I was at Builder’s and this had been marked down. It isn’t one of those things that I would normally go out of my way to seek out and buy. I had seen this a few times before but despite me finding reasons to buy lots of expensive and niche stuff I could never bring myself to buy one – certainly not at full price.
To be honest, I have no issue cleaning glass or windscreens in the car. The majority of the time, I only use my (long serving) crazy detailer glass cloths if not just an ordinary clean microfibre. This becomes more of an issue with certain cars that require long reaches to the glass or if you have specific back or muscle problems I guess.
Anyway this is a fairly simple tool – you get a set of bonnets to tackle interior or exterior jobs – one is microfibre, one is made of the same material as virtually every glass cloth available on the market and the last is for bugs/grime (exterior) use. These bonnets attach to a swivelling multi-angled head.
– Fairly high quality construction albeit largely plastic
– Bonnets of good quality
– Allows for consistent pressure on the windscreen or glass
– The shape of the head makes this much more useful than the cheap rectangular ones that you might have come across.
– Expensive for what it is, even at the discounted price, unless you’re detailing many cars in a day that are all fairly demanding in terms of reach.
– Linked to the first con, this is a $13 product in the USA yet by the time it reaches our shores is over R550. Even R300 on sale is not enough to make this a no-brainer purchase. If it was R200, sure, R300 maybe if you’re a detailing nut – R550 is a hard no. The good reviews online are in the context of this being a $13 tool and not one costing 3x more.
– Replacement bonnets probably difficult to find in SA (though you’re unlikely to need replacements in a hurry)
– Questionable (with my cars anyway) whether it is really saving time (or even effort) vs. just using a cloth
Not worthless, but not essential. I would give this a miss unless you get it around the price it “should” cost (ie R200 to R250). It would probably be a good gift idea since its something most would use IF they had it, but not something one would necessarily buy for oneself.