The Germ Master is a hand-held steam cleaner that is supposed to eradicate germs from your kitchen counter tops and anywhere else you use it. Most steaming products are big and bulky so were they able to successfully make a smaller-sized unit that actually works?
It’s hard to argue that steam cleaning is pretty effective and has a lot of beneficial features going for it. For example, you’re using super-heated water so the surfaces are basically left sterile, as most bacteria can’t survive at those temperatures. Also, you don’t have to use additional cleaning sprays and cleansers so you’re avoiding those agents and leaving behind a surface that should be very clean and non-irritating.
The makers of Germ Master claim that it’s the answer to using dirty sponges to wipe your counter tops and other areas of your home. They say their product is easy to use, you just fill it with water, pop it in the microwave, and start using it. They say that it’s guaranteed to be the fastest way to keep your kitchen clean, while also being easy and healthy, or you get a full refund.
There isn’t much hype surrounding this product, as it was only recently released. There is a blog that shows how it went from prototype to actual product, but aside from that nobody is really talking about this at all yet. In their infomercial they do a good job of showing off the product and focus more on how bad it is to use a sponge or other cleaning products because of the mess they leave behind.
The Germ Master is $11 plus shipping and handling, and that gets you the base unit plus 6 reloadable pads. When you consider the recurring cost of using paper towels, sponges, towels, or wipes a one-time purchase for a product that you can use again and again sounds reasonable. When you compare this to the cost of other handheld steamers even if you have to pay a shipping charge of $8 or more it still keeps you in the same price range of $20 to $30.
They repeatedly state that you won’t have to bother with sponges, paper towels, or disinfecting wipes any longer, and this should allow you to do the job of getting things clean more quickly. When you’re talking about sanitizing surfaces and making them clean enough to eat off of, it’s either going to take a lot of effort or it’s going to take a product that uses steam to break up stains and kill off any germs.
They point out that a typical kitchen sponge is loaded with bacteria, so when you’re using that to clean up you’re basically spreading all of that bacteria all around your kitchen.
The Germ Master system is pretty innovative, by using the microwave to heat up the water it doesn’t require a motor or any heating elements, you simply add normal tap water and put it in the microwave. There’s a button to press to deliver the bursts of steam, much like on an iron, so they are incorporating functions from other successful products that have been around for years. The only problem we can see is that by putting the whole thing in the microwave it’s all going to get hot, and it might be hard to hold it and use it as shown. By the time it cools down enough to use it, the water won’t be very steamy.
Final Germ Master Review
The Germ Master is getting our Shaky Try rating because there may be a few flaws in the design that aren’t addressed. Nowhere in their pitch do they point out how they’re able to make the handle of the unit stay cool while the rest of it is hot enough to produce steam. Also they’re unable to explain how the hot water in the unit turns into steam by just pressing a button. Spraying really hot water, even boiling water, does not in and of itself produce steam. It may be worth a go if you’re really interested in it, but all you may be doing is wiping down your counters with really hot water, and burning your hand while you’re at it.
If you’re trying to go green with your cleaning efforts there are other ways to do it that will get your counters clean while also keeping things non-toxic for yourself and your family. You can try Bio Green Clean which uses all natural ingredients but still kills bacteria. If you want a handheld steamer from a company that has been making steaming products for decades, try the Bissell Steam Shot Hard Surface Cleaner, which gets relatively good ratings and provides a similar experience to the one claimed by the GM.