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I discovered this treasure in Lakeland nearly 10 years ago. I have since tried other versions, but none are as good as this one. I recall that I paid around three pounds for it at that time. It's now five pounds from that same store.
I'd never previously seen such a thing, but as I had at that time just become a student (again!) I knew that it would be very useful.
I've since bought Banana Guards as a present for multiple friends in the USA, most often via the internet from a cycling store in Minnesota, USA and where they are around six dollars. (The same company sells Fruit Guards for peaches and plums.)
~~~ What the heck is a banana guard? ~~~
A Banana Guard is a trademark-named banana-shaped yellow plastic gadget designed to protect bananas when they are on-the-go and stuffed into places such as school bags, hand bags or cyclists' pockets.
At 25 cm long, the Guard looks just like a large banana. The container's shaped, curved design is supposed to enable more than 90% of bananas to fit comfortably inside. Even very large bananas are held in place with the snap-lock closure.
The plastic material it is fabricated from is very sturdy and reliable - it has last me nearly a decade.
The banana remains fresh due to multiple aeration holes within the plastic, which prevent the banana from sweating.
~~~ Caring and Sharing ~~~
The Banana Guard really does what it says on the tin! It protects bananas all day long - and even overnight! I'm still using mine without fault, although nowadays only several times a month.
I find this item is easy to wash by hand along with my regular dishes. The Lakeland website advises that it is dishwasher safe, and that it is also freezer safe. (I couldn't imagine why someone would want to freeze a banana in one of these!)
One star deducted for the high price. It's plastic. It should be much cheaper!
It is so annoying when a banana gets squished inside your bag. This horrific phenomenon presents a double edged sword as not only is your banana bruised, resulting in a disappointingly substandard lunch, but all your stuff is covered in sticky banana mush. Admittedly, this isn't exactly a life or death situation, but if it happens often enough it might just push you to the limit and leave you no choice but to fight back with a Banana Guard.
So why not use a simple lunch box? Well, I walk to and from work everyday and carry my things in a cross shoulder bag. If I put a square lunch box in there it knocks uncomfortably against my leg as I'm walking which ranks even higher on the scale of annoying-ness than a squashed banana. So in my Pre-Banana Guard days this was simply not an option and countless bananas were left with no other option but to optimistically enter my bag solo. Sadly not all of them made it.
The Banana Guard is a protective plastic case which clips shut around a banana, protecting it from bruises. As the photo clearly demonstrates it is banana shaped and a violently bright yellow colour. It has small holes along the length to stop the banana getting stuffy in there. This is a good feature in case you forget about your banana and leave it in there for a day or so before remembering to rescue it. As it is plastic it can easily be washed or wiped clean if need be.
The shape is straight at one end and curved towards the other end as it has been designed to fit all sorts of different shapes and sizes. You just place your banana towards whichever end is most appropriate. I have used my banana guard most weekdays over the last few months since I got it and have only encountered one stubborn banana which didn't want to fit. And yes, it was a rather large one but it was more an issue of girth than length. However it was only just slightly too big so I managed to force it in anyway. In this situation it probably would have worked just as well to leave the Banana Guard unclipped as it probably would have worked well enough like that anyway.
To open and shut the Banana Guard there are two clips at each end and another larger clip in the middle. It is a bit fiddly to get in to and I don't think little children would be able to do it themselves. As it looks the same on both sides, it is not clear which way round you have it and therefore which way you need to push the middle clip to open it. It opens on plastic hinges which seem to work fine.
The brave and carefree among us would remove the Banana Guard from a bag at lunch time, remove the banana from its bright yellow slightly immaturely amusingly shaped casing and loudly snap the clips back into place to close it back up again (it doesn't seem possible to do this quietly). I have to admit that this is not my personal approach in the staff room at work. I usually fiddle around with it in my bag, trying to discreetly free the banana without drawing too much attention!
Since I have owed my Banana Guard I have not had a single squashed banana and I have also never come across a banana that is too impossibly shaped to fit in it. It also fits in my bag much more comfortably than a lunch box would. So on that basis it deserves the 5 stars I shall award it.
I you are interested in buying one they are available on Amazon from £3.20 and upward, depending on the supplier. I have noticed that you can also get blue ones but somehow that just seems wrong. Yellow is the best.
If you fancy a banana for lunch then you probably won't want it knocking around in your bag all day, and if you have a particularly large banana you won't get it in a tupperware tub. This space saving, protective case holds a banana in place to prevent damage.
This is just a solid plastic case really, nothing special about it. It's plastic is quite thick and it's difficult to dent it or bend it. I have never snapped or broken mine and it hasn't even faded, so the paint is good too.
It's very secure, I haven't had any problems with the case popping open. The banana doesn't have much room to move inside, smaller bananas can clunk about a little bit but not enough for them to get damaged.
It's easy to wash up too, just wiping around the inside is good enough to do. I'd recommend cleaning after every use especially if you've put the skin back in the case when you're finished. I use a scourer to get all round the guard and just a quick rub over the holes in case any sticky stuff gets in them.
I've never had any banana's destroyed while in here. I don't always take a banana with me for a packed lunch but when I do it does come out the other in end in the same condition it went in. It does protect well against simply knocks and bangs but because the air holes are small it also protects from sharper objects.
This is a well build guard, mine hasn't broken and in fact, is in very good condition. There is a lot of sticker residue where I had my name on the guard but there's no dents or scrapes on the plastic.
It has air holes to keep the banana fresh and these work well when keeping your banana in a bag all day long. They aren't for any other purpose really but they do keep it fresh, and if you've got a green banana that you're trying to ripen, these work particularly well for this too.
Overall this is a great way of protecting your banana, it's well made and well thought out. It fits my bananas well and I have never had it break. I highly recommend this for your packed lunch.
I used to chuck a banana in my bag to eat at work every day when in a rush, and when I got to work it was always bruised! I hate bananas when they are black and bruised and used to throw them away all the time, until my boyfriend ordered me this banana guard. My boyfriend thought it was funny to give it to me for valentines day last year, I was surprised he got me anything at all, as he doesn't usually! He tells me he got it from Ebay for around £3, but I have had a quick look in case anyone wants to buy one of these, there are loads on Amazon to choose from.
Anyway, it turns out this banana guard is put to good use, as I use it everyday for work, although I'm on maternity right now, but I still use it now and again when out and about. I'll definitely be using it again for work when I go back.
The one I have, also has a little fork in it too, which always falls out, it never clips in properly, but it is handy if I ever forget my fork for my salad, knowing there is always one in there. It doesn't get in the way of the banana at all. I haven't found a banana yet that hasn't fit in this banana guard, even really big bananas fit in snugly.
The only thing about this banana case is, that once its closed, sometimes it's hard to get it open again! The clasp is not the easiest to open and sometimes it hurts my fingers trying to get into it! At least I don't have to worry about it opening in my bag!
This case is very sturdy and is great quality, I can see it lasting years, although I'm not sure about the clasp lasting as long. It is also a very large case to fit your banana in and does take up a lot of room in your bag! It is quite hard to hide too when your getting your banana out of it in the staff room at work, I feel a bit embarrassed to get this out my bag! This is also bright yellow too, and just looks like a giant banana, it has a curve in it, just like the shape of a banana.
My banana is always in perfect condition when I go to eat it, and it really is such a good idea and a very useful item to have. I am glad I have got one, no more bruised and squashed bananas!
Reaching into my bag to discover that my banana has been all squashed and bruised whilst it has been there is probably the main reason I wasn't particularly fond of bananas in my childhood. As I got older, I decided to give bananas another chance, because I didn't mind eating them at home when they were all fresh, slightly green, and non bruised, but I just hated how disgusting both the taste and the texture of a squashed banana could be. There had to be a way around this!
Well, thankfully, there was. Nowadays, people think up of wonderful things, and one of those is a banana guard. I never even knew that such a thing like that even existed until a friend of mine produced a beautiful, non squashed banana out of her banana guard one day. Well, obviously, being a great believer in the weird and wonderful, I just had to buy one for myself to see how well it worked.
I wasn't very familiar with how much a banana guard would cost, but I wasn't prepared to pay a huge amount for it, however useful it could be. Well, an Eddingtons Banana Guard was the one I had my eye on, and on the time of purchase it cost about £5 from Amazon- not bad for a banana case, I figured, but not incredibly cheap either. There were cheaper banana cases available on the Amazon marketplace at the time, but they all looked inferior quality to this one.
At the time of me writing this review, this Eddingtons Banana Guard costs £4.94, reduced from the Recommended Retail Price of £5.99 (according to Amazon). This comes with free Super Saver delivery, so it could be considered as something of a bargain.
So, does it keep your bananas fresh and perfect? I should like to think so. After retrieving your banana case after a particularly long journey, your banana is still as (or very close to) immaculate as when you put it in. It is made of quite a sturdy material to prevent your bananas from bruising.
I especially like taking this away on camping trips or whilst going hiking when you could really do with a nice fresh banana without any bruises.
Any downsides to such a useful product? Unfortunately, yes. For one thing, it is huge; I am not sure I have ever seen a banana that big, though I think that it is that size just in case. Well, the good thing about this is that you can fit almost any banana into there without many problems arising. This makes it hard to fit into small handbags making the portability factor of a banana quite useless. There is also the fact that this banana guard is very, very unattractive. It has a very, should I call it, interesting shape; this teamed with the quite luminous yellow colour and how very large it is has attractive many sniggers from passer bys (not to mention the people I know) should I decide to use this in public. Which, of course, is the very use this banana guard has been designed for.
So is this recommended? Well, for what it is meant to do, it works very well, better than what I would have expected from such a product. It is just such a shame about its appearance, which could have improved my impression of this product so much more. However, I will only dock one star off for that because it functions as well as I could hope for. This is perfect for you if you don't think you'd mind being seen out and about with this monstrosity. Therefore, that brings this to 4 out of 5 dooyoo stars.
In an effort to be budget conscious I have started to make packed lunches for my husband as I am also on a health kick these often include a piece of fruit. I love my husband but he does pack a lot into his backpack for work. Not once but twice He has left the banana in the bottom of the backpack. Having to clean out the backpack of crushed banana has resulted in severe cursing. As a result I decided bananas were a banned substance!
My saviour however came in the form of the banana guard. I saw them at a friends who got hers from Lakeland. Not having a Lakeland near me my mother kindly bought ne on my behalf and sent it to me. As she gift wrapped it for my husband he was a it concerned what it could be when he saw the shape of it! Once opened I explained that it was to protect his lunchtime banana.
So what does it look like? Well it looks a lot like a large curved banana and it naturally yellow in colour. The shape is designed to fit most shapes of banana. From my personal experience I have yet to find a banana that cant be put into the guard. There are a number of small air holes along the side of the guard which allow the banana to breathe so it doesn't go black faster.
The guard is hinged and opens from the side. I found the guard a little stiff to open at first but now I can open it more easily and feels secure once closed. My husband has successfully left the guard at the bottom of the backpack with lots of heavy items on top of it and it has survived well. The banana inside has been undamaged. No more mashed banana for me to clean out of the backpack is a great result.
This does look a bit of a novelty item but I have found it to be really useful. I have used in for bananas but in addition I have also put grapes in it successfully. Once I am back at work I I tend to get one for myself as I enjoy a banana and they are a good source of potassium.
So now hopefully I have convinced you about the usefulness of the guard you will want to know how much nit costs. Lakeland sell them for around £5 but also available from Amazon. I would happily double that to avoid having to clean out my husbands backpack again. The only disadvantage to the banana guard is that my husband is embarrassed by it and doesn't want anyone at his work to see it so he quickly sneaks the banana out.
Cookingtime Banana Guard
When Izzy was smaller (around 4) she was still into packed lunches. And she did quite like fruit as well. Although grapes were her favourite, she also had a bit of a soft spot for bananas. But we had to stop packing them in her lunch as they were becoming bruised and mushy. Also, when she decided not to eat them they would end up everywhere inside her bag! So we had to stop giving her bananas for a while. However my nan (her great nan) came to the rescue! When looking through one of her Lakeland catolouges, she spotted this and decided to buy it as a surprise. I'm not sure how much she brought it for, as she won't tell me. She knows I would try and pay her back I guess! But I do know you can get these at loads of different places for around £5-£6.
The Banana Guard Itself
It has been purely designed to keep your bananas protected! It looks pretty much like a banana and curves so that the fruit itself will fit inside. We have been using this for 6 years now and I have never found a banana which didn't fit inside! It also has holes to make sure the banana has enough air. It clicks when closed so you can be sure it will not roll out and into your bag! It has never opened without us knowing either.
My Experiences With Cookingtime Banana Guard
As she has now moved onto school dinners (she is going into secondary school this september!) it lasted us a good few years. It has always been reliable and does its job extremely well! The plastic itself is very hardwearing and for the time we used it, it never became scratched. The guard is easy to open and has enough space for most bananas ot be able to breath, but not have too much space to roll around in. The bananas come out barely touched, though they do sometimes leave a little bit behind in the case. But that is easy to solve as it can be washed up the same as say a fork, and I am certain it would be fine to stick in the dishwasher.
If you have kids and want them to enjoy fruit, or even to encourage them to eat fruit, this is a perfect buy. It is tough and not likley to break at all, it is extremely easy to use and Izzy had no trouble, even when she much smaller. A great gadget which at first is pretty expensive, but definetely makes itself worth the money in the end.
'Would I recommend the Cookingtime Banana Guard? Yes! It helps kids eat healthier, so I think it's worth it!
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My daughter loves fruit, we usually take some out with us in her bag just incase she gets a little peckish, always better than a packet of crisps! We did find that when taking bananas out in her bag they would squish under her drink if I forget to put get the banana out and put it on top in her bag.
I had never heard or seen of a banana guard before being a member on here, after reading some reviews on them last year I thought they were a great idea and bought one for us. I purchased mine for around £5 from the Cooking Time website.
--- Appearance ---
The banana guard is quite odd and 'out there' looking. Made from a bright yellow durable plastic, it certainly stands out. There are little holes along the whole guard to allow air to circulate and to let your banana breathe. The guard is slightly shaped like a banana, it has a curve to it but is much more curved than what a normal banana usually is.
--- Our experience ---
I am so grateful for the people that have reviewed this previously. It has stopped any chances of my daughters bananas getting squashed and bruised whilst in her bag, and thus my daughter actually gets to eat the whole banana now instead of throwing the bruised sections away.
The size of the banana guard makes it easy to store any sized banana, we've used the small bananas aimed at children in here and although there is lots of room left over in the guard and obviously the banana moves around in there, none have been damaged yet. We have also put quite big bananas in the guard aswell and they fit too, although the curve of the guard means the banana has to be slightly manipulated to be put securely in it still does the job fine.
The banana guard is also extremely easy to clean, I've found that it doesn't really get messy but I like to wash it after every other use. Just wash it up with the normal washing up, a bit of soapy water and it's done! I would of thought it's dishwasher safe, but I cant say for certain.
Fed up of your banana being ruined in your bag? Buy one of these!
For less than £4 you can keep your child enterained for hours by just buying him a simple banana guard to keep his bananas fresh and unbruised. He already has one from Bettaware, but we think this one is better made because it has lots of little holes in it and we think this is better because it allows air to flow to the fruit and keeps the banana fresher for longer than the Bettaware one does.
It is about 10 to 12 cm long and you can put it in the dishwasher or just clean it yourself in warm soapy water - whatever you prefer. It is a lovely yellow colour and from a distance it just resembles an ordinary banana, until you look closer and realise it is actually made from plastic and designed to house a banana and keep it fresh.
Our little lad uses his to take to school in his bag for after his lunch as usually if he takes a banana is gets pushed to the bottom of his bag and ends up all bruised and soft and brown. This is an ingenious idea, so simple yet it works very effectively. It means if he does decide not to eat his banana for any reason that it will not get bashed about and go all soggy.
Great idea and recommended. Bit gimmicky maybe but he and all his friends now have one apiece so very poplular with the kids but also suitable for adults.
Banana's are my favourite fruit. However, they are also the most inconvenient for me to carry around with me as I go shopping or to the gym . They don't fit well in my daughters lunchbox either, but if we carry them in our backpacks or handbags, they inevitable get bashed and bruised, and occasionally even split, smearing banana mess all over everything else.
I picked up my Banana guard from Lakeland for £5.49, and there were a range of colours to choose from, all of them bright and bold. I opted for the Yellow, as this looked the least garish and the most like a banana. Essentially, this is a hard plastic case, shaped like a banana with plenty of air-holes , which allow the banana to breathe and ripen in a normal way whilst in the case. It has little snap down locks on the side which keep it secure, and a small hole at one end that could be used as a threading loop, should you, in a fit of madness, decide that you would like to wear this as a huge and garish necklace.
Initially, both my daughter and I found this fiddly and stiff to open and close, but it has gotten easier to use with time. And despite looking rather silly, it does work, with not a single split skinned banana since. There have been a couple of occasions where we have forgotten all about the banana for a few days, but thanks to the breathable air holes it hasn't gone off.
I think this is a nifty little device. I do think it is expensive though, given that it is essentially just a bit of plastic, and really think a price of around £3 would be much more reasonable. For this reason, I am awarding 3 stars, five star performance, but far too expensive.
The first time I saw this little banana gadget was way back. As I work as a midday supervisor at a primary school, I witnessed lots of children with these in amongst their lunches. I must say I was quite impressed so decided I was going to get one for my Josh, since the only fruit he will eat is bananas, this seemed ideal for him to take to school along with his lunch.
~What it is~
This little gadget looks just like a banana, it's slightly curved and yellow, it's big enough to fit almost any size banana inside it. It is made of strong sturdy plastic and is decorated with many air holes allowing the banana to breath and not become soggy and sweaty, no one likes a soggy sweaty banana, well I don't that's for sure. The banana guard has a snap lock closure and stays tightly closed and secure, enabling the banana inside it to stay fresh and bruise free.
~It's a banana guard not a weapon~
My son's initial response to this banana guard, once I gave it to him, was to run around the garden with it pretending it was a gun, but I guess I probably would have done the same thing at his age. He thought, as I did that this little gadget was a good idea. He would be able to put it into his bag without the fear of the banana he takes for part of his lunch, becoming squashed and bruised and making a mess on the contents of his bag. Indeed this little gadget worked as planed, although he did find it a little tough to open at first, but I had already witnessed this at work where some of the children had needed these banana guards opening for them, and snapping closed again after use. With time though the banana guard becomes easier to open and close and does a really good job of keeping the banana fresh and bruise free.
I would recommend this little gadget, especially if you eat bananas away from the home and you need something to keep it bruise free and fresh in. For around £5.00 you can pick one of these Cooking time Banana Guards up from the Cooking Time website.
I'm giving this banana guard 4 stars, it's a really good idea but personally I think it's a little over priced for what it is.
Thank you for reading my review which may also be posted on other sites.
Bananas are one of my favourite fruits and I always have some in the house. Due to working a lot and going to uni most days of the week, I tend to take my own food with me as it would cost a fortune to eat out all of that time. Along with whatever food I take, I always make sure to have a piece of fruit with me and that is normally a banana. The problem with this is that they tend to get bruised and battered in my handbag quite easily.
I buy all sorts of things from Lakeland and these are available from there for £5.49. Now, this is far too expensive to pay for a plastic case so I was happy to find these being sold in my local pound shop which is much better value for money. The banana case is yellow in colour, just like a normal banana, and is made out of plastic. The plastic casing has small holes going down each side which lets the banana inside breathe. To open and close the banana guard you just pull it open at the edge and then clip it back in place to close, extremely easy!
Although the guard looks quite small and thin, it will fit in any banana no matter the size. I have never had one that doesn't fit. This is quite the novelty item but I think it is also extremely useful. Even though the Lakeland prices are quite expensive, I think I would probably buy from there now if I couldn't find a replacement in a pound shop. I have gotten so much use out of my banana guard and use it at least three or four times a week. I have had this for about 4 months now and it has yet to break anywhere so it is still going strong after all this time.
For anyone who likes bananas, this product is a must as it will stop you from carrying around bruised bananas!
My little girl loves bananas and so I always throw one in my bag before we go out so she has one to snack on later. I was growing frustrated however of it getting bruised and bumped. Also sometimes my little girl only eats half of it so when I put it back in my bag the end always got really sticky and went all over the inside of my bag and ruined so I decided to purchase a banana guard.
These are the funniest looking things and I also think a bit silly, I would never normally use one of these if it was just for me but I have found it to be very handy. A banana guard is basically a plastic carry case that is shaped like and looks like a banana. It is made of yellow plastic and is in the shape of a banana. Now I was quite skeptical at first as I wasn't sure that this would fit all bananas, after all some are shaped a bit funnily but to my surprise this really has fit all the bananas I have ever bought for it. The plastic is a bit bigger width wise than bananas normally are so it fits in that way and it is curved at the end so it will fit really long bananas and short bananas. The plastic clips together in two places and holds quite securely, I have never had it come open in my bag which is nice. THe protective case measures 25cm (10") in length.
The plastic also has little holes I assume to let the banana breath. Of course, this is not an airtight container so it will not keep the banana for any longer than they normally do especially if you put an open banana in there. It is dishwasher safe so good for washing and microwave safe although I cannot imagine an instance when you would want to microwave a banana but hey, who knows!!
At about £5 I think I paid this is one item I can definitely recommend.
Now when I first saw these products I thought what a ridiculous idea especially when they were priced at around the £5 region from Lakeland! The price of the item was obviously clouding my judgement as since I have had one I think they are an ingenious design and can't believe everyone does not have one!
The idea of the banana guard is that it is a plastic case in the shape of a banana which clicks open and closed and does a fantastic job at guarding your fruit (namely a banana). At first I was sure that not all bananas would fit in the little box but I soon realised after using it a good dozen or so times with various bananas that indeed they all fitted inside the guard and fitting in well.
Now as I say, I first saw this Banana Guard from Lakeland for around £5 but after seeing one on the shelves of Poundland, I couldn't help but buy it and try it out.
I do like bananas and will often take them to work but more often than not I would forget about it being in my bag and there is would be for a few days getting bashed around and would end up far too battered and bruised to even attempt to eat it (although these were then used up in a nice chocolate and banana loaf, which only old soft bananas are good for!).
I also like to carry plenty of food around for the little man just encase he gets hungry, moody or just needs a little snack. Biscuits are of course the easiest thing to carry around without getting to bashed but bananas are his favourite things to eat and of course far more preferable than a biscuit.
So with both the need for myself and Jack to have bananas taken out of the house, this banana guard is indeed the prefect thing. It is not very much bigger than the banana itself which means it doesn't take up any more room than the banana alone would do. The fact that it is made from a tough plastic means that the fruit inside is well protected and doesn't get bruised in the least.
The case is easy to open and close as it just clips together and apart plus the Banana Guard does have some very small air holes all the way along each side which allows the fruit to get some air therefore it doesn't get too sweaty. There was also a little fork which was housed inside the banana guard but I can't for the life of me think why this would be needed as I do not tend to eat my banana with utensils but rather just peel and eat from the sin.
The design of the banana guard itself is okay and designed to look just like a banana. It is made from bright yellow plastic and means that you will instantly know what is inside it and indeed what purpose it is used for. The bright colour also means that i am able to find it if it sinks to the bottom of my large bags.
On the whole I think this is a really good product that perhaps wouldn't be needed or used as much by some people but I have certainly got my monies worth considering I paid only £1.
From me it gets top a score of 5 stars out of 5 and an exceptionally high recommendation.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
I originally bought this as a xmas gift for my husband a couple of years ago - admittedly as a bit of a joke! However, to his credit he has used it nearly every day since receiving it, to take his banana to work with him.
The banana guard is made of a tough plastic and is (unsurprisingly) moulded into the shape of a banana. It is about 12 inches long and I have found that there are very few bananas that won't fit into it - only the occassional really straight one.
The idea is, that by placing your banana into the guard it won't get bruised in transit. The case has a small clip on one side to allow you to fasten the case shut. It also has perforations on both sides to allow your banana to breathe.
Be warned - if you use this product, you are bound to get a lot of comments, but at least it's a talking point!
The guard can be purchased in a vaiety of colours but I'm a bit traditional so decided to stick with yellow.
It retails at around £5 - £6, but I was lucky enough to have a firebox voucher code for £5 off, so got it for the bargain price of £1 ! At that price it was an absolute steal!
I can thoroughly recomment this product if you like to take a banana on the road with you and like to keep them unbattered and unbruised. The banana guard does the job.
All your banana related anxieties solved and it's cheaper than therapy.