The Best Rolling Pin

The Best Rolling Pin

Our pick

Whetstone Woodenware French Rolling Pin

Whetstone Woodenware French Rolling Pin

The best pin for most bakers

The 23-inch version of this tapered pin rolls dough more efficiently than handled pins, works well for rolling both pies and cookies, and is one of the easiest to clean. Plus, it’s good-looking and sturdy enough to last a lifetime.

Buying Options

$13* from Whetstone Woodenware

*At the time of publishing, the price was $26.

You may be surprised not to see handles on any of our recommended pins. When most people think of a rolling pin, they conjure the image of a wooden one with two handles, but the experts we interviewed and novices we tested with agreed that a pin without handles gives a better sense of the dough and is a better tool if you are baking for hours. Even our 10-year-old tester came to prefer them. (If you really want a handled pin, we did test a few.) The hand-finished Whetstone, a tapered French-style pin, not only worked better than handled versions; it proved superior to similarly shaped mass-produced pins (while costing a fraction of what hand-turned pins sell for). Its long, tapered shape also makes it ideal for rolling rounds of crust for pie and the more oblong shapes for cookies.

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Runner-up

JK Adams 19-inch Wooden Rolling Dowel

JK Adams 19-inch Wooden Rolling Dowel

Great for rolling cookies

This dowel-shaped pin isn’t quite as agile as our main pick for making round shapes and needs to be dusted with flour more often. But it’s ideal for rolling oblong and rectangular shapes and can be fitted with spacers to help achieve precise thickness.

Buying Options

Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $16.

The JK Adams 19-inch Wooden Rolling Dowel isn’t as good for rolling rounds of pie crust, but its long dowel shape makes it easier to roll out a big sheet of cookie dough that is perfectly even. A generic set of spacers (essentially rubber bands of various thicknesses), which won’t work on a tapered pin, can help novice bakers roll to a precise thickness and avoid making one section thinner than another. Its weight was similar to our top pick: light enough not to crack or dent fragile dough, but heavy enough to help the work go quickly with less muscle. The JK Adams dowel is widely available and affordably priced.

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Our pick

Whetstone Woodenware French Rolling Pin

Whetstone Woodenware French Rolling Pin

The best pin for most bakers

The 23-inch version of this tapered pin rolls dough more efficiently than handled pins, works well for rolling both pies and cookies, and is one of the easiest to clean. Plus, it’s good-looking and sturdy enough to last a lifetime.

Buying Options

$13* from Whetstone Woodenware

*At the time of publishing, the price was $26.

Runner-up

JK Adams 19-inch Wooden Rolling Dowel

JK Adams 19-inch Wooden Rolling Dowel

Great for rolling cookies

This dowel-shaped pin isn’t quite as agile as our main pick for making round shapes and needs to be dusted with flour more often. But it’s ideal for rolling oblong and rectangular shapes and can be fitted with spacers to help achieve precise thickness.

Buying Options

Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $16.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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