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Sugar is an integral part of the diet of many people worldwide. In Germany alone, the per capita sugar consumption in 2017-18 was 34.8 kg. In 1953, the first sugar shaker, "Der Süße Heinrich", was invented by Heinrich Kurz. Since this invention, sugar shakers have become an indispensable part of many kitchens. With many different designs, materials and colours, sugar shakers can become real eye-catchers and thus also help to design the kitchen in an appealing way to create a pleasant atmosphere, but also a practical aid for efficiently dosing sugar.


  • Sugar shakers come in a wide variety of colours, designs and materials, so that all individual tastes are always represented.
  • Sugar shakers are often used in the catering industry, but also in private households.
  • In addition to sugar, other ingredients such as salt or other spices can also be stored.

The Best Sugar Shaker in the United Kingdom: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for sugar shakers

To help you choose your next sugar shaker, we have summarised the most important criteria so that you can find the best sugar shaker for you. These criteria are as follows:

Now we'll explain what to look for in these warteries so you can make a well-informed decision.


Since there are many different designs, it can sometimes be difficult to decide, especially when it comes to sugar shakers that are to be used in private households. It can be useful to think about which design would go well with the interior design of the kitchen. However, it is also incredibly important to pay attention to the workmanship in order to avoid unpleasant surprises. This can be avoided by reading reviews from other customers or if you prefer to go to a shop, then you should take the sugar shaker in your hand and look at it closely.


Sugar shakers are now available in many different materials. Just as with the design, you should also pay attention to the workmanship. When it comes to materials, it would also be advisable to pay attention to sustainability. If sustainability is also an important criterion, then it would be advisable to use materials such as bamboo, glass, wood or metal and to avoid plastic. Because even with sugar shakers, there are still enough products on the market that are made of plastic. It is advisable to read the product description carefully and, if you have any doubts, ask if necessary.


But there are also sugar shakers in a wide variety of sizes. From sizes that can hold between 100 ml and 500 ml, everything is possible. With this criterion, it is important to know whether you want a sugar shaker that can hold less or a lot of volume. But if that doesn't seem so important to you, then you can also pay attention to the handling. It is advisable to memorise the size and, if you have a product of a similar size at home, to take it in your hand to see whether you like this size of sugar shaker or not.


If you want a particularly easy-care sugar shaker, then you should take a good look at the materials, because some are easier to clean than others.

But most sugar shakers, especially those made of glass, plastic, ceramic or stainless steel can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher without any problems.

Only sugar shakers made of wood should not be left in contact with water for too long and are usually cleaned with mineral oil to prevent permanent damage to the material.


There are also different types of sugar shakers. From the very classic with a kind of hose from which the sugar comes out, to sugar bowls that can be dosed with a small spoon, and also sugar sprinklers that also have a tray for sweetener. Here, however, personal preferences play a decisive role, but also how one would like to have the dosage. If you want to have a very precise dosage, then a sugar bowl with a spoon would be more recommendable because you can be much more precise with it. But if you also use sweetener relatively often, then a sugar shaker with a sweetener tray would also be quite suitable for you.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about sugar shakers answered in detail

In this section, we explain the most frequently asked questions about sugar shakers.

Who is a sugar shaker suitable for?

Sugar shakers are an everyday kitchen item that is suitable for all those people who like to sweeten their drinks or dishes. But even if you don't use sugar that often, a sugar shaker is still a good and stylish storage option.


A sugar shaker is very useful for sweetening certain hot drinks such as coffee or tea. After all, in everyday life, sugar is most commonly used to sweeten these hot drinks. (Image source: Jessica Lewis / Unsplash)

What types of sugar shakers are there?

There are many different types of sugar shakers, which differ especially in design, material and size. But, besides sugar shakers, there are also sugar bowls, sets with a sugar shaker and other storage options for other condiments and also sugar shakers that also have a shelf for sweetener.

How do I clean a sugar shaker?

Depending on the material, some sugar shakers are easier to clean than others. All sugar shakers made of glass, plastic or metal can be washed by hand with a little washing-up liquid or in the dishwasher. However, it should be noted that the sugar shaker must be completely dry before it can be refilled. Only wooden sugar shakers need mineral oil for maintenance, as these sugar shakers should not be in contact with water for too long. This is generally true, but you should still read the manufacturer's instructions carefully in order to get the most out of your sugar shaker for as long as possible.


To have a practical and stylish storage option for sugar, sugar shakers are a helpful option. Due to many different design options, they can be integrated well into the kitchen décor and are a beautiful detail in the kitchen. Besides the aesthetics, sugar shakers are also a practical tool for efficiently dosing sugar. However, personal preferences and the price play an important role in the purchase decision. Germans spend an average of 13.8% of their salary on food alone. Since sugar is also an important ingredient in German kitchens, sugar shakers are also very widespread in kitchens. (Cover picture: pixabay / Didgeman)