Here is Kaye’s review of this month’s Mystery Product, the Grip Strip:
“The packaging on this product is simple but effective. It arrived in a pouch of plastic so it can be displayed on a hook at the retailer. There is an easy open sticky strip at the bottom of the package. The Grip Strip itself is protected by good quality glossy cardboard, this folds around the front of the Grip Strip so the wording is visible from the front of the pouch. When you remove the outer pouch the card and the product slide out easily and there is more information as well as warnings on the inside of the cardboard. The Grip Strip itself is packaged in a separate pouch inside the cardboard and the outer pouch and is therefore very well protected.
There is a discrepancy on the information, between the inside and the outside of the packaging. On the back it states ‘when the Grip Strip gets dirty, just wipe with a damp towel to restore stickiness’
Yet on the inside the instructions state the following ‘over time the strip may become dirty and lose some grip, if this happens simply wash the Grip Strip with warm water and leave it to dry. Do not wipe.’ Leaving you feeling, so, which instruction is correct, the first one or the second one?
The Grip Strip itself is protected by the second inner package. Therefore the packaging has been thought about carefully and every precaution has been taken to keep the product as clean as possible, in order for it to reach the customer in the best possible condition.
When you peel off the cellophane that is protecting the Grip Strip I was surprised to find how stretchy it was, but it retained it’s shape once the protection was removed. As all my chargers for my mobile phone are connected to holders that are not big enough to accommodate my smartphone I immediately thought the best place for this gadget was to put it near a socket and then I could just stick my phone to the wall!!
What was surprising to me was the fact that the Grip Strip had the clingability of the Static Stickers that most of us have come across at some point. It stuck easily to the kitchen tiles and held a smartphone in its case a lot more firmly than I expected. When I removed it a few minutes later I was surprised to find that the Grip Strip came away easily and didn’t want to curl up like so many other products that use static do, this is quite different. I was impressed too that there was no sticky residue on the back of my phone case (which is why I tested it in the case first) and that the Grip Strip was strong enough to hold completely vertical the phone, and case which is a book type and therefore has a cover for the touchscreen too.
The Grip Strip coped with this so easily that I am going to find, I believe a few different uses for it, but one of the main ones will be to keep my phone off the tops in the kitchen whilst I am cooking so I can charge it and use it as an MP3 without taking up valuable space, or getting it covered in the different ingredients that fly around most kitchens these days.
Car Test: Saturday 19th July in the midst of a heatwave. It does state on the instructions that you should not leave the product in a hot and humid environment and that you should not attach it to any surface where an airbag could be deployed. When we went to get our take out Pizza’s I stuck the Grip Strip to the Dashboard where you would normally put a Sat Nav, just in front of the Windscreen and above the console for the radio. I attached my mobile phone and we set off to get our dinner.
Being the wife of a driving instructor trainer does have some advantages. My husband applied speed and taking corners too fast to test the effectiveness of the Grip Strip and my phone did not move from its position on the dashboard.
Back indoors I reapplied the Grip Strip to the kitchen tiles and stuck my phone to it, in a completely vertical position as I had done previously. I also tried to attach my house keys to it in that position. They wouldn’t stick. My phone was safe for around 10mins and then the inevitable happened it fell off the wall. I reapplied this time making sure I pressed the phone firmly to the Grip Strip and again walked away, exactly the same thing happened. Therefore because my phone is a part of my life and expensive I could not afford for it to break and I went back to the method I used before for my phone in the kitchen.
After my first impressions and how surprised I was at what the product did to start with, I was disappointed that it didn’t live up to the expectations I had of it. Having said that if you need something that will stop your phone rolling around in a car whilst you’re on the move this product would be very good. I wouldn’t use it for a Sat Nav though, not safe enough whilst in the holder you will probably end up throwing the device out of the window! If you have a horizontal surface though it works really well for keeping things such as iPods and phones in place in a fast moving car.
The amount you would pay for this product at first seems like very good value at £6.99 and it is packaged in a way you would expect for that price. On reflection though, if it does not do what it claims to, then this is a very expensive product, it really depends on the use you have in mind for it.
In Short, in my opinion:
Packaging: Very good
Functionality: Not as good as the price would suggest, and fails after one or two uses.
Ease of Use: Very easy to use, although they need to amend the instructions about how to keep in the best condition, as inside and outside contradict each other.
Value for Money: That depends on the use. To stop things rolling around in the car whilst flat, very good, for use of anything else, expensive, as it isn’t as good as first impressions make out.
Recommendations to a friend: Again that depends on use, personally it’s expensive for what it is and it doesn’t do everything it claims to. So, no, I probably wouldn’t recommend it to a friend.
The product is a good idea and an interesting concept, it delivers as far as the lack of sticky residue on either surface (what it’s stuck to, and what is stuck to it) but within a few hours it falls short of the expectations it delivers when first opening the package. It also delivers when in a moving vehicle for holding expensive items in place, although I do wonder if you have it on the dashboard for any length of time in the heat we’ve been experiencing recently if it would fail faster, and also if you wish to remove the Grip Strip from directly under the windscreen how would you store it out of the heat, without it sticking to things you don’t want it to? The other problem with it is, you can not apply it to any surface where an airbag is likely to be deployed and on a lot of modern cars, that leaves very little surface where it would be safe to apply. Most of those also due to the design of most cars would also not be completely flat and therefore again limits the use of the product. Also when you wash the product to restore it’s stickiness how do you leave it to dry, bearing in mind that the product by definition is designed to stick to everything, therefore as fast as you are trying to clean it, it is picking up more dirt as it will stick to the draining board and also not dry properly for that reason!! No, I don’t know either.
Overall for myself it would not be something I would pay nearly £7.00 for, if it fails within one or two uses. It promised much but within the first day I was disappointed, my phone is too expensive to be trusted and charged whilst on the Grip Strip. It is likely to end up on the floor with a cracked screen, and for that reason alone I would not purchase the product and I would not willingly recommend it to friends”