I've just run through two cookie scoops in two days and would appreciate if anyone can share experiences with specific brands. The first one I used was branded "Martha Stewart". It literally lasted 3 scoops and broke. It felt very sturdy and I tried to fix/modify it, but no luck. I then purchased a cheapo one from WalMart that lasted for 20 cookies, on less chilled dough, but that was it. By "broke" I mean, the mechanism that scoops the dough out (that little metal piece that slides back and forth inside the scoop) completely came out of its "track" (in it's resting position it was suspended outside of the scoop).
Anyone know of a brand that will work with cold, hard dough? As a bonus, one that works on room temp dough would be great, too. I haven't found one that will work with room temperature dough without the scoop mechanism getting stuck every 5 scoops or so. (I have to clean with water, dry, 5 more scoops, repeat.)