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Bambu Large Review

Tough on performance, light on your wallet and the environment.
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Price:  $6 List
Pros:  Eco friendly, one of the lightest options, comfortable to use
Cons:  One of the harder models to keep clean
Manufacturer:   Bambu
By Sara James ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 10, 2019
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#7 of 10
  • Eating - 35% 6
  • Durability - 30% 6
  • Cooking - 20% 8
  • Cleaning - 15% 6

Our Verdict

The Bambu Large won the attention of many of our testers, partially due to its eco-friendly certification and reasonable price to weight ratio, but predominantly because it was a reliable performer in both the cooking and eating tests. Like any narrow pronged fork, this utensil has a bad habit of collecting food between the tines, and it did not clean as well as titanium models. Constructed from a single piece of USDA certified organic bamboo, this spork will be a definite hit with those that want to minimize the damage to the planet and their wallet without sacrificing performance. This is also a great option if you regularly pack a lunch to work or school.


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Pros Eco friendly, one of the lightest options, comfortable to useFamiliar feel, long lasting, versatileSuper lightweight, quality material, comfortable to eat withGreat for JetBoils and dehydrated food bags, lightweightDurable plastic, excellent value
Cons One of the harder models to keep cleanToo short for deep potsDoesn’t reach the bottom of dehydrated food bags, priceyAwkward shape for eating, doesn’t pack wellUncomfortable to hold, not very sanitary
Bottom Line Tough on performance, light on your wallet and the environment.This model is a utilitarian, familiar, and practically indestructible on-the-go utensil, earning it our Editors' Choice Award.This is our favorite model for long distance backpacking due to its durability despite a very minimal weight.This extra long utensil is the perfect tool for camp cooking but not without a minor sacrifices in comfort.This durable plastic utensil performed well across the board and boasts an inexpensive price tag, earning it our Best Buy Award.
Rating Categories Bambu Large Snow Peak Titanium Spork Vargo Titanium ULV AlphaLight Spork - Long humangear GoBites Uno
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Specs Bambu Large Snow Peak Titanium... Vargo Titanium ULV AlphaLight Spork -... humangear GoBites...
Material Bamboo Titanium Titanium Aluminium alloy High-temp nylon
Measured weight (oz) 0.3oz 0.6 oz 0.3 oz 0.4 oz 0.5 oz
Length 6.75" 6.5" 6.5" 8.5" 6.5"
Dishwasher safe? No (not recommended) Yes Yes No Yes - Top Rack

Our Analysis and Test Results

We were impressed with how well this organic bamboo utensil performed despite its low price tag to weight ratio. Tests showed that this is a comfortable and reliable eating tool. It outperformed most models at cooking as it did not scratch the Teflon pan. Weighing a hair under 0.3 oz, this product competes against the most expensive of ultra-light utensils but costs 50% less than some options.

Performance Comparison


The eco-friendly model did not compromise on functionality. It is comfortable to use and exceptionally lightweight.
The eco-friendly model did not compromise on functionality. It is comfortable to use and exceptionally lightweight.

Eating


The traditionally shaped handle gives the Bambu Large a familiar feel in hand and enables the user to imagine they are eating with a regular utensil. The bamboo material provides a pleasant mouthfeel when eating. However, a couple of testers did starkly disagree on this point, preferring the mouthfeel of the metal contenders.

The bowl of this spork is quite shallow, slightly limiting what testers can shovel into their faces in those important post-adventure hanger moments. Despite the low fluid carrying capacity, we still found this fork a comfortable and useful eating tool in most scenarios.

Durability


The bamboo material withstood a rigorous period of testing, and we were surprisingly impressed with its durability as after initial testing, there was no evidence of significant wear.

If you want to own this tool for future meals  don't use it as a bottle opener.
If you want to own this tool for future meals, don't use it as a bottle opener.

We wanted to probe the limits of this model and so further tested it by using it as a bottle opener. After multiple attempts, chips were notched into the handle of our utensil. Testers opted to use alternative methods rather than to continue and risk damaging this likable tool.

Cooking


The Bambu spork outperformed almost all models at cooking. The bamboo material doesn't conduct heat as rapidly as its titanium rival meaning you can keep your utensil in the heat for longer without burning those fingertips.

The bowl of this spork is quite shallow  but it can still hold a decent-sized mouthful.
The bowl of this spork is quite shallow, but it can still hold a decent-sized mouthful.

Unlike almost all other metal models, the bamboo did not scratch any of our pans during cooking, even after extensive stirring and scraping. It did not scrape the Teflon-coated GSI Pinnacle testing pan and showed no sign of deterioration during our evaluation period.

Cleaning


The Bambu did not perform as well as some other models in the lick-clean test. Although bamboo has antibacterial properties, old food stuck in between the tines never feels sanitary. In keeping with the advertised claims, this product did well against stains. We tested it with the juiciest of beat salads and found after an initial pink tinge, the dye washed out, and the bamboo returned to its previous natural glory.

Licking this utensil clean was not as effective at cleaning in comparison to titanium models.
Licking this utensil clean was not as effective at cleaning in comparison to titanium models.

Given the bamboo construction, the manufacturer does not recommend you throw this in the dishwasher once you get home. Cleaning this utensil is not our favorite adventure, especially after cooking mac and cheese. Although less porous than a wooden tool, it is noticeably less wipeable than the titanium models. Hot water and some finger rubbing action pay dividends when washing up after a meal of mac n cheese.

Value


The Bambu crushes it in the value department. The product is reliable and comfortable to use and utilizes sustainable materials. It comes in at half the price of some of the other performers, which will make it a popular choice for any eco-conscious buyer.

This spork is perfect for your lunchtime snack.
This spork is perfect for your lunchtime snack.

Conclusion


Weighing in at a mere 0.3oz, you can toss this spork in your purse, pocket, or panniers and forget about it until it's time to eat. It is an ideal stocking filler that could replace years of single-use silverware.


Sara James