UPDATE 2-13-13: Both the WrapMaster dispensers and the ones on Amazon seem to almost never be in stock any more. FURTHER UPDATE 6-24-13: The WrapMaster dispensers are back in stock — buy them here.
In the never-ending search for ways to keep cardboard off the boat, a reader named Donna told of one of her finds: a plastic dispenser for foil, waxed paper and plastic wrap. I’d never found one that wasn’t just a holder for the box, so I really thank her!
You still can’t get rid of the inner cardboard tube, but being able to leave the boxes behind cuts down considerably on the amount of cardboard you’re bringing aboard (and thus fewer places for bugs to make their home) and cuts down on the storage space, as spare rolls will pack far more tightly without the boxes.
I found two sources for these — Donna had purchased hers from a company called WrapMaster and vouched for the quality. I found a different brand on Amazon (pictured at the top of the article) at a much lower price, but I haven’t used them and there are no reviews yet.
WrapMaster makes specialized dispensers for foil, waxed paper and plastic wrap, each with a blade designed just for that. Each holds a standard 12″ long roll, and will hold rolls up to 300 feet long. Each one is 14″ long and 3-1/2″ wide.
Find them here — WrapMaster online store
Note: The Wrapmaster units available in the UK (through Amazon) will only take their own rolls of foil and plastic wrap.
Pros: I think that these are a little heavier duty, and cutting blades designed specifically for the material may be better. Will take extra-large rolls.
Cons: More expensive and larger.
The Plastic Wrap and Foil Dispenser sold on Amazon does not differentiate between the type of roll — the same dispenser is sold for foil, waxed paper and plastic wrap and the product description says it will make a “perfect tear every time” and says that it’s for “standard” rolls. There are several sellers, some quite cheap. And the box size is a little smaller at 12-1/2″ by 3″ by 2-1/2″
There’s a very similar unit available in the UK on Amazon as a Plastic Foil and Cling Film Dispenser.
Pros: Cheaper and smaller (this may be a deciding for some)
Cons: No specific blades for different materials — some other dispensers that I looked at just weren’t “universal” in what materials they could cut, so I wonder about this one. I also wonder if the typical US “extra large” rolls will fit.
I favor the WrapMaster dispensers, especially given Donna’s experience with them. But I know that sometimes a smaller and cheaper alternative is preferable, and so wanted to include the other. I’ve never seen a product like this in a store, so they may be an “online-only” item!