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I like to have a lot of personal space, this is especially important when I am stressed over assignments or revision before the final exams. Studying in my room makes me feel isolated and I always get distracted. Therefore, I usually do most of my work on the kitchen table, which works out fine since my friend who lives with me like to spend her time in her room. I am one of those people who likes to munch on snacks such as biscuits while I'm working and this leaves tiny crumbs all over the dining table. So I decided to get a small vaccum to tidy up after myself and makes less of nuisance of myself.
I discovered this novelty item Kitchen Craft pig crumb tabletop vacuum while I was browsing for small vacuum on amazon.co.uk. I've always been a fan of cute and novelty items and this pig crumb tabletop vacuum just screams at me to 'buy' it. Luckily, I have about £ 3.00 left over in my gift card balance so I ended up paying about £ 3.00 more for the pig crumb tabletop vacuum. I have just checked the price and this pig crumb vacuum is retailed for £6.25 on amazon; I bought it at £ 5.99 so the price has increased a little bit. However, I know amazon has this strange system of adjusting prices regularly depending on their popularity. Personally, I think the price of £6.00 (more or less) is reasonable for a small and flexible tabletop vacuum like this.
Kitchen craft also produces a variety of animal themed table top vacuum. The one I purchased is the pig one because I think it's cute with tiny eye lashes. While I was browsing, I've also seen a tabletop vacuum designed as a cat, a dog, a lamb and a cow. They have different prices, which I'm guessing is due to their different popularity or search counts.
As for the practicality, it is a lot more useful than I thought it'd be. It's pretty light, about 500 grams and it functions on battery power. It is powered by 2 AA batteries, which can be a drawback since it would eat up AA batteries quickly if you use this a lot. I use this to clear up crumbs from our wooden dining table, and on average I use this twice a day and I need to change batteries every 3 weeks or so. I don't have rechargable batteries but I use the cheap Kodak AA battery packs from Poundland, they are pretty good for £1.00 a pack.
Even though it's pretty small, it has a good suction power for its size. I have no trouble clearing away the crumbs from the table top using this vacuum. Although if the batteries are about to run out, the suction power decreases a bit which is to be expected. The piglet sucks dust and dirt through it's nose, which is fitted with a filter mesh. Removing the dirt is a bit fiddly, there's a button at the back that releases the nose partition when pressed. This allows access to the filter mesh, which has to be opened up to empty the dust and dirt.
Overall, this is quite a handy and fun tool for keeping my work area clean and tidy. The price tag is quite reasonable for what it does. As long as it is handled with care, this tiny vacuum will last for awhile. This is a nice product to attract the eyes of those who love novelty gadgets.
Thank you for reading and reviewing. :) x
A couple of years ago whilst shopping at my favourite store, John Lewis, I was shopping for a new mop head for my E-Cloth and knew that out of all the stockists who sell the E-Cloth mop, that John Lewis is probably one of the cheapest compared to Lakeland stores. Amidst looking at the cleaning accessory section, I was taken with a set of fun character cordless vacuum cleaners, or rather namely a dust buster with a difference due to the many various animals that the producing company, Kitchen Craft sell. From cats, dogs, rabbits and even a tiger shaped cordless hand held dust buster, it was hard to choose at the time which plastic "novelty" pet vacuum I could choose and in the end settled for a bright pink pig which later became known as "Piggles," in our home.
The Price, The Product & The Promise
Piggles cost me £4-99 at the time with prices now in 2013 going into the double figures with average prices of £10-99 to £15-00 and the model is as small as being able to fit into the palm of my hand, hence the title "table top hand held cordless vacuum". Certainly over the beige yellow dog vac that Kitchen Craft also sell, Piggles has a cuter look because of long eye lashes that have been added to each eye of the pig and the pink colour with soft haunches here and there look quite authentic complete with a slightly orange pink snout to show where the suction channel is located. Even if the company didn't take the time to paint this hard plastic toy pink, one can still tell it's a pig regardless, due to the rather large snout at the top of the product and a flat base to ensure that the toy can actually be used to pick up crumbs from flat surfaces.
General Quality, Impressions & Design
Generally the plastic quality is justifiable for the cost price, even though I paid half of what the cost price is now on average, you're not getting any old shoddily made of plastic kit, but rather a glossy look (mine has kept its looks over the years even if the base is a bit scratched from use) applied to the body and the pig even has a painted on "raised" short tail at the end. The user manual supplied shows three other animals that I have yet to see in the shops; a white sheep (or lamb), a black sheep with a white face and a rather cute Friesian/ black and white cow - out of all of them I wouldn't mind buying the white lamb as a little friend to Piggles. Kitchen Craft actually make 18 different pets and before you assume, no I will not start a collection, although it would make sense to in my lifestyle!
The justification of such a toy in my life should pose as no surprise to anyone who has read any of my household appliance reviews. From collecting vacuums since the age of 16, I've had some novelty toy vacuums in the past from the Paladone desktop Henry vacuum to even an upright vacuum replica toy for a child made by Klein. They don't get wasted though - if it's a machine I don't particularly like, it gets packed up and sent to local schools for playgroup! In any regard though, Piggles isn't going anywhere, although she has been with my on my travels as a teacher, showing pupils that though Piggles can't produce a honking noise, she does have a rather gritty whine about her the moment the well labelled on-off slider button is activated on top of her back.
My kids seem to enjoy watching Piggles being used and at times they'll independently suggest cleaning up the pencil sharpenings or eraser rubbing "crumbs" on my table. Teaching a child how to clean up is one aspect but I'm more taken with the fact that children are generally able to learn how to be responsible with a machine, regardless of whether it functions or not - Piggles is thus handled carefully and gently by virtually every child that comes into my room - the children are positively bowled over by her bright pink cuteness and the eagerness that she has in being able to suck up crumbs and small dust particles.
General Performance & Downsides
As such where performance is concerned, Piggles doesn't have very much oomph and you'll know when its time to change the batteries as the whine will start to decrease in pitch, eventually. This isn't the cordless hand held vacuum of choice if you want to suck up anything more than cornflakes, breakfast cereal in general or light dust such as pencil or eraser rubbings. The "power" comes from 2 AA batteries, a handy fact for me that when bought new, Piggles came with batteries included and were of the Chinese made heavy duty non-rechargeable types that lasted more than a year despite being constantly used. Now powered by Duracell AA batteries, the power that Piggles uses isn't very much though this is determined by the amount of use and what kind of dust you tempt Piggles to suck up her snout. Being fitted with Chinese batteries originally also gives the game away to where this novelty toy is made and likewise as with a lot of plastic Chinese toys, the battery door has a tiny cross head screw to keep the battery flush and locked in on the base. However with batteries on board, Piggles only weighs 190 grams outright and her general size measures 15.5cm length by 5.5cm height.
One downside that both my pupils and I realised with Piggles is that she seems to fare better on softer flatter surfaces than glass or wood. Although designed to be used purely for "table top cleaning," the flush base can scratch the surface it is on and should be used lightly. The way in which the body has been designed with the four feet of the pig separated means you logically adopt a grabbing hand position as the details on the body allow, but with that logic the automatic push from the hand adopts a rather quick and heavy action. To avoid damage, best to treat Piggles with gentle care.
Gentle care is what is really required with the Kitchen Craft Table Top Cordless Pig vacuum especially with emptying as there's a tiny button on the back of Piggles that when pressed releases half of her nose and drops down via the two sides that act as lock walls. The nose then reveals a tiny round mesh filter pretty similar to a tea strainer in which it has to be slowly unscrewed to allow the bin to be emptied. Although the nose is small to the eye, I've been surprised as to how much dust Piggles can take and the filter can easily be cleaned simply by tapping it off or picking off any dust that has clogged the 4 partition filter. Despite Piggles the pig being normally used to stationery messes, at home she has been used to pick up excess condiment dust like salt or pepper on my kitchen table. She is not suitable for wet use and the filter and the bin can't be washed out as the filter sits directly in front of the vacuum fan within Piggles body.
Over my much more macho Paladone Desktop Henry vacuum, Piggles has a lot more power and probably due to the fact that the suction channel is closer to the fan than the longer hose with Henry. Therefore, the Kitchen Craft "Kitsch'n'fun, Pig Crumb Pet Table Top Vacuum Cleaner," is suitable for purpose, but treat it with a gentle hand and careful maintenance like normal vacuums and you'll get a few good years out of Piggles as well as a few smiles and laughs along the way. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2013.
This is a cute gift for anybody who likes to keep their house neat and clean, or simply loves cute novelty items such as this. It does do what it says on the box, while not designed to replace your industrial vacuum, it is more for crumbs, hair-clippings, dust, and other fine materials. For the price (£5.99 on Amazon) I would say it was very well designed, a sturdy plastic, with easy-to-remove internal containers so you can clear it.
It is perfect for collectors items, as it has many cousins, such as a dog or cat, but it doesn't blend in with everything. The battery container has to be opened using a Screwdriver, and I find it runs out quickly, meaning it can be quite weak at times. It is not designed to be used very frequently, although it can handle it in short periods.
It came with the batteries and instructions, and I must say is VERY easy to use. Children would easily be able to use this, and I have seen this in practise as they automatically go to clean up after a meal or snack, and enjoy themselves as if it was a toy. By sucking up objects through the snout, children find it very entertaining. It is intuitive, and very simple and quick, and for the price you can easily get one for each table. It is small and light at around 450 grams, and fits well in almost anybodies hands, with no stress or strain. It is not very loud, and that is another reason it can be used almost anywhere.
It is a perfect handheld for cleaning the office, keyboards, pianos, small objects, and anything that has small gaps filled with crumbs or dust or hairs, and it is really stress free. In terms of dust, it is very effective, but thicker heavier things and it may get caught, or have a little struggle, but that is usually corrected in a few seconds.
It is also very effective on fabrics, or leather, with no strain, stress or labour, it picks up dirt remarkably powerfully. But again I do stress this is not a replacement for your industrial handheld vacuum, as it is not as powerful, or efficient. The battery does run out quite quickly with frequent use, and it is not designed for heavier things, but for the price it is very well designed. This is more of a cute little object for the odd task, or fine objects.
This would also be a perfect gift for a small child, as while it keeps them entertained, it also helps them be more hygienic, self sufficient, and independent when it comes to their own cleanliness. It is small (at around 15cm high, 7cm wide, and 6cm tall at the most extreme points), light, intuitive, cute, and weak, so it can't displace papers and other objects which may cause mess. The removal is simple, quick, that even a small child who hasn't read the instructions can manage.
My only wishes are is that they packed more support for AA batteries, maybe packing four or five slots instead of two. All in all, this is a fantastic product, well worth the price, sturdy, and does what it says on the box.