Ok, I’ll put my hands up, I don’t wash my windows. My mum will cringe at me admitting that! I really don’t have time to wash windows. I barely have time to wash myself, let alone go out side with a bucket and sponge and start scrubbing. So when Vileda got in touch about reviewing their Windomatic Vac, I was intregued to see if it’s the sort of product that’s ideal for busy families.
A little bit about the Windomatic…
- The Windomatic is great for cleaning windows, removing condensation, cleaning up spills and cleaning mirrors.
- Achieve a streak-free finish.
- Suction is across the full width of the wiper blade.
- High quality rubber reducing streaks.
- The flexible head adjusts by 15 degrees allowing you to vacuum right to the bottom and corners of the window.
- RRP £49.99
- Rechargeable with 20 minutes of cleaning.
I mentioned the Windomatic to my father in law and he was really keen to review it too. He has a lot of windows in his house and with Christmas and New Year approaching he wanted to try it before the mass of visitors. So we decided to try it at his house so we could really make use of it.
Heres what he thought…
“The windomatic came in a box with a ‘Good Housekeeping Institute’ seal of approval. It promised to be lightweight, quick and easy to use – which by and large it was.
I turned to the windomatic for my pre-Christmas window cleaning. I discovered that it needed a 6 hour charge before use. Not a problem unless you are in a hurry (which I was!) I gave it three hours and got to work. It snapped together pretty easily and felt quite comfortable to use.
Basically the windomatic is a squeegee with suction. Once you have wiped the window with a cloth the squeegee sucks up the dirty water. This is good because it avoids all the dirty water running to the bottom of the window. The window is dried by the squeegee and pretty streak free.
I started with our glazed door which has a single large glass pane, and felt quite impressed by the little machine. Then I moved on to the windows and immediately hit a snag. Although some of the panes in our windows were large enough to benefit from the windomatic, quite a few were not. The squeegee was too wide for the narrow panes. I found it tedious to keep switching between windomatic and a cloth to dry the windows and ended up doing them all with the cloth.
That’s not to say that it’s not a good device. I think if you have a house with large patio doors and quite large window panes, it would be a useful thing to have. If you have small panes below 280mm, however, you would not be able to use it, and at £49.99 it seems quite a premium to pay compared to a regular squeegee and cloth.”
Personally I really liked the product. I understand my father in laws points about it being too big for some of the smaller panes, however I’m sure those who buy will understand it’s mostly beneficial to the larger panes.
Our windows are all large enough for us to use the Windomatic, so from my point of view it’s absolutely worth the money.
As a mum of 2 young children, who has very minimal time for housework, products like these do make life easier.
*I was sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are honest and my own (apart form the quote from my father in law of course!)