It’s time to go topless! But we don’t mean it in “that” kind of way. Instead, what we want you to do, is enjoy the aroma of your beer before you drink it. That’s right! We all love a cold one, but drinking from the can takes out the pleasure of smelling the sweet taste of American beer before it quiches your thirst. The product we will be reviewing today is the Draft top – that got everyone think “why do I need a beer opener?”
When Patrick Pariza and Armand Ferranti took the stage, their energy levels were soaring through the roof, but their idea wasn’t quite there yet. They introduced themselves to the judges and asked for $300,000 for 10% equity. The money kind of seemed too much for the exchage in equity, but the owners shared their sales data that won the judges for a while. All seemed well until Robert Herjavec tried to use the Draft top and the product failed to meet its purpose. This might have been the tipping point for the brand, but their sales said otherwise.
It’s one of those examples that says not all products are meant to please the investors. Sometimes the customers are ready for something handy – dandy to carry in their pocket on a camping trip. After careful considerations and some exciting questions from the judges, Daymond Garfield John took a shot at the Draft top and offered all the money for 20% equity.
Today, while the rest of the judges think, “why do I need a draft top?” the sales for the product are off the roof, and Daymond is happy with this decision. But we’ll be the judge of whether this product is truly reducing plastic waste and promoting topless drinking or is it just another fad.
Our Review of The Draft Top
When we first saw the product, it looked like something straight out of an action movie or a case for carrying swiss knives. Maybe the designers were looking for a rugged and tough look, and they actually nailed it. But keeping the visual aspects aside, the packaging itself was pretty well done. The clickity sound of the plastic releasing from the backside was satisfying, and the plastic grip around the product was strong enough to win our award for the sturdiest wrapping of the year.
Moving on to its design and build quality, we were quite impressed with a product turned down by most investors at the Shark Tank – guess they didn’t feel the grip and the smooth touch of good quality material during the show. Anyway, the draft top was very comfortable and would fit perfectly in mid to large-size hands. The design is square with rounded edges that didn’t seem to leave marks on the hand when used rigorously. The overall feel for the product was very nice, and we popped open 17 cans just to check if our team reports any sore feeling in their palm.
After testing the product, we realized that you will need a bit of practice but no rocket science. The grip popped open by pressing on the nudging side of the product (another satisfying sound). From here, all you have to do is place it on the can and move it in a circular motion. This allowed the small circular blades in the product to cut through the can and remove its top.
While we were opening our first can with the draft top, we were worried it might leave sharp corners, and maybe the product was meant to pour the drink in a glass, so we had a few cups on the side.
To our surprise, the draft top removed the entire top lid without leaving any sharp edges. This is because it cuts from the inside leaving absolutely no sharp corners. When the top was sliced, the lid fell in the drink, and our team enjoyed a cold one!
One thing to mention here is that you can try to lift the lid instead of allowing it to fall in your drink by pulling it through the tab on the can. It’s a hustle though, because the rims inside the tab are sharp, so we don’t recommend it.
It would be best if the designers would place a magnet between the blades or a grip that would attach to the lid and pull it out after it’s open. Plus, the grip can also help the draft top in attaching to the can. But that’s up to the creators to decide, so let’s get into the pros and cons of the draft top!
Pros of The Draft Top
- If you are a beer connoisseur and enjoy the aroma of your drink, this product will lighten up your senses as you get to experience the fresh smell of an American cold one.
- Since the product cuts the lid from the inside, there are no sharp edges, so it’s safe to consume directly from the can.
- You can get creative with the can after you are done with it by turning it into a pop can stove or a plant holder.
- It greatly reduces plastic waste by eliminating the need for a plastic cup.
Cons of The Draft Top
- If you don’t press it hard enough, the product fails to cut the lid all the way through.
- The lid drops in the can, but you can pull it out by pressing the lid on the side and picking it up.
The Sharpest Beer Opener On The Market?
The Draft top had a very good splitter which was smooth and didn’t lose its potency after multiple consecutive uses. We tried the product on 17 different cans and used it for a week before sharing our review, and its splitters were as remarkable as they were the first day. Plus, its lightweight makes it easy to carry in the back pocket if you are into hiking and don’t want to cough your beer by sipping through a tiny hole.
The draft top worked well on other cans that had the same size top as a beverage can and proved to be a good can opener for opening cat food as well.
Are There Any Alternatives?
The Draft top does have many alternatives, and these are all basic can openers. We tried and tested most products, but their sharpness didn’t last as much as the draft top. Although there are some pretty good prices on can openers, if you have to buy a new one after a few months, it defeats the purpose.
Our Final Thoughts
The Draft top could use minor improvements on the usability side. For instance, a magnet or a lid holder could greatly improve usability and reduce the tension of pulling out the lid with hands. Moving on, the overall aesthetics and the feel of the draft top was pretty comfortable. We could be opening cans all day and not feel a thing, so a must-have for places where beer is served. But, the product could improve with a leather or a softer grip – not absolutely necessary though.
In the end, we would like to say that it was fun reviewing the draft top and test out whether Daymond from the Shark Tank made a good decision or not. While we don’t know much about the financial side of the product, we can whole-heartedly say that the draft top is a one-of-a-kind beer opener.