When I first saw these needles on Amazon I thought they were likely too good to be true. $6.69 for 18 needles? No way those were good quality. So I read the reviews. The things I saw listed as issues were:
- Strong plastic smell. Really strong. Lasts for days type strong
- Plastic tubing sometimes comes off needle and needs to be superglued in place
Those were the main ones. They were in most of the reviews. Well I decided that for $6.69 I could handle waiting a bit before using them so they could air out, and I didn’t mind buying some superglue. The cheapest double pointed needles and circular needles I had found on Amazon before this were ChiaoGoo brand. Here’s an example. They run somewhere between $6 and $8 on average for one set of needles. Yes, one. And that’s a good price. For these generic brand needles the math looks like this: Scotch superglue = $2.49 for 2 from Walmart, plus $6.69 for needles = 9.18, divided by 18 = 0.51 cents per set. Like I said; too good to be true.
Well, I just couldn’t pass it up, so I held my breath and bought them. We have Amazon Prime so I only had to wait 2 days for them to get here, and guys, so far I am giddy with the results!
- No plastic smell! Seriously. Nothing. After I had opened them I took a big whiff from a normal distance (I’m assuming nobody knits with their nose pressed agains their circular tubing :P) and didn’t get any plastic smell.
- The plastic feels sturdy. Now remember, there’s 18 of these. I haven’t gone through and tested every single set of needles. Of the ones I’ve handled though the tubing doesn’t seem super flimsy.
- The needles have that nice smooth bamboo feel I like. No splinter hazards as far as I can tell.
Here’s the kicker: I also bought a set of ChiaoGoo needles because I thought my project called for a size that was smaller than what came in the 18 pack set (I read my pattern wrong as it turned out, and so was almost out an unnecessary $7.50, but it all worked out). When I opened the box one of the needles had broken off the circular tubing connector. I don’t mean it had slipped out and needed to be pushed back in; it had totally snapped off. This may have been a shipping issue, but if it was it happened before it was placed in the box with my other items because the way it was packed I don’t see how that could have happened. Here’s a pic:
Fortunately Amazon was very helpful. I called and let them know what happened and they refunded me in full, and told me I didn’t need to send them back. At this point I was still assuming I’d be turning around and re-purchasing these and waiting two more days to start my project. Then I realized my pattern reading error. Isn’t God good? I’m sitting here bemoaning these broken needles and having to wait to start my project, when in reality it was a blessing in disguise! I wish I had a better attitude before I realized that, but I’ll be working on that.
So; how do the cheap ones compare to the ChiaoGoo needles? Well, the ChiaoGoo needles are noticeably smoother for one thing, and the circular part is, as far as I can tell, twisted wires covered in plastic, with metal connectors. So seemingly very durable. Feel-wise I’d say the needle part of the ChiaoGoos win, however, for me the tubing on the cheap ones seems like it’ll be easier to work with. Again, all I’ve done is hold them and make ‘knitting motions’, and the ChiaoGoo needles were broken, but I found the tubing on the ChiaoGoo needles to be unpleasantly stiff. I think I’d be fighting with it to get it into a comfortable position. Yes the plain plastic tubing might not be as durable, but I think it will be easier to work with. That’s just me though.
I’ll have to do a follow up after I’ve used some of them (I’ll be using two of the sets in my next knitting project), and let you know how it goes. And if I needed to invest in some superglue. 🙂
(As a side not you can also get the generic ones even cheaper if you get a shorter tubing length. I like the length of mine but here’s a link to those in case you’re interested. 🙂 )
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