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9-Inch Silicone Coated Locking Tongs
Manufacturer: Rösle
List price: $28
Warranty: Lifetime
Dimensions: 10-3/8” x 4-1/8” x 1-3/4” (opened)
Weight: 7-1/8 oz
Composition: Stainless steel, silicone
Other versions: 12-Inch Silicone Coated Locking Tongs
Made In: Germany
Type: Tongs
Color: Metallic/black
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 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
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: As an institution, we do not believe in magic. We have also not heard anyone around the office express a belief in magic. Still, we are pretty sure that how these Rösle tongs work.

The Rösle folks say there is a patented coupling mechanism that allows the tongs to be opened and locked together with just one hand. After looking at them very closely from all angles, our money is still on magic. (OK, we do hear something metal move when we hold the tongs vertically, with the tips pointing down, and give a little squeeze. The tongs simply unlock themselves. Squeeze them closed in any other position, and they lock together.)

Tongs may be the most important tool in the kitchen – perhaps after a good knife – and it kills us that some people don't have them, or have those worthless wire tongs that are about as useful as a child using chopsticks for the first time. Every kitchen should have a good pair of tongs (multiple pairs, in fact).

We have had tongs take up too much room, so the locking mechanism in these tongs clamps them down to a very trim 1-1/2" around and just over 10" long (the hanging loop adds about 1"). We have had tongs break, so the lifetime warranty offers peace of mind. We have had tongs with an overdeveloped spring that were physically hard to use, and these are just right. And we have had tongs that were hard to unlock (and all that we can remember require two hands), so these squeeze-with-one-hand tongs offer a real benefit, especially if you're stirring or doing something else important with your other hand.

Rösle says the silicone-covered tips won't pinch your food the way uncovered metal tips can, and we agree that some tongs have pretty sharp edges that can damage delicate foods. Rösle says these are sensitive enough to pick up a raisin or a pea. The silicone is heat-resistant up to 500°F (260°C). The "teeth" come together in close contact, so that you can grip food with a lot of surface area, not just the tip of the tongs.



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