Wednesday, June 26 2013 00:16

Review: The O-Cedar O-Duster... Not the Droid You're Looking For...

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Back in March, the folks from O-Cedar got in touch to ask if I'd like to try out one of their new O-Duster Robotic Floor Cleaners. I like O-Cedar, and I have a mop from them that works just fine. I've also owned a few of their brooms over the years, so I figured I'd give it a go in the interest of seeing how it helps a busy at-home Dad like myself keep up with the fuzzies and grime that often collects on our laminate flooring. How did it fare? Well, I could end this quickly by saying that it's taken me three months to share some thoughts, and that my O-Duster was also recently sold on my garage sale... or I could go into further detail. Yeah, I'll go deeper...

First off, the O-Duster is a $40 robot that with a circular body certainly wants to evoke the iRobot Roomba in the minds of consumers. Unlike the more expensive counterpart, the robot is not a vacuum. It's exactly what it claims to be: A "floor cleaner." How good of one is up for debate, as my wife pegged it before I even opened the box: "So it's just going to drive around the house pushing the dirt around?" Pretty much.

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WP 20130326 031The O-Duster is cute, and for my oldest, it quickly became a "he" as she began anthropomorphizing it - giving the O-Duster a personality. He makes a weird little noise as he scoots around the house, but he takes 30-120 minutes to do a job you could do in five with a broom and dustpan... or I could just break out my Dyson and be done with it. The O-Duster just drove around collecting dog hair and dust bunnies, while pushing crumbs (or anything of substantial weight) into the floorboards just as my wife predicted. The O-Duster is more of a novelty - a toy for the kids and the dogs, than a genuinely useful appliance. I know my droids, and this is definitely not the droid you're looking for.

At this point, I feel my experience with the O-Duster was an incredible waste of time. I even shot video to go with my eventual review, but it's not even worth the time to edit. The crew at O-Cedar even offered me one to use as a giveaway item for all of you, but I have to pass. I'm not going to host a giveaway for an item that I wouldn't use myself.

So yes, my O-Duster was recently sold on a garage sale here in June. After two days attempting to get $10 for it, I ended up moving him for $5. And I actually regret it. In retrospect, I would've liked to set him free... turning him on and allowing him to hit the open road, all while filming it. I would've let the sad music from the end of the 1970s INCREDIBLE HULK television series play in the background, and I then would've had a definitive ending for the video that I shot. Actually, let's just share that song right now while envisioning the O-Duster driving down the road...

Sorry, O-Cedar, but the O-Duster is a $40 piece of plastic destined to clog landfills.

FTC Disclosure: If my article wasn't already 100% clear, an O-Duster Robot was provided to me for the purpose of review consideration. All opinions and such are 100% my own. Are you actually reading the disclosure?

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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