Product Type: Karcher gadgets
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Karcher WV50 Plus
Member Name: carlz2001uk
Karcher WV50 Plus
Advantages: Gives streak free finish, quickly. Lightweight, battery operated
Disadvantages: May be expensive initially (not for me!), but well worth it.
My granddad bless his cottons is an absolute hoarder. At 86 he buys everything he sees and I go round once a week and try and help him keep on top of everything. On a visit about 6 weeks ago he told me he had bought a window cleaner. I wasn't sure what he meant at first and didn't know if he had started dabbling in human trafficking or if he was just going a bit mad. I was pleased to learn that it was in fact a Kärcher WV (or Window Vacuum), which I had just never heard of before. I had heard of and seen Kärcher products before but thought it was just jet washes that they produced, but as soon as he got it out of the cupboard it was instantly recognisable as a Kärcher with its black and yellow body.
The Kärcher WV is a nifty little gadget and is as my granddad described a window cleaner, but also cleans tiles, mirrors and sucks up spillages. It wouldn't be something I would ever think to purchase but when he asked if I wanted a go, I was instantly hooked. I was literally going from room to room trying to find suitable surfaces to clean, in the end I even ended up outside and did both our cars! It really is a super product and when I suitable sulked that I wanted one, my gorgeous granddad said I could have it, on the proviso that if he needed his windows doing I would bring it back and do it for him. Bless him!
The beauty of this gadget is its streak free ability to quickly clean surfaces. The water recovery system sucks up any dirty water and stores it. It is ideal for condensation on windows, which drives me mad because it looks so awful and is a monkey to remove, but this WV tackles it with little fuss. It is drip free too.
The battery operated vac means it is perfect to use in any rooms, including the bathroom, and can be used on shower cubicles too. The battery doesn't get drained as quickly as I had expected either and you can expect to clean around 45 windows per charge. It has an in built lithium battery and comes with an adapter to allow you to charge.
There are a few different models of the WV. The one that I have is the WV Plus which comes with a 20ml cleaning concentrate and a spray bottle with a micro fibre head, to allow you to do the first stage of the short cleaning process (spray with concentrate and clean with a cloth). The 100ml water tank means it can soak up quite a lot of water before it needs to be emptied.
At 0.7kg it is very light, and I think when my granddad bought it this was one of the main selling points to him as he really does struggle with anything particularly heavy.
How to use:
Simply spray the surface with a cleaning detergent, clean with a microfiber cloth and vacuum away the water for a streak free and sparkling clean surface. Easy!
With this window vacuum you can save time when cleaning smooth surfaces such as windows, tiles and mirrors - without leaving streaks. The innovative water recovery system takes up dirty water before it drips - and it can be used anywhere because it is battery-operated!
For me the benefits have been the time it saves me but also the streak free finish, even on south facing windows, which I could never get perfect as the sun was always on the surfaces. This isn't an issue since using this gadget.
The Karcher WV is fairly easy to get hold of and I have noticed it for sale in lots of different shops now that I am aware of it. I have seen it for sale in Argos, Tesco, B & Q and Comet.
Expect to pay around £50 but do shop around for the best price.
Summary: 5 stars