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Silicone Tornado Whisk
Manufacturer: Kuhn Rikon
List price: $18
Warranty: Lifetime
Dimensions: 11" x 3-1/2"
Weight: 4-1/2 oz
Composition: Stainless steel; silicone
Other versions: Tornado Whisk; Silicone Tornado Whisk w/ two-toned handle
Made In: Switzerland
Type: Kitchen Tools: Whisk
Color: Orange, yellow, blue, light green, dark green, metallic
Ambitions
Apparent goal: kids gift/registry home kitchens restaurants everywhere
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Diet/nutrition: does not apply scary empty promises helpful essential
Green?: not green neutral mixed blessing earth friendly green!
Innovative: step back standing still progress trendy genius
Problem solving: no better baby steps solid steps giant steps a revelation
Competition: outclassed follower in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Utility/Quality
Ease of use: impossible frustrating OK simple child's play
Intuitive: Ph.D. required barely logical effortless brilliant
Instructions: missing incomprehensible adequate unnecessary excellent
Quality: cheesy questionable good years of service impressive
Parts to lose: inevitable some/many one-piece self-storing not a problem
Power source: none hands batteries outlet green
Clean-up: nightmare wipe clean soap & water scouring pad dishwasher
Does it work?: not at all adequately well very well perfectly
Availability: airfare required online kitchen store department store supermarket
Packaging
Easy to open?: impossible maddening tolerable good opens itself
Green?: fills a landfill huge waste passable minimal waste impressive
Economy
Time saving: time wasting not really modest substantial huge
Labor saving: less efficient marginal a bit noticeable remarkable
Money saving: money wasted none $ $$ $$$
Beats the old way: worse no change better definitely entirely new
Where will it live?: garage/attic drawer cabinet countertop rack
Summary
Fulfills ambitions: falls short almost there satisfies exceeds home run
How often used: once/twice ≥daily ≥weekly ≥monthly ≥yearly/holidays
Worth the space?: no does not apply w/unlimited space w/limited space absolutely
Need it?: a luxury discretionary basic equipment for serious cooks get it
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it fair good very good excellent

Comments: The thing about neckties is, you buy them and you wear them, and maybe at some point one becomes a favorite. The look, the fabric, how well it ties, and various intangibles become important. There is no way of knowing at point or purchase whether this particular tie will be worn more than once or whether it is destined for neckwear greatness. Clearly it is a matter of personal preference*.

How is a whisk like a necktie, you ask? It, too, may or may not become a favorite. And in our experience, it is the sort of thing you only find out over time. (Our favorite whisk of all time was used so thoroughly that its wires broke off one by one. We still loved it when it was down to two loops…).

Now you may think whisks are all alike, just varying in size. You would be wrong, wrong, wrong, because, unlike neckties, you can often perceive the differences right off. We have received at least five different whisks in the last month to review, all of which are incredibly different. Some are big and stiff, with extra little loops for beating in more air. Some have silicone on only some of the wires. Some are essentially flat. Well, as we review more of them, you'll see their differences.

This Silicone Tornado Whisk is as different as they come – thin, multi-colored-silicone-covered wires in a tornado shape, with a heavy, but thin, waterproof stainless-steel handle, and a substantial hanging ring at the top. Because of the silicone, the whisk is safe for cast-iron or nonstick surfaces. The flat bottom is ideal for covering large surfaces of shallow skillets or roasting pans, and the wires blend the ingredients by pulling them in from all sides to the center. Because of the flat bottom, it will stand up straight in a pan (or anywhere else). It is not a stiff whisk, if that is what you're looking for.

As far as packaging goes (of which there was none), we actually had a dickens of a time getting one little label off.

The more we use this whisk – and for some reason we are drawn to it – the more we think it is destined to become one of our favorites.

*This is according to a very small and totally unscientific survey we conducted – but we totally stand by the results!



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