Accurate, lightweight, easy to read with clear liquids, and priced well.
You can’t microwave fats in them, and measuring anything hot (like caramel) is out of the question.
A good, versatile set with well-thought-out features and great design. We’d happily have these in our kitchen.
We’ve probably all used a Pyrex glass measuring cup, holding it up to the light and squinting, wondering if the buttermilk for those waffles is exactly at the 1-cup line, adding more or dribbling out the excess before lifting and squinting once again. Angled measuring cups are a big advancement in design, since they let you read the level of a liquid from above, no squinting necessary. This three-cup set from OXO Good Grips makes sense in theory. It’s an all-purpose set of the three most-used sizes for liquid measures (1 cup, 2 cups, and 4 cups) from the kitchenware company known for ergonomics. Each is available individually, priced at $6.99, $7.99, and $9.99, respectively—you save about 5 bucks by buying the set. But do the cups perform well enough to justify the purchase?
OXO’s three-cup set (#1056988V3) uses a patented angled surface: a white, semicircular ring printed with liquid measures in red so they stand out. Measures are calibrated both around the angled surface and on the exterior of the cup (same as traditional measuring cups) in cups, ounces, and milliliters. The cups are made of clear, BPA-free plastic, so they’re light (3, 5, and 12 ounces, respectively). The black, soft-grip handles look kind of cool. They’re microwavable, though OXO doesn’t recommend nuking fats in them, and you can put them in the dishwasher for cleaning.
To take the OXO set on a test drive, we measured a clear liquid (water), then microwaved it; measured an opaque liquid (barbecue sauce) to see if the marks on the angled ring would still be visible; and weighed various measurements of water on a kitchen scale to judge the cups’ general accuracy.
Clear liquid: A no-brainer, just like we thought. Using the angled ring it was easy to measure various volumes of liquid quickly and easily, no eye-strain or topping-off necessary. Then we nuked water in the cups and—ta-da—the handles stayed cool to the touch.
Opaque liquid: Here’s where the angled calibrations got a little tricky to read—our barbecue sauce obscured the markings, so unless you measure slightly under, you can't easily see where you’re at. Naturally the standard exterior measures came in handy here.
Accuracy: A cup of water weighs 8 ounces; we got a reading of 8 1/8 ounces using the angled cup measure. All in all, pretty accurate.
General stuff: All kinds of details have been thought out with this set. The spouts are wide and easy to pour through, the three cups nest to save space, and each one feels well balanced—they’d be hard to accidentally tip over. What’s more, the 4-cup measure can even double as a small pitcher. And we like that the ounces are broken out individually on the 1-cup measure, so you can use it for cocktails—lots of other measuring cups start at the 1/4-cup (i.e., 2-ounce) mark. We’d buy this set in a second.
Photos by Chris Rochelle