Not too long ago I picked up the Perfect Fit Button after seeing it on a television infomercial. It claimed that it could reduce or expand the waist on a skirt or pair of pants by up to one inch. Since my husband tends to fluctuate in weight, I thought the buttons might come in handy. They did.
The Perfect Fit Button retails for $9.99 for a package of 8 buttons. I thought that was a bargain at a little over $1 per button simply because they work so well. It meant you didn’t have to rush out to buy new clothing.
However, recently I saw the Smart Fit Button at Dollar Tree. It provides a package of 8 buttons for just $1. Obviously that could prove a better bargain at just over $.10 per button. But one question remained: Would they work as well? Let’s take a look.
Claim #1 states that the Smart Fit button is easy to use. That’s true. One only needs to follow these instructions to make Smart Fit work
Step 1. Choose the color of button that provides the best match to the clothing item on which it is being used.
Step 2. Determine where to put the button along the waistband. Smart Fit claims can go as far as 1 1/2″ forward or backward in adjustment.
Step 3. Remove the backing of the button. Hold the button itself with one hand. Using the other hand, squeeze and clips on either side of the backing and then pull it off the button post.
Step 4. Insert the button post into the waistband at the chosen spot.
Step 5. Lock the backing mechanism back into place.
That’s all there is to it. It is simple so that equates to 5 stars.
Claim #2 says the button is strong enough to hold. My husband agrees that Smart Fit works just as well as the Perfect Fit Button in that regard. As long as you don’t try to push the button too far, causing excess strain, it holds in place until you are ready to remove it. That earns it 5 stars.
Claim #3 states the buttons are versatile. Smart Fit Buttons come with 2 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze and 2 pewter buttons that are done in military style. Here is where Smart Fit falls short of its competitor. The buttons they provide will work on most types of denim as well as some skirts and slacks; but not universally. Perfect Fit Buttons come in silver, black, khaki and brown and they aren’t all military driven. That means they provide a wider variety that will provide more options. Therefore, Smart Fit gets only 3 stars.
Claim #4 says that Smart Fit provides a fix for any popped button emergency. Not true. It will work for jeans and military style clothing but not for every type of garment. That means only 3 stars for this one.
Claim #5 states that Smart Fit are quality buttons. That is questionable. Perfect Fit buttons appear much more durable. I can only give this claim 3 stars.
Claim #6 states the buttons “look great.” Semi-true. They still look like a cut rate Perfect Fit, earning them just 3 stars here.
Just like with the Perfect Fit Button, Smart Fit has some safety issues that need to be taken into consideration. First and foremost is that Smart Fit isn’t recommended for use on children’s clothing. The stress and strain that children put on their garments may cause the button to come loose, driving the post into delicate skin.
Related to that, children should not be allowed to play with the Smart Fit Button since the product’s sharp post could be harmful. Additionally, the button’s components are small and could become a choking hazard in infants and toddlers.
Always apply the button to the garment before you put it on. That way, there is less chance of poking yourself with the sharp post.
Remove the Smart Fit Button before washing the garment. It could come loose or break inside the washer or dryer, causing damage to the machine itself or to other garments.
With six claims amounting to 22 points that equates to 3.4 stars total, which is about average.
Smart Fit is still a better bargain than Perfect Fit but not by as much as you might think. It is best to weigh the pros and cons for each brand before making a final decision.