Simply Her's Smart Shopper Clean Home Heroes winners 2015

The Simply Her team has tested a slew of cleaning products and gadgets to bring you the most effective ones, from detergents to mops and vacuum cleaners. By LIM TSIAO HUI


 CLEANING DETERGENTS

1 Best hob and stove cleaner

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Bio-home Kitchen Cleaner, $5.60

A powerful cleaner that worked like magic on greasy hobs and oily spots - it dissolved grime faster than any of the other soapy solutions we tested.

2 Best all-purpose detergent

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Dettol Multi Action Cleaner, $5.50

If you need just one cleaner for your kitchen, this is it. It cuts through grease to leave countertops, floors and even mirrors spotless and gleaming.

3 Most refreshing kitchen cleaner

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Magiclean Kitchen Cleaner, $4.50

It leaves countertops squeaky clean to the touch, with a pleasant, fruity scent to boot!

4 Freshest-smelling bathroom cleaner

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Cif Bathroom Cleaner, $4.50

This leaves a subtle, powdery scent with no clinical afternotes.

5 Best floor cleaner

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Kao Magiclean Floor, $5.75

This cleaner consistently soaked up and cleaned oily smears effectively - a must-have for sparkling floors.

6 Freshest-smelling toilet cleaner

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Harpic Active Cleaning Gel - Wild Flowers, $3.10

It got rid of noxious stains and odours, leaving behind a light floral scent.CLEANING TOOLS

1 Best window-cleaning tool

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Scotch-brite Multipurpose Window & Glass Surface Cleaner, $28.85

When you need to wipe down windows, mirrors and the glass doors of bookshelves without climbing onto a stool, this tool does the stretching for you.

It has a handle that can be lengthened to 1.1m, and comes with a microfibre cloth to dust, a squeegee to wipe, and a scourer to scrub.

The bonus: one end can be bent at different angles to reach and clean shelf tops too.

2 Best flat mop for kitchens

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Magiclean Wiper Mop, $20.85

Whether your floor is greasy after the daily dinner prep or at the end of a long day at home with the kids, a few swipes with this mop gives it the freshest underfoot feel.

3 Most ergonomic flat mop

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Scotch-brite Easy Sweeper, $18.95

If you have a cleaning roster for everyone in the family, there's no excuse for the kids not to help out with this height-adjustable, lightweight mop which they can handle easily. Plus, it picks up dust and hair to leave floors spotless.

All cleaning detergents and tools are available at major supermarkets.

UPRIGHT ANDROBOTIC MACHINES

1 The ultimate upright vacuum cleaner

 

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Dyson DC74 Fluffy, $999

It's powerful, versatile and user-friendly. The cordless machine really sucks up dirt and dust, leaving floors spanking clean.

It also doubles as a competent hand-held vacuum: just detach the motor and fix a roller or brush attachment or a crevice tool, which makes it great for blinds, sofas and car interiors.

2 Best heavy-duty steam sanitiser

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Philips Steam Plus Sweep and Steam Cleaner FC7020, $269

If your good ol' mop needs to be retired, this new-age electric one makes a good replacement. This sweep-steam-wipe machine with rotating bristles picks up dust as it ejects steam and wipes away dirt. Its tank easily holds enough water to clean a three-storey house in one go.

3 Most fuss-free upright vacuum cleaner

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Bosch Athlet BCH6ATH25, $649

Just charge it, then swipe it across your floors. It's a cinch to manoeuvre and use, and has a washable dust canister. Unlike most other uprights, it can stand on its own so you don't have to lean it against the wall when you need your hands free.

4 Best robotic vacuum cleaner

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LG Hom-bot Square, $1,299

It cleaned well, quietly and gently. Thanks to its effective sensor, it does not bump into furniture legs, yet sweeps out dust from around them well. With an easy-to-empty dust bin that comes with a brush to dislodge dust from the filter, it's user-friendly too.

5 Most Inventive Cleaning Gadget

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iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot, $549, from John Ackerman

This modest-looking mopping device gets the job done effectively - no pushing needed. It's quiet, and left nary a spot untouched when we tested it.

VACUUM CLEANERS

1 Most user-friendly vacuum cleaner

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Rowenta Silence Force Extreme Eco Intelligence, $499

This machine won us over with its user-centric design. Making adjustments is easy - just press a button or push a knob to affix and remove attachments, adjust the tube length and select the power setting.

Other vacs have a brush attachment, but this one has an attached brush, so you only need to remove the telescopic tube to switch from cleaning the floor to brushing your armchair.

2 Best-for-small-spaces vacuum cleaner

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Electrolux Ultrasilencer Green, $369 (promotional price from now until Jan 31, 2015)

Not only is this compact in size, it also has features that make it a natural for tight spaces: a slim nozzle that's half the size of other vacuum cleaners' nozzles, and a retractable handle that makes it a breeze to store. Its easy-to-fix attachments ensure you don't have to struggle with the appliance in a small space.

3 Most powerful vacuum cleaner

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Philips Performerpro FC9192, $439

It picked up cereal, talcum powder and coffee beans quickly, leaving hardly a speck behind. We were also impressed by how well its unique parquet nozzle cleaned our wooden floors - the nozzle has two round detachable and washable microfibre pads that rotate as it vacuums.

Other useful features: an easy-to-lift handle at the top of the machine, and a swivel hose that makes tugging it along a cinch.

All robotic machines and vacuum cleaners are available at major electrical stores, unless otherwise stated.

 

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