Unitasker Wednesday: Tomato Holder 5140

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

To the best of my knowledge, I’ve never seen a device on Amazon before that has multiple reviews and every one of those reviews is a single star. Every poorly reviewed product I’ve seen has at least one outstanding review that reads like the manufacturer had a friend jump online and post a glowing review actually written by someone in the product’s PR department. But, in this case, no one even did that. This product has straight one star reviews down the line.

The Tomato Holder 5140:

To use the device, you hold a tomato in this contraption with your non-dominant hand while you slice through the tomato with a knife wielded in your dominant hand. The bottom piece on the device under the tomato is curved, so you can’t let go of the device with your non-dominant hand. If the bottom were flat, I could see the device being beneficial to someone with only one arm or with arthritis. But, a curved bottom means you have to be able to hold the tomato steady at all times so you don’t injure yourself during cutting of the tomato.

And, if all of the negative reviews are to be believed, you may not be injured while using this device but your knives definitely will be mangled. Every single review mentions that the device ruined a perfectly good knife in the process of slicing the tomato.

So, if you’re looking to ruin your knives and own a completely worthless product that takes up space in your kitchen cabinet, this device is perfect for you! For most of the rest of us, I think we can slice our tomatoes the traditional way.

7 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: Tomato Holder 5140”

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    posted by PJ on

    Erin, I don’t know how you can really call this a unitasker … after all, it says right in the description, “Use the holder for cutting onions, lemons, and limes as well.”

    Not to mention, if it also destroys knives, that’s gotta make it a multi-tasker right there!

    *wink*

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    posted by Erin Doland on

    @PJ — You make a fair point, but maybe since it only destroys knives well it really IS a unitasker?? :)

  3. posted by Ola on

    I looked at the website to read the revies and that’s what amazon tells me:

    We are not able to ship this item to your default shipping address.

    Ha, ha, good for me if I ever was tempted :)

  4. posted by Anita on

    This is one of those items I might be tempted to give as a gag gift, with no tags or instructions as to what it is, just to see what uses the recipients come up with. But I bet “tomato holder” would not be anyone’s first guess…

  5. posted by Nana on

    The strange thing is that my mother had something much like this, many years ago…except that it did rest on the counter, did hold tomato, onion, hard-boiled egg; didn’t destroy knives; and was quite useful.

    Guess this is the New and Improved version!

  6. posted by romney on

    >Nana: I think you’re thinking of an egg slicer with built-in blades like this?
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obi.....tterer-20/

    Useful if you run a cafe that makes boiled egg sandwiches!

  7. posted by Maureen on

    I have one of these and I love it. I use it for tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs (which are hard to slice neatly otherwise – at least by me) lemons, limes, onions, oranges, kiwi, etc. Perfect if you want the same size slices.

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