Advantages Good Idea, Does a Passable Job
Disadvantages Cord too Short, Poorly Thought Out
Shopping Channels. Don't you just love them?There's something strangely addictive about watching presenters who were obviously chosen for the size of their, erm…smile, rather than their product knowledge as they over-enthuse about something which is clearly crap.
I'm not quite so found of the live studio based shows of QVCs or the never ending tat peddled by Price Drop, instead preferring the American pre-recorded shows, for sheer entertainment value. These invariably involve an 'expert presenter' demonstrating the product in question as some glamed-up drippy sidekick "wow's" and "amazes" herself to a state of near-indecency.I love the in-your-face American style of 'Chef Tony' showing us the best new ways to cook "frozen scrambled eggs" and "chilli dogs" in an appliance that looks like the bastard love child of a toaster, microwave and R2-D2. Or the never ending commercials for a new diet or exercise regime that makes people with the waist size of Newport Pagnell look like Elle McPherson in just 3 and ½ minutes per day.
But these American shows have now spawned a new genre of made for the UK infomercials. They are basically the same as the American ones - solving problems which you never knew you had - but in a more 'toned down' manner.One of these that particularly caught my eye was half hour programme demonstrating the new miracle steam mop which cleans ceramic and laminate floors without mess or marks. For the first time, I had to admit I wanted one. This was something I needed…I was about to see if operators really were standing by…I WANT this in my life….
That was until I saw the price of about £80 including postage. Then I decided the flash power mop would continue to be sufficient.FIRST IMPRESSIONS
After the shock of the price, I pretty much put it out of my mind. That was until one day when shopping in Costco I found the very product which had been the other side of my TV a few months previously. And the price? Just £29.95 plus VAT.Well, I though, even if it's rubbish; at that price I can't really go too wrong.
For the first time in a very long time, I was excited to get my purchase home. I had roughly 2 acres of a very light (almost white) porcelain tile floor which had previously defeated almost every other attempt at keeping it clean.Almost as soon as I was through the door I found myself ripping the box open, barely looking at the instructions, pushing the various bit and pieces into their corresponding holes until I had something that looked vaguely like the picture on the box.
The product itself seemed fairly solid - the handle was the correct height and seemed easy to grip and the bottom of the unit looked not unlike an electric carpet sweeper - but with the addition of a clear water tank sticking out of the top.The micro fibre pad simply Velcroed to the bottom of the appliance and the water tank had to be filled up via a special jug (like a steam iron) then it was just a matter of plugging it in and I was off.
IN USEWell I would have been off had the other half not insisted that I read the instruction manual before use.
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|How much did you pay?||£35|
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High temperature steam (110 degrees).Cleans hard wood floors/tiled floors and carpets.Hygienic and enviromentally friendly way nto clean your home...
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