Wouldn’t cooking be easier if we all had three arms? You could stir the sauce, pull something out the oven, and drink your glass of wine at the same time. Unfortunately, that’s never going to happen, so we’ve found the next best thing – the automatic pot-stirrer. It sits on top of your pan and stirs the contents, so you can sit back and relax. To create this list, we’ve searched the market to find the best automatic pot stirrer money can buy. We’ve managed to narrow it down to our eight top stirrers.
The Best Automatic Pot Stirrer
The first automatic pot-stirrer on our list is the UÜTENSIL Stirr. UÜTENSIL Stirr The Unique Automatic Pan Stirrer similar in design to the other sit-inside-the-pan stirrers we’ve seen, but it has a few features that help it stand out from the pack. Instead of being made from stainless steel, the legs are made from plastic. This might seem like a disadvantage, but it makes the product more lightweight and therefore easier for the motor to power around the liquid. Having said that, the disadvantage of this material is that it can only handle up to 120ºC heat.
In addition to being more lightweight, it’s also more aesthetically pleasing. The dark grey legs and a striking purple body gives it a futuristic look that would work well with a modern kitchen interior. This obviously doesn’t affect the performance, but it might sway you towards buying this product over the other robot stirrers.
Suitable for sauces, soups, porridge, gravy
Removable dishwasher safe legs
- Weight5.1 ounces
Can work with most pans
Simple to set up and use
Three speed settings
Powered by AA batteries (not included)
Liable to get stuck
Not great with thick sauces
The StirMATE pot stirrer is generally thought of as one of the best automatic pot stirrers ever made. We’ve selected it as our Premium Product even though it’s not the most expensive appliance on the list. The reason for that choice is that we think most people will be more satisfied with this stirrer than the more expensive ones. However, they have a few different features, so they’re still worth checking out.
This automatic stirrer works in a different way to the Robo Stir product we just looked at. For starters, it clamps onto the rim of the pan, instead of sitting inside it. You would think that it would be less versatile, but it is still suitable for any pan-sized 6-12 inches in diameter and 3-9 inches in depth (which pretty much covers all pans) and you can buy an extra-large stirrer if you have a huge pan. You can also detach the stirrer from the motor and clean it on its own, which is much easier.
Stirs for up to 13 hours
Sweeps bottom of the pan
- Weight1.2 pounds
Automatically adjusts to any sized pot
The patented stirrer is best in class
Sturdy and well made
Long battery life
Only one speed setting
Not good for thick sauces
The Ardente Gourmet Stirrer is one of the premium stirrers on this list. It’s easily one of the best on the market, but it’s only suitable for some applications and is nowhere near as versatile as the first two stirrers we’ve featured. The main reason for this is the way it fits onto pans. You have to have a pan with two handles that is between 9 and 14 inches in diameter. That means you can’t fit it onto anything with one handle or anything below 9 inches. If you’ve got the right pans this isn’t a problem, but otherwise, you’re going to have to invest in a new set of pans. However, if this pan does fit, it performs pretty well. It has a stirrer that sits in the middle of the pan and a two-tier stirring system that provides one of the most comprehensive stirs.
The other slightly frustrating thing about this appliance is that it runs on 4 C-cell batteries. You can get these in most stores, but you probably won’t have any lying around the house. We’d highly recommend buying a set of c-cell rechargeable batteries if you plan to use this stirrer regularly. One feature we like is the continuous and intermittent settings. If you don’t need to continuously stir something, you can set the timer and it will stir it in intervals. This is ideal for slow-cooking dishes. You may also be interested in some of the best double boilers from our list, so check them out.
Continuous or intermittent operation
Fits pots from 9 to 14 inches
- BrandArdente Gourmet Stirrer
- Weight1 pound
Stackable blades thoroughly stir the pot
The intermittent setting is useful for slow-cooking
Only fits pans with two handles (of a specific size)
Runs on c-cell batteries
The StirChef Saucepan Stirrer is yet another different way of achieving hands-free stirring. This product has three attachment points that are adjustable to sit on the rim of the saucepan. It’s pretty versatile, but will only fit 6 – 8.5-inch pans because the arms don’t stretch out any more. It’s really simple to use but it has one major design flaw – you sometimes have to touch the rim of the pan when it’s hot to remove it. This shouldn’t totally put you off but it’s worth keeping in mind because you might need some help from an oven glove.
One of the best things about this stirrer is the fact that it has three heat-resistant paddles in different sizes. That means you can pick the perfect stirrer based on how large the pan is and what you’re cooking. Both the paddles and the stainless steel shaft are removable and dishwasher safe, which makes it much easier to clean than a lot of its competitors.
3 heat-resistant paddles
Removable stainless steel shaft
Fits pots 6 – 8.5-inch diameter
Continuous and intermittent settings
- Weight1.3 pounds
Folds up for easy storage
Paddles for different sized pots
Need to touch the pan when it’s hot
No adjustable speed
The Saki Automatic Pot Stirrer is one of the more premium products on this list. It’s not that different in price to the last couple of stirrers we’ve looked at, but it’s easily one of the best looking. The sleek white and black design will fit seamlessly into any modern kitchen design, which is important if you’ve spent thousands on the perfect kitchen – you’ve got to get the right appliances to match. But, is it all style and no substance? Not in the slightest – this is one of the best hands-free pot stirrers on the market.
It fits the pan in a similar way to the Ardente Gourmet Stirrer. It’s got two clamps that fit either side of the pan, but this one doesn’t have to be attached to the pan handles, which makes it much more versatile. It will fit any pan that is 6-10 inches in diameter and 4-8 inches in height. So, unless you’re planning to cook in a huge or tiny saucepan, it shouldn’t be a problem.
Fits pots 6 – 8.5-inch diameter & 4-8 inch deep
Cordless & rechargeable
2 speed settings
- Weight2.6 pounds
Best looking automatic pot stirrer available
Adjustable speed setting for precision cooking
Cordless and rechargeable – no batteries
Not great for cream-based dishes
Noisier than competitors
The HTI Automatic Stirrer works much in the same way as our Best Choice product. In fact, unless you had both side by side, it would be almost impossible to tell them apart. They both have three silicone feet that move around the base of a pot, they’re both powered by an electric motor that provides three-speed settings, and they both have an on/off button on top of the body. They’re pretty much the same product. This is most likely because the product is made in China and then sold off to different companies to repackage and sell on.
These small electric stirrers are only useful in certain situations. Because they have a small and low-power motor, they are liable to get stuck, which means you could end up with a gloopy sauce. If you have a gas hob that has an uneven grate, the motor will struggle to power the stirrer up an incline. Before you buy it, you need to go into your kitchen and measure your hob with a spirit level to make sure it’s perfectly flat. We’d highly recommend a small stirrer like this if you’re cooking an easy, light sauce, like gravy or cream. Some of the product pictures are misleading because the stirrer is working in a very thick sauce, which isn’t likely. If you want a heavy-duty stirrer, then you should buy one of the more expensive products. Be sure to also check out our guide to the best rice cookers, pick your favorite and be sure you’ll have perfectly made rice at any occasion.
Powered by 4 AA batteries
Fits inside any pan
Three silicone feet
Three speed settings
Approx 4 hours of battery life
- Weight6.4 ounces
Fits inside any pan
Easy to set up and use
Three speed settings for accurate stirring
Powered by AA batteries (not included)
Won’t work if the hob isn’t flat
Doesn’t work on thick sauces
Automatic Pot Stirrer Buying Guide & FAQ
How We Chose Our Selection Of Automatic Pot Stirrers
A lot of work goes into creating these buying guides. In this case, it was testing automatic pot stirrers on all kinds of dishes, to see which product performed the best. The eight products you’ve seen are our favorites, even though there are many more to choose from. Here’s how we selected the stirrers that made it onto the final list.
Brand - Brand is important, especially when it comes to kitchen appliances. It’s important to buy from a brand you trust, otherwise, you could end up with a sub-par product that doesn’t do the job you bought it for. There aren’t many well-known brands on this list, but we’ve done some background research on all of them and made sure they know what they’re doing. Behind every great brand is a great product and an excellent customer service team, just in case anything goes wrong.
Price - Not everyone can afford to buy the best-of-the-best. We completely understand that, which is why we include products from across the price range. Our Best Value products are chosen on the basis that they can do the job without breaking your bank and our Premium Products are what we would choose if money wasn’t a problem. Then, we also have our Best Choice, which is the best-of-both-worlds.
Reviews - One of the best things about shopping online is the fact that you can read through hundreds of customer reviews. No longer do you have to stare at a product in a store and wonder if it’s any good, and you don’t have to take the salesman’s word for it. Now, you can find out what hundreds of people just like you think about the product. We use customer reviews like a survey. Instead of having to ask hundreds of people their opinions, we can simply look at Amazon’s review section. We also read reviews from other experts to see what they think about the thing we’re reviewing.
Features To Look For In Automatic Pot Stirrers
Durability - Presumably, you’re not just buying an automatic pot stirrer to use once. It’s going to be your sous-chef on almost every meal you cook, so you need it to be durable. When it comes to kitchen appliances, you need to check out the quality of the electronics, shell, and metals used.
Design - Not all automatic pot stirrers are created equally. Some of them are definitely designed better than others. They might fit over any sized pan easier, be more adjustable, or generally look better.
Stirring speeds - Most automatic pot stirrers just have one speed, which is generally a slow setting. However, if you’re looking for a more adjustable and accurate tool, you can find products that have 2 or more speeds.
Max Temperature - It’s always important to check the maximum temperature that a kitchen appliance can handle. Chances are, you won’t be cooking hot enough to damage it, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Fit - Before you buy an automatic stirrer, you should check out what size pan it fits. If you don’t know the size of your pan, it should say on the bottom or side. Alternatively, you can measure the diameter of the pan to find out.
Size - The size you want really depends on how much space you have in the kitchen. If you’re stuck for space, don’t go for a large pot-stirrer that you won’t be able to fit anywhere.
Automatic Pot Stirrer FAQ
Q: What is an automatic pot stirrer?
A: An automatic pot stirrer is a kitchen appliance that automatically stirs the contents of the pot. It’s designed for dishes that require constant stirring and it helps avoid burnt pans. There are a few different designs - some sit on top of the pan and have a stirrer that reaches in and some sit inside the pan and vibrate around.