What in the world is a PhitGrip?! To be honest, I myself, had never heard of PhitGrips until just a couple weeks ago. When I heard about them, I became very intrigued and couldn't wait to try them myself.
PhitGrips are basically portable soft rubber grips that were originally designed to fit over the bars of gym equipment and barbells to shield against germs. But that's not their only use -- PhitGrips are a great new product for Moms and Kids - offering protection against all the germs found on grocery cart handles! (Did you know that grocery cart handles have more germs than public restrooms? *CRINGE* Yes, The University of Arizona research team's 2007 study proved that a shopping cart is one of THE germiest surfaces!)
They're totally American made of liquified rubber that has been injected with oxygen to make them light and cushiony. Get this--The ink that they print the logo onto the PhitGrip contains an antimicrobial agent that helps inhibit the growth and spread of bacteria. You rub your hands together occasionally to spread the antimicrobial protection over your entire palm. How cool is that?! You can slip them on and off grocery cart handles easily, then fold them into each other and drop into your purse, reusable grocery bag or diaper bag when you're done shopping. When the logo wears off, that tells you it's time to purchase a new set of PhitGrips. They run $9.99 and can be purchased on the PhitGrips website. It's that simple.
I put my PhitGrips right into my purse when they arrived, so I'd be all ready for grocery day, and for any other errands that might come up. They didn't take up too much room in my purse. I ended up using them several times over the last week - for our weekly excursion for groceries, on a couple big-box hardware store runs, and to the drug store.
I found the PhitGrips so easy to use. They're easy on, easy off and easy to stow away when done, as mentioned earlier. They're definitely cushiony and comfy to use. I felt comfortable just slipping them onto the grocery cart and didn't feel as compelled to use the "disease wipes" as I normally do. I think they'd be great for busy moms on the go - you could use them at the gym, with any store shopping cart, on rental strollers you find at malls or zoos, or even the handles of those plastic shopping baskets that many stores offer customers.
CONS - or Constructive Feedback
I think PhitGrips would be perfect for gym equipment - the grip and comfort they offer is great, not to mention the germ protection. However for shopping cart use -- I wished PhitGrips had a closure to keep them attached to the shopping cart handle, such as velcro or a small plastic snap. I love the concept, the ease of use, and design. However, my 2 year old son was intrigued by them, and kept pulling them off, so it was difficult to take my hands off of the cart to shop. After this happened several times, they became ever so slightly loose and didn't fit as snugly as they had at first. I am hoping as he sees me use them more, the novelty will wear off and he'll let me use my PhitGrips!
My only other observation is that I believe moms would like the product to be available in colors besides black, and perhaps 2 sizes -- the original set of two that is currently available, but also perhaps 1 long PhitGrip to cover the entire grocery cart handle.
All in all, I would definitely recommend to anyone concerned with health and safety (especially with cold and Flu season coming upon us again!) to give PhitGrips a try. They are a versatile product that offers comfort and protection. They're super easy to use, easy to stow and carry. Buying your own "disease wipes" as I call them can really add up, and not all stores offer shopping cart wipes (or are diligent about refilling them) - so having your own protection with PhitGrips is a smart way to protect yourself and your family!
I received a complimentary pair of PhitGrips to try in exchange for my honest opinion and a review of my experience. I did not receive any other compensation or incentive nor was I required to write a positive review.. Individual results or experiences may vary. You may obtain more detailed information from the company's website. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”