Product Type: Tesco in Homeware
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Quick use tie-up results in quick rip!
Tesco Standard Tie Top Refuse Sack
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Tesco Standard Tie Top Refuse Sack
Advantages: Most things okay
Disadvantages: The main thing (tying the bag up) not so good`
I have only bought a pack of these once, and I'm sorry to say that I probably won't bother again. The curious thing is that were it not for the additional tie-up tops, there'd be nothing wrong with the bags themselves. At a little over £2 for the pack of 20 bags, they do come in price wise at the same sort of range as other similar products, so you'd expect the same quality.
The bags themselves are mainly solid quality. They don't tend to rip when the bag is full, and this is a very good thing as this is the fundamental part of a bin bag, of course. The bags roll up very tightly, and when you separate them, this is where the first issue sometimes comes. When separating them, the tie-up element, which is housed within the top of the bag, sometimes gets caught and the bag itself manages to distort slightly. I thought this was a bit annoying at first, but it happened regularly through the bags and this ended up being a real pain.
Once the bag was out, then getting it in the bin is easy enough. The tops come over the side of the bin, and then you carry on using it as normal. So far so good apart from the top tie element catching. The real issue though comes when it's time to finish the bag off. Usually, I'd leave enough slack and twist two parts of the top of the bag to tie it together, but with this you shouldn't need to do it, as there are ties going round the top of the bag to do this. In theory you should be able to fill the bag a little more, perhaps, than usual, but I don't even bother doing this as our actual bin isn't quite big enough for it to fill the bag.
The problem usually comes when tying the bag up after it's full, ready to put it out for collection. The ties comes out of the housing easily enough, and this automatically pulls the top of the bag together, thus closing it off for the most part. After this, though, it really depends on how tight you need to pull things in order to close the bag and tie it off properly. I find that I have to be quite careful with it, and once it gets tight then the strain on the plastic almost becomes a bit too much. I've torn a couple of bags very easily doing this, and although initially I felt I'd been too forceful with it, by the second and third times when I'd been more careful, I thought that it was bad design.
I tried tying it up with a less full bag, and I guess it's just that last little bit when you need to close the bag up properly. To get it completely closed does require a touch of force, and you really do have to be careful to not split the bag. For me, I've tied umpteen bags without needing this tie and without splitting them, and therefore I can't honestly say that this ease of use addition to bin bags is for me. I know others have sworn by it, saying that it makes things oh so easy, so I guess it works to a certain extent, but I certainly haven't had a favourable experience and so I won't be buying them again.
Summary: Disappointing tie-up bin bag
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