Dremel is known for their quality rotary and oscillating tools, but they continue to push into niche markets too. If you need a little extra power in your cleaning routine, the Dremel Versa may just be the tool for you.
When I think of Dremel, I think of a few select tools. I consider the amazing rotary tools which are incredibly useful and I think of their oscillating tools that have gained popularity with homeowners and professionals alike. One thing I have mentioned before was how Dremel has gotten super creative in launching specialized tools directed at a target audience vs the masses. Well, their newest addition, the Dremel Versa attempts to answer some heavy cleaning concerns we experience day to day. So, how does Dremel do in solving these problems? Read on in the Dremel Versa Review to find out.
Dremel Versa Review Overview
When I think of the toughest cleaning jobs, things like grout, bbq grills, and hard to reach areas in bathrooms and kitchens all come to mind. It would be nice if there was a simple solution to giving more power without a huge hassle. In comes Dremel with a solution. Basically, they aim to take place of good old-fashioned elbow grease. It’s not the first time the tool world decided to take this need on though, as brush attachments for drills have been around for a while. Dremel took that idea a step further and decided to make a dedicated handheld tool with attachments. The Dremel Versa has a lot of potential to make a multitude of tough cleaning jobs easier.
Dremel Versa Review Features
The Dremel Versa is a rotating cleaning tool, that weighs in at 2 pounds and has 2200 RPMs. The design is compact and can be held within one hand.
Dremel used an internal lithium-ion battery that is charged via a micro USB port making it cordless during use.
The included charger has a USB end, this can plug directly into a USB port or use the plug with the adaptor that is included.
Dremel included a one-speed option, making the tool simple to operate by the press of a button.
Dremel included a splash guard to prevent excessive spray when using chemicals and attaches simply by rotating onto the tool.
The Versa comes with two attachment bases. One is the black nylon brush and the other is a flat head with hook and loop backing for three different cleaning pad options.
The blue pad is a general purpose cleaning pad designed to clean without scratching.
The brown pad is a heavy-duty pad, designed for use on metal and is abrasive meaning it is designed for removing paint and rust.
The white pad is a foam cleaning pad, similar to a magic eraser material and is designed for indoor cleaning applications like counters, walls, and floors.
The black bristled power brush is made of durable nylon and is angled for getting into hard to reach places. Ideal cleaning surface is areas like grout, tires, etc.
Dremel Versa Review Performance
The Dremel Versa works well in its niche. The tool feels strong and sure, and the quality is what we have come to expect from Dremel. The attachments spin on securely and the splash guard does offer some assistance in preventing a radiating mess, but I would still use protection if using chemicals. The hook and loop pad connection works well at keeping the pads firmly attached to the pad attachment.
The nylon brush stood out as the superior attachment. I did feel it worked well on grout, as the nylon brush attachment penetrates grout quickly and easily. This grout is almost black and is in the main entrance of our home, so sadly it gets pretty dirty quickly. I’ve used toothbrush style nylon brushes to clean grout for years, and this was certainly a step above. The biggest knock performance wise is the other pads. The changeable pads wear down quickly, so it’s not going to be a tool you are able to use constantly or in very large areas.
There are two things I would have liked to see included given its price point. A multi-speed option would have made this tool a bit more useful given the array of applications. Another thing I was surprised by was that Dremel didn’t include a bag. Generally, Dremel includes some sort of carrying case, and for tools with small parts, it’s a necessity to keep it all together. If Dremel could expand the cleaning attachments as well, that would further bring usefulness to the lineup.
Dremel Versa Review Value
Dremel runs about $50 at the Home Depot. I feel the price is decent given the quality of the tool itself, however, the attachment pads need some work. The replacement pads and run 10 dollars a piece which seems really steep to me. The replacement brush attachment runs the same, but it seems more justified given the longevity of the brush. This concern makes the tool difficult to justify price wise when you look at long-term usage costs. If Dremel could find a way to package the refills to reduce costs it would help out quite a bit. Additionally, I would have liked to see a bag included for easy storage.
Dremel Versa Review Final Thoughts
Dremel is always thinking of solutions to common problems for hobbyists and professionals alike. The tool itself is high quality, but it will be expensive to maintain. For those looking for a power option in cleaning, the Dremel Versa will be a great fit. I can see where certain craftsman will find a really unique use for this tool. I am eager to see how this tool progresses in their second generation as with a few improvements it could be a very useful tool.