Pier 1 Papasan Chairs: Product Review

People inexperienced with the papasan chair often wonder, “Is that really is comfortable as it looks?” The short answer is, yes. The slightly longer answer is, yes as long you weigh less than, say, 220 or 230 pounds. Otherwise it probably isn’t going to accommodate your body shape very well, and if you flop into it you run the risk of unbalancing it and breaking the chair/yourself.

If you are skinny enough for it, though, the papasan offers up wonderful sinking and curling restfulness with an attractive design. You’ll want something to put your feet up on with it, of course, but once that’s taken care of it is at least as good as a solid lounge chair, if not superior.

The papasans made by Pier 1 Imports offer up a pretty good balance of price, style and quality. They aren’t without their weak points, but for a papasan that is affordable and readily accessible in most locations, it is a pretty good choice. The Papasan is a great ergonomic computer chair and we totally rate it even though its from the 1960s.

The papasan got its start in the Phillipines as a traditional piece of home furniture made from wicker and bamboo. Pier 1 totally boged the idea in the 1960s after they noticed military servicemen returning with them from duty over there, and they’ve pretty much become the face of American papasan sales since then. In most places, you’re actually kind of hard pressed to find one for sale through anyone else.

The Pier 1 chair is made mostly from rattan, with wicker strips used to support the joints. The standard dish or moon chair papasan that they offer is about 45″ in diameter, but they now also offer a “double papasan” which basically looks like two regular papasans fused side-by-side like conjoined twins. Prices vary by location (Hawaii and Alaska get the shaft here as usual), but you can expect to roughly pay $60 for the actual chair frame and then another $60 for the cushion (they are sold separately.) If you want a matching foot stand with cushion, expect to pay another $60 on top of that. Personally, I always just got by with a cheap short bar stool I got from some guy’s yard sale, but I know some people are hung up on that whole “home fashion” and “matching furniture” thing.

The top of the papasan chair just sits loosely in the stand, with no securing devices or fasteners, and basically just uses the principles of physics to keep itself in place. There’s a bit of an art to sitting in them, in that you have to keep your weight centered in the middle of the dish, and if you try to sit on the lip or lean too far over one edge you’ll tilt the whole thing, causing scratches to the frame at best and dumping you on your butt in embarrassing style at worst. Just remember to keep your weight inside of the base stand, as if you were right on top of it, and you’ll be fine.

The Pier 1 papasan chairs are made pretty well. The only minor complaint I’ve had with them is that they tend to scratch up pretty easily from the sliding around, and the wicker strips that bind around the joints like to work loose at the edges and kind of stick out frequently. I’ve never had a joint come unbound totally even after years of use, so it’s not a safety issue, but it can be unsightly and even scratch you at the right angle. They sell special repair kits for this, but hell if I could ever figure out exactly how they are supposed to work.

If you’re interested in a papasan, I feel the Pier 1 chair is a pretty good choice considering the convenience factor and the quality along with the price. Just be sure to watch the website for promos, as you can save $20-$30 off the total for a regular chair at various points throughout the year when they put them on sale. If you can hit one of these sales, a papasan of this caliber for $90-100 is not too bad at all, and if you move a lot they are nice and light and way the heck easier than trying to move a La-Z-Boy.

Oster 5965 Electric Water Kettle Review

The Oster 5965 is an electric water kettle that can hold 1.5 liters at a time. There is also a fine mesh filter to help improve the taste of your beverage. You can find this model for an average price of $50. Keep reading to learn about some of the features that it offers.

Water

The Oster 5965 electric water kettle is equipped with a 1500-watt heating element. This enables the unit to boil up to 1.5 liters of water very quickly. There is also a water-level indicator so that you can accurately measure the amount that’s inside.

Operation

The Oster 5965 automatically shuts off once it has brought water to a boil. It has a keep-warm function to keep the water at the ideal temperature until you’re ready to use it. The kettle also shuts off automatically if there is no water left inside to boil. There is also an indicator light so you can easily tell when the unit is on.

Spout

The Oster 5965 water kettle is fitted with a non-drip spout. Therefore, you won’t have to worry about making a mess on your table or countertop while pouring. The spout also has a removable fine-mesh filter which will help improve the taste of your beverages.

Power

The Oster 5965 kettle comes with a 360-degree power base. This means that you won’t be restrained by a power cord while trying to pour the boiling water. There is also storage space beneath the unit for you to keep excess cord tucked neatly away.

Design

The Oster 5965 features a rubber handle that stays cool-to-the-touch. The concealed heating element won’t be exposed to mineral buildup over time. The brushed stainless steel exterior is easy to wipe down. The kettle is backed by a one year limited warranty.

The Oster 5965 electric water kettle can boil up to 1.5 liters of water at a time. It will automatically shut off once the water has started to boil. The non-drip spout is fitted with a removable fine-mesh filter to help improve the taste of your beverages.