I wanted a pan lifter that was truly universal. Ours grips the wide rim of our Pie Pans no problem! We also solved a common weak spot by adding a cross brace behind the lower pads to prevent spreading. This is especially important when being used on cups or a stainless steel water bottle. The long handle version is nice when cooking over a wood fire. It also has a cross brace above the top pads to handle the extra leverage.