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Casdon Hetty Cleaning Trolley
Member Name: xmum2threex
Casdon Hetty Cleaning Trolley
Advantages: Looks nice
Disadvantages: Not well made at all
Setting it up
When you receive the toy it is flat packed and so you have to make the frame of the trolley up sliding poles together which is very easy to do and does not take much time at all. You do not need any tools and it takes all of five minutes to add all the poles together to make the trolley and also you have to add the poll to the sweeping brush and mop. While putting them together I was a little worried as the pieces felt rather thin and flimsy but once the whole set is built it feels a little better not perfectly sturdy but well made enough for a child to play with it.
Cleaning trolley - This is the frame of the set and is where everything sits while in storage. It has two wheels on the back of the trolley so when it is tipped up little one can push it around with them as they move around the house. There are also grooves in the frame which hold each piece of the set so it can all be held together without losing any of the pieces and makes it perfect for storing. The trolley itself is a good height for my three year old and although she has to bend a little it is still a great size for her to be able to use it.
Hetty-branded simulated mop- As it says this is a mop although it is a flat head mop and as I use a string mop this did not seem to appeal to my little girl she would have preferred one just like mummy's so this is probably the least used part of the set.
Long-handled Broom - This is a great sixe for little hands it is rather tall coming up past my daughter waist this needs to be assembled as above which does mean the top handle can come away a lot but my daughter loves it all the same.
Dust pan and brush - This is my daughters favourite part of the set with both parts fully functional it means she can sweep and clean up mess the two parts are very well made and have received the most use.
Simulated detergent bottle - This is a simple plastic bottle the lid does not come off and it is purely for show but again a great addition to the set and my daughter does not mind she can not have any liquid in there.
Paper debris bag - This is actually really well made and although my daughter got some good use out of it she tried tidying her toys in it and it split after a few weeks of use.
Most of the set is made of plastic a little on the thin side but still durable enough to have lasted well so far. They are all pink and black in colour and have the Hetty brand printed all over them but actually look rather adorable.
Well to start off with when you remove any of the larger pieces from the trolley it tips over straight away this includes the mop and sweeping brush so we found we had to place it up against the wall which really defeats the object having wheels to be able to move it around as it takes the fun out of her playing with it if she has to constantly place it back up on its feet and try and balance it.
My daughter does not mind too much that it has to stay in one place as the pieces of equipment are of course removable so she can still be mobile with them. Each of the pieces is well made enough and is actually functional. She likes to make mess to tidy up so she will find something to tip on the kitchen floor and then sweep with the larger broom. This has a lot of bristles and does actually sweep the mess in to a pile and then h can go and get her dustpan and brush. Again this works well it actually sweeps the mess on to the pan and she can put it in the bin and although it is only small I found it works a lot better than some of the value ranges of dustpans I have owned which I found rather amusing. Then she goes on to mop the floor by just pushing the mop over the area and pretending it is all clean.
We do find the two large items the brush and the mop as they have to be assembled and come in two pieces if she is too hard wearing on them the poles come apart and they need to be put back together again which again can be annoying when she is in the middle of her role play with the items.
Also to place the items back in the trolley you have to lift them to some height above the grooves set out on the trolley to find the thin part and allow them to sit in the trolley correctly. At first this is very tricky but after cleaning away her accessories my little girl found the best way to do it and can now do this all by herself.
My daughter likes to clean up both real messes and pretend messes with this set the detergent bottle is a good addition she likes to pretend to tip it on the floor before she cleans up and the paper bag although it did not last too long was a really fun addition to the set.
My daughter loves to play with this set and thinks it is brilliant but to be honest I have been very disappointed. I did have my worries when I first purchased the set as it was so cheap and unfortunately that has shown. So many pieces of the set could have been better made and more thought out and if it was only a little more durable it would have been the perfect set.
It suggests a recommend age range for his toy is 3 years plus but to be honest I think 2 years plus would be a little better as this would mean they could get a little more use from it and the height is perfect for my little boy about to urn two. There are no small pieces that can hurt little one and all the edges are rounded so even when the poles come out it will not hurt little one and is just a case of putting it back together.
It is flimsy but I expected that with the price I paid all the parts work perfectly but I do feel if they had put a little more support and plastic in to this set and upped the price a little it could have been a fantastic toy. All in all it has lasted ok and my daughter really does love it so would recommend it just do not expect high quality or something that will last a life time.
Summary: Pay a little more for something better
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