I hate chores. Hate them. Yet… there’s always been something strangely alluring about the Karcher Window Vac.
I mean, come on, you’ve got to admit those adverts look pretty nifty – the one where the woman challenges the man to a ‘clean off’ and wins hands down because her window vacuum makes streak-free work of all those grimy panes. So, when Karcher got in touch to see if I wanted to give one a whirl, I might have made a little whooping noise.
As soon as the girls saw it, in all its canary yellow glory, they were desperate to have a go too. I charged it up, then started by soaping up our big folding sliding doors. Big Sis followed behind me, pressing the squeegee attachment against the glass, and drawing it down to collect and suck up all the excess water.
I’d heard feedback that the squeegee left streaking but, honestly, I didn’t find that at all – quite the opposite, in fact. I was really impressed at how quickly and efficiently the vacuum cleaned the glass, and left it clear and sparkling. There was none of that endless laborious polishing to get rid of all the water spots and smears.
After the girls finished the doors (with a little help to reach above the three-feet mark) I toured the house, KARCHER WINDOW VAC in hand. I was having way too much fun to stop yet. The pane in the back door? Karchered it. The fingerprint littered full-length mirror in the living room? Karchered it. The reflective front of the microwave? Karchered it.
The battery was still going strong 45-minutes later (we ran out of glass surfaces before we ran out of juice), and the machine was quieter than I expected.
If I’m honest, I had wondered how useful it would really be and whether it was more a gimmick than a genuine time saver, but I was pleasantly surprised by how well it worked. Of course, a window vac isn’t an essential home appliance, but it’s certainly one that makes life just that little bit easier.
And who doesn’t want that?!