Sunday, September 7, 2014

Snackeez! Here's What You Need To Know


Please note: although I was given this product at no-charge in exchange for writing a review, the opinions expressed are purely my own.


My daughter wanted Snackeez! in the worst way, especially when she saw that the product arrived in her favorite pink/blue combination. I'd not gotten her one because the price point ($9.99 and above for one cup) was prohibitive, but how could I deny her this one? Besides, this would be a fine lesson in what a manufacturers and marketers promise versus the truth of the product.

Snackeez! is “your snack and drink in one cup.” It features a flip-top snack lid, a straw, a 4-ounce snack cup which fits snugly into a 16 ounce drink cup, and a non-slip grip. It is supposedly top rack dishwasher safe and designed for kids 3+. One guy on the TV commercial kind of sheepishly says that it's a “party in a cup.” Here's what Lily and I found.

The cup itself is a solid, hard plastic and the item itself is quite attractive. The non-slip grip is a good one, not a flimsy piece that will fall off. The straw slips through the snack cup into the main cup and has a little stopper ring on the bottom that prevents MOST, but not all spillage. When we tipped it over, nothing came out, but if a child holds the cup upside down, liquid will come out through the straw. And although the Snackeez! packaging says it's for kids 3+, the actual product instructions say its for kids 6+. Remember that if you're tempted to purchase this for your toddler.


...IF A CHILD HOLDS THE CUP UPSIDE DOWN, LIQUID WILL COME THROUGH THE STRAW.  


The first problem is the snack cup. While the company's video claims it will hold “a whole bag of chips” and the commercial shows it holding a bunch of chicken nuggets and french fries, the cup, in reality, holds far less. I was able to fit about 2 ounces (or a small packet of Cheerios) in the snack section comfortably. There's no way you're going to be able to fit more than maybe two chicken nuggets and four or five fries in that cup – and it's not designed to keep anything warm or cold since the product does not have any insulation. Still, I can live with that.

The second, and for me, major difficulty, is the snack cup lid. Sure, it flips up easily for kids to access their snacks, but it does so far too easily to keep snacks inside the cup in case of spillage. When we knocked the cup over on the counter, the Cheerios went flying. There is no way the inside of your car is going to stay crumb-free if a kid knocks the Snackeez over.

THE SNACK CUP LID FLIPS UP TOO EASILY TO KEEP THE SNACKS INSIDE THE CUP IN CASE OF SPILLAGE.

Two more, FYIs: the actual drink cup does not hold 16 ounces. If you've got a 16-ounce cup with a two-ounce snack cup sitting in it, you've got 14 ounces of space left for liquid (as indicated by the top of the rubber grip). Also, although the product is supposed to be dishwasher safe, I read at least one review on Amazon claiming that her cup was warped after she washed it that way. I'm not taking any changes – I think hand-washing is the way to go.

STILL, I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!

Still, I do love this product! The idea of an all-in-one snack and drink cup is neat and except for the lid, it's a sturdy item. We're using it to hold Lily's snack and drink on the way back from gymnastics and it's perfectly fine for that. It's also great for TV watching since it minimizes, even if it doesn't eliminate, crumbs. And the spill-free design means I can give the kids a drink while they're working on the computer with the fear that they're going to fry my electronics.

If the price comes down, this will be my go-to birthday party gift. I can fill the inside with some candy and it would definitely make an attractive gift for any kid 6+ and I could even put a gift card in there for the teen's friends.


My daughter is delighted she has a Snackeez! and I'm, overall, very happy with the product.  With realistic expectations, you will be, too.

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Thanks for reading!  





7 comments:

  1. All cups like that warp in the dishwasher. It's true. I don't think it would keep me from buying them really although I'm more into buying glass products these days over plastic.

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  2. Love this idea. I want one. Its so clever.

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  3. But i still want to know can you heat up things in the snackeez cup well that did not help but thanks for all the other info.

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  4. I still did not get to know if you can heat things in a snackeez cup but still thanks for all the info.

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  5. I wouldn't. There's nothing on the package or the cup itself that indicates that Snackeez! is microwave-safe. You can always contact the company for more info. Thanks for commenting!

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