Swiffer Review

January 15th, 2012 by admin

Swiffer Review…

Swiffer is the big name in the mop market, and its Swiffer Wet Jet gets the most attention in reviews. This model uses a cleaning-solution dispenser mounted on a handle, coupled with replaceable cleaning pads. On the plus side, the pads mean you don’t need a bucket of water, and you needn’t wring out dirty water. On the downside, the pads aren’t that absorbent, so you can’t clean a large area without replacing it. Secondly, the cleaning solution bottles (*Est. $6 each) are proprietary — making it tough to refill them with your own cleaning solutions unless you use some MacGyver-like maneuvers to rig the bottles. In the long run, something like the Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop (*Est. $40) is less expensive, since this mop uses washable microfiber pads and refillable cleaning-solution bottles.

User reviews are mixed for the Swiffer WetJet, with almost as many one-star ratings as five-star scores at Amazon.com. Some WetJet owners say dirt gets pushed around more than cleaned up. Other owners find the fragrance of the solutions too strong, and that the cleaning solution and replacement pads are too expensive.

On the plus side, the Swiffer WetJet is lightweight and easy to use, and if you’re patient, you can often find the replacement pads and solutions on sale. Experts at Slate and Real Simple magazines suggest using the Swiffer WetJet for light duty mopping in between more thorough cleanings with a traditional mop such as the Libman Wonder Mop (*Est. $13). Real Simple magazine explains that two or three pads are required for an average 15-by-15-foot kitchen and trying to conserve pads results in transferred dirt back onto the floor. The Swiffer Wet Jet starter kit, which includes two disposable cleaning pads and one 500 mL bottle of multi-purpose cleaning solution, comes with the mop. Four AA batteries (not included) are required to operate the spray mechanism – a feature which is a bit loud according to Slate magazine