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The New & Improved Swiffer

on 10.6.2009 at 12:01am

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I was recently sent a very fun package in the mail.  The box was huge and opening one box I found another.  It was a big black case and when I opened it up, it started talking.  My Mission should I accept it was to test the new swiffer to the fullest extent.  It even came with sunglasses in a true mission impossible theme.

What a fun presentation for a new Swiffer Wet Jet!  The kit came with a mission dossier for me to truly test this out.  They have redesigned the Swiffer to make it a better cleaner and easier to use. I was definitely impressed but didn’t really know if the “redesign” was going to make it all that different.   To start, you need to know that our floor would not ever be clean if it weren’t for my old swiffer so I don’t know that I needed a redesign, I was already in love.

The mission case came with Jelly that I was to leave on the floor until it dried, but having a walking 18 month old I decided that would be more like finger paint to her.  There was already enough food on the floor to challenge the Swiffer so I got work.


Whats new:

  • Two jets now spray out the cleaner rather than just one.  It spreads the cleaner more even and covers more area.
  • The scrub pad that was on the side of the Swiffer has been relocated to the front making it much easier to use!  The scrub pad is also a lot larger than before.  (This is possibly the most important feature for the food that ends up under the high chair.)
  • The handle is now made of metal and feels a lot sturdier in your hands.  I don’t know that this makes it any better, it just seems better.
  • They have added a no slip eye on the end of handle that lets you hang it from a wall hook.  Or it works great to keep the handle where you put it leaning against the wall without falling down.
  • They have also done something (I can’t remember exactly) to make it turn easier.  I don’t know that I noticed any difference here, but I already thought the old one worked great.

All in all, it is a sturdier design than the older version.  It weighs a little more, but that might be because they made the fluid bottle bigger.  It definitely got the job done, it went under and around the highchair with ease and the bigger scrubbing pad was wonderful!  Now if I only I could teach the 4 year olds to use it…

(this review was brought to you by MyBlogSpark & Swiffer)

    • Swiffers are fantastic! My 4 year old loves to use mine. Granted, only a few spots get clean, but those spots get really, really clean!

    • AngelaDH

      Have they or are they going to redesign the Swiffer AirVac? I have a Swiffer Graveyard in my garage thanks to dog hair and bird seed but it is the only thing that cleans my wood floors. (Even with proper use!)

    • Michelle Fowler

      I just bought a Swiffer Wet Jet this weekend at Kroger for $10.00 off. P&G Esaver has a $5.00 coupon and then I got one out of the paper (last week I think) plus I added the coupon for a free cleaner with the purchase of the WetJet..Not a bad deal

      • Beth

        Wow, never thought of that. Thanks for the tip!

    • chels

      i just got a new one at cvs right before my Q expired (9/30). i paid like $11 for the wetjet and box of refills. but its old design :( now i want the new one!

    • I love my wetjet! I just wish they had more coupons for the refill pads. Most the coupons I see are for the starter kit. I have been using the same one for 4 or 5 years. I don’t use their spray anymore. I loved it, but with two toddlers underfoot I wanted something more organic. I spritz the floor with vinegar and use the Swiffer – smells awfu;, works great!

      • Anda

        I can understand your concerns, especially after the warning was sent out about the danger of the cleaner to children and pets. You could always try this for your organic/non-chemical cleaner: Use a damp — not saturated — sponge mop to wash with warm water. If your wood floor is really dirty, try a solution of 1/8 cup plant-based liquid soap and 1/8 cup distilled white vinegar to 1 gallon water (some people like to add 10 drops essential oil for fragrance). For ceramic and stone floors, eliminate soap, which leaves a film, and use 1/4 cup vinegar with 1 gallon water.

        I will not claim credit for this as it came from Martha Stewart – http://www.marthastewart.com/goodthings/diy-floor-cleaner?

        There are several homemade cleanser recipes on her site and you can find some on Real Simple as well.

    • Laurie

      How (or from where) did you get this sent to you for free? I do lots of survey groups, and I didn’t get one from any of mine. I do love the Wet Jet. The new bottles are bigger, shaped differently, and have more fluid ounces. And when I bought the first one, I didn’t notice an increase in price . . . gotta love that!!!

      • Mina

        Jennie followed the new FTC rules and disclosed the source, which will help her keep her pact with her hubby. ;-) As a blogger, she participates in MyBlogSpark (TM General Mills). Participants have opportunities to receive products from manufacturers. Then they spread the word about those products to their readers.

        It’s part of viral marketing, and from what I can tell, quite cost effective. People are more likely to purchase products that they hear about in the blogs that they frequent than to trust ads written by an advertising agency. They spend more time reading about it and focusing on the product. Jenny wins; the marketer wins. When the readers try a new product that they love, they win, too.

    • Mina

      For my own comment.

      Swiffers have never interested me. It’s the disposable pads. I have them categorized in my mind right along with fancy refillable razors and glucose monitors where bargains are offered on the initial product because the real company money-makers are in repeat sales of the consumable aspect of the product.

      I wind up sweeping my old, relatively rough, wood floors several times a day, and wash them 3 or more times a week because my kitchen and heavily traversed hallway floors are wood, and they get dirty quickly. My roller mop sponge wears our in about a year. The swiffer heads look like they would be short lived, which would make me feel wasteful. How long do they actually last when used for HEAVY cleaning?

      It’s likely that I would feel differently about the product if my kitchen floor were tile and less dirty floors, like bedrooms, were wooden.