About

  • Type: Mixing bowls
  • Color: White, green
  • Weight: 1 lb 14 oz
  • Made In: China
  • Warranty: Limited lifetime warranty
  • Dimensions: 12" x 6-1/2" (nested)
  • Composition: 70% plant material/30% traditional plastic
  • Manufacturer: Lifetime Brands
  • Other versions: Ecolife Prep Bowls
  • Product number: 5045584

Ambitions

Apparent goal: kids gift/registry home kitchens restaurants everywhere
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Diet/nutrition: does not apply scary empty promises helpful essential
Green?: not especially neutral mixed blessing earth friendly green!
Innovative: step back standing still progress trendy genius
Problem solving: no better baby steps solid steps giant steps a revelation
Competition: outclassed follower in the pack strong challenger likely champ

Utility/Quality

Ease of use: impossible frustrating OK simple child's play
Intuitive: Ph.D. required barely logical effortless brilliant
Instructions: missing incomprehensible adequate unnecessary excellent
Quality: cheesy questionable good years of service impressive
Parts to lose: inevitable some/many one-piece self-storing not a problem
Power source: none hands batteries outlet green
Clean-up: nightmare wipe clean soap & water scouring pad dishwasher (top)
Does it work?: not at all adequately well very well perfectly
Availability: airfare required online kitchen store department store supermarket

Packaging

Easy to open?: impossible maddening tolerable good opens itself
Green?: fills a landfill huge waste passable minimal waste impressive

Economy

Time saving: time wasting not really modest substantial huge
Labor saving: less efficient marginal a bit noticeable remarkable
Money saving: money wasted none $ $$ $$$
Beats the old way: worse no change better definitely entirely new
Where will it live?: garage/attic drawer cabinet countertop elsewhere

Summary

Fulfills ambitions: falls short almost there satisfies exceeds home run
How often used: once/twice ≥daily ≥weekly ≥monthly ≥yearly/holidays
Worth the space?: no does not apply w/unlimited space w/limited space absolutely
Need it?: a luxury discretionary basic equipment for serious cooks get it
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it fair good very good excellent

Comments: Make a cake; save the planet.

OK, it may not be quite that easy, but this set of mixing bowls is a big step in the right direction. They are made of only 30% traditional plastic (which comes from petroleum); the greater part comes from plants. Yes, you read that right – plants. The packaging (a cardboard wrapper) is 80% recycled.

The bowls, which nest easily for storage, have a capacity of 2-1/2 quarts (2.35 liters), 3-1/2 quarts (3.3 liters), and 4-1/2 quarts (4.25 liters). Each has a pouring spout.

The base is touted as being non-slip, but these are not like the rubber bases found on some bowls. These provide a degree of traction, but will slip if you apply too much leverage. The side walls are quite thin, which we think makes them elegant. There is a very slight texturing on the inside of each bowl, which we also like, but which may be a matter of personal preference. The bowls can be washed in the top rack of a dishwasher.