Compared to the Topsy Turvy Planters, the Handy Trends Planters are the “generic” versions. That doesn’t make them bad, but you do get what you pay for.
As you can see in the picture, the Handy Trends box comes equipped with everything you’d expect, the container itself, a lid, a hook, and even a list of instructions.
So what’s the difference between it and its higher priced cousin?
Well for one thing – the price! =) The Handy Trends Tomato Planter was half of what I paid for the Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter, and the Handy Trends Strawberry Planter was 30%-50% less expensive than its counterpart depending on what store you went to.
The rest of the differences can be summed up in one word – QUALITY. It feels, well, flimsy compared to the Topsy Turvy version. The bag seems to be thinner and the metal pieces feel less strong. It’s also not as easy to use; there’s no bottom ring to help it stand up while you are filling it, and the top plastic ring is not removable making it harder to put your plants in.
I also don’t like the bottom sponge as much. Although I’m no sponge expert it feels like a lower quality sponge, (coarser and more grainy), than its competitor.
Still, did I mention that it’s HALF THE PRICE? That’s a hard argument to beat. =)
If you are interested in The Topsy Turvy versions see my other reviews: