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Pyrex Balloon Whisk
Product number: 1083747
Manufacturer: World Kitchen LLC
List price: $14.99
Warranty: Replacement if defective
Dimensions: 11-1/4" x 4-1/4"
Weight: 3-1/4 oz
Composition: Stainless steel, silicone, plastic
Made In: China
Type: Kitchen tools: whisk
Color: Silver, gray
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 especially 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
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
Easy to open?: impossible maddening tolerable good opens itself
Green?: fills a landfill huge waste passable minimal waste impressive
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 elsewhere
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: We totally understand the desire to use one tool that will perform two tasks, rather than dirtying two separate implements. (We can never quite manage it, but we totally understand the concept). That appears to be the goal here – a combination whisk and rubber spatula or scraper.

This whisk has an unusual design. Rather than curving from one side to the other as with most balloon whisks, each of the eight wires here is bent at a 90-degree angle before heading back to a position a quarter-way around the handle If you gently pry the wires apart, it is as if you are opening the petals of a flower. Four of the wires are slightly shorter and form an inside layer, and four are marginally longer. One section of each of the longer wires is coated in silicone. These silicone-coated edges are meant to work as a scraper on the inside of mixing bowls so you can scrape out every bit of whatever you're mixing, and also to allow you to work in a nonstick pan without damaging the surface.

Our test results were a little bit mixed. When working in a mixing bowl, the silicone edges dragged a bit if we hit the inside of the bowl, making it a little harder to whip cream or eggs. It is also possible with fearless whisking to scrape the nonstick surface of a pan with the tips of the wires. We didn't cause any damage to the nonstick surface, but we couldn't be sure that we wouldn't. There are whisks on the market with wires entirely encased in silicone; these might be more of a sure thing if your pans are quite delicate. Otherwise, it's a very serviceable whisk with a large, comfortable handle.


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