The Snowfoam Cup Quarter Final One 2020-2021
Welcome to the inaugural matchup in the snow foam cup, in the coming weeks I will be pitching two different snow foams against each other in a knockout style to find the best of my selection. The winner will then enter the elite group of products in my winner’s circle from all of my testing to be the benchmark against any future purchases.
I have a selection of 8 snow foams available at the moment so have matched them up based on price which I will look closer at below. The two most expensive are up first in this weeks quarter final match up. Solution61 Lemon Blast vs Meguiars ultimate snow foam. 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.
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.
Meguires was the most expensive of my whole collection-
Purchase price £20 for 946ml
Dilution ratio 1:5
£1.80 per use!
Solution61 is next most expensive-
Purchase price £8 for 500ml
Dilution ratio 1:4
£1.60 per use!
Both expensive but 1-0 to Solution61 in this category.
So there are conflicting views on if a foam should stick or run off. Personally I prefer it to stick and hang around as long as possible to soften any dirt below which will then come off when rinsed. While some prefer it to slowly run off dragging dirt with it. Long dwelling foam is also great to layer over fallout remover on wheels or citrus pre wash products on the body work 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 Meguiars hung around slightly more. So 1-1
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. Both only gave a very slight improvement on the swipe test so I’m struggling to pick a winner here.
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 they both produced a similar thickness of foam, both easily rinsed off and only feature that stands out is the lemon fragrance to Solution61, while the Meguiars doesn’t have a bad scent indeed to break the level score and pick a winner that small margin is enough to take it 2-1 to Solution61 Lemon Blast.
There really was so little between these two hopefully in the next rounds I can choose a clearer winner. Solution61 went into this round as a huge underdog against Meguiars. Apart from slightly longer dwelling from the Ultimate Snow Foam, Lemon Blast matched it for cleaning power and beat it on cost then just edged it for having a better scent. Solution61 it is then into the semi finals!