By Katie Macdonald

Whether you treat cooking like an art or a science, there are definitely recipes where it's important to use accurate measurements (looking at you, Bloody Marys). And while calculating the variation between one and two cups is pretty easy, when you're measuring teeny-tiny amounts, a few drops more than 1/4 teaspoon of chili oil or Worcestershire sauce can make a major difference.

The problem with our handy tablespoons and teaspoons is that a shaky grip can make it challenging to get the exact amount into our dish (and not on the counter). Which is why this mini measuring cup from OXO caught our eye.

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To buy: $5; amazon.com

Just like its 1-, 2-, and 4-cup siblings, the ¼-cup Mini OXO Good Grips Angled Measuring Cup is designed with a patented angled surface that allows you to read measurements from above as well as the side. The distinct markings are in both standard and metric, as well as tablespoon and ounce measurements — perfect for cooking, baking, or a little mixology.

On Amazon, shoppers rave about how sturdy and easy to read OXO's measuring cups are, with nearly 1,700 leaving perfect five-star ratings.

"I'm always cooking for no more than one or two people, and most recipes are written for four to six servings, so I usually cut recipes in half," writes one reviewer. "When a recipe calls for a tablespoon of a liquid ingredient (common in Asian recipes!) it's difficult (and messy) to accurately measure 1.5 teaspoons. That's why I ordered the OXO 1/4 cup measurer."

"I would always slosh too much vanilla when I used a measuring spoon," adds another. "This cup makes sure I can be precise. I like the tablespoon markings as well as the 1/4 cup marking on it. I bought 2 more to give to my sisters."

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Others love their mini measuring cup instead of a cocktail jigger, saying it's cleaner and simpler to use.

"This is my favorite bar tool," writes a customer. "Excellent for measuring cocktail ingredients. It's so easy to read, has both ounces and tablespoons, and pours clean."

Made of BPA-free plastic, the cups are microwave and dishwasher-safe; however, many customers report they prefer to handwash to keep the plastic from clouding (caused by harsh dishwasher soaps).

But if you did have to buy a replacement, it won't make a dent in your wallet. The mini cups cost just $5. So, what are you waiting for? Add one to your Amazon cart ASAP!

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