Consumer Reports tests infomercial cleaning tools

Smart Mop, Perfect Squeegee and more put to test

Published On: Mar 11 2013 02:52:02 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 07 2013 06:14:54 PM CST

TV commercials and infomercials make housecleaning look like a breeze if you have the right tools.  So, Consumer Reports to put a few as-see-on-TV products to the test to see how well they live up to the hype.

The infomercial for the $15 Smart Mop claims wringing it out just takes a simple twist and that you never have to bend your back or touch the dirty water.

Testers found it did a fine job cleaning floors, but when they tried to wring it out by twisting the handles, the pole could slip.

The $15 Perfect Squeegee was also less than perfect.

The infomercial claims the secret is that "the pad stops the blade from drying."

However, testers found the pad also stopped the blade from getting into deep corners.

The $40  Deluxe Hi-Reach Cleaning kit, with its flexible dusting head, did help clean some hard-to-reach places as promised.  But, the head often popped off, and flexing eventually led to breaking.

Consumer Reports said the best money spent was the $6 for the Fuzzy Wuzzy Microfiber Mitt. It's double-sided, so you can sweep over screens with ease and then turn it over to tackle other dusting jobs. It's also machine washable.

Although Consumer Reports found it worked, they said the Fuzzy Wuzzy was no more effective than other products for dusting furniture and cleaning computer screens.

For a list of recent stories Marilyn Moritz has done, click here.