Smart Lidz: "Does It Work?"

Tupperware changed the world in the 50s and 60s...or at least changed life in the kitchen. Trouble is, the lid that matches the bowl you're using, has a way of going its own way. This week, KTRE's Joe Terrell shows us a product to solve that problem.

But first the Smart Lidz have to pass the "Does It Work?" test. Chef Tony is back with another product to make life easier in the kitchen.

Here's the claim: "Vacuum seal any bowl, jar, cup or can...any size, shape or material," it says on the box. Inside you get four of the Smart Lidz, two mediums a large and a small. They're kind of like little drum heads. All you do is put the lid on top of a bowl. Push down on the flexible middle of the rubber membrane and suction will occur, sealing the bowl. To release the suction, just push the rubber on the underside of the lid's tab, and the lid lets go. The only requirement is that the rim of the bowl is clean.

We had early success with the large lid, but after just one use, we noticed the rubber was wrinkled and loose where we had pressed it to establish the first seal. It got worse with each use.

In fact, three minutes after we made a seal with this large lid, it let go. Then after using one of the medium sized lids just once, we noticed a small hole in it. One small hole and these things are completely useless. The other medium lid and a small one worked fine and actually held their seal for at least several days.

But this product is just too fragile and undependable. It's tough to say they're worth the money when half of the contents of the box failed miserably. We love the idea, but the Smart Lidz just can't seal the deal.

"Does It Work?" We give the Smart Lidz a no.

The lids are supposed to be top shelf dishwasher safe. In fact, running them through the dishwasher is supposed to re-tighten the stretched rubber. We tried, but it didn't work well for us.

We paid 10 dollars for the Smart Lidz at Walgreen's.