Wash Basin

Published January 1, 2012. From Cook's Illustrated.

For your most delicate glassware, even handwashing in the sink may be too risky.

Overview:

Hand washing fragile stemware or china can result in one of the more frustrating kitchen mishaps: having it slip through soapy hands and chip or break on the hard surface of the sink. The stylish Washing-Up Bowl ($85) by Normann Copenhagen is a soft rubber basin with a rolled brim that gives breakables a cushiony landing spot while keeping them contained. We filled the 11-inch square vessel with warm, sudsy water and got busy, using the included beech-handled brush. The bowl held four of our wineglasses at a time, or three larger pieces of stemware (such as margarita glasses or beer steins), and all fit easily in the 5-inch-deep space. The folded-over rim provides extra cushioning in case of accidental bumps. The product can also serve as a wine chiller or a fruit bowl. The product is also dishwasher-safe, emerging good as new after three cycles. The only problem? When it comes to protecting breakables, it doesn’t do anything that an ordinary $5 plastic washtub can’t do.

Hand washing fragile stemware or china can result in one of the more frustrating kitchen mishaps: having it slip through soapy hands and chip or break on the hard surface of the sink. The stylish Washing-Up Bowl ($85) by Normann Copenhagen is a soft rubber basin with a rolled brim that gives breakables a cushiony landing spot while keeping them contained. We filled the 11-inch square vessel with warm, sudsy water and got busy, using the included beech-handled brush. The bowl held four of our wineglasses at a time, or three larger pieces of stemware (such as margarita glasses or beer steins), and all fit easily in the 5½-inch-deep space. The folded-over rim provides extra cushioning in case of accidental bumps. The product can also serve as a wine chiller or a fruit bowl. The product is also dishwasher-safe, emerging good as new after three cycles. The only problem? When it comes to protecting breakables, it doesn’t do anything that an ordinary $5 plastic washtub can’t do.

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    Washing-Up Bowl

    A soft, rubbery plastic basin with a rolled brim, this bowl gives breakables a soft landing spot. At 11 inches square, it holds four nontouching wineglasses at a time (or three larger pieces of stemware, such as margarita glasses or beer steins). A soft-bristle wood-handled brush is included. The folded-over rim provides extra cushioning in case of accidental bumps. Plus, the bowl is stylish and dishwasher-safe and at 1.7 pounds it’s lightweight enough to take camping to serve as a portable sink. Our reservation? It doesn’t do anything that a $5 plastic washtub can’t do.

    • Ease of Use ★★★
    • Performance ★★★

    $85

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