Verdict: Don't bother
Claim: "No Mess. No waste."
Reality: I'm not sure I need one more piece of equipment to clutter up my bathroom, but this one mostly eliminates the toothpaste tube glop. It dispenses the right size dollop of toothpaste, and it was so simple that even I could install it — with no tools. The kids who tried it at my house thought it was great, but will they actually brush more because of it?
Verdict: Worth a try
Bottle Top, 12 for $5.88
Claim: "Snap on. Helps avoid spills."
Reality: What an awful idea. You need the strength of a longshoreman to put the top on the can. Not a snap at all. And why bother? You're lulled into thinking that your drink can't spill. But beware! If you place the can (with installed bottle top) on its side or upside down, it leaks — a lot. Remove the top (enduring sloshing soda spills in the process), and you're stuck with soda dripping from the bottle top. Creates problems instead of solving them.
All items from Wal-Mart, walmart.com; "Open It!" also at enjoyzibra.com; and others at asseenontvguys.com.
Follow @ellenwarreninfo on Twitter