Pros:Handle extends and collapses, dust head adjusts to many angles, lightweight
The Bottom Line: Lightweight duster with handle that collapses or extends. Dust head can be adjusted to a variety of angles. Well-designed, inexpensive, and practical cleaning tool.
I've been using the little Swiffer Duster with the short handle for a while now, and really found it useful for many dusting chores, but I was intrigued with the newer Swiffer Duster with Extendable Handle because I have ceiling fans, for one thing, plus some high corners and other areas where a longer handle would be great. I saw this at Wal-Mart for a reasonable $7.50 and decided to see what it was all about.
Recommend this product?
~ Product Description
The Swiffer Duster with Extendable Handle requires only that you snap together the two handle pieces out of the box. Inside the box you also get a package of two dusters. These are disposable, and after a duster can no longer trap dust, or becomes very dirty, you throw it away.
To attach a duster, first just sort of fluff it out, as it comes out of the package kind of flat. The dusters are composed of two different materials; one a stiffer fabric, and another, fluffy inside fabric. You need to fluff out the duster before sliding it onto the two prongs of the handle. I've found the dusters slide on easily, and remain firmly attached to the handle until you are ready to dispose of them.
The special thing about this Swiffer Duster is the extendable handle. When fully collapsed, the duster, with a duster attached, measures about 2' long. To extend, press the little button on the handle and it will extend to 2 1/2', or out to 3'. Great! But the REALLY nifty feature is that you can adjust the duster to a variety of angles. Now the Swiffer folks say that the dust head "pivots." I don't think that is the right word. It does not swivel, pivot, or turn. Rather, by pushing a button on the handle which is near the dust head, you can adjust the duster head to a variety of angles. This ability, along with the extendable handle, make this a fabulous cleaning tool.
Another plus is that this duster is extremely lightweight - I mean FEATHER light. This is a good thing, since it allows you to reach up high without tiring your arm. Oh, and there's a hook for hanging storage at the end of the handle.
~ My Experience
I just had to try the Swiffer Duster with Extendable Handle on my ceiling fan blades. I had been using another long-handled duster for this chore, but it really was hard to get the tops of the blades, even when standing on a step stool. I adjusted the Swiffer so that the duster angled down, and WOW! I could just dust away with no step stool and get the entire blade with no problem. That angle makes all the difference.
With the handle fully extended I was able to dust high corners, other ceiling lights and fixtures, get rid of cobwebs, etc. With the handle collapsed, I could dust tables and knick-knacks, furniture, you name it. The duster material does a nice job of trapping dust, small debris, and pet hair. It will fit into tiny spaces and get in between nooks and crannies, underneath appliances, and the like. It's great for stereos, TV's, as well. It will dust pretty much anything, even delicate items. One thing I noticed, however, is the duster will catch sometimes on rough, or unfinished wood.
But wait! You can also use the Swiffer Duster with Extendable Handle to dust down low - for instance, base boards, two-tiered tables, furniture legs, and so on. No more bending down!
~ Final Thoughts
Maybe I just don't get out enough these days, but I'm giddy with delight over the Swiffer Duster with Extendable Handle. This is a well-designed, practical, and inexpensive cleaning tool that I will be using for a long time to come. The ability to shorten or lengthen the handle, and the adjusting dust head make this a winner. Go get it!
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