I’m always skeptical, especially since the fluid for this machine is $600/gallon. A quick look on Google show a lot of similar products at 1/10the the price.
Yeah, it kind of set off alarms with me too, until I started digging into the history of the product and test results/certification procedures. There are indeed much cheaper alternatives for thymol-based disinfectants, like stuff from Seventh Generation, but they don't necessarily have the other anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and disinfecting agents. Also, apparently it takes some effort to make the stuff fog machine friendly so it can be dispersed easily. I presume the costs of testing and certification in multiple countries is probably not trivial either, and has to be factored into the price.
The company says that the 500 ml bottle is good for a hundred 30-second blasts, which is sufficient to do a car. So if I was an Uber driver, if used every day for disinfecting the car, a gallon would be a two-year supply...I'd probably consider that worth it, especially because of the time it would save compared to wiping everything down manually.
FWIW this line of products has been around for quite a while, so it wasn't a "jump on the COVID bandwagon and charge what the market will bear" kind of thing. However, it was very much a specialty product until they created a new fluid with thymol specifically to address COVID-19. The previous fluids for standard anti-bacterial fogging were the same price, so I think people were willing to pay for the convenience of flipping a switch to disinfect a place. In any event, it sure does seem the company was very
lucky to have been in the right place at the right time.
Also, the manufacturer says you can’t be in the room with this fog and have to let it air out for 20 minutes before coming back in.
I know, but after reading everything I could about what's in the fluids (I wasn't going to spray something in my house without knowing what it was), I suspect that might have something to do with keeping lawyers at bay. Of course I certainly wouldn't eat it or anything
I think a bigger potential problem is that if you go heavy on the fog, it could set off smoke detectors and if you have them automatically wired into sprinkler systems...now, that would be a major issue.
As to where the review is going to appear, I was asked by Full Compass to evaluate it and write a review. I did note that a lot of the companies selling it are A/V companies who need to disinfect sound stages, public places, studios, etc. I don't think it's being pitched at the average consumer, it's a B-to-B kind of thing.