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Uncommon Goods Kitchen and Bar Products: A Review

Hey guys!

Today I’m going to talk a little bit about a website called Uncommon Goods and some of the products the folks over there were nice enough to let me try.  

To fill in anyone who hasn’t heard of Uncommon Goods before, it’s a website that sells some of the quirkiest goods that I’ve ever seen. Seriously, there is 100% something for everyone on that website.  Looking through the website, it’s hard not to want it all, but, believe it or not, the products aren’t even the best part.  Uncommon Goods is also very concerned with the sustainability of their company, working to make sure that they sell quality products that are environmentally friendly, and even giving visitors the option to choose a non-profit organization to receive a $1 donation when they check out (read more about their mission here).  Another feature that I really like is how, for many of the products on the site, you can see an image of the original creator and read a little bit about them.  It definitely makes the experience of shopping online a lot more personal.  

When Uncommon Goods offered to let me try some of their products, I was super excited.  I chose 4 different products from the kitchen and bar section to review.  I am not even kidding when I say it was so hard to choose what to get. I definitely looked over just about every item on the website, from barbeque accessories to storage containers to wine glasses, and I’m not even old enough to drink!  And don’t even get me started on the personalized gifts.  Family mugs?!  Who could resist?

In the end I chose to get the following:

  1. http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/flavor-infuser-water-bottle
  2. http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/venn-diagram-serving-platter
  3. http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/elevate-carousel-utensil-set
  4. http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/microwave-popcorn-popper

I tried the fruit infuser water bottle first and really liked it.  In an effort to keep this review short and sweet, I’m gonna break down the pros and cons with a couple of bullet points.

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See my watermelon water pictured here… along with some summer work

Pros:

  • It makes you actually want to drink water.  Because everyone knows that fancy cucumber or watermelon water tastes better than plain old water
  • It’s super easy to use.  You just put fruit in the special fruit cup and you’re done!
  • The fruit taste actually comes through.  The way the bottle is designed, the water has to go through the little fruit container, which really makes the flavor prominent (more than I was expecting actually)

Cons:

  • The bottle is glass, which can be a little annoying for transporting, especially when you’re as much of a klutz as me
  • I wish there was a line or something to indicate how far to fill the water bottle while still avoiding it spilling over the edge when the fruit part is added in

Overall, I would definitely recommend this to people trying to stay a bit more hydrated throughout the day.  If you’re good at drinking water, it’s definitely not a necessity, but probably good to have around nonetheless.

Alright, now onto the microwave popcorn maker.  Now, I’ve always preferred popcorn kernels to bagged popcorn, so I was super satisfied with this product.

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Pros:

  • Get your popcorn fast.  No need to cook it on the stovetop anymore: one or two minutes in the microwave will do it!
  • It makes a pretty decent amount, but doesn’t really let you go overboard.  I would say maybe 1 ½ servings.  Perfect for late-night snacking that doesn’t make you feel too guilty
  • You can add butter on top if you’re into that.  Personally, I’m not, but the little place to put the butter is still there for all you butter lovers.
  • Easy cleanup!

Cons:

  • You gotta guess and check how many kernels to put in which can be a bit of a pain (and can lead to a lot of unpopped kernels if your estimate is wrong)
  • Kinda the opposite of number 2 above… it only makes 1-2 servings, so it’s not the best for a party

So I haven’t had much of a chance to use the venn diagram serving platter, but I did make some hummus today, and, if I do say so myself, it looks pretty good!  

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Pro:

  • I suppose this could be a con too, but it doesn’t overtly look like a venn diagram.  It’s more like a secret inside joke that you’re serving all your food on a nerdy little platter
  • It’s pretty big (good for parties!)
  • Well-made and seems pretty sturdy.  I’m not sure it could handle a drop on the floor, but it doesn’t look like it will chip easily either

Cons:

  • Yes, I know this was a pro too, but it is pretty large, so if you don’t have a lot of space in your kitchen, it may be a bit of nuisance.
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Pictured here chilling in my kitchen with my popcorn maker

For the utensils, I’m not really sure what to say.  I mean, they’re great: pretty compact so they can fit in small places and well made.  Overall, I have no complaints.  I guess the only thing is that they may be less sturdy than stainless steel utensils, but that’s really a minor concern.  I’ve been using them the same way I use all the utensils I buy, and they’ve held up just fine.

Alrighty folks.  That’s all I have for today.  I hope this was helpful!  See you next time!

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