The Swiffer Test – Should you Buy Off-brand products?

 

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I admit that I can be very frugal at times. I am notorious for finding a good deal on products. And I will be honest, I buy off-brands a lot.

Or I should say, I used to buy off-brands a lot.

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After becoming an ambassador for Swiffer back in August, I had a completely different outlook on off-brand products. Swiffer put a lot of thinking and testing into their products. I didn’t realize that all Swiffer products were patented. So that means, none of the off-brands are exactly the same.

Wow!

I guess I was a bit naive when it came to off-brand products because I generally thought that all products had an off-brand at the local grocery stores that were exactly the same product but labeled differently.

Not so!

When I was at P & G watching their demos and tests comparing Swiffer products to the off-brands, I was truly amazed. Swiffer products outperformed all the knock off brands. 

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So being the hard-headed gal that I am, I decided that I wanted to perform a couple of my own tests comparing Swiffer and off-brand products.

I decided to try the Swiffer Wet/Jet pads verse the off-brand. I immediately noticed the difference in the texture of the pads. The Swiffer pad contains multiple textures unlike the one texture that covered the entire off-brand pad.

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Before using my Wet/Jet, I quickly used my Swiffer sweeper to get any lose dirt that was on my kitchen floor.

Hush! No judging!

We have a large family and a dog. Our floors get dirty.

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I mopped half of the kitchen floor using my Wet/Jet mop with the Swiffer pads and the other half with the off-brand.

Here are the results

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The biggest complaint I had with using the off-brand was that I had to use a lot of elbow grease to get the hard stains off of the kitchen floor, especially in the corners. Using the Swiffer wet pad made the job much more manageable due to the multiple grooves in the pads.

Using the off-brand  was actually annoying to me, and I went back over the kitchen floor with the Swiffer pad to get a much cleaner floor without breaking a sweat.

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My next test was using my favorite Swiffer product. All Swiffer products are amazing, but if I had to pick just one, it would be the Swiffer Duster 360. It picks up dust like a charm. 

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So what better test than dusting our nasty ceiling fan in our bedroom with both the Swiffer duster and the off-brand? Now give me some credit, I just moved here six weeks ago and the ceiling fan was atrocious before I moved in. 

Test Results

The reason why I used to despise cleaning my ceiling fan in the master bedroom was simply because I didn’t want to get huge dust bunnies on my clean bed.

Gross!

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Need I say more? The proof is on the duster. And guess where all the dust bunnies went when I used the off-brand?

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Yep, on the floor and on my bed. The Swiffer duster 360° collected at least 3x more dust than the off-brand due to the adhesive fibers on the Swiffer brand

So in a nutshell, all Swiffer products are patented, and you will not be able to get the same results with an off-brand product.

The lesson I learned with off-brand verse name brands was to always check to see if my favorite name brand has a patent on their products. If they do, I can guarantee I won’t get the same results.

What’s your favorite Swiffer product?

Comments

  1. Michelle C says:

    Great comparison, thanks for the information!

  2. Meredith says:

    Thank you for sharing this information. I had wondered the same thing about the off-brand, but was afraid to sway from my Swiffer products. 🙂

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