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Reisenthel Market Basket, Black/White Flora

4.4 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Product Description

The Market Basket is a smart alternative to plastic & paper bags. Comparable size to store hand basket. Ideally suited for farmer's markets, small grocery loads, picnics, & gardening. We carry 20+ styles of Reisenthel baskets. See them all! Winner prestigious Design Plus award Durable, lightweight aluminum frame Tough, tear-proof polyester cover Collapsible, with removable supports on sides Sturdy bottom with rubber feet Soft rubber-grip handle Zip pocket inside Fair Wage / Fair Labo...

Product Information

Product Dimensions 19.1 x 12.1 x 1.8 inches
Item Weight 6.8 pounds
Shipping Weight 6.8 pounds
Manufacturer Reisenthel
ASIN B001WZSM2A
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4.4 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #244,906 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#3,977 in Home & Kitchen > Storage & Organization > Baskets, Bins & Containers
Date first available at Amazon.com March 18, 2009

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This tote is gorgeous, sturdy, and shows superior craftsmanship. I will gladly pay 39.99 again for another bag of this quality. Did I mention that it looks great too?

I have several of the cheaper versions of the Reisenthel Carrybag and they are all junk compared to this tote!! By using this type of market tote to do my shopping I won't have to use paper nor plastic bags. Plus the handy zipper pocket can hold my valuables.

This tote finally answers one of my design questions with the cheaper knock-offs of this bag - how do you keep the "spines" in place. Well, this quality tote finally gave me the "ahh haa" moment as this bag has a unique way to keep the "spines" in place.

Go for quality and buy this tote! It is a keeper! By the way - the seller had super fast shipping and nice packaging...
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When my basket first arrived I loved it. It is an attractive colorful design and appeared to be very well made. Unfortunately, the first time I used it grocery shopping I discovered the poor ergonomic design for its intended purpose. The first problem with this basket is the orientation of the handle. To hold the handle requires you to either have your hand facing forward or directly behind you. This causes an unnatural and uncomfortable rotation in your arm and shoulder (either forward or backward depending on haw you hold it) and causes unnecessary strain in the arm and shoulder joint if there is any weight in the basket. The comfortable way to carry any weight with your arm is to have a bar or straps that you can hold with the palm of your hand facing your hip. Stand with your arms comfortably at your side and you will notice that your hands will hang naturally with your palms facing you body (not rotated 90 degrees to the front or back). How this is so popular in Europe and won so many design awards is beyond me. Get one of those small plastic carry baskets at your local grocery and load it up with weighty items and you will see what I mean.

The second problem with the ergonomics here is that the design of the basket puts the weight too far out from the centerline of your body due to its structured basket design. The best way to carry any weight is as close to your body as possible not suspended out six to eight inches in some structured basket. So while I think this design is great for looks and cuteness, it functions poorly at helping you handle heavy grocery items without causing extra strain. I guess if I was a Parisian style master and only used my cute basket to impress others and carry a few fresh herbs and loaf of bread, I wouldn't have returned it.
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I have had this basket (bought at a local hardware store) for about two years. I use it about 1-3 times per week, carrying groceries, produce, and dinner when we meet up with friends. I am so happy with this basket but there are a couple things to know about it. Let's start with the disadvantages:

Con:
-This thing does not collapse easily, as other reviewers have mentioned. You need to take out two 'spines' on the sides. You CAN easily fold the handle down, but know that this thing does take up some space
-Potentially difficult to clean. I have no idea how you are supposed to clean it. I had a watermelon mishap that filled the basket with watermelon goo. I hosed it down a couple times and it was as good as new. However, if you use it for your regular shopping, you might want more 'sanitizing' options.

Pro:
-Flat and STURDY: I haul gallons of milk in this think and don't worry about it collapsing, the bottom falling out, etc
-Shape allows for produce to happily coexist. One disadvantage of the reusable grocery bags is that everything is squished to the middle of the bag (unless you have a box of cereal or something in there to preserve the shape). Here, the basket allows you to gently stack apples, kale, and peaches--all without worrying that something will be crushed!
-Handy zipper is good for phone/(small) wallet or keys. I still drop my keys in the bottom sometimes but that's just because I'm a bit spacy.
-Nice handle: it's pretty cushy (although mine is starting to discolor from age) and is comfortable to carry.

Overall, I really enjoy using this basket and don't mind the disadvantages (I store it on a shelf) and ignore that whole cleanliness part (note that I haven't researched how to clean it because it's not that big of a deal for me). I think you really only need one of these baskets though. Two would be difficult to store and too hard to carry around while shopping. One is just perfect though!
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We live in a three story condo without an elevator. We are on the third floor and are forever 'toting' things up and down the stairs...to and from the car.This is a very, very nice basket for that purpose. The only two drawbacks I see are: not really collapsible and made in China.
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My wife has used one of these for the past few years to haul books, files and stuff from school to school and classroom to classroom. Its aluminum frame is very lightweight but sturdy and the fabric is very strong and never seems to get dirty. The rounded foam handle is comfortable in the hand even when carrying a heavy load. Definitely recommend!
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I am *very* pleased with the item. Looks great and is well made. The basket may be a tad pricey *but* the German craftmanship is simply outstanding. Delivery was fairly quick and item was well packaged.
I do love the idea of going shopping with my *own* basket and carrying my items home in the same basket. I hope this type of shopping gets more popular here.
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