Today I’m offering my thoughts on the OXO Good Grips SimplyTear paper towel dispenser, that I have been using since 2021. I realize a paper towel isn’t exactly the most exciting thing to review, but it’s an item found in almost every kitchen. This particular dispenser is called the OXO Good Grips SimplyTear, and I actually bought it out of necessity, not because I wanted to do a video on it.
Where to Purchase
You can pick up the OXO SimplyTear from Amazon for about $26. It’s also sold in stores such as Target and Bed, Bath, & Beyond for the same price.
The OXO Good Grips SimplyTear dispenser is designed for one-handed use, which makes it stand apart from typical dispensers. It’s made with stainless steel construction and has a non-slip base to keep it securely in place. It’s advertised to work with any size roll, and claims to tear a single paper towel with just one hand, without unraveling the whole roll.
I purchased it for $25 on Amazon, which might seem like a lot for a paper towel holder, but for me, it was a necessary purchase to replace my old one. Plus, it has a 4.7 rating with almost 13,000 ratings on Amazon back in 2021, which is quite impressive. Two years later, it boasts a 4.6 star rating among over 24,000 reviews.
The dispenser has a convenient carry knob, which makes it easy to move around. The spring-activated arm is oddly satisfying to use, and I’m happy to report that it does, in fact, work as advertised.
I tested it out, and it tore off a single paper towel with ease. It didn’t unravel the whole roll, and it held any size branded paper towel I threw at it. The large capacity means I don’t have to refill it as often, which is a nice convenience. For my video review, I tore off every paper towel from a roll using only one hand, and the results were almost perfect. I continued to use it daily until March 2023, discussed below.
The only initial downside I noted was that the stainless steel construction may show fingerprints, but that never manifested into much of an issue for me over the two years that I used it.
In 2022, I paired the SimplyTear with the Towel Topper, to keep my paper towels clean while dispensing, and I was quite satisfied with that setup. In March 2023, however, the spring-activated arm suddenly stopped working on the SimplyTear, and it now limply rests against paper towels. The one-handed function no longer works. Despite my disappointment that this product didn’t last longer, I’m considering buying a new one because there are no other paper towel holders quite as sturdy or easy to use as this one.
Overall, I was quite happy with my purchase of the OXO Good Grips SimplyTear paper towel dispenser for two years. I found it to be a small but useful addition to my kitchen, and I appreciate the one-handed design. I would still recommend it to anyone looking for a new paper towel dispenser, despite the fact that it broke after two years.