WwwI was not looking for this product when I bought it but on reading the description I decided that it would suit my home perfectly. I was actually scouring Amazon to find some bargains and searching reduced items. This was one of the best bargains I have ever found so I knew I had to buy it especially when I consulted the product spec. I have two bowls of water in the kitchen for the dog and cat that often end up being tipped up by i) my clumsy dog, ii) my clumsy grandchildren or iii) my clumsy husband. Not to mention the various spills that comes with babysitting small children. This appeared to a much more eco way of cleaning up spilled liquid without wasting loads of paper towels. I am a bit of a gadget lover which annoys my husband but even he was pleased with this buy.
Surprise, drum roll please! This item is currently being sold on Amazon for the tiny cost of £4.99 compared to the RRP of £29.99 so it is reduced by 83%. Other stores are selling it for £32 - £28 so this is such a good deal and even for full price I would consider it still a good investment. I am over the moon with the price and even considering buying one for my sister who is really hard to buy for at Christmas and also loves her gadgets.
==SO WHAT IS IT? NOW WE HAVE CALMED DOWN ABOUT THE PRICE==
This is an attachment for your vacuum and it allows you to pick up water using the vacuums own suction. It has a water tank which collects the liquid and prevents any getting near the physical vacuum. The concept of the machine is for you to fasten on the Spillmaster to suck up the spillage and the attachment holds the liquid safely until you can empty it. If the spillmaster is tipped over while you try and suck up the mess, do not worry that the water will leak back out or get into the main vacuum. There are safety which will operate to prevent water escaping and as an extra safety feature, no pick-up will be possible once these valves have operated. The valves will remain closed until the device is placed in the correct upright position and the vacuum is switched off.
I will give you a quick overview of the machine which is really basic and easy to fathom out. The whole unit is light so you can easy manipulate it and push it around. The water is sucked up through the nozzle which is flat so there is a good section of it in contact with the floor. The nozzle is set in a plastic frame and leads onto a tube which pulls the water back through into the 500ml water tank. Inside the tank is a water float which keeps the water in when it is overfilled and prevents the machine picking up any more liquid. There is also the anti-tip float which controls the safety valves and a max fill line so you know when to empty the container. There is a quick water tank release button which allows you to pull the water tank out and empty it quickly and easily. There is a hose inlet at the back of the machine which allows the unit to be attachment to most vacuum hoses. There are four attachments from 32 mm - 35 mm which ensure the upmost secure fitting. Inside the connecting section between hose and unit, there is a filter which ensures that no water can enter the vacuum. The exterior of the unit is solid and constructed really robustly. You can see into the water tank despite it being grey in colour and the whole unit has a sophisticated dark grey look which goes really well with my Dyson. To control the spillmaster you will need to have the vacuum close beside you and hold the device just above the water tank, there is a rudimentary handle design for you to grip and control the device, you are now ready to spillbust!
==I AIN'T AFRAID OF NO SPILLS==
The worst thing about getting a toy like this is that you really want someone to drop something so you can suck it up. Alas I could not wait so my first ever go with this machine was a deliberate spill of water on the lino in the kitchen. I poured about a third of a cup of water down and turned my machine on. I kept a close hold of the spillmaster and using steady, slow motions, I pulled the machine back towards myself. I could visibly see the water pool shink and be taken up into the machine. When you hold it, you always need to ensure that the machine is tilted forward. You also need to make sure the water tank is not resting on the floor of this spreads the water out too thinly and the machine can not pick it up. I was really pleased to see the water being sucked up and afterwards I surveyed the floor and it had a damp sheen to it but on the whole it was dry. I did need to take a single paper towel though to clean up the last little bits as I do not want anyone slipping on the damp floor. If the front of the nozzle was made from rubber, there would be much better contact with the device and floor so more water would be sucked up. The plastic sometimes just scrapes across the floor and it does not become as dry as I would like.
==IF THERE IS SOMETHING WEIRD AND IT DON'T LOOK GOOD, WHO YOU GONNA CALL?==
Carpets... this was much more successful because you can really push the machine into the pile of the carpet and suck up the water as it soaks into the fibres. The only concern I have, is that by the time you have got your vacuum out and fixed up the unit, the water or wine (usually) is soaking into the carpet. If I have a serious carpet emergency I throw down some paper towels for a quick fix while I set up the machine and then suck up the remaining water. You will be surprised at how successful the machine is and the tank soon starts filling up. Again, long slow pulling motions are the most successful and I find pulling against the pile of the carpet allows me to dig deep and get better access to the carpet fibres. The carpet feels slightly damp after using the machine but it is just as dry as if you blotted it with a towel. It takes a lot less time though. The power of suction is obviously down to the type of vacuum you are using so views on this machine will be very subjective. I find it a big success but my vacuum is really powerful and has excellent suction power. The only times I have cursed the machine is when I had a little homemade soup incident and dropped the blender filled with carrot soup. The spillmaster really did not like the thickness of the liquid and sort of sucked up some and then spread the rest further across the floor. This took alot of cleaning and I had to suck up some water from the bowel to clean the nozzle. Not the smartest of moves!
==LEMME TELL YOU SOMETHING, BUSTING MAKES ME FEEL GOOD==
This was the best five pounds I have ever spent and I regularly use it as opposed to using loads of kitchen roll as it is wasteful and to be honest it is cheaper doing it this way. I like the way the machine feels and I like how easy it is to use. To empty the machine, take the whole unit to the sink, press on the tank release button and rotate the handle section anti-clockwise and the separate the two units. The reservoir hole is underneath so you can just pour it into the sink. 500ml takes a while to fill, if you are spilling much more than this then you need to be more careful! A glass of water will just fill the unit but I rarely have to empty it whilst I am still cleaning up. If I am just sucking up water I always drain the water into a potted plant so that I am not really wasting anything.
The unit does need cleaning from time to time and this involves removing the filter in the handle and rinsing it with warm water. You should then let it dry before inserting it. The tank will also need swilling out and leaving to dry. The handle can also be rinsed, I have to go this if I use the machine on the living room carpet as it has a thick pile and the hair and particles get stuck inside hampering the efficiency. A good swill out dislodges these and keeps it in good condition.
Overall, this is good handy machine that is really cheap to buy. It is useful and easy to maintain and care for. It's success depends on how good your vacuum is but I really recommend it. The downside to the machine is that it does not leave solid floors completely dry and you need to dry off with a towel afterwards but this is mainly for safety reasons.
If I spill water on a hard floor surface its easy to get a towel to mop it up. Being impenetrable does have its advantages when it comes to lino or sealed laminate. However on carpet if it's a drink of something like wine, tea, coffee or simply water on its own, then I'm pushed to consider old traditional remedies, blotting it, or trying out chemicals to clean the carpet rather than go to the fuss of wheeling out a heavy vacuum cleaner that can cope with water pick up. In an attempt to find something a bit more powerful than my Argos Value/Proaction cordless wet and dry hand vac but just as compact, I've been looking for something that can clear up water from the washing machine when the filter is taken out, literally spilt milk and any other liquid that has fallen onto a floor by accident.
At first the easy answer was a Vax mains powered hand held wet and dry but when felt in John Lewis I wasn't impressed with the quality, noise or the weight. Morphy Richards have answered my prayers in what seems to be a very good device for use with any standard vacuum cleaner and a hose however. It is called the "Spillmaster," and for the moment carries the model number 70330. I'd seen this product at Argos at the end of the summer priced at £39-99 but considered such an attachment to be expensive for what it offers. It has no motor thus relying on the vacuum cleaner of your choice and with a 500ml tank its only purpose is to offer consumers the facility of quick water pick up. Over a cordless system, the power of a mains powered and larger vacuum cleaner cannot be beaten, so how does it fare? ** This is a long review **
For a start the Spillmaster 70330 at Argos has fallen prey to a reduced price from £39-99 to £26-51; a much more palatable option and comprising of just the attachment, a very helpful DVD manual plus a paper user manual, the Spillmaster also comes equipped with 4 adaptors that taper fit to most vacuum cleaner hose sizes from 32mm to 35mm making it a lot more practical for other machines not just Morphy Richards vacuum cleaner models by default - as long as your vacuum cleaner has a hose it can be used and this also means upright or cylinder vacuums. I couldn't wait to get this attachment after the price had fallen. Comprising of no more than a small tapered plastic mouth and a feeder tank below it, the Spillmaster is apt at picking up wet spills on any type of flooring - or so Morphy Richards would have you believe.
The principle of the Spillmaster is an easy one; the gadget holds the wet tank at the bottom whilst the crevice tool and the cyclonic system picks up water, by passing the suction through a sealed unit and then a washable material filter to enable complete sealage of water to a vacuum cleaner that can only pick up dry dirt. If the water tank level reaches over the maximum level the tank will cut the suction as an emergency cut out leaving the owner to switch off the vacuum cleaner before the tank can be emptied; unless the seal is broken when you buy the product the first time (and MR offer a 2 year guarantee with this model) you cannot use the attachment. Quality as a result isn't bad for the price, decked out in dark grey and black unlike the clearer model used in the DVD video.
Having moved to a rented property where there are only a few carpeted mats, I am now living with bare natural wooden floors and a couple of threaded carpet mats that seem to attract dirt and stains much more than the wooden floors themselves. For the job of dry dirt pick up my old Sebo K1 copes admirably and given its price at cost, the last thing I want to get is an electric shock for sucking up water. Sebo models are notorious for having the larger 35mm diameter hose measurements and as such I was delighted to find one out of the four adaptors could easily fit the bottom of the feeder channel located in the top section that looks like a tapered handle. From 32mm diameter measurements (usually made by Hoover, Electrolux, Rowenta and Vax) to 35mm diameter measurements that accommodate models by Bosch, Panasonic, Miele, Sebo and Philips, the four adaptors included simply slide into the bottom of the feeder channel of the Spillmaster and are intended to fit snugly. However, I found that all the adaptors sit in the feeder channel can slip out before use - the suction of the vacuum cleaner bonds the handle to the hose of your machine and in use with a Sebo K1 handle there is an increased easy handle in which the Spillmaster can be angled down towards the floor. In use the adaptors will friction fit by suction only to the Spillmaster but switched off, the handle can slip out easily.
In use the Spillmaster offers a very good pick up nature courtesy of the suction of the vacuum cleaner in question. With 1800 watts from the Sebo K1, the Spillmaster is able to pick up water cleanly and quickly even though on wooden surfaces the Spillmaster fails to dry surfaces after the water has been picked up, leaving the wood slightly wet. What doesn't help is that the Spillmaster may have a viewable channel where water picked up can be seen flowing through to the tank, but in use handling the actual gadget can be a bit off putting - unless you use the handle on your vacuum cleaner. There are two ways of using this gadget - either grasping it by the main feeder channel after the perforations set into the handle that allows the suction of the vacuum cleaner to escape and only allows a little bit of hand onto the plastic surface thanks to its design, or by using the handle of your vacuum cleaner. In both uses, the tank of the Spillmaster has to be angled off the floor, making no sense to drag or push the crevice tool of the Spillmaster in a straight line dragging the tank through the mess you're about to suck up.
On carpet the Spillmaster is actually very good thanks to the fact that the crevice mouth is made of thin plastic. I'm disappointed that unlike my wet and dry cordless hand vac, Morphy Richards haven't fitted an additional rubber squeegee that could, in essence get hard flooring dry once the water has been picked up. Certainly whilst it picks up water or spills with no problems, it can leave floors damp and water is apparent to my eye. On carpet however the results are much better. Constant pulling backwards on a wet patch is a lot better than moving forwards although it makes sense to go with the flow of the carpet fibre rather than against it and at less than 0.52kg it is light enough to control. After the liquid intended has been sucked out of the carpets, the fibres were slightly damp feeling but not as saturated before the Spillmaster was introduced.
One other problem is that the Spillmaster will only be able to pick up thin liquids as opposed to liquids that have particles in them; this is thanks to the long tapered design of the crevice mouth and its narrow suction channel where the water flows upwards into the tank. However for the point of spilt milk, wine, juice or simply just water, the Spillmaster can cope with these kinds of liquids.
In terms of its safety designs however, Morphy Richards have thought wisely - there is a max line fill up logo on the tank itself, but even if you don't see it there are permanently fitted waves of plastic fins set into the tank that can be seen easily to show the maximum level of the water. Once this has been met, the Spillmaster will lock down its suction until the tank has been emptied. Additionally if the Spillmaster is handled to the side, upside down or with the tank base angled towards the floor, it will also automatically close the suction; this is done by the two metal balls that are designed to close and seal immediately to prevent water going into your hose of your vacuum cleaner.
Maintenance is very easy too; the handle of the Spillmaster that incorporates both the lock, seal mechanism and crevice mouth can be unlocked from the tank simply by pushing a spring loaded lock button on the right hand side of the tank. Once this is unlocked the handle can be turned to the side to release the tank. Then all you do is empty the tank down the sink. It can also accept clean water to flush out anything that is left over seen clearly through the acrylic. Whilst the tank is separated from the handle, two white push buttons at the top located by the perforations are also helped by a plastic fin set inside the feeder tube itself where the vacuum cleaner hose goes; the fin is there to help you release the very thin cotton wool type filter that can be washed and must be dried before it can be used again in its own little holder.
To conclude the Spillmaster is good at picking up spills on carpets and hard floors but it doesn't leave all surfaces dry to the touch; an additional rubber squeegee would surely improve its performance here. However it is a fine adaptor of offering consumers something that is reasonably easy to use which is additionally easy to clean out, store away and generally maintain. The fact that its made of sturdy plastic with very few sharp corners and has a smooth feel also adds to the experience; I suspect nurseries could well consider this product for the simple reason it will pick up knocked over liquids on carpets and flooring. Thanks for reading. (c)Nar2 2008
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=mDykfeQpFqQ&fmt=18 (make sure there's no space between the "t" and = to get stereo sound)
www.argos.co.uk (cat code 405/7451)
This unique, compact, handheld, non-electrical product is a simple, effective solution to small liquid spills around the home and fits all Morphy Richards and most other UK vacuum cleaners / By simply attaching the accessory to your vacuum hose, switch the vacuum on, small liquid spills can be effectively sucked up from any floor surface in a matter of seconds / Its patented design ensures no liquid will pass back into your vacuum / By the simple press of a button, the base unit can be easily detached so the contents can be emptied and the unit can be cleaned / Short name: Morphy Richards 70330