart or spice rack. That’s where Vermont Spoon comes in. As a husband-and-wife duo, Jeff and Ellen Falsgraf responsibly source wood from a Vermont mill and hand-craft everyday wooden utensils. Rather than selling hundreds of different options, Vermont Spoon sticks with a dozen tried-and-true styles — including bar spoons, salt or spice spoons, condiment spoons, and even a gorgeous French tulip chalet style spoon. Artisanal and affordable.
Review | “Exquisite spoon. […] They are truly artisanal spoons. Works of art. Satin-smooth finish and made from lovely wood. This is a great gift for someone who loves to cook and appreciates fine craftsmanship and work.” – Jeanine S. (Read all reviews)
9. Lancaster Cast Iron
Best For | A variety of utensils
Materials | American cherry, walnut, or maple wood
Prices Starting At | $24 for one utensil
In addition to cast-iron cookware and cutting boards, you can find everyday kitchen utensils at Lancaster Cast Iron. From slotted wooden spurtles to pasta forks to angled corner spoons, you can elevate any cooking experience (and kitchen aesthetic!) here. Everything’s handmade by Amish artisans and craftspeople in Lancaster County, PA, and they source native hardwoods like Black Walnut, Eastern Black Cherry, and Maple that are later preserved in food-grade mineral oil. Proudly made in the US and guaranteed for a lifetime, we highly recommend shopping small with Lancaster Cast Iron.
Review | “Absolutely beautiful spoon, great craftsmanship, and super fast shipping. Looking forward to using this roux spoon for years to come.” – Seth (Read all reviews)
Best For | Lightweight bamboo set
Materials | USDA-certified organic bamboo
Prices Starting At | $17 for 3-piece set
If you prefer to shy away from wood, Bambu’s Kitchen Basics Set is a great alternative. This trio includes a spatula, round spoon, and oval spoon, all made from a single piece of USDA-certified organic bamboo. If you’re unfamiliar with bamboo, know that it’s lightweight yet just as durable as wood and bamboo is naturally stain-resistant and antimicrobial. Even the oil finish is certified organic and derided from flaxseed. It’s sustainable, sturdy, and seriously great for your home — especially since it’s under $20 for the entire set! We’re big fans of this woman-owned B Corp and these utensils.
Review | “I use at least one spoon every day […] I use coconut oil on my spoons after they have dried on the dish rack. I have been using them for about 1 month and they still look like new.” – Sasha T. (Read all reviews)
Best For | Marbled look
Materials | Italian olive wood
Prices Starting At | $50 for 4-piece set
Apt for a gift (or to keep yourself), Quince’s Utensil Set is a beaut. Carved from Italian olivewood, this set includes a slotted spoon, blunt end spoon, medium spoon, and large spoon (have we said spoon enough?). They’re gentle to use on cookware without scratching yet durable enough to get the job done with tough stews and sauces. Quince sets are responsibly produced in China in BCSI-compliant factories. Enjoy free shipping and returns for up to one year — long enough to see if these will last.
Review | “I saw a set just like these at a store, however they were much more expensive. These are gorgeous and reasonably priced!” —Kristen S. (Read all reviews)
Featured image is from Parachute Home