Watch much late-night TV? If that's you, then you're probably familiar with this week's "Does It Work?" product. The infomercials are on every single weekend and that's probably why we get so much mail, wanting to see us test the Scunci Steamer. This week, your wish is granted.
The informercial's claims are big, but they put them in writing too. When we got our hands on our Scunci, we learned we could "make a cleaner world" with ordinary tap water and of course, Scunci's 1000 watts of power.
The box is full of stuff, that's for sure. There are about a dozen attachments and a gym bag to carry it all in. It comes with a measuring cup so you don't accidentally put more than 9 ounces of water in this pressure cooker. Plug it in, and in a surprisingly short amount of time it's ready to go.
First, we put on the squeegee attachment as we get ready to attack some soap scum on a shower door. We attack just like they do in the commercial, but see no results. We tried to clean some soap buildup around the faucet handles. No luck. Same story with soap buildup along the door jam and mildew around the door seal. So far, we're not impressed.
In the infomercial, they destroy a black buildup on the window to an oven. Just spray on the steam and the buildup runs like scared chickens. We tried it and got nothing. The buildup didn't budge.
We moved out to the garage and attached one of the brushes. We had some brake dust and grime buildup on a wheel and the Scunci made pretty quick work of it. We were impressed until we did the same thing on another wheel...with a dry rag.
All in all, the steam didn't seem to come out hot enough to do all it does in the advertisements. Maybe we got a bad unit. Maybe not.
"Does It Work?" We give the Scunci Steamer, a "no."
The Scunci costs 60 dollars.
Joe Terrell, reporting. firstname.lastname@example.org