My Review of the Gutter Clutter Buster:
My overall opinion of the Gutter Clutter Buster (GCB) is that it is a useful gutter cleaning tool for anyone who does not want to climb a ladder to clean their gutters. I was pleased with how easy it was to put together as well as use. Clean up was simple and it doesn’t take up much room when storing. I think the product could be improved with a few simple changes, but overall I would recommend this product considering the price tag.
pieces apart later. The only thing to be careful about when putting extension pieces on the GCB is to be sure to balance the tool properly. As the GCB system gets longer, it gets a little top-heavy and hard to control. Once you have the appropriate number of extension pieces on your GCB you just connect the bottom to a standard Wet/Dry Vac hose. This connection process is the same as the process used to connect the extension pieces. Again, be careful not to push too hard or you might have a hard time getting the Wet/Vac hose off of the GCB.
Using the Gutter Clutter Buster
In theory, when you turn on your Wet/Dry Vac, the GCB will act as a long hose extension and suck any and all debris from your gutter system. One of the concerns I had, before we started was that there would be enough suction to pull debris out of the gutter system. This was not an issue. The debris did get pulled into the Gutter Clutter Buster and into the Wet/Dry Vac. When using the Gutter Clutter Buster on gutters that were only one story off the ground, it was easy to control the tool as I walked around the perimeter of the home. One obstacle that I ran into was the gutter clips on the gutter system. Every four feet or so there is a metal clip extending from the house over the top of the gutter and I had to keep lifting the GCB up over the clips every few feet.
The pictures of people using the GCB on their website show the tool being used at an angle, but I found it much easier if the gutter cleaning tool was as parallel to the house as possible. When I walked away from the house and used the GCB at an angle I had a hard time fitting the tool into the gutters. This might not be as big a problem if your gutters are wider, but I just found it easier to use the GCB in a vertical position. I would then sway the gutter cleaning tool from left to right before moving a few feet down and doing it all again.
Unfortunately, there was not a lot of debris in the gutter system when I tried out this tool. In the front of the house, most of what I got out of the gutters was gutter gravel. In the back of the house, the situation was a little different.
First, the gutters in the back of this home are much higher so I needed to use both extension pieces here. The Gutter Cutter Buster was a little harder to control with both extension pieces, so I couldn’t move the tool from left to right as much. That meant that I had to move my position more frequently, and be careful not to let the GCB lean too much in any direction.
Storing the Gutter Clutter Buster
How the Gutter Clutter Buster Could be Improved
The one suggestion I have for how this product could be improved would be to offer attachments for the end of the GCB. The most useful attachment for me would have been a piece that angled the opening about forty five degrees so that I could use the gutter cleaner at an angle with my house rather than walking right underneath. Other attachments like a brush head or a thin piece might help with the collection of gutter gravel or in the hard to reach corners of the gutter system respectively. I am thinking of an attachment collection like what you might find on a vacuum cleaner. While these attachments are definitely not necessary to clean your gutters with the GCB, they might help in certain situations and be a nice added feature.
My overall impression of the Gutter Clutter Buster is that I would strongly recommend this tool for homeowners with one-story homes. It is easy to control when you do not have to put too many extensions on it. You do not have bend your head so far back so it is relatively easy on your body. And, you do not have to work on a ladder which is a plus in terms of time and safety.
I would also recommend the Gutter Clutter Buster for two-story homes. Even though you will need to use more extensions and it may be a little harder to use, the GCB is still far better than climbing a ladder and cleaning out your gutters by hand and then moving the ladder every three to four feet. You will save time even though you may have to take breaks to give your arms and neck a rest.
From GCB Admin:
Thank You Mr. Bernal, for your "unbiased, unsolicited, review and photos" of the Gutter Clutter Buster® Kit
We want to take this opportunity to announce that we have "heard" your "suggestion" for an Revised and improved GCB Tool!!! Our manufacturer is currently working on production and distribution, just in time for Spring Cleaning 2012, our redesigned tool. This will feature a male connection on the curved "business end" of the GCB Tool so that our valued customers can attach any one of the attachment tools which came with their wet/dry vac 2.5 inch hose; i.e., such as a crack and crevice tool for smaller gutter openings and hard to reach corners or a brush to clean all fine dust and get them truly squeaky clean. Even mobile home rain gutters may be cleaned with the proper attachment to the end of our GCB Tool, making it easy to do those rain gutters from the ground, as well.
Bob and I do "listen and consider" each and every suggestion we receive from our valued customers to improve and produce, what we believe to be, the "best gutter cleaning attachment tool on the market today!" This is the only way we can continue to supply our customers with an American Made, handcrafted, quality, user-friendly, and safer method of vacuuming out rain gutters from the ground.
Jean Hofmann-Kay, CEO
Gutter Clutter Buster, LLC