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This review is for the low-profile under bed storage box only
on June 29, 2015
When reading this review section use caution and understand that reviews for 7 very different and unrelated Rubbermaid products are all lumped together in this one review section. Since many reviews don’t clarify which specific product they are reviewing that could lead to misunderstanding about the item you actually are looking for information on. So, to be clear, this review is for the low profile under bed storage case.
Unfortunately it appears that some people who bought this case have a misconception about what it is and what it is intended to do. Despite the photo that makes look like a suitcase or travel case, that is not at all what it is intended for. Specifically, what this product is designed for is to store items that are not used often but you still want easy access to. In my case that describes extra bedding for our guest bed, including extra pillows, down comforter (off season), spare sheets and extra guest bath towels. Each case can hold 2-3 pillows, one comforter, one complete set of sheets or a complete set of spare bath towels, 3-4 boxes can fit comfortably under a standard queen bed. Our guest bed is a bit lower to the floor than normal and most brand low profile boxes are 6”. The Rubbermaid box is 5-1/2” making it easier to slide in and out.
The box is most effectively used by filling it while it is lying on the floor and then sliding it under the bed. It is soft-sided so it does not have the support to lift and carry like a suitcase. It does however have enough rigidity to keep its shape when filled properly, something I found other cheaper boxes do not do well.
Although Rubbermaid indicates that this box has 3 handles, they are NOT for lifting or carrying the case (like a suitcase). They are there solely to be able to grab the box from under your bed and slide it out. The best (probably only) position for this box is lying flat on the floor, that’s what it is designed for. The canvas fabric it is made from is reasonably rugged and high quality considering the low price. If not overstuffed the box should not tear or burst under normal use. The zipper runs smoothly, an important point if you plan to access the box often.
It comes shipped flat and snaps into shape with no additional assembly required. The price is reasonable for the quality received. When used as intended, this is probably the best quality of the similar boxes being sold on Amazon. As the leader of the pack (in terms of units sold, reviewed and customer ratings) it is worth the price and is a best buy.
[IMPORTANT EDIT] I could use a lot of fancy words to tell you I like this storage box but the best proof of my satisfaction is that after I received them I placed an order for several more of them. That's putting my money where my mouth is.