Last updated on January 10th, 2022
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No more do you have to hang out of your top floor window or balance on the top of a shaky ladder to have sparkly clean windows. The window-cleaning poles I review here are all extendable, so reach to various heights for the upper floor windows.
And they’re all water-fed which means that you don’t have to keep dipping the cleaning pad into a bucket of water and hoisting the pole up again and some even have built-in squeegees.
I review a selection of lengths of window cleaning poles with assorted features, listing their pros, cons and special features as I give our recommendations. My Buyer’s Guide discusses the elements to look out for in these products.
Best Pick – Budget
Best Water-fed Window Cleaning Poles Reviews
1. Telescopic 16ft Water Fed Window Cleaning Pole
The Telescopic Wfpd16, 16ft Water-Fed Window Cleaning Pole is an aluminium unit that extends out to an impressive 5m long with five sections. Another plus point is that this model has a soap dispenser feature that is lacking in many other models. You won’t have to lower the brush all that way down to apply more liquid soap to it to get your windows sparkling clean. That’s good news, given its long length.
The soap dispenser is built into the water connector at the base of the lightweight and rust-proof aluminium pole. You have a choice of hooking your garden hose up to just the water inlet or to the water to soap inlet. In the second case, the water flows through the soap dispenser and into the tube where it exits through the cleaning head at the top.
As for the cleaning head, this is a brush with soft bristles that has a squeegee on the rear side. Just flip the pole around from washing the windows to use the squeegee to wipe off the excess water. Although the cleaning head doesn’t swivel, it is set at 135° for optimum contact with your window panes.
- Telescopic aluminium window cleaning pole with 5 sections to telescope out to 5m long.
- Cleaning head has a brush with soft bristles and a squeegee on the back.
- Two connectors at the base of the pole – one for just water from your garden hose and the other for the water plus soap.
The Telescopic Wfpd16, 16ft Water-Fed Window Cleaning Pole takes five sections to extend to its full length of 5m. Once you have it lifted though, you can leave it there as there is a soap dispenser with this unit. Just attach your garden hose to the Water + Soap inlet and everything you need is delivered to the top of the pole.
The Telescopic Wfpd16, 16ft Water-Fed Window Cleaning Pole is a good choice if you have tall windows or live in a high house. It’s the Best Pick in our review.
2. Hi-Tech Water- Fed Window Cleaning Pole (4m)
The Hi-Tech Water- Fed Window Cleaning Pole (4m) is different to the other models in our review as the water doesn’t flow through the entire width of the aluminium pole. The extendable pole is built of aluminium that is both lightweight and rust-proof. The design of this window washing pole keeps the unit from becoming heavy.
The pole extends from a base unit that’s 1.35m long to 4m in length by adding three more sections. You can stop at whatever length of pole you want along the way. The cleaning pad is actually a narrow brush at the top of the pole but it has soft bristles. There’s a good size, built-in squeegee to use if you just turn over the pole so that the squeegee side is against the window.
The weight-saving feature is that water runs up the inside of the pole through two narrow PVC tubes. At the bottom of the pole, the tubes connect to your garden hose; at the top of the pole they connect to two brass holes in the back of the brush and that’s where the water is fed into the cleaning head. These tubes convey less water than the full aluminium pole would, making the window pole a lot lighter to hold up.
One downside of this (and most other water-fed poles) is that the head is in a fixed position, but it’s angled to give you the best contact with the windows. There’s no On/Off switch for the water flow – once you connect the garden hose and turn the outside tap on, the window washer is in action. And there’s no soap dispenser – you need to bring down the brush and dip it into the liquid soap manually.
- Telescopic aluminium window cleaning pole extends with four sections taking it from 135cm to 4m in length.
- Brush head has soft bristles and has a built-in squeegee.
- Water flow is from a garden hose into 6m of 8mm plastic hose that travels within the aluminium tube and up into the brush.
- No soap dispenser.
- No On/Off button for the water.
The Hi-Tech Water- Fed Window Cleaning Pole (4m) is a good choice if you have any reservations about being able to hold a 4m pole that is full of water whilst moving it accurately (with control) to wash your windows. With less water flowing through the two 6mm plastic tubes, there is less weight to hold up. This is especially important as you have to apply soap manually frequently to the brush.
The Hi-Tech Water- Fed Window Cleaning Pole (4m) is our Runner-up Pick in this review.
3. Lomida Extendable Window Squeegee with Spray, 3 in 1 (2m)
Best Pick – Budget
While the Lomida Extendable Window Squeegee with Spray, 3 in 1 (2m) is a water-fed model, it’s excellent as a hand-held model for lower windows too. This is because there are two water-spray triggers – one in the first section of the pole with the cleaning pad and the other at the bottom of the extended pole.
The first section of the pole with the brush is just 25cm in length, making it a comfortable size to hold in your hand. The water bottle fits into the cleaning head, between the (washable) microfibre pad and the 10cm squeegee. Just fill up the bottle and pull the comfortable trigger close by to release a wide fan spray of water.
As both the microfibre pad and the squeegee are on the pole at the same time, you can alternate their use. However, there is no soap dispenser bottle so you will need to manually apply liquid soap to the pad or just dip it in a bucket of soapy water. You receive two microfibre pads with your purchase and you can wash them in the washing machine – cold to warm water – and then hang to air dry.
In its extended state – that’s a variety of lengths up to 2m with the five extension rods – ensure that the section with the second water trigger is the one that you put at the bottom of the pole. The sections fit together with a button splicing design rather than the somewhat cumbersome rotating joints often seen.
- Telescopic aluminium window washing pole extends out from 25cm to almost 2m in five extension rods.
- Water delivery is from a water bottle attached to the cleaning head.
- Two cleaning heads – a washable microfibre pad and a 10cm squeegee – can be alternated.
- Usable also as a hand-held window cleaning unit.
- Includes two machine-washable microfibre pads.
- Cleaning head is fixed in position.
- No soap dispenser.
The Lomida Extendable Window Squeegee with Spray, 3 in 1 (2m) is an excellent water-fed hand-held model. At just 25cm long, the microfibre cleaning pad section is easy to hold and use; just twirl the pole to bring the squeegee into play. Pressing either of the triggers releases sprays water from the bottle attached to the cleaning head. This Lomida model is a well-reviewed inexpensive choice of a window washing water-fed pole.
The Lomida Extendable Window Squeegee with Spray, 3 in 1 (2m) is our choice for Best Pick – Budget.
4. MASCARELLO 3m Aluminium Telescopic Water-Fed Window Brush
The Mascarello® 3m Aluminium Telescopic Water-Fed Window Brush is another inexpensive model that delivers on performance. This water-fed window washer extends to 3m with four sections. Being made of aluminium, this unit is rust-proof and lightweight, though the water does flow throughout the entire width of the tube.
This budget model has some features that we really like. There’s a flow switch for water in the form of a lever. This controls how much water, and hence the pressure of the water that comes into the washer pole. This is useful if you don’t want a strong stream of water against your window glass.
We also like that the bottom of the pole has a soft grip (EVA sponge) for your hands. This not only makes it easier to hold and control the washer pole but also insulates your hands from the coldness of the water that’s transmitted through the aluminium.
The cleaning head is a brush that has soft bristles and the water outlet is in the middle of this. Unfortunately, the squeegee can’t be on the pole at the same time as the brush so you need to switch them out when you want to dry the damp but clean windows.
While this Mascarello pole unit has many reviews, some online reviewers complain that it leaks, especially from the hose connector. Some suggest wearing rain gear when using this, but this is also a comment that we encountered on most of the other items we looked at.
- Telescopic aluminium handle extends from 132cm to 3m.
- Water-fed from your garden hose that you attach to the end of the pole.
- Water outlet is in the middle of the soft bristles of the cleaning brush.
- Handle rotates to reposition the pole with the attached brush head.
- Non-slip grip on handle lets you hold the extended pole securely.
- Water-valve is a lever to control the water flow.
- Squeegee attachment is separate to the cleaning brush.
- Leaks a bit, especially from hose connector.
The Mascarello® 3m Aluminium Telescopic Water-Fed Window Brush is a model at a budget price that has some welcome features that other models don’t have. The soft-grip handle that is insulated from the cold water is one of them, as is the water lever for controlling the flow of the water. Just plan how you clean your windows so switching over the squeegee and brush doesn’t become a hassle.
5. Hi-Tech 16 ft Water-Fed Extendable Cleaning Pole
The Hi-Tech 16 ft Water-Fed Extendable Cleaning Pole is a respectable aluminium unit that extends to 5m in five sections. That’s long enough to reach the tops of the windows in most standard-design houses.
Water flows in from your garden hose through the standard connector at the bottom of the pole and exits through the soft bristles of the cleaning brush at the top. Some online reviewers state that the garden hose connector isn’t a standard Hozelock connector so doesn’t fit all garden hoses. You may need to replace the connector yourself in this case. We do like that this model has an On/Off switch for the water flow so you don’t have to keep running to the outside tap when you want to shut the water to the washer pole off.
As for the cleaning head, there’s the brush we mentioned and a squeegee as well. However, the squeegee is quite small and some online comments highlight that it’s more like a thick rubber blade than a flexible squeegee. Again, be prepared to provide your own squeegee for drying the windows.
One additional purchase that is of great use is the optional soap dispenser. Having soapy water exit the brush is a great time saver as you don’t have to keep bringing down the brush and manually applying soap to it.
- Telescopic aluminium handle extends from 142cm to 5m.
- Water flows in from your garden hose at the base of the pole and exits through the brush head at the top.
- Water control is an On/Off button on the water connector.
- Brush head has bristles and a thin squeegee on the reverse side.
- Pole comes in five separate sections to put together.
- Head is fixed in position.
- Soap dispenser is an additional purchase.
- Squeegee is too thick, more like a rubber blade.
The Hi-Tech 16ft Water-Fed Extendable Cleaning Pole is an aluminium unit that opens to a useful 5m long. The pole is in five sections so you have many choices as to how long to make it up to. There’s an On/Off switch for the water to save you running to your outside tap to turn the water off when you need to take a break. And you do have the option of purchasing a soap dispenser as well.
Buyer’s Guide for Water-fed Window Cleaning Poles
We’re enthusiastic about water-fed window cleaning poles, but we want you to be aware that they do have their difficulties, though they aren’t deal-breakers. We start our Buyer’s Guide by discussing these and then move on to talking about some of the options you may like your window washing pole purchase to have.
To be aware of
If you have concerns about these “features”, check out our Best Pick and Best Pick – Budget that provides options that have designs that overcome these limitations.
Except for our Runner-up Pick, the Hi-Tech Water-Fed Window Cleaning Pole (4m) and our Budget Pick, all of the window cleaning pole models we review run the water from the base of the pole to the top.
This is quite a volume of water when the pole is fully extended to 3m or 4m. And water is heavy (1L weighs 1kg). We just want you to be aware of the additional weight this adds to the weight of the empty pole.
Online reviewers report that the weight of the window cleaning poles, when fully extended, sometimes make it troublesome to manoeuvre them. The longer the pole, the less easy it is to use. And don’t forget that you’ve also got a garden hose full of water attached to the bottom of the pole to pull around as well.
If you’re planning on using soap and water to wash your windows, you need a model with a soap dispenser. The alternative is to keep lowering the pole, plunging the cleaning pad into a bucket of soapy water and putting it back up to continue cleaning. The soap dispenser may be at the top or the bottom of the pole; either way, water mingles with the soap before the water reaches the cleaning pad or brush.
Cleaning pad and squeegee in one
However you apply the soap to the window, you need to squeegee the soap and residue off. It’s more convenient if you just flip the pole around to the other side of the cleaning head and use the in-built squeegee there. Not all models have this and you may need to bring the pole down, replace the cleaning pad with the squeegee and go back up.
When figuring out how long you need your cleaning pole to be, consider more than just the height of your highest windows. What is also important is the number of sections of pole you need to use and this is where it can get a bit complicated.
The more sections you have, the more different heights you can clean your windows too by using one section, two, then three and so on, to increase the length of the pole.
But some online reviewers report that having many short sections sometimes causes the pole to bend a bit when it’s extended a way out. Longer sections give fewer places for the unit to bend.
This is a trade-off between the selection of height and stability.
If you’re planning on doing your lower windows by hand, check that your chosen window washing pole has the shortest length that allows you to hold it comfortably. The first section of some of the models in our review are quite long; however, our Budget Pick is perfectly suited for you to hold in your hand.
Water-fed window cleaning poles let you clean your windows efficiently without having to stop and dip the cleaning pad or brush into a bucket of soapy water. This saves time as well as strain on your shoulders and upper arm muscles, encouraging you to perhaps clean your windows more often. The models I reviewed have a variety of lengths to suit different second storeys in houses and some useful features.
My Best Pick is the Telescopic Wfpd16, 16ft Water-Fed Window Cleaning Pole. With its 5m full extension, this is a washer pole that can reach high up on the of tallest houses.
My Runner-up is the Hi-Tech Water-Fed Window Cleaning Pole (4m). With its thin water tubes, this is a good choice if you are worried about being able to hold up a regular heavy, water-filled window washing tube.
The Lomida Extendable Window Squeegee with Spray, 3 in 1 (2m) receives my Best Pick – Budget Rating. This is a good choice if you are planning on using the unit mostly as a hand-held short pole as the water feed is just for the first section of the pole near to the cleaning head.
If your sparkling windows now make your patio and driveway look a bit shabby, head over to our Top 7 Best Pressure Washer For Patios & Driveways review. Plus we also have instructions on actually doing this – see our How to clean patio slabs with detergent, bleach and a pressure washer article.
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