Product Type: Tesco Cookware
Newest Review: ... I've used all sorts of scourers over the years but now I use the Tesco's own brand Fingergrip Sponge Pan Scourers. These cost me only 90p... more
Gentle Scouring (Tesco Non-Scratch Sponge Pan Cleaners)
Tesco Fingergrip Sponge Pan Scourers
Member Name: Vialdana
Tesco Fingergrip Sponge Pan Scourers
Advantages: Works well and lasts reasonably too.
Disadvantages: Despite being non - scratch they can still scuff things unless you're careful.
*This review is for the 'non-scratch' version of this scouring sponge. It is identical to the one shown above except for having a white scourer which is designed to be non-scratch instead of a green one which isn't.*
For the most part I try to use things like micro fibre clothes in the kitchen. They're more environmentally friendly, and last virtually forever. I find them great for most things, but when it comes to washing up, I have to admit I like a sponge scourer to use. Over the years I've tried a number of different brands, these are my preferred brand because they last well, do the job I buy them for adequately, and aren't too expensive in my opinion.
These sponge scourers are made of two parts - The first part is an oblong sponge - it's fairly firm, and is good for wiping surfaces when you're cleaning or washing up. On one side of this is a white plastic scrubby scourer, the scourer is of plastic design and is designed not to scratch as much as a regular scourer does. The sponge is fairly firm, and holds moisture quite easily as well as being good for holding washing up liquid when you need to give something an extra dosing of cleaner. The scourer side is great for scrubbing at the tougher dirt on pans and dishes.
Like most sponge scourers these come wrapped in clear plastic to hold together a number of the same item. In this case you get 6 in a packet, and really there doesn't need to be any more packaging than this. It tells you on the outside what the item is, what its purpose is, and the brand (Tesco).
I use these as my washing up sponge and I find them very suitable for the purpose. The sponge side is great for wiping everything down and the scouring side for scrubbing dishes and pans that need a little more than just a wipe. I clean all my cutlery, crockery and other kitchenware with these including casserole dishes, saucepans and roasting trays when I do the washing up, and everything comes out clean and the sponges stand up well to the task.
The finger hold in the side means you can grip the sponge quite easily even when it's got lots of suds in it, and I find that the scourer side of the pad does a really good job (if with the need of the occasional soaking and some elbow grease) at getting off even tough dirt that's been burned on.
Despite what it says on the packageing , although you can use the scourer on non-stick items, you do need to avoid using it too roughly as it's still abrasive enough I've found to scratch the non-stick coating if it's previously been damaged. On newer non-stick items I've found it to be fine however.
About the only thing I'd say against these is that because the sponge material is quite firm, when you first use them, they do seem to hold the suds rather more than I'm keen on - though for some people this may of course be a plus.
These cost 82p for a packet of six sponge scourers. Now as this works out at just 14p per sponge I think its pretty good value for money especially as these do last pretty well.
I wouldn't say these are absolutely brilliant - they don't last forever, and certainly not as long as say a microfibre cloth does. However, although I like to be economical as well as choosing products that work well, and aren't too bad for the environment as much as possible, I do also like to choose something that suits my personal preference too. These may not be brilliant for the environment as they do eventually fall apart and need binning, but as I normally only get through about 1 packet of these per year, I don't think they're too bad as that means each one is lasting around 2 months.
I think overall I would recommend these to others as they are perfectly fit for the job they're designed to do. There are other cheaper brands out there, but sometimes it's worth paying a little bit more to get something that works and lasts well. They're designed with a nice shape that's easy to hold, they don't fall apart to fast, and they do what I require them to do.
Summary: Does what it's designed to do, lasts well, doesn't cost too much.