Glade Sense & Spray Review
There are a few automatic air fresheners on the market that release fragrance either continuously or at timed intervals, but Glade Sense & Spray comes equipped with a motion sensor and some 'intelligence', that ensures it only sprays when it senses movement in the room. This helps conserve the contents of the internal fragrance cannister, as it only releases fragrance when it's needed. To conserve the fragrance cannister even further, the sensor will then turn off automatically and will then not spray for another 20 minutes.
Two plastic tabs hold the front cover in place. These are unclipped to allow this to then swing up to reveal the insides. The 18ml cannister of air freshener is clipped into place and the red tab is pulled to allow the batteries to connect. The device sprays once to show that it is active and then starts its normal operation.
Once installed the air freshener sits there with the orange light flashing once every few seconds, to show that it is active. It makes a slight noise when it activates. There is a 'boost button' on the front of the device that can be pressed at any time.
- Initial set-up is easy.
- The sensor detects motion from about 1.5m away, it isn't set off every time we walk into the bathroom.
- The spray path is wide and covers our bathroom.
- The 'lock out' mode helps conserve the air freshener, making it last longer.
- The manual over-ride 'boost' button is useful.
- It's not been an issue for us but, the sensors could be prone to false triggering depending on how and where it is installed.
- If the dispenser is located too low, there is the potential for someone to get a squirt in the eye.
- The mist from the spray may eventually coat walls or window sills but, we haven't really noticed this happening.
- If you place the device in a 'high traffic' area then the refills will not last very long.
- It runs off of two AA batteries, which have to be replaced about as often as the 18ml fragrance canister.
- For the unwary, the noise it makes can catch people by surprise.
These devices are designed to improve your quality of life and automate task that people (especially children and teenagers) forget to do. They make a lot of sense in a bathroom or toilet.
Whether they are cost effective is a matter of judgement. The devices themselves are fairly expensive but, are often found on sale. The refill cannisters are also quite expensive and only time will tell how long they last. These can also be often found discounted in supermarkets and other stores and are also available on-line. We will be tracking battery and cannister usage and report back here over time.
The new air freshener units are not much more expensive than the 18ml cartridge refills. We have noticed that the cartridges are cheaper on sites like eBay. There are also much cheaper 'compatible' refills but, these have less in them (typically 10ml). For the record, a genuine cartridge weighs about 22g when full (and 10g when empty). This must mean the 18ml of scent is much less dense than water.
In the future, we can see these types devices being networked and part of the Internet of Things. The electronics will become so cheap that these devices could report movement, battery level and the remaining volume in the fragrance cannister.
When you do replace the batteries, make sure that the front cover is fully closed and clicked into place. If you don;t do this, the device seems to get confused and will spray scent at very short intervals, rapidly emptying the cannister.
8th February 2013
We have bought another one and installed it in our ensuite bathroom.
12th March 2013
We installed the first one in our main bathroom on the 12th January 2013. This gets used regularly by 3 people and the spray cannister ran out today, after 59 days. This is pretty good going. As far as we can tell the batteries are still going strong. We replaced the cannister with a new fragrance, 'Bali Sandalwood & Jasmine'.
23rd March 2013
The spray cannister in our ensuite bathroom is now empty. It lasted 42 days and was replaced with a 'Bali Sandalwood & Jasmine' canister from Tesco at a cost of £3.30.
6th May 2013
The spray canister in our ensuite bathroom is now empty. It lasted 42 days and was replaced with a 'Bali Sandalwood & Jasmine' canister.
8th May 2013
The spray canister in our main bathroom is now empty. It lasted 56 days and was replaced with a 'Magnolia & Vanilla' canister. The original batteries in both devices are still going.
21st June 2013
The spray canister in our main bathroom is empty. It lasted 44 days and was replaced with a 'Magnolia & Vanilla' canister. The original batteries in both devices are amazingly, still going strong.
2nd July 2013
The spray canister in our main bathroom is empty. It lasted just 11 days and was replaced with a 'Magnolia & Vanilla' canister.