Magic Mesh is advertised as a simple and affordable alternative to installing a screen door. The mesh curtain is designed to be hung over a doorway using reusable adhesive tabs or thumbtacks; a series of magnetic closures are supposed to keep Magic Mesh in place. The manufacturer claims it's a great way to let fresh air in and keep bugs out, allowing people and pets to go in and out as they please.
When tested, however, Magic Mesh comes up short. Although easy enough to install, many users say it is flimsy and looks unattractive. The magnet closures work better for some than others, but several owners complain that the material tears easily and that the adhesive tabs aren't strong enough to hold Magic Mesh in place. Another common complaint is that Magic Mesh does not provide a tight seal, as there is gapping between the magnets and along the bottom, so bugs can still fly in.
A reporter for WXIA in Acworth, Ga., tests Magic Mesh and says the magnets don't always close; the material also tears easily, she notes. Tests conducted by WGRZ in Buffalo, N.Y., and WGHP in Greensboro, N.C. produce similar results. Reviewers on Amazon.com are mostly unhappy with the product, complaining that the material is flimsy and the magnets aren't strong enough, though a few are happy enough with Magic Mesh since it's cheaper than putting in a screen door.
1. WXIA (Acworth, Ga.)
Reporter Karyn Greer brings the Magic Mesh to a viewer's home to try it out. They say it's easy to hang up, but note that the magnetic closures don't do a very good job of keeping Magic Mesh closed. They also notice some of the mesh coming apart after only one test. They ultimately give Magic Mesh one thumb up and one thumb down, saying that it's "hit or miss."
Review: Try It Review: Magic Mesh screen door, Karyn Greer, Aug. 24, 2011
2. WGHP (Greensboro, NC)
Melissa Painter tries out Magic Mesh at a viewer's home. They say the screen is easy to hang up, but they also think it looks unappealing. After several passes in and out of the house, Magic Mesh only closes behind them about half of the time. They deem it a "dud" for being unreliable.
Review: Deal or Dud: Magic Mesh, Melissa Painter, Jan. 6, 2012
3. WGRZ (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Mary Friona tries out Magic Mesh at her own home and is able to hang it up easily, though she thinks it looks unattractive. It closes behind her each time she walks through it, as well as when her three dogs run through it -- but after a week, the screen is failing. Friona also notes that it doesn't completely seal off the doorway, and bugs could get into her home.
Review: Product Test: Magic Mesh Screen, Mary Friona, Sept. 7, 2011
More than 175 customers review Magic Mesh on Amazon.com, and most are either disappointed or have mixed reactions. Some of the common complaints are that the material is flimsy and tears easily, there is too much gapping between the magnet closures and the magnets are so weak that a strong enough breeze will separate them. A few like Magic Mesh and say that since it is so inexpensive, they don't mind that it's not as strong or effective as a regular screen door.
Review: Magic Mesh Hands-Free Screen Door, Contributors to Amazon.com