When it comes to cleaning the house I’m not really a big fan of doing it so anything that can make the job easier is my friend. Come to think about it I wish I had one of those cleaning robots that they had on the “Jetsons”. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the Jetsons it was a cartoon that portrayed a futuristic family that lived in space. Aside from a robot vacuum that has been on the market for several years I don’t think they will be coming out with a robot house cleaner in the near future. So until then I have to rely on new cleaning products and devices that come onto the market.
Many years ago one of my favorite products was launched it is the “Swiffer” dry dusting mop. If you haven’t heard of the Swiffer by now you must be living in a cave. The Swiffer dry and wet mops are great easy ways to keep your floors dust free and clean without too much effort. I specifically like the way the dry Swiffer pads are able to attract and trap dust in dirt onto them. They are also really good at dusting furniture and just about anything else. The Swiffer unit itself is very maneuverable and easy to get into tight places and underneath pieces of furniture.
Recently the people from Swiffer have introduced a new product to their lineup. It is called the Swiffer Sweep and Trap
It includes the familiar Swiffer dust pad and a set of spinning rubber tabs that are supposed to help pick up large particles. The picture on the box shows this rubber type brush similar to what you would find on a vacuum. As you push the Swiffer Sweep and Trap along the brush rotates and pushes debris into a holding chamber for later removal.
We were able to try out this new Swiffer before it soon hits the stores. Upon opening the box we read the instructions and easily assembled the Swiffer. The instructions showed how to put on the dry Swiffer dust pad. Overall I noticed right away that this Swiffer is wider, thicker, and heavier than the original. When pushing it on the floor the wheels spun the rubber brush. The plastic on the top of the Swiffer is clear so you can see what is going on with the internal mechanisms as you push it along.
The kit that we received came with some test items to demonstrate the pick up abilities of the Swiffer Sweep and Trap. First was some saw dust and wood shavings that we spread out on the floor. I then ran them over with the Swiffer Sweep and Trap and could notice they were being picked up and pushed into the disposal canister.
After several passes over the floor there was still some debris left. Even after going over the same spot several times some of the debris still remained on the floor or was stuck on the dust pad. After testing the Swiffer on the sawdust we decided to give it a go on some dry cereal. A material that you would more likely encounter on your kitchen floor. With the cereal just like the sawdust we had the same results. It picked up most of the cereal but still left some of it behind. Whatever was left behind we just sucked up with our dust buster.
Aside from the not so perfect picking up abilities of this new Swiffer I also noticed that it wasn’t as maneuverable as the original Swiffer. Since it is wider and has a higher profile it was difficult to get it into places that the original Swiffer can reach. It was also bigger and clumsier making it slower to move around furniture and appliances. Another thing I noticed was that the dust pad didn’t fully contact the floor surfaces.
Leading me to believe that it doesn’t do as good a job at dusting the floors. See the original Swiffer Dry Duster is really covered with dust. That’s why I love these. They really can get under things and really easily to move around.
Overall I think this new Swiffer Sweep and Trap is suited for picking up a mess of dry material on your floors if you don’t feel like bringing out the vacuum or dustpan. As far as ease of use and overall performance it fails to get the job done in my house. I will not be recommending the new Swiffer Sweep and trap, instead I will gladly be sticking with my original Swiffer, which has served my family well for many years with no problem.
Feel free to see the Swiffer Sweep & Trap Video in Action
Disclosure: I received the Swiffer Sweep & Trap for free from Swiffer and She Speaks. All opinions are mine and 100% honest. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”