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Which OXO products do you use and like?

sueatmo Sep 4, 2012 03:35 PM

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.)

  1. Chemicalkinetics Sep 4, 2012 04:35 PM

    I have and like:

    Oxo salad spinner
    Oxo Smooth Edge can opener
    A few Oxo palm dish brushes

    I do no like:
    Oxo Soap Dispenser Dish Brush:


    2 Replies
    1. re: Chemicalkinetics
      fourunder Sep 5, 2012 10:12 AM

      Pizza Cutter, Can Opener and Vegetable Peeler

      1. re: Chemicalkinetics
        Chemicalkinetics Sep 5, 2012 12:50 PM

        Oh yes, I have its SteeL garlic presss. It is ok.

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        ellabee Sep 4, 2012 10:30 PM

        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.

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        1. re: ellabee
          ellabee Sep 8, 2012 02:12 PM

          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.

          1. re: ellabee
            Chemicalkinetics Sep 8, 2012 02:31 PM

            <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.

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics
              sueatmo Sep 8, 2012 07:08 PM

              I had to get up just now to check what brand my silicone brush was. I have an Orka, and I like it fine. Haven't seem the OXO ones.

              1. re: sueatmo
                Chemicalkinetics Sep 8, 2012 08:52 PM

                Actually, I wasn't clear. My silicone brush is by Norpo.

        2. al b. darned Sep 5, 2012 09:56 AM

          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.

          1. k
            kagemusha49 Sep 5, 2012 10:55 AM

            Corkscrew and can opener. May be expensive but the gadgets are well designed and rock solid.

            1. f
              FishTales Sep 5, 2012 11:09 AM

              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%.


              1. sunshine842 Sep 5, 2012 11:45 AM

                I own an ice cream scoop, the jar opener, and a pizza cutter. They all live in a drawer with the other stuff that I use once in a while, but not very often.

                The vegetable peeler is by far the most-used implement in my kitchen. Every single day -- and I've had it for years and years.

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                1. re: sunshine842
                  jmcarthur8 Sep 5, 2012 04:16 PM

                  Ditto on the vegetable peeler. My dad loved mine so much, I gave him a set of Oxo tools for Christmas one year for his arthritic hands. He was an Oxo fanatic after that.

                  I also have a 4 cup liquid measure that you can look down from the top to see the amount. I nabbed it from the box of stuff that came from my son's college apartment when he graduated. I have been using it, and I do like it.

                  1. re: jmcarthur8
                    sunshine842 Sep 6, 2012 12:01 AM

                    ah yes -- I have the 2-cup one and I really like it.

                2. r
                  rasputina Sep 5, 2012 11:55 AM

                  The salad spinner and the pepper mill are my two favorites.

                  1. boogiebaby Sep 5, 2012 03:41 PM

                    Love OXO! I have:
                    Salad Spinner
                    Veggie Peeler
                    Pizza Cutter
                    Flexible Silicone Turner
                    Cookie Spatula
                    Can Opener (smooth edge one)
                    Cocktail shaker (love this)

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                      oooYUM Sep 6, 2012 04:24 AM

                      OXO Good Grips Silicone Basting Brush

                      OXO Good Grips Fish Turner

                      I just love these..... esp the spatula, use it for everything <3

                      1. s
                        sueatmo Sep 7, 2012 10:10 PM

                        I just keep using the grater I bought a couple of weeks ago. I am so impressed at how easy it is to use. You can take it apart to run it through the dishwasher.

                        It crosses my mind that perhaps my old old box grater has dulled over the thirty years or of its use. I imagine an older grater might need to be replaced after about 10 or 15 years of use. http://tinyurl.com/9g5n6o6 This works very well.

                        Glad to know there are other happy OXO users.

                        1. j
                          John Francis Sep 8, 2012 04:35 AM

                          OXO Good Grips Box Grater
                          OXO Good Grips Fish Turner
                          OXO Good Grips Silicone Pastry Brush
                          OXO Good Grips 12-Inch Tongs (Steel Tips)
                          OXO Good Grips 9-Inch Tongs (Nylon Tips)

                          Well made, comfortable handles, reasonable prices. Not the cheapest on the market but cheap enough. But I don't automatically buy OXO, it depends on the product.

                          1. w
                            winepoet Sep 8, 2012 08:44 AM

                            salad spinner
                            can opener
                            palm dishbrush
                            potato masher

                            1. Fowler Mar 1, 2013 12:35 PM

                              I have had good luck with these OXO products:

                              Long tongs with silicone heads

                              Salad spinner

                              Potato masher

                              Peeler that I use for hard cheese and vegetables

                              That is a good question about if I would buy this brand with confidence. Most of their products, yes but not the knives.

                              To answer your last question, I do not feel their products are expensive considering their quality/price ratio.

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                              1. re: Fowler
                                sunshine842 Mar 1, 2013 12:55 PM

                                I completely agree with the price/value ratio -- my vegetable peeler is well over 10 years old -- I think my average annual price is now down to less than $1/year -- way less than a cheapass stainess peeler that would have been bent/dulled/heaved out the window in disgust.

                              2. Ruthie789 Mar 2, 2013 01:49 PM

                                I have several Oxo products. Serving spoons, measuring cups. I love the products and have been able to purchase them at a discount at an importer of kitchen goods. (Danesco, Montreal, elephant store)

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