Spout Popper - Review
It's our policy to review everything that gets sent our way; big, small, new, old, normal, or strange, it doesn't matter. Once we get an item, we test it out and try to have something posted up about it within a couple weeks depending on the complexity of the item. We're pretty consistent on this, but every once in a while something slips through the cracks and, thus far, the most egregious of these 'slippings' has been the Spout Popper. We got the Spout Popper over a year ago and since then, we've tested it out plenty, but for some reason, we never gave it an official review (although we did a posting on it before it arrived, here). Well we're happy to say to all you caulking tube fanatics out there, that we've finally gotten around to it and here, with no more delay, is a review of the famed Spout Popper....
The best way to describe the Spout Popper is to say that it's a cigar cutter for caulk tubes. With a quick and easy slice, it consistently makes one of three pre-set sizes of cuts (each at a 45 degree angle); a 1/4" bead, a 3/16" bead, and a 1/8" bead. There is also a fold out poker for piercing the foil seal that many tubes have. All the pieces of the puzzle work as advertised. And that's really about all we can say about functionality. There's not a whole lot to the Spout Popper.
Practicality is another matter. We have always (and we will continue to) cut our caulking tubes with the utility knife that we keep in our pocket. Sometimes we find ourselves in a situation where we need a 1/16th bead and other times we make the cut right down where the nozzle hits the tube in order to get a massive blob of caulking or glue. This said, we personally don't have much use for the Spout Popper, we're pretty good with the knife and like we said, we always have it on hand.
But, if you're the fussy, persnickety type and you insist that all of your caulk beads are exactly the same (like maybe a high-end painter), then this might be worth the seven bucks that it costs. It is consistent, and we think there are times when there's some value to that. More info at Spout Popper.
The Spout Popper costs about $7.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at February 3, 2009 5:22 AM