- Portable, easy to stow
- Up to 288 square inches of extra counter space
- Heat resistant to all standard personal care appliances
I've traveled a little bit, and I consider myself a minimalist when it comes to packing. That being said, I know there are plenty of other people who take a bit more with them on the road. We've all been in a hotel room or friend's house (or our own homes) with small vanities, and not enough counter space in the bathrooms for our prepping-gear. NFL pro Bernard Pollard, Jr. took it upon himself to help solve that problem and came up with this product. At first glance, the Smart Tray seems a bit cumbersome. It is lightweight, well built, and fairly convenient. As you can see in the pictures above and below, there's room for turning on the water but washing your hands or brushing your teeth could be a bit tight. I obviously have it pushed a bit too far back in the picture above. It definitely does a great job of making the sink a usable work space for getting ready to leave the house. A potential drawback is the setup/tear-down work that has to be done in order to get full use of your sink back.
You either have to put away all of your items, or pick up the tray, items and all, and move it somewhere else. I'm not sure about you, but I'm pretty much always in a hurry (trying to fix that), so having to set up/clean up any more than normal doesn't sit well.
In the end, whether or not you'll come to rely upon the Smart Tray has a lot to do with your own priorities. While the vents and plastic construction are designed to allow for water to flow-through, there is a degree of compromise present. In short, so long as you don't mind compromising sink space and functionality, you do gain precious counter space for your efforts. It makes sense that the item was designed by a pro football player who has undoubtedly spent entirely too much time living out of cramped hotel rooms.
As such, I recommend this product for its intended use: travelers requiring more vanity real-estate will find a lot to like here. As far as using it at the homestead, it's results are bit less impressive. It isn't that it is an inferior product; in fact, as I previously mentioned, it is well built and high quality. Based on my own preferences, I feel that while it definitely solves the problem it originally set out to, it seems to potentially introduce more work in setting up and cleaning up departments in the process. With all of that said, retain my position that Pollard is on to something with this idea. I've had a few bathrooms with tiny sinks/counters, and this would have been a very valid option for solving those issues. Luckily I don't have that problem anymore, but if you're someone who is frequently on the road, or in constant need of more sink-side space, definitely consider the Smart Tray as your go-to play - hey I made it this far without a single NFL pun, I'm getting better!