5 Favorite Spices, Mago5 Spice Rack Review

I’m a vegetarian and sometimes it’s challenging to whip up something quick and tasty. No time to slave over the stove waiting for the flavors of garlic, celery, onion, and carrots to meld. That means all my flavors need to come from spices and there are 5 I use most often when I make my favorite type of food; soups. Enter the Mago5 magnetic spice rack.

I usually keep all my spices in a cabinet right next to the stove. They come in various packages and some aren’t exactly easy to dispense so I’ve been thinking about a spice rack for a long time. The Mago5 just holds 5 but that’s pretty much all I use day to day; paprika, coriander, marjoram, basil, and thyme. Those 5 spices are my secret (not so secret) to the most delicious soups. Varying amounts of each make everything from the best minestrone to the most satisfying lentil soups.

5 polypropylene jars with magnetized tops adhere to a magnetic plate. I mounted mine right underneath the spice cabinet so the commonly used spices are within reach. The design is incredibly simple and yet I can find no real equivalent in the market. To dispense the spices, you unscrew the lid ever so slightly and shake to your heart’s content.

In practice it performed as expected. The kit comes with labels pre-printed with some of the most common spices. If you’re into more exotic items like star anise there are blank templates too. They’re easy to fill and tho modern – the look isn’t stark enough to clash with traditional kitchen decor.

My only gripe is the plastic. I found it absorbed the smell of the spices so replacing them with another required a thorough soaking with soapy water. Glass jars would work better but the weight could be too much for the magnets and the last thing I need are shattered jar(s) of spices.


  • L34.5, W7.6, H10 (cm)

What we loved:

  • Frees up counter space and can be hung multiple ways
  • Kit comes with mounting screws and labels
  • Simple twist cap makes filling and dispensing easy
  • Each polypropylene jar holds 4 oz and is BPA free

What could be improved:

  • Polypropylene material absorbs odor
  • $24.95 for a 5-spice rack is a bit pricey
  • Works best for small or finely milled spices

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  • Suru says:

    I’m from India, the land of spices, so to say. Just do a GIS for “Masala Box”, it’s a simple functional way to store your spices.

  • I love every cooking tools concept here and this one is really simple yet very functional!

  • I like this concept! Simple yet very elegant looking!

  • I love every cooking tools concept here and this one is really simple yet very functional!

  • I like this concept! Simple yet very elegant looking!

  • Seb says:

    I saw a better version of this thing in Denmark made of steel and glass…

  • AE says:

    I like the idea, functional way to keep your spices and a good place to keep them instead of in some draw somewhere. Two thing though, i have a lot more than five spices so it would be good to have a few more spaces. Also i’m a tall guy so to crouch over to see which container is which is a pain, so couldn’t you have a nice tag on the side?

    • kmosna says:

      The decals can be placed on the side of the jar or on the bottom. Similarly the set can be screwed to the bottom of kitchen cabinets or mounted to the backsplash.

  • Markus says:

    I like it. Did their research conclude 5 was the right number to have? I myself use about 8 spices consistently.

    If the jar was more transparent so you could easily see what’s inside them instead of resorting to decals, it would be perfect.

    • kmosna says:

      In fact we found in our research that 5 spices was the majority. We do have a Mago9 under way which has a matrix of 3 x 3 = 9 jars – it is limited to vertical mounting however i.e. backsplash or inside of a cabinet door.

      The jars are made of Polypropylene which is naturally translucent (but not clear) especially with a thicker wall. PP also has a very high temperature rating so the jars can be put in the dishwasher if required.

      Clear jars were investigated – we looked at glass but found that the manufacturers couldn’t deliver a consistent product and hanging glass, even though the neodymium magnets are incredibly strong, seemed like a bad idea. Polycarbonate plastic (#7 plastics), which is naturally clear, was also sampled but PC has a problem with foodstuff as it apparently has the potential to release Bisphenol A (BPA) into the food – hence baby bottle manufacturers have switched to PP, Polyesters…

      Hope this helps.

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