My new Pampered Chef spoon rest took some getting used to. I decided to switch to it from my regular one because I liked the idea of it standing upright and thus taking less space on the counter. I also liked the design: a small ceramic dish that catches all the dripping sits on a nice metal base.
When the spoon rest arrived, it came in three pieces: the dish and two metal parts that needed to be put together as the base, so I had to do some assembly. That was not hard. However, when I first tried to set a spoon in this holder, I knocked it over. You don't just stick it in there without looking, I've learned, there is one specific way to place the spoon right. Another thing to remember is that when you need to move the spoon rest, you should not pick it up by the upper metal piece: it will then disassemble, making a mess. Instead, you take the bottom part and move the whole piece. So, like I said in the title of this review, there is a learning curve. But after I'd figured it all out, I've been enjoying this piece and using it all the time. It holds any kind of a spoon, spatula, or whisk, large and small. When I cook or stir and need to temporarily switch tools, the holder comes very handy. Sometimes I put two spoons in it, and it holds them just fine. Cleaning is not a problem as the ceramic dish can be easily taken out and rinsed.