Swiffer and Swiffer Wet Jet: My Review

The author with her Swiffer Wet Jet (left) and Swiffer (right).

The author with her Swiffer Wet Jet (left) and Swiffer (right).

Swiffer

I must say right off the bat that I LOVE my Swiffer. I first discovered Swiffer when I was at someone’s house who had just had twins. She was cleaning while they were napping so I offered to help her. She suggested I use a Swiffer on her wood floors. That sounded easy and although I had heard of a Swiffer before, I had not realized how extra clean they can get a house.

The Set Up

Setting a Swiffer up is pretty easy. The Swiffer has a rectangular base on the end of a pole. Swiffer cloths are rectangular as well and are wrapped around the base of the rectangular base with the extra material being pulled to the top of the base, and the four corners each get tucked into a jagged hole on top.

The Swiffer pad gets tucks into 4 corners to keep it secure.

The Swiffer pad gets tucks into 4 corners to keep it secure.

The Cleaning Process

Once the Swiffer cloth is secured, all you need to do is move it around over your floors and it is absolutely amazing to see the amount of dirt, dust and pet hair the Swiffer cloth will pick up. My husband and I do a team house cleaning once per week on Saturday mornings. Each Saturday morning after he vacuums, I use the Swiffer on the tiled kitchen floor and all the wood floors. It always amazes me to see the amount of dirt I can still pick up with a Swiffer after we think the floor is clean.We have a dog and a Swiffer can pick up dog hair brooms and vacuums can’t.

For years I just vacuumed the bare floor, and since I also wash it periodically, I always thought the house was clean. To the naked eye, after a floor is vacuumed, it usually LOOKS clean, but there are still lots of small particles of dirt and pet hair clinging to areas that a vacuum can’t reach. I totally think that a Swiffer is worth the money for the peace of mind one can have after using it. It helps me to know my house is cleaner than I could get it with just a vacuum. And also, I LOVE to turn the Swiffer pole over and see all the dirt it has collected after I use it. It vindicates the hard work of cleaning for me. My husband thinks I am crazy but the more dirt I see on the Swiffer pad, the happier I am.

This was after I swept the floor. You can see the dog hair it picks up on the left.

This was after I swept the floor. You can see the dog hair it picks up on the left.

When you purchase a Swiffer starter kit, it comes with pads, and replacements cloths are available in three sizes: 16 count, 24 count and 48 count. Swiffer also offers coupons for consumers on a regular basis which helps you save money.

Scoring

If I were to give a Swiffer a score on a scale of 1 to 10 I would definitely give it a 10 for its ease of use and its effectiveness.

Swiffer Wet Jet

Since the Swiffer worked so well, I decided to try a Swiffer Wet Jet to clean my kitchen floor. I figured that it had to be a good product since the Swiffer worked so well. Unfortunately I was disappointed in this product. Although it is very easy to use, it doesn’t do as good a job as one might expect.

The Swiffer Wet Jet with attached bottle of cleaning fluid.

The Swiffer Wet Jet with attached bottle of cleaning fluid.

Set Up and Usage

The Swiffer Wet Jet is an upright piece of equipment with a holder for a bottle of liquid cleaner to be attached on the back of the pole. The bottle of liquid cleaner is placed in the holder upside down. A pad is attached to the bottom with Velcro strips. As you push the Swiffer Wet Jet around on the floor, you simultaneously push a trigger which allows the liquid cleaner to squirt out of a hole above the pad and in front of where you will clean next.

The cleaning fluid on the Wet Jet squirts out of two holes above the cleaning pad.

The cleaning fluid on the Wet Jet squirts out of two holes above the cleaning pad.

I don’t like the pad on the Swiffer wet jet. It does get up dirty spots, but for the most part, it seems to just push the wet dirt around on the rest of your floor. I don’t feel it is absorbent enough to really clean up the general dirt. I tend to use it only when I see a few spots of spilled food, rather than a piece of cleaning equipment to wash the whole kitchen floor with. I use a traditional mop for that.

If you want a spot cleaner for your floor, then Swiffer Wet Jet works fine, without having to get down on the floor and scrub it. If you are looking for a piece of equipment that will clean your whole tiled floor well, a traditional mop works much better. The pads for the Swiffer Wet Jet come in a 10 count, 12 count, 17 count, 20 count and 24 count pack.

Scoring

Scoring wise, on a scale of 1 to 10, I would give the Swiffer Wet Jet a 5. Although it’s very easy to use, it doesn’t do a very thorough cleaning job and is best in my opinion only for spot cleaning.

Text and photos by Karen Hellier