Claim check: Schticky and Sticky Buddy

Do these silicone rollers work as advertised?

Consumer Reports magazine: September 2012

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The Schticky and Sticky Buddy silicone rollers battle it out for your infomercial dollars.

The claim. Schticky and Sticky Buddy silicone rollers both claim to pick up cat and dog hair, lint, coins, and crumbs, and can be washed, dried, and reused. You can “clean your home in a quicky with the Schticky,” pitched by Vince Shlomi, the inimitable ShamWow guy. Sticky Buddy offers “the power of glue without the goo!” Schticky, $19.95 plus shipping and handling, comes with three rollers; Sticky Buddy, $10 plus shipping and handling, comes with two, plus rubber fingers to help lift embedded hair from carpet.

The check. We visited a friend with three long-haired dogs and one cat, and put the products to work.

Bottom line. They work, but you might want to schtick to other methods. Removing lint and hair from the rollers takes more work than the product videos indicate. We needed to rub them under a faucet and dry them on a lint-free cloth. (If you do that, take their side caps off so water doesn’t flow into the tubes and leak out when you clean something else.) When faced with lots of hair, both rollers filled in one revolution and had to be cleaned before they’d pick up more.

For bigger jobs, a vacuum cleaner may be better (see our list below); a regular lint roller works as well but fills up with lint and hair just as quickly, creating trash with its paper castoffs.

Close-up: Best vacuums for pet hair

In alphabetical order:

Bissell CleanView Helix Deluxe 71V9 or 71V9-2 (Lowe’s) bagless uprights, $100

Eureka Boss Smart Vac 4870 bagged upright, $160

Hoover WindTunnel Max UH30600 bagged upright, $180

Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Rewind UH70120 or UH70110 bagless uprights, $130

Kenmore Progressive 21614 bagged canister, $300

Editor's Note:

A version of this article appeared in the September 2012 issue of Consumer Reports magazine with the headline "Testing the Claims: ‘Clean in a Quicky With the Schticky.’"

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