@ genevamech- The best tongs really depend on what you will be using them for, and the type of pans you will use them with. If you have coated pans, you definitely want to have a pair of silicone kitchen tongs, but these may not be the best choice for other applications.
If you grill or fry a lot of food, you should keep a pair of long handle tongs available for using on a hot grill and in your fry pot. Short tongs are better when you are working in sauté pans or with delicate items like fish. You get a better feel for the amount of pressure you are putting on your food, and they do not take up as much counter space.
Regardless of the type of tongs that you purchase, you should always look for tongs with a locking mechanism. They are much easier to handle and set down if you can lock them in a closed position when not in use.