My children hate tidying up their bedrooms or putting toys away, but for some reason they love cleaning the floor. I hate cleaning the floor so it should be a win/win situation.
We have a Casdon Dyson Ball Vacuum Cleaner which entertained my children endlessly as toddlers but as preschoolers they are starting to want something more realistic. For Christmas I got them some floor mop slippers and they liked those.
I knew that the Casdon Little Helper Deluxe Hetty (or Henry) Cleaning Trolley would be a hit.
We received the Deluxe Hetty Cleaning Trolley.
Inside the box was the trolley itself which was very quick and easy to assemble with three interlocking parts plus wheels.
There was also battery operated hand vacuum with real suction (requiring 3 x AA batteries; not included), a mop & Hetty bucket with wringer, a tall sweeping brush, a dust pan and brush, two pretend bottles, a cleaning cloth and paper bag for debris.
Note that the Hetty face and name come on stickers which need to be placed on.
The mop and the brush come in pieces that you screw together.
All of these slot inside the trolley.
What we liked about the Casdon Deluxe Hetty Cleaning Trolley.
This is a great little set and will be a much played-with toy if I don’t hide it because they have drowned my floors while I wasn’t looking.
Apart from the bottle and spray everything else ‘works’ so the children can really clean (or at least, try to).
The little vacuum is good because not only can you suck up a small amount of crumbs with it, but as you have to keep the button depressed to activate the suction hopefully the batteries won’t run out too quickly.
It moves easily when tilted backwards on its wheels although it takes a little practice.
What could be improved?
The children were disappointed that the spray bottles didn’t work (they are just plastic shells with no working parts). I had to give them some old spray bottles filled up with water as they just weren’t satisfied with make believe.
The mop could be improved by having thicker fabric strands on the mop head… like a real, miniature mop I guess. The children wanted to use it with water in the bucket, but the fact it isn’t absorbent means it doesn’t actually clean. Opportunity missed (I’ll probably do some kind of DIY job on it… watch this space).
There really is not much point in the cloth or the bag which are kind of one-use items.
However overall it would be a good purchase for a busy little bee who needs to be kept entertained; although fair warning, you’ll have to re-clean afterwards.
The Casdon Deluxe Hetty and Henry Cleaning Trolleys have an RRP of £25 each and can be bought from most good toy shops including Amazon using the affiliate links below.
We received this Casdon Deluxe Hetty Cleaning Trolley free for the purposes of this review but words and pictures are my own.