Here’s the dirty little secret about Joy Mangano’s Huggable Hangers: They break.
Our tip: Don’t use them on heavy coats.
We’ve been a big fan and booster of Mangano’s hangers, sold on HSN, among other places. We know that HSN has sold millions of them.
Our closets are filled with them, and they work great on regular sweaters, shirts, etc. But on big heavy coats, not so much. In fact, not at all.
We have a whole collection of fake fur coats that we love. They are very heavy. And we can’t tell you how many times we’ve been taking a fur coat our of our closet when the Huggable Hanger is was on slapped and broke. It it’s happened once, it’s happened 10 to 15 times.
We’ve seen Mangano demonstrate her hangers by hanging a heavy coat on them, and they seem to work. But when you are pulling a coat out of a closet, again, we’ve had them break many times on us.
We were thinking about that this past week when the temperature in Jersey hit 1 degree, and we pulled out out our longest, heaviest, warmest faux fur coat.
We were also reminded of it today when we saw that Mangano had the HSN TS, a collection of Huggable Hangers. As we were checking out her shows an item caught our eye: An over-the-door organizer with two hooks to hang on your closet door.
You can put shoes, belts, scarves, etc., in it, and it looked like a great way to get our stuff organized. Then we read some of the customer reviews. Guess what? The hooks supplied to hang it often broke, customers wrote. It reminded us of our Huggable Hangers snapping in half.
We had once received these same over-the-door hooks as part of a package of hangers were bought from Mangano, and we remember one of them breaking when we hung some clothes on it.
Here is what some customers wrote about the hanging organizer.
“The hooks break; they are not quality hooks-fragile,” one woman posted. “The door does not close because the hooks are too thick. The material is cheap. But the organizer is a designed fairly well.I ordered sturdy hooks elsewhere online. The hooks I bought elsewhere are great but not these hooks.”
“Loved this until my things crashed to the floor because the brackets are brittle plastic and should be metal,” another customer said in her review. “I only had it a quarter full too, It would be great if those brackets were changed. Returning broken pieces.”
“THIS IS WHAT WE ALL NEED!,” a third person wrote. “So glad I have this, yes it did go up immediately. I put it up in Bathroom 2 and the hooks need to be metal, my husband is going to the hardware to purchase a more stronger hook.”
We may still buy the hanging organizer, with the knowledge that we’ll have to purchase hooks from Target or The Home Depot to hang it up with instead of the ones it come with. But that will boost its price beyond the $30 that HSN is selling it for, so is it really worth it?