Thursday, October 9, 2008

Weekly Product Review: ZipBin

Normally, toys and child products other than clothing are featured on Wednesday. However, because I fell behind this week due to the move, I'm featuring it a day late!

This week I am reviewing a really neat product by the Neat-Oh! (Zip Bin company). This company has recently received several awards. They have received the Design Defined Award from the International Housewares Association, the Best Smart Play/Smart Toy Award from Dr. Toy, Seal of Approval from the National Parenting Center, the iParenting Media Award as and Excellent Product, grade “A” from the Toy Tips Toy Repart card program, Preferred Choice Award in Creative Play for Girls from Child Magazine, Seal of Excellent in Creative Play for Kids Category from Child Magazine, and Gold Award from National Parenting Publications Awards. The list goes on-since 2006, they have won over 20 awards! As you can see they are a very respected company!

What is so neat about this product (and why it lives up to its company name of Neat-Oh!) is because the products are a combination of storage and toy! I'm the type of mother who likes toys with lots of parts to always be kept together. Randomly throwing toys into a bin is practically a sin to me, so I love this product. The toy bin has a scene that corresponds to the toys it holds and literally in a zip, stores the product! The zipbins are all stackable, collapsible, and transportable, with wipe-clean surfaces.


This is a WONDERFUL product for traveling. Recently, we moved several hours away and that could have meant cries of boredom from a 2 year old. This toy can be used as a bin but what I haven't mentioned yet is that it can actually fold up to fit inside the lid if so desired, therefore taking up very little room in a car. So we threw a zipbin in the car and when she got a little cranky it was unzipped in seconds to reveal a fun little landscape to inspire imagination and a couple of toys.


The concept of the zipbins is a great story. Aparently, the owner of the company along with his 10-year-old son came up with idea after playing with blocks and disliking the mess of blocks going every which way. He came up with the idea of a play mat that zips. Since then, they have been Zip-lifying lifes all over the world.



ZipBin® Softie™ Racer is first up. This super cute bin looks like a racecar and can even be worn as an adorable backpage. It opens to reveal roads that the two die cast cars included can drive on. It would make the perfect gift for a boy who likes cars. Imagine, his backpack doubles as a toy! My two year old daughter really liked this toy and had fun making the cars drive along the road. This goes to show that even 2 year old toddlers will have fun with this one! I think this is such a neat idea. Most little boys I know have cars all over their rooms and this product may make their parents lives a little easier with the easy clean up. Imagine the child plays on the mat and then when it is time for clean up they simply sip up the mat to a box in matter of seconds, put on the lid, and they are all done! This item retails for $19.99.


ZipBin® Dinosaur becomes a dinosaur island. My daughter is only two and doesn't really know what a dinosaur is so I had little boy I know help test out this product. He loved the dinosaurs but what is great is that the surface led to more creative play and he brought out his own additional toys. For example, he had a jeap driving and action heroes running around the volcano's, into the cave, and getting stuck in the tar pit. It was certainly a hit for him! While the bin itself is very neat, this item even comes with 4 dinosaurs. For a little boy or girl who love dinosaurs this would be a great way to store and play with them. This item retails for $24.99.


Mini Unicorn set; This pretty little bin features pastel colors, rainbows, clouds, unicorns, butterflies, a field of flowers for unicorns to frolick in...and that is just the lid! The playmat has a picnic area, waterfall, beach, stream, and river to cross. Included, are two cute little unicorns. In addition to play with unicorns this would be wonderful for mini dolls, ponies, fairies, and other magical creatures. This item retails for $9.99. Overall I really like this product because they have the most detailed play mats I've seen, make a GREAT space saver, wonderful for travel, inspires creativity, easy to clean, and so quick to clean up! They are high quality and highly recommend. Such a neat-oh product!





If you like what you've seen and would like to purchase this product for your little one if you go to the Zip Bin website, you can search your area for retailers or you can order directly from the website. Both links are located at http://www.zipbin.com/zipbin_retailers.html. I know they are available at Sears as well.

Come back tomorrow and I'll have pics up of my daughter playing with these items.

For this review, I'll be giving away two items. The first item is the Dinosaur zip bin described above. The second item is the racer bin. Whoever wins these items will love them! If you've been to my site before, you know how it works. If you haven't make sure to subscribe to my feed because I host giveaways every week (sometimes more than once a week)!

Official Rules:*
1. Leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite product is at http://www.zipbin.com/ Do not just say something generic like "bin"; Please say the style you like best, such as "Mini Unicorn". Please be sure to leave your email address IN THE COMMENT if you are not using a Blogger ID. If you have a blog that allows comments or email, there is no need to leave your email address as well. 2. For a second entry, you MUST first complete #1 (leaving a comment on this post). If you want a second entry, subscribe to my RSS feed. After subscribing, send an email to candiceowrey@gmail.com with "I'm subscribed" as the subject line. 3. For a third entry, you must have completed both steps one and two first. Leave a comment on any of the posts on this blog. After making the post, send me an email candiceowrey@gmail.com letting me know you made a post.
You are allowed only one entry by commenting to this post. Additional entries will be deleted.
This contest is open only to those with a United States Shipping Address .
This giveaway begins 10/10/2008 and ends 10/20/2008 11:59 PM Central Standard Time.
If a Blogger ID or email address is not included in your comment posting, you will not be entered into the contest.

The first name drawn will have their choice between the bin. The second drawn name with receive the remaining bin. The names are chosen by randomizer.com.

I have several giveaways going on-check out the others!

103 comments:

cdziuba said...

I like the ZipBin™ Fairy Castle Play Set, my granddaughter would flip for it! cdziuba@aol.com

Jenn S. said...

These are so neat. My daughter would love the ZipBin Softie Country Stable Playset. She is so into horses right now. My son would like the ZipBin Softee Wheelie Playset. Great Christmas ideas - thanks!

Steph said...

My favorite item is the ZipBin Softie Wheelie. My son would love it.

reb said...

I love the fairy castle one for my niece.

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bagfashionista said...

the ZipBin™ Softie™ Country Stable Play Set is very cute!

5webs said...

I really liked the Zipbin® Country Stable Softie™.
Alicia Webster
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Shannon said...

The zipbin fairy castle would be great for my niece.

kygirl said...

ZipBin™ Small Town Playscape is my pick

peg42 said...

My favorite is the ZipBin™ Fairy Castle Play Set. What a wonderful toy these seem to be. Thanks for offering this contest. These look like so much fun. Thanks.

jffryclough said...

the small town playscape by ZipBin

mverno said...

country stable play set is nice

vboackle said...

Softie Country Stable Play Set is nice for my grandson.

Stephanie said...

ZipBin® Softie™ Wheelie Play Set
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agordon10 said...

My daughter would flip for the ZipBin™ Fairy Castle Play Set

huggr1960 said...

The zip bin fairy castle is soo beautiful and would be wonderful under our Christmas tree this year,

cstironkat said...

Zipbin Farm Playset would be a hit at this house and so would the Softie Wheelie. Thank you.

jenny said...

i think there all realy cool and well i like fairy castle thanks

banquetbabe said...

the fairy castle for my daughter

Hil'Lesha said...

I like the •mic•o•mic• Car.

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strawberry3d said...

I LIKE THE RACER PLAY SET.

sweetsue said...

My favorite is the ZipBin Mini Farm, my 2 year granddaughter would love it!

idahomom said...

My boys would love the Racer Play Set.

denyse said...

The country stable play set is great:)

Maja said...

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racer play set

vmkids said...

ZipBin™ Small Town Playscape

kdkdkd said...

My son would lose his mind over the dinosaur zipbin, he is dinosaur obsessed. I personally like the zipbin farm, how wonderful for the imagination. Those mic o mic kits are very cool!

llinda29 said...

ZipBin™ Small Town Playscape is my chioce

Cjnedrow said...

I like the ZipBin® Softie™ Wheelie Play Set!!
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Blueberrie said...

The Zipbin Mansion, Fairy Castle, Unicorn Mini, Chateu, Country Stable Softie, and Pink Camoflouge are all very adorable lol. I might have to make an order for Christmas.

janetfaye said...

I like the ZipBin™ Fairy Castle Play Set.

cathirushing said...

Racer Play Set

mogrill said...

Love the Fairy Tale Castle Play Set!

mom2bears said...

I like the Zipbin Chateau for my daughter. aewalls425@hotmail.com

Abby said...

The unicorn one would be a BIG hit with my daughter!

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lorides said...

love the fairy castle bin, I have 2 girls

Tonya said...

My oldest daughter would really love the ZipBin Softie Country Stable Playset.

judybrittle said...

I just love the ZipBin Fairy Castle.
That is really nice. Thank you so much!

Ray's Nay said...

I love the Zipbin® Wheelie Softie™ and so would my son,

Deanne02 said...

The Zip Bin Road and Rail would be great for my son. He's a huge Thomas fan. This would be great for grandmas house too....he could just store some trains in with the bin as well.

tutugirl said...

My 2 year old daughter has the Mini Unicorn set and she really loves it. I am really impressed with how durable it is. She carries around all of her horses and unicorns and it looks as good as it did 6 months ago. The Dinosaur set would be a hit in this house too.

karebear said...

My daughter would love the ZipBin fairy castle.

kristilb19 said...

Softie Wheelie is cute, my son would love this!
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Lori said...

I love the ZipBin™ Softie™ Train Depot Play Set... I wouldn't have to worry about the little one hurting himself on it, either!

miriama said...

My favorite is the mini unicorn set because I could just see my granddaughter playing with it!

Kari said...

I love the ZipBin™ Small Town Playscape !!!

littlelatina said...

The farm set looks fun

Smooshy said...

i like the fairy castle

LINDALSHOT said...

Softy Country play set.

Betty N said...

I like the ZipBin Express Train. The ZipBins are such a neat concept!

Molly C. said...

I think my boys would love the ZipBin Softie Wheelie Playset.

dhunt said...

love the fairy castle one for my niece.

Cherie J said...

I love the Dinosaur ZipBin for my son and the Fairy Castle Playset for my daughter. Cool idea!

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Karen said...

Love the ZipBin Softie Wheelie.

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dvice said...

I like the Zipbin Unicorn Mini Play Set. Very creative.

Tanya W. said...

I like the "ZipBin® Camouflage"!

Ardy22 said...

My little one would love the Zipbin Chateau

tiffanybeth said...

petteytiffany@yahoo.com
the racer zip bin is cool

jennem said...

My daughter would enjoy the ZipBin Chateau play set. (My nephew would enjoy either of the prize sets!)
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

Sherry R said...

My favorite is the ZipBin Farm Play Set!

RE said...

The ZipBin™ Small Town Playscap would be fabulous for my little one.

kendra22 said...

ZipBin® Softie™ Racer looks awesome to be used as a backpack also, have a nephew that would love that!

rmc1ra said...

The zipbin Road and Rail set is great. It IS a toy, a storage container, and it is easy to put away. I work with Autistic children who love cars and trains this would work out wonderfully for them.

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kaylee8 said...

The ZipBin Mansion is fabulous!

Tracysweetangl said...

THE ZIPBIN SOFTIE FARM SET OR THE RACER PLAY SET! THEY ARE VERY NICE!

paula h said...

I love the ZipBin™ Farm Play Set. My kids would love it.

Sunshine Mama said...

I like the zip bin fairy castle best for my daughter and the dinosaur zipbin for my son. It would be hard to have just one. I love the idea of both of them bringing their own zipbin along when we go over to friends. kristie2 (at) comcast.net

Deb said...

The fairy castle is awesome and I know my kids would just love it.

Sandy said...

My grandson would love the ZipBin Dinosaur - we can't get him out of his Dinosaur halloween outfit. Or the ZipBin Mini Dino would be great to take when we go out to eat and he needs something compact to keep him occupied. He'd love anything with cars too!

Jinxy and Me said...

I like the Softie Wheelie Play Set

Stacy said...

Love the ZipBin™ Softie™ Train Depot Play Set.

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pitaharmon said...

I want the ZipBin mini farm. It is SO cool how these work. I love all of them.
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Candie said...

I like the Zipbin road and rail set. THis is such a cool product. I could see me giving several of these as Christmas presetns this year

scoomer said...

I adore the ZipBin™ Softie™ Country Stable Play Set!

lorides said...

my girls would love the fairy castle, thanks

JulieMoe said...

I like the fairy castle zipbin

yellowlabs said...

My favorite is the ZipBin Farm Play Set!

Tammy said...

My daughter would like the unicorns & my son would like the train.

blueviolet said...

I like the ZipBin Chateau. I think it would be fun for barbies, bratz and other little dolls we have.
doot65{at}comcast[dot]net
Elizabeth

stokesmichellebrandy said...

I love the green camoflague ZipBin, all 4 of my boys want to be soldiers when they grow up!!

Suzie G. said...

The zipbin mansion would be a girl's dream come true! I would have had a blast with that when I was a kid.

ssmina said...

all so cute especially the racer set, thanks.

missdenise said...

I like the ZipBin™ Fairy Castle Play Set!

arvard said...

My granddaughter would love the zip bin fairy castle.

Buki Family said...

ive never heard of this before. i really like the farm and the express train.

Becca Ann said...

ZipBin™ Fairy Castle Play Set!
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Marie said...

These are really clever -- my daughter would like the Zipbin Mansion, my son would love the mini Speedway Zipbin :-)

vmlay@artsci.wustl.edu

BigDot69 said...

I have checked out all the products on ZipBin, but I have to say, the one that you are giving away, the Dinosaur ZipBin would be my son's and my favorite. I keep tripping over dinosaurs all over our house. Big ones, small ones, ones that screech and move. They all need to go somewhere. Thanks fo rthe great giveaway.

BigDOt12@verizon.net

daytoncat said...

My son would love the Zipbin Road and Rail set!

Sahm Lee said...

I really like the zip bin dino and fairy castle! Thanks for the contest!
airalynn(@)gmail . com

Casey Becher said...

I love the ZipBin® Mini Speedway! Too cute!!!

klp1965 said...

i love the Zipbin® Speedway Mini

zwriter said...

As a NASCAR family . . . the racer play set would be perfect.

Tammy said...

I like the ZipBin® Mini Farm - being farmers this would be perfect for my sister's little guy!

Bakersdozen said...

I like both the ZipBin® Softie™ Wheelie Play Set and the fairy castle. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

Becky said...

I have never seen these and I LOVE THEM! With four grandchildren it can be so hard just getting out the door because they all want to bring something with them. These will make that task so much easier. I really like the Fairy Castle Play Set. Love it and how much fun will the girls have playing with it!

Helen said...

My nephew would go crazy for the ZipBin™ Road & Rail Playscape.

Lia said...

The fairy castle for me pls,, and ty.
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donna444444 said...

My son would like the ZipBin™ Dinosaur Mini Play Set

donna444444 said...

I subscribed

Gianna said...

I love the ZipBin Softie Wheelie Play Set :)

Professional Mommy said...

1st place winner=strawberry3D; I've emailed-please respond back with your choice.

Professional Mommy said...

Second place winner=betty n. I've sent you an email. Thanks!

Professional Mommy said...

Thanks to all who entered!