Umbra Weighted Base Paper Towel Holder

Last updated date: October 12, 2021

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Umbra Weighted Base Paper Towel Holder

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We looked at the top Paper Towel Holders and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Paper Towel Holder you should buy.

Update as October 12, 2021:
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Overall Take

A modern design and a brushed-nickel finish give this paper towel holder a unique look. But it's also functional. The curved spine is designed to grip the roll so that you can grab a sheet of towel easily, even with one hand. The base is weighted to prevent tipping and padded on the bottom to keep your countertops scratch-free.

In our analysis, the Umbra Umbra Weighted Base Paper Towel Holder placed 3rd when we looked at the top 7 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Paper towels are a modern-day kitchen essential. In most cases, they’re the first thing you reach for when you need to quickly clean something up or wipe something down. It’s hard to imagine living without them but that doesn’t mean you need to live with a flimsy standup paper towel holder or settle for the inconvenience of a mounted paper towel dispenser that is fixed in place under your cabinet not to mention a real eye sore. Introducing Umbra Tug Stand Up Paper Towel HolderNow you can keep your paper towels close at hand and easy to access when you need them most with Tug Stand Up Paper Towel Holder from Umbra. A design collaboration between Jason Nip and Paul Rowan, Tug features simple, elegant lines and a modern brushed nickel finish that is sure to enhance your kitchen decor. One-Handed Tear Every TimeNot only does Tug’spatented design look great, it also flat out gets the job done. The secret is the unique shape of the 13.5-inch curved rubber spine. It’s been engineered to provide just the right amount of resistance to hold the core of any standard size paper towel roll in place so you get an easy one-handed tear every time. Easy to Load and Easy to UseWith nothing to remove or unscrew and no tension arm to hold back, Tug Paper Towel Holder couldn’t be easier to load. Simply slide your favorite brand of standard size paper towel roll onto the spine and you are ready to go – It’s that simple. Using Tug to dispense paper towel when you need to clean something up or wipe something down is just as easy. Simply pull back a sheet of paper towel, then give a firm ‘tug’ from the top down to tear the sheet away along the paper towel perforation. It may take an attempt or two, but you willhave the technique mastered before you know it. Unlike traditional mounted paper towel dispensers that are fixed in place, Tug Stand Up Paper Towel Holder gives you the flexibility and convenience to move it around to where It’s needed most (counter, table, island, patio, picnic table, etc. ). The weighted base has a diameter of 6.5 inches which helps prevent it from toppling over and ensures it stays in place each time you tear off a sheet. Plus, the base is generously padded which helps prevent Tug from sliding or scratching the surface you place it on. Tug Modern Stand Up Paper Towel Holder gets the job done and it looks good while doing it – order yours today!

An Overview On Paper Towel Holders

Every kitchen needs a roll of paper towels. You’ll use them to wipe up spills and, in some cases, in place of napkins at meals. You might also use them to dry foods or your hands after you’ve washed them.

But where to store that paper towel roll is an enduring question. You can simply set the roll on the counter, but there are a few problems with that. It’s tougher to grab the towels you need with one hand when there’s nothing holding the roll in place. Also, if you ever have a spill, towel rolls placed directly on the counter will soak that water up like a sponge, ruining all of it.

A paper towel holder will provide a handy place to store your towels. If you have one that sits on the counter, it will be elevated enough that spills won’t reach the towels. If you have one that mounts under a counter, you can keep a few more square inches of precious counter space free.

There are some other things to consider when you’re choosing between a counter-mounted holder and one that rests on the counter. Yes, the mounted version frees up counter space, but it also has to be installed. You can find some that use adhesive to stick to the surface, but if you opt for this version, make sure it won’t damage your cabinetry in the process.

As a solution to the counter space issue, many manufacturers now strive to slim down the profile of the paper towel holder. You can easily find a holder that won’t take up any more space than the roll itself. Of course, even having a full paper towel roll on your countertop will reduce the amount of free counter space.

The choice of paper towel holder is a personal one, but there are so many options, you can find the one you want in your preferred décor. Function and style are both important considerations, but it’s easier than ever to find furnishings that satisfy both.

The Paper Towel Holder Buying Guide

  • Although many paper towel holders will mention the finish, keep in mind that you’ll typically only see the base, for a countertop model, and the ends, for one that mounts. Sturdiness and ease of use are more important when you’re looking at the material of a paper towel holder.
  • Countertop models can tip over if not designed correctly. You’ll need to look for one with a base that keeps everything balanced even if the towel roll gets stuck while you’re pulling.
  • One-handed operation can be very useful with a towel roll holder. If you’ve just washed your hands, for instance, you might not want to grip the towel holder while you tear a sheet off. Some holders are designed to hold the roll firmly in place so that you can tug on a towel without throwing them off balance or pulling off more sheets than you need.
  • Replacing paper towels can be a chore with some holders. If your towel holder has a knob that has to be screwed off or two spindles holding it in place, consider the extra effort this will take every time you change towel rolls. Being able to simply slide the old cardboard tube off and the new roll on will make a big difference over time.
  • Many homeowners mount paper towels under a counter. Look at what’s required to mount your towel roll before you go for this option.
  • Paper towels come in a wide range of sizes today. If you prefer jumbo rolls that are much larger than towels traditionally came in, check the capacity of any holder you choose.
  • If your countertops are sensitive, make sure a countertop roll holder is padded underneath to protect the surface. Otherwise, you could find your holder scratches your counters.
  • Rust resistance is important in a roll holder. Kitchens can carry quite a bit of moisture, and on top of that, you might be changing rolls with wet hands. Material like stainless steel will hold up longer in those conditions.