Getting into grilling starts with the right equipment. When you’re looking for the best tongs to go with your grill, suggests you pay attention to three big things: length, strength, and grip.
Length: Your grill tongs should be about 16 inches long. This provides ample space away from the hot grill while still giving you the leverage you need to turn your food.
Strength: Your tongs should have medium strength and heaviness. Too weak and you won’t be able to hoist big cuts of meat to turn them, too strong or heavy and you’ll tire out your arms trying to keep a grip on your food.
Grip: Make sure your grill tongs can grip a variety of foods. You want ones that are delicate enough to maneuver small or thin things like asparagus, while still being able to open wide enough to grab onto large cuts of meat or whole vegetables. The best ones had shallow, scalloped curves that made it easy to pick things up.
Besides these three areas, make sure the tongs align evenly and that the locking mechanism is easy to undo with one hand (in case your other is full with a platter of food). Thoroughly play with your tongs before you put them into use so you know you’ve got the perfect pair.