Although the Sil-pin Traditional Soft Grip Rolling Pin is considerably more expensive than wooden rolling pins, this model shines in hands-on tests, releasing dough without sticking. That means you don't have to use as much flour on the rolling pin to prevent sticking (adding too much flour to your dough can make it tough). And unlike wooden rolling pins, the silicone doesn't have pores that can trap food particles or bacteria, and it's safe to wash with soap and water. Reviewers say this rolling pin's rubber handles are specially contoured for a more comfortable grip, and the stainless-steel bearings make it easy to roll. This rolling pin is available in black, white and nine other colors. You can certainly spend less on a traditional rolling pin; for example, we saw some good reviews for the Oxo Good Grips Rolling Pin (*Est. $27), but the Sil-pin easily gets the best reviews.
We found the best professional review of the Sil-pin Traditional Soft Grip Rolling Pin at Good Housekeeping, where it's pitted against 14 other models. Elisa Huang at Bon Appétit picks the Sil-pin Traditional Soft Grip Rolling Pin as one of three favorites but doesn't reveal how many models were included in the review. Cook's Country compares the Sil-pin Traditional Soft Grip Rolling Pin to the editors' favorite wooding rolling pins, and it's included in a nicely done five-pin comparison by Kristina Matisic and Anna Wallner, hosts of the syndicated Canadian TV show "The Shopping Bags," at AnnaAndKristina.com. It also receives mostly positive reviews from owners at Amazon.com.
1. Good Housekeeping
Writer Sharon Franke tests 15 rolling pins and writes a short review about each one. The Sil-pin Traditional Soft-Grip Rolling Pin falls in the top five picks, with good comments for its weight and balance; the only downside is its price.
Review: Best-Tested Pie-Making Tools, Sharon Franke
Hosts of the syndicated TV show "The Shopping Bags," Kristina Matisic and Anna Wallner try out five rolling pins, comparing them for ease of use and handle comfort. The Sil-pan Traditional Soft Grip Rolling Pin is the overall favorite for its "smooth rolling motion" and no sticking.
Review: Rolling Pins, Kristina Matisic and Anna Wallner
3. Bon Appetit
Writer Elisa Huang tests several rolling pins and picks the J. K. Adams Co. French Dowel, Sil-pin Traditional Soft Grip Rolling Pin and Vic Firth Marble Rolling Pin as her favorites. However, we don't know which brands didn't make the cut or much about how they were evaluated.
Review: Rolling Pin, Elisa Huang, April 2008
4. Cook's Country
This article compares editors' favorite Fante's wooden rolling pins to Sil-pin silicone-coated rolling pins. Although the silicone rolling pins "didn't require as much additional flour on the pin" and were easy to clean, they cost considerably more than the wooden.
Review: Silicone Rolling Pin, Editors of Cook's Country, Dec. 2008
The Sil-pin Traditional Soft Grip Rolling Pin has two separate listings on this website. The red model receives an average rating of 3.8 out of five stars from eight owners, and the blue model receives an average of 4.7 stars from three owners. A couple of owners say they still end up using flour to keep dough from sticking.
Review: Fiesta Products Traditional Rubber Handles Sil-pin Silicone Rolling Pin, Red, Contributors to Amazon.com