Pros: Cheaper than competitor with sliding plate
Cons: Unreliable, ineffective, limits options of what can be plugged in
As I mentioned in an earlier Epinion on another brand's outlet cover, there are numerous options for preventing your child from sticking a fork or pen into an outlet. I already ruled out the plug-in protectors since they seem to be universally condemned. When I read promising reviews of the covers that slide to the side, I balked at the price so I hoped this model--which swivels open or shut--would be a cheaper yet still effective means of protecting my child from electrocuting herself.
At a little over $2.50 each, these are much cheaper than the $4 Mother's Helper ones I had read about (especially when you're talking about buying 30-40 covers). While installation is the same as those other outlet covers (unscrew the existing standard plates, place the new plate over the two outlets, use the new, longer screw), I found out that you definitely get what you pay for. Let me outline all the problems that I had:
- First, because the swivel outlet cover has recessed outlets, you cannot plug in any of the plugs that have transformers or are otherwise odd-shaped (like a cell phone charger that flips out from a rectangular box). Instead, you are limited to simple cords.
- When I plugged my vacuum cleaner into one of these swivel outlet covers and then later removed it, the cover was jammed open and would not close again. I had to unscrew the entire faceplate, turn it over, and "pop" the spring so it would close again. Obviously, this is a major inconvenience every time you use an outlet and then remove the plug.
- These also have a deeper profile than other outlet covers, so I feel they look unattractive jutting out, rather than a slim profile like the standard plate.
All in all, I ended up using these 6 in the master bedroom and den whose doors we keep closed all the time, so my daughter is never near them unsupervised. I urge parents to invest the additional dollars toward buying effective covers rather than trying to save some money by buying an inferior and unreliable product.