* Prices may differ from that shown
Due to the terrible British weather, drying clothes doesn't always come easy. With a messy 5 year old, I have my work cut out trying to keep up with washing. I turn to my trusty tumble dryer to help me dry clothes rapidly. The only problem with this is that it wears on the clothes which can cause bobbling. This makes clothes look old and tired and not how I want them to appear. I also find a lot of lint on my clothes from using the tumble dryer. This led me to look for a lint brush. I popped into Wilkinson's where I come across the JML bobble off. The other lint brushes and rollers didn't look anywhere near as impressive.
I wasn't sure about this product, as I perceive JML products to be a bit gimmicky, I don't know why. However, having a look at it, it seemed to be a good idea. It is a small handheld machine that is battery powered. The idea is to run it over garments that are bobbly to remove lint and bobbles. This revives clothes by removing untidy bobbling. As the product was on offer for a lot less than the £5.99 RRP I decided it was worth a punt. I thought it might revive some of my tired looking clothes, and be better than just removing lint with one of those sticky rollers.
The product is boxed and is easily identified, often found on the end isles in shops where JML products are usually prominently displayed. I have seen these for sale in major supermarkets and they do seem to sell well. It requires 4 AA batteries which are to be inserted into the back of the unit. It is easy to open by sliding the back off. Once the batteries are inserted you are ready to go. You have two options to choose from being either short or long depending on the pile of the garment. This is change by twisting the head of the unit.
I must state that the JML bobble off is designed for woollen garments, and is not advertised to be used on other materials. It does advise that you can use it on other items around the home giving examples of carpets, pillows and curtains. It may be best to use caution and test an area before proceeding. If you are unsure and are not willing to take the risk, then it may be best to not use this product. Myself, I have had a lot of fun and have unleashed this on almost everything!
On first use I thought it was useless, as I couldn't see what it was doing. Not one to give up, I tried it on another garment. Some of my fleece jackets and woolly garments were looking rather bobbly so I thought I would tackle them, and I wasn't sure what to expect. The garment is to be laid flat on a hard surface for best results. I smooth the jacket over and started to move the unit over it. At first I thought it was a bit lame. I continued, and tried using a bit more brute force as I moved it over the garment.
I found a circular motion with some pressure worked best for me. I must say it did take a bit of practice to find the best method to use it. After I got the hang of it, and found a way that seemed to be more effective I was happy to actually see lint being built up in the back of the unit in the enclosed clear lint trap. This is quite satisfying. I could also notice a major difference on the garment. In addition, when I ran my hand over the area that had been de-bobbled I was most impressed to feel how much smoother it felt.
I used the JML bobble off all over one of my Jack Wolfskin fleece jacket, which was costly, so I was hopeful. Happily I was able to revive it, and I couldn't believe the results. The garment was much fresher looking and I had removed a lot of lint. As the unit becomes full, the back slides off with a little pressure to be emptied. This is easily done and allows you to carry on. I proceeded to use it on other garments of different fabrics, as I was more eager to remove the bobbles. I wasn't worried about ruining the garments, as I had nothing to lose with them looking a little tired.
I found it to be effective on other garments; however, do be warmed that it can ruin clothes that it isn't designed for. Use it at your own discretion, and be mindful of what you use it on. I even had fun using it on socks which become bobbly from wear. The unit can be worked over the area to remove lint and bobbles, but avoid going over it too much otherwise you could get threadbare spots which isn't going to be good. Do take care as it can snag, which can pull on the garment causing damage.
I have found that I use the JML bobble off on almost everything, apart from cotton and fine materials. I have even gone onto use it on my staircase carpet which it worked wonders on. It did take some time and effort to do though. The unit did pack up after my overzealous use on the stair case. I did go out and buy another one to replace it with though. I do find that it can become a time consuming habit, as I want to constantly revive the clothes after each wear and wash. After time, I find that I only use it when actually needed, and it produces pleasing results.
If you have woolly garments that you want to dig out from last year that need to be revived then a JML bobble off could save your favourite winter woollies.
We have had our JML DeBobbler now for years and we bought it direct from JML for about five pounds and I don't think they have actualy gone up much in price since we bought ours. It is fantastic to use in my personal opinion, and I think it is actually a bit therapeutic and my other half agrees with me (for once).
It is a simple little hand held device which is run off two AA batteries (not included) and the idea is simple. You can restore bobbly garments to look like new again. It is much like a Hoover and a shaver in one in that it Hoovers up the horrible bobbles that clothes accumulate over time and gently shaves them off. The bobbles don't go onto the floor and make any mess at all, they are held safely in the little container which is part of the debobbler - genius.
We have used this little gadget loads of times on a lot of our own clothes but mainly we use it on the little lads, especially his school tops which get bobbly round the front and under the arms as he is very active. We also use it on his school trousers and everything comes up looking fresh and new after it has been debobbled.
My other half uses it on the cushions in the living room and on some of her work gear. It is quick and easy to use and seems to be very gentle on all the clothes we have used it on and has not caused any damage at all.
Great product and recommended.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead
~Hasta la vista bobbles!~
My JML 'Bobble Off' was rather an impulse buy some time ago which came about after I came across a display with various JML products on in a large department store. The idea of buying something like this little gadget was simple, as it offered a supposedly quick and easy way to rid clothing and soft furnishings of those horrid bobbly wobbly bits of sticky out fluff and fuzz that end on up the surface of some types of fabrics after a certain amount of wear and tear. When I saw the JML bobble remover I had high hopes for it as I felt it would be easy to use and as it was cheap to buy I felt that even if the bobble remover failed to produce the goods it wouldn't be too much of a loss.
The presentation of this little gadget is neat and smart with it coming in a simple cardboard box that has the brand name and JML logo on it. When I bought my Bobble Off there was a picture of the product displayed on the box which showed what I was buying, although I must admit I had a look at the contents too, as I wanted to be sure the product was going to be durable and well made making it suitable for regular use. The idea of the Bobble Off is that it can take away unwanted fuzz or bobbles which will leave almost anything that is safe to use it with looking fresher and bobble free after use and I have found it to be a useful little item to have.
~Ease of use~
The Bobble Off is compact and well shaped with it being easy to hold and handle when in use, with a neat handle that is well shaped and easy to grip. The activation button is placed onto the top of the machine and is also easy to reach when needed, with the plastic used to make up the main body of the gadget being smooth and easy to clean if required. The shaving or de-bobbling head on the Bobble off works well when placed on a flat surface and once you become used to the way in which you need to move the product around, you should find that the results are good when used on a wide variety of materials.
I have found that the Bobble Off works well when used on sweaters and jumpers that have been washed, tumbled and worn a number of times, as rather than have to consign them to the 'things you can only wear at home' section of the wardrobe, the use of the Bobble Off will give them a new lease of life allowing you to get far more wear from them in their new bobble free state. I have used the Bobble Off on all kinds of things from cushions, to throws, wool mix coats, soft furnishings and in fact almost anything that has ended up with a bobbly fuzzy effect after a few uses. In use the machine has an easy to empty clear plastic collecting compartment that you can click on and off with ease, that makes light work of storing all those unwanted bobbles that have been removed during use.
When I first got my Bobble Off I was keen to attack almost everything in my path with it as it was fun to see the way it worked to remove all those bits of unsightly fluff and fuzziness from items of clothing etc. Over time I have used the Bobble Off a little less, as I have used the machine to de fuzz most items that have needed attention. With the use of the machine I have managed to keep most items fuzz and bobble free and as long as there are 2 working AA batteries in the Bobble Off, I know it will make short work of most things I throw at it. In the past I had a roller type gadget that had a sticky paper type surface to it that did a similar job with smaller lighter bobbles etc, although I have found the Bobble Off works far better with less effort required to get a good neat result.
~Price and rating~
I have tried out a number of JML products with some being better than others and I have to say that I feel the Bobble Off is one of the better products I have used. I like the way that it makes light work of de bobbling all kinds of fabrics and items around the home, giving them a few months or years more life with just a little effort. Once you become used to the way in which you need to move the Bobble Off across fabrics in order to get the best results, the time it takes to de bobble something gets shorter and I feel that very little effort is required to get good results from using this product. The cost of the Bobble Off at the moment is around £5.99 if you can find one and I feel that is good value. Stores such as Dunhelm Mill and Robert Dyas stock the Bobble Off as do other online stockists and I feel the product is well worth considering as it works well with no fuss or bother. As such I feel this is a useful little gadget that I want to give a 4 star rating to.
Maybe it is the slightly cheesey Americanised adverts that they use but I have always had my doubts about the claims made for many of the products from JML, they have that back pages of the paper look to them, making claims they cannot live up to however this particular product was recommended by two friends and so I bnorrowed it from one of them and after seeing that it worked on a jumper of my other half I went out and bought my own for the princely sum of £6.99.
Everyone must have some item of clothing that has bobbled after a number of washes well the Bobble Off is designed to remove them without damaging the item, instead it helps to restore it back to its former glory, or at least close to it. It basically has a mesh screen behind which there are small rotating blades and the bobbles go up inside the mesh and get lopped off and the fabric remains intact, it is very simple to use and very effective. During hard times when people are looking to make things last a bit longer this simple little device easily pays for itself in a relatively short time as it extends the life of your clothing.
Using it is easy, you just apply a gentle even pressure to it and move it along slowly, it is a light weight device that has an easy grip handle and only needs one hand to operate it while the other one smoothes out the fabric. It also removes lint and there is a clear plastic collection chamber which is easy to remove and empty. It requires two AA batteries to power the Bobble Off and I have used it on a range of different items such as a fleece hat and gloves, jumpers, tops and even a couple of towels.
If you are careful when using it and only provide a light amount of force then you will not have any problems, I have had no issues with snagging or tearing when using this and you certainly notice the difference after using it on previously tatty looking items.
For once JML have managed to live up to the hype that they attach to their products and this one is worth buying. The only downside is that it is not the most robsutely made product hence it gets 4 stars from me.
The JML Bobble Off is one of those products that when you see it advertised you wonder why its taken so long for someone to think of it. I immediately went out and bought it and for just over a fiver it was good value. I have used this extensively since purchasing and I have not had a problem with it yet. I have used it on a variety of items and everything so far has turned out great. It really makes clothes look like new again, it works particularly well on angora jumpers/cardigans I find where they can very quickly start to bobble. You just switch it on and glide it carefully across the item of clothing and it just pulls off the excess top layer of bobbles from the material. It stores it in a little container which can be easily removed and emptied out when full. I wouldn't recommend using it on very delicate items though as the blades are quite sharp and I would imagine if it accidentally caught a light fabric it could cause some serious damage. It requires 2 AA batteries to run and so far I haven't had to replace the originals I put in which was around six months ago now and I do use this regularly. It can also be used on furniture and carpets, I have found it very useful to use on sofas, as I have two cats they can cause pulls on the fabric and the bobble off gets rid of these immediately. I would definitely recommend to a friend.
I have to admit I am a bit of a sucker for JML products and everytime I see an advert for them on the TV I'm amazed that no one else seems to have thought to make such simple but handy products before.
Probably my favourite product of theirs is the Bobble Off as it is something that I have used on numerous occassions and it has more than paid for itself since I have owned it.
The Bobble off is a little machine that is designed to remove bobbles from clothing and other fabrics. It does this by way of some rotating blades kind of like a blender which is covered by a thin mesh. When you press the Bobble Off against your clothes the bobbles on them are sliced off by the blades leaving the fabric underneath undamaged.
I think the Bobble Off is absolutely fantastic and has saved me an absolute fortune as it means I no longe have to buy something new everytime my clothing becomes a little tatty. It is so easy to use and when used on say a jumper I am always surprised with the amount of bobbles the machine actually manages to collect.
After using the Bobble Off clothing is left looking refreshed and whilst it doesn't look new like the advert says it definately increases the life span of clothing by a long time.
Although it is easy to use you do need to be careful with it especially with thin materials as if you are too vigorous then you can actually cut through the fabric and leave little holes in it. This is easily avoided by just being careful and making sure that you apply even pressue the entire time and don't get bored with it and try to hurry things along as this will only end in disaster.
The other bad thing about it is that it is quite delicate and I actually had to buy a second one just a couple of weeks after my first one as I dropped it and it completely shattered. The plastics are really thin and not the best quality but it is quite cheap to buy so I didn't expect it to be indestructable and I just made sure I was more careful with my second one and it has lasted me for well over a year now.
Although there is the chance of damaging clothing and it is cheaply made I still think it is a fantastic product for the price and as I said the damage and breakage can be avoided by just being careful.
I am pretty sure that I only paid £5 for it which to me equals brilliant value for money and it has become indespensible in my household.
This was given to me as a gift this Christmas and I've tried it out on quite a few items of clothing, but I can't comment on it's long-term reliability/performance.
It's not the sort of thing I would have bought myself - too many gadgets just end up sitting in a drawer - but now I've got one, I'm really pleased with it and I'm sure it's something I'll dig out and use every couple of months or so to help maintain my clothing.
It's a white plastic gadget that clips the 'bobbles' from clothing, and it needs two AA batteries. It fits quite comfortably in your hand and glides quite smoothly over the clothes. I laid my items flat on a table before giving them a good going over. There isn't too much vibration as you use it, I have some nerve damage in one of my hands and I find some items uncomfortable to use with that one, but this is fine. It does make a bit of noise but not unbearable, just don't do it while someone else is trying to watch the Eastenders Christmas Omnibus at the same time, that's my advice learned the hard way!
It really does transform older clothes. You don't realise how tatty/worn they look when they are all bobbly. I don't even notice the bobbles usually. But as soon as I started using this the jumper I was working on looked like an advertising before and after pic - 'virtually good as new' versus 'old and uncared for' looking.
This will help a lot in smartening me up, especially for work stuff as they'll stay looking new and smart for much longer.
When one of my favorite jumpers started looking a bit old and odd, I decided it would be a good idea for me to invest in this JML Bobble Off, and for a cost of only six pounds, it has been a great investment, turning jackets, cardigans, coats, sweaters, jumpers and mittens into new clothes, looking lovely and smooth, just as nice as when I bought them!
This little machine runs by the power of 2 AA batteries, and the batteries last for a long time... When using this product, it does make some noise, quite a lot at times actually, but this hasn`t really bothered me all that much, it`s just something I`ve taken notice in... So when I began using this, the first thing I noticed was just how efficient and quick working this is, as my grandmother owns one as well, but the one she owns is from a different brand, and works a lot slower than this from JML... So naturally, I got her one of these!
You very simply turn this product on and let it run gently over the clothing, and you`ll notice how it smoothens very quickly and makes your clothes look lovely and brand new! It does take a while to remove all the bobbles, but when you`re done, your sweater, jumper or whatever it is, will end up looking amazing! This is an investment I really recommend you do, as it costs little but makes your clothes look brand new again! A great invention!
I bought one of these a few months ago when I found it in a sale for £3. I never really considered buying one before but though it may come in handy.
JML Bobble Off is designed to remove the 'bobbling' that occurs on clothes; there are quite a few of these types of items, although JML's seems to be the one that is most widely available.
Bobble Off is a white and purple plastic device that looks a little like a small iron. It has a rotating blade that is covered with a thin but flexible metal gauze.
When you put this over the clothes and apply a little pressure, the 'bobbles' will push through the holes, they will then be sliced off by the blades.
After being sliced off, the bobbles will fall down into a clear plastic section that is easily removed for cleaning.
Bobble off is powered with two AA batteries; it is a simple device with an on/off switch, and a long/short option. You should use the long option for thick items and the short option for thin ones. It is not just for clothes and can be used on any material: curtains, bedding, and carpets - basically anything that may 'bobble'.
The instructions (if you can call them that!) don't give a great deal of information, they tell you to, 'work evenly over the area'.
I apply a good amount of pressure (some items will need more pressure than others) and slowly move the machine up and down and sometimes round and round if this seems to be more effective on the item in question; when I see that the bobbles have gone I then move onto another section.
It does take quite a while to remove the bobbles and you have to go over each area quite a few times to remove all bobbles.
I would estimate that a small item like a sock (not that you'd particularly care about a few bobbles on a sock!) would take anywhere between 3-10 minutes, depending on both the material, and how 'bobbly' the item is.
I find that it can be quite time consuming, although it is definitely worth the time spent as the results are dramatic. If you put the effort in, it is possible to remove every single bobble, thus making your clothes look like they did when first purchased.
I don't tend to use Bobble Off very often, although I am very glad that I purchased it as there have been quite a few times when I have 'refreshed' an item of clothing that I would have otherwise stopped wearing due to bobbling.
I cannot compare Bobble Off to other machines of this kind as this is the only one I have ever used, although I can't imagine there being much difference between them. I would definitely recommend Bobble off, it is very cheap (around £5) and even just 'refreshing' one item of clothing would make it a worthwhile purchase.
I have always thrown out jumpers and cardigans when they start looking at bit rough due to 'bobbles' appearing, I always tried to get them off myself but it just took so long, I gave up and I have always just replaced them, until I discovered this JML bobble off.
I think this is an amazing invention, I didn't think it would work until I tried it. I thought it would ruin my clothes, I did not think it could get the 'bobbles' off without ruining the fabric. When I first tried it I was amazed! It got all the loose pieces of fabric off and bobbles on my jumpers, they looked brand new again. This works really well on socks as I always get bobbles on my socks which makes them look worn and rough, but after using this JML bobble off they are as good as new again.
This is very small and lightweight but it does fell cheaply made, it doesn't feel good quality and I can't see it lasting very long to be honest, but I will definitely be purchasing another one if this one does brake.
It can be a bit noisy though, although now I have done all my clothes, I will only be using it now and again so it doesn't bother me. It did take me hours to do all my clothes, it wasn't a quick job, but it was worth it rather than throwing my clothes out. It is really easy to use, all you do is glide it over you clothes, and it requires 2 AA batteries to work,
This JML bobble off can be used on any item of clothing or furniture as it is fine to use on any type of fabric. I haven't tried it on anything but clothes yet, but it apparently works on carpets and curtains etc.
I paid £8.99 on Amazon for this JML bobble off, and I would definitely recommend this to anybody wanting to make there jumpers and cardigans look new again.
I saw the JML bobble off advertised and thought it may come in handy, and for just over £5.00 it wasn't a bad price. It's small and neat enough to fit in you're hand, and also very light and easy to move. It has a natty little container to catch all the bobbles/threads that you try to remove.
I tried it on a couple of light easy tops and it removed the bobbling pretty well, I then progressed onto onto a thicker woollen top, it did start to struggle a bit. I found I had to move it slowley so it didn't further snag the woollen top, and it didn't do it's job as well as on the lighter stuff.
I also thought I'd try it on my dining room chairs where one of the cats had snag them, and it was hopeless and had no effect at all. I know it's not designed for that, but as the chair cover is fabric I thought it would have worked.
So if you want a device to remove light bobbling from light clothes it will do it's job, anything more challenging I wouldn't bother.
JML is one of those companies that always advertises strange and random looking gadgets on late night TV and shopping channels. You know those videos you sometimes see in home improvement stores advertising miracle vegetable slicers and sets of 50 tupperware boxes? That's JML.
When I saw this little gadget in my local DIY store I was instantly suspicious. Surely it wouldn't work? But for just a fiver, wasn't it worth a try? Especially as I was keen to try and get another winter's worth of wear out of my lovely blue coat!
So despite my misgivings, I picked one up. It's extremely lightweight and made of white plastic with a little see-through compartment with a removable cover where the bobbles collect. There is an adjustable blade with two settings for thick and thin fabrics, and you can adjust the setting by simply turning the round section of the gadget. The concept is that it works like a shaver, gently removing bobbles from clothes.
So does it work? Well, in all honesty it won't make your clothes look as good as new. But it DOES remove bobbles from jumpers and coats - and I use it on thick opaque tights (which has definitely allowed me to get a few more wears out of some pairs). And thanks to the little see-through compartment you can watch all the little bobbles being sheared off your clothes, which is quite reassuring to see. And the plastic cover is really easy to remove, so it's very easy to empty.
All-in-all I think this is a pretty good little gadget for the price.... and yes I did get another few months out of my coat which made it worth the price alone!
The JML Bobble off is a hand held little gadget which removes those annoying little bobbles from your clothes. It really does work, but you need to handle this with a little care because it is quite a light machine made of plastic so I doubt it would withstand treading on or dropping on a hard surface very well.
The bobble off is battery operated, and I find the battery compartment a little fiddly to get off and then the battery compartment is a tight fit so you have to force them in whilst being careful not to damage the little machine.
There is there is an on off button to switch it on and once you have laid down the garment that your want to de-bobble, simply hold it by the handle then run it across the bobbles and they will be removed quite easily. The bobble off has covered rotary action safety blades, so that you can remove the bobbles easily without damaging your clothes. There is also a removable see through lint trap that catches the fibres that have been removed, you can see it fill up and when it needs to be emptied.
There bobble off has two setting, for short or long fibres and can be used on most fabrics and soft furnishings including curtains and can also be used on carpets.
Some of the things I have successfully de-bobbled are socks, tracksuit bottoms, quite a few jumpers and cardigans, pillow cases. The machine is addictive and I find myself looking around for things to de-bobble.
I don't know how much mine was as it was bought as a gift from my friend, but they are currently for sale in Argos for £5.99 excluding the 2 x AA batteries which you need to buy separately.
My mum brought the JML bobble off to replace an old version we had of this that had packed up and stopped working a while ago. We knew the other one was pretty good and expected this one would be better considering our old one was about 10 years old.
It cost about £10, which seems to be the standard sort of price for the bobble off and if it works and saves some of your bobbled clothing, it's worth the money.
I wear jogging bottoms around the house the lot and these are one of the worst types of clothing for bobbling. When we got the bobble off I straight away tried it on some of my most bobbled clothing and it worked. I then tried it on some other clothes and it did get a lot of the bobbling off.
To use the bobble off you just turn it on and gently rub it over any areas where you have bobbling on your clothing or any other materials such as bedding. My mum loves to have brushed cotton sheets and often uses this as they do bobble quite a lot.
This little machine has saved some of my most comfortable clothes that were bobbled but still had a lot of wear in them. It's great for jumpers and jogging bottoms. It doesn't always get it all off, but it does remove most of it and makes it look so much better.
The only thing I was surprised about was that it wasn't any better than of older model, I thought they would have improved it over the years, but at least it does the job.
Ok so I've seen the adverts and seen this in our local Robert Dyas but until now written it off as another one of those things that claims to work miracles and actually does nothing like that!
My other half and I were in town today on the look out for a dehumidifier for our bathroom as it's too cold to have the window open right now. I passed the JML stand and there staring at me was the Bobble Off. I suddenly thought of my lovely jumper that I wanted to wear the other day and didn't because it had those awful bubbly bits of fabric in certain areas. I hate when clothes end up like that ... especially when they're nice clothes! There was a tester on the display but typically the batteries were dead. All I could see was the size and shape of it really. Priced at £5.99 I figured I'd give it a go.
Opening the box:
First out if the instructions which I will never read but thank you JML for adding them in there for those people who do. Next out is a little slip of paper with a code on it for me to enter into a £1000 prize draw through JML. I've entered before with other JML products I've purchased but still not a winner (yet).
Now ... the hand held Bobble Off is all that's left to come out. I guess the best way to describe it is to say that it looks like a large man's electric razor.
Giving it a go:
I got my jumper out and put in the required two double A batteries (stolen from a remote control in the front room). On the top you can swivel the head of the Bobble Off to indicate the size of the bobbles you intend to remove (large or small). The on/off button is located on the handle and away we go. I ran the Bobble Off along my jumper and to my amazement a lot of the bobbles were coming right off. This handy little thing hadn't taken every little one off but it had done a good job.
By the way I found it easiest to do the bobble removing whilst wearing the jumper.
Most of you considering buying this won't care about the noise but I'll add this in here all the same. The cat was sitting next to me whilst the bobble removing process was going on and he didn't bat an eyelid. This cat normally runs for the hills when odd or loud noises go on near him so that's a good indication that the Bobble Off isn't offensively noisy.
Normally the Bobble Off is used on woollen clothing but I took a risk earlier and used it on a pair of thick hose that had developed a bobble issue. Normally I would have had to throw something like those hose away.
There is a clear lint catcher on the front that shows you exactly what you've collected.
I wouldn't say it works as well as the advert shows but it's pretty close and still a must have.
Where can you get one?
And a few others nationwide or log on and visit www.jmldirect.com
© oioiyou 2010
Make your clothes look new again. Remove unsightly lint from sweaters and linens in minutes.