We Just Found Your New Favorite Flour Sifter.

There’s more than one way to combine and refine dry ingredients.

Yeah, yeah, you know that sifting separates great baked goods from the rest. What you might not realize, however, is just how many versions of this basic tool exist—in a confounding variety of shapes, designs, even materials. But you needn’t sift through them all (heh, heh). We’ve narrowed down the market to three best-of-class keepers, all in rust-resistant, dishwasher-safe stainless steel.

Bellemain Hand-Crank Sifter

Bellemain hand-crank sifter
This 3-cup model can handle a lot.Amazon

There’s a reason classic hand-crank models have remained a kitchen staple for more than two centuries. And you know exactly what it is if you’ve ever grappled with a constantly sticking squeeze handle. This Bellmain number holds a full three cups of flour (or sugar, cocoa powder, etc.), more than most sifters made for home use.

AMPSEVEN Tamis Sieve

AMPSEVEN tamis sieve
Light but mighty, this sieve weighs in at only 0.2 lbs.Amazon

Also known as a drum sieve or chalni, in Indian cooking––this 6-inch-diameter, ultra-fine mesh sifter can double as a strainer for pastes, purees, sauces, and soups.

Culina Fine-Mesh Strainers

Culina fine-mesh strainers
A mesh sieve, or three, gets the job done and then some.Amazon

Culina’s trio includes strainers with diameters of 3, 5, and 7 inches—each of which can make easy work of clumpy ingredients, wet or dry, while also taking on the tasks of seeping, filtering, and draining.