The Swivel Sweeper is a small, 2-pound, battery-charged floor sweeper, the head of which rotates 360 degrees to reach awkward spots. It's not meant to replace a vacuum cleaner; rather, it is touted as a convenient gadget for quick cleaning jobs.
Overall, reviewers are satisfied with the Swivel Sweeper's performance. In some TV news reviews, local residents give the Swivel Sweeper a try, and most of the time the gizmo performs admirably, especially on hardwood floors, tiles and stairs. The big drawback is the Swivel Sweeper's small, hard-to-reach dirt tray, which needs to be emptied frequently. An amusing clip on WTXF (Philadelphia) shows the tester stopping numerous times to empty the bin. Tests show that the Swivel Sweeper doesn't work as well on carpeting. One user advises against using the sweeper on shag-style carpets after it became entangled in the strands of her Oriental rug. Hundreds of user comments on Amazon.com (which generally favor the product) note that it's loud and often doesn't hold a charge very well.
Many users complain that the Swivel Sweeper isn't as good as a real vacuum, but to be fair, that's a claim that not even the manufacturer makes. Overall, owners say this unit does a good job in small, contained areas where there's not an overwhelming amount of dirt or dust.
1. Reader's Digest
The Swivel Sweeper is included in a roundup of infomercial products evaluated by editorial staffers. They agree that the sweeper is compact and easy to push, saying it "picked up everything." Reader's Digest is one of the few sources not to complain about the Swivel Sweeper's small dirt tray.
Review: As Seen on TV: But Wait! There's More, Jody L. Rohlena
2. WTVD (Raleigh-Durham, N.C.)
Reporter Diane Wilson asks a local mother of two to try out the Swivel Sweeper. She likes the overall design, but complains about the small, hard-to-reach dirt tray, as well as noise and a battery that ran out after 45 minutes. Even so, the mom says, "it works I think remarkably well given how compact and light weight it is."
Review: Testing the Swivel Sweeper, Diane Wilson, Feb. 7, 2007
3. KFVS (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)
Reporter Lauren Keith asks a local viewer to try out the product. She says it works well on ceramic tile, hardwood floor and stairs, but can't replace a regular vacuum. The Swivel became tangled on the strands of her Oriental rug, and she warns not to use it on shag-style carpeting. The viewer's biggest complaint is the small, hard-to-reach dirt tray, which can spill easily if it's not emptied properly.
Review: Does it Work Wednesday: Swivel Sweeper, Lauren Keith
4. WTXF (Philadelphia)
In this video clip, a reporter asks a homeowner to try out the Swivel Sweeper. The unit works well on hardwood floors and tiles, with a big drawback: The small dirt tray has to constantly be emptied. Results on a thick carpet aren't nearly as impressive, and the reporter says the Swivel Sweeper is a "dud."
Review: Deal or Dud: Swivel Sweeper, July 10, 2008
5. WSTM (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Yet another local news station puts the Swivel Sweeper to the test, with the help of a local cafe owner. The owner likes how the sweeper picks up crackers and coffee grounds, but complains about the small dirt tray. Overall, though, the product receives two thumbs-up.
Review: The Swivel Sweeper Sweeps Up, Oct. 31, 2007
About 400 users have posted comments here about the Swivel Sweeper, giving it an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Those who like the product say it works well on tile and hardwood floors. Many users note that you have to recharge the unit by the book. Some complain about poor construction, breaking parts and weak suction.
Review: Cordless Swivel Sweeper, Contributors to Amazon.com