Last week I tried out the Swiffer Wet Jet mop system. We purchased it for $17 on clearance from Walmart (the original price was $24.97).
I’ve been wanting to try out the Swiffer WetJet for some time now, since I hate getting out the mop and bucket. In fact, it’s such an ordeal that my house rarely gets mopped, especially the kitchen which needs it the most.
The Swiffer Wet Jet is like a mop, but without the water. It has a container of cleaner that you spray using a button on the handle, and a disposable pad that attaches to the bottom of the mop head.
Is the Swiffer Wet Jet worth the money? Read on and find out.
Swiffer Wet Jet: The Good
Money back guarantee: Swiffer offers a money back guarantee within 30 days with the UPC and receipt. The details for using the guarantee are on their website at Swiffer.com. I love the money back guarantee on products because it gives me confidence that if the product doesn’t meet my expectations, I haven’t wasted money on it.
Safe for tile and hardwood: The Swiffer WetJet can be used on tile, laminate, and finished hardwood floors. That makes it quick and easy to clean the floors in your kitchen, bathroom, and living room all with the same mopping tool.
4 different cleaners available: The 4 cleaners you can buy to go with your Swiffer Wet Jet are multi-purpose, multi-purpose with Febreze, wood, and antibacterial.
Warranty: Swiffer Wet Jets come with a 1 year limited warranty, which is pretty amazing considering the low cost of the product.
Convenient: The Swiffer WetJet has no setup or hassle when you need to mop. With a mop and bucket you still have to find the cleaner, fill the bucket with water and cleaner, then do the mopping, wringing, and rinsing. How many people want to go through that process to clean up a spilled glass of grape juice?
The Swiffer Wet Jet is easy to grab to clean up spills or spot clean messes; it’s already set up and ready to go. I’ve used the Swiffer several times already to clean up quick messes that I never would have mopped before.
Swiffer Wet Jet: The Bad
Cleaning solution leaves floor sticky: The cleaning solution may be strong, but it leaves the floor sticky to the touch after mopping.
Confusing to put together out of the box: The directions for assembling the Swiffer Wet Jet and inserting the bottle of cleaner the first time are not clear. I ended up with cleaning solution spraying out of the bottle until I got it inserted the right way (after about 4 tries).
Pads don’t last long: Each pad is meant to clean approximately 2 rooms. With only 2 pads in the starter kit box, you need to buy a box of replacement pads the first day you bring the Swiffer Wet Jet home.
No stand or cover for the bottom: For quick touch ups you don’t need to change the pad, as it can still be used again. However, the partially dirty pad that stays on the Swiffer Wet Jet will end up touching your floor wherever you stand the Swiffer up. It would be helpful if they had a wall mount for the Swiffer or a cover to go on the bottom.
Scrubbing strip hard to maneuver: The Swiffer mop head is designed to flip up on edge to use the scrubber tool on tough spots. However, you have to reach down and use your hand to move the mop head each time you want to use the scrubber.
No scuff removal: The scrubber tool does not remove scuffs on laminate flooring.
Weak velcro strips: The strips that hold the replacement pads to the Swiffer Wet Jet mop head are not very strong. In fact, you have to press really hard to get the pad to stay on the first time.
As I mopped, the pad also came loose a couple of times. That meant I had to press on the dirty and wet pad with my hands to stick it back to the Swiffer Wet Jet mop head. As a germophobe, the germs and grossness were 2 things I could do without.
Where’s the solution? It was hard to see where the solution had sprayed onto the floor since it sprays out clear, making it difficult to know where to steer the Swiffer Wet Jet while mopping.
Cleaning edges difficult: The Swiffer Wet Jet’s swivel head makes it hard to clean along straight edges, like walls or cabinets. I just couldn’t get the mop head to not swivel and move in a straight line.
Swiffer Wet Jet: Take It or Leave It
Take It: Swiffer Wet Jet is a must-buy mop alternative!
The Swiffer Wet Jet comes highly recommended by me! Even with it’s shortcomings, which I’d love to see improved, the ease of use and convenience over mop and bucket (or sponge and scrubbing) is hard to pass up.
The initial cost is low, but the replacement cleaner and pads could hit you hard in the pocketbook if you’re not careful. Watch for Swiffer coupons and stock up when the replacements are on sale. Amazon offers the cleaner at 15% off when you put it on your subscribe and save list, but they don’t offer the discount on the box of Swiffer replacement pads.
Where to Buy the Swiffer Wet Jet
The Swiffer Wet Jet starter kit is available on Amazon for approximately $21.00. Click here to buy the Swiffer Wet Jet starter kit on Amazon. You can also purchase the Swiffer at Walmart, Fred Meyer, Target, and other grocery stores and mass retailers in the cleaning aisle.
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