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Mar 21, 2011 03:52 PM

Best Plastic Wrap?

Hi! I'm hoping you can help me find the "best" plastic wrap. It seems that whatever I buy is not quite "perfect." Here's what I've found:

Glad Cling Wrap / Saran Wrap - good when they "stick" to the plate / bowl / pan. And also good at sticking to itself (sometimes too good and ends up in a clumped ball after I rip it off the roll). But...I have trouble getting these to stick to my gold tone bakeware. They stick nicely to china / ceramic, though.

Glad Press 'n Seal - GREAT at sticking to anything (the first time). But...doesn't stick to itself very well and also doesn't reseal well.

Any thoughts?

Thanks for all advice!

- J

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  1. Feb. 2009 Cooks Illustrated arrived at your same conclusions. We ask wraps to do two basically different things--be impermeable and cling tight--and no one wrap excels at both. Their overall favorite was Glad Cling Wrap Clear Plastic.

    1. Hi jbsiegel and Bada Bing,

      Stretch-Tite. Can't be beat!

      Holds on tight, doesn't split. Good stuff!

      I *think* Costco Kirkland brand is the same.


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      1. re: I used to know how to cook...

        The CI report rated Stretch-Tite very highly for toughness and cling but said it allowed much more moisture penetration, which doesn't always matter much, depending on your needs.

        It seems to be essential to plastic wraps that clinginess is inversely proportional to impermeability--more of one, less of the other.

        Maybe that's why one wrapping approach, for freezing, is often to wrap in plastic (for cling) and then in foil (for the barrier effect).

        1. re: Bada Bing

          The makers of stretch-tite make another big box that's just labeled Polyvinyl Films - I use it at work to wrap hundreds of things a day and it's great. I don't know if the contents are the same as stretch-tite or not. Assuming you have somewhere that the bigger box will fit, once you use a 2000 ft box (or even better 3000') of plastic wrap you won't be able to use a small one ever again. The larger and considerably heavier box sits still on the counter, so you can just pull the wrap over whatever you're wrapping with both hands, and then chop down on the back to cut it. It sounds like a stupid thing to comment about, but it really eliminates tangling, waste, and a lot of other problems.

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          Depending on the shipping, if you have a restaurant supply store or Smart and Final around you I would check if they have it there before I ordered it.

          1. re: la2tokyo

            Thanks all! I just ordered some Stretch-Tite from to try...we'll see!

          2. re: Bada Bing

            Of course, CI aren't capable of testing what really matters, which is oxygen permeability. All of the household films these days, except Stretch-tite, are made of polyethylene or related plastics, and are very poor oxygen barriers. Polyvinyl or PVdC is much better. It costs more, and there are (real) concerns about it leaching into food if it's in contact in the microwave. (Real simple solution to that.) So, for consumers, who are willing to buy whatever junk they're told to, PE is what you get. Commercial users, who care about how well things work, use PVdC.

            If you're storing something for a day or less, it doesn't much matter, but if your goal is to keep something for longer, oxygen permeability matters a lot.

            1. re: dscheidt

              Are you really so contemptuous of consumers?

              Anyway, Reynolds Seal-Tight Plastic Wrap is another Polyvinyl option, as is Freeze-Tite (which obviously sounds like it's made by Stretch-Tite).

          3. re: I used to know how to cook...

            Another vote for Stretch-tite. We found it cheaper at Amazon (8 x 500' rolls) than locally.


            1. re: FishTales

              Hi Fish Tales,

              Thanks for the tip! I wouldn't have thought of Amazon...


            2. re: I used to know how to cook...

              I know a lot of people love Stretch-Tite, but I'm not a fan. It sticks to itself very easily, so I often found myself trying to pull the stuck-together-sides apart and getting frustrated, and finally I would ball it up and throw it away. I was so happy when I finished the box. :) Now, I use the Glad, based on Cooks Illustrated's recommendations, and I'm much happier (and less frustrated).

              1. re: goodeatsgal

                I bought Stretch-Tite and it had such a chemical smell that I couldn't use it. I use very little anymore because I bought some pyrex bowls with plastic lids which enabled me to stop using as much. When I do use plastic wrap, I use Glad "Cling Wrap." Although it doesn't seem to cling as well as others (despite the name), I've read that it has less chemicals in it --

                1. re: Candy

                  I liked Stretch tite just fine but Mr. Sueatmo used to fight it manfully every time he unrolled it. Such a mess! I don't think I can find this product at my grocer right now anyway. We now buy Saran Wrap. This isn't as good a product as it used to be, but at least it is more manageable than the Stretch Tite was..

                2. A timely discussion. Our personal preference for many years has been Reynolds® Seal-Tight Plastic Wrap; it simply handled more easily and clung better than Saran® Wrap or other plastic wraps. We are getting low on our supply, but have not seen it recently in stores. Here is why:

                  Sic transit gloria mundi.

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                  1. re: Politeness

                    Wow, that's been my favorite too for ages & I've been rationing out the last of my supply since I haven't been able to find it in the stores. In the meantime I bought a roll of Wallmart generic & have been pleasantly suprised by it.

                  2. We've been using "Foodservice Wrap" from Sam's Club for years. I couldn't see who makes it for them on the container, but this stuff holds well and is a bit heavier than what is sold in the grocery store. It also comes in a large roll and you can buy extra wide as well.

                    1. Just a long-overdue update...

                      I bought some Stretch-Tite (ordered it online) and LOVED it, but couldn't stand the fact that I couldn't get it to rip off neatly from the box without getting all tangled in itself. So...I ordered the cutter from the Stretch-Tite website.'s PERFECT! I keep it in a drawer in my kitchen, and don't even have to take it out of the drawer to get a piece off.

                      Thanks for the tips!