OXO adjustable measuring cup

OXO has a serious presence in my kitchen, but the one- and two-cup adjustable measuring cups I added four months ago might be the last items I would sell. They are darned near perfect.

I’ve used other plunger-and-sleeve style adjustable measuring cups, and they were great for measuring odd quantities or volumes without using several different-sized cups (or one size several times), but sticky or oily stuff got in between the plunger and the sleeve, making reuse impossible without stopping to disassemble and clean the cup.

OXO has taken a page from the AeroPress coffee maker and solved this problem by using a similar gasket on the end of the plunger that seals against the sleeve and pushes the measured item out. The plunger rides in helical grooves in the sleeve, so one twists to adjust the measurement or eject the measured item. This makes additive measurements of a second item easy and allows more controlled ejection, too.

The grooves stop short of the extent that would allow you to pull the plunger from the bottom of the sleeve, ensuring that the gasket wipes the sleeve. End result: the only part you usually wash is the gasket itself.

The sleeve is marked in multiple units, with one set for liquid measure and one set for dry; the latter assumes some empty space at the top, great for coarse items, lightweight flours — and shaky hands.

These fulfill OXO’s stated mission of not just reproducing tools, but finding ways of improving the functionality by a noticeable amount. -- Pierce Presley

OXO Good Grips 2-Cup Adjustable Measuring Cup $12


  1. Looks a lot like the Hewlett Packard microwave frequency meter…

  2. Wait a minute, this looks just like a Swedish-made penis enlarger pump. Not that I would know what one looks like…

    1. If your penis is big enough to even *partially* fill the girth of that thing, I don’t think you need an enlarger pump…

  3. I purchased a push style measuring cup similar to this a couple of years ago after Alton Brown told me to (yes, master…) and it is seriously The Best Measuring Cup ever. So great.

    1. I did as well, and generally I like the same stuff. but… I don’t use it at all.
      For flour, I weigh it, for sugar a scoop works ok, and for the most part I don’t measure a lotta peanut butter or Crisco.

  4. Stopped buying OXO when I got ripped off twice: the world’s worst paperclip holders and the world’s worst  refrigerator magnets. Pure trash, their award-winning days are behind them.

  5. There’s no reason one should ever have to use something like this. Get a kitchen scale, learn how to convert volume measurements to weight, problem solved.

    1. The same thing that makes volume measurements inaccurate for cooking makes converting to weight inaccurate for cooking. For example how packed your flour is is going to effect how much weight is in a given volume. Or my peanut butter might be denser than your peanut butter. The conversion isn’t going to eliminate that inaccuracy. For that reason if you’re going to use a recipe based volume you’re better off sticking to measuring with volume. Something like this is far more accurate for measuring the volume of something sticky or viscous than the other options. 

      Beyond that outside of things like baking and curing; where there are strict chemical ,  safety, or technical concerns that contribute directly to a pass/fail situation; absolute accuracy is unnecessary. Its more important to understand the techniques at hand than it is to get exactly 13 milligrams of salt on your steak and then cook it for exactly 5.2 minutes.

      1. Y’know for some things, inaccurate scales are far better than measuring cups. 

        For example: making bread.  If you measure your flour by weight rather than volume, you’ll have exactly the correct amount, every time.  I know, I’ve baked hundreds, if not thousands of loaves.

  6. signalnine: I disagree. While I consider my kitchen scale indispensable, some things are more conveniently measured in a measuring cup. Converting volume to weight requires knowing the density, something you’re not always going to know offhand.

    1. It’s harder to scrape Crisco off the scale back into the can than to just fill the measuring cup and remove the excess in the same movement.

      1. Couldn’t you just weigh the Crisco can, and then keep removing some until you reach the required (negative) amount?

  7. Technique, technique, technique:
    The standard way to measure things like Crisco or butter by volume (say, when you’re baking) is to add volumes. 

    That is: if you need a half a cup of Crisco, fill your cup to the 1/2 cup mark with water, then spoon in your Crisco until you reach the 1 cup mark.  Pour out the water.  Ta-da!

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