Sedagive? and I were watching the television show Big Bang Theory several months ago. Leonard went into the kitchen, walked over to a set of plastic cylinders mounted to the wall, and turned a dial. Suddenly he had cereal!
Big Bang Theory set designer Ann Shea apparently found the Zevro WM300 in 2010, and they made their way onto the show shortly thereafter. This three chamber container system is really easy to install and use.
We had to find out more about these wall-mounted dispensers, and I was confident they were super expensive.
We were triply fortunate – we found them, they were pretty inexpensive, and they work really well … within limits.
Here’s my review on this mouthful: the Zevro WM300 Indispensable SmartSpace Wall Mount Triple Dry-Food Dispenser.
The Zevro WM300 plastic cylinders about 12.5″ tall. They have a gray plastic lid with a gasket on the top of the cylinder, with a smaller black plastic stopper for the bottom. The stopper is optional, I imagine it would be useful if one had really small items inside (like rice) but didn’t use the WM300 very often. We don’t use our stoppers.
There’s a gray plastic knob on the front of each cylinder, which turns the white plastic paddles inside. The white paddles turn, and this pushes your tasty snacks out of the bottom of the Zevro.
Also included with each cylinder is a clear plastic cup with measuring marks on the side. These are pretty useful. I use them all the time for measuring out coffee beans, or for combining my wasabi-coated peas with my Sriracha-coated peas.
The lip has this weird wave to it. I originally thought this would be helpful for pouring things out of the cup. In practice, I’ve found the dip to be a pain in the ass since it’s directly across from the handle. The human wrist doesn’t articulate at a sharp enough angle to take full advantage of the dip, so things don’t pour out consistently. I’d prefer it if the dip was slightly off-set; this would make using the cup with a twist of the wrist easier.
The Zevro WM300 dispenser comes with all the hardware you need to install it. I was initially a little put off by all of the bits and pieces, but installation was easy. The Zevro has a mounting bracket, six drywall anchors, six screws, and three plastic facades for where the screws go in.
I drilled six holes into our kitchen wall and installed the mounting bracket. I was able to partially install the Zevro into a stud, so I didn’t have to use all of the drywall anchors.
The plastic cylinders have notches in them, so you can decide how low or high you want the chambers. We chose the middle setting because we didn’t have a ton of room underneath our cabinets. Because you’re going to drill so many holes, I strongly recommend checking all of your measurements several times before beginning. I also used a level — mine has a magnet in it, which stuck to the mounting bracket and made the installation a lot easier.
The Zevro WM300 wiggles a bit after installation. I was worried about this, but it turns out that even though the mounting bracket is sturdy, the “claws” that hold the cylinders have some give to them — which results in the wobble. Don’t sweat it. We’ve been using ours several times a day for two months and everything seems fine.
We love this thing. Our kitchen doesn’t have a ton of counter space, so it’s nice to get our coffee beans and peas off of the counter and up on the wall.
I read some negative / critical reviews of the dispenser. Most of the complaints involved smaller items — for example, really small kernels of rice or flakes of oatmeal would either get caught in between the paddle blades or fall out of the Zevro. Since we use ours for coffee beans and other larger nom-noms this wasn’t an issue, but if you intend to use this for something small like couscous you might want to be careful.
Here’s a tip to keep stuff from spilling on your counter: hold the cup (or whatever) underneath the Zevro’s spout for a half-second or so after you’re done turning the knob. Sometimes a few beans or peas will be stuck halfway in the paddle blades and will dispense if you nudge the cylinder. I jettisoned a dozen or so coffee beans this way, and they bounced all over the counter and into the waiting mouths of our three dogs. MANA FROM HEAVEN! When you’re done turning the knob, tap the WM300 gently. Keeping the cup under the opening will catch any snacks sitting on the fence, so to speak.
I shot a really short video the first time I used the Zevro WM300 dispenser. I was pretty surprised that it didn’t fly off the wall or shoot beans all over the counter. Here’s how it works:
The Zevro WM300 wall mounted dispenser is great. We’ve owned ours for over two months, and seems durable enough to provide indefinite use. You have to be a little bit careful about items that get wedged in between the blades, but you’ll get trained to avoid this soon enough.
I wish the cylinders were a little bit bigger for a more industrial / co-op style look, but in practice the 12.5″ length is probably ideal. We were able to mount ours underneath a cabinet with just enough room to spare.
The three cylinder unit runs less than $45 delivered via Amazon Prime, or $20 for a single cylinder version.