4 Stars By Mels on 2013-10-11
So far, so good
I would give this 5 stars if it was easier to swap out the measurement you're doling out, like dialing to a different setting or something. As it is, you have to take apart the unit to swap out the little insert for different measurements, which is a pain, so I just leave one in and dose out several times when I want a larger quantity.
I use this for doling out Stevia in my tea, coffee, apple-cider vinegar tonic, etc., and it has worked great so far for that. No more spoons & the attributed little sprinkly mess I somehow always manage to get around the bag reaching in and out of it. This is great for watching the quantity you put in; if you're like me, and very particular about doing things in a quick & efficient way (both because I'm a manufacturing engineer by trade, and because I like to sleep in as late as possible as well), and you also are very exacting in quantities of sweetener you like to use (I like 2 and a half pumps of Da Vinci per 12 oz coffee mug - no more, no less!!! I like 1.5 tsp of Stevia in the Raw in my apple-cider vinegar "apple-ade" I have in the morning - no more, no less!!), then this is gonna be a godsend to your OCD.
I will update my review if it breaks. As it is, I've been using it consistently for about a month now, and so far so good. Since I don't swap out the measuring tab in it, I imagine the longevity will be fine, as other reviewers who complained about it breaking seemed to all be people who were swapping that out frequently and broke the unit while doing those swaps. I question as to why they would swap it out though. 2 x 1/4 tsp = 1/2 tsp, so if you like tiny quantities, leave the 1/4 in. If you're middling, leave in the 1/2 tsp and deal in factors of 1/2. If you work in bigger quantities, leave in the biggest. Seems like a simple enough solution for me, but to each his own.
5 Stars By DOLORES JACOBS on 2017-01-20
Easy to use, Nice looking, Clean and a great price!
I use this sugar dispenser every day and love it. Since I make coffee for my husband it is nice to have something that measures the exact amount of sugar every time. I found that when measuring sugar with a spoon I was over filling the spoon when I poured the sugar onto it. Now I know I like 3 squeezes and my husband likes 4 and it is perfect every time.
The dispenser offers a selection of colors to choose from: Silver, Black, Red, White, something for every décor. It comes with several size units from 1/4, 1/2 and 1 teaspoon. The top comes off for easy filling. The unit holds 1 cup of sugar in a clear plastic container. The top also has a pour and sprinkle opening if you want to use it instead of the dispenser function. It is easy to disassemble for cleaning. It was a little tricky to put together the first time, reading the instructions fixed that problem. My husband had a stroke and only has use of one hand. This dispenser has made putting sugar in his coffee much easier for him, no more sugar all over the counter.
4 Stars By R. R. on 2014-03-22
Try washing the parts if you have one that is leaking/not working well.
I've been using these (I have 2) for about a year and they are still working pretty good, but I can see that they might be a problem in humid climates. I live in Arizona, so the sugar doesn't gum up much like other reviewers have mentioned. I don't have hopes for them holding out over a long period. They are a little tricky to clean. Take your time - I got mine put back together just fine, but I still feel like they will end up in the trash in another year or less. I LOVE the way the product works. so I'm not sure if I'll spend the money to replace them or just go back to the old-fashioned sugar dispenser.
Update: I'm changing my stars for this product up to 4 from 3. I discovered that I could get this working again like when it was new by taking it apart carefully and cleaning the small parts. It was getting gummed up at the opening and sugar was leaking from the push bar when I tried to dispense.
I took it apart just as you would if you were going to change the little "dosing pods." I washed the parts that come away from the body and let dry completely. I cleaned the body with just a damp paper towel and made sure that any built up sugar was cleaned from the little opening at the bottom of the body.
It is a little bit of a hassle to do all this and needs to be done every 1 or 2 months, but I love how this little device works and don't want to give it up. So, if you have one and don't want to throw it in the trash, try doing this. Mine works perfectly again.
5 Stars By ReneeT on 2016-01-20
Small footprint on my counter
I bought three of these because we had sugar, xylotol, and stevia in various containers and I wanted to have something that would leave a smaller footprint on the counter. It took a little while for me to figure out how to change the dosage. Once I learned on the first, it was easy to adjust the rest. The only thing to watch out for is that, because it is gravity fed, if you want to dispense something light weight like stevia, you may have to increase the dose, but it worked fine for the sugar.
4 Stars By Retired Navy Guy on 2011-07-26
Handy little gadget
I find this sugar dispenser works very well. Dispenses uniform amount of sugar and no spillage or leakage. It is light weight and I am not sure how durable it will be, but has been good for 1st two weeks.
The top shaker / pour ability is an excellent feature, perfect for cereal or measuring out a tablespoon of sugar without having to open sugar container and expose to humidity.
Now for the drawback that caused down grade to 4 stars. ...
The top is TRICKY to get off to fill!!
First time I thought I was going to either break it or have to get a screwdriver and pry it off! FINALLY it came open (did use a table knife to pry). Second time was even worse, I went for screwdriver and thought, what kind of junk have I bought this time? Coming back with screwdriver I decided to give it another try without prying with screwdriver before getting drastic. By chance I grabbed it differently. I had been holding and pulling by the ribbed longer tabs on the top. For some reason I grabbed it by other NON long tabbed sides and wiggles a little. PRESTO-CHANGE-O !!
It came off moderately easily. Put it on and tried this again, with a little wiggle it came off easily again.
Hope this helps someone.
5 Stars By Ashley M. Young on 2013-10-17
No more clumped sugar!
I have been looking for a unique sugar dispenser, and this one is phenomenal. Not only do I know exactly how much sugar i'm adding to my coffee, with just one easy squeeze of the handle, but I have been using it for a month now and it has yet to clog. We use organic raw sugar which works just fine with this dispenser. I haven't had any difficulty in getting the lid of to refill, nor did I have any issues with switching out the teaspoon sizes. I would highly recommend this sugar dispenser to anyone who is looking for something unique, or is tired of dealing with clumped or clogged sugar.
5 Stars By MimiBrazil on 2017-05-25
Great concept and super stylish
I loved this dispenser. Only if it was a bit more affordable, I could then replace all my spice jars with this!!!
It's very stylish and the measurements are precise, once you place the correct amount that you want to dispense (you would have to replace the measuring gadget with a different portion cup each time you want to change the measure though).
5 Stars By Judith Daniel on 2017-08-01
Great design - excellent product
Great design - excellent product. Don't purchase this item if you are planning on giving it as a gift to people who are mechanically challenged. It is incredibly easy to fill and use - some people just don't have what it takes to operate simple machinery.
4 Stars By Monica Thomas on 2017-03-04
I bought this sugar shaker because I don't trust myself to hold glass. I like that it is slimmer. To use I added 2 gripping strips of
foam. : ) I use my shaker for Stevia. The steam from my oatmeal does not clog the dispenser.
5 Stars By Awesome Taste on 2016-08-04
Love this handy gadget, and a reasonable price too!
I bought two of these to ease the measuring of salt and sugar, one in red and one in silver. So much fun to use. It comes with the 1/2 tsp. already installed as the default. It also includes 1/4 tsp. and 1 tsp measurements. It should last a while if I don't drop it a whole lot. I love that it has a pour and shake option in addition to the squeeze-for-measured option!
I'm super pleased with these, it makes making an iced tea a whole lot simpler as the sugar is handy and easy to dispense...with the added bonus of protecting you from over sweetening your tea. I really love this gadget!