When using a reaching tool to perform chores around the house or duties outside the house, individuals should be able to trust that the reaching tool is sturdy and dependable. According to customers who have utilized the EZ Reacher that folds, it’s just not as sturdy as it should be. Alternatively, the Grappler holds strong and stays dependable during use. This is very important no matter what type of chores the user is performing.

The Difference between the EZ Reacher and Grappler

There are quite a few differences between the EZ Reacher and the Grappler, especially when it comes to extending. The EZ Reacher folds down for easy storage while the Grappler is a solidly built reaching tool that is available in different sizes for when you need a longer or shorter version. The EZ Reacher features “suction cup” grips and the Grappler has flexible “fingers” that easily grab items of varying shapes and sizes. Finally, the EZ Reacher’s handle is formed like a trigger while the Grappler’s handle works much the same, except it has finger cutouts for a better grip.

Weakness with the EZ Reacher

The flaw in EZ Reacher’s design comes in where it folds for storage. When extended, rather than having one strong, continuous shaft the way the Grappler does, the joint on the EZ Reacher becomes a weakness. Because there is a point of weakness, the EZ Reacher flexes or can bend and break at the joint. In fact, one customer had the EZ Reacher break on the second day of use when trying to pick up a 19 ounce can.  The customer said, “The part that broke is made of blue plastic and is apparently a weak spot between the two ends which are made of metal…” Other customers have said that when they try to pick something up, the EZ Reacher folds during use.

Why the Grappler is So Much Stronger

The Grappler is created from aluminum and made in the USA. There are no weak areas on the shaft of the Grappler reaching tool, which makes it ideal for picking up heavier items. In fact, customers praise it for being one of the strongest reaching tools created. Customers say things like, “The Grappler tool is made from heavier, stronger materials than most reaching tools,” and, “It has a wide mouth and a strong grip, and the shaft is rugged enough not to bend under quite a bit of weight.”


While the EZ Reacher may be a great household tool to use for very lightweight items, it’s not a safe bet when it comes to anything weighing over just a few ounces. Those who are looking for a great quality reaching tool to pick up kitchen items like cans, dishes, pots or outdoor work like picking up litter and trash should stick with the Grappler. Proven tough and strong enough to handle big jobs, the Grappler consistently outshines its competitors and performs well with all sorts of tasks.

The Grappler is created from aluminum and flexible rubber parts and is made in the USA.


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