Hand-washing fragile stemware 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. This rubber vessel provides a soft surface when that happens—allowing you to wash your pricey china without the potential for disaster.
Gadget name: Washing-Up Bowl
How it’s supposed to work: The soft, rubbery basin is supposed to give breakables a soft landing spot while keeping them contained, keeping your fragile dishes out of danger.
How we tested it: We filled the 11-inch square vessel with warm, sudsy water and got busy, using the included beech-handled brush.
How it actually works: 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.
Good to know: This product is no one-trick pony: It can also serve as a wine chiller or a fruit bowl.
My favorite part: The bowl is dishwasher-safe, and at a mere 1.7 pounds, it’s lightweight enough to take camping to serve as a portable sink.
Overall: This gadget is small and stylish, and it protects fragile glassware. The only problem? When it comes to protecting breakables, it doesn’t do anything that an ordinary $5 plastic washtub can’t do.