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Beautiful, versatile, well-made spice rack!
on January 28, 2008
I had been eyeing similar products ever since seeing a magnetic 12-canister at my friend's house five years ago. I didn't really need the base because I intended to keep my canisters on my fridge (the magnets are very on these), but everytime I came across what I was looking for, the canisters were either very light and cheap feeling with a thin plastic top, the magnetic backing seemed flimsy, or they were prohibitively expensive for spice containers. This product is a perfect match for my needs, as it well-manufactured and relatively inexpensive when taking into account its high production value. I found that it was cheaper to buy the rack and canisters than the canisters each separately and now I can display them on my back-splash at some point should my aesthetic needs shift. The canisters have two means by which to dispense the spices: you simply turn the lid slightly to either sprinkle or pour your spice. I would have preferred slightly larger perforations for sprinkling but this is not a huge issue at all since I usually just unscrew the lid anyway and pour spices on my hand when cooking. I have since purchased two other Kamenstein racks (one much larger), and I use one of the racks in my home office for my thumb tacks, small paper clips, rubberbands, etc. Spices are so beautiful (both the color and texture) and displaying them, juxtasposed against each other in this manner, really embellishes my kitchen and makes the space more dynamic. The rack is a really successful piece, both regarding its form and function. An added note for parents: the canisters are very visually appealing to children as well as adults, which is another benefit. But they should be kept out-of-reach of toddler-aged kids if they contain spices or sharp items as mine do in my kitchen and office respectively. My sister did buy one after seeing mine and put it in her seven-year-old daughter's bedroom. She uses hers to organize and display her daughter's hair accessories. My niece loves it. I could see it being useful for art supplies as well! Great, versatile product at a fair price!