“ Brand: Ewbank / Cleaning Area: Floors / Cordless: Yes / Design: Stick „
Yes, this is a good sweeper, but is it the best of the bunch? I`m afraid I don`t think it is, but I still find it to be quite the bargain at only 20 pounds! I don`t use these type of products a lot, but when I want to clean away dust, hair, sand and dirt that just won`t go away, this is a great gadget for any home, this a classic brand I`ve been told!
What I first wanted to check, was how much this sweeper weighed, as I have had some problems with my arms in the past, and therefore didn`t want a washing product that weighed too much, as that was likely to hurt my arms and shoulder... Luckily, this product weighs only 2 kg, and that means it`s very light and easy to manuever, comfortable to use and doesn`t create a lot of work hassle and strain. I would have liked the handle to be a bit better to grip around, as it sometimes slips and slides a bit in the hand, but this hasn`t caused a lot of irritation so far, so it`s not a major disadvantage... This is a product that cleans and remove dust, dirt, stones and pretty much everything away from your floor! You don`t have to use a lot of power and strength in order for this to do its thing, it works pefectly by itself! I really do enjoy having this product around all though not using it a lot...
For one of the lowest costs on the market, you get an efficient and good working floor sweeper, perfect for when you`re not in the mood for vacuum cleaning or soap and water...
No not the drink, the carpet sweeper by Ewbank...
Ewbank is one of the oldest names in history when it comes to carpet sweepers, yet the brand is seldom seen these days thanks to the cordless rechargeable powered sweepers that have infiltrated the market. My family were more or less brought up with Ewbank sweepers even though we had Bissell and other brands over the years, Ewbank as a brand for us means longevity, good workmanship and good design. Even though I may well have a fantastic vacuum for my flat, there are days when I just don't want to bother taking out the vacuum and feel the pressure to clean everything rather than just a spot on a carpet where dirt has been brought in. Therefore I've been looking for a sweeper for sometime and browsed through the Argos website looking for cheap and cheerful alternatives. This is my third carpet sweeper in a few months and compared to the awful Argos Value "Manual" sweeper, and the Leifheit Regulas Supra, the Ewbank Sprite is miles ahead on the quality and actual design.
The Sprite model isn't exactly new however. It appears to have been tarted up from previous renamed models in the Ewbank family, from the yellow or red coloured "Handy," to the red or blue "Seeker," models and even another version that is sold under the Betterware brand in bright blue and white. For all intents and purposes, the gold lettered Sprite label name is exactly the same as these carpet sweepers although Betterware have a cheek to charge £22-99 for the same version (although a recent price cut to £19-99 may well have been slashed due to this design now appearing at Argos for the same price.) For £20 I was surprised that this little Ewbank would be so expensive as it does have some limited features over the older "Classic," which is no longer in production.
Subconsciously with my flat being in primary white, creams and browns I wasn't aware that what I was picking up could well match the same decor. I knew I wanted a Ewbank regardless of the colour. Yet in the Argos catalogue it was clear to see the Sprite's retro colours in beige and pastel blue with a brown handle. Quite an unusual colour for just a basic push-me-pull-me mechanical carpet sweeper but pleasing in a weird sort of a way! The whole product comes in a small flat pack designed box and the handle, albeit a long metal stem consisting of three parts that takes only seconds to put together by screwing pipes into each other. The bottom pipe has a push in pip button that locks to the main sweeper floor head and keeps the whole "handle"/spine together and away you go!
The basics of this mechanical push sweeper are literally very basic on its spec but against other budget rivals on the market it is good that Ewbank have retained sprung action on the dual wheels that drive a single tufted twisted brush roller. For the price here, which I think, should be cheaper for all that the brush roll is larger in size, the actual bristles are synthetic/nylon very well spaced out and could be thicker in terms of the actual brush roll.
Unlike more expensive Ewbank sweepers the Sprite lacks a few things that could make life easier though; there is no brush height adjustment for example or a brush comb to make cleaning easier when the brushes get clogged. There is no button or handle on the top floorhead to access the twin dustpans underneath when it comes to emptying. These are things that you must pay a higher price for, and yet nigh of £20 I was expecting more from Ewbank for ease of maintenance here and extra facilities. The good news is that the handle feels stable in use once it has been screwed and locked into the main central lock point on the sweeper although its thin diameter isn't very comfortable to hold onto. Certainly if there is anything that is lacking in the quality department, it's the actual floor head and not the all steel produced handle for extra strength.
Performance however isn't that bad for such a "budget" basic spec sweeper on carpets; better than what has gone before. The beauty of its squat rectangular 20cm floor head shape ensures the Sprite slip under low furniture with ease even though it is a pity there are no side brushes that could scoop up dirt into the path of the rolling brush. However the Sprite seldom leaves tracks unless you really push your weight onto the sweeper's handle and I was pleased to see that the Sprite brings up carpet pile very efficiently without looking too scarred. The handle only goes down one way but it also manages to fall down to the floor with ease too whilst the main floorhead gets into carpet areas like tight angles. Weight wise the whole sweeper weighs just below 2kg, which is why mechanical carpet sweepers like the Sprite can make life easier instead of taking out a full size vacuum cleaner.
Thread, hair and stubborn dirt isn't a problem for the Sprite either. With just a couple of light passes by simply pushing the sweeper along the floor it is clear that gliding is impeccably light thanks in part to large dual wheels on the underside promoting easy movement. If there is more stubborn dirt that refuses to come out, all the Sprite needs is a little weight from the user holding the handle to ensure the brush roll gets in a little deeper. For storing away the Sprite's floor head can be flipped upwards and put flat against a wall although it is a pity that Ewbank haven't fitted a hole at the top of the handle for the sweeper to be hung up for even more compactability.
There are a couple of downsides however. When it comes to emptying for example, it's easy enough to push the pip button on the bottom of the handle spine to get rid of the handle, otherwise you may find yourself making a mark or a hole in your ceiling if you lift the sweeper up to empty over a bin! On either side of the underside floorhead there are single dustpans that can only be prised open by pushing on two finger marked concaves set into the metal pans. Now this would be easy if the metal pan doors were easy to prise open but they are too tightly sprung which means you can spend a bit more time getting the dust out and watch your fingers in the process as the metal pans can shut down too quickly. This is something that I watched my mum struggle with, so it's not always the best for older people who may find grasping difficult.
Another downside is the handle itself - it is too thin to be of any use other than just using the Sprite for short clean ups and can become painful over time in one use. Being 6ft in height however, I find the handle is long enough for me to use this freely without sustaining a sore neck or back. The other downside is hard floor cleaning. The Sprite struggles on cleaning hard floors because it is not able to spring or plough into a carpet, dust often pings off the brushes and doesn't really get a chance to be collected. Most buyers however buy carpet sweepers naturally for carpets but it would have been good here to have hard floor facility brushes in this day and age.
Quality wise the Sprite is made of good PVC plastic but it isn't before long that any scratches sustained shows up on its shiny matt plastic body. It trundles along and sometimes you can hear the wheels moving but the sound it makes is wonderfully quieter than the awful Leifheit Regulas Supra.
So if you are looking for a carpet sweeper that is efficient and portable without taking too much space and time, the Sprite should do your carpets well without stress. Of course nothing is perfect these days compared to rechargeable cordless sweepers but if you're fed up waiting for your cordless to charge up, there's still every reason to why mechanical carpet sweepers are still worth considering, and the Sprite ticks most boxes reasonably well. The fact that it only uses human power means it is also far more environmentally friendly than reliance on electricity. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2010