Restaurant Disher Scoop Sizes (Ice Cream Scoop)

Ice Cream Scoop Sizes and Colors

Disher Scoop Sizes (also called Ice Cream Scoops) are based upon the number of level scoops it takes to fill a 32 oz container.  Below you’ll find a chart for common restaurant disher scoops, what the number sizes mean, how many fluid ounces are in each, and how many scoops it takes to fill one cup.  It should be noted that the yields do vary by manufacturer so if you are looking for an absolute true yield for food costing purposes your best bet is to actually measure the scoop which you use.  Vollrath disher scoops are one of the most consistently accurate in regards to the chart below.

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Disher Scoop Sizes, Colors and Yields
Scoop SizeScoop ColorScoop DiameterFluid OzTbspCupmLScoops per Cup
#4 Orange 3 5/8″8.0016.001.00236.61
#5 Teal3 3/8″6.4012.80.800189.31.25
#8Gray2 3/4″
#10Ivory2 5/8″
#12Green2 1/2″2.675.33.333793
#16Blue2 5/16″
#20Yellow2 1/8″1.603.20.20047.35
#30Black1 7/8″
#40Orchid1 5/8″.8001.60.10023.710



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ADVINCEN []    [ Nov 17, 2015 ]

This chart is extremely helpful. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. Thank you so much for posting it.

ROBIN []    [ Aug 19, 2015 ]

Awesome chart – thank you so much for the download also – will be a great reference!  I use scoops for baking and the “cookie scoop” version don’t seem to have any consistency in sizing, but now I can find the right scoop for the job!

LESLIEDON@AOL.COM []    [ Jun 21, 2015 ]

Great into, exactly what I was looking for

JOHN THIEL []    [ May 31, 2015 ]

To the complainers:
The scoop sizes are the same for left-handed people as they are right-handed people.

For those figuring out size/tables spoon relationships:

The number refers to how many scoops per quart! 32 0z per quart. Thus, a number 4 scoop has 8 ozs. (32/4). Now a missing part of the equation.

There are 2 Tablespoons per ounce.
3 Teaspoons per Tablespoon
Put these together, there are 6 Teaspoons per ounce. 1 Teaspoon=.1666 ounces.

So, take the #100 scoop =.32 oz That is very close to 2 Teaspoons.

Hope this helps


BARBARA []    [ Apr 04, 2015 ]

The scoops shown are only for right handed people.  You’re not serving 20% of the people.  Shame.

BABYCATCHER []    [ Mar 08, 2015 ]

I found your chart when trying to decide on a new ice cream scoop. This is wonderful! Had no idea so many sizes were available! Now I know I need a 16, 10, and 4. Thanks!

BEEGEE []    [ Jan 20, 2015 ]

Very informative.

I’ve been using a scoop to make cookies for quite a while now…I had no idea that they came in different sizes, much less that there were standards for such sizes…kind of like buckshot.

I would like to see some discussion as to what these different sizes are for.  I can see having a couple for different styles of cookies, but the uses for all the others (especially the tiny ones) is beyond me.

BEN A. []    [ Dec 28, 2014 ]

Woot!  Thank you for the chart, it’s very helpful.

RJLOON []    [ Nov 24, 2014 ]

I have an iPad and cannot download the PDF file of the chart.  Also, can you provide the bowl diameters of the smaller dishes?

DAVID BUCHANAN    [ Nov 05, 2014 ]

Thanks Chef Chris!

CHEF CHRIS MENENDEZ []    [ Nov 01, 2014 ]

Great info Chef!

DAVID BUCHANAN    [ May 21, 2014 ]

DEE – we would multiple because we are trying to convert .914 Tbl into Tsp. If there are 3 Tsp in a Tbl then .914 Tbl = 2.74 Tsp. If we divide .914 by 3 the answer is .30 Tsp in a Tbl

DEE []    [ May 21, 2014 ]

To the April 25 comment: wouldn’t you divide since the larger number was for the Tbl and there are 3 tsp in one Tbl?Great chart though!

LESLIE []    [ Apr 27, 2014 ]

Is it possible a size 8 scoop of purée chicken could be smaller than a size 10 or 12 scoop of potatoes?

DAVID BUCHANAN    [ Apr 25, 2014 ]

Frustrated – There are 2.74 Tsp in a #70 scoop (2 3/4 Tsp if you round it slightly).

The calculation to figure this out is as follows:

  • The chart shows that there are .914 Tbl in a #70
  • There are 3 Tsp in a Tbl
  • Multiply .914 by 3 to determine how many Tsp are in .914 Tbl
  • Answer: .914 x 3 = 2.74 Tsp
FRUSTRATED []    [ Apr 24, 2014 ]

this chart is worthless.

how many full tablespoons/teaspoons does each one hold.

I have a #70 and .057 doesn’t help AT ALL

JEANETTE []    [ Jan 25, 2014 ]

Love this chart! Printing it out and taping it inside my cabinet door! Recently purchased 3 scoops for doing cupcakes, cake balls, etc..wish I had had this chart! Purchasing the dishers would have been so much simpler knowing how much each size held! This chart helps me know the amount in TBSPs each disher holds! Awesome resource! Thank you!

DAVID BUCHANAN    [ Aug 08, 2013 ]

Thanks for the feedback Susan!

SUSAN []    [ Aug 06, 2013 ]

This is a great list of disher sizes, with a broader range of scoop sizes than I’ve seen before. Thanks. I’ve printed it out for reference.

DAVID BUCHANAN    [ Mar 31, 2013 ]

Jennie – The #5 and #4 must be hard to find, or no longer available. I’ve tried searching for them but with no luck.

SHYLA1SHYLA1    [ Mar 31, 2013 ]


Did you ever find the #5 scoop?  I need 8 of them.


ELLEN []    [ Nov 27, 2012 ]

Do you have sizes chat of Vollrath stainless steel disher scoops?


DAVID BUCHANAN    [ Oct 12, 2012 ]

Jennie – all these food service vendors should carry them: Sysco, FSA, US Foods, Bargreen Ellingson.  Also, may carry them, or if there is a Cash & Carry or other restaurant supply store in your area.

JENNIE []    [ Oct 12, 2012 ]

where do I buy #5 and #4 dishers?

DAVID BUCHANAN    [ Jul 26, 2012 ]

Thanks Dr. T for the catch!  The data has been corrected.

DR. T []    [ Jul 26, 2012 ]

The capacity in cups for the #5 scoop appears to be wrong. I’m guessing it should be 0.8 cups, which would be more in line with the fl. oz, Tbsp, mL, and the number of scoops per cup.

DAVID BUCHANAN    [ Jul 13, 2012 ]

Very helpful info about the bowl diameters!  Thank-you.  I’ll work it into the table.    [ Jul 13, 2012 ]

Would be very helpful to know the bowl diameter of each size. The following is what I’ve been able to dig up thus far.

#6 = 3″
#8 = 2 3/4″
#10 = 2 5/8″
#12 = 2 1/2″
#16 = 2 5/16″
#20 = 2 1/8″
#24 = 2″
#30 = 1 7/8″
#40 = 1 5/8″


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Rochelle Hopkins Fitzpatrick

Thank you!! I make large batches of butter cream and I now know I need a #4 scoop to dish out 1 c. of shortening at a time. I’m laminating this chart and putting it inside my cabinet for quick reference!

Rochelle Hopkins Fitzpatrick

Dr T, 6.4 oz/8 oz in a cup = .8, which is slightly over 3/4 c. The chart is correct. Ace Mart in Garland, TX carries a wide array of scoops.

Mark Ladd

Where can I buy a nice quality #60 scoop? (its listed as pink here)

Nicki Nichols

Srsly have been scouring the internet looking for THIS very chart or any information to get me to this end game of scoop knowledge!!!! Hallelujah!!! Hallelujah!!! Hallelujah!!! Thank you so much & Thank you David Buchanan for providing even more information & being so nice!!! This chart is priceless!! Im no kitchen queen but Im trying to at least up my kitchen game, this is going to help hahahah 8)

Damien Eftekhar

Thanks so much for this! SO helpful in writing up recipes for consumers!


Found this (again) after I misplaced my printout and needed it again. Very useful information. I would also like to make some comments on previous comments. diameters of the smaller sizes 50 – 1 9/16″ 60 – 1 1/2″ 70 – 1 7/16″ 100 – 1 1/4″ All sizes are available at my local restaurant supply, but rarer ones like #5 don’t seem to be on Amazon — you’ll likely need to seek out a restaurant supply store that sells retail. Vollrath dishers are the same size — it’s a standardized foodservice tool; just like any brand of cup measure… Read more »

Dennis Boldt

I am looking for a colored handled #50 .65 scoop

Jacki VanGorden

I would love to see another column of suggested uses for each size, i.e. what would I want to scoop with a size 10 rather than a size 12?

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