By October 18, 2011

IKEA RARITET Storage Container Review

One of the best things about living in Minnesota is being close to an IKEA. It’s a great store, and if you’re interested in function over form IKEA may speak to your inner OCD nerd. I find myself looking at something totally absurd and then deciding I have to try it … and my organizing life changes.

Case in point: the RARITET storage container, which bundles a measuring spot and a food-grade storage container in one.

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Features

The IKEA RARITET is about 8″ long by 4″ wide by 6″ high. It holds about two quarts, and I use mine to hold rice, oatmeal, and quinoa.

The container itself is graduated and this makes it easy to grip from either the top (right in the middle) or the back (along the “spine”). There are metric and US marks on the front of the container, as seen here:

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The lid comes completely off, and has two other ways to pour stuff out: the flip top and the removable measuring cup.

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I hardly ever use the flip top; this might be better for refilling the container than dispensing the contents.

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The measuring cup snaps into the top of the lid, and is quite handy.

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Storage

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The slim profile of the RARITET makes it easy to store small quantities of multiple types of food on a single shelf. It would be interesting if the containers were just a bit longer to maximize typical shelf depth.

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I really wish the RARITET lid had a lip. This would allow for containers to stack on top of each other with more stability. We have shelves in our pantry that are high enough to accommodate two stacked RARITETs.

Usage

Most of the time, the integrated measuring cup is fantastic. Any time we make rice or quinoa there’s no problem pouring into the measuring cup. Oatmeal, the thing I make the most, is more of a problem. The irregular shape and lightweight of the oat flakes makes it hard to pour into the cup.

I am not sure that a design change could help out in my case. Elongating the measuring cup may make it unwieldy to use. Widening the cup would require widening the entire container. I like the slim profile of the RARITET, and I’m not sure how much it would help anyway.

The one thing to be careful of regardless if pouring is clean or messy is steam. Steam collects in the removable measuring cup when I drop in my morning 1/2 cup of oatmeal. I have started letting the measuring cup sit and air out for a bit before snapping it back into the lid.

Conclusion

IKEA makes a taller container that is more suitable for say, cold cereal, but I already have something that does the job well. For less than $7, the IKEA RARITET is a pretty sweet bit of kitchen organization equipment. The integrated measuring cup is handy, and the container is well built. I wish the lid allowed for stacking, and my finesse is not good enough to cleanly dispense oatmeal.

If you’re an organization nerd and live near an IKEA you might want to give this a look.

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