Although I generally love the festive period, we have not had the easiest Christmas this year made worse by the fact that my better half broke his wrist a few days before Christmas. After undergoing an operation, and with everything securely positioned inside a thick cast, it became clear that he was struggling to wash himself and with myself not around everyday I went on the hunt for a cheap plastic jug that he could use in the bath. Its not that we don't have a shower outlet on our bath taps, we do, but with the position of the taps and with his left wrist being out of use it was becoming difficult for my husband to both support his arm and reach behind his body to manoeuvre the shower head and adjust the temperature. I therefore thought that a jug might make the whole process of washing much easier and more precise.
Wilkinson are a store that I generally enjoy browsing in, not only because they sell a huge variety of different products but also because I will regularly find a good bargain on branded toiletries. Therefore this was the store that I knew I could count on to find a cheap jug. Looking through their homeware section I discovered this 1 litre plastic jug nestled amongst the more expensive Pyrex alternatives and popped it into my basket.
Once popped onto the side of my bath, this jug does not win any awards for looks but nevertheless it is entirely practical and durable. The construction of this jug is in quite a thick plastic and this is a slightly translucent white in colour meaning that it blends in with our white bath quite well without standing out too much. The white colour does make it quite difficult to measure any liquids of the clear variety as it is quite difficult to see the liquid from the outside of the jug; although I can imagine it would be perfect for any liquid of a darker colour. Along the side of the jug are a series of measurements in millilitres and pints, and these are given on a slightly raised scale which is quite tactile. This jug measures up to 1 litre of liquid which I thought would be more than adequate for our needs although I did spot a larger 2 litre jug when in store.
We are quite unusual in our use of this jug as we use it for bathing purposes only and find it adequate for the task. The jug has an extended plastic spout which makes pouring liquid out of the jug incredibly easy and this spout is also quite a precise pourer without the tendency to leak or spill liquid as other jugs would do. The plastic construction is durable and quite heavy duty and the jug has survived many a knock on our ceramic flooring without showing any signs of wear and tear.
Perhaps my only criticism of this jug is the way in which the plastic has begun to mist over; I can only assume due to the lime scale in the water. If we were using this jug for measuring only I can imagine this would be quite inconvenient and might make the job harder than say using a glass alternative.
We purchased out one litre plastic jug for only 35p which makes it incredibly good value in my opinion. With it being such a helpful aid for my husbands independence I would have to recommend this jug; even if it is used as simply a vessel for water as it is in our case.
As a result of the above, this jug scores a good four stars from me.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x
Living near a Wilkinson's store I pop in there quite regularly for bits and pieces and one of the things I bought recently was this 1L plastic measuring jug for just 35p. I had just the one Pyrex jug that I used for everything but recently have found the need for more than one jug when making some meals up and so thought I'd try something cheaper.
This is a very basic and as I have said it is 1L plastic, white frosted jug with integrated handle. The whole thing is made of quite cheap and thin plastic however the integrated handle is supportive enough for the amount of liquid it can hold. The spout is wide and shallow and this measures in ounces, pints and milliliters by the way of raised lines and numbers to both sides of the jug.
However I find this a bit of a pointless jug to be honest. I'm fine mixing up in it, there's plenty of room inside of it for a fork or spoon or whatever my problem is being able to read the measurements as they are simply raised small numbers and lines and I find myself holding the jug to the light with liquid in it trying to make out what I have! Also steam and heat make this feel more flimsy and its even harder to read the information on the jug as steam gets completely in the way!
All in all for me I blend things up in this by hand says a scrambled egg mixture but as for measuring in it.......not anymore and I've jut treated myself to yet another Pyrex measuring jug so I can relegate this one to the back of a cupboard for emergencies but in my opinion this is bit of a waste of money and your better putting your 35p to something better but if you have great eyesight, patience and little cash this could see you by for a while. It is dishwasher safe though I haven't used it in a dishwasher though as I don't own one and hand wash mine but I have found it to go a little stained over time making it not look very nice!
Cheap and not great sadly!
Only available in Wilkinson's stores.
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I have several jugs in my kitchen that I use for measuring liquids and also for storing things in the fridge. I have several glass jugs and several plastic jugs - and one of the plastic jugs I own is the Wilko Measuring Jug Clear which is in the Wilkinsons Premium range. This just cost me just 35p from Wilkinsons which is obviously a very good price and far cheaper than most other jugs of this type that I have seen on offer anywhere.
The jug, as I have said previously, is made of clear white plastic and so it's easy to see any liquid that is in the jug and to measure it against the measurement scale. In total the jug can hold up to 1 litre, but I have also seen a 2L jug in Wilkinsons. The measurement scale is on the side of the jug and measures volume in fluid ounces, pints and millilitres and so it should suit anyone no matter what measuring system you want to use. The measuring scale is quite fine and it's not always that easy to read, especially if the fluids I'm measuring are not dark in colour to provide some contrast in the background. For that reason, I would tend to use this jug more to store fluids / mixtures in, rather than to actually use if for measuring.
The plastic is not the best quality as it's quite thin and not particularly rigid - which isn't a huge problem really because it will hold liquids well, but I think it just speaks to the quality of the product. The jug has a plastic handle which is also a but flimsy, but it is still rigid enough to do its job. The jug also has a spout - and the design of this works well. This jug is suitable for both hot and cold liquids, but I have found that the plastic becomes even more flexible and less rigid if using hot liquids.
Overall, I think this jug is okay - but it's not great. To be honest, I think I would suggest spending a little more and getting a better quality jug.
Measuring jugs are a vital part of any kitchen when it comes to cooking and baking as they can be used for many things aside from measuring liquids. I bought this one from Wilkinsons when I started university three years ago for just under 50p as I wanted something cheap that would last me through university.
--- The Jug ---
The jug is made of a clear plastic that is roughly 1mm thick. Despite being quite thin, it does hold its shape very well and a is quite sturdy. It is soft enough to be bent/squeezed though, but it will adopt its original shape when you release pressure from it without deformation.
The jug is 14cm tall and 12cm in diameter at its widest point. On one side it has a pouring spout and opposite this there is a sturdy plastic handle which makes pouring very easy. The jug holds up to 1 litre of liquids and on one side there are graduated marks in ml, pints and fluid ounces which make it very simple to roughly measure quantities.
I have been using this quite a lot over the last few years and have used it for many uses with out the jug becoming physically damaged. One thing I have noticed is that the plastic has become discoloured over time. Initially it was clear plastic, which is still noticeable at the top, however at the base it has become a bit scratched and yellowed. This does not cause problems with its use, however it just makes it look a bit dirty.
--- The Verdict ---
I have used the jug for many uses, such as doing scrambled egg in the microwave, making gravy with boiling water and even for watering plants and I find that it works very well for all these uses and many more. Despite the jug discolouring over time, which is due to heavy use, it still does exactly what it is meant to which is great for the price I paid. I am going to give this 5/5 as it works very well and does exactly what it is meant to do for the price paid.
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