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I first saw Otto (actual name) when I was trawling through Alessi products on e-bay in anticipation of a house move I had a few months ago.
I couldn't quite believe what I was seeing at first as it is a little plastic cartoon looking guy with large eyes, holding a fork that cuts the dental floss he is carrying for your convenience.
I just had to buy it as it is useful and quirky. And I thought it would bring a smile to the bathroom.
Alessi are an Italian company who have been manufacturing kitchen and home products since around 1945. They are known for making bright plastic versions of standard products (ie collanders or toilet brushes).
*Price and Availability*
These sell for £7-8 and are available online from a selection of hoemware sites, from the Alessi website and I have also seen these for sale in small design boutique shops and some gadget shops that stock Alessi products.
When you buy one of these, you will get a small cube like Alessi box containing the item. There is no assembly required. This even comes with floss inside it and it is all threaded and ready to use.
Otto measures 3 inches from arm to arm (wide) and just over 2 inches from the top of his head to his feet. He is 2 inches from his front to his back.
This looks fabulous.
It is a great way to introduce teens to flossing.
It comes self assembled
It is refillable (I have tried but the 50m roll of dental thread I had was just too wide to fit in, so maybe a 30m floss would fit in instead)
It is waterproof and washable
It is made from tough plastic so it will not smash.
It is self contained- it holds the floss and the fork works well to cut the floss.
*Disadvantages or Notable Points*
The fork Otto is carrying has rounded ends, but it it still a metal fork so I would keep it away from small children (more a safety point than a disadvantage)
As mentioned above, although the floss this came with has not run out yet (I bought this in May 2009 and have used it every day so it comes with a good supply of floss!)-for the purpose of this review, I took the floss out of the back and tried to re-fill it using a 50m dental thread I had in the house. It was about 2-3mm too big to go in the back.
I do not know if 50m of dental THREAD is fatter than a 50m ball of dental FLOSS, but I would recommend when you have to refill this, you consider buying a 25m or 30m floss rather than a 50-100m floss.
This is easy to refill- as all you do is pull the back open. There are no screws or small buttons to press.
Overall this is a fantastic product. As it stands up, you can just leave it stood on the sink to remind you to floss!
It is sturdy and now I am convinced this is easily refillable, I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for something a little cute yet functional for their bathroom. It reminds me of Morph a little as it looks like a plasticine model.
Otto belongs to a burgeoning family of bright characters in thermoplastic rubbert aiming to bring some fun to dental hygiene for children.