I was sent a box of Chef Sleeve iPad protectors to test in my kitchen. They’re perfect-fitting plastic sleeves that seal shut to protect an iPad from messes while still allowing you to use the touch screen.


I used one last night while trying a new recipe I found online. It fit the iPad perfectly, and I was comfortable with the seal it created. I was easily able to use the touch screen through the sleeve. The sleeve worked as it was supposed to.


Like most products, the Chef Sleeve has some pros and some cons.


Pros of the Chef Sleeve

  • The sleeve protects the iPad from spills and messy hands, which is very important. When you’re cooking and you have to switch screens, the sleeve makes it easy to do so without having to wash your hands completely.
  • The material is very easy to see through.
  • Each sleeve can be wiped clean and used more than once.
  • The box from each pack of 25 sleeves turns into a holder for your iPad. No need to keep propping it up on two upside-down beer glasses.
  • When it is time to dispose of a sleeve, it can be recycled.
  • It protects from more than just mess in the kitchen. It can be used on the beach, in a greasy garage, or anywhere where an iPad could get damaged from messy surroundings.

Cons of the Chef Sleeve

  • While the sleeves fit the iPad perfectly, if you use an iPad case, you need to take the tablet out of the case before it can go into the sleeve.
  • The cardboard box holder only allows you to prop up the iPad vertically. I would prefer horizontally so I could make the text a little bigger. It doesn’t affect the effectiveness of the sleeve itself, though. I could always go back to the two beer glass method of propping up the iPad.
  • Chef Sleeves are more expensive than some makeshift ways of protecting your iPad. Amazon sells them for $19.99 for 25 sleeves.

Are Chef Sleeves the only way to protect your iPad? No. Some people simply wrap their devices in plastic wrap. Some people put them in Ziploc bags — and according to an msnbc.com video review, the touch screen still works through a Ziploc. The Chef Sleeve certainly looks better than either of those options, and it also can be left on to protect it all the time, even when put into a case. You’d look a little silly having your iPad in a Ziploc at work (unless, of course, you work in a kitchen).


If you use your iPad a lot in the kitchen, you should protect it from spills, food and messy hands. The Chef Sleeve does the trick.


Do you use your iPad or other tablet in the kitchen? How do you protect it from mess?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Chef Sleeve for the iPad
If you bring your iPad into the kitchen for recipes, the Chef Sleeve will protect it from spills and messy hands.