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I purchased a wheeled shopping trolley when I moved house, as it put me only a few minutes walk away from the big supermarket, a distance that made spending money on a bus or cab back with my shopping seem like a waste (not forgetting that I live on a 'walk' and cars can't get near my house). I wanted something quite funky, and also something that was fairly lightweight and compact when empty, and ended up with the Typhoon foldable lightweight shopping trolley.
These come in a range of attractive designs - spots, florals, butterflies, apples. I selected the striped design, as I found the assortment of bright colours very catching (it reminded me of Paul Smith designs), and also because I have striped wallpaper in my kitchen, so I figured it would match a little when hanging up. Its a really good spacious bag, made of a thick fabric that seems like it would be incredibly durable against any wear and tear, with capacious pockets, an adjustable handle, and even a cooler section for my frozen bits. It has a opening that can be tightened with a drawer string, and then covered by the flap that sticks down with velcro - I do think it could do with a bigger patch of velcro though, as the wind does pull at the flaps a bit. When empty, it weighs just 2kg, which is surprisingly light considering the sturdiness of the frame.
It's easy to pull along, the rubberised wheels can cope with most surfaces, whether they be smooth or uneven, although I did find that I struggled with this in the recent snow. The handle is a comfortable length, and has foam insulation for a more comfortable grip. It is also able to stand on it's own, which makes it much easier to pack after doing a supermarket shop. Naturally with the insulated section at the bottom, you need to pack your frozen/chilled good first if you're going any distance, and this chilled section isn't that big, although as I'm only going to take 5 minutes to get home this isn't too much of an issue.
I'd be lying if I said I could get a weeks food shopping for a family of three plus pets in this bag. But I can get three or four days worth, which is good for me as I like to go twice a week to pick up fresh items, Certainly if this were being used by an older person, or someone only shopping for a couple, this might actually be big enough for the whole week.
Folding this down is fairly simple, and it becomes small enough to easily store on the bottom shelf of my kitchen cupboard out of sight. I have found other trollies that do fold up smaller (in fact I have one) but I've found the wheels tend not to be good on those, and the frames aren't structured enough to make pulling easy. Ideally I would have wished for this to have been more compact, but you can't have everything.
I paid a little under £30 for this. It's not the cheapest pull along trolley on the market, but having purchased a cheaper one that didn't do the job, I've accepted that you get what you pay for . And £30 really isn't that bad for something I can see lasting me for years - especially when it's paid for itself is saved bus and taxi fares already. Overall, a good little wheeled bag for trundling back and forth from the shops- perfect for almost any weather, tough and hard wearing, better for the environment than plastic bags, and stylish to boot!
I live within walking distance of my local high street and like to shop locally as this saves on fuel costs and gives me some much needed exercise! I also prefer to buy fruit and vegetables from the market as the quality is better and prices lower. The problem is that I have suffer from a long term back problem and carrying heavy shopping bags is out of the question.
Last year I noticed several women with brightly coloured funky looking shopping trolleys. I had always thought that shopping trolleys were something you acquired as you got older! However the sight of these women pulling along their shopping with ease persuaded me that I too should join their ranks! A visit to my local department store later I was the proud owner of a very funky looking shopping trolley!
My trolley is made by Typhoon, a company based in Liverpool. I can't remember how much I paid for my trolley but remember it was on offer. Typhoon trolleys are available on the internet and can be purchased through Amazon and Lakeland. Prices do vary but are in the region of £40. There are several designs to choose from including the one I choose a funky black and white large spots version with a red matching flap.
What you get for your money.
This is a very lightweight trolley and is fully collapsible. The bag is made of strong polyester and is supported on a metal frame. The bag has a drawstring closure and the outer flat has Velcro fastening. Inside the bag is a fully insulated lining. There are two large pockets on the outside of the trolley and a zipped compartment inside the flat, for keeping your purse secure. There is also a pocket on the outside of the bag designed to carry an umbrella. The rounded metal has a soft grip cover.
The trolley is 95 cm tall, 36 cm wide and 30 cm deep. It is large enough to carry a medium sized shop (about 3 standard plastic bags full or 20 kg) .The trolley has two wheels and is really easy to pull along. It is waterproof and can be wiped clean.
This is not the cheapest model on the market but it does perform well! The bag appears well made and can carry a fair amount of shopping with ease. The insulated main compartment means that I can buy frozen food as well as other food that needs to be kept chilled such as fish from my local fishmonger.
When I take my trolley shopping I seldom bother with a handbag as I can zip my phone and purse safely into the compartment contained inside the flap. The handle is very comfortable to hold and at the right height for my 5 .5 frame.
The wheels guide along easily and the trolley isn't prone to tip despite its lightweight frame. The trolley is able to stand alone if you need to have your hands free.
There really are few negatives as far as I am concerned! It is not possible to buy a replacement bag should it fail. I think the bag will need replacing long before the metal frame has had its day and it would be useful to be able to buy a new bag without having to discard the frame.
The handle height cannot be adjusted so this may not suit everyone.
Overall I really like this trolley and feel it has enabled me to shop locally saving on fuel and plastic bags! I also think it is often less expensive to shop for fruit and vegetables in the market than to buy from big supermarkets.
It is presumed that the only people that its okay to carry around shopping trollies on wheels is the elderly, but this shopping trolly makes a stand against this by using the bright patterns and shapes in order to make it actually look quite a stylish thing to carry around. If you are going on a big food shop it is all very well to by lots of food while you can put things in the trolly of the store, but once you leave the store, if you don't have a car this can lead to problems.
A simple solution to this is to use the typhoon trolly, at only £35 it is well worth the money because it can be used again and again and again and has lots of different uses, and can fit a lot into it without having to worry about the weight as the easy wheels means that you can pull it behind you as you go about your shopping.
Another benefit is that it is foldable so once you get home and have unloaded your shopping you can fold it up and store it in a corner of cupboard without any trouble. Its handy side pockets are useful for storing things such as phones and purses so while you are using the trolly you don't even need to take a hand bag.
So give the trolly a go and see how much easier it makes your life!
We often go to the market to stock up on fruit and vegetables at a good price. Trouble is, it can all get very heavy if your buying things like onions and potatoes.
Our solution to this was to buy one of these trolleys. It cost us about £30 online plus postage but it was definately worth the money.
We wanted a trolley that would be lightweight to start with. Once you start loading it with items, it soon becomes heavy anyway, so if the actual trolley is lightweight its a good start. Also a lightweight trolley is essential for moving it in and out of the car and lifting it. This one was very lightweight and didn't feel much heavier then a couple of loaves of bread to lift.
I found it wheeled very well around the market, even though the ground wasn't exactley even. It was also very easy to change direction and move backwards and forwards. That might not sound important, but when its loaded right up and heavy, it makes a big difference.
Since using this it has more than earned it's money and we have actually been able to buy more. It would be great for anyone who has to walk to and from the shops and for people like me who use the markets.
The £30 mark may seem pricey but the quality of this item is worth the money.
External pockets for purse, brolley and spare shopping bags