Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Review: OXO Good Grips POP Container

Did not mean to get this thing. The plan was to get something pretty cheap, under $10, to put two oil bottles into. I wouldn't exactly call CA$ 20 cheap, but this was a very impressive container. Well, the lid was, and there weren't too many containers available in the height that I needed.
OXO Good Grips Container fresh from the store
x1 - OXO Good Grips POP Container, 4.3 quart size

Paid: About CA$ 21.00

Overview: OXO Good Grips POP Container

Only had to open the top and remove the paper label inside the OXO POP container. The piece of paper was not taped down and I did not see any other stickers on the container. Included on the back of the label were instructions on how to dismantle and wash the lid. I followed them, took the lid apart, washed it, and let the parts dry for a couple hours.
OXO Good Grips POP Container, 4.3 quart version
I haven't had any problems with the container falling over when the lid was locked in place yet. There was an issue at the store though. After taking this container off a shelf, the lid fell off and hit the floor. No damage was visible and I ended up buying the same item that I dropped. What happened was that the lid wasn't in the locked position. Being unfamiliar with the product's design, I probably rotated the container a bit too far to one side. Hopefully, this doesn't happen again when used at home. All it would take is another person not familiar with the container and/or someone forgetting to lock it to cause a problem -- a $20 problem.

Expandability / Customizability
Buy more OXO Good Grips POP containers? I've seen a stainless steel lid version.

How was it?
The transparent section of the container wasn't leaky and the lid appeared to lock in place. There appeared to be a rubber-like ring around the lid to help seal it. How air tight was it? Not sure, never tested it. I wasn't really looking for anything completely air-tight or leak-proof, I just wanted something that would slow down airflow. A perfect seal would have been nice, but I was satisfied with a lid that looked like it would seal and come off easily. My standards could probably be higher, especially for a $20 container.
OXO POP Container Lid taken apart
I ended up not using it for the two oil bottles I initially bought it for. What I ended up putting in there were my baking supplies such as a bag of cornmeal, all-purpose flour, and yeast packets. While the idea of emptying a bag of flour into the container crossed my mind, my preference was to have the consumable items in their original packages. Anyway, I didn't even have enough flour or cornmeal to fill the container. Being able to put more than one item into it seemed like a better approach.

Some things that would be important to know would be durability of the lid and main container. How long does the rubber-like seal last? Same for the push button. A cheaper container would be considered disposable, but I'd expect a $20 container to last a lot longer. Unfortunately, the fancier lid introduced more parts and more things to potentially breakdown. I can't answer these for a while, so maybe I'll update this review if anything ever happens. Speaking of durability, the clear plastic container appeared to use a harder, more brittle and easier to break plastic than polypropylene containers I've had. Hope I don't drop it -- again.

The OXO Good Grips POP container impressed me quite a bit with its lid design. Everything has worked fine for the short period of time I've owned it. However, it was on the more expensive side for plastic storage containers in my experience. All I would like is for the container to last, but we'll see how that goes.

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