Welcome to the forth matchup in the snow foam cup, last week Jugå made it through to go up against the winner of today’s comparison as we continue in this knockout style. The overall winner will enter the elite group of products in my winner’s circle from all of my testing. These then go on to be the benchmark against any future purchases.
I have a selection of 8 snow foams available at the moment, In this whole tournament I will apply one to half a car rinse the lance out then apply the second to the other half while keeping a close eye on performance.
This week it’s two brands I really enjoy with GO Snow vs Stjärnagloss Snö.
I have calculated cost based on price per 500ml of solution mixed at recommended dilution. I’ve chosen 500ml as half a lance full is usually more than enough to do a large car and a simple amount to dilute.
Go is available as 500ml or 5L-
Purchase price £7.95 for 500ml bottle (£25 for 5L)
Dilution ratio 1:9
79p per use! (50p per use)
Stjarnagloss Snö is only available in 1L-
Purchase price £12 for 1L
Dilution ratio 1:9
60p per use!
Hard to split these two on cost then as the different bottle sizes do not make it a like for like comparison and they are both the cheapest per wash of all 8 in this tournament so I’ll have to give them one a point each here 1-1
So there are conflicting views on if a foam should stick or run off. Personally I prefer it to hang around as long as possible to soften any dirt below which will then come off when rinsed. While others prefer it to slowly run off dragging dirt with it. Long dwelling foam is also great to layer over fallout removers or citrus pre wash products allowing them to work away for much longer so with that being my preference I’ll be scoring the longest dwelling as a winner of this category. I gave them both 5 minutes dwelling time and as you can see below the Stjärnagloss applied thicker and hung around very slightly more. There wasn’t much in it at all but Stjärnagloss takes it 1-2!
I have no scientific way of quantifying this but I’ll take a swipe before and after using the snow foams with a cotton wool pad to compare how much grime they have shifted, I will do this in a similar position on each side of car and swipe the same length and pressure as identically as I can for a visual guide, also add my own opinion into the mix but there is so many variables this is no exact science. As you can see below both made a noticeable improvement. Possibly the best of all 8 so far and ironically they are also the cheapest. GO Snow takes this point though as the pad was almost spotless which was very impressive. That makes it 2-2.
Joy to use
This section considers how easy they rinse off, how satisfying the foam looks and any smells or other distinctive features that make them more pleasant to use.
I’ve got to say the foam from Stjärnagloss was thicker and while that looked impressive when rinsing it does seem to leave a slight film behind that takes a bit of extra rinsing. Both brands have very sharp branding and with its chrome lid Stjärnagloss Snö feels particularly classy. GO snow did rinse off more easily and edges it on smell too which is nice and sweet, I checked the website and apparently it’s rhubarb and custard which is a bit of fun. In this category then I’m going to have to edge it to GO making the final score 3-2
I really enjoyed this round with both of these two being a very good match. Stjärnagloss for a brand that puts across a very premium image and the whole range performs well, I have also noticed in previous tests they are surprisingly good value when you work out the cost per wash. GO Snow though will be tough to beat in the next rounds as it is both reasonably priced and had great cleaning power, this was the first time I have used it so I’m looking forward to using it some more but on this performance it has become the odds on favourite for the title.