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Piggles the Pig Picks Up Crumbs With Ease!
Kitchen Craft Pig Crumb Novelty Tabletop Vacuum
Member Name: Nar2
Kitchen Craft Pig Crumb Novelty Tabletop Vacuum
Date: 11/04/13, updated on 11/04/13 (72 review reads)
Advantages: Small, compact, good characters, cute, quiet, easy to use, surprisingly powerful.
Disadvantages: Battery life and non-protected base can damage hard surfaces if heavy handed use.
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! İNar2 2013.
Summary: Far better than the Paladone Desktop Henry vac -this one is cute with another 17 to choose from!