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The Best Grill Tongs of 2022

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Editor's Choice Product image of OXO Good Grips 16" Grilling Tongs
Best Overall

OXO Good Grips 16" Grilling Tongs

OXO Good Grip's tongs are super versatile, handling whole chickens and delicate vegetables with ease. Comfortable handles make them a top pick. Read More

Pros

  • Scalloped pincers provide precision and muscle
  • Comfortable handles
  • Versatile

Cons

  • None that we could find
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Editor's Choice Product image of Weber 6610 Original Tongs
Best Value

Weber 6610 Original Tongs

The lightweight, springy, and comfortable tongs by Weber are a top pick, despite having pincers that are a touch on the large side. Read More

Pros

  • Long textured handles
  • Properly springy
  • Functional storage ring

Cons

  • Pincers on the large side
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Product image of Rösle 40 cm Locking Tongs

Rösle 40 cm Locking Tongs

These heavy duty tongs handle heavy and delicate items equally well. Plus you can operate the locking/unlocking mechanism with one hand. Read More

Pros

  • Sleek design
  • Unique one-handed locking mechanism
  • Well aligned pincers

Cons

  • None that we could find
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Product image of Edlund 16" Heavy Duty Tongs with Lock

Edlund 16" Heavy Duty Tongs with Lock

They aren't much to look at, but Edlund's 16-inch tongs are capable as any. We love the well aligned pincers and good spring action. Read More

Pros

  • Well aligned scalloped pincers
  • Properly springy

Cons

  • Small storage ring
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Product image of Mountain Grillers BBQ Kitchen Tongs Set

Mountain Grillers BBQ Kitchen Tongs Set

You get a 12- and 16-inch pair of tongs with this set, which have comfortable handles and work capably for maneuvering all but the heaviest items. Read More

Pros

  • Two pair set
  • Comfortable no-slip handles

Cons

  • Somewhat struggle with heavy items

Nothing says summer like cooking in the great outdoors. On most weekends, you’ll find me flipping burgers and brats on the grill (probably with a cool beverage in my hand). It’s all fun and games until I find myself without a good set of tongs. A top-performing set makes for a joyful grilling experience while a flimsy or tightly spring-loaded pair, turns the experience into a frustrating chore.

Yes, a good set of tongs really feels like an extension of your arm. You’ll move with ease whether you’re rotating tiny skewers or turning a large roast. To help you achieve this nirvana-like grilling bliss, we put eight 16-inch grill tongs to the test to find the best of the best. After doing a ton of research we found a few that we’ll happily add to our collection of grilling tools (including our favorite grill spatulas).

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

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Best Overall
OXO Good Grips 16" Grilling Tongs

I knew that I would like the OXO Good Grips 16-Inch Grilling Tongs. The scalloped pincers—a design that aligns the edges all the way around—creates the perfect surface area for gripping a variety of foods and textures. These flip heavy, saucy chicken with ease and are able to grip even the tiniest sprig of asparagus. OXO’s signature non-slip grip make the handle extremely comfortable, and the tongs have the perfect amount of springiness and tension that won't your hands.

Between the comfort-forward design, the versatility, and the grip, this set is definitely our favorite. They really do feel like an extension of your arm as you use them, and the price is definitely right on this model, too. All of these things come together to earn the OXO our top spot as Best Overall.

Pros

  • Scalloped pincers provide precision and muscle

  • Comfortable handles

  • Versatile

Cons

  • None that we could find

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Best Value
Weber 6610 Original Tongs

The Weber 6610 Original Tongs are by far the most heavy-duty design we found, and yet they don't feel too hefty or tire out hands. The well thought-out design features a long, textured handle as well as a functional storage ring. While the large pincers are slightly better suited for larger foods than precision detail, they are able to flip the smaller items like asparagus spears. In the end, it's their lightweight springiness and comfortable feel that vaults these tongs up in the ranks.

Pros

  • Long textured handles

  • Properly springy

  • Functional storage ring

Cons

  • Pincers on the large side

Product image of Rösle 40 cm Locking Tongs
Rösle 40 cm Locking Tongs

The Rösle Stainless Steel 16-Inch Locking Barbeque Grill Tongs are the most expensive pair of tongs we picked, but they're also the sleekest looking. Not only that, but they feature a unique, gravity-fed locking mechanism. Point the pincers down and give them a light squeeze to unlock the set using one hand. Guess what happens when you hold ‘em pincers up: they lock! I can’t say the feature is enough to vault this set into the winning circle, but they are heavy-duty enough to handle bulky foods and the pincers align perfectly for smaller items. I would have no problem using these tongs on the regular in my backyard.

Pros

  • Sleek design

  • Unique one-handed locking mechanism

  • Well aligned pincers

Cons

  • None that we could find

Product image of Edlund 16" Heavy Duty Tongs with Lock
Edlund 16" Heavy Duty Tongs with Lock

I’ve long been a fan of Edlund Company kitchen tongs for a while, though I’ve never used their long, 16-inch tongs. These aren't at the top of our list because the storage ring isn’t large enough to hang on the grill, but the super-springy tongs have our favorite scalloped pincers of the tongs we found. They come fully together all the way around, creating a perfect grip on any sized food. They definitely don’t look fancy, but we’d happily own a pair of these for our grill.

Pros

  • Well aligned scalloped pincers

  • Properly springy

Cons

  • Small storage ring

Product image of Mountain Grillers BBQ Kitchen Tongs Set
Mountain Grillers BBQ Kitchen Tongs Set

The long, skinny Mountain Griller Cooking Tongs for Kitchen Grill & BBQ were well suited for almost any task. While they are a touch on the light side, and may struggle to pick up a heavy chicken, we love the way they handle lighter foods. The textured, non-slip grips are super comfortable, and this set is actually a great value considering it comes with a second pair of 12-inch tongs!

Pros

  • Two pair set

  • Comfortable no-slip handles

Cons

  • Somewhat struggle with heavy items

Product image of Winco UT-16HT  16" Stainless Steel Utility Tongs, Extra Heavyweight
Winco UT-16HT 16" Stainless Steel Utility Tongs, Extra Heavyweight

We like the performance of the Winco UT-16HT 16-Inch Coiled Spring Extra Heavyweight Stainless Steel Utility Tong and we love their scalloped pincers. But, they have one major flaw against them. Not only do they lack a locking mechanism (the only ones we found without one), but they also don’t have any loop or ring for storage. That might seem like an aesthetic feature, but it's enough to knock this pair down in the ranks.

Pros

  • Scalloped pincers

  • Long and sturdy

Cons

  • No locking mechanism

  • No hook or ring for hanging storage

Product image of Cuisipro 16" Locking Tongs
Cuisipro 16" Locking Tongs

We don't mind a long and skinny design when it comes to grill tongs, but we worry about super lightweight models like the Cuisipro 16-Inch Stainless Steel Locking Tongs. They don't feel substantial and they lacked the same control of other tongs, making it difficult to flip heavy items. Since the pincers don't align perfectly, this set also struggles to flip thin food items.

Pros

  • Long and lightweight

Cons

  • Lacking in control

  • Pincers aren't well aligned

Product image of GrillHogs 16" Tongs
GrillHogs 16" Tongs

The Grillhogs Luxury 16-Inch Barbecue Grill Tongs are the least versatile of all the tongs we found. They can handle larger items just fine but struggle with more precision-based activity. This might be because the pincers don't align well and have a large gap between the scalloped edges, or it could be because the springs are loaded extremely tightly, making them uncomfortable to use.

Pros

  • Handle large and heavy items well

Cons

  • Pincers aren't well aligned

  • Uncomfortable

  • Inept for precision work

Meet the tester

Lindsay D. Mattison

Lindsay D. Mattison

Professional Chef

@zestandtang

Lindsay D. Mattison is a professional chef, food writer, and amateur gardener. She is currently writing a cookbook that aims to teach home cooks how to write without a recipe.

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