Unitasker Wednesday: 2-liter pour thing

Lifting a 2-liter bottle is SO DIFFICULT! Thankfully, I have found the 2-Liter Pour Thing.

Okay, so I realize that this may come in handy for someone with a physical handicap, but who else might invest in this contraption? Maybe you feel the need to buy this for your children to effortlessly pour their own soft drink? Just be willing to accept the consequences of a caffeinated child bouncing off the walls. From the “Why We Love It” section of the Solutions site:

No need to haul a beverage container to the counter when you want a drink – keep a bottle in the Pour Thing and store it right in the fridge! Or set it on the table during a meal so your family can help themselves.

Meal time will be much simpler when you invest in the Pour Thing!

Thanks to reader Shruti for bringing this unitasker to our attention.

**Each week, the Unitasker Wednesday column humorously pokes fun at the unnecessary, single-use items that manage to find their way into our homes.

31 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: 2-liter pour thing”

  1. posted by Nathania Johnson on

    As a parent of a 10 and an 11 year old, I can say that this device could come in handy. But it’s ugly, and i would definitely get rid of it once they’re older.

    Plus, my husband drinks tons of diet Pepsi, and he buys the 12 packs of cans. There’s cans all over the place. So this would actually save room in my house!!

  2. posted by Celeste on

    I can see how somebody with arthritis in their hands would think this is good. I can also see how somebody with little kids would think it was good. The 2-liter is a lot cheaper than smaller bottles/cans, but it’s wasted if the bottle drops out of your hands and spills.

    But for me it would not be worth having. It’s too bad carbonated stuff can’t be dispensed the same way as boxed wine. When I worked in food service at a college dorm, the milk was dispensed that way (bag put in a metal housing). It was pretty cool.

  3. posted by ceb on

    In all fairness, Solutions really does market to disabled and elderly people who need more assistance with daily living tasks. As someone mentioned, this product could be helpful for people with arthritis, but also for people with only one arm (whether the other is missing or nerve-damaged) and people in wheelchairs.

    I usually love Unitasker Wed, though! But assistive devices probably shouldn’t make the list…

  4. posted by Rebee on

    I don’t like this one. There’s so few instances where you need this – and giving pop to your young children isn’t exactly the best idea ever. While this can be used as an assistance device, you know many of the people buying it are getting it just because they think they need it.

  5. posted by Kate on

    I feel like you’d need to leave extra room in your fridge for this to actually work that way, since when you tip it, it will take up more space… to me, not worth it, but then again we don’t drink much soda and don’t yet have kids. I’d much prefer a spigot-type system anyway… sort of like wine in a box or the iced tea containers with a spigot.

  6. posted by J.P. on

    Since there are almost always unitasker defenders, let me at least propose an alternative–Fizz It Up (http://www.fizzitup.biz/).
    Fizz It Up stores two-liter sodas upside down and dispenses them through a spout, trapping in the carbonation until all the soda is gone. It seems superior to me in at least three ways:
    1) It takes up less horizontal space (no swinging).
    2) If arthritis is an issue, this keeps you from having to take off the cap each time.
    3) It keeps in the fizz!

    Yup, it’s a unitasker, and I don’t own one or want one, but maybe it’s a better alternative to this soda tilt-table.

  7. posted by Fit Bottomed Girls on

    I’d see the case for this more if it wasn’t outfitted for two-liters of soda. A gallon skim milk holder? Much cooler.

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    posted by Erin Doland on

    “I realize that this may come in handy for someone with a physical handicap”

    Seeing as Matt used this exact phrase in his post, I think it’s safe to say that he realizes it “may come in handy for someone with a physical handicap.”

  9. posted by SK on

    Oh dear. I wonder how you know where to place your cup, so that when you tip the bottle, the liquid flows INTO the cup and not around it? Is there a little plastic mat that could go underneath the Pour Thing to show the target area?

  10. posted by Erin on

    I love Unitasker Wednesday, but every Wednesday — no matter how absurd the Unitasker — a good portion of the posts say something like: “My grandmother has arthritis in her hands and HAS to use this.”

    I’m totally sympathetic to disabilities; I have one myself and I often lament how many everyday tasks require a level of manual strength and dexterity that you don’t miss until you don’t have it. Items like this can help people like me and your grandmother.

    Ditto for: “But I have one and I use it all the time.”

    Okay, granted.

    But it’s still a Unitasker! It does ONE thing, and when it’s not doing that one thing, it sits and takes up space. Can we all agree on that minimal definition, at least?

  11. posted by infmom on

    I saw that gizmo in the Solutions catalog.

    Is anyone else old enough to remember those little birds that would bob up and down and dip their beaks into a glass of water, endlessly? (I think the Edmund Scientific catalog still sells them.) When I saw this thing, I laughed at the idea of a bobbing 2-liter bottle. :)

    @Erin: You’re right, of course, but that doesn’t mean a one-trick pony can’t be very useful for someone who needs it. Besides, what would you combine with a 2-liter bottle holder to make it not a unitasker? Or conversely, into what would you build a bottle holder so the bottle holder doesn’t have to stand alone?

  12. posted by Bobyn on

    @infmom – I think the point is not that you could combine this with something else and somehow make it more useful, but that you shouldn’t buy this at all. Maybe if someone can’t handle pouring a 2-liter bottle then they shouldn’t even buy them. It would probably be good to stop cluttering up your body with high-fructose corn syrup anyway.

    I agree w/ Erin though, Unitasker Wednesday is no fun when everyone is defending the item!

  13. posted by Peter on

    Maybe they should have one that also pours the correct amount of Bacardi to Coke. That would be useful.

  14. posted by Ann on

    Peter, That was funny !

  15. posted by Michael G on

    Reminds me of one of those birds who tips over and “drinks water” then bobs back up.

    @Erin: I’m with you.

    If the oxygen tank or bed pan shows up on Unitasker Wed we’ll have to draw the line though.

  16. posted by Michael G on

    In defense of UW maybe if you have disability where pouring a 2 liter bottle is difficult, buying cans might be a good call rather than buying this. My guess is a lot of people with disabilities get this stuff from well meaning relatives and friends, where they would be fine with buying the 12 pack of soda in cans.

  17. posted by h on

    great for people with shaking hands. I think I might need this someday… Dont buy gifts that helps with their disability. Mom would feel offended if I buy her a walker for her birthday.

  18. posted by Mer on

    I can’t get over the fact that no matter how many times it’s pointed out that Unitasker Wednesday is meant to poke fun at single-use items, people still end up taking it WAYY too seriously. *shaking head*

  19. posted by Janine on

    I would think those with disabilities would have more trouble unscrewing the bottle top than they would pouring the bottle.

  20. posted by ATO on

    i agree. if you can’t pour the bottle, you certainly can’t unscrew the top!

  21. posted by Exick on

    By far the most offensive thing about this is the fact that it costs $20.

  22. posted by Deb on

    I had to laugh at the references to the “drinking bird” toy. I have one on it’s way from the supply catalog right now. I use it to illustrate several science concepts to my 8th graders. Yes, it is only used once a year, but the first one lasted 20 years before a summer in my AZ garage took its toll ( I think its widdle head exploded).

    I wonder if this Pour Thing could be trained to help with other tricky bottle issues, like that olive oil bottle that gets really slippery after awhile.

  23. posted by john straub on

    Look on Solutions website and you will see they make a pour thing for the gallon carton of milk also.

  24. posted by Peter on

    Another useless piece of crap made in China to end up in our landfills.

    What we really need is a contraption to pick up our food from the plate, chew it, and put into our mouths ready to swallow!!!

  25. posted by Sheryl Keeme on

    At the risk of being too wordy…I feel compelled to write about this relative to people living with disabilities.

    I think this contraption would prove useful to this population. People living with multiple sclerosis often lose sensation in their fingers as well as strength in their hands. I suspect they would appreciate being able to pour from this, especially since soda from a two-liter is less expensive than soda from a can, per ounce. Since MS often makes it impossible for some to work thus creating a financial hardship.
    (Brevity is rarely possible for me when writing!)

  26. posted by Cubicle Hacker on

    Ok people, this is all a very stupid approach to a simple solution. Why not come up with the invention of a hose that takes advantage of the gas that is inside the two liter bottle to serve soda right from the fridge. I little whack to the bottle sitting at in the fridge door and the pressure will increase. Then you can pour your soda into the cup.

    Genious! I know and thank you very much.

    http://www.cubiclehacks.com

  27. posted by S on

    “No need to haul a beverage container to the counter when you want a drink – keep a bottle in the Pour Thing and store it right in the fridge! Or set it on the table during a meal so your family can help themselves.”

    So they’re saying “no need to haul a beverage container to the counter” but then it says “set it on the table during a meal.” No matter what, you still have to lug that 2 liter into your home, and into the fridge, or into that contraption and onto your table/counter.

    I’m just saying.

  28. posted by Me on

    We get it, disabilities/old/sick people are the universal exception to unitasker crap. You don’t have to bring it up any more.

    It’s ironic that the people who might benefit from these (old sick cripples) should be more concerned about not being eaten by their neglegted cats and dogs than the “ease” of pouring beverages or cutting strawberries.

  29. posted by Stina on

    This is why I only drink tap water. ;-)

  30. posted by JefferyK on

    I’m trying to think of a beverage packaged in a 2-liter bottle that you would want to serve to your family with meals . . . Oh, wait . . . I had dinner at my sister’s house a few years ago, and she served her 10-year-old daugher Coke with the her dinner. I couldn’t help it: I asked my niece, “Why are you drinking candy with dinner?” She got a perplexed look on her face — she took my question seriously — but her mother got really mad at me. Now my niece is 13 and overweight and her teeth are rotting.

    I drink soda pop on occasion, but only as a dessert-like treat. Since I don’t drink it often, I buy it in cans. The pop goes flat in the big 2-liter bottles. So, I’m afraid I have no use for this unitasker.

  31. posted by b. rahi koh on

    if there’s a DIY solution on this thing, i might probably put one on my table.

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