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OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons with Magnetic Snaps
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- Magnetic handles keep Spoons together for storage and allow for removing one Spoon at a time
- Designed to make leveling ingredients easy for greater accuracy
- Handles feature permanent, etched measurement markings
- Set includes: 1/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp and 1 T Spoons
- Sturdy, stainless steel construction, soft non-slip grip, dishwasher safe
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The OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Measuring Spoon Set is an elegant yet functional measuring solution. The unique magnetic feature allows you to easily remove one Spoon at a time. This feature also keeps the Spoons neatly stacked together for storage. The sturdy, Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons are designed to make leveling ingredients easy for greater accuracy. The soft, comfortable, non-slip handles feature permanent, etched measurement markings. Set includes 1/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp and 1 T Spoons.
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This OXO set is from the Good Grips line, which places silicone inserts on common kitchen tools to give more comfort and less slip (as well as heat shielding, depending upon the specific tool.) As a general rule, OXO Good Grips products are well-made, reasonably-priced, and make functional performances over other products. Sold in a quantity of 4 measuring cups, the sizes you get are 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, and 1 cup, respectively. The body is made from a relatively thick gauge stainless steel, with silicone inserts on the top, and hard plastic inserts on the bottom. The markings are done using laser-engraving (which is less durable than hard engraving) and each cup has only one marking. There are no internal half markers like many other products have. Unlike other measuring cups that are held together using a ring or chain, these are designed to stay together with the use of small magnets located in the tip of each handle.
The fit and finish of these are excellent, as are the ergonomics. They are comfortable to hold, and like other OXO Good Grips products, they give a heckuva good grip even if covered in slippery oil. The flared lip at the top makes these easy to get a consistent leveling without excessive mess, and all of the edges have been machined consistently so there are no sharp angles remaining to cut skin on. The use of magnets to bind these over the standard O-ring or chain is ingenious in design since it is theoretically far more convenient (and therefore, time-saving.)
The MSRP on these is abut $20, but only 4 sizes are included. This is a BIG problem because the Bellemain and KitchenMade sets come with 6 pieces, are of the finest quality in their respective class, and yet they cost about the same. Further, many products in this price range use the more durable hard-engraving and have multiple markers (including internal half-way markers), and if only 4 sizes are included, the importance of these middle internal markers seems even more important! Given the nicer grips and the magnetic design, I could look past this if the magnetic design worked better than it did. But the magnets used are extremely weak. They do not generate enough force to hold these together, let alone stick to a metal object like a fridge, and I have included a video to show just how weak these magnets are. This issue is made worse because these measuring cups do not sit deeply inside of each other, and the only area of contact when stacked is the handle area, of which only about 10% of that is making contact, and by nature this makes the entire deal very unstable. Further, OXO did NOT drill loop holes into these in the event one wanted to use a ring with these, which makes these less flexible. Finally, the 1/4 and 1/3 cup sizes are unstable...the handle is too heavy relative to the body and if you are measuring some lighter ingredients, these will not lay flat on a flat surface. This can get frustrating fast.
So while I think many of the design ideas in this OXO Measuring Cup Set offer potential improvements over conventional designs, there are a couple pretty significant issues that prevent this set from reaching its full potential. The weak magnets is the single biggest problem since it is the only possible method you can use for binding these when stacked, and that's a pretty critical element. With there being so many high-quality measuring cup sets available at this price (not to mention how many of these other brands include two or three extra sizes, plus more detailed markings in a more durable engraving), I cannot recommend this OXO Good Grips set.
===CUSTOMER FEEDBACK NOTE TO OXO...===
If OXO reads Amazon Reviews to get customer feedback, I hope you consider making some minor revisions to this product and releasing it as an updated generation. This has the potential to be one of the finest measuring cup sets on the market, but only if the above-stated issues are addressed..
+ Haven't rusted yet, even after leaving them accidentally in standing water in my sink
+ The stainless steel look is nice.
- The backs are slightly hollow, so they do feel a little cheap.
- The magnet holding device doesn't hold up. I stack them and as soon as I drop them in my silverware drawer they break apart, or spin and come apart.
The rings on our other sets of spoons and cups (also OXO - lasted a very long time, the metal non magnetic ones - and still look great with only a slight bit of wear.) I'm weirdly particular about really minute things like this and the rings and way the items all fit together in the space I have for them was strange - didn't quite fit, and the ring was the issue. So I switched both sets out to the magnetic ones and here are my thoughts....
LOOK: Nice and sleek, much cleaner look than the ugly ring: ) Standard silver/black goes with most kitchens and other OXO products
FEEL: While they might be a slight bit on the light side, they are not what I would call thin or weak, and have held up very well with pretty consistent use and DW washing. Unless you're really rough with them you won't have problems with bending or warping. Yes there are more tough and heavy sets but I don't find the weight or quality an issue at all, you're not measuring anything larger than a teaspoon so really don't need an overly tough or thick metal :)
CLEANING: DW cleaning is ideal of course, hand washing is not hard for these small items BUT I will mention the back sides are slightly curved and you do need to spend an extra minute making sure nothing is stuck to the inside parts. There aren't crevices or hard to reach spots so its not a real issue, and you hold the black part so you aren't ever actually touching the metal. HOWEVER - many stainless ones in this price range have flat edges which actually can be uncomfortable to handle and these rounded ones are definitely better to hold/use than those, so in a way this is actually a plus.
MAGNETS: They hold fine, and do what they need to do - keep them together. At first I agreed with some of the other comments about them being a little weak - and I do think they are a little more on the weak side than strong side, but I now realize I would prefer this over them being too strong and hard to pull apart. For me, they DO stay together in the drawer and we have them laying down sideways. Even if I spread them apart while stuck together at the end they hold (see pic below.) They hold, and stay together enough for most people's use though - if you have a smaller slot for them with no other bulky or magnetized items nearby that is ideal, as of course those would connect if strong and close enough.
BONUS: For the Kitchen OCD, they look a lot sleeker and cleaner than any set with a ring :)
PRICE: At just under $10 they are fairly priced and in line with similar sets - IMO, slightly better than many at this range and do have the OXO really great CS (they do stand behind their products and are responsive.)
If they made the magnets just a tad stronger and the back edges without the small curves these would be 5 star - but even as is we really like and can recommend them! Hope the photos below help and feel free to ask any questions you have...