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Tovolo Stainless Steel Handle Silicone Spatula - Chili Pepper
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92 of 94 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2009
I loved this spatula when I first got it, but over a few months, I began noticing its problems, and before too long, it started falling apart--literally. The first problem I had with this is that the handle conducts heat all too well. I was aware of this when I bought it, so I'm not factoring it into my rating, but be aware that if you leave this in a pot of hot food, the handle will get burning hot.

The main problem started developing 3-4 months after I bought it. At first, a tiny speck broke off the corner. Over the next few weeks, I'd notice little blue specks in my food, and finally large chunks started coming off and cracks were visible. At this price, I certainly would not recommend this product given its short lifespan. I've read at least one other review noting this problem, so it seems it's not just a fluke. I'd stay away.

UPDATE 11/01/2010:
After posting my original review, I contacted the manufacturer to let them know about the problem. They told me the problem with my spatula was due to a manufacturing problem that they've since fixed. They also offered to send me a free replacement spatula, which I accepted.

My review of the second, supposedly improved, spatula reads exactly like my review of the original. It was perfect for the first few months, then slowly it started flaking off, cracking, and disintegrating. Finally, this gradual process snowballed and, because I don't like specks of silicone in my food, the spatula soon became completely unusable. Just like its predecessor, this spatula ended up in the trash.

I've only used two products from this manufacturer, both made of silicone, and both of them have been complete disappointments. Although I truly appreciate their customer service department sending me a free replacement and attempting to resolve the problem, it turns out that the replacement spatula only reinforced my negative opinion of this company's products and their quality.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2009
I've had this spatula for 3 months, and use it often for both cold and hot foods. I like the shape, weight, and design. However, today when I was mixing flour and water into a sourdough starter, a piece of the tip broke off.

I usually hand wash the item, and have not used it at temperatures anywhere near the rated maximum.

I thought that since the blade separates easily from the handle, I might get a replacement blade. I went to the Tovolo website, and did not see such an item. Nor can I find one on Google. I also read that Tovolo does not offer direct refunds or replacements. Disappointing.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2010
I had a couple of these spatulas and after a few months of use the tips started to disintegrate. Unless you enjoy your food seasoned with tiny bits of silicone get a Rubbermaid Professional Heat Resistant Scraper instead.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2009
Like a few others before me, I picked this item because of its recommendation from cooks illustrated, and was extremely happy with its shape and function. But, mine too has started falling apart. The tip of my spatula has rips and chunks missing which I only hope wound up in the dishwasher instead of my food. I know I'm abusive with my kitchen tools, but I purchased a set of Pinzon silicone spatulas months before this one and they have stood up to the exact same conditions and show absolutely no wear. Even though I enjoy using my Tovolo much more... I can't recommend anyone purchasing this item.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2008
I own several spatulas, and this one is my favorite. You won't be disappointed with the way it looks - the color is vibrant and the handle is a sleek, brushed metal. It's nicely weighted and unlike some other silicone spatulas, the head is shaped well and has just the right amount of flexibility so it does a great job scraping down mixing bowls as well as stirring whatever you cook on the stove top. A word of caution: obviously since the handle is metal, if you leave this spatula in a hot pot, the handle will get extremely hot.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2010
I agree with another reviewer who mentioned this scraper chipping. I have used it only a very few times, but already there are several small pieces missing from the edge. Had very high hopes for this, and it is nice in several ways: long handle, great shape; but the chipping is simple unacceptable.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2009
I've had this spatula for almost a year. In terms of use, it's great. It's easy on non-stick surfaces as well as enameled cast iron. I use it for baking tasks, too; the edge is nicely tapered. I have really come to appreciate the metal handle (it feels sturdy) and its length. I reach for it often, and after use, it's hand washed.

Unfortunately, as others have noted, although it's silicone, it's not durable. I started noticing very small chips to the bottom flat edge within the first few months. And last week, an 1/8th inch size piece fell off into the food as I was cooking - at least it was big enough to notice. Clearly, it's self-destructing, and I'm not sure I'll buy another Tovolo.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2008
I first heard about this from Cooks Illustrated and I am very pleased with this spatula. It is really good for scraping down the sides of a mixing bowl, especially while using a stand mixer. The handle is long and slender, and the head is flat on one side and tapered on the other side. It's strong enough to use with a stiff mixture of ingredients. I will be ordering another one in a different color. This has become my favorite spatula when I use my mixing bowl because it is very easy to use and comfortable especially if you have small hands. Thanks Cooks Illustrated for recommending this great product by Tovolo. Great price too!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2008
I own several spatulas, and this one is my favorite. You won't be disappointed with the way it looks - the color is vibrant and the handle is a sleek, brushed metal. It's nicely weighted and unlike some other silicone spatulas, the head is shaped well and has just the right amount of flexibility so it does a great job scraping down mixing bowls as well as stirring whatever you cook on the stove top. A word of caution: obviously since the handle is metal, if you leave this spatula in a hot pot, the handle will get extremely hot.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2009
After about a month of use, little chunks of silicone are breaking off of the edge of this spatula into the food. Metal handle is nice, little chunks of blue silicone in food, not so much.
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