What Is ScrubMax Duo?
Advertised as the most versatile cleaning brush you can own, ScrubMax Duo features an innovative V-shaped design and a flexible head that allow you to easily clean both sides of most objects, as well as access hard-to-reach places and hug the curves of any bottle or container.
This design also allows the multi-scrubber to fold open and effectively double its length, giving you the ability to clean even the tallest containers. Its antibacterial sponge pads are also replaceable, and it’s dishwasher safe when the time comes.
While these also sound like some useful features, is ScrubMax Duo really the best, most versatile kitchen cleaning tool you’ll ever own, as advertised on the website? And perhaps more importantly, is it deserving of your hard-earned money?
These are just two of the questions we’ll help you explore over the next few minutes, all aimed at helping you make a more informed decision. Let’s start with price.
How Much Does ScrubMax Duo Cost?
Two ScrubMax Duos are priced at $14.95, plus free S&H (sales tax is collected for orders delivered to NV and UT addresses). During checkout, you can opt to receive a one-year supply (12 sets) of cleaning pads for an additional processing fee.
We called and spoke with a company representative, who advised that—even after checkout—a replacement 12-pad set is available for $8.95 by calling the company. However, the device’s brush is not interchangeable, so you’ll need to replace the entire unit once it wears out.
All orders come with a 60-day money back guarantee, less S&H, which you can request by calling customer support at 833-646-3347.
What Do We Know About the Company Behind ScrubMax Duo?
ScrubMax Duo is manufactured by OnTel Products Corp, an As Seen on TV company who’s based out of Fairfield, NJ and has been in business since 1994. In that time, they’ve released dozens of popular hits, including recent selections like Relief Wrap, Handy Heater, Miracle Teeth Whitener, and Breathe Easy Humidifier.
OnTel held a B- rating with the Better Business Bureau, based on 33 customer reviews (94 percent of which were negative) and more than 370 closed complaints, as of 4/18/18. Most appeared related to ordering and support concerns, although a representative responded in each instance with a solution.
Does ScrubMax Duo Have Any Competition?
While you’ll certainly find hundreds of different kitchen/dish antimicrobial brushes with flexible heads and replaceable tips available online and at local retailers, we didn’t encounter any other dual-sided, v-shaped options like ScrubMax Duo during our research. Nor did we find anything that also unfolded in the same way to double its reach.
In other words, if you’re looking for something with the exact same set of features as ScrubMax Duo, it appears to be in a class all its own.
However, when exploring your options, you’ll encounter dozens of models that feature dual-sided heads, which might provide a similar ability to quickly clean two sides of an object with just a quick flick of the wrist. You’ll find that several models are also slim-lined, so they can fit into narrow nooks and crannies, come with a variety of heads, and can frequently be found for less than $10.
According to The Kitchn’s Jo First, compared to cloths or sponges, “dish brushes, hands-down, are the most hygienic option.” Why?
Because, she explains, “Unlike dish cloths (basically Petri dishes for bacteria) or even sponges, which have pockets where bacteria can grow, the synthetic bristles of dish brushes shed moisture, so they don't harbor bacteria or develop any offensive odors."
Furthermore, as long as you dish brush doesn’t feature a wooden handle, she notes it can be thoroughly cleaned in the dishwasher (top rack, bristle-end up).
Pro tip: And even if it does feature a wooden handle, you can still clean it with “distilled white vinegar and a drop of dish soap.”
But, does this necessarily mean that the ScrubMax Duo dish brush will deliver the most value for your money? Let’s carry this over to the final section as we come to a conclusion.
Our Final Thoughts About ScrubMax Duo
We didn’t test any dish brushes ourselves to provide firsthand feedback, but we have no reason to believe that ScrubMax Duo wouldn’t deliver all of the useful features advertised on its website and commercial, like:
- A hinge-based, V-shaped design that can ‘open' up and double its reach
- Dual, flexible, replaceable antibacterial scrubber heads on each end
- A slim-line design that allows you to clean hard-to-reach areas
- The ability to simultaneously clean two sides of the same utensil
- Dishwasher-safe sanitization
After all, using friction to clean dishes is a fairly straightforward concept, and certainly nothing new.
Instead, as consumers ourselves, we’re more interested in whether or not ScrubMax Duo will deliver a lot of value for the money, based on the price you pay. And—like most other consumer purchases—meeting this component will largely come down to your specific needs and preferences.
For example, while we could certainly see ScrubMax helping clean both sides of small to medium-size utensils at the same time, its V-shaped design could limit its reachability on larger dishes, such as plates or serving dishes with long, wide bases and angled rims. Also, it appears that only of its heads feature the ability to pivot, which could limit your ability to simultaneously clean both sides of longer items, like vases.
And while ScrubMax Duo’s hinge design certainly seems like it could come in handy in many instances, from a sanitary standpoint, we’d also wonder if food debris and other particulate matter could become wedged in between the pivot point and quickly turn into a breeding ground for bacteria and other potentially harmful germs.
With these important considerations in mind, OnTel stands behind ScrubMax Duo with a 60-day refund policy, if you feel like giving it a try and find that it ultimately doesn’t meet your needs or expectations. Just keep in mind that you’ll have to pay to ship it back, and you’ll also lose any fees associated with the BOGO offer.