Which OXO products do you use and like?
There are often queries about what brands to buy. With gadgets there are a few good brands to choose from, but increasingly I trust OXO for kitchen gear. Case in point: my salad spinner (about 10 years old) is packed away in a movers' warehouse. I hated wet salad greens in my temporary digds so much, I bought myself a new salad spinner yesterday. I saw several brands. I bought the OXO--and paid more.
Guess what? It is an improved version of my old OXO salad spinner. How many brands actually improve something over time? I'm glad I bought it. I've got a good OXO can opener, pepper mill, wisk, mandoline, meat knife, and probably other stuff I have packed away.
All of my stuff is serviceable, and aesthetically pleasing. What pieces of OXO do you like?
Do you feel you can buy this brand with confidence? Do you feel it is expensive? (I do and and I don't.)
I'm a big fan of the Oxo digital scale. It's semi-expensive, at $50. (the 11 lb. version), but it's easy to use, easy to clean, easy to store. Assuming it's durable, it looks to be well worth the $. Two years and counting...
The other Oxo I'd recommend without hesitation is the food mill. I had a Foley that never worked right, which I donated to a thrift store with a disclaimer note. Its replacement was an Italian-made number from a usually reliable kitchen shop; when it broke during its first use, I just gave up on food mills for a while. Encouraged by a chow thread, I took a chance on the Oxo, and have been well pleased through a summer of applesauce, peach butter, and soup batches. I'm so happy that it works that the other nice touches are just a bonus: the way its 'legs' fold up for storage, and way their rubbery-ness grips onto a mixing bowl when in action.
Others' comments have reminded me that I also have and like the Oxo silicone pastry brushes, regular and narrow. The wider one's in use more often: to oil peppers before roasting and tortillas for baking into chips, as well as to brush sauce onto grill food. The smaller one is reserved for brushing milk or egg wash onto to-be-baked items.
People seem to love or hate silicone brushes as an alternative to the traditional bristled version. I really disliked the traditional brushes because it seemed impossible to get them completely clean, and because of the occasional bristle they'd leave on food. The silicone ones can go in the dishwasher if I'm dissatisfied with the results of hand washing -- but so far, a little paste of baking soda and dish soap has worked just fine.
<People seem to love or hate silicone brushes as an alternative to the traditional bristled version>
I like and dislike silicone brushes. Something I like, while something I dislike. Overall, I like more than dislike. A traditional bristle brush holds more liquid and releases the liquid more evenly for many applications. My silicone brush tends to dump most of the liquid in first strokes, so (1) the application is less even and (2) I have to go back and forth more often.
I do like it for the fact that silicone brush is much easier to clean and no hair/fiber fall out every now and then.
Oxo salad spinner. Had mine for years! There's a reason some things are still around 15 or 20 years later...they work and work well. (I've had mine at least 15 years.) The price back then was about $25. Even today at about $30 is cost more than just about any other one, but it is money well spent.
Oxo Good Grips Silicone Flexible Pancake Turner. The only one I have tried that is wide enough and stiff enough. While better than most, I wish they could find a way to make them a bit thinner, tho. It is still a bit too thick to slide easily under stuff in a non-stickpan...like pancakes.
OXO Good Grips Smooth Potato Masher. I can control this style a lot better than those with a traditional style handle. Still going strong for about 15 years.
OXO Good Grips Corn Stripper is the best one I've tried. It is easier to use and it makes less of a mess than others out there.
Do you feel it is expensive?
My old farmer neighbor used to say, "Ya gets whacha pays for." That was his translation of the adage, "The quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten." IMO, their stuff is generally good quality and they stand behind it.
Their can opener for sure. We've even given a few as 'everyday' sort of gifts.
Their garlic press is also well-designed & sturdy.
Buy with confidence? 101%.