InfoStainless Steel:Stainless steel cooking utensils are the least likely to allow bacteria to thrive, and very easy to clean. The downside of stainless steel cooking utensils is that they can scratch nonstick or cast iron pots; even when very careful, you risk damaging the cooking surface when using stainless steel on nonstick or cast iron surfaces.Silicone:Silicone is a type of plastic and very similar to the material, Nylon. However, Silicone has greater heat resistance than Nylon but less rigidity in structure. Silicone is great for scrapers, spatula-spoons and other things that are fairly thick, but a thin silicone utensil can feel very unstable, and will wear easily. Wood:Wood is a popular choice for utensils, such as spoons and spatulas. Advantages to wood utensils is that wood won’t scratch even the most delicate cooking surfaces, as well as wood is a poor conductor of heat and is therefore easily handled when cooking, or heating food. If you purchasing wood utensils, make sure to buy ones that are treated to inhibit bacteria growth, as wood can be a favorable environment for bacteria growth.Nylon:Nylon is a type of plastic, and most similar to the material, Silicone. Nylon will melt around 400 degrees Fahrenheit (varying some extent brand-to-brand), although most residential uses of this wouldn’t allow surfaces or foods to rise to that temperature. Nylon is a great option when buying turners, as it can be thinner allowing for an easier turn, or flip, and still maintain rigidity. Bamboo:Bamboo is lighter than oak but harder than maple; this makes bamboo cooking utensils lightweight and manageable, and provides them with tremendous longevity when treated properly. Bamboo doesn't break easily, it won't hurt your non-stick pots and pans, and it won't absorb odors like some other utensil materials do.Plastic:Plastic utensils are made to avoid scratching the surfaces of nonstick or cast iron pots, and tends to be easy to clean. Plastic cooking utensils, however, are not as resistant to heat as wood or metal, and may actually melt if left in a hot pot unattended.Rubber:Rubber utensils are great for scraping ingredients from the surface of mixing containers and for some lighter duty mixing jobs. Rubber is also non-stick and won’t ruin your coated cookware when scrapped. Porcelain:Porcelain or ceramic utensils are easily cleaned and poor conductors of heat so you don’t have to worry about burning your hands when using them. Disadvantages to porcelain are that it tends to chip easily if dropped or banged against something else.