Stores like Williams-Sonoma and Sur La Table are full of gadgets that purport to solve all manner of culinary problems. Often, these gadgets look stupid. Sometimes, they look promising. But are they actually worth buying? To help you answer this question, Slate presents “Should You Buy This Thing?”, a video series in which we test kitchen gewgaws and rate them based on effectiveness, cost, and the clutter factor (i.e., how much space they take up in your kitchen).
This week’s thing is the Avoloop, a tool designed for the express purpose of scooping the flesh out of an avocado. Does it do the job better than a plain, old-fashioned spoon? Watch the video above to find out.