Unitasker Wednesday: Staybowlizer

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

One of my favorite things about modern unitaskers — especially kitchen gadget unitaskers — are their ridiculous names. Clearly they’re dreamed up by a team of savvy (or in some cases, unsavvy) marketers to help make the products memorable and enticing. And, at the rate unitaskers sell, creative naming certainly is a bonus. Case in point, who couldn’t be tempted by the Staybowlizer:

The Staybowlizer is a silicone dish that helps to hold a bowl in place when stirring something. You know, the same way your hand holds onto the side of the bowl when you don’t want it to move — but in silicone!

Whenever I read the name, in my head I hear it as if an announcer for a monster truck rally or a WWE match was screaming into a mic, “THE STAYBOWLIZER!” Followed, of course, by an echoed “Staybowlizer, Staybowlizer, Staybowlizer …”

Thanks to long-time reader Marte for sharing this unitasker suggestion with us.

10 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: Staybowlizer”

  1. posted by Will on

    This is actually a uni-caster I can defend. My mother got me one for Christmas and I was thinking that it was pretty pointless. How’re then I was trying to cook one handed while holding my daughter, this thing was amazing. Also my mother uses it when the nephews are over and helping to cook. Also good for those recipes, “Stir while gradually adding…”. I’ve used it to support a stainless bowl over a pot of boiling water as a second double boiler (although I can’t honestly remember why I didn’t just set the bowl right on the pot. It may have had something to do with not wanting bowl to spin while stirring fondue.). In short: Good for people with kids and people who obsessively follow recipes.

  2. posted by G. on

    It may be a unitasker, however I suspect people with no or minimal use of one hand might find it useful and definitely NOT worthy of ridicule. Or if you need to pour ingredients into the bowl and stir at the same time. Though there’s the old tip of using a damp towel under the bowl to keep it from moving. Or a flat silicone hot pad.

  3. posted by Lee Cockrum on

    Sorry to say you are wrong about this one. Very useful for people with physical disabilities.

  4. posted by Kate on

    I love the way you visualised it in my head (the end of post). That was funny 🙂
    And as long as it goes for usefulness of thing – guys, author of post talks about buying such a thing from his point of view – healthy and not holding a baby. It’s (posts) for fun, not to create any shitstorms.

  5. posted by Ruth on

    It may be useful for disabled people, people holding children, etc but it is very much a unitasker, unlike a damp tea-towel which would serve the same purpose and many others.

  6. posted by Carol on

    If only one arm works, this could be very handy.

  7. posted by G. on

    I suspect it’s the “All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness.” tag line at the start of these posts (which I do enjoy by the way) that makes people jump to the product’s defense, pointing out that while a unitasker, they are not always ridiculous or useless. I’d suggest it might time to reword the tagline, but I’d miss the comments that it inspires.

  8. posted by Rosa on

    This is a fantastic help in my kitchen. I don’t have a lot lot of gadgets so do most of my mixing and bread making by hand. These rings work on any size bowl and firmly hold them in place. For whipping eggs or beating mixes, I can tilt the bowl on the side, too. We have lots of company and I do most of my own cooking and baking. The staybowliser comes out first thing and is one of the final items back in the cabinet. Highly recommended by me and the friends who have bought them after helping in my kitchen.

  9. posted by Joan David on

    Yes, because everybody has full use of two strong arms at all times. Maybe ‘unclutter’ the blog by re-thinking this post? There’s nothing clever about trying to snark on an item that apparently works — 4.8 out of 5 stars over lots of reviews is pretty hard to get if you’re junk — and helps people. Both my elbows are weak and useless; I’m putting this on my ‘wanted’ list as any minor help like this means I can enjoy cooking more. (Am I going to find lid-removing gadgets snarked on, too?)

    I also really doubt it’s a unitasker — have you ever seen a person with tremors try to eat? I’d put this under the serving dish for an elderly person or a baby learning to use a spoon and expect it to be a terrific help. Adult-size dishes with bottoms similar to this are expensive and wouldn’t be fun to pack in a suitcase, but if I end up with hand tremors when I’m old, having this would beat having to bring a special plate when visiting, etc.

  10. posted by Erin Doland on

    Quick reminder: 1. I have a physical disability, and 2. I have arthritis in my hands. Even with both these things, I find this thing to be funny. It’s name is ridiculous. Things can be funny even if they’re useful to people with disabilities. The vast majority of our readership is able-bodied. And even for those of us who aren’t completely, we haven’t lost our senses of humor. We can look at something and think it might be useful and still laugh. Heck, we might even own it … doesn’t keep us from giggling. I’m not making fun of any person. I’m poking fun at the name of an inanimate object.

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