Beaker tongs are used to handle hot beakers. Typical beaker tongs can grab beakers of any size and can also be used to move other objects, such as cans. The grips of beaker tongs are generally wrapped in cloth or form-fitting vinyl.
The grips of beaker tongs can burn when they become too hot, releasing an unpleasant odor. Beaker tongs are generally found in a laboratory setting alongside beakers, Bunsen burners, Bunsen burner rings, wire gauze pads or hot plates. The tongs are used to handle beakers that have been heated over either a Bunsen burner or a hot plate.