New gadgets and gizmos always catch our eye — products aiming to make our lives simpler and easier. The Hurricane Spin Broom promises to be the easy way to sweep, requiring no bending and no hard work.
We let NBC 5 Consumer Reporter Wayne Carter buy it to see how it works.
Tammy Dietzman, owner of Cosmopolitan Maid Services, has been cleaning homes with her team around North Texas for 29 years. New cleaning solutions are old hat to her.
Still, she took us up on the chance to try the Hurricane Spin Broom, which claims to pull in everything in its path with no batteries, cords or bags.
Dietzman and her team is cleaning a home in Dallas' Knox-Henderson area that is in the middle of a significant remodel. They are trying to keep the place clean while construction is underway.
We had some trouble assembling the Hurricane Spin Broom at first, but once in place it was simple to use. The broom grabbed all the large pieces of construction debris lying around and picked up everything from wire insulation to paper clips and large pieces of plastic.
"It's getting the big pieces, and I'm really surprised, because I didn't think it would," Dietzman said. "It's very manageable, because it's lightweight. It doesn't require batteries or some electrical cord following it around."
The Hurricane Spin Broom did pick up everything big like it promised, but Dietzman wasn't sold, because it appeared to do little for the dust.
"I believe it's going to make more work, because you still have to come behind it," she said.
We brought it to a finished part of the home, without construction, to see how it handled dust in an everyday environment.
We found the Hurricane Spin Broom picked up the big pieces and still left a trail of dust behind. Dietzman concluded she would save her money and buy a regular broom and a dust pan instead.
We paid $19.99 for the Hurricane Spin Broom at Bed Bath & Beyond, but you can get a better deal through the manufacturer's website.
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