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Breaking the ice
Tesco Trigger De-Icer
Member Name: Holland1
Tesco Trigger De-Icer
Advantages: Plastic bottle doesn't make hands cold, trigger nozzle for full control, can see when about to run o
Disadvantages: Causes the inside of the windscreen to mist up
Having already reviewed the aerosol style de-icer I have been using this winter, I am following up with a review of Tesco's own label de-icer, which comes in a trigger spray bottle rather than being a continuous aerosol. The de-icer is designed to remove ice from windscreens on those cold frosty mornings, and the idea is that they are quicker and more convenient than putting the elbow grease in and scraping the ice off with a scraper. My mum gave me this one when I got caught short by the ice one night when I went to visit her, so I'm unsure how much she paid but they are currently on the Tesco website costing £2.50.
I don't usually talk about packaging too much, but in this case it is relevant to my review because the main positives of this product lie in the packaging. Firstly, it's clear so you can see when you're about to run out. Secondly, it's plastic instead of metal, which means it doesn't make your hands go cold, or stick to your glove! And finally, the trigger nozzle means you have more control over how much you are using, so it tends to last longer.
Performance wise, I would say this is on a par with the aerosol spray I use. It covers a good area with one spray of the nozzle, and gets to work at melting the ice quite quickly. I do have a bit of an issue with condensation on the inside of my windscreen at the moment, and I find this one does seem to make it mist up quite badly on the inside. I'm not sure if this is due to the extreme changes in heat but it's quite annoying because it means I have to clear the inside of my windscreen too. This was no different with the aerosol spray, however, so I can't blame the de-icer for this.
Overall, I think this is an effective product, with well thought out packaging. I would happily use this again, although as I'm not really brand loyal to most things, I would always choose the cheapest option when it comes to de-icer. These are currently on offer in Tesco where you get one free when you buy one, however at full price it would be cheaper to pick up another brand from pound shops.
(Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
Summary: Worth having
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