Spin Clean vs. GrooveWasher May 14, 2016 15:06

Funky Moose Records sells 2 systems that claim to be "the ultimate LP cleaning solution", but which one do you choose?

In this article, I'll be discussing the differences between the Spin Clean record washer and the GrooveWasher record cleaning kit.

Spin Clean Record Washer

The Spin Clean is an affordable record cleaning solution. This unit dunks your records in a bath of distilled water with a proprietary cleaning solution. It's a great way to spend an afternoon and clean your whole (or at least part of) your collection.
It's pretty satisfying to see the water run off the record through the grooves when you take the records out of the bath. After a quick wife with the towels that come in the package, you set aside the records to fully dry and you can put them back in the sleeves.

GrooveWasher record cleaning kit

The GrooveWasher is also an affordable solution, but instead of soaking the record in water, you put your record(s) on either your turntable, which I prefer, or on a towel on the table and spray them with the G2 cleaning solution. To protect the label, a label protector is included in the package. 
You use the GrooveWasher brush to get the cleaning solution into the grooves of your record and by twisting the brush, you dry the grooves and pick up the debris out of the records.

The pros and cons

Pros:

Spin Clean GrooveWasher
  • Affordable
  • Easy to use
  • Nice, deep clean
  • Replaceable parts (like brushes and rollers)
  • Soothing to spend an afternoon cleaning your records.
  • Affordable
  • Easy to use
  • Nice, deep clean
  • Protects the label
  • You can play your records right after cleaning
  • Doesn't require setting up

 

Cons:

Spin Clean GrooveWasher
  • To make the solution worthwhile, you'll need to clean several records at a time
  • It's time consuming
  • Records need to dry before playing them
  • If the handle slips out of your hand, you could potentially damage your record
  • At the time of this article, they're still a young company, so replacement parts might be hard to come by cheaply

 

Conclusion

Both systems have their place, and I will personally continue to use both. If I have a batch of records to clean, the Spin Clean will be pulled out. If a record on my turntable needs a quick cleaning, the GrooveWasher will be the choice.