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The 9 Best Flour Sifters Of 2022—Electric, Crank, Sieve Flour Sifters


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Whether or not you choose to sift flour is a deeply personal choice. Once a must-follow step in any baking recipe, these days the verdict is out as to whether it’s actually necessary. And yet, the bakers who sift swear by the practice, saying that they can mean the difference between a lumpy, dense cake and a fluffy, airy, dreamy, cloud-like cake that’ll have guests raving. Is it worth the risk to not sift? Our two cents: It can never hurt.

Our top picks

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ChefGiant Rotary Hand Crank Flour Sifter

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Best Sifter With Crank

Norpro Rotary Hand Crank Flour Sifter

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Best Sifter With Hand Press

Snowyee Flour Sifter with Hand Press

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Best Attachment Sifter

KitchenAid Sifter and Scale Attachment

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Best Dishwasher Safe Sifter

KitchenAid Mesh Strainer

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Are sifters worth it?

If you’re in the pro-sift camp, absolutely! While you don’t need one for every recipe that calls for flour, they do help to break up dense clumps and make measuring much more accurate, which can lead to a better texture in dessert, breads. and other dishes. (For what it’s worth, the anti-sift crowd says most commercially available flours aren’t as clump-prone as they used to be.) You can also use sifters to dust powdered sugar on top of cakes or over lattes.

How we chose these products

We wanted to find an array of different types of flour sifters that would fit everyone’s needs. So we reached out to baking bloggers for their favorite sifters, since we know they’re sifting a lot. We also asked chefs what sifters they use both in their professional kitchens and when baking at home. Finally, we scoured the internet for the favorite sifters of at-home bakers. From sifters with hand cranks and handles, to sieve baskets, battery-operated sifters, and duster wands, it turns out there is a flour sifter for everyone. With these sifters, you’ll be whipping tempting chocolate cakes, tender breads, decadent cookies, and adorable cupcake recipes in no time.

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ChefGiant Rotary Hand Crank Flour Sifter

  • Hand crank prevents clumps
  • large-capacity

“This is the ideal sifter,” said Adeyemi Allen, chef at the The Varsity Club in White Sulfur Springs, WV “As you turn the rotary, it breaks up the lumps so there is no waste, and it also is good for powdered sugar .” With an eight-cup capacity, it holds a ton of flour and the super fine mesh yields the softest, most sifted flour you’ve ever seen.

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Best Sifter With Crank

Norpro Rotary Hand Crank Flour Sifter

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Best Sifter With Hand Press

Snowyee Flour Sifter with Hand Press

With this model, instead of turning a handle, you squeeze the hand press and it pushes the flour through the layer of mesh. It’s less bulky than crank-style sifters and takes a little less movement to make work. “It does a proper lifting job with much less hand fatigue,” this reviewer said. “Most importantly, it does NOT squeak!”

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Best Attachment Sifter

KitchenAid Sifter and Scale Attachment

  • Must own a KitchenAid stand mixer
  • learning curve

“The flour sifter and scale attachment for the KitchenAid mixer is ingenious and innovative,” said Tonya Council, chef, baker, and owner of Chapel Hill, NC-based cookie shop Tonya’s Cookies. “It takes the tedium out of standing over a bowl and slowly dumping flour into it. It weighs, sifts and chutes the flour into the mixing bowl for you. It takes a bit of practice, but once you get used to it, it’s like having another pair of hands.”

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Best Dishwasher Safe Sifter

KitchenAid Mesh Strainer

  • Dishwasher safe
  • large basket

“I use this for everrrrrrything,” said Vallery Lomas, winner of the never-aired season of The Great American Baking Show and cookbook author. “It’s super versatile. I use it for sifting cake flour, powdered sugar, or cocoa. But I also use it to strain pasta! Or strain lemon curd. It’s small, stores easily, and is easy to clean.”

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Best Sifter Set

de Buyer Stainless Steel Strainer

“I love a tool that can multitask and that is certainly true when it comes to strainers! Food52 has this set of 3 in different sizes which are all great for different applications,” said Izy Hossack of the baking blog Top with Cinnamon. “I prefer this over a mechanical flour sifter as the wide diameter of mesh means that sifting those dry ingredients together is super quick.”

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Best Battery Operated Sifter

TriTree Electric Flour Sifter For Baking

  • Automatically shifts with a push of a button
  • Must be careful when washing

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Best Dusting Wand

OXO Good Grips Baker’s Dusting Wand

  • Great for detail work
  • small size

When you’re putting the final touches on an elegant dessert or just want a sprinkle of cinnamon on your coffee, getting out a big, clunky sifter seems like waaay to much work. That’s why this dusting wand is perfect for sifting small amounts of sugar, flour, or spices. “It’s very useful if you want to do some detail work or add just a little bit of powdered sugar and not use a big sifter or other device,” this reviewer said.

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Best Sieve-Style Sifter

Meirrnyyu Stainless Steel Fine Mesh Strainers

  • large-capacity
  • Easy to clean

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