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Health, Home, and Happiness: Review: HOKY Sweeper- Powerless Crumb Picker Upper for Your Home!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Review: HOKY Sweeper- Powerless Crumb Picker Upper for Your Home!

I bet most moms are like me- after seeing the little sweeper contraptions zoom around restaurants and quietly and nearly effortlessly pick up under-the-highchair and table messes, we have said that we need to see about getting one.  Our table in this rental is over carpet, and just having little kids seems to mean little bits of lint, scraps of paper, and this and that are everywhere.

I had been dragging out our regular vacuum at least twice a day, so I thought it was time to look into getting one of those 'little restaurant sweeper things'.  The nice people at HOKY sent me one for review, so here it is!

I told them that I mostly wanted it for under the table, on carpet, and they sent me the PR 2400.  You can see more details on their website to see how it works. 

It works really well, even for 'moist' foods that my regular vacuum had trouble with.  Cooked carrots, bits of scrambled egg, ground beef, chopped almond, little shreds of paper from the preschooler who loves to cut, potting soil that had been tracked around, and more.  I love that it fits between the chair legs (I think my chairs are pretty standard) - with my regular vacuum I had to move the chairs to clean.  The kids love using it, it's nice and lightweight and easy for them to handle.

The rug above is what's in front of our sliding glass door (that we use the most) and the dark red shows *everything* but I like the color, so we keep it. The sweeper cleans this off really well too.

Some things I didn't expect:

  • I love how lightweight it is to bring up and clean our second floor!  We won't talk about how often I vacuum upstairs normally  ~grin~. But this is easy to bring up and back down with me, and I don't have to undo an outlet cover to use it. Easier vacuuming means more vacuuming gets done in this house!
  • My husband loves it.  He normally is *not* into my cleaning apparatuses and instead claims that he doesn't think the floor really needs to be vacuumed. But he really likes this sweeper and voluntarily gets it to use while we're doing our after-dinner clean up quite often.  Usually he's a more power kind of guy, but he's used this non-powered sweeper more in the month or so we've had it than he's used the powered vacuum in the 6-1/2 years we've been married.  
  • It does stairs! It does the middles of the stairs really well, which is good for maintenance.  I still use the hose attachment on my regular vacuum to get around the edges since they're such a small surface, the picker-upper part can't get to the entire thing, but it can get the middle well, where it needs to be cleaned most often anyway. 
  • It picks up little things like epsom salt.  We had spilled some in our upstairs bathroom and tracked it into the bedroom, and the sweeper picked it up really well, even with no power suction.
  • It does the edge.  The edges of the sweeper have bristle brushes, which pull crumbs out from next to the baseboard.  


  • If it starts to 'burp up' what you've already picked up- it's full. I empty mine every time after I use it because I don't really want food sticking around in there, and I'm usually picking up some kind of food with it.  It's easy to empty, you just flip these two little doors open and dump into the trash. It's kind of instant gratification to see how much you just picked up too :)
  • On hard floors it works best to do short quick strokes and push down a little harder.  I still use a broom before I mop, but I like this for in between sweeping/mopping.
  • It doesn't entirely replace a vacuum, at least for people with kids.  But it's way easier to use for everyday messes. I've gone from vacuuming twice a day to once or twice a week with the powered vacuum.
  • You'll want to check the different types of sweepers on their website to see which one is best for you with regard to what you're picking up, what surfaces you're using it on, etc.
  • Some things you have to run over a couple times, but it's super quick.  I'm sure you've seen people in restaurants doing the same thing. Zoom zoom zoom. 

Where To Buy:
The HOKY website (here) is a great place to start!  They have free UPS Ground shipping too!

How about you? What do you do to keep under your table clean with little children?

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OpenID The Local Cook said...

I don't have children, but I've noticed that family dogs are a great way for keeping those crumbs picked up!

May 11, 2010 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger Cara @ Health Home and Happiness said...

That's right! Unless they're picky. Our dog wouldn't eat eggs, veggies, or nuts. But meat was picked up quickly :o)

Maybe labs... labs usually eat everything ;)

May 11, 2010 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger TaraChristiane said...

Thanks for this review. Yes! I have seen people use them in restaurants and have thought the same thing. I could see getting one of these to keep upstairs so we don't have to haul the vacuum up and down. I appreciate your reviews. We had been waffling on getting a steam mop and went for it after reading what you wrote and finding one on HSN for $75 and free shipping. Love it!

May 11, 2010 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Cara @ Health Home and Happiness said...

Thanks Tara! I try to only review stuff that I actually wanted in the first place, to make them more authentic :) I really like my steam mop too :o) It feels good to blast at that grime doesn't it?

May 11, 2010 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Thank you so much for this!!! My grandma had a hoky when I was growing up and did not realize that was a brand that still existed!! Something else to note that is good about the hoky - it is something a child can do!!! I remember WANTing and ASKing to hoky my grammas house!
I have a Roomba and two non picky dogs, lol, so cleanup is done for me- well... Sort of.. Hehe!

May 11, 2010 at 5:35 PM  
Anonymous Cori said...

We've had one of these in action over here for a few years (different brand). They are perfect for kids to use themselves and don't use electricity. When we first got it everyone was tripping over themselves to volunteer to use it - not so much now that it's old news, but it still gets used. I think I spent $14.99 for it and it's still perfect :-)

May 11, 2010 at 5:55 PM  
Anonymous Rebeccah said...

This looks like a great tool! Sounds like something we should all have around the house :-)

May 14, 2010 at 11:48 PM  

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