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Best Spork of 2021

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Tuesday December 15, 2020
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After nine years of trying the best sporks that come to market, we've tested just about every design out there. Our 2021 review covers 9 models available. Our outdoor enthusiasts tested them during weekday lunches and on ultralight backpacking trips. Although it may surprise you that there are even that many different sporks available on the market, don't underestimate the surprising nuances of this seemingly simple yet exceptional hybrid utensil. The most fun, food-portmanteau since brunch, the spork is the fundamental tool for outdoor cooking and eating.

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Top 9 Product Ratings

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Pros Familiar feel, long lasting, versatileSuper lightweight, quality material, comfortable to eat withGreat for JetBoils and dehydrated food bags, lightweightDoes not break, easy to clean, large capacityDurable plastic, excellent value
Cons Too short for deep potsDoesn’t reach the bottom of dehydrated food bags, priceyAwkward shape for eating, doesn’t pack wellMore expensive than mostUncomfortable to hold, not very sanitary
Bottom Line The best model for your on-the-go meal needsThis model has an exceptionally low weight and top-notch durability, making it the ideal backcountry utensilWhile not the most comfortable utensil to eat with, the extra long handle is ideal for backcountry cookingA titanium upgrade that solves the biggest issue with the plastic version of this sporkThis sturdy plastic model offers the best price to performance ratio
Rating Categories Snow Peak Titanium Spork Vargo Titanium ULV AlphaLight Spork - Long Light My Fire Titanium humangear GoBites Uno
Eating (35%)
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Durability (30%)
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Cooking (20%)
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Specs Snow Peak Titanium... Vargo Titanium ULV AlphaLight Spork -... Light My Fire... humangear GoBites...
Material Titanium Titanium Aluminium alloy Titanium High-temp nylon
Measured weight (oz) 0.6 oz 0.3 oz 0.4 oz 0.7 oz 0.5 oz
Length 6.5" 6.5" 8.5" 6.75" 6.5"
Dishwasher safe? Yes Yes No Yes Yes - Top Rack

Best Overall Spork


Snow Peak Titanium Spork


Snow Peak Titanium Spork
Editors' Choice Award

$9.95
at Backcountry
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86
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  • Eating - 35% 9
  • Durability - 30% 9
  • Cooking - 20% 7
  • Cleaning - 15% 9
Material: Titanium | Weight: 0.6 oz
Feels natural
Durable
Great versatility
Small bowl size

The Snow Peak Titanium has the desired versatility of a spork but handles like a typical utensil, providing top-notch comfort alongside quality construction. This model's design makes it easy to forget you are using an oddly shaped piece of silverware, allowing you to enjoy your meal — whether on the trail or during a workday lunch. The utensil's bowl and tines have an ergonomic feel and perform well as a multi-utensil. Whether scooping, stirring, spreading, cutting, or stabbing, this model is easy to clean, extremely durable, and holds up to regular use, as the titanium resists scratches.

The many pros outweigh messy fingers, but this model does quite literally come up short when trying to reach the bottom of a dehydrated food bag or JetBoil backpacking stove. Additionally, its small bowl size also makes it a mediocre soup spoon. However, for most meals, this competitor shines and will keep you fed for many adventures to come. After digging into your first meal, it's easy to see why the Snow Peak Titanium takes the cake.

Read review: Snow Peak Titanium Spork

Best Bang For Your Buck


humangear GoBites Uno


humangear GoBites Uno
Best Buy Award

$2.95
at REI
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68
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  • Eating - 35% 6
  • Durability - 30% 7
  • Cooking - 20% 7
  • Cleaning - 15% 8
Material: Nylon | Weight: 0.53 oz
Burly, despite being plastic
Great price to performance ratio
Mediocre hand-feel
Not the most sanitary

The humangear GoBites Uno provides an exceptionally low price point without forfeiting durability. It was by far the most robust model of all the plastic versions we tested. Not only does the thick design lend to its strength, but it improves the comfort of the bowl and tines when eating. The sleek nylon material makes it easy to wipe clean when you are on the trail, and the large bowl delivers a satisfying amount of your favorite soup or stew.

The main drawback of this competitor is the double-ended design. With a spoon on one end and a fork on the other, holding it feels far from natural. Besides discomfort, this design lacks a true spork's versatility because you have to pick either the spoon or the fork side. Once your choice is made, you're either committed or willing to swap ends and risk contamination from dirty hands. Despite its flaws, this model is great for the price and may be well suited for children with its rounded edges, resistance to breaking, and low price tag.

Read review: humangear GoBites Uno

Best for Ultralight Backpacking


Vargo Titanium ULV


Vargo Titanium ULV
Top Pick Award

$11.95
at Amazon
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  • Eating - 35% 8
  • Durability - 30% 9
  • Cooking - 20% 7
  • Cleaning - 15% 8
Material: Titanium | Weight: 0.3 oz
Ultralight
High-quality material
Nice to eat with
Doesn't reach the bottom of dehydrated food bags
Pricey

The Vargo Titanium ULV is an excellent tool for those looking to save on weight without sacrificing function, material, or longevity. This model received high marks in all of our tests: Its low weight and strong material make it ideal for backpacking but comfortable enough to double as an everyday on-the-go utensil. Whether tossed in your backpack, purse, or lunchbox, you will forget it's even there until it's time to feast.

Although this utensil meets the weight standards for ultralight backpacking, if you're planning to rely heavily on dehydrated food bags, its average length does lead to challenges. The thin construction may feel slightly unusual in hand, but we found nothing uncomfortable about eating with this model. The pure-grade titanium material of the utensil sets it apart from the more common plastic ultralight options, so be prepared to spend extra for the upgraded material. One of the lightest and most durable of the models we tested, this was our favorite for heading deep into the backcountry, and we liked it well enough for regular use.

Read review: Vargo Titanium ULV


Author, Leslie Yedor, enjoys a much needed meal with the Snow Peak...
Author, Leslie Yedor, enjoys a much needed meal with the Snow Peak Titanium.
Photo: Nicky Bunn

Why You Should Trust Us


Authors Leslie Yedor and Sara James are well-versed in consuming food far from the traditional dinner table. Leslie's a doctor and an avid outdoorswoman, both of which require frequent eating on-the-go. She also spent multiple seasons living at the Yosemite Search and Rescue site in Camp 4, where running water and cutlery drawers are frankly non-existent. Sara has been traveling internationally for over 30 years and chooses to eat outside whenever possible. A passionate white water kayaker, she has broken a dozen sporks, a handful of kayaks, three ribs, and countless other items, all in the pursuit of more fun. Durability is essential for Sara in the backcountry and daily life, as she shares her office with fifteen, fifteen-year-olds.

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The assessments in this review were made as objectively as possible. We scoured the market with a fine-toothed comb before finally selecting the top competitors. After buying them all, we spent months cooking and eating over a hundred meals in a wide variety of environments. From backcountry to sidecountry to front country, we used these sporks at home for breakfast, work-week lunches, car camping dinners, and as our multi-purpose utensils while trekking, backpacking, and ski touring. We also put them through specific tests to evaluate their comfort while eating, how useful they are for cooking, how simple they are to clean, and how likely they are to break. Leslie and Sara also enlisted a crew of friends, family, co-workers, and students to help with the testing and remove some user bias. The result is a comprehensive review that will help you find the perfect cutlery to match your unconventional eating needs.

Related: How We Tested Sporks

Analysis and Test Results


Following countless meals and targeted assessments, our testers compiled notes and scored each product against identical performance metrics. Each metric is detailed below. We also highlight top performers within each metric. While overall scores are useful, we recommend that you focus on the metrics you care about most when deciding which utensil to bring on your next adventure.

There&#039;s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to these products making...
There's no one-size-fits-all when it comes to these products making for a number great options depending on your unique cutlery needs.
Photo: Leslie Yedor

Related: Buying Advice for Sporks

Value


Reusable sporks cost money, even if it's only a little. Our testers believed that reducing the use of disposable plastic cutlery, environmentally sustainable cutlery is worth the extra expense. In addition to their eco-friendliness, the reusable products offer superior utility and durability to their flimsy fast-food cousins.


The humangear GoBites Uno is inexpensive and scored above average across the board, giving it our best price-to-performance ratio. Still, we like the value of the titanium models. They will likely outlast the longevity of plastic models, making their value appreciate over time. Just don't lose it.

Over time, titanium models tend to prove their value, as long as...
Over time, titanium models tend to prove their value, as long as they don't get left at the campsite, in your friend's car, or just lost.
Photo: Sara James

Eating


Any utensil's primary function is to serve as a vehicle for transporting food from your plate to your mouth. While spoons and forks serve distinct purposes, the spork is the one-man-band of utensils. It provides the functionality of both a spoon and a fork, which, theoretically, makes it the perfect utensil for a multitude of food types, especially when on-the-go or space is limited. We tested our products with various meals and specifically evaluated their ability to handle ramen noodles and stab meat. Fashion may often be sacrificed for function, but comfort should only be abandoned as the last resort; after all, your food should be the star of the meal, not your utensil. This metric contributed to 35% of the overall product score and factored in how comfortable the model was to use, how well it handled different food types, and how much liquid the bowl could hold.


In this category, the top dog was the Snow Peak Titanium, but the Vargo Titanium ULV came in at a close second. The Snow Peak model takes the cake with its familiar design. It feels normal in your hand, making it easy to forget you are using an unconventional utensil. The bowl is a similar shape to a standard spoon, making it comfortable in your mouth, and the tines offer a smaller imitation of your classic fork. The Vargo Titanium ULV is not your typical piece of cutlery, reducing its overall weight with its thin metal design. Despite the lightweight feel, it's enjoyable to eat with and easy to overlook the difference.

A comfortable utensil means you can focus on your food, not your...
A comfortable utensil means you can focus on your food, not your cutlery.
Photo: Leslie Yedor

Its unique ability to deliver broth and hearty bits at the same time when eating soup is one of the best things about a hybridized spoon and fork. All single-ended models excelled with ramen. If you are a die-hard ramen lover and either lack chopstick skills or are trying to streamline your ramen-eating experience, sporks belong in your cutlery drawer. If you are more of a ramen traditionalist and chopsticks are a must, the GSI Outdoors Kung Foon spork and chopstick combination is the best of both worlds.

Sporks are for ramen lovers, and the Kung Foon takes it up a level...
Sporks are for ramen lovers, and the Kung Foon takes it up a level with added chopsticks.
Photo: Nicky Bunn

When it comes to stabbing dense food, like meat, the metal products with larger tines handle more like a conventional fork. The Light My Fire Titanium performed best at this task, with the Snow Peak Titanium and the Vargo Titanium ULV following close behind.

When stirring and eating dehydrated food from a bag, it&#039;s super...
When stirring and eating dehydrated food from a bag, it's super convenient to have a long handle to keep your knuckles out of your dinner.
Photo: Sara James

To determine how much liquid each product can hold, we used a syringe to fill each model's bowl with water until the surface tension broke. Unsurprisingly, the double-ended models with a true spoon on one end held the greatest volume. The LMF Original and Titanium models held an astounding 8.5 cc's, followed by the Vargo model with 5.75 cc's and the humangear GoBites Uno with 4.5 cc's.

Durability


When many miles into the backcountry, the last thing you want is to be stranded without any reasonable way to cook your food and shovel it into your mouth. While everyday use speeds up the inevitable process of entropy, the thermodynamic principle that all things undergo gradual progress towards disorder, how quickly these utensils bend, deform, or break with normal use depends on the design and the material.


The Snow Peak Titanium and Light My Fire Titanium are practically bombproof. We have testers who own models of each that are over five years old and still going strong with no signs of faltering. The Vargo Titanium ULV showed no signs of bending or other weathering throughout our rigorous testing period, while the humangear GoBites Uno showed surprising brawn for its plastic construction. It felt sturdy in hand and wasn't phased by any of the thick, sticky meals we threw at it. However, the other plastic models were prone to bending while stirring and had an insubstantial feel with use. The Light My Fire Original snapped in half early in our testing period while being used to stir breakfast potatoes. Fortunately, it was our only in-use casualty.

The LightMyFire was the only model that didn&#039;t survive general use...
The LightMyFire was the only model that didn't survive general use during our testing period.
Photo: Leslie Yedor

To make sure these products were able to stand up to even the most robust culinary experience, we purposefully set out to test their limits. Using a c-clamp, we fixed the handle to a table just up from the bowl where your hand would typically grasp the handle. With the bowl hanging off into space, we hung a water jug filled with weighted amounts of water ranging from 1 lb to 10 lbs, watching for signs of warping.

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The Snow Peak, humangear, and the GSI Outdoors models held up to 10 lbs with no signs of flexing. The Sea to Summit and the Vargo showed some give with 10 lbs, but there was no visible change when the water jug was removed. The Toaks didn't break, but the folding joint released with just 1 lb of weight. The MSR showed no lingering signs of damage, but 5 lbs caused it to bow so severely, the water jug fell off.

The Snow Peak Titanium on a backcountry ski trip.
The Snow Peak Titanium on a backcountry ski trip.
Photo: Leslie Yedor

Cooking


These products inherently act as multi-tools by combining multiple utensils into one. However, if you plan to use yours on a backpacking trip, it also needs to boost the added utility of just about every culinary gadget except the kitchen sink. We used each of the competitors to prepare and cook multiple meals with a backpacking stove to evaluate their ability to spread, slice, and stir.


The back of the bowl works great to spread things like nut butter, and all of the models did well at this task. The serrated edge of LMF Titanium is there to help when basic slicing is required. Most testers felt they could achieve the same slicing power by using the thin wall of the bowl of the metal products like the Vargo Titanium ULV, the Snow Peak Titanium, and the Sea to Summit AlphaLight. However, the thicker metal and plastic mover caused our block of cheddar cheese to crumble and was not useful when trying to cut sausages.

In the backcountry, anything that only has a single use often gets...
In the backcountry, anything that only has a single use often gets left at home, and eating utensils are no different. A great spork should handle consuming and cooking well.
Photo: Sara Matthews

Stirring may sound like a simple task, but the depth of the pot plays a considerable role. Your typical silverware, as well as the majority of these products, measure 6.5" from tip to tines. This length is perfect for eating but leaves your fingers barely above the surface when stirring a pot of soup. Fortunately, none of the handles became hot with regular use, but try to reach the bottom of a dehydrated food bag or a JetBoil stove, and you can forget about keeping your fingers out of the meal. This is the unfortunate case for all of our competitors, save the GSI Kung Foon, Sea to Summit AlphaLight - Long, and MSR Folding models. Our favorite of these three is the Sea to Summit model by far. Its 8.5" profile provides just the right amount of bonus length to make it eclipse the standard models in this category. It's more stable when stirring thick food and features an angled bowl that is deliberately designed to facilitate scooping and stirring. The Sea to Summit does sacrifice some comfort for its practicality. Still, if it's going to be your "everything" utensil on a backpacking trip and you plan to live on dehydrated food bags, its functionality makes it worth it.

This niche backpacker&#039;s cooking tool, utensil hybrid maximizes...
This niche backpacker's cooking tool, utensil hybrid maximizes versatility and thrives in a backcountry setting.
Photo: Leslie Yedor

If you are eating from a dehydrated bag and want to avoid your hand getting caked in food, consider this simple hack: after heating the food for the required amount of time, cut off the top of the bag, and voila, you have a bowl which now miraculously fits your previously-too-short-spork. (Not helpful if you want to re-seal your meal after).

The right utensils make cooking in the backcountry a stress-free...
The right utensils make cooking in the backcountry a stress-free experience.
Photo: Sara James

Sauteed veggies with eggs is a fundamental camp meal—just poke your head around the Yosemite Search and Rescue camp, and you'll discover that this team is fueled by almost nothing else. While all of these products were successful at sauteing, we want to note a few caveats. The thin plastic models, such as the Light My Fire Original and the MSR Folding, are prone to melting after many uses. No significant deformity occurred during our formal testing period, but the edge of the bowl that touches the pan became blunted from the repeated contact with the hot pan. And we have, in the past, collectively melted more than a few plastic sporks while cooking. Additionally, if you're planning to use a non-stick pan, beware. Most of the models we tested scratched our GSI Pinnacle Frypan's Teflon coating. The Light My Fire Original spared the non-stick surface, but other models left notable scratches. The GSI Outdoors Kung Foon consists of extra-thick stainless steel, so expect some deep gouges if you let this product scrape a non-stick surface.

Unfortunately all of the models we tested except two scratched our...
Unfortunately all of the models we tested except two scratched our non-stick pan.
Photo: Leslie Yedor

Cleaning


When you are on-the-go, cleaning options are limited, so we tested each product to determine how involved the cleaning process needed to be to keep it looking spick and span.


While not the most hygienic, the simplest means of removing food from your utensil is to wipe it clean. Depending on your standards, this action can be accomplished in a variety of ways. Thus to accommodate even the dirtiest of dirtbags, we investigated each model's ability to be wiped clean by mouth and with a dry towel. Eggs and other proteins stuck a little more to the plastic models, but the titanium versions looked shiny and new after a thorough wiping. It's a useful technique, even in the front-country, when you want to toss it in your bag before returning to work. It keeps your bag clean and lets you wait to do the heavy cleaning once you're back at home. Except for the Sea to Summit AlphaLight, all of the models we tested are dishwasher safe.

Simple designs were easier to clean than ones with folding joints or...
Simple designs were easier to clean than ones with folding joints or tight grooves.
Photo: Nicky Bunn

Dried sticky food can be a challenge to remove. We made up a pot of mac and cheese, dipped each product into the sauce, and let them sit out until the sauce formed a crust. We then set out to rinse them first with cold running water and no additional tools other than our fingers. The Snow Peak, the Vargo, the humangear, and the Sea to Summit were the easiest to get clean. The two folding models from Toaks and MSR required the addition of a sponge to get the folding joints free of gunk. The spork portion of the GSI Outdoor Kung Foon was quick and easy, but the chopsticks have tiny holes on the backend, which were almost impossible to clean out entirely and required an unfolded paperclip.

Mac n&#039; cheese sauce drying on the models to test their ability to...
Mac n' cheese sauce drying on the models to test their ability to wash clean.
Photo: Leslie Yedor

Conclusion


Whether you are eating a summit snack at 10,000 ft. or leftovers in the office breakroom, a spork is your ideal on-the-go utensil. The versatile design of a spoon-fork hybrid maximizes eating efficiency, and the lightweight material makes them great for travel. Everyone's got to eat, and this technical piece of cutlery is an essential part of every adventurer's mealtime kit. No longer the nerdy climber's utensil, the awakening in eco-consciousness has enabled people to see the value in carry-your-own-cutlery. From big walls to picnic dates, these tools keep you fed and save your fingers for the more important things, like hand jams and puff paint.

Leslie Yedor and Sara James