About Turbo Scrub
Turbo Scrub is a cordless, rechargeable handheld scrubber with a waterproof head that rotates at over 300 revolutions per minute. Attached to the head are three interchangeable brushes: the Round Brush for large surface cleaning, the Cone Brush for grout lines and other hard-to-reach areas, and the Flat Brush Head for small, flat surfaces.
According to the company, the individual bristles on each brush dig deep into dirt and grime to break it down. This way, we’re told you can scrub and clean with “minimal effort,” whether on burners and cooktops, kitchen sinks, fixtures and faucets, toilets, vehicles, hard water stains in the shower, and much more.
You’ll even be able to attach an extension pole to your Turbo Scrub, giving you the ability to clean high and low, without the need for bending, kneeling, or getting on your hands and knees. Then, when you’re finished, you can clean Turbo Scrub with mild detergent and warm water.
The company tells us that Turbo Scrub “does the work for you” and that it’s great for people with arthritis or who have difficulty bending. Even if this describes you, does it mean Turbo Scrub is sure to deliver performance and value? That’s the primary question we’ll address in this review.
What’s Unique About Turbo Scrub?
If you search online for terms like “cordless cleaning brush” and “rechargeable power brush,” you’ll quickly learn that there are many other brands of interchangeable-head devices. In fact, we found a nearly identical 8 Pc Cordless Indoor/Outdoor Power Scrubber on QVC at the time of our research.
While most other options aren’t designed exactly like Turbo Scrub, you’ll still encounter dozens of handheld designs with interchangeable heads. If you already own a power drill, you can even purchase individual brush heads that attach in seconds.
Compared to these options, is there anything that clearly distinguishes Turbo Scrub from the competition? The manufacturer claims it uses a 3.6V NiCad battery that spins at 300 RPMs, but will this deliver real-world performance?
How Powerful Is Turbo Scrub’s Battery?
Important note: We didn’t test Turbo Scrub firsthand, so what you’ll read here is based on observation, research, and reviews from customers like you.
While the nickel cadmium (NiCd) batteries found in Turbo Scrub make a decent step up from disposable alkaline batteries, they’re considered a bit outdated in light of newer battery types, such as nickel metal hydride (NiMH) and lithium ion (Li-Ion). Still, NiCd batteries tend to offer more charge/discharge cycles, so they’re typically ideal for simple electronic devices.
We’re told that Turbo Scrub’s NiCd battery puts out 3.6V of power to spin its brushes at 300 RPM. However, as we watched the commercial, the head certainly didn’t seem to be spinning at 300 RPM during any of the demonstrations. Which begs the question: Does Turbo Scrub lose spinning power when it’s pressed to a solid object?
One of the most common complaints for ASOTV bath brushes with interchangeable heads (products similar to Spin Spa), is that their motors aren’t powerful enough to continue spinning when applied to a surface. Again, we didn’t test Turbo Scrub directly, so there’s no way to know if you’ll experience the same, but it might be worth keeping in mind.
Power aside, will you pay a lot for Turbo Scrub?
How Much Does Turbo Scrub Cost?
One Turbo Scrub set will cost you 2 payments of $19.99, plus $14.99 S&H, bringing your total to $54.97. For this price, you’ll receive a scrub unit, extension wand, dome brush, cone brush, and flat brush.
During checkout, you’ll be able to double your order for an additional $14.99 S&H.
Ontel Products Corporation provides a 60-day money back guarantee, less S&H, on all Turbo Scrub purchases. This means you’ll immediately lose $15 in non-refundable S&H charges if you decide to request a refund; double this amount if you purchased the BOGO offer.
Nonetheless, to request a refund, you’ll need to call customer service at 844-482-1456.
What do we know about Ontel?
Who Manufactures Turbo Scrub?
Ontel Products is a mainstream ASOTV company who’s manufactured many other popular products, including Big Vision Eyewear, Foot Angel, Miracle Copper Socks, and many others. Do these products come with favorable reviews?
Overall, most of these products have 2 to 3-star ratings from customers. While some claim they were satisfied with their purchases, common complaints reference failure to work as advertised, less-than-stellar quality, and poor customer service (usually related to difficulty obtaining refunds).
Should you take this to mean that you’ll experience the same with Turbo Scrub? We’re definitely not saying this is the case; but again, we might recommend considering it when deciding whether or not to place your order.
Speaking of which, should you buy Turbo Scrub?
Will Turbo Scrub “Take the Work out of Cleaning”?
When it comes down to it, we have little doubt that Turbo Scrub’s powered, interchangeable heads can help make light cleaning easier, while the extension pole can help you avoid bending at the knees or at the waist, while the lightweight design might be especially easy on your arthritis. The operative word here—in our opinion—is “light” cleaning. Why?
Based on the power concerns we discussed above, it might be the case that Turbo Scrub doesn’t spin fast enough once it’s touching a surface to remove much more than light dirt and grime. Will it deliver similar results as harsh or abrasive cleaners? Will it cut through tough, stuck-on messes? We’ll just have to wait until the customer reviews start rolling in to find out, but let’s just say that in the interim, we’ll harbor some doubts.
Another important factor to consider is that if you feel like giving Turbo Scrub a try, you’ll immediately lose $15 (or more) in non-refundable S&H charges if you’re not satisfied with its performance.
If it were our money, what would we do (after all, we’re consumers too!)? We might search locally for similar cleaning systems, which could help you avoid the non-refundable S&H charges. On top of this, we might search for other products that could deliver similar (or even better) performance for less money, such as drill attachments—especially if you have tough messes to clean.
Did Turbo Scrub deliver on its promises? Tell us about your experience in your very own review below!
44 out 48 people found this review helpful
Don't do business with this company, period.
This is my experience with Turbo Scrub.
I placed the order in the cart and entered my credit card information, but then decided not to buy it. I never hit the submit button, and tried to back out of the order but they processed the ordered anyway.
I called and emailed them within minutes but they refused to cancel the order, claiming it was already shipped (it was within minutes of not hitting the submit button, total lies).
I received an email to call a number and receive a discount. I called the number 10 times but no one answered and I was unable to leave a message.
Nine days later, FedEx claimed they delivered the package. Wrong, it never arrived. I got no help from FedEx or Turbo Scrub, and I am out all the money they took from my card.
I am totally pissed off I ever decided to trust Turbo Scrub.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
62 out 75 people found this review helpful
Turbo Scrub is good
Like this a lot. I have arthritis in my hands so it is very hard on me to get things like the grout on my ceramic floors, behind the toilet, the other side of the bath tub, etc. clean. I do wish it had some way to hang up or stand up while you sop up the dirty water, it still helps tremendously.
I didn't think the little motor turned fast enough to work but it does and it is quiet.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend