Presenting what is probably the coolest thing that BzzAgent has sent me: OXO Candela. Full disclosure: I received this item for free from OXO/BzzAgent so that I could use it and share my honest opinion. I had, however, lusted after these for quite some time, so I was thrilled to be part of the campaign.
I’m a big fan of OXO products in general, although they tend to be much pricier than their competitors. But, they’re always so functional and beautifully designed that I can’t help but want to shell out $25 for a large container. It’s crazy, I know, but worth it!
The Candela is a neat concept. It’s an LED lantern that gives off a soft glow that is about the equivalent of a votive candle, without the “danger” or mess. They are rechargeable and come with a stand for charging. The battery and LED light can be easily replaced, and they have a nice aesthetic. Clean lines, nice glow, and they just work. They are easy to grab and are wonderful to have on your deck on a warm summer evening.
The only real problem with these are 1) they are expensive (about $45 for the two pictured above), and 2) they don’t give off much light, so a large grouping would be more beneficial and look stunning. The problem presented by number 2 is compounded by the price problem. OXO sells a set of 8 for $130, and honestly, if I had the money I’d probably buy it like the pathetic consumer that I am. These things are just so modern and cool. However, they are probably pretty low on the list of things that I need to spend $100 on right now.
My mother was enamored with these when we had a barbeque tonight. I think these would be a big hit for anyone entertaining, and would make a unique gift. The price, however, will probably discourage people from picking them up. It’s a bit of an investment! I’m hoping I can find more at HomeGoods…
Overall? Another great product (if not a tad overpriced) by OXO!