My latest find from perusing the gadget section of the grocery store is the Utensil Pot Clip from Good Cook ($4.99), a metal clip that secures a utensil to the rim of a hot pot without the utensil touching the pot. It makes a lot of sense. I have some spoons and spatulas that can sit in a hot pot without getting damaged, but I have many with melt or burn marks on the handles from letting them rest on the rim of a hot pot or pan. Of course, you could put the spoon on the counter or on a spoon rest, but a clip cuts down on mess and space. It's also useful if you have multiple pots cooking, so each spoon stays with its own pot.
Shortly after buying the clip, Good Cook sent me a pot clip with a different design ($7.49). (Note: It wasn't sent specifically to be reviewed here.) Since I had competing versions of the same concept, I thought a bit of comparison was in order.
The first clip is made from metal with silicone grips. The spring-grip function is achieved by means of bent metal. The new clip is made from hard plastic and silicone, and it uses a metal spring mechanism.
On first glance, the larger opening on the first clip seems like it would be more useful for a wider variety of handle sizes, but in reality, the bendiness of the second clip allows it to grasp pretty much every spoon and spatula I normally use. The wider opening on the first clip makes it slightly easier to get a spoon in there, but the smaller hole on the second clip grabs the utensil a little more securely.
The major difference between the two clips is that the first clip tends to angle outwards from the pot it's secured to, while the second remains slightly more upright. This small difference means that in order to keep a spoon angled with the stirring end down (to keep drips from traveling towards the handle) the first clip needs to grab farther up the handle.
None of the differences between the clips are dealbreakers, but I do like the design of the second one better, and it feels sturdier, as well.
As far as the price difference, I'm sure that will disappear as soon as the new version hits all the retail markets. Even better, grocery stores tend to discount this brand often, with buy-one-get-one offers on a regular basis.
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