Beacon Journal readers are all over the board in their opinions of the Pocket Hose.
When we asked readers to weigh in on the products we tested for today’s Does It Work? feature, we got eight responses about the collapsible hose.
Some liked it. Others felt they’d gotten soaked.
Gary Burg of Medina was pleasantly surprised by the hose’s performance and noted that Consumer Reports gave it a good review. Sue Fuller of Wadsworth and James Edmiston of Akron also submitted positive feedback.
Other readers had a different take.
Gwen Weber of Green, Mia Burns Lewis of Hudson and Meg Hopp of Akron all shared the same experience: The plastic knob that turns the water on and off broke off after only one or two uses.
For Lewis, it happened when she was trying to shut off water that was spraying back toward her from the end of the hose. “It would have made for a great ‘Funniest Home Video’ entry,” she said.
Carol Dolney of Stow and Dolores Shea of Norton both experienced leaks with their Pocket Hoses. Dolney even exchanged hers, and the second hose leaked, too.
Shea’s hose had so many leaks the first time she used it that it “would have made a good soaker hose,” she said.
We also got an earful about the WaxVac.
James Weibrecht of Lake Township, Pat Anthony of Ravenna Township and Steven Steidl of Barberton all found the ear cleaner to be useless on earwax.
Anthony called the advertising “bait and switch.” “It only vacuums up water, not wax,” Anthony wrote. “I was not able to see any debris from the so-called cleaning when I opened the device as instructions say.”
To Steidl, the product was “crap,” a word he used twice to describe it. “This product would not suck a piece of lint out of your ear,” he wrote.
We also heard from Clinton resident Krystal Erks, who loves Wraptastic dispensers.
“I can finally control my plastic wrap,” she wrote. “I have no trouble with the cutting edge, and they fit in my drawer. I think I’m going to order two more.”