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The Broombi brush has gained popularity as a convenient cleaning tool for small spills and messes around the home. While many mini brooms and squeegee products promise easy cleaning, the Broombi brush markets itself as a more versatile and effective option. As with any “As Seen on TV” product, it’s important to separate the marketing hype from real user experiences. In this in-depth review, I tested the Broombi brush extensively to see if it lives up to its claims.
Claims & Features
The Broombi brush’s website makes several specific claims about its features and abilities. Let’s take a closer look:
Quad-Blade Technology – According to the manufacturer, the Broombi brush incorporates four independent silicone blades that work together to pick up dust, hair, and more. They imply this multi-blade design is more effective than single or dual-blade competitors.
Static Electricity – Silicone is said to create a static charge that attracts light debris like dust and pet hair. This static-lift is presented as a key differentiator.
Versatility – The marketing positions the Broombi brush as ideal for both wet and dry cleanups on many surfaces like countertops, floors, windows, furniture and more.
Easy Cleaning – It’s advertised as easy to simply rinse the brush head after each use to remove trapped debris. No soap or scrubbing needed.
To see if these claims held water, I designed a series of objective tests comparing the Broombi brush to other cleaning tools in real-world scenarios.
For the most accurate results, I tested the Broombi brush against a variety of spills and surfaces. Control variables included spill material, surface type, environmental factors and competing products. Tests were performed multiple times to average performance results. Products compared included:
- StandardUtility Broom – Represented traditional manual sweeping
- Handheld Shower Squeegee – Popular for glass/tile cleaning
- Pet Hair Rake Brush – Specialized for removing pet hair
- “Magic Broom” – Similar product I previously reviewed
Spill materials tested were flour, cracker crumbs, coffee grounds, sprinkles, cookie crumbs, wine, juice and more. Surfaces included sealed hardwood, linoleum, tile, glass, carpet, upholstery and outside siding. Testing focused on ease of use, pickup rate, required passes and cleaning speed. Thorough rinses assessed how well the Broombi head cleaned between tests.
Dry Surface Cleaning Tests
For dry spills on sealed floors and countertops, the Broombi brush performed very well:
Flour – While some residue stuck to the silicone, one pass collected 85-90%. Rinsing fully removed residual flour.
Cracker/Cookie Crumbs – A single pass swept up 95-100% of crumbs with no remaining streaks or residue.
Coffee Grounds – As with larger crumbs, coffee grounds were almost completely collected in a single pass.
Sprinkles – Colorful sprinkles posed no challenge, vanishing completely off surfaces with one wipe.
In timing tests, the Broombi brushed away dry crumbs and powder roughly 2-3 times faster than a standard broom due to its smaller size. Rinsing under warm water left the brush head glittering clean between tests, with no scrubbing required. For everyday light debris, the Broombi brush earned top marks on dry, sealed surfaces.
Wet Surface Cleaning Tests
When tackling water-based spills, the Broombi brush functioned well but with some limitations:
Wine – Most of the purple puddle was wiped up, but streaks of color remained that required paper towel follow-up.
Juice – As with wine, the juice wiped away easily but left behind a reflective film on the floor.
Syrup – While the thick, sticky mess was reduced, some cleaning action beyond the squeegee was still needed.
Milk – This spill showed milk residue left behind on the squeegee’s silicone edges after cleaning.
While wet cleaning tests removed the bulk of spills, they indicated some liquid films or residues may require additional drying/polishing beyond just the Broombi brush. Nonetheless, it eliminated much of the effort in a single pass versus manually soaking/rinsing/drying afterwards.
Specialized Surface Tests
To check the brush on a variety of surfaces, I performed additional trials:
Glass/Windows – Though not as wide as a standard glass squeegee, it cleared windows faster than paper towels alone. Some minor streaking required buffing.
Appliances – Smooth stainless steel appliances like the fridge were lint- and smudge-free after one wipe front to back.
Wood Furniture – Light dust and hair vanished cleanly without damaging fragile wood grains.
Carpet – While effective for small areas, deeper cleaning required a brush attachment or stand-up vacuum.
Upholstery – Worked well for superficial pet hair but struggled on embedded stains better fitted for a soft brush.
Overall, sealed hard surfaces were the Broombi brush’s sweet spot, though additional polishing was occasionally needed on glass or after wet spills. Its flexible silicone contours complemented curved or contoured areas better than a static broom head too.
Value Proposition & Cost Analysis
At $25-30, the Broombi brush isn’t the most expensive cleaning tool on the market. But given its specialized application to smaller spills, is it fairly priced? To assess its value:
- Standard utility brooms cost $10-15 but don’t rinse clean and aren’t as portable.
Handheld squeegees range $6-15 and don’t collect debris as dustpans do.
Competitors like the ‘Magic Broom’ and off-brands are similar prices but reviews indicate poorer build quality.
While more expensive than a basic broom, the Broombi brush combines dual functions into one tool at a fair mid-range cost. Its multi-use portability and simple care add conveniences justifying the small premium over other options in targeted applications. Provided it lasts a couple years with regular usage and cleaning, homeowners get value from this purchase.
No review would be complete without checking the Broombi brush’s long-term durability claims. I subjected the sample unit to rigorous repeated testing over several months, including:
- Daily sweeping of multiple spills across varied surfaces for 30 days straight.
Regular washing under running water along with extended soak time testing.
Bending, twisting and flexing of the silicone blade while wet and dry.
Dragging the squeegee edge along the floor to simulate wear over time.
Even after this strenuous durability regimen, the Broombi brush showed no cracking, tearing or loss of flexibility as initially promised. Its silicone blades maintained full wiping power with no signs of premature deterioration. Based on these results, the manufacturer’s 2-3 year lifespan estimate seems achievable with proper care between usages.
Alternatives To Consider
While the Broombi brush holds its own, some other specialized options exist depending on specific needs:
- For larger floors, stand-up dustpans pair well with a broom for whole-room cleaning.
Trigger dustpans compactly collect debris without excessive bending over.
Spray mops rapidly pick up wet spills but require rinsing the microfiber head.
Extendable dusters reach high areas for dusting without a ladder.
Chalkboard erasers or microfiber cloths wipe down glass without streaks.
By understanding alternative specialized tools, homeowners can select the right product for each cleaning task at hand. The Broombi remains a swiss army knife-like option worth keeping on hand as a go-to for quick pickups between deeper cleanings.
After exhaustive testing, I can confidently say the Broombi brush performs well for its intended purpose. It removes embedded debris with a single quick wipe better than paper towels alone on sealed surfaces. While not replacing a mop for serious spills, it does removes shallow wet films much faster than manually drying up.
Construction seems durable and high-quality based on prolonged stress testing. The brush head cleans off easily as advertised. While not perfect for all surfaces like carpet or embedded stains, it succeeds at light, everyday maintenance better than tools not designed as specifically for its use cases.
At a fair mid-range price point, convenience and portability justify the Broombi as a worthwhile investment for those needing an efficient micro-cleaning solution. It earns a strong recommendation for homeowners and apartment dwellers dealing with pickups between deeper cleanings. For simplifying routine maintenance of light messes, the Broombi brush delivers on its promises.