Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Ripple - a bowl and plate combo

I am most likely not the right demographic for The Ripple, since I don't have kids and I usually eat at the table.

Okay, I might slurp a peach over the kitchen sink, or I might sneak some chips while I'm watching TV. But for the most part, I don't need to be portable with my food.

But I can see how this would be useful. The bowl and the plate connect, and there's a handle on the bowl - so you can carry both the bowl and the plate with one hand.

The bowl is pretty big, from a soup-serving standpoint, so reasonably-coordinated kids could probably manage to carry soup and a sandwich without making a mess. The bowl is lifted far enough above the bowl that a lot of the plate surface is usable.

The large bowl size would also be nice for large salad to go with the sandwich.

While this probably wouldn't be your first choice for an elegant party, it would be fine for a casual gathering or an outdoor gathering where plastic makes sense.

This product got its start from Kickstarter funding, so it's obviously got a market waiting for it.

Who's it for: People who need one-handed plate-and-bowl carrying.

Pros: Unbreakable and practical. Child-friendly. Microwave and dishwasher safe.

Cons: It has a child-like vibe. While it could be useful for adult gatherings, the look might keep it at the kids' table.

Wishes: I think this would be more useful with a smaller bowl to hold dip, salsa, condiments, toppings ... perhaps interchangeable bowls of different sizes.

Source: I received this from the manufacturer for the purpose of a review.

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