“ Brand: Matalan / Type: Tea canister „
A while ago I had to buy new canisters as I had some red brick ones but broke one and couldn't find a replacement. While wandering around Matalan, I came across this set of Tea, coffee and sugar canisters in cream. They are quite plain, which I like, they have a rugged feel about them. The sides have a wobbly texture and because it makes them not look 100% perfect, they are perfect for me.
The lid is a wooden circle, but being airtight is a bonus, we don't drink coffee ourselves anymore so the coffee we buy is just used for guests. If coffee stays out of a airtight container for any length of time it can go stale so thats another reason these are perfect. Each one has the word coffee, tea or sugar moulded on the front, the cream is a lovely colour as it matches my worktops, and the wooden lids match our kitchen lino. Each one of these pots is £6 each which I think is a little steep but they are quite heavy and are very study.
They are ceramic so need to be handled relatively carefully; I don't want to be dropping these ones on the floor. Although at least you can buy these separately, so if you do drop one, you don't have to replace the whole set. These are hand wash only, which isn't a problem; I wouldn't want to put these in a dishwasher anyway. I have washed mine out a few times just to keep them clean, the outsides I wipe over every day, I do find that any spills or marks do show up on these as they are cream, but a quick wipe over with a damp cloth isn't that much of a hardship.
Due to breaking one of these as well, (yes I am accident prone), I have opted for metal cannisters as these wont break so easily.
==Matalan Ceramic Tea Cannister==
I do like to shop in Matalan and usually end up spending far too much because they have such a wide range of clothing and home ware and I just can't resist getting something for everyone and the house! I really do like a lot of their items in their home department and it seems that it is all a pretty good quality for a fairly cheap price so I have been buying it for many years without any problems at all.
This Tea Cannister really caught my eye because it was a lovely cream and wooden design which matched not only my kitchen but my cream coloured kettle and my cream coloured toaster. At £6 per cannister or caddy as I like to say I think the price was pretty good so of course I had to pick up the set. Really it seems a little silly to sell these pots individually as most people would need all three, the tea, the coffee and the sugar. However I am not sure sure why I tend to buy all three as I don't put my coffee in the caddy and this stays empty as I like to keep my coffee in the jar that it comes in.
The cannisters are hand wash only which I guess is so you don't put the wooden lid in the dishwasher as this would surely ruin them. I have however put the ceramic bottom in the dishwasher and although not recommended by the manufacturer this seemed fine. I did only use the economical wash which is slightly cooler than less and I wouldn't dream of putting the lid in the dishwasher.
The lid seals onto the caddy really well as there is a nice chunky rubbery type of grip which makes it seal nice and tight and keeps the tea bags really fresh. The caddy itself is really quite heavy and large enough to fit a whole 120 tea bags in at one time. There is a raised section at the front of the cannister which states "tea" so you know what is inside and I always position my tea caddy to the right of the three cannisters so I know without looking which one is the tea and woe betide anyone who mixes them up!
The wooden lid really only needs a wipe over with a damp cloth from time to time and this comes up really well although some plonker did keep a dripping cup on top of my coffee one and the lid on this now has a ring on it and it has stained rather badly as they are not highly varnished and will stain if you do this!
All in all I find these lovely cream and wooden chunky cannisters a great buy. Its nice to have a caddy large enough to take such a vast amount of tea bags because my last tea cannister was rather small in comparison. They do clean up well and although the cream colour does show up every bit of dirty that seems to get stuck to them (like the dust from the tea bags) this can be easily wiped off or washed in the warm water like Matalan suggest.
I think they look stylish and are very practical to use as well as being good value for money and for that reason I am happy to award a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I think it's a sign of getting old when you find yourself in Matalan, walking straight past the clothes, shoes and handbags only to get excited by pajamas and homeware. This is the situation I found myself in recently, having recently had our kitchen put in, I've been addicted to searching for "accessories" which might go well with our new worktops and cabinets.
There are three types of canister available, one for tea, one for coffee, and one for sugar. Obviously, they all fulfil the same function, so although I am reviewing the tea one, the same applies to each. The only difference is the writing on the front of the canister. The writing on the front is part of the design, so rather than being printed or written on, it is raised ceramic.
The canisters are ceramic, and are cream in colour with a wooden lid. The outside of the canister has a lovely shiny glaze, and the lid is a thick wooden circle, with a suction pad underneath. This ensures it fully protects the contents of the canister by making it airtight. There are no dimensions on the online product description, but without getting a ruler out, I would say they are about six inches high and the base is probably about three to four inches in diameter. It tapers towards the top but is still big enough to get your hand into to reach the bottom.
The canisters are very sturdy, some might say chunky. I personally like this feature as it doesn't make them feel cheap or nasty. When full, the coffee and sugar ones could be a little heavy to lift if you have arthritis or similar problems. I'm not sure what the capacity is, but they hold a decent amount without needing to be refilled regularly. A big bag of sugar doesn't quite fill the sugar canister, and likewise for the coffee one. The tea one can take a bag of 120 teabags with a bit of room to spare.
The canisters are handwash only, and I washed them with soapy water before using them. I wouldn't risk putting them in the dishwasher as they're easy enough to clean by hand. I haven't needed to wash them since buying them, but when the contents run out I usually wash canisters properly. Until then, a wipe with a dishcloth when wiping the surface seems to suffice.
I absolutely love these canisters. They look really classy and fit our colour scheme perfectly. We have wooden worktops and light brown walls, and these canisters look quite retro in our kitchen. At £6 each, I think these canisters are excellent value for money, and according to the Matalan website, there is a biscuit one to match.....guess where I'm off today!
(This review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)