Product Type: JML gadgets
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JML Bobble Off
Member Name: Vermilion
JML Bobble Off
Date: 13/05/13, updated on 13/11/13 (143 review reads)
Advantages: Good for removing bobbles from small areas
Disadvantages: Noisy, battery compartment is a bit awkward, takes ages to remove bobbles from large areas
When I received the package I eagerly removed the Bobble Off from the box but my first impressions of the product were a little disappointing. If I am brutally honest I think that the chunky plastic hand held device looks a bit 'cheap' and low quality. But on the plus side, the handle was comfortable to hold and it felt lightweight too.
The device requires 2 AA batteries to work and these of course, are not included. The battery compartment is quite annoying as it takes a bit of effort to remove and replace the cover. It is a bit awkward and fiddly. At this point I did not have any faith that the pile of plastic would work very well at all and I cursed myself for being sucked into purchasing anything from the JML brand again. (Our first JML purchase was a drain hair removal tool that disastrously left us with a bigger blockage than we started with!)
Once the batteries were finally inserted with no fear of them flying out I turned on the Bobble Off using the switch located at the top of the device. Once turned on the machine emits a sound rather like a moped, though thankfully not quite as loud! They failed to mention the horrendous sound on the ad! The continuous noise does become irritating after some time.
The product is very simple to use. It is best to lay the item to be worked on a flat surface. Then I gently glide the device over the surface of the material. There is no need to apply a lot of pressure down onto the device really. But I have found it works more efficiently when it is moved along the material in the slower smooth continuous motion. If it is moved too swiftly the bobbles tend to escape the blades and remain firmly on the fabric. As the rotating safety blades remove the clusters of bobbles from the material you can see the fluffy fibers accumulating in the transparent compartment. It holds a fair amount of fluff! When you want to dispose of the lint, this compartment is very easy to remove. It simply slides off.
The tool has an adjustable head which allows you to move the blades ever so slightly closer/further away from the material you are working on and enables you to use it on different types of material. I have used the Bobble Off on cotton T-shirts, wooly jumpers and scarves, and even on cushions and bed linen. It has successfully removed bobbles from all of these items without damaging any of them. However, by the time I finished removing bobbles from our double bed sheet the boredom and the noise that the machine created had driven me balmy and put me in quite an unpleasant mood! The product is supposed to be suitable for use on carpets and sofas too. We do not have bobbly carpet or sofa and thank goodness for that! I could only imagine what a long and boring process it would be to undertake the task of de-bobbling such large areas with this device.
The product does actually eliminate bobbles from garments and soft furnishings which vastly improves their appearance. But there are so many little problems that I have found with this product that makes it rather frustrating to use. I think it is fantastic for use on small areas, but if you wish to remove bobbles from larger areas it takes an awfully long time. The device also greedily gobbles up batteries quite quickly.
Summary: A tool that removes bobbles, but will possibly give you a headache!
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