The Gyro Bowl is advertised as every parent's dream: a spill-proof bowl for kids' snacks. The colorful plastic bowl and surrounding handle are designed to mimic the behavior of a gyroscope, keeping the bowl upright no matter how it's carried. In the commercial, young kids toddle, run and skate while toting (and dropping) their snack-filled Gyro Bowls, which never spills and never breaks.
Unfortunately, when put to the test, the Gyro Bowl's claims just don't hold water. The contents of the bowl stay in place when handled carefully, reviewers say, but when the Gyro Bowl is shaken, swung or dropped, snacks spill out. Food also tends to get stuck in the bowl's suspension apparatus, causing it to stop rotating. Many users also complain that the Gyro Bowl breaks when dropped.
A reporter for KFVS in Cape Girardeau, Mo., tests the Gyro Bowl at a daycare center and finds that the snacks spill no matter how the children handle the bowl; furthermore, the bowl breaks when dropped down some stairs. A reporter at KDAF in Dallas reports a similar experience -- the Gyro Bowl works when handled carefully, but spills it contents when it is swung or shaken. A third reviewer, at KLRT in Little Rock, Ark., has similar results and dubs the bowl a "dud." A reporter for DailyFinance.com tries out the Gyro Bowl with several children of different ages, finding that it breaks easily and only works when used gently. Reviewers on Amazon.com are mostly disappointed with the Gyro Bowl, too. Though some owners like it, they admit it isn't spill-proof.
1. KFVS (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)
Reporter Lauren Keith brings the Gyro Bowl to a local childcare center and has a group of toddlers put it to the test. When the children jump or drop the Gyro Bowl, the snacks spill all over the place. Lauren also notices that some snacks get trapped in between the rotating bowls, and when she tests the Gyro Bowl's indestructibility claim by tossing it down some stairs, it breaks. The Gyro Bowl earns a grade of D in this test.
Review: Does It Work Wednesday - The Gyro Bowl, Lauren Keith, March 15, 2011
2. KDFW (Dallas)
Reporter Tommy Noel brings the Gyro Bowl to a classroom of 3-year-olds for testing. The bowl works fine when the children walk carefully with it, but when they swing, shake or drop it the contents spill all over. The classroom teacher gives the Gyro Bowl a grade of C-plus, saying that it really doesn't do what it's advertised to do.
Review: Does it Work? - The Gyro Bowl, Tommy Noel, Sept. 22, 2011
3. KLRT (Little Rock, Ark.)
Chad Garneau tests the Gyro Bowl with a viewer and her 3-year-old daughter. When the bowl is held and twirled gently the contents stay inside, but when it is knocked onto the floor everything spills out. The testers find that the Gyro Bowl makes just as big a mess as a regular bowl, and deem it a "dud."
Review: Deal or Dud: The Gyro Bowl, Chad Garneau, April 28, 2011
Lisa Kaplan Gordon puts the Gyro Bowl to the test with three children ranging in age from 18 months to 4 years. When the bowl is handled gently it works fine, but when it's shaken and dropped by the older children everything inside of it spills. It also doesn't take long for one of the plastic tabs holding the rotating bowls together to break off. Gordon says that the Gyro Bowl isn't nearly as kid-proof as it claims to be.
Review: Gyro Bowl Review: Never Spills? Yeah, Right, Lisa Kaplan Gordon, Feb. 24, 2011
Close to 140 owners review the Gyro Bowl on Amazon.com; most are disappointed with the product. The most common complaints are that the contents of the bowl spill easily, the rotating bowls get stuck and the bowl breaks easily when dropped. The few somewhat satisfied customers say that the Gyro Bowl does reduce the risk of spillage, though it is not spill-proof.
Review: Gyro Bowl Spill Resistant Kids Gyroscopic Bowl with Lid, Contributors to Amazon.com