What Is Multi Cleaner?
Advertised as the easiest way to achieve always-clean home, Multi Cleaner is a lightweight, 3-in-1 device that allows you to seamlessly sweep, spray, and mop any hard surface. In fact, the website advertises that it will make these duties so fast and easy that you’ll be “done in seconds.”
At the upper end of the arm, you’ll find an ergonomic handle with a trigger that allows you to use your favorite cleaning spray. At the other end, you’ll find the cleaning spray tank, as well as a Quick Switch Cleaning Head comprised of the following components:
- A non-motorized bristle roller broom head that cleans dirt and debris. The company advertises it’s ideal for picking up debris like dirt, snack crumbs, and pet hair.
- A plush, snap-on microfiber mopping head designed to absorb liquid and wipe away messes.
Instantly switching between the two is as easy as a quick clip, giving you time to focus on more important tasks. When you’re finished, simply empty the onboard dustbin and throw the microfiber cloth in the washing machine.
At first glance, Multi Cleaner seems like a must-have if you’re looking to maximize your time spent tidying up. But, can you expect it to deliver on its advertising promises? Is it really a revolutionary 3-in-1 home cleaning breakthrough?
We didn’t test Multi Cleaner ourselves to provide firsthand feedback. However, the HighYa team has collectively investigated hundreds of As Seen on TV products over the years.
Together with what we learned in this specific instance, we’ll help you make a much more informed decision in just a few minutes. Let’s begin with the price.
How Much Does Multi Cleaner Cost?
One Multi Cleaner is priced at $29.99, plus $6.99 S&H. During checkout, you can purchase a second cleaner for an additional $14.99 fee.
According to a representative we spoke with, a 3-pack of replacement microfiber pads is priced at $9.99.
Pro tip: The representative emphasized that customers can make these pads last longer by cleaning them in hot, soapy water and allowing them to air dry after each use.
All orders come with a 30-day money back guarantee, less S&H charges and any fees associated with the BOGO offer. Customer support can be reached at (800) 564-3849.
Who Manufactures Multi Cleaner?
Allstar Products Group was founded in 1999 and is based out of Hawthorne, NY. With such a long time in the industry, they've released hundreds of popular products over the years, although more recent examples (chosen at random) include MagicBax, Reheatza Microwave Crisper, Airtouch Rotating Brush, and Hover Cover.
The company held an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, based on close to 40 closed complaints, as of 5/17/18. Details were available for only a few, which frequently referenced support or ordering problems. A company representative provided a resolution in each instance.
Multi Cleaner vs. the Competition: Which Offers the Most Value?
Whether browsing online marketplaces like Google Shopping and Amazon or walking the aisles of local retailers, you'll find hundreds of different push vacuums (also known as cordless sweepers) to choose from. And it’s much the same when it comes to lightweight microfiber mops with reservoirs that can hold your favorite cleaning spray.
However, we didn’t encounter any other single devices that combined all three of these features in the same way as Multi Cleaner. As a result, if you’re looking for something even remotely similar, it’s currently your only choice.
But we think it’s important to point out that, during our research, we found standalone push vacuums and squirt mops could be purchased for about as much—combined—as the cost of Multi Cleaner, especially when factoring in its relatively steep S&H charges. For example (again, we didn’t test these and are only providing them as random examples pulled from online marketplaces):
We found the Bissell 38B 3-in-1 Lightweight Stick Vac for less than $20 (MSRP), which can be used as a powered stick vacuum, a specialized stair vacuum, and as a handheld vacuum for countertops and upholstery. Not only might this deliver greater functionality, but its powered roller (remember, Multi Cleaner isn’t powered) could also provide a deeper clean on hard flooring, not to mention carpeting.
To add the mopping functionality, something like the PowerSmart PS3004 Spray Mop ($13, Amazon) could do the trick, which also uses a refillable container for the spray of your choice, handle-mounted trigger operation, and replaceable microfiber pads.
Together, this would bring your total to about $33—in the same general neighborhood as Multi Cleaner, especially after factoring in shipping charges.
Obviously, the most significant concession you'd have to make going this route would be purchasing two devices instead of Multi Cleaner's 3-in-1 design. But, will its unique design necessarily deliver better value? Let’s address this core question as we wrap everything up.
Breaking Down Our Final Thoughts About Multi Cleaner
The Value Equation
In the end, we’re not here to tell you how to spend your hard-earned money. But, after writing about thousands of combined products over the years (including the hundreds of ASOTV options mentioned earlier), we’ve learned that the key equation underlying any consumer purchase is the following:
Price + Functionality = Overall Value
Let’s apply this to the product at hand.
Comparing Multi Cleaner with Squirt Mops & Push Vacuums
As we can see from our example in the last section, Multi Cleaner doesn’t seem to be meaningfully less expensive than purchasing some push vacuum and squirt mop models separately. So, for the ‘price’ part of the equation, they seem about equal.
From a functionality perspective, at first glance, they might seem meaningfully different. After all, Multi Cleaner’s core claim is that its quick-change mop head, which attaches to the push vacuum, can help you save time and effort. “Go from one mess to another without stopping,” the commercial advertises.
Thinking about this, though, wouldn’t you have to briefly pause your cleaning process to locate the mop head, walk over to it, attach it to the push vacuum, and then return to your cleaning spot? Again, we didn’t test the device ourselves, but this certainly seems logical.
If this is the case, outside of perhaps weight differences, how is this any different than pausing to change between a separate squirt mop and a push vacuum? In other words, what are consumers necessarily gaining with Multi Cleaner’s design? Based on this scenario, it doesn’t necessarily seem like convenience or faster cleaning times.
The Bottom Line About Multi Cleaner
Considering its similar price as standalone squirt mops and push vacuums, along with the fact that it might not deliver faster or easier cleaning than these separate options, Multi Cleaner’s overall value appears (as consumers ourselves) a bit fuzzy.
If you feel like giving it a try, though, Allstar Products Group is a reputable company who stands behind Multi Cleaner with a 30-day refund policy. Just keep in mind you’ll lose your original S&H fee (plus the BOGO fee, if applicable), as well as return S&H charges if you’re dissatisfied with its performance.