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GTech SW02 Cordless Light-Weight Floor Sweeper
Member Name: pootlegirl
GTech SW02 Cordless Light-Weight Floor Sweeper
Advantages: Lightweight, easy to push, easy to empty, makes it look like you've vacuumed!
Disadvantages: The battery already seems to be dying
The Gtech is nicely designed. The telescopic handle has a nice ergonomic grip and the height is easily adjustable. On the left of the sweeper base is a suitably sized tray which collects the muck. This is easy to empty. You just slide it out, tip the contents into the bin and slide it back in. The on/off switch is on the base, allowing you to activate it with your foot. It is a good sized button so there is no difficulty in doing this. The Gtech comes with a plug which you connect into the back of the sweeper. It is recommended in the instructions that you do not charge the unit for more than 16 hours and that you run the battery down completely regularly (I think it said once a month, but cannot be 100% sure!).
I bought this because I wanted something that was quick and easy to nip around with. At the time of purchase my daughter had just started crawling, so my usual relaxed attitude to the state of our carpets was changing! We have a long haired cat, so between him depositing bits of dried leaves/twigs around the house and my daughter examing each bit of muck in great detail, usually before popping it in her mouth I was having to vacuum at least twice a day...which is just not my style!!
Don't get me wrong, I am actually quite house proud. But not in an obsessive way! Which is why I love the Gtech sweeper so much! I can get this out, quickly run it round the house and it looks like I've vacuumed! It is cordless so there is no messing around with removing plug socket safety covers and dealing with wires getting wrapped round chair legs, etc. It is incredibly light so you can easily nip upstairs with it. It is easy to push and 'steers' well. The telescopic handle is removable, leaving you with a hand held sweeper to do the stairs with! The front panel of the sweeper is also detachable which means it can give the stairs a really thorough clean!
I use the sweeper most days. With two children under my feet I don't always have time to get the vacuum out. But thanks to the Gtech my carpets always look clean. It is great for quickly whizzing round before guests arrive, clean carpets really do make a different to the appearance of your house! It picks up most things as well as our Bosch vacuum. It copes very well with cat hair, though it is perhaps not quite as thorough in this department as our vacuum. We have both deep and short pile carpets, and a laminate floor and it works equally well with all three. If the sweeper does struggle to pick something up, I follow a tip that was in the instructions and lift the handle of the unit up so the sweeper is at a 45 degree angle to the floor and the problem is usually solved! I still like to vacuum once a week, I find if I don't the edges get quite dusty and although the Gtech gives the appearance of having vacuumed, I imagine that it doesn't pick up as much of the 'invisible' dust and muck that lurks in the carpet!
I am finding I need to charge the Gtech more frequently lately. I have followed the guidelines and only ever charged if for a maximum of 16 hours and have run it flat regularly so I am quite disappointed that this is the case already. However, as it makes my daily chores so much easier and my house look like I do regular housework (when I don't!) I will be looking into getting a replacement battery for it!
All in all this is a fantastic sweeper. It is the perfect solution for keeping your house clean between 'proper' cleans and it would be perfect for those unable to manouvre a heavy vacuum cleaner.
Summary: A great, lightweight sweeper that is easy to use
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