I’d been thinking of trying out Trolley Bags for a while. I’ve been taking my own bags to the supermarket for years, but I’ve never had a fully satisfactory system. I have a large reusable shopping bag that is filled with smaller or more foldable reusable shopping bags. It does the job, but I have a real hotch-potch of bags and it’s a bit untidy/disorganised. So the idea of having a fit for purpose shopping bag set was appealing when Trolley Bags got in touch with me about reviewing for them.
The bags come rolled up and they are secured together by velcro. There’s a handle that fits over the loop on the end of the trolley while you shop. If you are doing a scan and shop, you could have the bags actually in the trolley ready to load up while you go and if you are using the child seat you could do the same, but without having the bags extended. There are two sizes available: one for deep trolleys and one for shallow ones.
When you finish your shop you load up the conveyor belt as normal and then arrange your trolley bags in the empty trolley. The bags have poles through them which rest on the edges of the trolley. There are 4 bags of varying sizes, but they all fit nicely over the two sides of the trolley. You fill up your shopping which is easy as the bags sort of hold themselves open. The bags separate from each other so you can lift them separately into your car boot.
Advantages of Trolley Bags
- Easy to pack as you don’t have to hold them open – this made packing a lot quicker and easier.
- Fit the trolley perfectly and I’ve tried them at different stores.
- Strong and sturdy: I am expecting these to last a long time.
- Easy to store at the back of your boot, as they form a long thin roll, so that you always have them in the car.
- The bottom of the bag is a strong mesh that you can see through. This can help if you are trying to locate the bag with a certain thing in – it’s always at the bottom after all.
- They look good.
- Save you money. With the 5p charge per bag, you can easily rack up quite a lot of money on bags for a big shop.
Points to Note
- You need to think about how you pack your items, so that the bags aren’t too heavy to lift later. Best not to put all the tins together. You probably can fit all your frozen stuff in together though and that will make things easier when you get home.
- If you alternate between big shops and top up shops like I often do, you’ll either need to use a deep trolley every time or have two sets of bags: one to fit a deep trolley and one to fit a shallow one.
- The velcro rolling up system was beyond me last time I used it, although fine on previous occasions. I think I was probably tired and I think I’ll be able to solve it next time.
Trolley Bags are a great way of dealing with bigger shops. If you are just popping out for one or two bits, you probably wouldn’t use them, but they lend themselves to a weekly or monthly shop very well. At £17.99 they are good value for such strong, sturdy bags and they should quickly pay for themselves as you won’t have to pay for bags.