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Duck Smart's Earth Mover works as well as ever it did. The redesigned nozzle means there's less waste.
Pro: Effective, pleasant to use and less wasteful than some
Con: That blackcurrant cordial look and smell means 'keep it away from children'.
Essex company Duck Smart has built up a big range of products for cleaning your bike and car (what kind of sicko cleans their car?). We last tested their flagship Earth Mover back in 2014 and gave it a thumbs-up. Not a great deal has changed since then, not even the price; which, given inflation, makes it even better value; at under £7 a litre it's pretty competitive.
The main difference since 2014 is in the nozzle design. This now has a pull-out/push in button on the front which changes the pattern from squirty to foamy. I thought this was a good move on Duck Smart's part. Thinner cleaning sprays can be quite wasteful, with as much ending up on the surrounding walls and pavements as on the bike. With the foaming option, it's easier to put it where you want it, which means you use less of it. I think I got an extra two bike washes out of this bottle compared to my regular choice.
Duck Smart recommend you only apply this to a bike which is already wet, and following their advice I found the cleaning performance very good. Spray on, leave a few minutes, wiggle a brush into the worst/most hidden corners and rinse off. For winter road grime and railway path grit it worked a treat.
Duck Smart make a point of their environmental credentials. They claim Earth Mover is 'totally biodegradable'. I don't know how these things are officially measured and there's little clue as to what's really in there; but using recycled plastic for the bottles is a great idea. The 5 litre pack, at £19.99 looks great value and means even less plastic to go in the recycling bin.
Only the blackcurranty smell and look made me nervous. Don't let the kids get hold of it!
Very good all-round cleaner with redesigned nozzle that means a foamier, more efficient wash
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Duck Smart Earth Mover Bike Cleaner
Size tested: n/a
Tell us what the product is for
As the Duck Smart website has it:
Earth Mover is a revelation in bike cleaning technology! With its unique blend of softeners, detergents and foaming agents, Earth Mover gives you the ultimate all over foam cleaning experience.
Our unique trigger spray gives you the choice of a foam or spray action.
Earth Mover cuts through dirt, grime and grease, giving your bike that brand new look every clean. Earth Mover's unique foaming technology offers a much longer cleaning contact time, and you can see the dirt, grease and grime breaking down before your eyes. Earth Mover is safe to use on paintwork, carbon fibre, disc brakes, aluminium, rubber and titanium, and is totally environmentally friendly.
The Famous foaming bike cleaner, made up of 10 raw materials in a unique blend of softeners and detergents.
Longer Contact time: a dense, soapier product which increases contact time to cut through and break down dirt and grime.
Aluminium brighteners: enhances colours, metals, wheels, levers, frames - a like "new feel" each time!
Duck friendly: Fully biodegradable, bottles made of recycled plastics.
All our products come with our legendary fragrance.
All of our products are brewed and bottled right here in the UK.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Contents top secret, probably. 1 litre pack.
Also available in 5 litres (£19.99) or 25 litres (£79.99)
It made easy work of the general road and off-road filth that the winter throws up. The foaming nozzle makes it easier to put it only where you want it.
At £7 a litre, pretty good value compared to some, and it isn't quite as wasteful, given its foamier consistency. The 5 litre refill pack at £19.99 looks good value though perhaps a concentrate version would be less expensive to transport.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Up there with the best I've used and the redesigned nozzle makes it less wasteful.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Good value, effective bike cleaning spray. The bottle is made from recycled plastic and refills are available.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
Last time we reviewed this product we gave it 4 starts for its effective cleaning performance. We'll push that up to 4.5 this time, for the redesigned nozzle and the price freeze.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cannondale CAAD10 My best bike is: Tomassini Prestige
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: A few times a week I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: touring, sportives, general fitness riding, mtb,